* Posts by Larry F54

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Contactless card fraud? Easy. All you need is an off-the-shelf scanner

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banks

Yet the banks that have sent me cards with contactless payment --- which I did not ask for and do not want --- will not give me the choice of having cards without it.

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UK.gov makes total pig's ear of attempt to legalise home CD ripping

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Re: Fair use

As for point (b): governments frequently change laws and taxes, and there are winners and losers. I don't see them compensating the losers very often.

I don't recall the government giving us the public any compensation for extending the duration of copyrights on existing works, which was clearly to the detriment of the public good and the legitimate purpose of copyright (which is to get more and better "stuff" into the public domain in the long run).

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Metadata slurp warrant typo sends cops barging into the wrong house

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Mrs Buttle

"This is your receipt for your husband, and this is my receipt for your receipt."

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

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@1980s_coder: That's quite an interesting link; thanks for posting it.

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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Re: If I start...

Because competing in the marketplace is hard you know, so if I can leverage some money via lawful coercion is great.

Public service broadcasting is socially beneficial to make up for the defects in the market. Also, remember that you are not the customer for commercial TV; you're the product, the advertisers are the customers, and the shows are just bait to reel you in.

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Well its pretty obvious from the negative tone of this article which side of the BBC funding fence you sit on :)

No surprise there. It would be helpful if El Reg got some additional BBC coverage from writers who don't hate it.

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Sorry, say boffins, the LHC still hasn't sucked us into a black hole

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95% confident

https://xkcd.com/1132/

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US Homeland Security boss wants nationwide law for reporting network break-ins

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Re: All this talk would make sense in a saner world...

...maybe in Carter's America? At least one in which an outfit with the stylish nazi name "US Homeland Security" didn't exist.

I think it sounds a bit fascist too. Maybe their motto should be "American homeland for American people".

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reporting

How about the break-ins the gov't carries out?

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Hacking Team: Oh great, good job, guys ... now the TERRORISTS have our zero-day exploits

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"terrorists and extortionists"

What they're really miffed about is non-paying "terrorists and extortionists", as opposed to the paying kind.

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

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Re: Grey Goose

Except a slight change should be made to better match the case at issue: It's not "which outcome would you rather...". It's: Is the second employee's response illegal?

Trademarks, like copyrights & patents, are supposed to be privileges granted by the state to promote the public good. So if "is this legal WRT to trademark law?" doesn't align with "is this better for the public?", then the trademark law is wrong.

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Hacking Team hacked: Spyware source code torrent blurts govt customers

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Re: "claiming to only deal with ethical governments"

"What more can a business ask?"

What's good for M&M Industries is good for America!

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"claiming to only deal with ethical governments"

"claiming to only deal with ethical governments" --- which ones are those then?

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Why does it take 8 hours for my posts to be approved?

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moderation question

Hi,

Could one of the vultures explain why my comment under "Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering" was rejected? It certainly looks like polite disagreement to me, and I'm sure it was accepted initially.

Thanks.

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FBI updates Most Wanted cyber felons list, offers US$4.2m bounties

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depends on your employer

I guess the people who write trojans for the gov't aren't on the list.

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Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

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don't be evil, unless there's money in it

In both cases, Google has seemingly ignored considerations of public interest when removing links.

Gee, it's almost as if they were deliberately trying to subvert the ruling.

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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MAC address privacy inches towards standardisation

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IPv6 addresses

What about the (mis)use of the MAC address in IPv6 addresses?

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BlackShades privacy raiding web rat gets five years in US cooler

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gov't work

If he'd been RATting for the gov't, he'd be gainfully employed.

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Did you almost prang a 737 jet with a drone over Dallas? The FAA would like a word

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HMRC ditches Microsoft for Google, sends data offshore

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Re: Great idea...

give business from the Tax department to a huge tax avoider.

Next week, the MOD award the latest missile defence contract to a Russian / Chinese collaboration.

It reminds me of Milo Minderbender taking the contract from the Germans to bomb the base...

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WHOOPSIE! Vast US health insurer CareFirst plundered of 1.1 MEELLION records

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Re: Here we go again

And how are you going to make a penalty big enough to make big medical companies actually pay attention without the risk of collateral damage? And since the medical profession is about saving lives, that collateral damage can turn deadly.

Easy: make it prison time for the non-medical executives.

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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more?

Shouldn't that be "MOAR DUMBER"?

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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Re: I would suggest that for the cast majority of pirates

Of course there's the difference in regional release dates, but that is already on its way to becoming a thing of the past with differences getting smaller all the time.

And why is that? Because so-called "piracy" has forced Big Media to close the gaps. Globalisation, innit?

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Bingo! Cory Doctorow explained it well:

Buy this because paying money will deliver high quality

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But this pitch only works to the extent that the paid-for item is indeed of high quality. When anti-copying restrictions are added to media, it actually lowers their quality relative to the illegitimate item. I often hear from parents who download unauthorised cartoons for their kids because the DVDs come with long, unskippable (or difficult-to-skip) adverts, the worst of which deploy "pester power" tactics intended to get kids to nag their parents to buy something. As far as these parents are concerned, spending money gets them a product that much worse than the free version.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: Define 'extremist'.

"British land for the British people!"

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UK safety app keeping lorries on the right side of cyclists

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Re: GLC HGV ban

"You, and he, are of course perfectly correct. But not going to be very popular."

I think it would be popular with a lot of ordinary drivers who find HGVs intimidating in urban areas, as well as (obviously) with pedestrians and cyclists. But the haulage industry's money talks....

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Re: 100M£ @ Terry Barnes

"Motor vehicle" is a legally defined term which does not include pedal cycles. Look it up.

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Extreme community policing: West Virginia crook pepper-sprays HIMSELF mid-robbery

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picky error in headline

West Virginia is a separate state, not part of Virginia.

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Bruce Schneier's Data and Goliath – solution or part of the problem?

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copyright is irrelevant

The bit about copyright near the beginning is totally irrelevant. Privacy and copyright have nothing in common: privacy is a right to keep information from others, whereas copyright is a privilege that the state may grant in order to promote the public good; in particular, the whole point of copyright is to encourage dissemination and to get more works into the public domain in the long run.

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Re: Great analysis

"Next week: Setting up VPN's with exit points in countries with better protection laws than our own."

What countries are those?

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Welcome, stranger: Inside Microsoft's command line shell

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paths

with the biggest catch being your paths had to be set correctly to make sure MS-DOS would look in the folder that contained your executable – otherwise you’d see the commonly seen “Bad command or file name” message

To be fair, that's true in *n*x shells as well.

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

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obligatory "using filters to block the huge space-wasting pictures that would otherwise force me to scroll down a whole screen to start reading the actual content" post

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Re: It's my computer

"Or javascript, via which many ads are delivered?"

ITYM "Or javascript, via which much malware is delivered?"

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"I use AdBlock Plus mainly for the ability to hide elements of pages I don't want to see,"

Like the bloated photos that waste screen space at the tops of the articles on this site?

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Re: Adblock Plus is garbage

"no slimey paid ads"

Isn't it still the case that the ads have to qualify (as not too intrusive) in order to be whitelisted (in addition to funding AdblockPlus, I mean)?

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Go for a spin on Record Store Day: Lifting the lid on vinyl, CD and tape

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outrageous

CDs have the great advantage over vinyl, of course, that they can be quickly and easily converted to digital. In most cases, all you have to do is set a few options, put the disc in the PC, and make a cup of coffee.

But but but that's stealing! You're supposed to buy a new copy in every format -- it must be true because Big Media says so.

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The Internet of things is great until it blows up your house

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Re: Deeper thought

"A sensibly design IoT oven would not allow independent control...."

A sensibly designed oven would not need an internet connection.

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"And gas won't "gas" you because it doesn't contain carbon monoxide these days."

Still a big fire hazard!

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Re: Um...

"electric blankets are NOT supposed to be left on while someone is in the bed!"

That depends on the blanket. The instructions for mine say you can preheat the bed with any setting (1 to 6) but only leave it on 1 while you're in it. The control also has a timer so you can set it to cut off automatically after various numbers of hours.

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Microsoft cramming free stuff into Galaxy S6es? Not so fast – US telcos

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"All the preloaded apps on Android devices are typically installed as system apps, so they can't be removed without root access."

And Samsung is (probably) the worst for preloading crapware.

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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Re: Real title should be: Health apps and wearables make you nervous, but someone is getting money

"Organic" is a bad name for it, but there needs to be a term and that's the one we're stuck with. Same with "bio" in French and German.

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IWF took down over 31,000 child sexual abuse URLs in 2014

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Re: I was wrong.

Do we have any idea how many false positives or arguable positives they have blocked too? I'm not saying that they are doing anything wrong, but I wonder how we can tell.

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NSA: 'Back doors are a bad idea, give us a FRONT door key'

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Re: Leave your front door open

"Spooks want to hand all your data over to Al Quaeda the first time one of their own defects."

Who needs a defection? US spooks trained and funded Al Quaeda in the old days, when they were (supposedly) "good guys". What future bad guys are they helping now?

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

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"road tax"

Bzzt, wrong answer. Go look it up.

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"The nations of the world are all competing and offering makers the roads at the cost of pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders."

That describes the current state of affairs. Automatic cars would give society the ability to reclaim the roads for people. For example, we could require them to be programmed to overtake cyclists and equestrians correctly and to give way to pedestrians.

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Re: Autonomous?

"Cars can already signal their intentions to change lane, overtake and go through red lights."

They *can* do that, but they only *do* it if the operator is competent, alert, and not using the phone.

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You. FTC. Get over here. Google is INVADING our children's MINDS – anti-ad campaigners

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Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood

Support http://www.commercialfreechildhood.org/.

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Re: Languages

"The current trading system is based on the principle that you know how best to market your stuff - who to sell to, and where. No coercion is required."

That's worked out so well for the consumer with region-locked DVDs, for example.

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Don't be stiffed by spies, stand up to Uncle Sam with your proud d**k pics – says Snowden

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Incitement is an offence in England

"unless you're a policeman or an aristocrat"

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