* Posts by Androgynous Cupboard

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

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Two pages of comments and no-one has used the phrase "cunning linguists"?

For shame, people, for shame.

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Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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One silver lining from this one

The hacking contest was sponsored by Samsung - this is definitely progress.

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Boffins dump the fluids to build solid state lithium battery

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Re: Another week...

How long did your laptop battery last ten years ago? How long does it last now? How heavy was your first mobile phone? Your cynicism is unfounded, and frankly it's also a bit boring. (edit @Roq: snap)

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

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Re: £2bn, 7000, 5 million square feet.

Not sure why you got downvoted - last items I bought (and it's been a long, long time) were all from Amazon Luxembourg SRL. It's well established they pay cock-all tax.

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Anti-botnet initiatives USELESS in sea of patch-hating pirates

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Re: Why not issue a kill command?

This is still relevant, after at least 25 years.

(Edit: in case it's not obvious, the box to tick here is "Laws specifically prevent it", namely the Computer Misuse act or your local equivalent. Specifically, modifying the infected computer to kill the botnet would be unauthorised access)

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'I don't recognise Amazon as a bullying workplace' says Bezos

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Never go up against a sicilian when DEATH is on the line!

Don't call him if you have a problem. And don't call HR. No, you need to call the man in black.

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All hail Ikabai-Sital! Destroyer of worlds and mender of toilets

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Re: When I'm cleaning windows

Me too - we promptly told him to get the fuck back inside!

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Introducing the Asus VivoMini UN42 – a pint-sized PC, literally

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Re: Celeron?

I've been playing with tiny footprint machines for a few years and have a pile of Zotacs, Shuttles, Beaglebones and the like in a cupboard - if it's efficient power you're after, by far the best one I've seen are the Fit-PC range. Latest Fit-PC4 I just bought has quad-core 64-bit AMD at 2Ghz, comes with 4xUSB2, 4xUSB3, 2xGb-LAN, 2xHDMI, 1x2.5 SATA, 2xPCIe (one occupied with WiFi/Bluetooth card), it's completely fanless, smaller than the unit reviewed here and all for £250ish.

It's a very nice piece of kit and in testing last night draws about 700mA @ 12V with Linux sitting at a shell prompt - brochure has it run between 5 and 11W, so this is about right. It has AMD inside, and I'm left wondering how that company has gone so badly wrong.

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HTC caught storing fingerprints AS WORLD-READABLE CLEARTEXT

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Re: Prints are left everywhere

Precisely why no one has written a check (cheque) in Europe for years (unless they've employed builders, they're retired, or they're issuing a refund on behalf of a large organisation that insists YOU pay THEM electronically)

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Crazy Canucks heat their lab with muahaha-capable server

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Re: Why 40mm fans?

Fair cop

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Why 40mm fans?

With the noise and the airflow, surely this is a lose-lose vs two 120mm; I say this sitting next to my water-cooled, 120mm fan equipped, virtually silent workhorse.

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Slashdot, SourceForge looking for new owners after parent dumps them on the web's doorstep

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Re: My greatest fear

Well I, for one, will welcome our new Slashtard overlords.

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Hurrah! Windfarms produce whopping ONE PER CENT of EU energy

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Things windmills are bad at

Things windmills are bad at:

* Reducing CO2 emissions from fuel burnt for heating

* Ball games

* They are unable to read sheet music

* Holding doors open for ladies

* Leaving dishes to soak and then forgetting to wash them up.

I could go on, but the point is they're just a waste of time.

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WikiLeaks docs show NSA's 10-year economic espionage campaign against France

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And 3 days later, you're both proved correct!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-33382043

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Reddit meltdown: Top chat boards hidden as rebellion breaks out

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You really drank the kool aid didn't you? Either that or it's a double bluff. My head hurts, I need a lie down.

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Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target

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Re: Sadly this would not work

Yes, and then they'll build a bug fuck-off horse.

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Q: What's black and white and read all over? A: E-reader displays

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Re: Why colour?

I'd kill for a colour e-Ink photo frame, myself. I realise colour reproduction isn't as good as an LCD, but being able to leave it on at night without lighting up the room and only take it off the wall every 6 months to charge it would more than make up.

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Am I the only one who saw the headline and thought...

jesus, they've given Matt Bryant a column!

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Re: Oh for god's sake...

Given that:

• famine was a recurrent feature of India's history until fairly recently

• it stopped when they started massive use of nitrogen-based fertilisers in the 50's

• nitrates in the water is now an increasingly severe problem (everywhere, actually, but nowhere more so than India)

• India's population has grown from 300M to 1200M people during this time.

I think our Prof's prediction on India is an extremely safe bet in the mid-term. New technology might contribute, but something has to give at some point.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Seems to me that a rarity...

A friend has an interesting take on this - to paraphrase:

Fast And Furious 7 (yes, they made 7 of them) has taken $332m in China, more than it's taken in the US (where this festering stinker is inexplicably popular too). Previously China's biggest grosser, in both senses, was Transformers: Age Of Extinction.

The export market now is typically worth more than the US domestic, and a film with explosions and no meaningful characters, plot or dialog translates universally. So Hollywood is going big on VFX, short on stories.

Contrast with HBO (amongst others) turning out quality, complex and sometimes fairly challenging stories with decent casts, excellent writers and top budget production. The film and TV market have switched the roles they were 20 years ago, and it's looking to stay that way for some time.

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Backpage child sex trafficking lawsuit nixed thanks to 'internet freedoms'

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Re: badly implemented

If this were in the UK the site operator would be obliged, once notified, to remove the offending material and attempt to enforce that it doesn't come back - been there. It was annoying at the time, but I'm not sure it's an unreasonable obligation all up.

Of course though in the US, rules are different - all hail the free market. But to my eyes the common carrier defence used by phone companies isn't really a neat fit when applied to a website which is already a) filtering on terms, this showing it can be done, and b) has been notified that some postings are in breach. No doubt the owners benefited from the advertising on the material that their lazy and/or incompetent asses allowed through.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: Place of Birt

Is he still at the BBC?

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Celebrating 20 years of juicy Java. Just don’t mention Android

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Re: Facts

Yep - one undervalued (ok - undersupported, undermaintained and ultimately undermined) aspect was the distribution. Being able to run an application just by visiting a URL - that was progress, particularly for large firms where it promised to replace sneakerrnet. I have a vague recollection of how impressed I was by an earlier technology that did just that, naturally it died a death.

It's a shame the promise of no-more-version-management didn't play out - ironically, for the apps it's probably still true but the onus of upgrading has shifted focus to the JVM.

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'Millions' of routers open to absurdly outdated NetUSB hijack

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Nope

By the looks of it, all they have to do is connect (remotely) to the service on port 2005 and send data that will smash the stack to do whatever - fork a shell listening on port X is the obvious one. Don't see any reason why anything has to be plugged into a USB socket to exploit this.

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And this is a kernel module why, exactly?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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I'll just leave this here

http://didriksen.im/2013/09/19/attacks-on-electronic-car-key-systems/

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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More senseless police violence

Black and white lives matter!

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Systemd hee hee: Jessie Debian gallops (slowly) into view

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Two thirds of this review was not so useful

A desktop on a Debian system is like a window in a submarine.

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DEFCON 23 to host Internet of Things slaughterfest

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Re: Fancy Bosch Oven

I trust said oven will beep at you incessantly when it's done it's job, as befits any household device of such importance. "Look at me, I've washed your dishes. Empty me. EMPTY ME. COME HERE AND EMPTY ME THIS MINUTE!!!!"

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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Re: WHY, exactly, did these deceased people refuse to listen to an authority figure?

> I am not blaming the deceased, nor the cops. I'm blaming society.

I'm blaming the cop. Society didn't look at the guy running way, realised he posed no threat, decided to ignore his training and shoot him in the back anyway.

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WikiLeaks reveals searchable trove of Sony Pictures documents

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Hmm

Am I the only one slightly uncomfortable about this?

Governments answer to the people and so (most) leaks there are justifiable I think, and much of the other stuff on Wikileaks (the UBS Caymans stuff a while back) was from whistleblowers who believed there was something illegal going on.

But much as I dislike many of Sony's practices, this isn't from a whistleblower or evidence they've done something illegal - it's just a generic shitload of stolen data with no purpose behind it. The "all transparency is good" argument clearly doesn't fly otherwise they'd have no problem publishing stolen health records. So what's the justification for this one?

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Sysadmins, patch now: HTTP 'pings of death' are spewing across web to kill Windows servers

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Re: Raise your hand...

Ironically Windows boxes weren't vulnerable to the ping of death, but they could send one. I ran the site on it.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: Pebble Bed Reactors (was White Pylon)

I understood that there were still a bunch of issues with the pebble bed design that came to light in the german AVR reactor, and that it's not quite the panacea that it's been made out to be...

Only source I can find is this slashdot comment.

Edit: found a few more authorititive links:

http://www.neimagazine.com/features/featurepbr-safety-revisited/

http://www.fz-juelich.de/portal/EN/AboutUs/self-conception/responsibility/avr/avr-expertengruppe/report-avr-expert-group_summary.pdf?__blob=publicationFile

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Aluminum bendy battery is boffins' answer to EXPLODING Li-ion menace

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Re: Aluminium? @cray74

Nice work!

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Popular crypto app uses single-byte XOR and nowt else, hacker says

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Re: It’s XOR I feel sorry for

XOR is also wonderful for compression - just XOR a file with itself before compression, the results are rather impressive.

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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Re: Strike 1 of three?

Jesus Chris, it's 25 fucking years. Yes, he was in the wrong, yes he's a repeat offender and in no way does this warrant him spending a quarter of your life inside - even discounting the personal tragedy (he was 27, not too old to turn his life around), the benefit to society from locking him up is vastly, vastly outweighed by the cost of his incarceration.

The word you want is "proportionality" and it's kind of important in my opinion (ingrained in European Law, it became a key aspect of the UK Human Rights Act, which is why I don't get the Daily Mail hatred for the legislation). It's the same concept that means you don't just shoot trespassers, vagrants and... oh, wait, I forget my audience. You're probably American aren't you? Sorry, carry on as you were.

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

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Re: Must be like Quantum Mechanics

I'm sorry, but in my naive world - where a company pays it's workers in the country they're employed and pays it's corporation tax in the country where the value is obtained - then I can't see how company pulling minerals out of the ground is going to underinvest because of corporation tax.

If there is a pile of unobtanium in the Congo and Company X wants it then they will pay to extract it, and if that cost includes corporation tax then they will pay that too. If it becomes available elsewhere and cheaper to extract, they will shift production. I think we'd agree on that at least, and if corporation tax was undodgeable then this would be a good system.

However in our world where profits can be shifted about, now suddenly your argument holds water - Company X can move production to Country B because in Country B they can fuck over the government more effectively and not pay any tax. The race to the bottom is won, and the worker is shafted. Your defence of this only works because your argument is circular.

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'Bar Mitzvah attack' should see off ancient and crocked RC4 algo

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Very interesting

I know and like RC4 and while I was aware of the weak-keying issue, that can be mitigated when choosing the initialization vector (or if using the algorithm as a proper stream cipher, rather than a block cipher as it was in WEP).

The "L shaped pattern" described in the PDF is a new one on me, even though it was apparently described in the same paper 13 years ago. Not sure it's a home run however, it still relies on a (larger) class of weak key, and (if I've read that paper right) the best case is those are only 1 in 2^16 of sessions. So an individual RC4 encryption is likely still fine, it's only when there are millions of them that one becomes statistically likely to fail. The odds of that one having a password, credit card or whatever are still low.

So I'm not going to panic just yet.

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VMware sued, accused of ripping off Linux kernel source code

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Re: Case..

"You only need to provide the code to the part of your system that uses the GPL code."

I appreciate the need for semantic accuracy on this topic, but my use of "entire codebase" here was intended to mean "the entire codebase (of everything that is linked to the GPL code)". I'm aware of the subtleties, but they're better covered elsewhere in depth. My back-of-envelope description is accurate enough, and certainly more accurate than Streaky's take on it, which is what I was getting at.

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Re: Case..

As somebody who regularly licenses stuff under BSD and GPLv2 from my perspective it's fairly nonsense.

Hey Streaky, you might want to re-read the GPL, or you could well be the next one in court.

To sum up, if you include GPL source code in your work then your entire codebase becomes subject to the GPL, which means you have to make the source code available. So if they did copy something, no source from vmWare = GPL violation.

There can't be an IT company on the planet that isn't aware of this by now, we're always being asked to warrant we're GPL-clean to our customers.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Re: is it just me?

Just as well, or you'd need to have a quiet word with Lewis.

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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Re: How about a dating website called

My favourite is still going strong I see: http://richorbeautiful.com. I, of course, am accepted there on both counts.

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Would you trust 'spyproof' mobes made in Putin's Russia?

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Re: Neil Barnes Switching off phones does not disable built-in GPS functionality

A GPS does not "wake itself or stay continually on in the background" - the "fast GPS lock" you're describing is called "hot start" and is a result of the GPS not having to download the almanac (of satellite location) when powered up, which takes several minutes.

A battery backup on the GPS isn't used to wake the GPS, it's simply to keep the almanac in memory. That's why the draw when in this standby mode is in the nanoamps. I don't have first hand knowledge of the GPS chip inside smartphones, but I'd be surprised if they didn't work this way simply because there's no need for them to - Apple will be buying commodity GPS chips, and this is how they're usually(*) designed.

There's an easy way to check - turn off your phone, take a plane flight to the other side of the world and turn it on. If it gets a GPS lock within a few seconds, it's been surreptitiously powering itself up to track its location. If it takes a few minutes, as I expect it will, then the GPS has found its almanac no longer applies and has downloaded a new one.

However, Matt, you/re right that the GPS is not a power hungry device, again it's a few tens of milliamps normally.

(*) putting my neck out here, but I've yet to see one that isn't.

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Re: Switching off phones does not disable built-in GPS functionality

Seconded, this sentence makes no sense to me. Turning the phone off most certainly disables it.

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Telly behemoths: Does size matter?

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Re: They're not TVs anymore.

Ah, but on what proportion of your media content does the DLNA support actually work as advertised?

I've been burned too many times to even investigate the various add-ons in consumer electronics devices from Sony, Samsung and whatever - having to browse 1000 films alphabetically, 8.3 filenames, disks formatted in FAT16, MP3 support meaning "plays MP3 files from root directory of CD only" - the list goes on. Give me a screen or an amplifier with digital in, I'll supply the content thank you.

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Vint Cerf: Everything we do will be ERASED! You can't even find last 2 times I said this

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That's what PDF/A is designed for

If it's digital you're going to need hardware and software to decode it of course but once you get past that "bootstrap" problem PDF/A is designed to be completely self-contained.

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REVEALED: TEN MEEELLION pinched passwords and usernames

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Re: "the dump stepped on the edge of ethical practise"

Garbage. I'm obliged to him and off to download it to see which, if any, of mine are there.

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Swedish National Font marches to the sound of whalesong

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Re: They can re-badge themselves all they want, but....

Yes, damn you Sweden, you bastion of neo-republicanism and unilateral military action you!

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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Re: Some Things

Nice to have someone with a bit more of an inside knowledge on this comment, cheers. Interesting that the facial recognition can only be run on the local database.

There were a whole lot of facts conflated in that interview but the key one for me is that innocent people's mugshots are being kept at all. I'm not worried about facial recognition or national databases of faces so long as it's only convicted criminals on there.

I note Mr Plod - busily defending his following the letter of the law, if not the spirit - when asked directly about "how many people on that database have not been convicted of a crime" was unable to say, despite that fact that this was arguably the key point that the interview revolved around.

We've got your assertion that it's a "very small number", well I'd like to know what that number is myself. Perhaps you could run SELECT COUNT(*) FROM IMAGE OUTER JOIN PERSON WHERE IMAGE.PERSON=PERSON.ID AND PERSON.PORRIDGE IS NULL when you get a minute and let us know the result?

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