* Posts by Vimes

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Re: Ah, fear.....

Note that in Paris (and previously in the UK before the 7/7 bombing, Lee Rigby murder and Jihadi John) the suspects were all known to the authorities *BEFORE* the acts took place (and even during the 7/7 inquests the point was explicitly made that having access to more information would not have changed the outcome).

It's interesting to see how nobody within those agencies ever accepts responsibility. Instead of that all we ever hear are cries of 'We need more money/information/<insert term here>!!!'.

I suppose It's a good way of deflecting the blame since it gives the impression that something other than utter incompetence was the cause, but how does this make their work any easier to do when people start to realise what's happening and start using encryption themselves?

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Re: So, in translation...

In his eyes it would appear that society should be run in a way to make things easier for the various security services rather than having the security services run in such a way that makes the lives of those living in that society easier.

That's a very skewed way of looking at things. Dangerous too...

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Vodafone wants to bonk you… wait, wants you to bonk

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In the internal war of NFC technologies the new service uses the operator-favouring Single Wire Protocol (SWP), which puts the secure element in the SIM card, while the bank-favouring Host Card Emulation (HCE) puts the secure element in the phone.

SIM cards are any better than the phone with regards to security? Really? People still think that after what happened with Gemalto?

Incidentally if you're using the 3UK network then your SIM card has been provided by Gemalto. I have no idea what the state of play is with the other networks.

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Police ICT Company finally lurches off the ground

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Here's the catch, it should be staffed by IT professionals who know what they're talking about.

You could say the same of the ICO, since a lot of data protection these days involves IT of one sort or another.

However they don't seem to have even one person working for them that has been educated to degree level in an IT related subject. Not one.

Paying peanuts doesn't help of course, but if it can't be managed here then what hope is there for your idea to ever work?

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PCCs might be elected, but this new organisation that they created isn't, and exists as a commercial entity much like ACPO.

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Will this new organisation be subject to the Freedom of Information Act or will they escape having to respond to FoIA requests, like ACPO did before them?

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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Re: It would be interesting to see the stats..

but I think they're a relatively small minority now

What about the users that don't expect their phones to easily fall to pieces?

For that matter what about battery life, which seems to be worse in both when compared to the S5?

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Re: It would be interesting to see the stats..

The only time I ever bothered removing the battery was to replace it. It was a 1st gen Galaxy Note and at that point if I hadn't been able to do that I would have had to buy an entirely new Galaxy Note.

Even non-power users can find that sort of thing potentially useful given the high cost of the handsets...

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This article sounds little better than the sort of marketing material put out by Samsung themselves.

I thought this site normally marked articles that were advertising as such?

(speaking as somebody distinctly unimpressed with the S6 and will be sticking with their S5)

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but hasn't fallen into the trap of style over substance.

Really?

- worse battery

- no micro SD card slot

- no removable battery.

What's also funny is how some people have been warning this type of case is easier to break. I remember seeing a brand new S6 in the shop the other day.

It was already cracked.

'Nuff said really...

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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.

I thought this was supposed the European *SINGLE* market? If I can't limit trade to people within the UK then why should it be limited within the EU?

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@Andrew Orlowski

Poles here don't have any difficulty getting Polish cultural goods under the current system. It's all licensed.

I've certainly had problems in the past.

Until recently a lot of the e-book versions of Lucky Luke and other comics weren't available in the UK on Amazon despite being available for months or even years before that on their French site.

Just because they encountered no difficulties doesn't mean that difficulties don't exist and that if they do exist that they are necessary. And even if borders are removed it will still need to be licenced.

Personally I doubt the problems surrounding funding translation are going to cause a big impact either. If people are going to the trouble of dubbing them then it's because people want - or perhaps even need - to watch it in their own language. That need is not simply going to disappear with any licencing borders. People are not going to start learning other languages just to watch TV or films.

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Re: "People speak different languages, the group reminded Kommissar Ansip"

Of course the language is going to have to be a mixed hybrid of every language spoken in Euro-land.

Esperanto?

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There is an almost certain assumption that creation of one pan-European cultural market would lead to a total disappearing of the Polish market of contents protected with copyright

Who's making the assumption?

And Polish film goers will lose interest in Polish films if they're available elsewhere in Europe? Really?How does that one work?

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Who should I report this to?

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Re: Who should I report this to?

Tried that already. No response, and no action taken since it's happened since my original email to them too.

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Who should I report this to?

I've had a number of dubious requests listed in the access log for my website recently, all of which originate from a Dutch IP address and all of them - bar one - don't actually request any pages (and that one exception doesn't then request any of the files associated with the page).

Does anybody here know which Dutch organisation if any deals with complaints of this sort?

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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On the right hand side of the page towards the top there's a section labelled 'Forums'. Your name should be displayed underneath that followed by a bunch of hyperlinks. Click on the 'Create a new topic' link.

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Funny how by trying to make the site more usable they end up making it useless.

Have you noticed that they seem to be changing the font size based on window size too? If the browser window happens to be sized below a certain width then the size jumps up. Nothing to do with the type/version of the browser used of course - that would be asking too much evidently.

Just for the hell of it:

http://validator.w3.org/check?uri=http%3A%2F%2Fnews.bbc.co.uk&charset=%28detect+automatically%29&doctype=Inline&group=0

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Have you tried viewing the BBC news site with javascript disabled? It looks like it's the mobile layout that ends up getting displayed.

JavaScript controlled layout. Seriously.

It's a joke. Perhaps some of us could club together and buy the BBC website designers a book on CSS?

Didn't the BBC use to win design awards for their websites? I wonder when was the last time they won anything?

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BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

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PC manufacturers put on bloatware, and cell phone manufacturers have got into that game too - all in the name of maximising the money made.

Presumably BT will, since they're a commercial organisation, also be interested in maximising profit.

BT themselves got into this game a while ago with Phorm so it would be interesting to know what if any 'stealth trials' they're conducting to do the same here?

I just hope that they don't get expect to get 'comforting' advice from the home office if the legality of whatever it is they're doing is questioned.

If you care about privacy: avoid BT.

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Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

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Re: Can't be worse than the new BBC site

And they seem to be sharing browsing habits with third parties too. Nice.

Ooh, and a call to www.googletagservices.com too. Even though I'm in the UK and they shouldn't be showing any advertising. Complete with what looks like debug code being left in the page. Even better.

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Re: Can't be worse than the new BBC site

You mean the BBC site that has fonts that change size depending on browser window width, layout that seems to be controlled by JavaScript as well as CSS(*), HTML errors that seem to include duplicate IDs and unclosed tags(**), more awkard navigation and the overriding assumption that the reader has an IQ in the single digit range?

Is *That* the BBC site you're talking about?

(*) An assumption, but the mobile layout seems to be displayed when viewing the pages with JavaScript disabled on the desktop regardless of the browser used which suggests layout is controlled via JavaScript.

(**) Results of W3C validator run against news.bbc.co.uk

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I for one welcome our new virus overlords

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I for one welcome our new virus overlords

https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=984012

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BT set to undercut rivals with return to mobile biz

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Re: OOooo PLEASE .....

3 seem to have reasonably good connection in deepest Devon (near Salcombe to be precise).

Given the price you pay compared to what you get I would personally wonder how you think things could be better.

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How are they going to undercut the market? By using Phorm again?

Or perhaps they've found a new way to screw with the privacy that their customers want?

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Another thought: and this seems to apply to the old design too - if I make more than one comment in a thread then that thread is displayed first in the 'my posts' list even if the posts in question are sometimes older than posts in other threads.

Would it be possible perhaps to be able to either collapse the comments for a given thread or order the posts purely by date, rather than by thread first then date?

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When viewing my posts, the date/time link that leads to the post is immediately above the 'withdraw' link. Admittedly it doesn't happen too often, but there have been a few occasions when I've clicked the 'withdraw' link in error as the two are quite close.

This is just my two cents, but if somebody is viewing a post in their list then I would have thought seeing that post in context of the thread would be one of the main things they would be interested in at that point.

Would it perhaps be possible to give the link that leads to the post more prominence and greater spacing between it and other links?

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Hello? Police? Yes, I'm a car and my idiot driver's crashed me

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Re: @Ac: @Vimes - how to disable it... @trevor_pott

It's odd that we have the right to refuse life saving medical treatment, yet on the other hand we're given no choice in the matter here.

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Your concerns are valid but are WAY too late to fear this sort of system when you already cart around everything they need to track you 24x7 anyway.

So we should just sit back and let a bad situation get that little bit worse?

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Re: Exactly what problem does this solve?

Whose cost and whose benefit?

An ex-BT MD is currently a trade minister in the UK and across the rest of Europe telcos seem to be gaining enough influence to delay changes to roaming charges amongst other things. Collectively they seem to have quite a bit of clout across the continent.

This system will require that each car be equipped with some sort of phone to deal with these situations.

Who benefits from that?

The telcos...

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You think they can't already via the smartphones that Google (American) and Apple (ditto) saturated the market with?

I can always remove the battery if I'm that desperate, at least with my S5 at any rate.

Will we be able to either remove or disable this system?

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US car companies have been fitting this sort of system to vehicles for years

The US aren't supposed to spy on it's own citizens.

Foreigners on the other hand...

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Using systems provided by anybody even remotely connected to the US means leaving yourself open to abuse by the US government, at least for non-Americans at any rate.

This means that US government could potentially demand that the provider allows for this location functionality be switched on without the users knowledge and without the public authorities for the country concerned ever knowing what has happened.

This rather makes a mockery of any suggestion that this will never be about watching us IMO, and given the sharing arrangements between organisations on both sides of the pond it will probably be a real boon for agencies keen to spy on people here too.

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Given that US law both forces US companies to provide information and provides no opportunity to tell the customers that such demands have taken place, does this mean US car companies will be locked out the European market?

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German court slaps down Uber's ride-sharing app

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I've used them several times and found them excellent so they clearly delivered value to me.

Do you understand the concept of risk? For all you know the next time could be an absolute disaster and an avoidable one at that.

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The courts/authorities could clearly demand registers of drivers, contact details, background checks, etc, etc, that would help the service be safe and would not interfere with the basic concept.

Which would presumably be paid for. Paid registration rather sounds like the licencing arrangements they have at present.

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3UK apparently happy with Gemalto response

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3UK apparently happy with Gemalto response

Funny how the tone seems to suggest it was accepted without question.

https://nodpi.org/forum/index.php/topic,6724.msg56419/topicseen.html#msg56419

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Aged 18-24? Don't care about voting? Got a phone? Oh dear...

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Re: Here are my ideas to improve politics.

Personally I like the Terry Pratchett option.

7. Jail the lot of them as soon as they're elected. It'll save time in the long run.

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Re: Here are my ideas to improve politics.

Lib dems didn't win the election. They're a minor party in a coalition government. They didn't get everything in their manifesto, that's the nature of being in a coalition government.

...that they entered into willingly. Nobody forced them to, and nobody said that they absolutely had to be part of a coalition.

This doesn't change the fact that promises were made, and that they dropped them for the sake of expediency without any consultation with the voters, many of whom had voted lib dem based on those very promises.

If lib dems can't be in government and stick by their own obligations then they shouldn't be in government in the first place.

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Re: Online Voting

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/30/simpsons_evoting_parody/

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Re: Here are my ideas to improve politics.

2: Disagree. The point of the whip is that parties can be formed so you know basically what you're voting for. Without the whip, the parties are pointless.

Two words: 'tuition fees' - as good a demonstration as any that manifestos can end up being works of fiction if they contain anything that ends up being inconvenient down the line.

Whips are there to make lives easier for the party leaders, not for any of the individual members and certainly not for the benefit of the voters.

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Re: Why bother?

it will have a majority way beyond everyone else

Which might not be such a bad thing. Look at Belgium: the one time the government seemed to be working well was when they didn't have one.

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It'll be interesting to see what the Electoral Commissions response is to this question:

https://twitter.com/bainesy1969/status/577782253549420544

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Re: Why bother?

It would be nice to have a 'none of the above' option.

At least that would stop the spurious claims of any sort of mandate by politicians who often scraped through with the support of a minority of the voting public.

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I thought people got opted into these services and they relied on people opting out?

That's not consent...

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Define 'stupid'.

http://dilbert.com/strip/1995-06-18

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Hasn't the ICO started ramping up action against the senders of unwanted texts?

It would be interesting to see what the results would be of reporting the government to the government.

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Respect mah privacy! EU delegation begs US to play nice with data

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'judicial redress'...

Except that you have to know about abuses first *before* you can even think about seeking redress. Have they forgotten about gagging clauses often found in national security letters?

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25 years of SNK's Neo Geo video gaming platform

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No mention of the Neo Geo Pocket Colour?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neo_Geo_Pocket_Color

Metal Slug was great fun to play on it, even if the graphics weren't quite up to the same standard as it's bigger brother.

And wasn't this console the first handheld console to have a Sonic the Hedgehog game published for it, despite the console itself not belonging to Sega?

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Dutch telcos build data bonfire after judge nixes retention law

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So the minister responsible for bringing forward legislation to do with serious crime is himself possibly guilty of a serious crime?

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