* Posts by gazthejourno

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

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

It's on manual pre-moderation, being a particularly sticky legal story. And approving comments comes way down our list of priorities.

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Reach for the popcorn: Obama opens personal presidential Twitter account

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "half a million followers in an hour or so"

Entirely consistent. Numerals 1-9 are spelled out in full; larger numbers are expressed in figures; eyecatching numbers get the full digit treatment.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Boneheaded

Good point, well made. Above comment nixed for assuming the guy's guilt.

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "£900bn"?

He did say that. I can't be bothered trying to find his reasoning because, being frank, he's been voted out now and is thus an irrelevance.

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

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: captain veg Re: as long as you obey the letter of the law.....

It boils down to political control of the justice system through the DPP. By the letter of the law Choudray did, repeatedly, break it. But the political will wasn't there to prosecute and imprison him.

I have a theory that he was allowed to continue because he acted as an excellent lightning rod for the mentalists, sparing MI5 a lot of work in tracking them down.

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VENOM virtual vuln proves less poisonous than first feared

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Snakebite made with cider and lager?

Peculier's a strong enough brew on its on, let alone mixing it with cider!!!

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RAF radar station crew begs public for cash to buy gaming LAN kit

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: *ULTRA* reliable!

I am told modern anti-aircraft radars are capable of painting an actual picture of the target's outline on the operator's screen, allowing visual identification the old-fashioned way many tens of miles away. That suggests some kind of super-duper-ultra-mega-high frequency setup.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Little

I'll give you a hint. The picture shows the full extent of Little Ecuador.

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Airbus to sue NSA, German spies accused of swiping tech secrets

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: crayon

I have to hand moderate all this stuff, can we make the bunfighting shorter please.

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French BIONIC EYE sits IN your peeper, feeds infrared light into nerves

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: A bit large?

Well, that's the size the IEEE would have us believe: http://spectrum.ieee.org/tech-talk/biomedical/bionics/blind-patients-will-soon-try-a-new-bionic-eye

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: WHAT DID YOU FUCKING SAY TO ME???

Someone just reported this comment. I lol'd.

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Burger me! Microsoft's chainsaw rampage through sacred cow herd

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Can't help feeing

a) today's Thursday

b) burger off.

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DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Perhaps I oughta spend less time on the range and more time in the shops!

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Barclays, Halifax and Tesco still being gnawed by POODLE

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: El Reg is not vulnerable....

Yes, and? This is a discussion board with no private-messaging facility. Everything you post on here is public, except for the ranty/legally troublesome stuff that me and the other mods remove. What good would implementing SSL achieve?

I've said it before, I'll say it again. If you're reusing your El Reg login creds elsewhere, you're doing it ALL wrong.

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WHY can't Silicon Valley create breakable non-breakable encryption, cry US politicians

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

And your position is?

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Good news

Your repeated prison fantasies are both bizarre and unwelcome. Take heed of your rejected 300+ posts and change the record.

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

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

<obligatory "please don't use Adblock etc on El Reg because ads pay the bills and bring you the stories you like to read" post>

If the ads are resource-hogging monstrosities, tell us. We have pulled campaigns before for blatantly taking the piss with giant Flash abortions.

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: @Jake

Quick, stop the internet - someone's OFFENDED.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: He did not commit the other crime

You acknowledge that one cop is in jail awaiting trial for murder while claiming if the victims stood still, they'd still be alive.

Here's a thought: perhaps the man killed by being shot in the back was running away precisely because the police employee telegraphed his intent to murder?

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America was founded on a dislike of taxes, so how did it get the IRS?

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Taxes etc (Spike Milligan)

"Willingly?!"

Alright, Milligan did exaggerate for comic effect in his memoirs but he certainly wasn't beating down the door of the recruiting office.

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To BALDLY GO where few have gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Baldly go?

<moderator hat>

Thou shalt not abuse the report function to settle an argument by trying to get unremarkable posts removed. Put on your big girl panties and argue it out between yourselves.

</moderator hat>

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Transatlantic twonk

This was written by our US desk. Wind your necks in.

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'Modernise' safe harbour laws for the tech oligarch era – IP czar

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Watch it, matey...

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Motorola Mobility loses another patent suit to über-troll Intellectual Ventures

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Repulsive picture

Allow me to extend to you my heartfelt feelings on this matter:

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There, that's better.

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Millions of voters are missing: It’s another #GovtDigiShambles

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: The cynical part of me...

It's electoral fraud to say that individuals who want to vote should register to vote themselves and not leave it to the "head of the household" (an outdated 1950s concept if there ever was one).

What a bizarre view of the world.

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Man hauled before beak for using drone to film Premiership matches

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Perjures?

Perjury is lying under oath so this chap hasn't perjured himself. Now if you talked about incriminating himself...

Interesting snippet - the plea ("guilty or not guilty?") is not taken under oath.

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I BEG YOU, mighty Jobs, TAKE MY LIVER, Cook told Apple's dying co-founder

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Tim offered Steve his Liver...

a) The red badge means I am a mod.

b) You seem to have a fixation with sexuality. Feel free to express those views somewhere that isn't a tech news website.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Tim offered Steve his Liver...

Glad to see you read as far as the second paragraph.

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' attack site wins Nominet takedown battle

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Moderator note

Comments on this story are now closed. If the plaintiffs from the article want to continue chucking accusations at each other, please do so somewhere else.

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Angry Austrian could turn Europe against the US - thanks to data

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Rendering issue?

Done - but next time please use the "send corrections" link at the bottom of the story. Not all comments get read, it was good fortune that one in this story tripped the moderation filter and brought me in.

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Ad bidding network caught slinging ransomware

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: @Richard Jones 1 - The problem with such as Adblock

obligatory "El Reg is supported by ads, please whitelist us to continue reading more top-notch tech news" post

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: is it just me?

Opinions - in this case the author's opinion is that his paper was excellent and that he's got something cool to write about here. We're not passing ourselves off as a peer-reviewed scientific journal here.

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'Hi, I'm from Microsoft and I am GOING TO KILL YOU'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: People like this...

270 rejected posts. 800+ live. Not ONE of those has been posted as anything other than Anonymous Coward. Never stopped to think why you're on permanent pre-moderation?

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Snowden, NSA spying, hard drive malware ... what we need is a UN privacy watchdog!

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: hmm

What, exactly, would theft of your Reg forums login creds achieve? Apart from giving me a monumental headache as every skiddie on t'interweb starts spamming the place.

If you recycle your Reg login creds elsewhere, well, that's a silly thing to do.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: LOOSE != LOSE

Now that's useful feedback. Thanks for letting us know.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: LOOSE != LOSE

We would really have appreciated it if you'd used the "send corrections" link on the homepage.

Signed

A subeditor with a headache.

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Got $600 for every Win Server 2003 box you're running? Uh-oh

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Over a barrel. ¿lots more security patches for RHEL?

Posting a link to someone's LinkedIn profile with one line saying "look, he worked for Microsoft" and summarily dismissing anything he has to say on Windows v Linux security isn't constructive.

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Facebook: Hey guys, come share all your securo-blunders with us!

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Remove the S and it should load. We've updated the story.

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Keyless vehicle theft suspects cuffed after key Met Police, er, 'lockdown'

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: It's unfortunate

You have 255 rejected comments, the vast majority of which consist of you fantasising about prisons, imprisonment in general or prison rape in particular. Is there something you want to share with the group?

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EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: MOD and mobiles

A certain mobile operator's coverage map reckoned it had exceedingly good coverage of large areas in Wiltshire...

... the fact that those were the impact areas for Salisbury Plain Training Area (i.e. safe places for live artillery shells to land and explode!) and thus inaccessible to the public, much less to mobe operators wanting to put a mast up in the middle of nowhere, was seemingly beside the point.

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First look: Ordnance Survey lifts kimono on next-gen map app

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

I can also heartily commend to the house the DEFRA Magic Maps site, complete with its overlays of just about every dataset they have: MAGIC Maps.

Forget missing roads - I've just found out half the houses on my street are statutorily listed!

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Official: Turing's Bombe BETTER than a Concorde plane

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: Great stuff.

There's something very stirring about hearing four Rolls-Royce Olympus turbojets at max chat. Same experience can be had if you go and see the Vulcan before they ground it, incidentally...

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

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Actually you're wrong on most points there. Arrest means you're taken to a police station to have your mugshot, dabs and cheek (DNA) swab taken, if necessary by force. There are quite a few ways and means by which the police can arrest people, deprive them of their liberty for up to 36 hours, and then release them with no further charge.

By that point they've already got your sensitive personal data and it's on their databases, which is more often than not the undeclared point of the arrest aside from buggering you around. The only way to avoid that is if you are, miraculously, de-arrested at the scene. This happens to very, very few people - Green Party politician Jenny "don't you know who I am!" Jones is one of these.

"Helping with their enquiries" is not, and never has been, a euphemism for arrest. It is a euphemism for "being coerced into giving us information in a way that stops short of arrest because that triggers the need for a lawyer and a raft of legal protections which we find inconvenient".

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: The new man

Stop misbehaving or the Big Moderatorial Hammer of Justice will descend.

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gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: elreg misquote

The quote is from David Lowery.

Which makes it plain that you've managed to misquote us while accusing us of misquoting someone else. Impressively dullardry.

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Oracle is BETTER at cloud than everyone else so NER, shouts Hurd (no Katz)

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

You want us to CHANGE the PICTURE of LARRY ELLISON?!?

Good gods, next they'll be asking for an area on here to write their thoughts on the articles! Someone hold me.

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Humanity can defeat SkyNet with BOOKS, says IT think tank

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Re: more titles and Asimov

I think his first and "zeroth" laws are fundamentally the most important.

They'll also get completely ignored. Robots have far too many tempting features for authoritarian and quasi-authoritarian regimes to ignore.

In addition, who defines "harm"? Are you "harmed" if your robot hands over evidence to the authorities of you driving at 78mph at 2am on the M1? Is humanity "harmed" if the entire Middle East is turned into a glass car park and repopulated with prison inmates from the West, a la Australia's settlement?

Too many seemingly objective principles are subordinate to subjective judgments at their root.

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Last Pirate in Brussels: Put ME in charge of yer IP treasure chest. Yarr!

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

That's Google News in trouble for providing links to the Financial Times and the Wall Street Journal that bypass their paywalls, then.

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C'mon, ElReg. Je suis Charlie![1]

gazthejourno
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: C'mon, ElReg. Je suis Charlie![1]

FYI:

https://twitter.com/TheRegister/status/553234306261204992

https://www.facebook.com/VultureCentral/photos/a.268239966533572.73242.206419956048907/908987735792122/

We're not making a big fuss over it as there's no need to.

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