* Posts by Graham Marsden

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SpaceX makes nice with U.S. Air Force, gets shot at black ops launches

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Re: Interesting name,

Well there is a Limiting Factor

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Panicked teen hanged himself after receiving ransomware scam email

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@Roo - Re: Wait a minute

I think your Irony Detector isn't working...

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Re: Wait a minute

Well obviously the Security Services just need *MORE* snooping powers...

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Dot-com is dead. Long live dot-com

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In Verisign's eyes this made the vast majority of new domains "redundant".

Possibly that's because the vast majority of new domains *are* redundant and are simply the result of defensive registrations by existing businesses such as eg mybusiness.com trying to make sure that nobody starts up eg mybusiness.co.uk or mybusiness.biz or whatever and either stealing their customers or saying "we'll sell you this domain name for £x,000 Squire".

There's also the question of why certain dot-domains cost more than others. Do they cost more to set up? Do they cost more to administer? Or is this just an excuse for the Registrars to screw more money out of people who want a certain dot-domain suffix? I'll give you three guesses...

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT, again

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That assertion (nor any other) will probably not do much to change the mind of...

... Lewis Page.

FTFY.

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Google: What this planet needs is INTERNET FROM SPAAACE

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@Montreal Sean - Re: Selfies from Spaaaaace

So you found what you were looking for, then...

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Re: Selfies from Spaaaaace

Are *YOU* looking for Penis Enlargement solutions...?

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Re: Wouldn't it be great....

Or, of course...

"To my Darling Candy;

"All characters portrayed within this book are Fictitious, and any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental."

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Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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So...

... the first hit is free, as the Dealers say...

Oh and as for "when you put one device down you can pick up another Windows device that you are signed in on and carry on where you left off", do you mean that you can't use your devices without being connected to WiFi/ Broadband and M$ snooping on everything you do?

"You look like you're browsing p0rn, would you like to buy some tissues...?"

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#CASHTAGS are a thing: you can now bank on Twitter

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Re: publicly visible?

@thegodfather transferred £10,000 to @justbusiness...

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Which of UK's major ISPs will let you have exotic p0rn? NONE OF THEM

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@MikeyD85 - Re: Sweet...

> When piracy is easier than getting free content legitimately, you know there's a problem somewhere!

Obligatory...

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Snowden doc leak 'confirms' China stole F-35 data

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Re: F-35 eh?

> The starwars program even today is largely a pipe dream but sometimes you don't actually have to deliver an effective weapon system to bankrupt your enemy and win

A system that Reagan was convinced to fund by a couple of Sci-Fi writers (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle) and who probably also (when that turned out to be a total White Elephant) then came up with the ret-con argument that it was all a cunning ploy to con the Russians into trying to match it...

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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"the idea that...

"... Lewis Page is in some way unbiased and objective about all this - is quite plainly rubbish"!

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@Tim Worstall - Re: How excellent

> That's what we want.

And of course TW wants us to believe that we can't get that *without* more globalisation (shipping raw materials all around the world to the cheapest place to make goods, then shipping those goods back around the world to people who can afford to buy them, thus increasing their carbon footprint) and capitalism (going for the cheapest way of manufacturing goods, without worrying about the environmental consequences of that cf my previous in brackets)...

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Use your brains, please - Re: Trouble is, the last time round

What on earth are some people thinking? That if they vote for the Greens, suddenly all the nuclear power stations will be turned off? Builders will be told to stop construction on housing projects and start building yurts? Farmers will be forced to grow tofu?

FFS, people, they aren't going to be forming a bloody goverment, but at least we'll get some people in power who think that the Government snooping and spying on everything we do and everywhere we go and everything we look at and everyone we talk to.

Sure, not all their ideas are great, but would you prefer another five years of the Tories or the Red Tories or the even more Right Wing Purple Tories or the Yellow idiots who got shafted by the Tories?

Or, as I've said before, don't vote for a colour or a face, try going to http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/ and seeing who actually has policies which you agree with. You might be surprised...

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OTHER EARTHS may be orbiting our Sun beyond Neptune

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Is one of them...

... called Mondas?

(Terminator, because there's no Cyberman icon!)

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'It's NOT FAIR!' yell RICH KIDS ... and that's a GOOD THING

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"Punishment"? What punishment?

"Punishment [n] the infliction or imposition of a penalty as retribution for an offence"

How about changing the parameters of the experiment so that, instead of just saying "If person 2 rejects the split neither of you get anything", you say "If person 2 rejects the split, neither of you gets anything and you *BOTH* have the amount of money you would have got taken away from you"?

That *would* be a punishment and, I think, would rather change the results since the split would probably be much closer to 50/50 (If person 2 says "give me more or I reject it", person 1 says "fine, you'll be losing more than me...")

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Sick of these new dot-words? Join the .club – it's the only one challenging .com

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Re: NamesCon?

Yep, Names Con says it all.

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Denmark mulls new EU-defying session-logging law

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UK.gov

Is watching with interest.

(And probably hoping they can use this to retro-actively justify what they may be doing already...)

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PROOF the undead STALK Verizon users: Admen caught using 'perma-cookie'

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How about a new UIDH

That says "FUCK OFF AND STOP TRACKING ME!"

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David Cameron: I'm off to the US to get my bro Barack to ban crypto – report

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Try Vote for Policies

Instead of voting for a face or a coloured ribbon, try looking at the policies you support and the ones you disagree with to decide how to vote: http://voteforpolicies.org.uk/

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Hollywood vs hackers: Vulture cracks Tinseltown keyboard cornballs

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Wargames got it right...

War dialling via an acoustically coupled modem (look it up, kids!) and then using research to find a back-door password.

Ok, the rest of the computing was pretty much BS and it was over 30 years ago 1983, but WTH!

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Hawking and friends: Artificial Intelligence 'must do what we want it to do'

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Re: Re:I first saw 2001 on the big screen when I was 14 in 1979

> you saw it ten years (and more) after it was released?

Yes, I wasn't much into sci-fi when I was 4.

And, IIRC, at the time I hadn't seen Star Trek: The Slow Motion Picture, nor had I seen Alien (although I did see that a couple of years later at the school film club, even though I was only 16!) but I'd read a lot of classic sci-fi by Heinlein, Asimov, Niven and, yes, Clarke, but not the book of 2001, which I only read after I'd seen the film.

> you don't have to share my opinion, but you don't have to be rude about it either.

Excuse me, Mr Pott, I have a Mr Kettle-Black on the phone...

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Re: @Stevie - That was exactly the point about HAL 9000 that Kubrick and Clarke made

> I get the distinct impression you are coming to the debate over "2001 ending: Brilliant or Crap?" debate from the benefit [...]

Well you'd be wrong.

I first saw 2001 on the big screen when I was 14 in 1979 and whilst I may not have noted all the subtleties that I later learned about, I understood it.

Just because you didn't doesn't mean I have to share your opinion.

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@Stevie - Re: That was exactly the point about HAL 9000 that Kubrick and Clarke made

> it wasn't properly explained until the movie 2010

"No 9000 computer has ever made a mistake or distorted information" - HAL

"[...] there is something about this mission that we weren't told. Something the rest of the crew know and that you know. We would like to know if that is true." - Frank Poole

"Good day, gentlemen. This is a pre-recorded briefing made prior to your departure and which, for security reasons of the highest importance, has been known on board during the mission only by your H-A-L 9000 computer." - Recording in 2001

"I have come to the conclusion that for so many years films were made for the 12 year old mind that, at last, alas, our critics have emerged with 12 year old minds. " - The Lost Worlds of 2001 - Arthur C Clarke.

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NSA: SO SORRY we backed that borked crypto even after you spotted the backdoor

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What a...

... Hoopy Frood!

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Peers warn against rushing 'enhanced' DATA SLURP powers through Parliament

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@dogged - Re: @dogged

So you'd prefert to take the state snooping into everything you do and everything you read and everything you write and everything you look at?

The difference between the Green's policies on this and seemingly everyone else's is that at least they would allow *us* to have some say in what is being done in our name, rather than the Big Brother Nanny State saying "this is for your own good, now stop worrying your pretty little heads about it, we know best."

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Re: @dogged

> So banning nuclear power is fine with you.

So using Straw Man arguments is fine with you?

Okay.

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@dogged

> We don't know what they'd do but - and this is important - neither do they.

ORLY? A quick google of Green Party Policy on Surveillance comes up with:

"The Green Party of England and Wales believes that illegal mass surveillance must be opposed. The Green Party will campaign against such surveillance and will act to protect whistle blowers such as Snowden who oppose illegal intrusion by the state."

http://policy.greenparty.org.uk/record-of-policy-statements.html

I think perhaps you're thinking of UKIP where their policies are vague and ill-defined soundbites which generally depend on what Nigel F thinks will sound good in the media that particular day (unless he's changed his mind again in the last five minutes).

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Checkmate, GoDaddy – Google starts flogging dot-word domain names

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And what's the betting...

... this suddenly appears right at the top of the "organic" search results...

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Die Gedanken sind frei…

Oh, but Call me David is quite supportive of Freedom of Thought...

... Provided you're only thinking things that he approves of, that is.

No Thought Crime, No Crime Think? Double-plus good, proles!

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Dot-word domains 'a shakedown, designed to get money out of people'

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It's all a money making scheme?

Damn, how could we not have all realised that and objected before they did it?

Oh, hang on, we did, but they went ahead with it anyway because they don't give a shit what anyone else thinks.

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Frontier wipes credit of Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' badboys

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@WraithCadmus - Re: Mostly Penniless.

Ah yes, I remembered the co-ordinates were (-2, -2) but I couldn't remember the name :-)

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Re: Mostly Penniless.

There was also a system in Amiga Frontier Elite where Gemstones were illegal and people would *pay* you to take them off your hands!

All you needed to do was buy a Viper and install a Class III Military Hyperdrive and you could stock up on Gems, Hyperspace to a system which would pay top dollar for them, rinse and repeat until you were stinkingly rich and could afford any ship or equipment you wanted.

Right on, Commander!

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MI5 boss: We NEED to break securo-tech, get 'assistance' from data-slurp firms

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"first person in the UK to be convicted of terrorist offences...

"... in connection with the Syria conflict had received advice on how to access extremist training and weaponry in Syria through online contact with other extremists based overseas."

Wow, you mean they didn't write letters and send them through the post...???

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NASA closing on fix for Opportunity rover's 'amnesia'

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Re: Reinstalling the OS on a >12 year old machine.

And then wait a *very* long time for all the updates and reboots to install over very narrow bandwidth...

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What an ACE-HOLE! This super-software will whip you at poker, hands down

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@Bunbury - Re: So What?

The Gambler's Fallacy is that dice/ roulette wheels/ coin flips whatever have "memory", ie that if you get a run of Heads the next flip is more likely to be Tails.

Of course (unless you're using loaded dice or double-headed coins etc) this is nonsense since each event is not linked to the previous one, but people still believe it.

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My best bud is a billionaire: Peter Thiel jumps into bed with dope upstarts

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Re: >empowering consumers worldwide

And let people know exactly what they're buying if they're going to use the stuff.

It looks like sanity is slowly breaking out.

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LICK THAT ATM: Diebold and Corning debug displays

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Hmm...

Ford Prefect: ”Golgafrincham Ark Fleet. Ship B. Hold Seven: Telephone Sanitizer, Second Class.” And a serial number!"

Arthur Dent: ”Telephone Sanitizer”? A dead telephone sanitizer?"

Ford Prefect: "Best kind."

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Sardine fishing in Kerala: Who benefits from mobile phones?

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@Tim Worstal - Re: Ok, so...

And, once again, TW cherry takes one small piece of the argument which he can pick nits from and uses that to try to imply that he's refuted the main argument instead of just ignoring it...

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Ok, so...

... the whole point of this article is for TW to be able to go "Nar nar ne-nar, nar! Told you so!!!"?

Possibly followed with an implication that, because *this* example has worked so well, we shouldn't to *anything* to try to alleviate poverty since the Free Market will do that so well for itself.

Of course there's the small matter that that article was from 2007.

Here's a quote from one written in 2012 Problems plaguing Kerala's once-thriving fishing industry:

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"The state's fish production has fallen by 40,000 tonnes over the past nine years, though the volume of fish caught by mechanised trawlers has doubled to more than 2 lakh tonnes in 20 years, data from the state's Directorate of Fisheries shows. Traditional fishing fell nearly 60% during the period.

"The state has imposed a ban on trawling during the monsoon, but it seldom takes action on illegal trawlers,'' says Peter. "Often, we are out in the deep sea for days on single-engine-driven boats,'' says Arumugam, a fisherman. He says Kerala fishermen sometimes go as far as the Gujarat coast, and even towards the Gulf, looking for a good catch.

Kurup notes, "There has been an 80% decline in cat fish and black fish alone.'' He notes that bottom trawlers throw non-commercial fish and planktons back into the sea. "The seabed over the years will be filled with this garbage," he warns. The tropical Arabian coast is still home to at least 200 species of fish compared with Pacific and Atlantic coasts which have far less diversity.

"We need to device our own marine management systems and support the livelihood of traditional fishermen in the country,'' says Deepak Apte, deputy director of Bombay Natural History Society. Until then, for people like Johnson, casting the net is a game of dice.

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In other words the Free Market has also created conditions whereby those fishermen who had benefitted from what TW describes, now find themselves unable to make a living because big, commercial operators have moved in, over-fished the area and screwed up the eco-system.

Again, I ask: Cui bono?

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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whether requests from the US are “proportionate and necessary.”

The US should *demonstrate* that their requests are "proportionate and necessary" not simply say "We say they are so Ner! And if you don't like it, we'll pick up our marbles and go home... so double Ner!"

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You like that E Ink book, huh? How about an E Ink HOUSE

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Prior Art:...

"Follow the lighted dots on the floor. Your code is red yellow yellow. Whenever you are assigned a path to follow it will be red yellow yellow, three dots side by side - go where those lights indicate."

- Enders Game

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I was thinking the same thing.

How long before huge dicks start appearing on the walls of office buildings full of, well, huge dicks...?!

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ISS Robonaut gets LEGLESS ... in spaaaace

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Then they found the small print on the box...

... which said *Batteries not included

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Right to be forgotten? That’s not Google’s call – data MEP Albrecht

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WT Everlasting F???

A leading Data Protection MEP has to sign a document threatening him with jail just to find out what TTIP is about?

Something is *seriously* fucked up here!!!

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A Cambridge boffin told me YOU'RE A BIG, FAT LIAR

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"A guilty man can always just freeze, but that will rather give the game away"

And an innocent person would never freeze up under questioning, so they *must* be guilty...

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Boffins spy I in your little eye

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@Chris G

If you're really that desperate to look at another bloke's wedding tackle, there's easier ways of doing it...

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Healthcare: Look anywhere you like for answers, just not the US

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@Tim Worstal

An article you've written that I can agree with, thank you!

But perhaps you could convince Nigel "I think we are going to have to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare" Farage of this...?

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