* Posts by Graham Marsden

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NASA photo gallery: How to blow $200m of rocket in seconds

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@Stoneshop - Re: Clearly

He was quoting George Santayana

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IT luminaries stranded in tropical paradise with Indian crime lord

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Ok...

... so whose lair was it...?

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Exam board in 'send all' fail: Hands up who knows what the BCC button is for?

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Re: Does anyone else wince when they see this phrase?

Ah, but they're the Exam Board, so you *know* that "Lessons Have Been Learned"!

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Nigerian government site popped, used for phishing scam

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Oh...

... the irony!!

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Sun of a b... Solar winds blamed for ripping away Mars' atmosphere

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Re: Might it be an opportunity?

> create some sort of magnetic funnel

If we could do that, we'd be building Bussard Ramjets first and sending probes to Alpha Centauri et al!

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UK cyber-spy law takes Snowden's revelations of mass surveillance – and sets them in stone

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The UK government wants to promote the use of good crypto

I think you mean "Double plus good crypto", prole.

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Encrypt voice calls, says GCHQ's CESG team ... using CESG encryption

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Well of course...

... it's different when THEY do it...

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DDoS, botnet, and fiber cut fail to stop Twitchers crowd-installing Linux

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What is the point?

Apart from finding out all the ways that this could go wrong and how many idiots and bullies there are out there who think that trying to piss on other people's fun is a clever idea, what does this actually achieve?

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US radar paparazzi snap 'Halloween Asteroid'

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"transmited high-power microwaves toward the asteroid"

So was it well cooked?

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UK's super-cyber-snoop shopping list: Internet data, bulk spying, covert equipment tapping

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@AC - Re: Security Theatre and/or Snooping

> I didn't think this bill was intended for use against "ordinary criminals". It's meant to be to protect us against terrorists

Remember the "Hand over your passwords or we lock you up for two years" law? *THAT* was supposed to be only for anti-terrorism too.

Unfortunately that stipulation wasn't written into the law, so it's been (ab)used by the Police because "well, nobody said we couldn't".

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Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

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Obviously before you use the Free Wi-Fi you're going to have to register and give your name, address, phone number, retinal scan, DNA sample...

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Re: This is a typical english forum

SO DO SOMETHING!

Go to http://www.theyworkforyou.com and find out who your MP is and WRITE TO THEM! Tell them why this is a bad idea, tell them why it won't work, tell them how short-sighted this is.

Sure, maybe they won't listen, maybe they'll just send back a form reply trotting out the Party Line, but maybe, just maybe there are *some* of them who will listen. They're not all self-serving greedy bastards, some of them do actually have a brain and a conscience and with prompting can be persuaded to think about what they're voting for instead of just doing what the Whips tell them.

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@batfastard - Re: As voted for by YOU!

> The Great British public had a chance to modernise with the referendum on AV

A referendum that was designed to fail, because we weren't given a choice as to what we would like to replace FPTP, because those who supported various forms of PR voted against AV as that wasn't what they wanted, because the Tories had rich supporters who could put up posters like "Vote NO to AV or the baby dies"...

The end result was simply that the Tories could spin this to claim that we didn't want a change.

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China's glorious five year plan will see 'online environment cleaned up'

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Meanwhile...

... the Tories are launching (or should that be "laundering"?) their latest attempt to get a version of their Snoopers Charter through Parliament...

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How do you anonymize personal databases and protect people's privacy – over to you, NIST

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Great, but...

... they miss one vital point:

Corporate America DOES NOT WANT THIS!

You are the product. Data about you is worth money. Your information can and will be bought, sold, traded, folded, stapled and mutilated in any way they want and all the "standards" you can name won't make a damn bit of difference if they are not backed up with serious legal penalties.

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I survived a head-on crash with driverless cars – and dummies

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@DanDanDan

Search out your local IAM or RoSPA Motorcycle Group and sign up to one of their courses and you'll soon learn how to filter safely and progressively through traffic.

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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Weasel words...

"we will not be giving powers to go through people’s browsing history"

Note that that does *NOT* mean that they won't be recording and storing all that history, just that they (supposedly) won't be looking through it all the time.

It's like saying "We're not tracking you everywhere you go, but we're storing the data from ANPR cameras, so if we *want* to find out where you've been, we can..."

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Re: This is what you get Shademeister

> idiots vote busybody Socialist "do gooders" into any office.

What the hell are you talking about? It's the *TORIES* that are pushing this legislation. Do you honestly think that their Councils are going to be *any* different when they get powers like this?

Take off your political blinkers and call a pox on ALL their houses!

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Doctor Who's The Zygon Invasion shape-shifts Clara and brings yet more hybrids

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So [rhetorical] why didn't they call it X67 or Q67 or any other letter of the alphabet that wouldn't jar on the ear?

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"this story is influenced by current affairs"

True, but I wish they didn't have to lay it on with a shovel...

It struck me as rather ham-fisted and just another poor part of what could have been a much better episode had not the Doctor let all the soldiers go into the village first (instead of him just strolling in and outwitting the Zygons) and them then all stupidly walked into the church, Kate Stewart not being caught out by the "not-a-cop-anymore" Zygon and the silliness of the fake Clara getting them all into the Zygon's "breeding chamber" before, incredibly (or should that be "incredulously"?) finding "her" duplicate out of all of those many pods (what on Earth was the point of all that?)

So, nice ideas, poor execution.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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@x 7 - Re: @Chris W - So what?

> Of course I know I'm right. Thats because I am right.

Circular Argument [n]: See Argument (Circular)

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@Chris W - Re: So what?

> Best troll ever,

The point of a troll is that they say something they *don't* necessarily believe in themselves, but they just want to wind people up and start an argument (see Clarkson for details).

The thing is that, if you read their posts, boltar and x 7 (and, oh look, Scorchio!! is back too!) *do* actually believe in what they're writing and they won't listen to any argument which disagrees with them because they *know* they're right.

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Re: @boltar - So what?

> If the idiot journalists are interfering in areas they're not wanted

"Areas they're not wanted"? Not wanted by whom...? (I bet you'd consider the reporters who exposed the My Lai massacre were "not wanted" and "traitors" for "helping the enemy"...)

"The first casualty of war is the truth" (Attributed to various)

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@boltar - Re: So what?

> if they have information that could help police they should hand it over. End.

Right, yes, and then paint a big target on the back of *every* journalist in the world because they're obviously working for the security services.

This is the same kind of short-sighted stupidity which has resulted in suffering for many people because someone in the CIA had the bright idea of using a vaccination programme to track down Osama Bin Laden and great, fine, it worked, they got him.

Unfortunately they didn't think beyond their narrow goals and now the plan to eradicate Polio worldwide is under threat because vaccine workers in Pakistan have been threatened or murdered as people there think they're spies.

Now journalists (BTW that's *proper* journalists, the ones who working to find out the truth of what is really happening in the world, not those who work for gutter rags like the Mail or take the Murdoch shilling) are going to find it so much harder to do their job or won't be able to take anything more than paper note because their sources are going to refuse anything that might be on a laptop etc that could be seized because Terrorism...

Bravo, boltar, you've just made the world so much safer!!!

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Buy a slice of the next Facebook with just your credit card and browser

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Thank you. Since I have another Nigerian Prince who wishes to transfer $43,000,000 to my bank account, please contact him and he will send the funds directly to you...

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Use Skype if you want to report a crime, say cops

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@gerdesj Re: Oh good

If you call 111 you can listen to an NHS drone go through a checklist which probably results in them suggesting you go to hospital anyway "just to be on the safe side". It won't help with your solving crime, but, there again, probably neither will any of the other numbers.

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"Have you been the victim of a crime...?

",,, Don't worry, we don't give a fuck!"

Even though, in these days of Tory cuts and cutbacks (let's only investigate crimes at even numbered houses), it's pretty much a sham anyway, at least having someone come round to your house and take a statement gives the illusion that the Police give a damn and will actually try to do something about a crime you've been the victim of.

Of course we all know what will inevitably follow, after they've cut the Legal Aid budget completely and privatised the Court System and made it cheaper for people to plead guilty rather than risk going to court and getting slapped with a mandatory charge, they'll sell off the Police to G4S and Serco and the like and we'll all be completely screwed!

"YOU ARE UNDER ARREST. YOU HAVE TWENTY SECONDS TO COMPLY!"

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Microsoft scares the bejesus out of Skype users with x12 price hike

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That would make it a bit expensive...

... to call the Police

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Cyber cop: Snoopers' Charter tag is offensive. Maybe we need a 'yes to snooping' tickbox?

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@davemcwish Re: Tick box?

No, not ticking the box means "I agree to let the State snoop on everything I do, because I think that my views on Civil Liberties should determine what happens to others."

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Re: Tick box?

Don't forget that ticking the box will, of course mean "I have something to hide" and are therefore deserving of extra surveillance...

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Yamaha unleashes motorcycling robot

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Re: Point?

> better all weather capability

I ride in all weathers.

> reduced risk (no rider)

If it has a rider there's less risk of some idiot pulling along side it at the lights and trying to shove it over!

> 24-hour availability

Three bikes and riders on 8 hour shifts are still cheaper than one of these.

Still no point...

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Re: Point?

Sorry, but I don't see any benefit of this over the existing versions of these.

There are already bike taxis, couriers and Blood Bikes out there and it's going to be a long time before this technology becomes cheap enough to make it cost effective over a bloke and a bike.

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Re: Point?

That was exactly what I was thinking as I read this.

I own a bike because it's fun to *ride*, what's the point of being a pillion on one of these?

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Volvo eyes kangaroo detection tech

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A Møøse once bit my sister...

No realli!

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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"Everyday investigation..."

"Every day we're investigating your activities, just in case you might have done something we don't like..."

FTFY

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UK ministers, not judges, to sign off on Brit spies' surveillance

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@Flatpackhamster - Re: I'm not sure.

> legislation is now being decided by judges

I think you misunderstand what has happening for a long time.

The Government (of whatever colour) decides it wants some legislation, so it knocks something together, makes great claims about it to the press, then enacts it in law.

Unfortunately, it then turns out to be vaguely worded and imprecise, which, of course, the Police, Security Services, Local Councils et al love, because that gives them the opportunity to abuse it (jail for not handing over your passwords? That was supposed to only be for anti-terrorism. Spying on people who may be trying to sneak their kids into a school they shouldn't? Ditto)

It's not until someone finally decides to stand up to the Authorities and can afford challenge this sort of nonsense in the Courts that we get some idea of what the law actually is and how it can be applied *without* breaching our Human Rights and Civil Liberties.

But, oh, the price that has to be paid first...

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"If she is having to sign off 10 warrants a day...

"...she can’t possibly do it with the proper scrutiny needed."

Right, so you understand it...!

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Safe Harbor 2.0: Judges to keep NSA spying in check – EU justice boss

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Judicial Review - The short version

"Are they doing it?"

"Yes."

"Can we do anything about it?"

"No."

The End.

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Is Alphabet-Google 'too big to jail'? The Lords find out

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@Paul Shirley - Re: "We're not sophisticated consumers,"

> I think the public are sophisticated enough to stick with what works for them

That's clearly some strange defintion of the word "sophisticated" that I wasn't previously aware of...

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UK.gov plans to legislate on smut filters after EU net neutrality ruling

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"We worked so hard to put in place these filters..."

... which were immediately circumvented by tech-savvy kids.

So obviously the Tories are actually *improving* the Tech skills of children!

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Brit boffins build 'tractor beam' out of sound

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That's no...

... acoustic structure...

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Re: Don't know what they expected.

> Humans can't be clean roomed to the same degree

See The Andromeda Strain for details...

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@jake - Re: @ PleebSmash (was: Whatever.)

RTFA: "one of the health impacts of a stint on the ISS is a suppressed immune system."

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China tells local cloud storage vaults to name suspected pirates

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Looking at that video...

... I'd be thinking China is relaxing its drugs policy!

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Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?

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"The European Parliament is essentially tossing a hot potato...

" to the Body of European Regulators, national regulators, and the courts, who will have to decide how these spectacularly unclear rules will be implemented."

And, no doubt, the British regulators will (under pressure from the Government) Gold Plate them such that the big players in the industry (in exchange for a few lucrative Directorships) get a free pass to do what the hell they like and all the little people get shafted...

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TalkTalk attack: UK digi minister recommends security badges for websites

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You can get badges already...

Companies like Trustwave and Geotrust do ones which you can put on your site and which are regularly updated to ensure they're still valid.

The problem is that they have to appear on every page on your site and when you're running an e-commerce store, need to be re-loaded on every page a customer visits, adding a time over-head which slows page loads (even if you try to load them asymmetrically) and can cause the whole thing to freeze until the badge appears which pisses off customers and makes them more inclined to go somewhere else.

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@John Brown (no body) Re: We don'n need no steenkin' badges!

Err, no, nobody said "We don'n need no steenkin' badges!", but GregC said "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" five hours ago at the time of my writing this...

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Mystery object re-entering atmosphere may be Apollo booster

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@Alien8n - Re: @TheProf - @Alister

Personally I found the Long Earth series disappointing, I just found them very thin and lacking the depth that I'd come to expect from Pratchett's works.

His original Long Earth story which the series was based on was much better IMO.

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Little bang for the Big C? Nitro in the anti-cancer arsenal

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"The potential impact might be explosive"

Nice one and a very interesting article.

Nitroglycerin: DO NOT shake well before use!

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Re: Yes, yes, cure cancer and so on, but, what of these 'poppers'...

> amyl nitrite can no longer be legally sold for 'recreational purposes'

But similar products are sold in (Ahem) Room Odourisers (erm, allegedly!)

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