* Posts by Graham Marsden

5194 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Does not add up! @Eponymous Cowherd

So, as the Dutch realised a long time ago, the solution is to *EDUCATE* not to *LEGISLATE*!

Sex Education for Dutch children starts in primary school and results in much lower levels of teenage pregnancy and rape than countries such as the UK.

Of course the fact is that the Tabloids would explode with apoplexy were any UK government suggest such a thing here since teaching children about sex is obviously a Bad Thing and will only make them want to do it more...

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Michelle Obama speaks out against censorship ... in China

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Re: @Vociferous - Fuck you all.

You missed out "If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear"...

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@Vociferous - Re: Fuck you all.

'open access to information is “the birthright of every person on this planet”'

Especially if you are the NSA.

If you are forced to self-censor because Big Brother wants to look at everything you do, then you are still being censored and repressed, just in a different way.

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Revealed: What the US taxman really thinks of crypto-cash Bitcoin

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Re: @Nick Ryan - @ bigtimehustler Taxing Income is Immoral and counter productive.

> VAT is not on food yet

ITYM "Not on *all* food yet" :-(

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@Nick Ryan - Re: @ bigtimehustler Taxing Income is Immoral and counter productive.

> should the goods and services that a company produces not be taxable?

Originally the idea of VAT was that it would be a "luxury" tax. Unfortunately it's now become a tax added to virtually everything and which affects everyone, rich or poor. However, as with my example above, the poor end up paying a bigger proportion of their income on VAT.

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@Tom 13 - Re: You are mistaking the *absolute*

Ah, the classic "I'm alright Jack" argument...

Let me put it another way. Imagine we all had to move a pile of bricks from one place to another by hand. Now imagine that I am six feet tall, well muscled, regularly go to the gym, am well fed etc whereas you are 5 feet tall, not in the best of health and poorly nourished.

Which is better: For the stronger person to carry more bricks or for him to say "No, since you can only carry two bricks, it's fair and just for me to only carry two bricks as well"? Should the burden be placed on those best capable of carrying it or distributed equally so that the stronger and the weaker carry the same amount?

(There's a certain irony that many on the Right Wing of politics are fundamentally opposed to equality, apart from when it benefits them...)

PS And I think you need to look up what a Straw Man argument is, because that other post was certainly not one.

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@ bigtimehustler Re: Taxing Income is Immoral and counter productive.

> "The poor do the most consuming? What? How do these poor people afford to consume more than the rich?

You are mistaking the *absolute* amount spent for the *proportional* amount spent.

To pick some simple figures, if you and I both have monthly expenses of £1500, but you earn £1500 a month and I earn £3000 a month, you are consuming 100% of your income whereas I am only consuming 50% of mine and hence have money over to save and invest.

This is why consumption taxes like VAT are neither moral nor productive, but are, instead, regressive and unfair because everyone gets taxed at the same rate, but the poorest have to pay a bigger proportion of their income and are thus left with less left over.

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Terminator-maker 'Cyberdyne Inc' lists on Tokyo stock exchange

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Alien

HAL?

It's "a maker of exoskeleton suits” so I was thinking more of the Caterpillar P-5000 Powered Work Loader that Ripley drove in Aliens.

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Research bods told: Try to ID anonymised data subjects? No more CASH for you

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So tell me...

... how much funding will be withdrawn and how does that compare to the commercial value of the data which could be extracted...?

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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Meanwhile...

... in the UK you just get threatened with jail for refusing to reveal your password on demand because obviously you are a paedoterrerist...

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Banks lob sueball at Trustwave, Target over breach

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FAIL

"Trustwave"...

... the people who use Flash to run their website...

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British trolls to face 'tougher penalties' over online abuse

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Alert

That's a good one...

... tell us another!

Parliament sees its job as passing the laws and then leaving it to the Courts to decide the actual details.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Holmes

Music Industry declares...

... that laws passed to protect the Music Industry are a good start, so we need more of them.

See icon for details.

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Bulls hit city streets after alleged Samsung ad shoot hits the fan

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Facepalm

"Bulls hit city streets"?

Damn, I was about to call my broker...

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Google pulls SCHAFT out of military honeypot, sprays gold at bot team

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Terminator

" this is a military research project...

"...and other uses may be found for the technology."

See icon for details, fleshy ones!

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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Re: Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013

Well isn't it good that I'm still using Word 97...

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Stop

Attempting to give a damn...

... Sorry, unable to give a damn.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Real-time buying behaviour

Not forgetting the idiots yakking on their mobile phones and blocking the aisles whilst ignoring the fact that people want to get past them...

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Google flu-finding service diagnosed with 'big data hubris'

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Holmes

In other words...

Garbage In, Garbage Out.

As most programers have known for decades...

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RISE of the LIVING CHAIR: Boffins recruit E coli to build futuristic materials

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"Imagine having a chair where you sit on it for a long time...

" and it remodels to support areas of stress."

Sounds like the Chairdogs from Frank Herbert's "Heretics of Dune"

"I hate it when they try to cuddle me" - Reverend Mother Odrade.

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Kim Dotcom extradition: Feds can keep evidence against Megaupload mastermind a surprise

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@OzBob - Re: Please get rid of this f**ker for us

> can anyone think of another occurence of a german starting a political party with a specific agenda and ending holding the balance of power?

Erm, was his name Godwin...?!

> watch this fat f**ker try to buy his way out of his extradition with political favour.

You mean as opposed to US Big Media trying to buy his extradition with political influence over a foreign country's judicial system?

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ISPs failing 13m Brits on broadband speed, claims consumer group

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Re: @rhydian

This evening, having just got back from holiday, I was catching up on El Reg when Virgin Media decided to go tits up for half an hour and I kept getting messages that Firefox was unable to resolve the address.

After about 30 minutes of this I tried phoning their helpline only to get told that it might take them 5 mintues to answer my call.

Fortunately at this point it started working again, but such events are not uncommon with VM.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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"You may have seen people acting suspiciously on Friday night, possibly covered in soil."

Well, as long as it wasn't night soil...

Icon because (oh work it out yourself!)

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NASA: Earth JUST dodged comms-killing SOLAR BLAST in 2012

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@Steve Knox - Re: Interesting Science Fiction Take on this

Better than "Inconstant Moon" by Larry Niven that I was thinking of...

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Nipper rolls up at nursery with 48 wraps of HEROIN

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"Zero Tolerance" == "Zero Sense"

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Who DOESN'T want to play world's tallest game of Tetris – all 437ft of it

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Ok, but...

... will it have the attendant dancing figures?

(And willl pressing a button whilst they're dancing trigger a hook to drag them off? ;-) )

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Universal Music mulls 'all you can eat' buffet of song downloads

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I wonder...

... how long it will take for that "unlimited" to be redefined as "unlimited until you actually try to start downloading stuff..."?

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Twittapocalypse! Twitter implodes, locked out tweeps around the world

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Meh

"We apologize for the inconvenience."

What inconvenience?

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Communist party boss blames Kunming knife attack on VPNs

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@Psyx - Re: I no longer know...

No, it's not cricket, it's irony.

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I no longer know...

... whether the British Government is copying the Chinese Government or vice versa...

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Dammit internet... you promised naked videos of my Facebook friends

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As the old line has it...

... Got any naked pictures of your girlfriend? No?

Want to buy some...?

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X marks the... They SAID there was a mystery planet there – NASA

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Looking for Planet X?

They need to ask...

DUCK DODGERS in the 24th and a half CENTURY!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqAUiUDyFlY

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Space-junk RAYGUN wins Australian government funding

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Re: About bloody time...

Sounds like Salvage 1...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvage_1

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Hubble 'scope snaps 200,000-ton chunky crumble conundrum

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Re: INFRARED IMAGE USING HD SHOW A PACKAGE BEING DELIVERED

Being delivered by Universe Parcel Services...?

Should we expect a "Sorry you were out when we tried to deliver your item" message soon?

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

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"they couldn’t access a designated online portal"

You mean someone lost the Post-It where they wrote the password down...?

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X-rated Android antics: Motorola's Moto X puts boot in chunky brother

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Holmes

" at £300 SIM-free, the Moto X is still £170 cheaper"

And at £130, the Moto-G is £170 cheaper than the X, especially if you get an Ovivo Sim for £20 and get 300 minutes, 300 texts and 500MB *every month* for nada!

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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Hanlon's razor...

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity."

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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"paedophiles, extremists and terrorists... oh my!"

These are the people who gave us the Dangerous Pictures Act. Who wanted the National DNA Database. Who wanted us all to have ID cards. Who introduced the RIP Act which was supposed to protect us against terrorists, not to spy on people who might be sending their kids to the wrong school, etc etc etc.

And NOW they expect us to TRUST THEM?

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Child sex abuse image peddlers dodge UK smut filters and demand Bitcoin payments

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@Grease Monkey - Re: Innocent?

I think it is you who does not understand:

> If you did not put the images on your server and were not aware that they were there could the prosecution prove that you "possessed" the images?

Quoting from the Criminal Justice Act 1988:

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160 Possession of indecent photograph of child

(1) Subject to section 160A it is an offence for a person to have any indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child in his possession.

(2) Where a person is charged with an offence under subsection (1) above, it shall be a defence for him to prove—

(a)that he had a legitimate reason for having the photograph or pseudo-photograph in his possession; or

(b) that he had not himself seen the photograph or pseudo-photograph and did not know, nor had any cause to suspect, it to be indecent

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1988/33/part/XI/crossheading/possession-of-indecent-photograph-of-child

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Note where it says "It is a defence for him to prove" ie a person is *assumed* to be guilty *unless* they can prove that they didn't know the images were there and they hadn't seen them!

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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

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WTF?

For sale - Great Britain PLC

Bids and offers of Directorships to the Tory Party HQ...

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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@Oninoshiko Re: Translation:

> thought child pornography was always a crime to posses, no matter how you received it

Sexual Offences Act 2003:

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46 Criminal proceedings, investigations etc.

(1)After section 1A of the Protection of Children Act 1978 (c. 37) insert—

“1BException for criminal proceedings, investigations etc.

(1)In proceedings for an offence under section 1(1)(a) of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child, the defendant is not guilty of the offence if he proves that—

(a)it was necessary for him to make the photograph or pseudo-photograph for the purposes of the prevention, detection or investigation of crime, or for the purposes of criminal proceedings, in any part of the world,

(b)at the time of the offence charged he was a member of the Security Service, and it was necessary for him to make the photograph or pseudo-photograph for the exercise of any of the functions of the Service, or

(c)at the time of the offence charged he was a member of GCHQ, and it was necessary for him to make the photograph or pseudo-photograph for the exercise of any of the functions of GCHQ.

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Of course the "necessity" here is the prevention of terrerism...

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New FBI boss says cyber crime, not terrorism, is top of Feds' todo list

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But... but...

... Cyber Crime *IS* Terrerism!!!

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Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

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Who cares about the clever technology...?

... Kudos for the Monty Python references guys!!!

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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FAIL

"If 90 per cent opt out [of care.data], we won't have an NHS."

Then how the *FUCK* did we manage to have one for the last half-century??

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Wot a COCKUP: Poorly NHS websites spawn SPAMMY VIAGRA ads

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Pirate

You mean...

... this isn't just something else the Tories have flogged off to their mates...?

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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I agree, but be careful...

... Yes, there are scam sites out there who will try to rip people off by charging a fee for simply forwarding on data, but the flip side is, for instance, the business that a friend of mine runs.

She sorts out US Visa applications which is something you can do yourself, but she does it for well known celebrities, pop bands and so on and it's quicker and simpler for them to pay her to do the work rather than spend time trying to sort out a dozen or twenty Visas by themselves. This also means that, sometimes, she has to travel to London to get to the US Embassy when it opens in the morning to sort out a problem for someone whose plane is leaving later that day.

So, yes, we need to do something about the scammers, but not at the cost of catching legitimate businesses in an overly big net.

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Moon flashes Earth after getting pounding from MASSIVE meteorite

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Looks like a fish...

... moves like a fish...

... steers like a cow!

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Perhaps it should be renamed...

... dont.care.data...?

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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Or is Lewis getting more desperate to prove his view of the argument...?

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Just like Elvis, dead Steve Jobs to appear all over America in 2015

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Gimp

Unlike Presley, Jobs has not been sighted in obscure truck stops around the nation.

But will you be able to go to Las Vegas and get a Steve Jobs lookalike to perform your wedding ceremony...?

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