* Posts by Graham Marsden

6874 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Fifth arrest in TalkTalk hacking probe: Now Plod cuff chap in Wales

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Re: A ydynt yn hyd yn oed yn cael y rhyngrwyd yng Nghymru?

Am I the only one who read that and thought "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"?

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Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

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So it's an Up-Goer...

... AND a Safely Back-Down-Goer too!

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MoJ restarts troubled £250m National Offender management ICT system

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"Restarted"?

So they tried switching it off and back on again...?

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US 'swatting' Bill will jail crank callers for five years to life

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Re: @LucreLout - @Bob Dole (tm) @Pascal Monett

Lol! I think another Irony Meter has just exploded!

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Re: @LucreLout - @Bob Dole (tm) @Pascal Monett

Oh dear, LL, I see little point in continuing to argue with your Straw Men, so I'll just leave you with the words of George Santayana:

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it."

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Re: @LucreLout - @Bob Dole (tm) @Pascal Monett

Disagreeing with LucreLout != Being wrong about almost everything.

Try looking up the history the of Bloody Code where, by the end of the 19th Century, over 200 offences in England could get you the Death Penalty.

That was based on the same, short-sighted, idea that you support that "making the punishment more severe will stop this happening!" and it must have worked because we still have all those penalties on the statute books since they were so effective...

Sorry, LL, but I have no interest in joining the "Hang them and flog them" Brigade.

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@LucreLout - Re: @Bob Dole (tm) @Pascal Monett

> It will stop SOME of them though.

And [insert some other ridiculously draconian law here] will stop SOME people from doing [insert particular activity here], but history has shown time and again that's never a proper, nor adequate, solution.

But it plays well in the media...

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@Bob Dole (tm) Re: @Pascal Monett

Oh look, I come up with a few ideas off the top of my head and you shoot them down, so you're right and I'm wrong and it's *MUCH* better to go in all guns blazing...

Of course that's the right action "IF it's a true hostage situation", but do you really think that passing a law like this is going to stop all the idiots from Swatting people???

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Re: @Ledswinger

> Put your real name out there so police and military everywhere know who NOT to help!

Says the Anonymous Coward...

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@Pascal Monett

How about, instead, they try something like phoning the address saying they're from the local Pizza Delivery store and can't find the address or they're from the Electricity Company and there have been reports of power outages or some other such excuse and *listening* to see if there's sounds of stress in the voice of the person who replies? Or maybe they can knock on the neighbours' doors and ask if they've heard anything? Or maybe they can get a drone camera next to an uncurtained window? Or a fibre-optic camera under a door? Or maybe they can put a microphone on the door or maybe...?

Those are just a few ideas off the top of my head and I'm sure there are plenty of others which people could come up with to find out *WHAT* is going on in the house *BEFORE* storming in with guns blazing!

Of course none of those suggestions let them play with their big-boys' toys and live out their Clint Eastwood or Bruce Willis fantasies...

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Paris, jihadis, tech giants ... What is David Cameron's speechwriter banging on about now?

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"articles like this seem designed specifically to undermine the chances of that debate"

Well isn't *that* a surprise, boys and girls!

Get your lies in first, make them big and tell them often and ensure your friends in the Press give them much more prominence than any arguments to the contrary and you'll soon have the sheeple going "Meh, let them do whatever they want, we don't want to think about it, we just want to get back to watching Britain's Got the X-Factor Strictly Coming through a Hole in the Wall on Ice"

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Wikipedia's ON DRUGS again, complains Russia

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Well of course...

... they don't want to ruin the local Vodka industry!

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Who's right on crypto: An American prosecutor or a Lebanese coder?

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"the cases did not depend on it"

And that's the fundamental issue, the Prosecutor just wants us all to make his life easier and that trumps our right not to have the State snoop on us and keep our private details *private*.

Well sorry, Mr Cyrus Vance Jr, but those of us who understand the importance of privacy aren't going to be bounced into giving up our protections simply because "Terrorists and Paedophiles and Sex Traffickers, Oh My!"

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Google launches virtual plastic pal who's fun to be with

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But is it one...

... we can all Share and Enjoy?

(And does this mean that Google will be first against the wall when the revolution comes...?)

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Europe didn't catch the pox from Christopher Columbus – scientists

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@Voyna i Mor - Re: It was around before that

> Politician messes with the health system, unforeseen consequences.

Obviously an early version of Care in the Community...

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Irish electricity company threatens to cut off graveyard

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Shouldn't it have been addressed...

... "Tomb it may concern..."

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Brit filmmaker plans 10hr+ Paint Drying epic

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Bravo Charlie Lyne!

The BBFC is a monumental racket, a relic of a Nanny State attitude which was designed by our Lords and Masters to stop the plebs from seeing anything which they thought we shouldn't be allowed to watch for fear that it would give us ideas beyond our station or encourage us to to bad things (since, of course, we are so morally spineless and ethically bankrupt that, were we to see naughty stuff, we would immediately go out and emulate it).

The result is that, if someone wants to produce and sell a niche video which is only an hour long, to do this legally, they'd have to fork out over £500 (which is probably more than the profit they'd make from the entire thing) for the BBFC to say either "ok, this is inoffensive" or "oh dear, no. This shows X and Y and Z which cannot be allowed, you'll have to cut those bits out before we give it our official stamp of approval" or even "nope, we're not going to let you publish this at all".

An example of the latter was China Hamilton's NF713 which was banned outright from publication in the UK by the BBFC, even though it's perfectly possible to get it from outside the UK *and* possess it legally *in* the UK since it doesn't contravene the Extreme Porn legislation!

It's time the BBFC was dissolved and the Nanny State stopped trying to tell us what is or isn't "safe" for us to see.

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World needs 252,288,000 seconds to decide fate of leap seconds

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All irregularities...

... will be handled by the forces controlling each dimension.

Transuranic heavy elements may not be used where there is life...

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Doctor Who: Even the TARDIS key can't unpick the chronolock in Face the Raven

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I agree that he was believably angry, although I disagree somewhat that the others didn't do that (just maybe not as well).

Still, as the Doctor said of the Quantum Shade: "You can flee across all of time and all of the universe but it will still find you".

Hmm, does that remind you of anyone else...?!

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What a corker!

Unlike the reviewer, and despite the spoilers which, do my best, I couldn't avoid, this was an excellent episode IMO.

Hidden streets and the like in London existed long before Harry Potter (Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere to mention but one, much better example) and the idea of one being a refugee camp for all sorts of nasties is a very nice idea.

The "ticking clock" tattoo was also a clever bit of nastiness and "Retcon"? Hmm, this is at least the second time we've had a Torchwood reference (cf Captain Jack Harkness).

As for "Clara death fatigue"? Dear me, has KF become so cynical that Clara's brave acceptance of her fate just becomes an "emotional, lengthy scene"? IMO the not-extermination of her *and* Missy was blatantly obviously a trick, whereas this was a good and fitting ending for the Impossible Girl.

I can't wait for this one To Be Continued...

PS If there was any "Next Week..." or trailer after the episode, I didn't see it because I don't *WANT* to see it, so if anyone has seen that, do me and everyone else a favour and put a spoiler warning *before* talking about it, thanks...

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Many UK ecommerce sites allow ‘password’ for logins – report

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"some consumer-focused sites do get it right on password security"

And some, mentioning no names *cough* UPS *cough* require an upper case letter, a lower case letter, a number and a special character *and* require it must be between 8 and 15 characters.

Why the hell do they need a 15 character maximum? The days of limited storage space are long gone, so if I want to use a password of "Somewhereovertherainbowwayuphigh!1" why should I not be allowed to do so because they're using an obsolete password model?

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Ofcom asks: Do kids believe anything they read on the internet?

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"some gullibility amongst children"

Right, but they lose that completely when they're adults, don't they?

Oh, excuse me, I have to like and share 23 memes on Facebook which are obviously truthful and factually correct..

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France's 3-month state of emergency lets govt censor the web

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Presenting: The Continuous State of Emergency...!

Did you know that the USA has been in "State of Emergency" for over 35 years?

And there are plenty more examples of states with on-going "emergencies"

To quote George Orwell "It does not matter whether the war is actually happening, and, since no decisive victory is possible, it does not matter whether the war is going well or badly. All that is needed is that a state of war should exist." - 1984

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NASA palms off blunder-bot Valkyrie for top US universities to fix

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"something less useful than Marvin the Paranoid Android"

"Here I am, brain the size of a planet, and they ask me to take you to the bridge. Call that job satisfaction, 'cause I don't."

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Uncle Sam's IT bods find 2,000 data centers they FORGOT about

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Did they...

... check down the back of the sofa?

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Tech goliaths stand firm against demands for weaker encryption after Paris terror attacks

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But... but...

... because Terrorists and Children and Drugs, m'kay?

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George Osborne fires starting gun on £20m coding comp wheeze

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Secure coding...

... but don't forget to include that backdoor for GCHQ...

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Bangladesh shuts down its internet during war crimes trial

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"or felt it was better to be safe than sorry"

Or decided to be deliberately bloody-minded and respond "Ok, you want to be stupid? Right, we'll show you *exactly* what you'll get as a result!"

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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

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Ok, so 10/10 for style...

... but minus several million for good thinking!

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MPs to assess tech feasibility of requirements under draft surveillance laws

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"to help combat terrorism, serious crime or protect the UK's economic interests"

So a nice, precise and well-defined set of circumstances with no wiggle-room for abuse of these powers, then...

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Brit cops accused of abusing anti-terror laws to hunt colleague

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Hanlon's Razor:

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

Were these laws written stupidly or with deliberately *creative* stupidity?

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Terrorists seek to commit deadly 'cyber attacks' in UK, says Chancellor Osborne

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Cyber Attacks and Hackers and Malware...

... Oh my!

So give up your freedoms, sheeple, the bad guys are out there trying to erm, destroy your freedoms...

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The million-dollar hole in the FBI 'paying CMU to crack Tor' story

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" It's something every journalist learns:

"... if you hit on an important story, make sure every part of it is accurate."

Unless you work for the Tabloid Media, in which case, just blame Immigrants, Dole Scroungers, Paedophiles or Drug Dealers and your readers' knees will be jerking so much that they won't know, let alone care, about any inaccuracies...

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Prison telco recorded inmates' lawyer-client calls, hack reveals

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"much to the chagrin of an activist hacker"

I do not think that word means what you think it means...

Chagrin: "Annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated." Why would the activist hacker feel this way?

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@AC

What about the ones on Remand who haven't been convicted of any crime yet...?

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Identifying terrorists: Let's find a value for needle in haystack

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@O RLY

> You still need to produce

Yeah, but IDS will tell all the prisoners that they have to work or they don't get fed.

He'll probably also tell them that work will make them free...

(Yeah, that's a Godwin, so sue me...)

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GCHQ goes all Cool Dad and tags the streets of Shoreditch with job ads

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Re: Why not put up a few posters while your at it ?

Damn, you beat me to it!

I was just about to quote the "Be a Government Informer..." poster from Red Dwarf.

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Cops gain access to phone location data

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"161 years in prison for the robberies, despite being a first offender"

I'm sure the right-wing Yanks are cheering and high-fiving each other with delight because, with that sentence, there's no chance he'll ever be a "second-time offender"!

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Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

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Re: Greed knows no boundries

Translation: "Fuck you, little people, I'm alright Jack!"

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Ex-GCHQ chief: Bulk access to internet comms not same as mass surveillance

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"The volumes of data are enormous on the internet"

And yet their solution for finding a needle in a haystack is to make the haystack even bigger because then there's so much more chance of there being a needle in it...!

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DC judge rips into the NSA over mass surveillance

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@The March Hare - Re: magic stone

> cost you 3 dollars?

Bloke said he was cutting his own throat...

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@croc

> While most of you are not aware of the facts, (as they are highly classified)

Yet *you* are???

BTW apropos of your handle, I've got this magic stone which prevents me from being bitten by crocodiles...

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"an injunction that bars the US government from collecting their data"

"Oh, dear", says the US Government and NSA, "that's *us* told! We will immediately and forthwith stop doing pppppfffffff....

"... sorry, I just can't keep a straight face and say that!"

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Working with Asperger's in tech: We're in this together

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For those who are interested...

... The Autism Spectrum Quotient Test

Not a diagnosis, but definitely interesting.

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How to build a city fit for 50℃ heatwaves

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Re: I would build down not up.

> Underground is a great way to escape the heat.

As the Aussies have found in Coober Pedy

(And it was also done a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away on Tattoine ;-) )

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Doctor Who's good/bad duality, war futility tale in The Zygon Inversion fails to fizz

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I wasn't impressed with last week's episode...

... but this one made up for it!

The first part was, as I posted, laying the modern-day analogies on with a shovel (or maybe a JCB) and there were too many instances of people doing silly things just to advance the plot, but it was almost like this episode had been written by a completely different script writer.

Capaldi made the extended "War (Huh!) What is it good for?" speech absolutely brilliantly, you could feel the way he's suffered with all the deaths that he has been responsible for (or, even, just feels responsible for) and why he doesn't want it to happen again.

There were lovely touches such as the Zygon, forced out of Human form, who says "I never wanted to fight anyone – I just wanted to live here", neatly skewering the "You're either with us or against us" nonsense that idiotic demagogues come out with (on both sides *cough* David Cameron *cough*) and how Kate Stewart got away from the "Not a cop" Zygon (cue loud cry of "Oh YES!" from me at the "Five rounds rapid" :-) )

Also some nice touches like the Union Flag parachute (who else has used one of those?) and Osgood saying "The first thing I'd do if I wanted to invade the world would be to kill you [...] I wouldn't even let you get talking".

Ok, minor niggles like the Presidential Plane being shot down (what, no laser jammers, flares, chaff, ECM, decoy systems...???) and those Sonic Specs (although I liked Osgood's "aren't they a bit pointless, like a visual hearing aid?), but I can forgive those for a much better episode than the last one and one that, as the Doctor says, really makes you THINK!

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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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