* Posts by Graham Marsden

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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@x 7 - Re: Clarification Please

Ah, the good old "You're either with us or against us" argument.

(Again, are we still talking about the terrorists here?)

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" there aren't all that many IS/jihadi adherents in the USA...

"...whose commitment to the cause is strong enough" etc etc

Nor in the UK or most anywhere else, I don't doubt. But that's still not going to stop our fearless leaders deciding that the Security Services need even more powers to monitor us and control us and check up on what we're reading and who we're talking to and what we're looking at and...

PS I recently travelled by air and I was not at all, in any way, shape or form, counting the number of simple ways of bypassing the Security Theatre BS that is supposed to "protect" us (or, at least, make us think that our leaders are "doing something" about the problems which their actions have caused...) that I could see without even bothering to put my mind to it...

*cough* seven *cough*

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ROBOT INVASION has already STARTED in HIPSTERLAND

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Re: One and only

Of course you have to make sure that there are no mirrors in the office so the manager can't see the pointy hair attachments on the top of his bot...

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First figures in and it doesn't look good for new internet dot-words

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Colour me...

... unsurprised.

Gullible idiots got caught up in the excitement in the first flurry after these were released, then realised that they were a waste of money and simply designed to make ICANN bosses' bonuses bigger.

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So, you know those exciting movie-style 3D visual cyber attack ops centres?

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Re: So basically

The only winning move is not to play...

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Treat us like the utilities we believe ourselves to be, say UK operators

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Pay your taxes...

... and we'll think about it...

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HUGE Aussie asteroid impact sent TREMORS towards the EARTH'S CORE

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All I can say is...

... Strewth!

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Storm gathers around CDN Cloudflare after doxxing allegations, Pirate Bay deal

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Re: Really?

I was just wondering whose arse they pulled that figure out of...

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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@dogged - Re: Oh look...

> I thought being warm wasn't going to be the problem?

Note the bracketted (!) after warm, implying irony...

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Re: Oh look...

> This isn't an argument about whether we should be doing something about climate change (see my support for a carbon tax). It's an argument about whether these campaigners have understood the economics of the thing they're trying to campaign upon.

Congratulations, Tim, you have pointed out that they have incorrectly re-arranged the deckchairs on the Titanic! I'm sure that makes you feel *so* much better and will keep you warm(!) as the ship sinks...

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@DaveDaveDave- Re: Oh look...

> The part where you claimed the Graun is deliberately and flagrantly lying in an attempt to shift the market price.

Are you sure you're talking to the right person here?

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Re: Oh look...

> Toned down by the subs (probably wisely) on the grounds that it was truly insulting and most rude.

Right, thanks for making it clear that you can't put together a good argument *without* calling people names.

> you really have missed what I've said about climate change around the place, haven't you? [...] That it's not actually a problem that the market unadorned can solve

Well, you're right that "markets place very little value on things beyond the near future", but when someone suggests actually *using* market forces to influence that behaviour, somehow you don't like that because they use an "inappropriate discount rate", not whether it's a good idea or not.

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Re: Oh look...

> You appear to be accusing the Graun of deliberate (and illegal) price manipulation.

I do? Please can you point out the part of my post which caused you to draw this fantastic conclusion?

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Oh look...

... another piece of TW "journalism" that relies on cherry-picking bits of a story for one more round of Lefty-Bashing.

We start off with a classic "if you don't know what I (claim to) know, then you're not allowed to have an opinion" and assertions of "ignorance" there and then throw in a bit of name-calling and ad hominem attacks ("dunderheads"? "Crayon eating", Tim? Really, is that the best you can come up with?) and we get a classic piece of Worstall trolling.

Naturally TW ignores where the piece says "The intention is not to bankrupt the companies, nor to promote overnight withdrawal from fossil fuels – that would not be possible or desirable" and "Divestment serves to delegitimise the business models of companies that are using investors’ money to search for yet more coal, oil and gas that can’t safely be burned. It is a small but crucial step in the economic transition away from a global economy run on fossil fuels" because they don't fit in with his agenda of telling us how wonderful the Market is for solving all the world's problems (as if it hadn't got us into them in the first place...)

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

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No doubt...

... the vast majority of those who end up being unable to vote wouldn't have voted Tory in any case, so as far as the Cabinet Office are concerned, there's no problem there...

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More than 260 suspects charged in UK child abuse crackdown

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@David Pollard

> Is it too cynical to wonder that these enquiries are being publicised partly to counter the leaks about cover-ups of sex crimes?

I think the answer to that is a definite "No, it's definitely not too cynical".

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"the biggest UK inquiry into people allegedly sharing child abuse images...

"...since Operation Ore back in 2002"

And we all know just how well *that* turned out, don't we?

How many people this time will be told "say you're guilty and you'll get a Caution so we can tick off another 'success' in our book or we'll drag you through the Courts and give your name to the media, so even when you're found Not Guilty your reputation and career will still be destroyed"?

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Swedish city demands £40,000 to repair teenage hacking spree

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How do you say...

... "pour encourage les autres" in Swedish?

Oh, just like in the US and the UK you don't shoot the guy whose failed in their responsibility to make sure the system was secure in the first place, you punish the guy who demonstrated the problem because nobody would listen.

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Boffins twist light to carry 2.05 bits in one photon

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But...

... can they get it to go up to 11?

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Ancient SUPERNOVA EXPLOSION contains enough dust for 7,000 EARTHS, say boffins

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Do I see...

... noodly appendages there?

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Silk Road coder turned dealer turned informant gets five years

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"spread the poison of illegal drugs far and wide"

As opposed to the poison of legal drugs such as nicotine and alcohol?

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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

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"We will not be contacting patients about the care.data programme before the General Election...

"... but that doesn't mean we'll not be pushing ahead with it, just that we won't be telling you about it..."

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Well.That.Sucks: New rude dot-word sparks outrage

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So shall we save up for...

... icann.sucks ?

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Revenge porn forbidden: Twitter bans hobby of bitter ex-boyfriends

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"if information was previously posted or displayed elsewhere on the internet...

"...prior to being put on Twitter, it may not be a violation of this policy"

So if it's already been on a revenge porn site elsewhere, that's ok with Twitter???

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Thanks a lot, Google, for snatching .dev for yourself. It's not like the rest of us wanted it

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What about...

... .scam .ripoff .cashingin and, of course, .icannsmegabonusplan

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RIP Sir Terry Pratchett: Discworld author finally gets to meet DEATH

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Re: @dogged - ONE IS SAD

What's dodgy about it? Pterry even asked for a signed copy of my catalogue!!

(Where do you think he got the idea for that cupboard full of "interesting" toys in Making Money?!)

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@dogged - Re: ONE IS SAD

> he never once bought a round.

He never needed to, people at Discworld Cons were practically queueing up to buy him drinks!

- Affordable Graham :-/

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UK call centre linked to ‘millions’ of nuisance robo-calls raided by ICO

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"four to six million recorded telephone calls a day"???

Is this a mistake, because, if not, two things come to mind:

1) Did nobody from their phone operating compay *notice* this?

And:

2) Based on those figures, they would call the entire population of the country in a fortnight at most.

Now I know some people get multiple calls a day, but even so, it seems an astonishingly large figure.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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Nice whitewash, Hazel...

Hazel Blears said that it's not mass surveillance because the Security Services do not have the ability to monitor everyone's e-mails, web traffic, tweets and so on.

What she did *NOT* say is whether they *would like* to be able to do this and have it on their wish-lists for when the technology improves so that they can!

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Work harder to stop online child abuse, MEPs tell EU states

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“Any illicit content must be promptly removed and reported to law enforcement authorities,"

And we will tell you what is "illicit content" in a list that will only ever grow longer and longer...

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Mattel urged to scrap Wi-Fi mic Barbie after Register investigation

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Re: Larry Niven...

As did Harry Harrison:

I Always Do What Teddy Says

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You let your *son* play with dolls?

Yes, I expect him to grow up to be a parent...!

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Faux ‪pro-IS Facebook‬ shot down within hours of launch

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Re: "Cats with Kalashnikovs"

Searching for "Cows with Guns" is much better ;-)

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Dark matter surveys turn up new satellites … orbiting the Milky Way

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Re: Get it right

"Compact"? "Bijou"?

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The voters hate Google. Heeeeyyyy... how about a 'Google Tax'?

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"Osbo"...

"Mouth breathers"... "bleating"... pedantic quibbling over "it simply isn't tax avoidance"...?

Has TW been taking writing lessons from Matt Bryant?

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Bulk comms spying is not mission creep, insists UK foreign sec

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Apologists for the Security Services...

"The responsibility for acts of terror rests with those who commit them, but a huge burden of responsibility also lies with those who act as apologists for them"

- Philip Hammond

"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

Herman Goering

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MPs 'alarmed' by millions of mugshots on Brit cops' databases

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"some of the people had not even been charged"

Ah, but they're probably guilty of *something", they just haven't been caught for it yet!

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UK Gov SciTech advice bureau suggests keeping Tor alive to reduce street crime

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Finally...

... someone in the corridors of power seems to be getting it!

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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I do hope...

... that the above post is meant to be ironic!

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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@AC - Re: @Graham Marsden - Vote Totalitarianism - vote Tory/Labour/UKIP

> So you're in favour over having a British bill of rights that can be suspended at any time by the government of the day when it feels necessary? no thanks.

Err, WTF are you talking about??

No, I am *NOT* in favour of that, but that is what both the Tories *AND* UKIP want as I pointed out!

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@AC - Re: Vote Totalitarianism - vote Tory/Labour/UKIP

> Oddly enough UKIP are not one of the Totalitarianism parties, I was quite shocked....

You are also quite wrong. To quote from UKIP's own page:

– UKIP will withdraw from the jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights.

– We will repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a new British Bill of Rights. The interests of law-abiding citizens & victims will always take precedence over those of criminals.

If you look at the sort of things proposed for a "British Bill of Rights", what they are really about is *reducing* people's Rights by effectively saying that only the people we *like* will be entitled to have their Rights protected and others will lose protections. In other words, "Some are more equal than others"!

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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It's quantum...

... that means it both will *and* won't work...

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In assault on American values, Lockheed BLASTS PICKUP with RAYGUN

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@cosysmart - Re: @4ecks - If we can solve the power supply issue…

You mean like all those drivers out there who all know and obey the current Highway code?

The ones who don't blast past cyclists with a cigarette paper's clearnace, the ones who don't overtake cyclists and then turn left, the ones who don't stop illegally on zig-zag lines or at the advanced stop line for cyclists, the ones who...?

BTW before anyone starts with the usual BS, I also think that cyclists should obey the rules of the road, but generally they are only putting *their own* lives at risk, whereas someone who is in charge of a couple of tonnes of metal moving at high speed is putting *others* at risk when they do something stupid and dangerous.

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Re: @4ecks - If we can solve the power supply issue…

Hmm, 7 thumbs down.

Seems like on El Reg there must be either a) a lot of idiotic pedestrians or b) a lot of car drivers who think that if they have to sit in a queue then so should everyone else!

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@4ecks - Re: If we can solve the power supply issue…

And I'd like one for those pedestrians who think that because the *cars* have stopped, it's ok to stroll across the road between them, not considering that there may be a biker filtering perfectly legally between the stopped vehicles...

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Auction of a live gTLD could pave way for domain-name shakeup

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It will be replaced with .atos .g4s .capita...

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GSMA: Er, sorry about that MWC brothel ad with our logo

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Exploitation...

... it's ok if *we* are doing it...

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Shove off, ugly folk, says site for people who love themselves

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"It would make BeautifulPeople just like every other dating site...

"- full of the kind of people you wouldn’t want to share an elevator with, let alone date.”

Erm, I think as far as most people are concerned it is *already* like that!

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Canadian bloke refuses to hand over phone password, gets cuffed

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@Stuart Longland - Re: Okay, so they ask to see my laptop.

You're clearly a dangerous subversive for not using a proper all-American operating system (well, Windows) and must therefore be locked up for the good of society!

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

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"If they start making threats about your life then it is time to get the police involved"

The problem is that the Police can't (or won't) do anything about it.

I had a scam caller who I kept stringing along for a while, then asked if his mother knew that her son was a liar and a thief and would she be proud that he was a scammer who tries to rip people off?

He started getting abusive, so I returned the compliment, then hung up after which he phoned back and yelled "I know where you live and I'm coming to rape you!" (Yeah, sure)

However I decided to contact the Police, but after coming round and taking some details they basically said "we can't do anything because the number was withheld".

Now it's my understanding that this only means that the phone company (Virgin Media) won't pass on the number if I do a 1471, not that they don't have the number at all, but there seemed to be a lack of interest or desire to actually do anything about this by getting the number off Virgin to take it further.

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