* Posts by Graham Marsden

6854 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

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

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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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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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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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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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