* Posts by Graham Marsden

6050 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

This open-source personal crypto-key vault wants two things: To make the web safer ... and your donations

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@skelband - Re: More anonymity for criminals and terrorists

> If I'm not interesting, why do they want to look at my stuff?

Well obviously the AC agrees with the Police and Security Services that you *might* do something, so it's far better to keep an eye on you "just in case" than risk missing spotting you being a naughty boy!

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Re: More anonymity for criminals and terrorists

Oh good grief, do people *still* believe this sort of nonsense?

Dear AC, you stand much more chance of being killed in a traffic accident or even getting out of bed than you do of ever being the victim of a terrorist attack. And we're all *so* glad that you have so little to hide that you are not only willing to forego *your* privacy, but everyone else's too!

Please try to understand that we (mostly) have *no* problem with the Security Services doing their job in a targeted manner, what we object to is them treating *everyone* as a potential suspect and acting as if they have a better chance of finding a needle in a haystack by making the haystack so much bigger.

PS If you "have nothing to hide" why are you posting anonymously...?

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And how long...

... before some NSA/ GCHQ shill proposes a law to make this illegal...?

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European Parliament mulls law on use of blood metal in tech

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Re: When will people stop making

> the real task is to solve the unrest problems in Africa [...] The world would be a better place if groups like the Congolese rebels and Boko Haram were wiped from the earth.

What a *BRILLIANT* solution! Why on earth did nobody think of trying that sort of thing before in Iran or Iraq or Syria or Afghanistan or...

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Aussie priest BLESSES an APP – and the sacred iPad it runs on

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If you use this App...

... God help you!

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Verizon to world: STOP opening dodgy phishing emails, FOOLS

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Dear El Reg...

... It is possible to set .gif images to loop a set number of times eg 5 or 10 rather than just "loop forever".

Thank you.

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HOT HOVERSHIP-ON-HOVERSHIP ACTION: SpaceX ready for barge boing

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@SteveK

Better than 10 Moby Dicks...

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Lib Dems wheel out Digital Rights Bill pledge as election sweetener

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@Crisp - Re: WTF is a digital sphere?

Not... *rounded* corners...?

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Graham Marsden
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@AC - "I/we don't get to vote for a manifesto, but only an MP"

We are supposed to vote for someone to represent *us* in Parliament. Unfortunately we usually get someone who will just do what their Party Whips tell them to do :-(

But if you want to get an idea of which Party best respresents your views, try this short questionnaire.

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The Walton kids are ABSURDLY wealthy – and you're benefitting

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Re: The problem

Ah, but those nice Waltons have just generously increased the wages of the peons workers to bring them *above* the American Minimum Wage for the first time since the Banking Crisis.

The fact that that represents about 1% of their annual revenue (not the 1% that usually gets talked about!) and that, of course, during that time, the Waltons didn't have problems putting food on the table makes no odds...

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PHYSICS APPLECART UPSET as dark energy disappears, Universe slams on brakes

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Well that sub-heading...

... went down like a Bomb!

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ICANN urges US, Canada: Help us stop the 'predatory' monster we created ... dot-sucks!

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Holmes

Well...

... isn't THAT a surprise, boys and girls?!

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Idiot thieves walk free after stolen iPad uploads pics of them with loot

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@Eddy Ito - Re: Strike 1 of three? @chriswakey

> Basically it means being so drunk you're staggering about recklessly causing a hazard to yourself or the general public or passed out in the streets. No, can't say I've ever done that

There's an awful lot of Brits who (regrettably) have done so.

If the Police spent all their time nicking and charging them all they'd never catch any other criminals (there's some other cynical comments I could add here...!)

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@Loyal Commenter - Re: Prison is about 45% effective

> Compelling either party to engage against their will is only counterproductive.

Yes, I'm aware of that.

But it's better to at least try to do something like this which has a chance of making a difference, rather than the "lock them up and throw away the key" mentality which has been shown to be an utter failure.

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@Velv - Re: The punishment

> Well you don't tend to get repeat offenders...

An argument which ultimately leads to Judge Death from the Judge Dredd stories...

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Re: Prison is about 45% effective

Restorative Justice has been demonstrated to reduce re-offending rates by up to 27%

Much better than just locking them away with other criminals so they learn to be better at crime.

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Re: Strike 1 of three?

Ah, yes, the incredibly sensible Three Strikes law which ended up with one guy being sentenced to 25 years in jail for stealing a slice of pizza...

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Re: The punishment

Whilst we're at it, why don't we just bring back hanging for Robbery, Burglary, Shoplifting, Pick Pocketing etc as prescribed in The Bloody Code

After all, that worked so well in the past that it virtually completely eliminated crime when it was in operation, didn't it...?

"Those who do not learn from History are doomed to repeat it." - George Satayana.

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RELICS of the Earth's long lost TWIN planet FOUND ON MOON

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I reckon...

... it was Mondas...

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Facebook preps for class action lawsuit as angry EU mob lawyer up

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"Facebook’s opt-out system for advertising...

"... does not meet the requirements for legally valid consent,"

Really? But how can "If you use our system we can do what the hell we like" *ever* be considered to be unacceptable...?

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Bonking with Apple is no fun 'cos it's too hard to pay, say punters

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@bpfh

Inflatable Ingrid!

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Trollface

Curious, they've never complained to me...

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Oh no, Moto! Cable modem has hardcoded 'technician' backdoor

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Re: A hardcoded backdoor?

Hey, if it's good enough for the US Government...

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Google wants Marvin the Paranoid Android's personality in the cloud

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I'm sure that...

... the implementation will be one that we can all Share and Enjoy!

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Amazon listens to MORE of your private stuff

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"You appear to...

"... be having a wank.

"Would you like to buy a porn movie?"

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This will crack you up: US drug squad's phone call megaslurp dates back to 1990s

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Re: The greatest trick

The greatest trick the main two political parties pulled is convincing Corporate America that they are the only two options

FTFY!

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Instead of public sector non-jobbery, Martha, how about creating REAL entrepreneurs?

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Well, yes. Because the ones with the brains and the ideas are not making it to the top and the ones at the top are too busy awarding themselves massive bonuses and getting their bought-and-paid-for cronies in Government to say "that's fine, because they're providing lots of (zero hours and minimum wage) jobs which make it look as if we're helping the country instead of ham-stringing it and besides, when we stop being MPs we're in line for a nice lucrative directorship..."

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The Internet of Stuff is a gigantic ultra-perv robbery network – study

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FAIL

That security stuff...

... is just too much hassle to bother with, isn't it?

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Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

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@boltar - Re: So....

People who are up to no good in their homes such as domestic abusers and child molesters do so with the curtains pulled.

Do you pull your curtains? Why? What have you got to hide???

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France accused of tabling 'Patriot Act' style surveillance law

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@Vimes - Re: hmm @codejunky

> This is a situation perpetuated by the agencies themselves

Well, yes. How many times in history has a security agency said "Ok, we've done our job, we're going to close the agency and take early retirement now"?

It is in their interest for there to be plots and if there aren't, they're sure going to find some...

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Je Suis...

... un Hypocrite!

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Choc Factory's king codec serves 25 BEELLION Tube hours

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"instant, high-quality, buffer-free videos"

Instant? Maybe

Buffer free? Perhaps.

High Quality? You can't polish a turd!

(Yes, ok, I know Mythbusters did, but WTH ;-) )

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Dot-com intimidation forces Indiana to undo hated anti-gay law

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I wonder how they're going to know?

Perhaps they could come up with some way for gay people to be easily identifiable, say a pink triangle sewn on to the clothing?

(Can you pre-emptively Godwin an entire El Reg comments thread...? ;-) )

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Light the torches! NSA's BFF Senator Feinstein calls for e-book burning

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Next week...

... How to nail jelly to the ceiling!

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Google cracks down on browser ad injectors after shocking study

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Holmes

Well of course...

Shoving unwanted ads into people's browser windows is Google's job!

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Boris Johnson backs trade union campaign to ungag civil servants

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“Sunlight is the best disinfectant”

I'm sensing a certain irony here...

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Nuclear waste spill: How a pro-organic push sparked $240m blunder

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Waste of Time on a Wednesday...

What a pointless article as TW again takes a trivial issue (not the nuclear spill, the organic kitty litter) and builds a mountain out of a molehill so he can have a go at lefties and hippies and organic products and anyone else who doesn't fit in with his idea of how the world should be run.

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Halifax's '24/7' online banking service is down YET AGAIN

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So what's new?

The Nat West (owned by RBOS) online banking and commercial cards sites claim to be available "Anywhere, anytime".

Well, yes, apart from when you get a message saying "there's been an error, try later". What it actually means is they're doing site updates or maintenance, but they don't tell you that.

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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"the most dangerous people that are abusing the internet"

Yes, they have names like NSA, GCHQ and the like...

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Google plans ROBOTS to SLICE YOU OPEN AND CUT YOU UP

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Re: Could be worse...

Brings a whole new meaning to Blue Screen of Death...

... splat!

Oops, make that a *Red* Screen of Death!

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Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that'll add BILLIONS to bills

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“unwanted by consumers, over-engineered and mind-blowingly expensive."

So, no change there...

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Short circuit at Large Hadron Collider slows return to matter-mauling

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"the main dipole circuit on sector 3-4 developed a fault to Earth"

"Yeah, there's your problem, Guv, these dipole circuits are always a bit dodgy and it looks like you've had some right cowboys in here.

[Sucks air through teeth]

"I can fix it, but it's going to cost you..."

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To BALDLY GO where few have gone before: NASA 'naut twin to spend YEAR IN SPAACE

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Re: Hold on a second...

Damn them! The evil one seems to have failed to grow a beard...

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Dot-sucks sucks, say lawyers: ICANN urged to kill 'shakedown' now

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And still...

... there's nothing to stop me or anyone else registering xyzname-sucks.net or .org or .com or whatever and getting it at a sensible price, rather than a stupid one.

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Re: "Partially worthless"

Brian of Nazareth: "You're all individuals!"

Crowd: "Yes, we are all individuals!"

Man in Crowd: "Err, I'm not..."

- Monty Python's Life of Brian.

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Home Office awards Raytheon £150m over e-borders cancellation

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Re: Well done.....

Well, yes, it was *only* £185 million, that's what's called "a success"...!

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Vodafone: So what exactly is 'ludicrous' about the Frontier report?

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Hello, Mr Kettle...

... Mr Pot calling...

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Silicon Valley powers: Let mass spying die in May 2015 – it's bad for privacy (and business)

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As your sub-heading suggests...

... once the "official" powers are under control, it will be time to bring the "unofficial" ones under proper scrutiny and stop them using get-outs like "if you keep using our service we can do what the hell we like with your data and there's nothing you can do to stop us"...

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Get off Facebook if you value your privacy, EU commish tells court

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Re: Meh

> Who uses their real name etc on forums anyway?

Me.

I just ensure that whatever I post is stuff that I have no problem with others reading. If I would have a problem, I don't post it.

I do (like everyone else) have things to hide, so I don't put them in public places.

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'Virtual nose' makes VR less dizzying, say boffins

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Re: missing link

> an average of 94.2 seconds

Wow! So I get an extra minute and a half of gameplay before I have to quit or throw up?

Awesome...!!

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