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* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Met Police vid: HIDE your mobes. Pavement BIKER cutpurses on the loose

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Re: Surely ...

Lol! That's a good one, tell us another...!

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Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

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FAIL

it was "irresponsible of Facebook to post beheading videos"

And once again Call me David reveals that he's utterly clueless about how the internet works.

But I have little doubt that he will use this as just another justification for his mandatory porn (and anything else he doesn't like) filters...

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Feds charge Vietnamese suspect with slurp'n'flog of half-a-million Americans' ID data

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Fullz?

Sounds like Bullz to me...

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Jury smacks Qualcomm for UNLAWFUL TECH in iPhone, Galaxy chips

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Re: Their next move...

The enemy of our enemy...

... is just someone we haven't sued yet!

(*Well, recently, anyway...)

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Torrent site isoHunt to close

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“To what extent should a Web search engine be held to 'cause' infringement"

But they do! In the same way that cars cause speeding and knives cause stabbings and guns cause shootings and...

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Reg reader's nipper takes felt pens to Vulture 2

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Re: FELT TIP

Painted Aerial Navigator Tones In Expressive Scheme

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EC: NSA slurps scare you? Europe's clouds are open for business

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@HMB - Re: Hahaha, Oh wait, they're serious.

Well I've just downvoted you because whilst you may "believe" that "a lot of people are working hard to keep us safe and have almost certainly averted some major disasters", it's actually up to you to demonstrate the validity of this belief, not up to anyone else to show that you are wrong. (BTW I have a magic stone that protects me against alligator bites. It must work, because I've never been bitten by an alligator...)

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Leaky security could scuttle global ship-tracking system

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Prior art...

... see Superman III for details.

(Actually, don't, it's a pretty crap film!)

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Feline OVERLORDS ditch camera-toting human servants, film selfie vids

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Re: Urban dictionary has it about right @ Ben Rosenthal

Dogs come when called.

Cats have answerphones.

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Rorschach test suggested as CAPTCHA replacement

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That's a bird...

... that's a horse with a hat on.

- William Shatner in Airplane II

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Assange: 'Ecuadorian embassy staff are like my family'

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Re: Marsbarbrain Personally...

Oh dear, Matt, most people got over the fact that the first four letters of my surname are the same as the first four letters of a popular chocolate product back in school.

As for the rest of your post, please, get yourself a sense of humour.

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Personally...

... I'd love to arrange with theatrical and model hire agencies for a large number of tall, thin, blond guys to wander in and out of the Ecuadorian Embassy all day and all night, just so the Met Police can feel like they're actually *doing* something by stopping them all and checking that it's not JA trying to sneak out..

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Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in anti-freetard crackdowns

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"Hollywood could slash piracy rates...

"...by simply making its content easily and legally available,"

See icon for details.

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BBC's Clangers returns in £5m 'New Age' remake

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Re: So, the BBC CAN still sink lower

It's no myth... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OvefhhMbbg

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Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

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@AC

"The feature is completely opt-in"...

... at present!

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Smile for the cops! Sexy Snapchat selfies' self-destruct scrubbed by search warrants

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@Vociferous - Re: I take it we're talking pedos trading CP here?

Ah, yes. Those wonderful laws that are designed to "protect" children by criminalising them...

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Osborne to China: Keep watching Downton and we'll gloss over Huawei security worries

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George Osborne...

... is only interested in helping line the pockets of his rich mates whilst everyone else gets screwed. Hence why small investors only got a fraction of the shares they wanted in his massively underpriced Post Office sell-off, whilst the big institutions got all the shares they wanted and a tidy profit as the price rocketted!

PS interesting factoid: A professional dominatrix is about to publish a book which features George Osborne. A few days ago, out of the blue, she was raided by the Drugs Squad. Odd co-incidence, that...

See http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/10/13/natalie-rowe-mistress-pain-george-osborne_n_4093138.html fpr details.

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Google peered through Glass during solar race

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@handle - Re: "discretely"

As someone pointed out to me after I asked the same question, it's now at the top of the Comments page right next to Post Your Comment and House Rules :-)

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Biometrics not so trustworthy: False Samsung stock-pump buy draws Swedish cops

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Of course you realise...

... that if press releases had to be biometrically confirmed...

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NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

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"It is possible some of the messages...

"...sent to the probe by radio hams here on Earth may have caused the original problems with the probe."

Did someone discover a buffer overflow error...?

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Wanna be Zuckerberg's neighbor? Tough luck, he bought the block for $30m

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A Zucker...

... sorry, Sucker and his money soon are parted...!

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Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

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"Standing Wave"?

Correct me if my recollection of o-level physics is wrong, but I thought a standing wave is one that oscillates in place, ie the peak of the wave remains in the location.

A Mexican Wave AIUI is a transverse wave where the oscillation is at 90 degrees to the direction of travel of the peak as it moves around the stadium...

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YouTube turns on dormant DRM, permits official downloads

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"The business was built on copyright theft"

Yes, keep trotting out the Big Media Party Line...

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21st Century Elite remake to support Oculus Rift virtual reality rig

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Re: *Blue Danube starts playing*

Personally I always found the run between Qutiri and Isinor to be the best to start off with.

Reasonable tech levels so not too many pirates and you could run Computers one way and Liquor and Furs the other to start building up enough credit to get some decent equipment :-)

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Right on...

... Commander!

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Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?

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"an ancient African tradiation of animals"

Tradiation? What happened to the "send corrections" button? (Or weren't enough people using it??)

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Digital 'activists' scramble to build Silk Road 2.0, but drug kingpins are spooked

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Re: Marsbarbrain Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning

Lol! Matt, I am well aware of the futility of trying to have a reasonable discussion with you. I will, occasionally, post a comment or two for the amusement of watching you doing your utmost to avoid conceding even the slightest point, but this is not one of those occasions.

As always, I'll leave the last word to you...

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Re: Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning

Oh look, once again Matt Bryant goes for the Ad Hominem attack because he doesn't like being called out on his habit of redefining the argument to something else other than the subject in hand...

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Re: Destroyed All Braincells The smell of hypocrisy in the morning

Oh look, the Matt Bryant Movable Goal Posts(tm) are back out again...

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@DrXym - Re: The Spice must flow!

So the Silk Road sold "hard drugs, poison, malware, lists of credit cards, blackmail information, firearms, bomb making supplies, hit men, money laundering services and basically anything which was criminal in nature"

Many (in fact, most) of which are available from other sources (if they were actually available at all).

Of course that isn't going to stop calls from the "We must immediately ban this!" Brigade who think that passing even more laws is going to have any effect...

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BBC announces plans to spend your cash on digital goodies

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@AC - Well said!

I agree. Yes, the BBC produces some rubbish, but it also produces some excellent dramas too and documentaries as well.

How many "commercial" channels would dare to produce the sorts of fascinating documentaries and similar factual programming that appears on BBC 4?

Their attitude would be "oh no, too niche, too obscure, we wouldn't get enough people watching to cover the costs and get advertising in. A series on Australian art? Too boring. Medieval Lives? Who would want to watch that? "Pain, pus and poisons" Eww! No way!!

Or what about "Only Connect"? No whooping audience (hell, no audience at all!), no big prizes, no flashy graphics or flashing lights, just some seriously brain-teasing puzzles.

Sure, programmes like these aren't to everyone's taste, but at least such programming *is* available, rather than endless variations on Britain's Got Strictly Big Brother through a Hole in the Wall on Ice...

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MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

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Re: The problem is

"Do you wear your underpants over your trousers?"

I thought he wore them on his head...

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COMET DIAMONDS from SPACE found in Libya's glass desert

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@Big_Boomer - Re: I have a name for the stone

Too late, see Arthur C Clarke's 2061 for details :-)

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NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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"What's going on with these apparent short circuits?"

Divine retribution?

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White House promises glitch fix for Obamacare website

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NSA... busy doing other important stuff.

Yep, lol!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/08/nsa_data_centre_electrical_meltdown/

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

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"it made an entire generation of youngsters want to play Jet Set Willy"

Yes, that's true.

But some of them, like me, learned 6502 Assembly Language after hacking Jet Set Willy (and Chuckie Egg and Monsters and...) for infinite lives.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Re: Digital signature conundrum

It seems to me that unless all consumer devices are also built to check/ verify these watermarks and thus refuse to play the content in the home, all this will do is (attempt) to stop re-broadcasting of the programmes by media companies who are using the requisite technology.

Even then it seems to me that it would be simple to circumvent by cracking the digital stream and then adding/ subtracting a small but significant random amount to the data for each pixel .which would negate the watermark whilst not visibly affecting the colour/ brightness of the image.

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Cambridge withdraws from World Solar Challenge

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@Nuke - Re: @Graham Marsden - @AC - In summary..

"Why the sarcasm?"

Why the necessity for the original AC to post a snarky "Weren't *they* stupid" post? An opinion, it seems, that you appear to share without knowing much more than the AC did. As it says in the article testing “revealed new dynamic instabilities, which we have not been able to fix in the time we have left before the race.” but it's easy to make comments on such things with 20/20 hindsight.

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@AC - Re: In summary..

If you're so clever, why aren't you out there?

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Robot WildCat slips its leash and bounds around parking lot

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But...

... what does it Transform into?

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The DARK HEART of the Twitter IPO: FAKE USERS

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Re: I can't get a twitter account.

"their BS system cannot (apparently) accept an email address that does not include my name."

Says "John Smith 19"?!

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NSA justifies hacking world's digital communications

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"The reality is that...

"...the men and women at the National Security Agency and across the Intelligence Community are abiding by the law, respecting the rights of citizens and doing everything they can to help keep our nation safe."

I wonder how he managed to say that with a straight face...?

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NSA using Firefox flaw to snoop on Tor users

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"What kind of authority are they claiming that they can do this?"

"We're the Good ol' US of A!"

Next?

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BOFH: Welcome to Helldesk, ma'am, may I take your bags?

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At last...

... a BoFH story that doesn't involve cattle prods or "accidental" deaths (or both).

(I have nothing against them, just that too many recent BoFH tales have used these devices.)

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Re: Where do you shop?

I think he means St Andrew's Cross. And Ikea don't sell them.

They did, however, once sell a vaulting-horse style chest of drawers for kids' rooms which was a convenient height for someone to bend over *and* had lots of drawers for interesting "toys"...

... erm, allegedly...

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

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@Yet Another Anonymous coward - Re: Outrageous

"everything the government does is legal by definition."

Even if that definition is retro-active...

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Mars boffins: You fools! That's no CRATER – it's a SUPER VOLCANO

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That's probably...

... just another buried Shadow vessel like the one at Syria Planum...

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Techno-thriller author and gaming franchise Tom Clancy dies at 66

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A sad loss...

He did write some excellent books, but it's a shame that his latest ones mostly involved him franchising out his name to other writers.

For instance I'm currently reading (or, rather, struggling through) "Against All Enemies" which has TOM CLANCY in big letters all over the top of the cover and, below it the title. Sandwiched in the middle, in a comparatively tiny font, printed in grey on a crimson background it says "with Peter Telep" who clearly did most of the writing because it's certainly not a Clancy novel.

A bad case of Bait and Switch to end a glittering career :-(

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Scientists to IPCC: YES, solar quiet spells like the one now looming CAN mean ICE AGES

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@jpf - Re: @Brian Miller - Baked? Frozen? It's the weather.

No, they weren't. Note the words "scientific press" rather that "popular press":

"I should clarify that I’m talking about predictions in the scientific press. There were some regrettable things published in the popular press (e.g. Newsweek; though National Geographic did better). But we’re only responsible for the scientific press. If you want to look at an analysis of various papers that mention the subject, then try http://www.wmconnolley.org.uk/sci/iceage/."

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Analyst says Brit rail broadband plan is TRAIN CRAZY

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Fine, but how about...

... putting a full Faraday Cage around the so-called "Quiet Carriages" so clueless, brainless or simply inconsiderate idiots can't ignore the signs saying "Please don't use Mobile Phones" and hold their equally mindless and irrelevant conversations in them whilst pissing off everyone else who wants a bit of peace and fucking quiet on their journey?!

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