4743 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007
@veti Re: Parental Responsibility
You're taking a big leap from parents being responsible for what their kids see to society being responsible for ensuring that that happens and, by inference, everyone else's rights being restricted to "think of the children".
As for your other Straw Man arguments, I'll treat them with the contempt they deserve.
Re: Parental Responsibility
"What about the children who have parents who don't give a shit about them?"
So *your* subtext here is that we should *ALL* be treated as children in the vague hope that, somehow, it will help protect those who have crap parents...
Re: About this proposed ban
Ah, he's obviously someone from the Icelandic branch of the "I don't like this, so you shouldn't be allowed to see it" brigade...
"a 2010 study by the Icelandic government...
"...which concluded that kids exposed to footage of extreme hardcore action and youngsters actually physically abused shared the same signs of trauma."
And did they study any and all *other* groups of children who had not been exposed to this footage, nor who had been actually physically abused to see if *they* also shared the same "signs of trauma"?
(And what were these "signs" anyway? Remember "shaken baby syndrome"??)
Re: Parental Responsibility
"Why is it always parental responsibility rather than societal responsibility?"
Because they are not MY children. They are not HIS children. They are not SOCIETY'S children.
They are *YOUR* children. YOU brought them into this world, it is YOUR responsibility to bring them up properly, NOBODY ELSE'S!
I'm being repressed!
What to do with the money...
A simple fine like this is pointless, taking money from one organisation and sending it to another one isn't going to make a difference.
What the ICO should do is say "You will budget this money to conduct a comprehensive review of your data security procedures and ensure that proper measures are implemented to ensure that it does not happen again".
That way the money will actually do some good.
Fining this guy, let alone fining the patient who gave him the information is ridiculously stupid and counter-productive because the only thing it's going to deter is someone else exposing completely inadequate security procedures!
These are people's health records, they should be kept completely confidential and only be individually accessible to those who have a need to view them for a specific purpose, not "log in and cruise around until you find something you like"!
Don't you mean...
... how it all ends?!
... "Put your head between your knees and kiss your arse goodbye!"
... ITYM Hypocrisy from the people who are trying to enforce laws which are to the benefit of the Media Companies' obsolete business models.
Re: Permissions probably
Not forgetting that that legalese is most likely presented in a tiny little window that shows about four lines making it virtually unreadable and meaning you have to scroll manually through it.
Not that they'd do that deliberately so you'll just click on "I accept" of course...
"able to listen in to what should be private communications...
"...without the knowledge of those making them"
And, of course, it's only the Government and Security Services who should be able to do that...
"The Republican-controlled House of Representatives...
"...may be willing to overlook the privacy failings of the bill in exchange for a chance to put one over on Obama."
So they're anti-Big Government and state snooping and all that sort of stuff, apart from when they can play partisan political games...
"unless you've been searching for tips on how to suffocate someone"
And what if you wish to experiment with erotic asphyxiation?
It's dangerous, certainly, so the best thing you can do is to find out as much information about it, but if something goes wrong in a consensual scene (cf the Jane Longhurst case) how is google going to know whether you were planning on killing them or it was just a tragic accident? Answer, they can't.
Forget about presumption of innocence, forget about privacy, forget about due process, google says you've looked at this, so obviously you're guilty!
Point Missed: Re: More work for Mr Jobsworth
The idea is not to "frighten the criminals" the idea is to get businesses and organisations to actually admit that they have flaws in their security and *DO* something about them instead of just trying to sweep it under the carpet for fear that it might affect their share prices (and thus bonuses).
Re: Am I the only one
Star Trek... what?
Blocking wi-fi legally...
... just get a crappy old microwave oven with poor shielding and leave it running!
"ChildLine is sending workers to every primary school in Britain...
"...to talk about the issues affecting each age group"
I hope the parents are going to be there, because *THEY* are the ones who are responsible for their childrens' safety. Not the schools, not the ISPs, not the Government, not you or me, but *THE PARENTS*!!
Still, there's one possible good outcome of this, perhaps when this generation of kids grows up and some of them go into Government, we'll start getting rid of some of the ludicrous laws that have been introduced by the "We don't like this, so you aren't allowed to see it" brigade...
Re: Look, lets sort this out...
And when they're voted off...
... Look out, Captain... AAAARRRGH!
"Wanted: a Do Not Track for mobile"
Unless you're the government (any government) of course.
"I've seen this done on a website. Not sure what the point was there"
Was it an online banking site? If so, the point is to stop the possibility of a trojan monitoring the position of your mouse pointer when you click on the characters of your password on screen.
Angry Birds not available?
Well that's a deal-breaker right there...
Yes, of course, because nobody should have *any* such "saucy snaps" just in case someone else gets their hands on them...
There's a couple of El Reg staff writers who wouldn't want to hear this sort of thing...
Well that's ok...
... since I have Flash Block installed meaning *I* get to choose when and if Flash content plays!
I can see...
... my house!
Re: Muslims in Space
I read some years ago about a Muslim who was in the US Navy and who had the problem that, since the ship could often be manoeuvring, it was very difficult for him to pray towards Mecca.
He asked his Imam who apparently told him "Which is more important? That you pray towards Mecca or just that you pray?"
Oh and to some of the posters above, I don't share his faith, I don't have any religious beliefs, but I'm willing to respect his Right to hold those beliefs in the hope that he will reciprocate and not say "You must think the same way as me" as certain fanatics do...
And wonderfully detailed replays of an over-priced prima-donna collapsing in feigned agony when they get the slightest touch on their ankle...
Ah, but you see it's *different* when we do it...!
The Automobile Association of America reckons you shouldn't use E-15 (gasoline with 15% ethanol) and car makers are saying if you do it will void your warranty!
A salutory warning...
... to all the other kids "sexting" or posing for naughty pics for their (at the time SO) or posting anything else about themselves online or in a form which could come back and bite them on the arse.
NB Please note I, in no way, approve of or wish to try to justify/ act as an apologist, for the scumbags who posted these images, but, as the title suggests, this should be treated as a warning to those who think that they can trust someone else with such pictures or information in this online world.
... didn't the Mice do this already? Then the Golgafrincham B-Ark turned up and corrupted the data...
... patent the condom as a firewall?
Re: same shit different day
@Shagbag "There are a lot of very rich tax lawyers out there"
Fixed it for you...
Re: nice sizzle reel, anyway...
@Paul_Murphy: Erm, I think you mean Dyson Spheres.
Of course there's also Plates and Orbitals and other such fun things from Iain M Banks' Culture stories.
Yes, I'm using my name because there's nothing in that post that would risk an intrusion on my privacy.
It's not rocket science.
"Maybe when the day comes that some idiot with their face covered decides to attack you in the middle of town you'll have a different view of people covering their faces from cameras."
Thus writes the Anonymous Coward!
Excuse me, I think I need a new Irony Detector, mine's just exploded...
To paraphrase Ben Franklin:
"Those who would have to give up their dignity to obtain a little privacy deserve neither dignity nor privacy."
We should not *NEED* to have to use such things in order to maintain our privacy!
... at least it won't affect Tharg the Mighty!
"She will say that internet users should have to make an active choice...
"...over whether adult content is allowed into the home or portable device or not."
Oh dear, here we go again. To protect the cheeeeldreen we have to *ALL* be treated as children!
We cannot be trusted to behave like adults, parents cannot be trusted to teach their children to think twice about what they post about themselves on the web or let others see, no, we're back to the Labour Party Nanny State nonsense of *they* are the only ones who know what is right for us...
Re: "The average user has 26 password-protected accounts"
"Britain's foremost IT site can't seem to master the advanced art of setting a login cookie properly!"
Nor can they manage to have an upvote system that doesn't waste a lot of people's time because it requires going to a new page, waiting for that to load, then having to go back to the original page unlike quite a few other sites I could mention...
"The average user has 26 password-protected accounts"
Well, yes, but how many of them are trivial? Would it be an absolute disaster if someone cracked my El Reg password and started downvoting posts and making comments that I wouldn't? Probably not.
Sure, having secure passwords for your work log-in, online bank account etc is sensible, but if El Reg (or other forums) started demanding we change our passwords every 30 days I think most people would get fed up or start re-using passwords from other sites.
Re: We've been here before.....
The 1930's called, they want their Secret Decoder Ring back...!
Re: You have got to be kidding
"it will probably look more like a cock ring."
Please thrust your groin against the keyboard to continue...
"make effective use of identities as a resource”
Why does that sound like what I'm worried it sounds like...?
... has been Unpersoned!
IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!
"We trust computers to fly jets..."
But we do not trust them to fly without human back-up, do we?
And even then, if the humans misunderstand what the computer is telling them or get the settings wrong, we get disasters like the Air France crash off Brazil.
... shouldn't have been a picture of a frickin' shark?
I bought a burger in a Tesco's cafe yesterday...
... the waitress asked if I wanted anything on it, so I put a fiver each-way...