* Posts by Graham Marsden

6853 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

BAD things happen to GOOD robots in America: hitchBot DECAPITATED

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Alien

Of course actually...

... it was kidnapped by Aliens and subjected to all sorts of probing.

It will then return a couple of hundred years in the future on a mission to find its creator...

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Lottery chief resigns as winning combo numbers appear on screen BEFORE being drawn

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Re: Lie Detectors

Yes, they absolutely work.

And I'm willing to take a Lie Detector Test to prove that I really do have a bridge for sale...

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Linus Torvalds warns he's in no mood to be polite as Linux 4.2 drags

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@ Simon Sharwood, Reg APAC Editor - Re: Give em' a break

> You get ONE LOUSY CHARACTER WRONG and this is what happens ;-)

You must be new here...

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Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations stalled until November

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USA "so out-of-whack with the rest of the world "

No, it's the rest of the world who are out of whack with the USA!

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ATTACK of the ZOMBIE SATELLITE: Run radio hams, run!

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@DougS - Re: can we use it for target practice?

> Maybe NASA should offer a $10 million prize

I have a Mr Blofeld on the line...

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Edge out rivals? No! Firefox boss BLASTS Microsoft's Windows 10 browser brouhaha

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Microsoft...

... back to their old tricks again...

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Download Fest goers were human guinea pigs in spy tech experiment, admit police

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Re: 77 hits?

And how many False Positives did they get in that time...?

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@Adam 52

So perhaps we should tell the Police "If you can't stand the crime, don't do the time"...?

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Top German data cop slaps down Facebook's real name policy

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Re: There is an important reason behind that Real Name thing..

> When you sign up to such a service, you engage in a contract.

Which AIUI is unenforceable in many places because, for a contract to be binding, *both* parties should have the right to negotiate terms, instead of being told "this is how it is, take it or leave it".

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Italy: Human rights are so old hat. The future's in internet rights

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You may mock...

... but at least someone is trying to do *something* to level the playing field.

Maybe it won't work, however it might just get people thinking about what's happening out there.

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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You haven't met some of the children I have...

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"try and decipher the iRights website"

"Kids should be allowed to run around and shout and scream and scribble on the walls without any supervision from their parents and then get off scot free and not have to take responsibility for what they've done or the mess they've left behind them."

FTFY.

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Re: Does this mean the Queen....

Whereas the ones of the England Football Team saluting Hitler on the orders of the Foreign Office will remain...?

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Gamers zap brain-to-computer kit market to US$200m by 2020

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@AC - Re: WARNING - Not again!

Nope, I'm using broadband at home, that was for the benefit of those who aren't and don't want to a) use lots of data allowance or b) wait for ages for it to download (it took a couple of minutes on Virgin's "high speed" broadband) or c) both.

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WARNING - Re: Not again!

That's a 32MB PDF file if you're thinking of clicking on the link...

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World-beating TWO-QUADRILLION-WATT LASER fired by boffins

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"you're not going to be blowing up any planets with LFEX"

I find your lack of faith disturbing...

(Mine's the long black cape)

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Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

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Re: Take me to your lawyer

Let's ship ALL the copyright trolls out there on a ship designated, say "B"...

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W3C's failed Do Not Track crusade tumbles to ad-blockers' Vietnam

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"tactics like denying content to users with DNT turned on"

Which (if they don't already exist, I haven't checked) will simply result in people creating browser extensions that will send spoof data back to the trackers...

Oh and as for "an advertising-based revenue model that works much better – for readers and advertisers – when ads are tailored to users' interests" it may work better for the advertisers, but if I'm looking for something I don't want recommendations based on who has paid the most to the ad slingers to get their stuff in front of my face, I want ones based on whether the product is any good!

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Oh, Obama's responded to the petition to pardon Snowden. What'll it be?

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Holmes

"He should come home to the United States...

"...and be judged by an authoritarian regime!"

FTFY!

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Biometric behavioural profiling: Fighting that password you simply can't change

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"If you have JavaScript enabled"

Hello NoScript...

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NSA: We'll move your metadata into /dev/null when you stop suing us

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Why does this sound like...

... a bully grabbing your arm and saying "Stop hitting yourself"...?

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UK.gov: Are we talking about Big Data enough? Should we plug it more?

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@moiety

That was exactly what I was thinking when I read this. I don't want to "feel" that my data is protected, I want to KNOW that my data is protected!

There are already too many organisations and businesses and governments who think that they should have free and unfettered access to everyone's data and, of course, then be able to sell it off to anyone they want (possibly with some sort of lip-service paid to "anonymisation"), but it is *our* data and *we* should have the right to decide who can get their hands on it.

And that's not simply "if you use this app you consent to us troughing your data, so if you don't like it, don't use it"!

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Boffins' audacious plan to blow up aircraft foiled by bomb-proof bag

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Re: Not mentioned in the article...

The 300 cubic metres is for the cargo hold version. There are smaller versions for bombs in the passenger cabin.

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Game over for epic 15-year-long console ban, China says

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What they didn't mention...

... is that the foreign vendors will be restricted to the consoles they were producing 15 years ago, so the Chinese can look forward to the PS 2, Dreamcast, Game Cube and X-Box.

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ICANN further implicated in .Africa controversy

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Re: My question is: who cares about a .africa domain?

Paging Lady Mondegreen...

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The Wilson Doctrine isn't legally binding, MPs CAN be spied on, says QC

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@Pete65 - Re: If politicians have nothing to hide...

I think you need a new Irony Detector. Yours appears to be malfunctioning.

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Moneybags Bloomberg whips out checkbook to gobble spoof website

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And the /other/ solution?

Stop the ridiculous proliferation of .name suffixies which businesses need to defensively register simply to stop others from getting them...

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Now car hackers can bust in through your motor's DAB RADIO

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@Mongo - Re: Yet again poor design and great hacking reveals me as a muppet

The real muppets are the ones whose poor programing practices allowed such things to happen in the first place!

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Austrian court rules online radio streaming is not broadcasting

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Re: PRS lawyers on standby....

Err, that's Austria, not Australia...

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WTF?

Since when...

... did Austrian law apply in the UK?

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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Big Brother

“target discovery” – finding previously unknown people

In other words: Treating everyone as a suspect...

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

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@Haku

Maximum Overdrive!

(Watch out for a truck with a green goblin face on the front...)

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eBay's new plan: sell the shirt off your back

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“Uber but for lazy people”

Isn't that tautologous?

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Much more Moore's Law, as boffins assemble atom-level transistor

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Well, we've created this computer that uses single atoms for transistors...

... Great, so what's the drawback?

Well you need to bring this Scanning Tunnelling Electron Microscope along with you...

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Reg top tip: Don't have the same name as someone else if you use Facebook's Instagram

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Another...

.. own goal for Failbook!

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Whitehall maps out Blighty's driverless future

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I still want to know...

... how well these cars are going to be able to deal with narrow side roads in British cities where there are vehicles going in both directions, but with cars parked on both sides meaning there's only room for one at a time and it's necessary for someone to back up into a gap to let the other vehicle through etc...

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Re: "Cars should be immune to hacks"

Yes, my first reaction was "Good luck with that!"

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Cops baffled by 'canal corpse' that turned out to be COCONUTS

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Yes, very funny, but...

... what if it *had* been something suspicious and the Police had just dismissed it or failed to investigate?

It was only a short time ago that two people died because Stirling Police didnt follow up on reports of a car accident, leaving a woman to lie there for three days before she was discovered. What if this hadn't been "a bag of animal bones", but evidence was lost because it wasn't deemed to be important?

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Here's why Whittingdale kicked a subscription BBC into the future

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@Avatar of They - Re: Need an opt out

I think you've rather missed my point which was exactly *that* just because someone might say "I don't use it, why should I pay for it?" ignores the fact that they still *benefit* from it.

We benefit from a non-commercial BBC, not least because if the BBC *did* go commercial, it would suck a huge amount of advertising revenue away from other broadcasters, thus reducing choice.

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Re: Need an opt out

I don't have children, why should I have to pay taxes that go to schools?

I don't have a car, why should I pay taxes that go to roads?

I have private medical cover why should I pay taxes that go to the NHS?

etc etc etc...

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The Ruskies are coming for you, NSA director tells City bankers

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Just bend over...

... whilst they put on the rubber gloves...

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Reg reader? Work at the Home Office? Are you SURE?

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Re: Look ma, we've reduced head count!

Ah, but you see payments for contract workers come out of a different budget, so it's easy to claim that they're "saving money on wages"...

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

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Why did I think...

... of someone walking around with one of these phones whilst towing a bloody big amp and battery pack on a trolley behind them...?

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Citizenfour director Laura Poitras sues US for years of border security harassment

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@Matt Bryant - Re: Marsbarbrain @LucreLout - iLuddite the more things change...

> Unlike you I do not need sock puppets.

I await your evidence that I have *EVER* used a sock puppet account with... well, I was going to say "bated breath", but actually I won't be holding my breath because there is no such evidence.

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UK.gov will appeal against DRIPA-busting verdict, says minister

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"that total fuckwit Teresa May"

I'd amend this to "that *almost* total fuckwit Teresa May" because she has, at least, seen sense and banned the use of Water Cannon in Britan...

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Sod the law! We'll crack on with our metadata witchhunts, growl cops

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> Isn't evidence gathered outside the law inadmissable?

Not here in England. We have no Fourth Amendment, no "Fruit of the Poisonous Tree" principle, in fact, there are very few principles at all where this sort of things is concerned...

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Unfortunately, these days they seem to think that they should not only enforce the law, but decide what it is and whether it should apply to them too or not :-(

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Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

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"including delivery charges the fuel costs nearly $10,000 per pound"

Blimey, do they send it Parcel Force...?

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Bloke thrown in the clink for hacking SIXTY PER CENT of Americans

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I'm surprised...

... the NSA didn't offer him a job...

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Hands off, Apple! Irish dev studio sues over alleged iWatch infringement

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"Two companies, both alike in dignity, in fair Milan"

A pox on both their houses...

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