* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Looks like...

... Apple have created a Giffen Good

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Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

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@GX5000 - Re: Seeding life

Wrong

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"about the same cost as flying a B-2 bomber for 250 hours"

And a damned sight more useful!

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LinkedIn reveals invitation-only bourgeois bug bounty

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"inivitation"?

Pity El Reg doesn't pay a spelling mistake bounty...

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US National Vulnerability Database contained ... yup, an XSS vuln

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Re: Maybe it's just a big honeypot

See Hanlon's Razor for details...

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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@LucreLout - Re: "I think that billions coming up out of absolute poverty... @Graham Marsden

> So its ok for the third world to live in actual poverty as long as your salary is guaranteed to keep up with mine?

No, try a different Straw Man and, please, put the Racism Card away, it just makes you look silly.

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"I think that billions coming up out of absolute poverty...

"...is worth widening in rich country inequality. Others might not agree."

See icon for details.

Why don't we try getting rid of some of those top-level CxO jobs? You know, the ones that pay big bonuses for, frankly, doing fuck all or, even worse, give massive golden parachute pay-offs for screwing up the company, causing your workers to lose their employment and leaving them scratching around for minimum wage jobs to try to feed their kids and keep a roof over their heads?

Oh no, says Tim, those workers should be *happy* that someone else, somewhere else in the world is "getting out of poverty", meanwhile the bosses and the shareholders are laughing all the way to the bank. Trebles all round!!

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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@Tim Almond - Re: Does Anyone Use this capacity?

The point is not whether anyone *uses* this capacity, it is that the Providers sell it as if everyone *can* use that capacity.

And that's a different matter (and not exactly credible either)

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AssangeTM says Sweden squibbed on promised interview

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Re: Great quote...

Oh look, Scorchio!! is back...

I've just had a look at his posting history:

Today, 9 days ago, 1 month ago and 4 months ago, virtually all of those posts about Assange.

I wonder whose sock puppet he is?

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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@Ledswinger

>> Shooting misidentified civilians or friend ground forces is not.

> I honestly think you've got that the wrong way round. In the very infrequent event that compensation is paid to foreign victims it will be paltry,

It's not the cost of the compensation, it's the cost of the cover up full enquiry that follows...

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Look at Lewis' previous rants diatribes tirades articles on the subject and it may become a little clearer...

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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Re: I wonder

Oh don't worry, if it finds out it has done something illegal, it will just retro-actively change the law to make it legal...!

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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Re: Money! Kiddie Fidlers! Stalkers! Thieves!

> What about the positive human side knowing you actually helped someone and at the same time had a small detour from your work run?

What about the positive side of you've just acquired a new lap top/ 4k TV, boxed set of CDs for nothing...?

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British Library publishes Digital Magna Carta – written-by-web-vote because it's 2015

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"Only three of the 63 clauses still stand in law?"

And Call-me-David Cameron is doing his utmost to get rid of even those ones.

Equal access to justice? Not now the Tories have denied many people access to Legal Aid. Now it's "how much justice can you afford?" If you're wealthy, fine, if not, you're screwed. Worse than that, they want to outsource the system to their mates in G4S and the like (the same people who are likely to end up running the privatised prisons) so obviously there's no conflict of interest there!

"No imprisonment without trial"? Well, unless you're an immigrant being held without any idea of if and when your case is going to be reviewed.

And, of course, there's Cameron's plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and bring in their hypocritical "British Bill of Rights" which really means "British Bill of the Rights we say you can have, provided you're someone we like". The only reason that's been kicked into the long grass at the moment is that he knows he can't even convince a lot of his own party to support it, but like the Snoopers Charter, it won't go away, they'll just do it slowly, chipping away at a Right here, a Protection there, a Liberty somewhere else...

Cameron, in his utterly hypocritical speech, said "We talk about the 'law of the land' and this is the very land where that law – and the rights that flow from it – took root". What he didn't say is that he's doing his utmost to uproot those laws and salt the earth so that those inconvenient rights don't get in the way of their control freak ways.

Icon: Our Rights going up in flames...

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Hacked US OPM boss: We'll fix our IT security – just give us $21 million

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Re: Of course...

Yeah, but there was nothing that could be pinned on them, so they were quite happy to crap on someone else...

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Of course...

... what the grandstanding politicians with their accusations and speeches (more for the media than for information) were really thinking was "Thank fuck it wasn't anything that *I* am responsible for!"

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News website deserves a slap for its hate-filled commentards, say 'ooman rights beaks

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"this is all over 230 quid"

No, it isn't. It's about who is responsible for the comments and what laws should apply to the hosting company which publishes them.

As the author says "in a case that was all about the principle" did El Reg's editor not read the article before commenting?

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How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

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"the law applies to UAE citizens and foreign nationals"

... but will actually only be used to prosecute foreign nationals because all UAE citizens are noble, upstanding people who would never break any law, especially not the ones who have lots of "wasta" [influence or clout]...

FTFY

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EU MEPs accept lonely Pirate's copyright report – and water it down

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WTF?

“The commercial use of...

"... photographs, video footage or other images of works which are permanently located in physical public places should always be subject to prior authorisation from the authors or any proxy acting for them."

So if I make a film in London which includes aerial footage of well known buildings or shows a statue or another public work of art in the background, I have to get "prior authorisation" from the "author or any proxy" working for *every single one* of them? And, presumably, if I don't, they can then sue for breach of copyright when my film is distributed?

Wow, what a great fucking stupid idea!

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Go fac' yourselves: US privacy bods walk out of visage recog talks

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So...

... the Industry which wants to monetise us refuses to accept that we have any right to not be stalked by them everywhere we go?

Colour me surprised...

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Re: to promote better and more personalised service levels

Of course the flip side of that is when my bank or gym scans my card and then says "Hello Mr Marsden" as if I should be impressed that they've just read my name off their screen.

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"they could always refuse you entry if you don't accept their T&Cs."

And I can tell them where they can shove their T&Cs and go somewhere else.

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Vodafone hikes prices to 37.5p/min – and lets angry customers flee

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WTF?

" write to us"?

Good to see Voda aren't putting barriers in the way of people leaving by letting them e-mail or phone to end their service...

</sarcasm>

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Hating on 'Like Farms': boffins trawl for Facebook fakes

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Re: Like!

You make very good poiunt. Thank s for this article.

http://www.ihopethesearchenginesimprovemywebsiteratingsintheirindexes.com

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Sunday Times fires off copyright complaint at Snowden story critics

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"Also why does the page jump to the bottom when I click on up or down vote?"

I'm getting the same in Firefox.

I'd assumed it was due to my running NoScript and AdBlock which occasionally can cause odd errors like that.

Who else is having this problem and *why* can't El Reg get their Up/Down Vote system working without needing to refresh the page?

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Silicon Valley season closer: Would you like fried servers with that?

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I watched the start of the first episode of this "comedy"...

... and found the humour crass, the writing poor, the dialogue tedious and the characters unlovable.

Give me the Big Bang Theory any day!

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Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

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I bet they got the idea...

... from watching James Bond films...

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Grumpy EU ministers agree shaky pact on new data protection law

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@AC

I was just thinking the same thing.

It's in the business' “legitimate interest” to make profits. Whether them selling our data or doing anything else with it is in *our* “legitimate interest” is another matter entirely...

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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Has anyone seen...

... any reports of the recent loss of all those Background check Vetting Forms on *any* other mass media apart from El Reg?

After a bit of searching I can only find it on the Wall Street Journal and The Guardian's pages. I wonder why...?

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Unlucky, Palmer: Facebook's going to BAN Oculus pr0n apps

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Re: Prudish much?

Yep, you'll no doubt get many games which let you shoot, blow up or run down people in exquisitely rendered 3D graphic detail, but gods forbid you might get to see a pair of boobs...

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Why is that idiot Osbo continuing with austerity when we know it doesn't work?

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As always....

... cui bono?

The Independent Living Fund, which helps around 18,000 disabled people work and live in the community, is being wound down.

The NAO has said that more than half of Britain's councils risk falling into serious financial crisis and may not be able to provide services they are legally obliged to offer.

Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary (HMIC), has said that 17 out of the 43 police forces may "struggle to sustain themselves in the medium term in light of continued austerity".

Cuts to Legal Aid mean that many less well-off people are now excluded from the system and cannot "afford" to get justice.

Meanwhile the richest get a £100,000 a year tax cut, banker's bonuses (you know, the people who helped cause the crisis and the ones who have been fixing LIBOR rates etc) have risen, George has not "eliminated the public sector deficit by 2015" as he claimed he could (in fact he hasn't even managed to cut it in half) and British workers have had the longest decline in average wages since records began whilst minimum wage jobs and zero-hours contracts have risen "reducing" unemployment with near poverty level labour.

Cui bono? As always, not us...

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@Chris Miller - Re: @Graham Marsden

Ah, there's nothing like reasoned and adult debate. Pity your post was nothing like reasoned and adult debate. Still, at least you don't call people by silly nicknames like Matt Bryant, so I suppose I should be thankful for small mercies.

As to the relevant parts of your post, yes, I'm aware that no voting system is ever going to completely and accurately reflect the wishes of *everyone*, but you appear to be arguing that since it's not possible we might as well stick with FPTP on the basis of "well, it is broke, but we can't find a perfect fix for it, so let's do nothing at all".

Naturally that suits the Tories and Labour fine because they know that they'll eventually get back in power by the principle of Buggin's Turn. Whether it's good for us, the people who they are supposed to be *serving* (not ruling) is another matter entirely.

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@Zog_but_not_the_first - Re: @BB- What the...?

No worries, Mate, but perhaps we can just call you Bruce?

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@Chris Miller - Re: @BB- What the...?

"Our 'broken' electoral system did exactly what it's meant to do [...] ensure that our two-party state system remains in place and ensures that people don't get a real choice"

FTFY.

> People who hate FPTP never seem to specify precisely which system they think would be an improvement

ORLY? I could have sworn I've seen many posts on exactly that, but perhaps some people just don't read them (or don't want to read them?)

Here, let me repeat mine (which I've posted before in these comments pages): Personally I think we should switch to a form of AV or STV system (like the one they use in Scotland!).

At the same time we switch to an elected House of Lords where the seats are apportioned to Parties according to the First Choice votes expressed by the electorate in the election of MPs.

That way we ensure that the MP in a constituency is actually chosen by a *majority* of the votes, rather than being the "least disliked" option, but the "revising house" represents the actual views of the population.

PS as I've said before (also in these pages) the AV Referendum was a complete stitch up. We did not get a *choice* of what FPTP was going to be replaced by, we were simply told "it's either FPTP or AV" which meant that those who wanted some form of Proportional system were forced to vote for either of two choices, neither of which they wanted.

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@BB- Re: What the...?

> England voted and chose steady hands

Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!

Do you know how many more votes the Tories got this time than last? 600,000. That's it. Thanks to our broken electoral system hat's all it took to give the Tories a "majority", even though they only got 37% of the votes.

Meanwhile the SNP got 4.7% of the votes and got 56 seats, but UKIP got 12.6% and the Greens got 3.8% yet each only got *one* seat, whilst the Lib Dems got 7.9% and 8 seats.

So, no, BB, England (or rather, the United Kingdom) did *NOT* vote for Call me David and Gideon, 60% of them voted for something else entirely, yet still we got this bunch of idiots who think that kicking the poorest in society and giving their rich mates all the money is going to make things better.

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Innocent Spaniards roasted by experimental napalm mead

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I thought the SPB were concocting their own rocket fuel for the LOHAN mission!

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Jurassic World: All the meaty ingredients for a summer blockbuster

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To quote from Mock the Week...

"The dinosaurs are killing everyone! WHY do we keep re-opening this park and WHO keeps giving us Public Liability insurance???"

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How much info did hackers steal on US spies? Try all of it

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@HildyJ - Re: That's not the point

I think your Irony Detector malfunctioned.

(At least I *hope* the OP was being ironic...)

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Use snooped data in court? Nah, says UK.gov - folk might be cleared

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@SVV - Re: Local Council Bin Inspectors

But the Government have gone through all the time and effort to get these powers implemented, so they *must* have intended them to be used and, by the gods, we're *going* to use them!!!

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INTERNET of BOOBS: Scorching French lass reveals networked bikini

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Re: That video ....

And you'll have noticed that, as is usual for such things, the models are trying to look glamourous and sexy whilst standing on a freezing beach on a mostly over-cast day with a gale blowing, probably in the middle of winter :-(

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US Navy wants 0-day intelligence to develop weaponware

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0 day...?

So, El Reg, why use a picture that was taken over 50 years ago in 1964?

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Google wants you to buy Nest CCTV, turn your home into a Brillo pad

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@David 138

Do you have curtains on your windows? Why? What have you got to hide...?

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Screw you, ISPs: Net neutrality switches on THIS FRIDAY – US court

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@AC - Re: Since when did ISPs own the Internet?

> You really don't help your cause by being a complete bell-end.

And you don't give your arguments any more validity by calling people names.

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In memoriam: Christopher Lee, Hammer's Count Dracula

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Re: Fightin' Man

> Probably saw and did things that were difficult to deal with.

Apparently Peter Jackson once said to him something on the lines of "Imagine what it sounds like when a man's been stabbed in the back" and Lee replied "I don't have to imagine it."

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Don't panic. Stupid smart meters are still 50 YEARS away

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"At worst, it could prove to be a costly failure"

What's this "at worst" business?

Given the number of other such epicly mis-managed government inspired boondoggles which have turned out to be catastrophic disasters, that should read "It WILL be a costly failure"!

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Future Range Rovers will report pot-holes directly to councils

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@AC - Re: Signal to noise ratio

> , it is unlikely to see anything other than tarmac and a gravel drive.

Oh come on, now! I've seen plenty of Range Rovers being driven Off Road...

... and up on to pavements...!

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Using leather in 'leccy cars is 'unTesla', rages vegan shareholder

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@Sir Runcible Spoon - Re: Hmm let's think about this...

> If we raise and slaughter an animal for food, we at least owe it the respect to make use of every piece of it and not just dump it.

They're probably part of PETA who have the aim of converting the world to (at least) vegetarianism and (preferably) veganism.

One of their methods is to try to stop people using or wearing leather which is intended to make the beef industry less cost effective, pushing the price up and thereby forcing people to switch to veggie alternatives...

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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Waiting for Matt...

... hang on, haven't we been here before...?

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NSA slapdown prompts Privacy Int'l to file new lawsuit against GCHQ

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Re: Marsbarbrain Gordon 10 Talking thru their arses

>> "And I can sell you this magic stone that stops you being bitten by crocodiles..."

> Going by the gullibility so evident in your posts I'm not at all surprised you baaaaahlieve in that stone.

WHOOOOOOSSSSSHHHHH!!!!!!

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Online identity woes can only be solved through the medium of GIF

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"a decentralised global framework"

Well that's going to be a non-starter from the word go, our "freedom loving" governments will never stand for it because they *know* that they're the only ones who can be trusted with all our information...

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