* Posts by Graham Marsden

5815 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

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

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Re: Marsbarbrain Waiting for Matt...

Oh deary, deary me.

And *still* Matt hasn't a clue about the concept of Presumption of Innocence, no, he'd far rather agree with GCHQ and the NSA that *everyone* should be considered guilty and should be monitored and tracked and recorded and scanned *just in case* they do something bad.

Of course he also has been unable to understand the fact that you don't find a needle in a haystack by adding many more haystacks in the vague hope that one of *them* might contain a needle.

Don't forget to check under your bed and in your wardrobe when you go to bed, Matt, there may be terrorists hiding there...

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Re: Gordon 10 Talking thru their arses

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

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Re: Marsbarbrain Waiting for Matt...

ROFLALAL!

Hook, line *and* sinker!!

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Waiting for Matt...

... to come along and say that we're not important enough for them to bother looking at our data, so we shouldn't worry about this...

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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Re: There is no such thing as "Road Tax"!

>> The Road Fund Licence ... was abolished in 1936!

> Well, no it wasn't,

The point is that, up until 1936 it was "hypothecated" (ie ring-fenced) so it could *only* be used for road building and maintenance.

After then, it simply went into the government's coffers along with all the other tax revenue and they could spend that money on anything they wanted.

So, yes, it was changed in a meaningful way because for the last 80 years nobody has "paid to use the roads", yet there's still a dangerous sense of entitlement from many drivers who believe that it gives them the right to behave like arseholes towards anyone who doesn't pay vehicle tax.

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There is no such thing as "Road Tax"!

The Road Fund Licence (ie a tax to pay for the building and upkeep of Britain's Roads) was abolished in 1936!

You pay Vehicle Excise Duty which is a tax on the ownership of a car or other such vehicle which you pay whether it's used or not unless declared SORN.

Yet still people claim that they "pay to use the roads" with the implicit or explicit assumption that this gives them more rights than those who don't...

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Facebook tosses creepy Place Tips beacons at stateside retailers

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The beacons don’t collect any information from people...

... yet...

... Bitch!

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Brit plods' post-TETRA radio omnishambles comes home to roost

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Re: why?

One reason they moved from FM was that often Pirate Radio stations would be operating on the same or close frequencies and swamping the signals.

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Les unsporting gits! French spies BUGGED Concorde passengers

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Re: What about the noise

> I believe that at the heart of it is a pretty standard microphone, and they can easily be swamped by the wideband noise in a passenger cabin.

Yes, which is why you have a *second* microphone which picks up ambient sound and then circuitry which inverts the waveform, thus cancelling out the background noise and making the voices much easier to hear.

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Russia copies EU commissars with own right to be forgotten law

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In West...

... you have Right to be Forgotten.

In Russia, we have Right to forget about you (in Siberia...)

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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@1980s_coder

> What are the chances of anyone ever finding the discs

It depends on whether it it is first encoutered by a vastly powerful alien race who sends it back to us or gets shot up by a trigger-happy Klingon Captain...

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Chips can kill: Official

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The chief cause of death in laboratory rats...

... is laboratory scientists...!

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Soon your car won't let you drink. But it won't care if you're on the phone

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Isn't this about Formula One?

Oh, sorry, that was the stock picture El Reg used last time...

PS As regards *this* story, how long before there are people outside pubs saying "give us a tenner and I'll blow into that tube so you can drive home..."?

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So why the hell didn't quantitative easing produce HUGE inflation?

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@Paul 25 - Re: Tons of inflation

> The Mars bar was reduced in size in 2008,

So why has it now diminished from containing 230 calories to only 177 calories yet remained at the same price?

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The weapons pact threatening IT security research

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We must stop people from using this sort of thing!

(Unless it's us, of course...)

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Sacré bleu! Parking machine labels French mayor ‘thieving bastard'

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Re: ... Sadly twinned with both Reading and Basildon

Of course Wincanton has achieved the best (or possibly worst) example, being twinned with Ankh-Morpork!

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Re: The world needs more feux-français

Alas, since the death of Miles Kington, the world has been bereft of the gems from his column in Punch magazine called "Parlez vous Franglais?"

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Facebook Lite: Website strips off to lure in another billion users

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All the ads, hardly any content

FTFY

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Latest Snowden leak: NSA can snoop internet to catch 'hackers' – no warrants needed

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The data is kept for five years, or indefinitely if national security is involved.

So, that's pretty much "indefinitely" for all data, then, because you never know when National Security might be involved...

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Wikileaks publishes TiSA: A secret trade pact between US, Europe and others for big biz pals

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So this one...

... isn't actually very controversial at all, but, for some reason, our Lords and Masters seem to think that, even in this case, we can't be allowed to know what's being decided in our names just in case we get upset.

"Now don't worry your pretty little heads about it, just keep watching the TV and we'll take care of everything..."

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Passions run high in EU parliament debate over air passengers' privacy

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@Dan Paul - Re: The USA started all this crap ...

You sound like the sort of Merkin who argues against "Big Government" whilst *at the same time* supporting the idea of your Security Services being able to monitor everyone wherever they go and whatever they do and whoever they talk to and whatever websites they look at because that makes you feel "safer" from the big bad terrerrist bogeyman.

Are you feeling a touch of cognitive dissonance yet?

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Virgin Galactic will get into space 'within 18 months to two years'

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Re: At 250K a pop.

And Karl Benz's first vehicles were only available to the "super rich" of the time...

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Second-hand IT alliance forms to combat 'bully' vendors

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Re: "Spaz"???

Well the image is gone now too, which is a good thing.

Now for all the rest of them...

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Re: "Spaz"???

A follow up: Apparently the Alt Text was put there by an American Staffer who didn't know that the word was offensive in the UK.

It has now been amended.

(But it's still a stupid and pointless image...)

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Re: "Spaz"???

A derogatory term derived from "spastic" a term no longer used to describe those who suffer from Cerebral Palsy.

So not only a completely irrelevant Hero Image, but an offensive and discriminatory one too.

Bravo, El Reg, you've really hit a new low on this one.

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Half a billion for BLOODY BIG telescope in Chile

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Extremely Large Telescope? Giant Telescope...?

From the late, great Sir Pterry's works...

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Wall Street watchdog publishes its ultimate rules on Bitcoin biz

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"How exactly does someone go about banning computer code?

"... The answer, of course, is that you cannot."

Huzzah! At least *one* person gets it!

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Large Hadron Collider gives young ALICE a black-hole ray gun

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Re: Bollocks.

Yeah, but they're trying to re-create it, rather than just fast-forward through it...

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AT&T: We'll play nice with net neutrality, just let us gobble DirecTV

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So...

"We'll stop trying to monopolise internet content as long as you let us monopolise TV content" says AT&T...

Can anyone else see the problem here?

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MEPs, Council still deadlocked over EU telco laws

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"spoofed caller ID are actually a very good thing for many"

Sure, especially those who want to piss you off with all sorts of junk calls.

*IF* someone wants to use a central contact number for their company, they should be able to do so, but that should be registered with the appropriate Regulator and subject to withdrawl if abused.

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Human error to blame as UK data breach investigations surge

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As HAL 9000 put it...

... "This sort of thing has cropped up before, and it has always been due to human error."

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Couple sues estate agent who sold them her mum's snake-infested house

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I'm sensing...

... an African version of the Four Yorkshiremen sketch...

... Luxury!

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Re: US Home inspection..

So an Estate Agent knows of a serious defect in a property they're selling, but goes ahead with selling it because, well, Caveat Emptor...

No wonder they keep appearing on the lists of "Most hated professions".

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Secure web? That'll cost you, thanks to Mozilla's HTTPS plan

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@big_D - Re: The only upside I can see...

I invite you and the rest of the people who downvoted me to read my last paragraph in that post again:

"However that's not a good enough reason for Mozilla to try to force this change on everyone just because they can."

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Re: The only upside I can see...

In which case, there are such things as The Wayback Machine which archive information.

But defunct sites will no longer appear in search results.

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The only upside I can see...

... is that sites which lurk around, turn up on searches, but which haven't been modified for years and may even be for businessess which are now defunct, should finally disappear completely.

However that's not a good enough reason for Mozilla to try to force this change on everyone just because they can.

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Oi ICANN, you want the keys to the internet throne room? Open up to Freedom of Info law

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Re: .com doesn't belong to the USA!

> there is legal recourse through the US judicial system if needed. The terms look good to me

And would you happen to be from the left hand side of the Pond, perchance?

(Of course we all know how "fair" and "impartial" and "unbiased" the US legal system is...)

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.com doesn't belong to the USA!

The USA has .co.us (although hardly anyone uses it) but there is nothing to stop anyone else anywhere else in the world from registering a .com address.

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Thousands of 'lost data' reports mean we should ARM the ICO, says infosec bod

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Re: Anyone else see the gaping hole?

> if the small company I work for had a data leak, would I or anyone else publicly report it?

That would depend on what data you were holding. If you were working for a larger company, data leaks should most probably be reported.

The issue is where the lines are drawn, not whether there should or shouldn't be reporting.

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Re: Anyone else see the gaping hole?

Ok, company selling encryption software wants to big-up the risks is hardly unexpected, but the fact is that "the private sector is still greatly under-reporting the number of potential breaches it encounters" because they'd far rather sweep it under the carpet than admit to their failures which could stop people from using their services...

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Disconnect app maker runs to EU to moan about Android

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"it interferes with other third-party apps...

"...a practice outlawed in Google’s Play store policy"

But tracking and snooping and monitoring users is not outlawed because that would screw Google too.

Of course you always have the Hobson's Choice of "take it or leave it" if you don't this sort of behaviour...

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US Patriot Act's phone spying rules are dead – but that means very little

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Quis custodiet...

... ipsos custodes?

Even if (or when) they say they've stopped slurping this data, how will we know that a) they have and b) that they haven't found some way of creatively re-evaluating, redefining or simply re-spelling the regulations?

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Fanbois designing Windows 10 – where's it going to end?

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So...

... Microsoft *also* think that First Past the Post gives a valid and representational result of what people want...

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My life under Estonia's digital government

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"Today’s Estonian citizen can (though he or she does not have to)"

Wheras in this country it will be "Today’s British citizen can (though he or she does not have to yet...)"

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GCHQ gros fromage stays schtum on Snowden and snooping

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"best practice..."

In other words: "You let us slurp all the data we want and we promise not to do anything too bad with it..."

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (of the net). Make your vote count

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Re: Take GCHQ's crown?

Isn't trying to take GCHQ's crown a terrerrist act...?

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What a Zuckin' drag! 'Frisco queens protest outside Facebook HQ over 'real names' policy

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Of course...

... all the names on Facebook now are real...

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Microsoft: Here's what you'll cough up for Windows 10 next year

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Re: So that

Yep, given that 1:1 exchange rate that only ever seems to work for sellers...

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Silicon Valley, episode 8: Larping, mogging and losing its way

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Run out of gags?

Odd, I watched about thirty seconds of this "comedy" and realised this...

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Trial halted as Kartoon defence attorney arrested after warrant discovery

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Re: "If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you"...

Not an ideal solution by any stretch of the imagination...

An examination of 461 capital cases by The Dallas Morning News found that nearly one in four condemned inmates has been represented at trial or on appeal by court-appointed attorneys who have been disciplined for professional misconduct at some point in their careers. ("Quality Of Justice" Dallas Morning News, September 10, 2000).

An investigation by the Texas Defender Service found that, "Death row inmates today face a one-in-three chance of being executed without having the case properly investigated by a competent attorney and without having any claims of innocence or unfairness presented or heard." (Lethal Indifference: The Fatal Combination of Incompetent Attorneys and Unaccountable Courts Texas Defender Service, 2002).

In Washington state, one-fifth of the 84 people who have faced execution in the past 20 years were represented by lawyers who had been, or were later, disbarred, suspended or arrested. (Overall, the state’s disbarment rate for attorneys is less than 1%.) (Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Aug. 6-8, 2001).

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