* Posts by Graham Marsden

6038 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Voyager's Golden Record now free to download

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Take me to your lawyer

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

4
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

"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!

7
2

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Holmes

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

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

FTFY!

13
1

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

"If you have JavaScript enabled"

Hello NoScript...

6
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

WARNING - Re: Not again!

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

0
2

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

Why does this sound like...

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

3
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

@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"!

4
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

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.

3
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Trollface

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.

3
1

ICANN further implicated in .Africa controversy

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

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

Paging Lady Mondegreen...

0
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

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

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

3
0

Moneybags Bloomberg whips out checkbook to gobble spoof website

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

And the /other/ solution?

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

4
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Meh

@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!

3
0

Austrian court rules online radio streaming is not broadcasting

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Headmaster

Re: PRS lawyers on standby....

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

2
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
WTF?

Since when...

... did Austrian law apply in the UK?

1
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Big Brother

“target discovery” – finding previously unknown people

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

3
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

@Haku

Maximum Overdrive!

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

0
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Headmaster

“Uber but for lazy people”

Isn't that tautologous?

0
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Coat

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...

7
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

Another...

.. own goal for Failbook!

1
1

Whitehall maps out Blighty's driverless future

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

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...

2
0
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Holmes

Re: "Cars should be immune to hacks"

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

1
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

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?

3
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

@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.

3
2
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Boffin

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...

7
2

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Unhappy

Just bend over...

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

0
1

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

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"...

10
0

Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Joke

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...?

4
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
FAIL

@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.

0
1
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

@LucreLout - Re: iLuddite the more things change...

I take it back, you're not Matt's sock puppet, because that's a good question you've asked him.

(Good luck on getting a reply, though...)

1
2
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: The pen could be used as a weapon.

> there was just a news story where a criminal did attack someone with a pen stabbing her in the head...

Obviously, then, we should ban people from carrying pens...

2
2
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Big Brother

Re: Thou shalt not...

"The NSA and GCHQ have not admitted to their acts.

"Those actions are criminal and they should be charged."

FTFY

4
1
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Big Brother

Thou shalt not...

... embarrass the Government...

.

.

.

.

.

.

... for they are petty and full of malice...

74
1

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

"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...

1
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Unhappy

> 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...

3
1
Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Alert

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 :-(

4
0

Space Station 'nauts dive for cover from flying Soviet junk

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Joke

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

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

11
0

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Big Brother

I'm surprised...

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

4
1

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

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Happy

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

A pox on both their houses...

8
0

India reveals plan to fix poverty by doing ANYTHING-as-a-service

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

They've already got...

... Call Centres as a service...

0
0

Behold: Pluto's huge ICE MOUNTAINS ... and signs of cryovolcanoes?

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Up

A few answers...

... and lots more questions...

Science!

8
0

Europe a step closer to keeping records on all passengers flying in and out of the Continent

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

"it would harmonize national rules"

Translation: Drag our freedoms down to the lowest common denominator.

9
1

'Progress made' as EU aims to get new data protection laws ASAP

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

"exceptions for national security"

And there's the rub. Any such "exceptions" will no doubt be surrounded by sufficient weasel phrases that any protections that these regulations offer will be ineffective because "national security".

3
0

IBM to offer BREAST MILK delivery-as-a-service for staff

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

@AC - Re: How very civilised of them

How dare the workers ask for time off if they have children? Damnit, that gets in the way of this business making profits! If they want kids, they can do it in their *own* time.

"Future of the race?" Not my problem...

8
1

Former spook bigwigs ask for rewrite of UK’s surveillance laws

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Holmes

"Knowingly"?

Why does the expression "Don't Ask, Don't Tell..." come to mind?

8
0

New Horizons: We've got a pretty pic of Pluto. Now let's get our SCIENCE on

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

"we'd still be roaming the plains of Earth as just another primate"

"And some said that even the trees had been a bad move, and that no one should ever have left the oceans."

19
0

Twitter shares soar after buyout story appears on bogus Bloomberg site

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Thumb Down

"That is also the only URL that exists under the dot-market website"

But now, no doubt, a whole bunch of others such as ftse.market and nyse.market will need to be defensively registered before the scammers go for those...

.... Kerching! Trebles all round, lads!

2
0

Mathematician: SUNSPOT DROUGHT will mean mini ICE AGE from 2030

Graham Marsden
Silver badge

Re: @LucreLout - "either we do not beleive you or because we do not care"

"non-existant problems"?

Hmm, how long ago was it that doctors were prescribing antibiotics for colds and other viral infections, even when they knew that they would have no beneficial effect, simply to get patients out of their waiting rooms? And what about parts of the world where you can buy antibiotics over the counter without prescription, take a few, feel better and not finish the course, thus helping resistant bacterial strains? And the only people objecting are those like the enviroMentalists (Oh, ho ho! Gosh, isn't that a clever name?) saying "Maybe this isn't a good idea", to which the pharmaceutical companies reply "whatever" and keep raking in the money?

As for Massive Debts, I'm sure we'll disagree on this, but personally I think the way to make a country's finances secure is not to keep building on the roof whilst undermining the foundations. Still, who cares when, to quote Douglas Adams, nobody is poor, at least nobody worth speaking of.

But the point is that these *weren't* problems until they got out of hand and then, suddely, the whole situation changed.

You may be happy to dismiss this as "ideology" (whilst merrily continuing with your own ideology), but some of us are not so casual as to say "hey, we've got plenty of energy, why should we worry?"

Oh, and, by the way, I do think that nuclear is a viable option, but you don't just wave a magic wand and have a nuclear power station appear, neither is it good for a country's finances when you get a foreign organisation (EDF) to build it for you with a dodgy deal that involves paying £90 billion to France and guaranteeing to pay double the price for the electricity it generates for 35 years!

PS WMDs? ROFL! You really are reaching now...

0
3

Cell division: The engine of life – and of CANCER. Now some of its secrets are revealed

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: "Standard Reg science quality warning"

Or the Daily Express whose headline writers have turned "This research won't lead directly to a cure for cancer" into them having found a cure for cancer...

1
0

Someone at Subway is a serious security nerd

Graham Marsden
Silver badge
Unhappy

Re: "Because there’s something about having your life on the line."

"deliberate?"

No.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

.

Damn... :-(

3
0

Forums