* Posts by Graham Marsden

6840 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

William Hague: Brussels attacks mean we must destroy crypto ASAP

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Re: Huh?

And how is her "bill to prohibit the anonymous sale of pre-paid mobile phones in America" going to stop someone from buying a boat-load of these phones and then flogging them out by all sorts of clandestine methods?

Another idiot politician whose knee-jerk reaction to a problem is to pass a law banning it.

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Re: "the time, care and detail spent on each case, including by the minister"

I love this bit: "if people could see – which they obviously can’t [...] I believe they would be greatly reassured."

Why am I reminded of Russell's Teapot?

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Closing courts to fling £700m at digital stand-ins will fail, MPs snarl at UK.gov

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"essential reform of our courts and tribunals system...

"...and to bring it up to modern-day standards"

Translation: Flog it off to one of Call Me David's rich mates and leave the plebs at the mercy of a system which is rigged against them because they can no longer get Legal Aid or even afford a competant solictor :-(

Meanwhile: "making pleas by mobile phones"? WTF? Sure, you leave your phone lying around, your mate picks it up, sees the message saying "Plead now" and, for a laugh, types in "I'm as guilty as sin and throw myself on the mercy of the Court..."

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Cunning scam: Mobe app stalks victims then emails booby-trapped bogus speeding tickets

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@jtaylor - Re: Not a bad idea

> it might benefit drivers to have law enforcement tracking us

Here in the UK, the last Labour Government wanted to introduce ANPR cameras at all junctions on major roads (ie motorways and dual carriageways) with the idea that if you got from A to B faster than the speed limit, they could automatically issue you with a speeding ticket.

Fortunately saner minds prevailed after it was pointed out that not only would this create a massive Snoopers Database (even bigger than the current ANPR database) that could be used to track the journeys of road users, but it would also result in many people leaving the major roads and, instead, going through the small towns and villages which said motorways and dual carriageways were designed to bypass, in order to avoid the cameras, thus clogging up those roads instead.

If traffic laws are not enforced well, this is not the way to improve such enforcement.

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@Mycho - Re: They'll probabaly start doing it for real

> I wouldn't mind a car system that just prevented speeding in the first place.

Then fix the nut behind the wheel...

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Re: you don't even get that CHOICE...

> None of the "get Win10 now" manifestations has forcibly updated anything overnight when I wasn't looking.

And because Lysenko hasn't had this happen, obviously *nobody else* has had this happen either, have they?

Of course the fact that most people don't know how to avoid the GWX bullshit and stop it installing on their systems is not relevant to him...

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@Lysenko - Re: Exhibitionists vs. Mormons

> I. Don't. Care.

Fine: your life, your right, your choice.

But neither you nor Microsoft have the right to make that determination for *us*!

MS forcing people to opt in to their spyware is arrogant and unethical and shows a total disrespect for the wishes of their customers.

And if your response is "if you don't like it, don't use it", you don't even get that CHOICE because they have chosent to first make KB3035583 an "optional" update, then an "important" update and then, after I've chosen to hide it, UNHIDING it again to try and force it onto me!

So, fine, dance around naked if you want to, but don't expect others to do the same.

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Cosmic bonks, breakups led to birth of Saturn's moons as dinos died out

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If dinosaurs had telescopes...

... 65 million years ago they'd maybe have been able to say "Oh shit..."

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Tech's big dogs snarl at UK.gov over Snoopers' Charter

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"The Bill restates the government’s position...

"...and unilaterally asserts UK jurisdiction overseas"

Ah, I see they're learning from the Yanks...

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Microsoft did Nazi that coming: Teen girl chatbot turns into Hitler-loving sex troll in hours

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Paris Hilton

Waiting...

... for a comment from amanfrommars1...

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Twitter at ten: The social network designed for 2006 struggles into a second decade

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Re: twitter ruined journalism

But why should journalists bother with all that tedious investigation and researching of facts when they can just get ill-informed, ignorant or bigotted Joe and Josephine Public to rabbit on for a while about something they really don't understand?

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Lessons from history for UK Home Sec Theresa May's Investigatory Powers Bill

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Tl;dr

"Doesn't matter which party is in power, you're going to be screwed either way, so bend over and smile..."

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Rights warriors slam US-Europe pact on personal info slurp, urge reforms

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"the US must formally commit...

"...to substantial reforms to respect human rights and international law,"

And on that day, Satan will be seen ice-skating to work.

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@AC - Re: Meh...

I've downvoted you because you miss the entire point about Human Rights and Civil Liberties and trotting out a variant on the "I have nothing to hide" nonsense we hear so often.

These protections are there for *everyone's* benefit, including yours (whether you want them or not). More importantly, YOU do not have the right to decide that OUR Rights should be treated with such disdain simply because you don't understand how important they are.

> I fear we will lose some of our liberties in the name of safety.

Do I really need to quote Ben Franklin again...?

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UK Snoopers' Charter crashes through critics into the next level

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"the committee stage of review, where changes will be made in response to feedback"

If they haven't listened to the feedback already, why should we believe that they're going to listen to it now?

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Met Police cancels £90m 999 call command-and-control gig

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Who pays?

"MOPAC is also minded to pursue a claim against Northrop Grumman for costs and damages arising from the supplier's failure to deliver a command and control solution in accordance with the contract"

But if they do, will they have a good chance of getting their (our!) money back or will we end up with an even bigger bill as their lawyers' fees are added on top?

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Posh frockers Lord & Taylor spanked after Instagram fillies shocker

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Slapped on the wrist? Hardly!

it will be prohibited from carrying out such misrepresentations in the future and will require people it has paid to display its goods to clearly disclose the fact. [...]

The FTC did not impose a fine

This is barely a stern telling off, it's just a finger-wagging.

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Want to kick butts? Go cold turkey

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"behavioral support from nurses"

There was a film "Cat's Eye" based on a Stephen King story which had a similar idea...

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Re: Long odds

Good job I never started then.

(There's an advantage to being the geeky kid at school, you don't tend get into the sort of peer group that thinks smoking is cool)

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Brits shun nightclubs and CD-ROMs for lemons, coffee and woman’s leggings

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Re: Er...

"Cardigowns"?

Is that the new Onesie?

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Ever heard of 'multi-cloud'? Get with cool kids – it's the New Big Thing™

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I'm sure...

... there should be Dilbert Cartoon from this lot with the Elbonians running their "cloud" server which is a bunch of guys in a building with *lots* of filing cabinets and keyboards...

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Swedish publishers plan summer ‘Block Party’ to thwart ad blockers

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The publishers really have got the wrong end of the stick, haven't they?

The problem is not with the ad blockers, it is with the adverts that get pushed out by the people who they *allow* to put their adverts on their sites.

What they *should* be doing is telling the advertisers to stop producing all the bandwidth hogging, malware laden, irrititating, noisy and intrusive adverts which make people HAVE to use ad blockers in order to have a less frustrating browsing experience on their sites!

Until then they are just shooting themselves in the foot with this idiotic stunt.

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Cops hacked the Police National Computer to unlawfully retain suspects' biometric data

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@Matt Bryant - Re: Graham Marsden "no prosecution will be mounted by the CPS"

> are you still not over the thrashing you Lefties took in the General Election?

What are you talking about? This has nothing to do with the election, it has, as I said, to do with the Government forcing laws through Parliament to retroactively make legal something that was illegal when it was done.

Which part of that didn't you understand?

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And "Lessons have been learned"

(The "Lesson" being "Don't get caught next time...!)

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"no prosecution will be mounted by the CPS"

It wouldn't matter, Treasonous May and her merry band would just rush a quick law-change through Parliament, retroactively making it legal.

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Why should you care about Google's AI winning a board game?

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@Tessier-Ashpool

Is that Neuromancer or Wintermute...?

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Police use of illegally held biometrics broke the law, says commish

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Police have been ignoring laws

Full stop.

As far as many (from Parliament and the ACPO downwards) are concerned, laws are for the Little People, to keep the plebs in line, but it's perfectly acceptable for those who have the power to ignore them or interpret them creatively "for the greater good".

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Labour will create FUD and then abstain on UK Snoopers' Charter vote

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Labour...

... the people who wanted to introduce ID Cards, ANPR cameras at every junction so they could track our journeys and issue automatic speeding tickets if you got from A to B too fast, who wanted to monitor the development of every child *just in case* they might turn out to be a potential juvenile delinquent...

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They *think* they're exempted - see the Wilson Doctrine for details...

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Only 12% of UK thinks Snoopers' Charter is 'adequately explained'

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@alain williams - Re: Impact explained ?

> She is either stupid or has some other, hidden, purpose.

I don't see that as an either/ or question...

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Microsoft's done a terrible job with its Windows 10 nagware

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Re: Indeed

> I've stopped taking Windows Updates on my Windows 7 boxes.

I haven't, because some of the updates *are* actually beneficial.

However each "Important" update is checked out carefully to see if there's nagware included or, worse, that a previously rejected (and hidden!) update has suddenly reappeared in another guise.

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AdBlock replaced blocked ads with ads for Amnesty International

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Opt-in Mr CEO?

No? Then sod off!

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Mechanic computers used to pwn cars in new model-agnostic attack

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Battlestar Galactica...

... had the right idea: Don't interface all your systems as it leaves you vulnerable!

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Polite, helpful? Stop it at once in the name of security

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Security helpful...?

Yes, of course Security has to be given due prominence, especially in these days of the IoT etc, but it should not be so incredibly frustrating when you have to create a password with an upper case letter, a lower case letter, a number, a punctuation symbol, a Norse rune, a colour, a Haiku and a DNA sample and then get told three months later that it needs updating but you can't use *any* of the aforementioned in the new one...

PS "ask yourself whether you'd break down the door of your secure data store to rescue the guy inside in the event of a fire"

Or ask the BofH...

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UK fella is a multimillion-dollar cyber-hustle mastermind – US DoJ

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There's a privately owned Fire Appliance parked in Goldsmith Avenue in Portsmouth which has been there for the last year or so.

It occasionally changes position, so presumably it gets driven around once in a while, but by whom, I don't know.

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Home Office is cruising for a lawsuit over police use of face recog tech

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@Red Bren - Re: Commit a small crime to stop a big crime?

> If someone was to hack in to a system in order to delete a database of illegally held information, would it be a crime?

Unfortunately, yes. It's what you do, not *why* you do it that tends to count.

Of course that doesn't apply if your the Police/ Security Services/ Government/ whoever because it's one law for us and another one for them (or, at least, one that they can ignore...)

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7,800 people's biometric data held on police anti-terrorism database

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Obama puts down his encrypted phone long enough to tell us: Knock it off with the encryption

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WTF?

Was there a Q&A afterwards?

And if so, was the first Q: "Mr President, do you have the *slightest* clue what the hell you are talking about???"

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Heartless hackers break into Florida cancer clinic network – 2.2 million records exposed

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Re: This is precisely why...

Excuse me, but I think you've mistaken this for the Daily Mail comments page...

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David Cameron hints at Budget law change to end mobile not-spots

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"a law change"

Whilst this sounds like a good thing, it's probably going to be part of the Tories attempt to rip up all the Planning Laws such that their rich mates can build loads of houses and supermarkets and by-passes ("It's a by-pass, you've got to build by-passes!") on greenfield sites (or flood plains) without needing to go through all that tedious business of demonstrating that there's actually a need or a justification for them...

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State should run power firm spam database, says... competition watchdog

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Re: "ridiculously cheap introductory rates"

So, once every year, you have to check your rate and see if it's still competitive?

Damn, life is *SO* hard, isn't it...?

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Boffins give amputee the finger – a bionic touch-sensitive fingertip

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@Keving Johnston - Re: So...

I was just thinking something very similar: Could this system be reversed to provide a modifiable fingerprint?

It would make a great James Bond gizmo...

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Boffins bust biometrics with inkjet printer

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'there's an “urgent need...

'...for antispoofing techniques for fingerprint recognition systems”'

No, there's an urgent need to comprehend the fact that biometric IDs are *NOT* secure and are *NOT* substitutes for passwords or 2FA systems!

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

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"the industry's technical experts...

"... should help intelligence analysts crack crypto used by criminals."

Because the crypto used by criminals is *completely different* from every other sort of encryption, isn't it...???

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Flying blind: F-35's radar software fails in the air

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Lockheed-Martin...

... the People who brought you the F104 Flying Coffin Starfighter...

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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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Re: Maybe an opportunity for creative criticism...?

Ok, which El Reg Hack or Sub-Ed is posting as AC?

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Final Euro Parliament vote on passenger name records delayed

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"The leaders of the left-wing groups...

"...in the European Parliament have played games with this proposal from day one," Timothy Kirkhope, a Conservative MEP said, according to Reuters. Kirkhope said that the proposed law is a "critical counter-terrorism tool".

Ah, Monsieur Pot, je suis Monsieur Kettle...

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Buying gov.UK kit via price-comparison digital portal could 'save £10bn'

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"Amazon-like" procurement

That's one where you have a "oppressive and callous attitude to staff" is it...?

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MAME goes fully FOSS

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Be warned...

... Do NOT download MAME until you have cleared a large space in your calendar!

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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"in order to do their jobs they need to be able to get at relevant evidence"

Which is followed by "In this digital age, data stored on mobile devices has proven time and again to be critical in assisting law enforcement officers to do their jobs."

That may be the case, but it is *NOT* a justification for fishing expeditions, nor widespread surveillance, ID cards, snooping on everyone based on the principle of "if you have nothing to hide..."

And, of course, it doesn't mention all those many more other cases which have been solved *without* accessing such information with that thing called "old fashioned police work".

> society accepts that the people that break its rules and laws should not be able to rely on those same laws to prevent them from being punished.

Did this one come from the Daily Mail's pages or maybe David Cameron (who thinks that "as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone" is no longer acceptable)?

We have things called Human Rights Laws which say that *everyone* is entitled to the same liberties and protections, not just for people who believe the "right" things or come from the "right" places" or worship the "right" gods or have the "right" skin colour.

Clearly Sir William Blackstone's words: “It is better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent suffer” are also no longer applicable.

> wait until you or your family are at the end of a crime and the person walks free because they were unable to prove their case. Thanks to that black-screened iPhone. Then you may not back Tim Cook quite so strongly

Seriously?!

This is the same argument I've heard from the pro-gun lobby in the USA: "You may be anti-gun now, but wait until someone's pointing one at you or your family is killed by a criminal because they couldn't defend themselves, then let's see how strong your principles are!"

This is the sort of thing which tests those principles. Do we cave in to the "Terrorists and Paedophiles and Criminals Oh My" demands or do we stand up for what we believe in and say "No, we are not going to let you fool us into giving up our rights and liberties wholesale because you can't get your way in this case"?

PS I have to wonder whether this entire article was written as some sort of massive troll...

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