* Posts by Graham Marsden

5453 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Japanese boffins tout infrared specs to thwart facial recognition

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Re: You'd

To paraphrase Ben Franklin:

"Those who would have to give up their dignity to obtain a little privacy deserve neither dignity nor privacy."

We should not *NEED* to have to use such things in order to maintain our privacy!

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'End of passwords' predictions are premature - Cambridge boffin

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Re: "The average user has 26 password-protected accounts"

"Britain's foremost IT site can't seem to master the advanced art of setting a login cookie properly!"

Nor can they manage to have an upvote system that doesn't waste a lot of people's time because it requires going to a new page, waiting for that to load, then having to go back to the original page unlike quite a few other sites I could mention...

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"The average user has 26 password-protected accounts"

Well, yes, but how many of them are trivial? Would it be an absolute disaster if someone cracked my El Reg password and started downvoting posts and making comments that I wouldn't? Probably not.

Sure, having secure passwords for your work log-in, online bank account etc is sensible, but if El Reg (or other forums) started demanding we change our passwords every 30 days I think most people would get fed up or start re-using passwords from other sites.

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First Google wants to know all about you, now it wants a RING on your finger

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Re: We've been here before.....

The 1930's called, they want their Secret Decoder Ring back...!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secret_decoder_ring

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Re: You have got to be kidding

"it will probably look more like a cock ring."

Please thrust your groin against the keyboard to continue...

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Web is turning us into kid-ults with no 'private identities' - report

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"make effective use of identities as a resource”

Why does that sound like what I'm worried it sounds like...?

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This week's BBC MELTDOWN: Savile puppet haunts kids' TV

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Citzen Saville...

... has been Unpersoned!

IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH!

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We trust computers to fly jets... why not trust them with our petabytes?

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"We trust computers to fly jets..."

But we do not trust them to fly without human back-up, do we?

And even then, if the humans misunderstand what the computer is telling them or get the settings wrong, we get disasters like the Air France crash off Brazil.

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NASA sends Mona Lisa into space by LASER

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But...

... shouldn't have been a picture of a frickin' shark?

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McDonalds burger app gives it to you straight from the horse's mouth

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I bought a burger in a Tesco's cafe yesterday...

... the waitress asked if I wanted anything on it, so I put a fiver each-way...

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PR people 'put duty to the public ahead of employers' interests'

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Howls...

... of derisive laughter, Bruce!

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Oz astronomical observatory survives firestorm

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This is a shame, but...

... equipment can be replaced.

At least the people are ok.

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Vibrator guru on pleasure tech: 'Of all the places you'd want a quality UI....'

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@Franklin: Re: A bit ironic, really.

That sounds like she has the We-Vibe II.

The III version has a remote control that, once the vibrator is switched into "on" (but non-vibrating) mode and is in place, lets you activate the vibrator and move through the 6 different modes without needing to press the built in button again.

The only drawback is that, as the article says, trying to get the radio signal through two salty human bodies can be a bit tricky and you may need to move the control around to various positions before it will actually work.

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A pre-ticked box in web forms should NOT mean consent - EU report

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Speak of the fucking devil...!!

Zone Alarm has just prompted me that the free version of their firewall I'm running is out of date, so I need to download and install a new version.

Fortunately I (of course) clicked "Custom Install" instead of "Automatic" because I found that the bastard thing would otherwise have tried to make Zone Alarm my home page, installed the Zone Alarm toolbar and make Zone Alarm my default fucking search!

Not only that, but it wanted my e-mail address to register and had pre-ticked the bloody box that says "Inform me about product updates and security news".

No. Fuck off. I don't want any of that shit and I don't think that my downloading free product justifies you trying to foist all that crap onto my computer!

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Good!

It seems that someone at the EU is *finally* getting a clue!

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It's not just Adobe...

They can also start with all those downloads where if you don't un-tick the "Automatic Install" box, the pre-selected (by them) options will aso bundle in some bloody toolbar, switch your homepage, change your default search engine and other assorted BS!

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Re: [ ] Don't tick this box...

[ ] If you do not tick this box we may not be able to send you vitally important information and little kittens may die horribly...

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Hunt is on for Jupiter-sized HIDDEN planets stuffed between star's belts

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Re: Flawed Cosmology

"like chasing after the Big Dark Black Whatever"

Hmm...

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

- The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

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Potty-mouthed Watson supercomputer needed filth filter

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"As to 'profanity' - look up the meaning."

I highlighted that word and right clicked and it said "Search Google for profanity"...

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Astronaut yells FIRE ... from SPAAAACE

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All I can say is...

... Strewth!

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Foxconn calls in the cops over supplier bribes claims

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I'm reminded...

... of the story of the Chinese Bureaucrat who was caught taking bribes from two competing suppliers and it turned out that they had *both* bribed him the same amount.

When asked what he'd done he replied "What else could I do? I awarded the contract on merit"!

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Big Brother is prosecuting you: More cops to use court vid chats

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"a considerable amount of time and money is wasted...

"...by police officers travelling to and from court and waiting outside the courtroom to give evidence"

And what about the members of the public who have to take time off work to give evidence and are then not called?

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Faster-than-disk 1TB USB on sale soon... but if you lose it, you've lost £2k+

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"An automatic cryptographic-erase occurs...

"...if an unexpected host attempts to access the HDDs or if a defined number of authentication failures occurs. In other words the key access information is deleted rendering the data contents inaccessible junk."

So how's that going to affect cases where the Police abuse anti-terrorist legislation and say "Give us your password or we put you in jail for two years"?

"Certainly officer, the password is XN157s88s9b08g9xyh!adf*TH&7"

"That didn't work"

"Maybe you mis-typed it, try again."

"It still didn't work"

"Oh, sorry, that should have be capital X, small n at the start, try it now"

"Ah, right, now it's doing something..."

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Re: From the movies

Well, yes.

Yesterday's Science Fiction is tomorrow's science fact...

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Segway daddy unveils DIY weight-loss stomach pump

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Re: Three simple bits of information:

@Santa from Exeter

1) I am aware that BMI is nonsense, but I'm not talking about BMI, so please take that particular red herring and waft it somewhere else.

2) By doing nothing more than the same exercise I was doing previously, but watching my calorie intake, I dropped my weight by 13kg which seems a positive result from my POV.

@Omgwtfbbqtime

My diet (ie what I eat) could probably be described as "carb heavy" (for instance I get through at least two if not three loaves of wholemeal bread a week!) yet, along with my weight, my HbA1c has dropped from 7.3% (the reason I decided to lose weight in the first place) to 5.5% simply by keeping my calorie intake down to sensible levels.

My problem now is that I've got so used to eating less, I've actually got to get back into the habit of eating more so my weight doesn't drop further!!

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Three simple bits of information:

1) Find your Basal Metabolic Rate here: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ and then multiply that number by your activity level to find how many calories your body actually needs per day.

2) Keep a food diary, ie every time you eat or drink something you write down the calorie content.

3) Remember that a pound (just under half a kilogramme) of fat is 3,500 calories, so if you eat 250 calories a day fewer than your body needs, in a fortnight you'll lose a pound and if you also do 250 calories of exercise a day as well, you'll lose a pound a week.

Simple and no surgery or faddy diets required.

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Chinese go online to protest censorship

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"will stop people posting what they are not willing to associate with their real names."

Perhaps you are not aware of Mao's "Hundred Flowers" campaign which invited people to speak out against the Communist Regime, ostensibly to encourage debate and to improve the country.

Of course what subsequently happened is that those who did speak out were rounded up and sent to "Re-education Camps" (ie Prison Labour Camps where many of them were subject to torture or even died)

PS and is MrXavia *your* real name??

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Bob Dylan's new album is 'Copyright Extension Collection'

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"Sony has been unashamedly cynical"

But at least honest...

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@Old Tom Re: 'expiration'

Expiration: [...] 5. The coming to an end; termination, close. 1562 - Shorter OED.

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US Patent Office seeks public input on software patents' future

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"to paraphrase Hobbes"

I don't recall a stuffed tiger ever saying that...

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"how to properly handle software-related patents"

Simple answer: Don't allow them.

Problem solved.

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'Wide-set' twin stars can drive dirtball companions WILD, insist boffins

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Well...

... that pretty much wraps it up for Tattooine...

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'Chinese Pirate Bay' taken down after appearance on US blacklist

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Re: As it should be

Over-reacting much?!

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Twin brothers nabbed for scrap over sex with 'shared' girlfriend

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Re: Idiots all.

Why? Because they have a relationship which differs from what you consider "normal"??

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Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison

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Re: And

But just think... now these people have been arrested and convicted the FBI can interrogate them about all the Terrrerists they've been funding with their ill-gotten gains!!!

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Lights, camera, infection: HACKERS get Bollywood makeover

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Song and Dance Numbers...?

The Big Bang Theory did this one already!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJV3UqsycKs

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Al Jazeera buys Al Gore's Current TV news network

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"Such moves have given Al Jazeera a spotty reputation among Americans..."

.... who believe that "Freedom of Expression" means "Freedom to say only the things that we agree with..."

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Exploding stars drive Galactic geysers

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Where is...

... Beowulf Shaeffer when you need him?

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Israel taps teens to become 'interceptors' in cyberwarfare

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"It was not immediately clear, however...

"...whether the training dispensed under the new program will be purely defensive in nature."

What do *you* think?!

"Sure it's only defensive, suuurrree. Any offensive training is just so they can write attacks to give other people training, no other reason at all, honest..."

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Movie oldsters FAIL at internet: Online Oscar voting 'too complex'

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"it's easier to break into the CIA"

Or NASA...

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I tried to buy a satellite and all I got was this lousy $67,000

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I can do you a very good price...

... on a second hand space shuttle, only one owner...

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Ever had to register to buy online - and been PELTED with SPAM?

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Fortunately I own my own domain, so any time I register with a company like Fred Bloggs and co. I put my e-mail address down as fred.bloggs.co.uk@mydomain which means that I can always tell where someone got my e-mail address from and then create a custom filter to file their stuff straight into the junk mail folder :-)

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Official SCIENCE*: HIGH HEELS make you SEXY (Ladies)

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Re: Really?????

Yeah, but heels don't work in isolation.

The University of Portsmouth could have researched the negative sex-appeal involved in poor choices of clothing, make-up or the lack of intelligence by going down Guildhall Walk or South Parade on a Friday night...!

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Yes, hundreds upon hundreds of websites CAN all be wrong

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Obligatory XKCD cartoon...

http://xkcd.com/386/

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China turns the screws on netizens with real-name registration plans

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Re: Paranoia strikes again

Well, yes.

Anything that challenges the power base of an entrenched minority who know that they can only remain in charge by making sure the peasants are kept under control is a threat which must be dealt with.

And the same goes in China...

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New York takes 2,100 pervs offline, gets gaming support

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So let's see...

"Under New York State’s Electronic Securing and Targeting of Online Predators Act (e-STOP) law, convicted sex offenders must register all of their e-mail addresses, screen names, and other Internet identifiers with the state. That information is then made available to certain websites so they can purge potential predators from their online worlds"

Right, so that's *potential* predators even though "According to the Division of Criminal Justice Services, New York State has more than 34,000 registered sex offenders: 13,260 are level 1 registered offenders (lowest risk of repeat offense); 12,342 are level 2 registered offenders (moderate risk of repeat offense); 8,596 are level 3 registered sex offenders (high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists)."

That's about 40% who are lowest risk and only 25% who are "high risk" and "a threat to public safety", but rather than educate people ("Parents often do not realize that gaming consoles have these capabilities, or that parental controls exist for these systems") far better to consider anyone (even those who have only been convicted of taking a piss in public or teens who have had consensual but underage sex) should be thought of as a potential child molestor and banned from playing online games!

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Facebook tests feature to let strangers pay to message you

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'the message is probably "important" '

To quote the BS that American TV presenters come out with when the commercials are due: "This comment continues after these important messages..."

Bullshit, *I* decide what is important, not Facebook!

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UK.gov stalks jobless online to axe work refuseniks' benefits

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"We don't see why you wouldn't want to [let advisors track you]...

"...After all, if you've got nothing to hide..." they added, socco voce...

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MIT boffins demonstrate NEW form of magnetism

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Re: Herbertsmithite (named after its discoverer)

Not forgetting the mineral that was discovered near the town of Cummington...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cummingtonite

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End of days: Possessed POWERPOINT predicts Mayan Apocalypse

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No Boom today...

... Boom tomorrow. There's always a Boom tomorrow

- Susan Ivanova

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