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5068 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years

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@DrXym

On the contrary, it is entirely "theoretical usefulness" and it is the sort of justification for mass ANPR, facial recognition to be added to all CCTV systems, DNA databases and every other "It's for your own protection, citizen" invasion of privacy which ignores the fundamental principles of presumption of innocence.

"Hello DrXym, this is the Police. There was a crime committed at ($location) and we notice from our records that you were in the vicinity at the time. Can you prove that you weren't involved....?"

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StreetView disappears Dutch office tower

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Not bad, but google also does weather control!

Visit Street View here: http://tinyurl.com/75r9bkt then go one arrow forward, bingo from rain to sunshine in one move!

(I would have made the link clickable, but I don't know how to on here...)

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Google will swap you a box of crisps for your web privacy

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And...

... at least the Ladies of Negotiable Affection are honest about how they'll screw you!

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Google drive cloud to rain on Apple, Dropbox parade

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More targetted advertising...?

We noticed that you like Goatse, perhaps you'd be interested in these other images...!!!

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Russians drill into buried 20 million-year-old Antarctic lake

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That is not dead...

... which can eternal lie...!

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Heathrow facial recognition tech stalled by borders fiasco

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@Jim Wormold

"Why would you want to "break" the system"?

Because if this works at airports, some bright spark will, once again, say "Hey, let's link it to every CCTV camera in the country, that way we can track everyone, everywhere and consider them *all* to be criminal suspects!"

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Beware Freedom of Info law 'privacy folktale' - ICO chief

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@Tom 13

I've just downvoted you for a silly analogy.

Yes, some things need to remain state secrets, but when a government passes laws through Policy Based Evidence Making or selects a supplier for a contract based on a handshake done in a back room with an agreement for a lucrative directorship to follow or many of the other decisions that are made on behalf of the public but not for the *benefit* of the public, we, the votes and taxpayers want, need and *deserve* to know what is being done in our name.

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@Neil B

"Good policy grows from lively, uninhibited debate"

Which is a really great idea. Except people like Blair consider that "Good policy grows from everyone doing what *I* say" so the idea that the plebs find out that those who they elected to *represent* them in Parliament are being brow-beaten and having their arms twisted to support "Government Policy" is anathema to him.

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TRENDnet home security cam flaw exposes thousands

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El Reg writers has a security camera...

... in the bathroom?!

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2020: A Press Odyssey – reporter licensing explained

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"deleted voicemails on a missing girl's phone"

"But it turns out they hadn't".

No, they just listened to the voice mails (which they shouldn't have been doing) and then the automatic system decided "Oh, look those mails have been listened to and not saved, so let's delete them".

So the actions of the News of the Screws *were* responsible for the voicemails being deleted and frankly, given that it was a gutter rag with a habit of fabricating details in their stories, they got everything they deserved.

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Google goggles with Terminator HUD 'coming soon'

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1GHz ARM CPU running Android?

But everyone knows that the T-800 used 6502 Assembler!

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Prehistoric cricket love songs recreated for your listening pleasure

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Katydids?

What Katydids?

(Sorry!)

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Boffins uncloak G-rated teledildonic breakthrough

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Didn't Howard and Raj....

.... experiment with something like this in the Big Bang Theory...?!

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Hollywood gathers to pick over Limewire’s corpse

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So did they get their $75 trillion dollars?

Oh, no, of course they didn't!

'Judge Kimba Wood revealed that the record companies, seeking statutory damages against the music-sharing service, are seeking damages predicated on the “number of direct infringers per work” – leading to a damages claim of as much as $75 trillion dollars (according to Wikipedia, total global GDP is around $69 trillion)".'

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/03/24/judge_slaps_music_biz/

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Opinion poll: Anti-regulatory 'hype' unwarranted

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"really weak demand and a lack of customers...

"... is the biggest problem facing small businesses right now"

Speaking as a small business owner myself, I agree.

But that doesn't mean that I wouldn't consider excessive government regulation to be next in the line of problems, nor that I would say I wasn't "unduly concerned" about it.

It all depends on how you ask the question and who you ask it of (and how you interpret the results)

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Mother charged with selling fake Facebook stock

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"tried to sell $1m worth of Facebook shares that she didn't own"

Whereas if you do that on the official stock markets it's known as "naked shorting" and is often a legal (if risky and highly disapproved of) method of making lots of money!

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Jackpot: astronomers tag Goldilocks planet

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an M-class dwarf star

Ok, thumbs up all those of you whose minds were automatically expecting "planet" instead of "dwarf star" when they read that? :-)

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Facebook warns investors of potential SPAM DELUGE

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"Because of our prominence...

"... we believe that we are a particularly attractive target for such attacks"

And there was me thinking that the risk was from your "let's change the default settings to make everything public and *then* tell people what we've done" policies...

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Boffins out earbuds that sound right when inserted wrong

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@Because it is backwards?

Making it much easier to hear those messages from Satan...?

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French court lays le smackdown on Google Maps

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@Bakunin

Try searching on google for a street address, town name, country whatever. At the top or within the first few results will be a google maps image.

There might be other mapping services available, some might even be more suitable for your use, but they're probably not going to get a look in because google is prioritising its service over any others.

That's not success, that's abuse of a monopolistic position.

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ENORMOUS BACKSIDE FILMED FROM SPACE in moon flypast

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Anyone else think...

... that the prism shaped Grail mission logo needs a beam of white light coming in from the bottom left and a spectrum coming out from the right hand side...?!

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Facebook IPO: Boom or bubble?

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To paraphrase the Hitch Hiker's Guide...

"If it comes to a choice between spending ten billion dollars finding that out that the entire internet is being run by a bunch of maniacs, and on the other hand just taking the money and running, then I for one could do with the exercise!"

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Facebook files for IPO, seeks $5bn

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"giving people control over what they share"???

This from the guy whose attitude has always been "it's easier to get forgiveness than permission"?!

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Researchers pitch switch to electronic prescriptions

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Sounds like an excellent idea!

A while back I had a prescription which neither the Pharmacist nor anyone else could actually decipher and they had to phone up the doctor's surgery to find out what was actually prescribed!

Now they just need a system that can deal with typos...

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Microsoft ad campaign savages Google over privacy

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Howls...

... of derisive laughter, Bruce!!

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OFFICIAL: Smart meters won't be compulsory

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Won't be compulsory, but...

... I bet that, like with Water Meters, once one is installed in a property it cannot (or will not) be removed.

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Cosmic rays blamed for Phobos-Grunt fiasco

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New Product....

... Tin Foil Hats for Satellites!!!

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Serial killer PYTHONS stalk Florida's Everglades

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Road surveys...?

Or Road Kill Surveys?

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@send them to Australia

Right, because that worked so well with the Cane Toad...

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Zuck plots carefully considered Facebook IPO

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Remember...

... LostMoney.com (sorry, wasn't that lastminute?)

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Expert to finger air steward commentards who 'harassed' pilot

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"many of the allegations" levelled at Patel were "unfounded".

That's "many", not "all".

So I hope that if this goes ahead, *all* of the allegations will be investigated to see if this guy is "fit to be a captain".

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NASA: Solar system may have alien origin

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@Peter2

Well either he sub-contracted the job or it's all just scenery...

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Google dings missive to lawmakers: 'We're misunderstood'

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@Dear user

"What we would like from advertisers is money, as such, all your data, search queries, location information and anything else we can mine from what you do with any Google products online is fair game for us to sell to them.

"Your privacy? Oh, you give that up when you use our services."

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NASA launches Facebook game for space nerds

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"Space Race Blastoff"

Good grief, that sounds so 1970's!

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New Blighty crime map will track crooks' punishment

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@The BigYin

But think of the opportunities for targetted ads for burglar alarms, security lights, private guards...!

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SpaceShipOne man, Nobel boffins: DON'T PANIC on global warming

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Here we go again...

... let's stop getting into the "Tis!" "Tisn't!" "Tis so!!" arguments and just do our best to use *ALL* our energy in a more efficient manner, that way we stop chucking out CO2 (and other pollutants) *and* extend the availability of fossil fuels whilst we put serious money into alternative methods of energy generation.

Win, win.

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Google spews out 'privacy' email to Sky punters too

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This is the future, get used to it...

Given half a chance, Google are going to be linking *all* those e-mail addresses and all the e-mails and everything that you do with them together.

Kiss goodbye to your privacy.

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Star Trek tractor beam to save Earth from asteroid Armageddon

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Re: what we need to do is attach engines to the EARTH

Hmm, sounds like a Feersum Endjinn to me.

(Personally I'd prefer a GSV!)

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Re: A dangerous science...

And making a sharper carving knife also makes a better dagger...

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Re: Dinosaurs are still around

They're just very good at hiding behind the furniture.

Right, Bob?

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Polish lawmakers don Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA

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@Tapeador

If that was supposed to be irony, I suggest you take some lessone from The BigYin...

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US lawmakers question Google over privacy policy

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"Why isn't there a "do not track" checkbox on my profile settings page?"

Because it should be an opt-in "please do track me, but only if I say so" checkbox.

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NAO: British bobbies wasting £80m BlackBerry stash

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Typical managerial incompetence...

... How could something like this go ahead without someone saying "Ok, we've got X many Officers in this area, so we need X BlackBerrys"??

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Boffins make graphene micro-distillery

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Drinkable water...

... is still in short supply in many places in the world either due to lack of treatment plants or because of wars, natural disasters etc

If this technology pans out and provides a reasonable flow of water it could save a lot of lives and hardship.

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Newt Gingrich wants Moon to be 51st US state

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51st state??

'Outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, is not subject to national appropriation by claim of sovereignty, by means of use or occupation, or by any other means'.

—United Nations, Outer Space Treaty Article 2

The US signed and ratified this in 1967, but it seems that Newt doesn't consider it to apply to him.

"All your Moonbase are belong to us!"

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@51st state

No, we're Airstrip One...

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Untangling the question of antimatter mass

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@Andrew Orlowski Should Not Be Allowed To Write Articles Unless He ALLOWS COMMENTS

If I could update your posting name I would!

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UK probes Snickers over 'celebrity' Twitter adverts

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Reminds me...

... of the old Topic advert "What has a hazlenut in every bite?"

To which, at school, we'd respond "Squirrel shit!"

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Google emails Virgin Media subscribers ... about privacy

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@Shades

"Its an email"

So is spam...

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Two million-degree matter from SLAC laser

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Meanwhile...

.... in his secret underground lair, Mad Professor von Krankenbrain is preparing his Atomic X-Ray Laser intending to hold the world to ransom!

Will our heroes be able to stop his villainous masterplan before millions die...?

Tune in for the next exciting episode!

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