* Posts by Graham Marsden

6801 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

SCO vs. IBM looks like it's over for good

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Re: I'll drink to that

That is not dead...

... which can eternal lie...

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Cook moves iPhone debate to FBI's weak ground: The media

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@DainB - Re: FBI vs Apple

> So make your choice.

No.

That's a False Dilemma. It is not simply an either/ or choice between your two options, "neither of the above" is a perfectly valid choice too, provided you're willing to stand up and say "No!"

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Humans – 1 Robots – 0: Mercedes deautomates production lines

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Terminator

So...

... has Judgement Day been postponed...?

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Apple fires legal salvo at FBI for using All Writs law in iPhone brouhaha

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Pandora's box

Once the box is open, you can never get what it contains back inside. So who's next to tell Apple that they must use this software/ write another custom version for them for an equally "good" reason?

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Microsoft urges law rewrite to keep US govt's mitts off overseas data

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" We suspect that few opponents of TPP [...] actually realize this"

Until Wikileaks published the a partial draft text of the TPP, it would have been a bit difficult for anyone not involved to even be aware of this!

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Sussex PC sacked after using police databases to snoop on his ex-wife

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" dismissed from Sussex Police without notice"

And what crime was he charged with...?

[Tumbleweed]

(Of course if he'd been a higher rank, he'd probably have just been given 6 months paid "Gardening Leave"...)

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Euro regulator taps slackademics for neutrality advice

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Of course we all know...

...that the best way of getting a good deal for customers is to allow Big Business to write the rules for themselves and arrange nice oligarchic deals to make sure that they pay lip service to the idea of "competition" to keep the regulators happy, whilst not rocking the boat too much which would reduce profits...

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Barking spider prompts Spanish clan shoot-out

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I do not fart at you, Sir...

... but none the less I fart...

- The Spanish remake of Romeo and Juliet Act 1, Scene 1...

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BT, Sky, EE, TalkTalk and Virgin to appeal website blocking ruling

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@King Jack

> I always tell the nosey cow that it is a dildo

The ladies at my local Post Office already know that I sell Leather BDSM gear and sex toys, so they don't even bother asking :-)

(If I ever go to another Post Office I just pre-empt the question by saying "It doesn't contain batteries, perfumes, aerosols or anything explosive or illegal...)

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Patient monitors altered, drug dispensary popped in colossal hospital hack

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Re: changing dosages?

Here you go, now, whilst you're nicely woozy and not thinking straight, please sign this bit of paper that makes me the sole beneficiary of your will.

Thank you.

Now let's up that morphine again - 1000% should do it...

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Wikidata makes Wikipedia a database. Let the fun begin

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Arthur C Clarke got there first...

"In his student days, he had won several retrieval championships, racing against the clock while digging out obscure items of information on lists prepared by ingeniously sadistic judges. ("What was the rainfall in the capital of the world's smallest national state on the day when the second largest number of home runs was scored in college baseball?" was one that he recalled with particular affection.)"

- The Fountains of Paradise

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UK.gov could reopen Google's £130m HMRC tax deal, says Parliament

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Did the agreement say...

... "Full and final settlement" or words to that effect? Because if it did, they're going to have to find something which was definitely *not* included in the original agreement...

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Child tracker outfit uKnowKids admits breach, kicks off row with security researcher

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@Turtle - Re: Leaving Aside The Obvious.

> And the basis for impugning Chris Vickery's motives are, aside from a desire to misdirect the attention of observers, what, exactly?

Obviously, if you shoot the messenger who brings you bad news, it deters others from doing the same...

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Apple fans take iPhone unlock protest to FBI HQ

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Meanwhile...

... Donald Trump has called for the US people to boycott Apple products until they give in to the FBI.

He tweeted this from his iPhone...

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Plane food sees pilot grounded by explosive undercarriage

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@jaywin - Re: "aircraft fumes"

> As long as the inlets aren't too close to the chemtrail outlets...

And don't forget the extra-thick tinfoil hat because you're closer to the Orbital Mind-Control Lasers...

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NASA boffin wants FRIKKIN LASERS to propel lightsails

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@Paul_Murphy - Re: Slowing down

> I'm sure there was a Clarke or Niven story about a solar race that used light sails.

Sunjammer aka The Wind From the Sun

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Internet readies plan for final transition of power to dun-dun-derr... ICANN

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Keep that...

... Gravy Train a-rollin'!

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Wi-Fi operators must notify device users of potential data processing

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Potential?

I'd pretty much assumed it's guaranteed!

The first question you should ask when told something is "Free" is "What is this actually going to cost me...?"

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Huntsville, Alabama, has NASA, US Missile Command ... and now gigabit Google Fiber

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Missile Command?

Do people still play that?!

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'Kalamazoo killer' gave Uber rides in between shooting six dead

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@AC

> doesn't follow a foreign religion

You mean not one that comes from the Middle East...?

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German mayor's browser tabs catch him with trousers down

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I was going to say "So what"...

... however a look at the ideology of the Alternative for Germany party, they're centre-right Conservatives, oppose gay marriage and have been accused of using language that is very similar to that of the far-right.

So it seems that he's another "do as I say, not as I do" hypocrite.

Oh and a couple of little corrections for Kieren McCarthy: BDSM is comes from Bondage and Discipline, Dominance and submission and Sadism and Masochism and as for "Basically, if you're watching someone in leather tied up and being sexually humiliated, you've found BDSM", that's a very narrow generalisation of what is an incredibly broad topic which involves a lot more than just leather or sexual humiliation.

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Yahoo! is! up! for! sale! – so! how! much! will! you! bid!?

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Re: "Three dollars and a packet of crisps"

Tin of Baked Beans!

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Meet the original Big Data, TED Talk, Thought Shower Futurist

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“Privacy is Theft” “Sharing is Caring”

Call Me David and Treasonous May have signed copies.

Unfortunately they didn't get the joke...

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New NASA theory: Moon radiation drops so HULK RIP MOON LIKE SHIRT

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@Simon Sharwood - "cold volcanic activity to you and I"

In a sentence part like this, omit the word "you" and see if it still sounds right: "cold volcanic activity to I". If it doesn't, use the word "me" instead (unless you're from the West Country)

PS Interesting article, though :-)

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We're four years away from digitising England's courts – report

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Re: Already Gone Binary?

I think you've mistaken this for the Daily Mail comments page...

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FCC clicks off the safety, fires at America's great cable TV box rip-off

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Holmes

Anyone...

... checked their Campaign Contributions...?

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MIT boffins' code scans your health claims, tunes plans for bosses

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"the BST software will seek out the patterns in treatment of employees...

"...and then use that information to suggest how a company health plan could ensure that exclusions for these conditions are added when employees join to make sure that profits aren't affected..."

FT(cynically)FY.

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Israeli military techies cook up security alerts software

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Re: Security?

Downvoted.

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

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It's not about jobs, it's about income...

Excuse the tangent, but when people say they're worried about robots/ computers/ immigrants "taking their jobs", what they actually mean is that they can see their income stream disappearing.

Under the current neo-liberal capitalistic setup, those who run the businesses are on a race to the bottom, driving down their business costs by getting the cheapest labour to maximise their profits which are then distributed to their share holders, meanwhile those who have lost their income have to rely on State Benefits (if there are any) or scratch out a living on a minimum wage job whilst a few at the top of the pile get richer and richer.

Douglas Adams summed this up nicely with the Magarathean Planet Builders who catered for the extremely rich "But this was perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of, because no one was really poor - at least no one worth speaking of." Of course it ended up with so much wealth being concentrated in so few hands that the economy collapsed...

Naturally some (TW comes to mind) would argue that people are "better off" because goods become cheaper, but they don't become cheap enough to counterbalance the loss of income and, meanwhile, the wealth still flows upwards and does not "trickle down" to the people who will actually spend it, rather than salting it away in lucrative (for them) tax avoidance schemes.

So arguing about "professional classes hollowing themselves out" or their jobs being taken over by AIs is a bit of a red herring, what's important is whether money can be made to flow back down from the top such that the economy keeps running. If that doesn't happen, the rest of the argument is merely academic.

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Five Eyes nations must purge terrorists from the web, says Theresa May

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purge “extremist messages”

Teresa May is an idiot!

[PURGE] [PURGE] [PURGE]

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Boffins' 5D laser-based storage tech could keep terabytes forever

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Keep your data for 13.8 billion years...

I understand they've just had enquiries from Teresa May and Mark Zuckerberg...

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UK to stop children looking at online porn. How?

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@AC - Re: Here is the link to the consultation

> I aint filling that in, I'm still furious that they leaked everyone's responses on the Filtering consultation

I don't know if you're joking or not, but a) AFAIR this one doesn't ask for your personal details and b) when you provide responses to a consultation you agree that, unless you specfically state otherwise, they will be made public.

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@Suricou Raven - Re: Here is the link to the consultation

> I'm actually surprised the questions are worded in a way that makes disagreement possible

Yes, that is a pleasant surprise, although the comment boxes are tiny with limited character input and, for one question, I had to tick "yes" to get access to the comment box on the next page as "no" would just have skipped it.

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Link to the Consultation Document

This is the link to the Consultation

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/child-safety-online-age-verification-for-pornography

I recommend everyone go to that page and point out that you disagree with a) their attempts to censor the internet and b the idea that adults should have to ask permission to look at adult content.

"Won't Someone Think of the Children" never results in good (or sensible) legislation.

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Here is the link to the consultation

Excuse the blatant piggy-back, but so far I've seen nothing that links to the actual consultation, so here it is:

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/child-safety-online-age-verification-for-pornography

Go there, fill it in, explain to them WHY them demanding the moon on a stick doesn't mean that anyone can deliver it and maybe, just maybe, we can stop this nonsense.

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New Monopoly version features an Automatic Teller Machine

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Settlers of Catan...

... or Carcassonne, Alhambra, Ticket to Ride and many others are much better than the obsolete "roll and move" of Monopoly.

Once you start playing games like these, you'll wonder why on earth Monopoly is still going after all this time and the only conclusion you can come to is "because people don't know any better".

Seriously, play some decent Euro Games (ones that don't involve screwing everyone else over and forcing them out of the game) and you'll never look back.

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Failed school intranet project spent AU$1.4m on launch party before crashing and burning

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"after he left the department, he took a job with CSG"

Ah, the good old revolving door! Step out of a job in a Government Department which has just pissed away millions of pounds (or whatever) of public money, straight into a job or "Directorship" with the company that all that money was paid to.

Of course it's just a co-incidence...

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Reluctant Wikipedia lifts lid on $2.5m internet search engine project

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@John Brown (no body) Re: Missed opportunity

Herbie?

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?

The Batmobile? (At least one version)

Christine

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Louisville says yes to Google Fiber. Funny story: AT&T, TWC didn't want that to happen

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Re: Oh FFS...

"Fake reason"?

"Oh dear, your existing service has just had a mysterious outage (which was in no way caused by someone putting a digger bucket through a major connector). Why not swap to our brand new shiny cable service...?" - BIfH

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National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records

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"We do this by ensuring requestors...

"...comply with strict terms and conditions covering the confidentiality and handling of data, security arrangements, and retention and use of the data.

"And when they don't and the entire database is left on an unsecured datastick in the back of a taxi or on a lap-top on a train we will definitely give them *at least* a stern finger-wagging and, if necessary, a quite sharp smack on the wrist whilst we Learn Lessons that will stop this from ever happening again (until the next time...)"

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Indonesian comms ministry orders 'gay emoji' block

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@Syntax Error - Re: Emoji

The word "gay" is, unsurprisingly, *not* a synonym for "stupid" or "worthless" or "unworthy" or any other such derogatory term.

Whenever I hear someone use it in that way, I ask what their name is: "Syntax Error"? Fine, let's substitute that instead...

"Emoji are pretty Syntax Error"

"Look at that, it's totally Syntax Error"

"That post above is so Syntax Error!"

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@cbars - Re: sorry?

> I still don't understand why this religion has so many 'followers' that can take offence from pictures.

I suggest you look at the history of censorship of paintings by the Christian Church where art showing Adam and Eve before the Fall had tree branches with convenient foliage added to conceal the "naughty bits" or male statues having their genitalia removed and stone fig-leaves added.

I don't like this any more than anyone else, but, regrettably, the more we start *telling* these people "you're doing it wrong", the more resistant they are going to be to change. Western interference in such affairs has never ended well.

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Scariest climate change prediction yet: More time to eat plane food

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@Will Godfrey - Re: A suggestion for those worried about all that extra time, fuel, CO2, ...

> the problem isn't airports, it's London itself.

Exactly! It's like a black hole, the more it grows, the more it drags in everything else around it and, more importantly, takes money away from everywhere else.

There's more to the UK than London...

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Depressed? Desperate for a ciggie? Blame the Neanderthals

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Bloody Neanderthals...

... coming over here, having sex with our women, spreading their DNA, making us all get hooked on noxious substances...

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Council IT system goes berserk, packs off kids to the wrong schools

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@AndrewDU

Probably better not to leave education to schools Acadamies being run for profit by the mates of those run the State...

FTFY

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Net narks phishing AlphaBay drug logins in clever redirect attack

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@Ole Juul - Re: Who are the "net narcs"?

That was what I was thinking: ie it's a site which has been set up by the authorities so they can get log-in credentials from crooks to allow them access to areas they'd normally find it difficult to monitor.

Confusing terminology.

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Facebook-squishing Indian regulator's next move: Open source code

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"Any technology that is deployed for connectivity...

"...must be interoperable and the open standards framework and the principles it entails are extremely important,"

India has an incredible opportunity as an emerging market to avoid the mistakes which have come about elsewhere because of the piecemeal way the internet has grown up, provided they make sure that the big vested interests don't get their greedy hands on it and control it for their profits instead of for the benefit of the Indian people.

ADDENDUM: Oh and, PS: I have *no* objection to businesses making profits, the problem comes when the profits and dividends and bonuses are *all* they care about and screw the people they're trying to serve.

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Google after six-year tax foot-drag: No they're fine about the fine. We're fine. No fine

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@maffski - Re: Ah

It has nothing to do with bullying or hatred, it has to do with some tax affairs being "more equal" (oh, the irony!) than others...

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No, HMG, bulk data surveillance is NOT inevitable

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@Velv - Re: They've won already

> they'd be the first against the proverbial wall!!!

The media or the politicians? Hmm, it's a big wall...

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Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

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> if anyone is actually injured by a Christmas party hat then they will prosecute. That's why people are scared into making silly rules.

No, the HSE requires businesses to take "reasonable steps" to prevent accidents or injury.

See http://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/index.htm

They will only prosecute if there is evidence of, or reasonable grounds to suspect negligence.

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