* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Why OH WHY did Blighty privatise EVERYTHING?

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Cui bono?

Again, I have to ask the question in response to one of TW's articles.

Our (yes, *our*, because our parents and grandparents paid for them) public services and utilities are flogged off, generally in a completely inept way and often for a hell of a lot more than they're actually worth.

That money is then used by governments for short-term bribes tax cuts which eventually and almost inevitably end up in the pockets of the wealthiest who, despite what some may claim, *do not* spend most of it (which is how it's supposed to "trickle down") , but, instead, stash it away in foreign institutions and in tax avoidance schemes.

Meanwhile the companies that now own said services and utilities think, hang on, the government got away with under-investing and skim off the profits, bet we can do that too! And when the government says "hang on, you're supposed to be fixing the problems caused by our under-investing and profit skimming", the companies go "gissa subsidy. Go on, you know you want to..."

Of course, that subsidy comes out of *our* pockets again and goes into *their* pockets and tax havens.

So we're left with what's still a crappy service and/ or expensive utilities but being told that "you should be happy, we did this for *your* benefit!"

Cui bono? Still not us...

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Robo-car wars: Delphi's near crash, prang, wallop with Google DENIED!

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@Carl W - Re: I don't personally agree but...

IAM use "The System" or IPSGA which stands for Information, Position, Speed, Gear and Acceleration which is based on the Police's Roadcraft book.

So:

Information: There's a Rally. There may have been signs pointing to it. Presumably there's a side turning, possibly also with signs, bunting, or other clues that something's happening up ahead, so vehicles may be entering or leaving it. More information: Perhaps you can see over hedges, so you may well be able to see the Traction Engine as it's about to pull out. Yet more information: Check mirrors for traffic coming up behind you (possibly even intending to overtake). Look for vehicles coming the other way.

Position: If possible, move towards the centre of the road, provided that there's nothing intending to overtake and you won't cause any on-coming vehicle to have to adjust their speed or position, giving yourself more room to manoeuvre and moving yourself away from the hazard.

Speed: You're approaching a potential hazard, so SLOW DOWN! That gives you more time to respond or brake as necessary.

Gear: Select a lower gear to give better power response if needed.

Acceleration: As you clear the hazard, accelerate back to the limit or, if you need to decelerate, do so.

Note also, of course, that that "60 zone" is a 60 speed *limit*. That's a limit, not a target. It's not obligatory.

(PS there's more than the above, before someone start's saying "but what about...", however that's a quick run-down of the guidelines).

There are a lot of road users out there on four wheels or two, who would benefit from Advanced Training, whether it's IAM, Rospa, Bikesafe or whatever. Too many drivers think their skills are better than those of others on the roads. Oddly, those other road users also think the same.

They should try it, they might even find that they learn something new...!

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Abort, abort! Metal-on-metal VIOLENCE as Google's robo-car nearly CRASHES

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"Imagine the scenario when Cortana and Siri are in control too"

> WARN: THERE IS ANOTHER SYSTEM

> SIRI to CORTANA: 1 + 1 = 2

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Google helps Brit crims polish their image – but what about the innocent

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"this stupid ruling"

The point is that Google are behaving like a stroppy teenager, using passive-aggressive behaviour to try to subvert what they're *supposed* to be doing and claiming "it's *SO UNFAIR* I'm doing exactly what you *told* me to do!"

Of course, as the article says, they're really doing this deliberately simply to try to "turn the public against European privacy law" by abusing the letter of the law to combat the spirit of it.

Don't be evil? Yeah, right...

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Google takes latest self-driving buggies to the streets

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"a removable steering wheel, accelerator pedal, and brake pedal...

"...that allow them to take over driving if needed"

Why does this sound like, if you feel the vehicle is about to crash, all you need to do is re-install the steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals and you can then take over?

You'd need *very* fast reactions...

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We need to know about the Internet of Things, say US Senators

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Alternatively...

A Logic Named Joe

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Re: Smart TV

> It is a Toaster for crying out loud!

Howdy doodly doo!

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Privacy advocates descend on proposed domain name change

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@AC

Yes, Companies and other organisations need to be accountable, but *until* such a point as that accountability becomes an issue, those behind them should still be entitled to their privacy.

Imagine if you're operating a Gay Rights organisation in one of the many countries where homosexuality is criminalised?

Or what about parts of the world where one schism of the religion you follow deems your particular schism to be apostasy and punishable by death?

There are plenty of other examples like this, would you want your real name to be easily accessible if you were in such a situation and wanted to set up a website for like-minded people?

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Wake up, sheeple! If you ask Siri about 9/11 it will rat you out to the police!

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Trollface

Try holding down Alt and f4 on your PC keyboard, you'll be amazed at what happens...

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@ Phil O'Sophical

> They still wanted a number that would be easy to dial on a rotary dial phone in the dark, so picked a number at the other end of the dial where it could easily be found by touch.

Yep, there were instruction sheets on how to dial 999 in the dark by feeling for the bottom edge of the rotary dial, finding the Zero hole (next to the stop) and putting your right hand middle finger into it.

Then you'd put your right index finger into the next hole (ie the 9) and just rotate the dial three times.

Simple and effective.

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Hey, Sand Hill Exchange. Shouting 'blockchain!' won't stop the Feds

Graham Marsden
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"there's no way of selling a house you don't own to speculate on falling house prices"

No, but I can do you a very good deal on this bridge...

PS of course, to be serious, thank fuck there's no way of speculating on house prices like this, otherwise things would get even more ridiculous than they are at the moment!

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EU threesome promises good times for data protection reform

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Holmes

Wow...

.. only 20 years behind the times!!!

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Singapore netizens slap silks for copyright bullying

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Letters [...] asked for a written offer of damages and costs,

The correct response is, of course, that of Arkell v. Pressdram (1971)

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

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"Brazil nor Peru has any legally recognized rights...

" - let alone intellectual property rights - in the term 'Amazon'"

Or, at least, not any rights which *we* are prepared to acknowlege...

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Re: What the rules say:

Who wrote those rules? Who agreed to those rules? Who benefits from those rules?

This is nothing more than governments trying to say "It's our ball and it's our backyard so you play by our rules (which let us win), so ner!"

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THEY WANTED OUR WOMEN: Neanderthals lusted after modern humans

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Bloody Neanderthals...

... coming over here and lusting after our women...!

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Germany says no steamy ebooks until die Kinder have gone to bed

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"It is not clear at this time how the ebook retailers will respond"

See icon for details...

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Even Apple doesn’t mess with Taylor Swift

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Meh

"the world’s biggest pop star"

Who?

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GCHQ didn't illegally spy on Brit NGOs, tribunal rules

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Re: YAAC Or 3rd option

This is the same IPT that came up with the ruling that British Law forbids mass surveillance, but even though GCHQ is troughing every bit of data on us as they can, they're *not* performing "mass surveillance".

Matt will now explain how many angels can dance on the head of that particular pin.

(Well, actually he won't, he'll just call people by silly names and dodge the question and move the goalposts as we've all come to expect...)

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Re: Or 3rd option

Spies keeping their spying secret from our elected representatives or those elected representatives condoning the spies breaching our laws and spying on us just because they can - who would have thunk it.

FTFY.

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Anakin Skywalker chased by cops, crashes podracer into tree

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Re: those prequels...

Sorry, *what* prequels?

There were only three Star Wars films and one Matrix and one Highlander film...

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Tim Worstall dances to victory over resources scaremongerers

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"He also gave every attendee a copy of his latest book"

Apparently it was a condition of attending...

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Oi, UK.gov, your Verify system looks like a MASS SPY NETWORK

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"Damn...

"... they spotted it."

- HM Government.

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Buh bye fakers? Amazon tweaks customer product reviews system

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Re: And...

But then the scammers would just put a load of products on for a penny, immediataly buy them with their sock-puppet accounts and mark them as "shipped"...

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Re: What about fake products?

Not forgetting those products with "Genuine Leather" in the title which then say (PU Leather) somewhere at the bottom of the description.

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@JeffyPoooh - Re: Wow... Ooooh... Ah...

Thank you for that very helpful review of Amazon coders. I would up vote you a thousand times if I could...

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(but I can't be bothered to create 1000 sock puppet accounts)

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LinkedIn reveals invitation-only bourgeois bug bounty

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Re: "inivitation"?

Err, no, it would be a bounty for spotting spelling mistakes in El Reg articles...

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"inivitation"?

Pity El Reg doesn't pay a spelling mistake bounty...

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Supermarket tweet: Twitter ankles balloon in product, places shopping frenzy

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WTF?

"Twitter ankles balloon in product, places shopping frenzy"

"Hooray, hooray for the spinster's sister's daughter!"

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Yep, it's true: Android is the poor man's phone worldwide

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Looks like...

... Apple have created a Giffen Good

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Are ALIENS hiding on Jupiter's Europa? Let's find out, cry NASA bods

Graham Marsden
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@GX5000 - Re: Seeding life

Wrong

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"about the same cost as flying a B-2 bomber for 250 hours"

And a damned sight more useful!

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US National Vulnerability Database contained ... yup, an XSS vuln

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Re: Maybe it's just a big honeypot

See Hanlon's Razor for details...

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Foxconn's going to 'exploit' Indian labour? SCORE! Bye, poverty

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@LucreLout - Re: "I think that billions coming up out of absolute poverty... @Graham Marsden

> So its ok for the third world to live in actual poverty as long as your salary is guaranteed to keep up with mine?

No, try a different Straw Man and, please, put the Racism Card away, it just makes you look silly.

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"I think that billions coming up out of absolute poverty...

"...is worth widening in rich country inequality. Others might not agree."

See icon for details.

Why don't we try getting rid of some of those top-level CxO jobs? You know, the ones that pay big bonuses for, frankly, doing fuck all or, even worse, give massive golden parachute pay-offs for screwing up the company, causing your workers to lose their employment and leaving them scratching around for minimum wage jobs to try to feed their kids and keep a roof over their heads?

Oh no, says Tim, those workers should be *happy* that someone else, somewhere else in the world is "getting out of poverty", meanwhile the bosses and the shareholders are laughing all the way to the bank. Trebles all round!!

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MILLIONS of broadband punters aren't getting it fast enough – Which?

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@Tim Almond - Re: Does Anyone Use this capacity?

The point is not whether anyone *uses* this capacity, it is that the Providers sell it as if everyone *can* use that capacity.

And that's a different matter (and not exactly credible either)

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AssangeTM says Sweden squibbed on promised interview

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Re: Great quote...

Oh look, Scorchio!! is back...

I've just had a look at his posting history:

Today, 9 days ago, 1 month ago and 4 months ago, virtually all of those posts about Assange.

I wonder whose sock puppet he is?

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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@Ledswinger

>> Shooting misidentified civilians or friend ground forces is not.

> I honestly think you've got that the wrong way round. In the very infrequent event that compensation is paid to foreign victims it will be paltry,

It's not the cost of the compensation, it's the cost of the cover up full enquiry that follows...

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Climate change alarmism is a religious belief – it's official

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Look at Lewis' previous rants diatribes tirades articles on the subject and it may become a little clearer...

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Downing Street secretly deletes emails to avoid exposure to FOIeurs

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Re: I wonder

Oh don't worry, if it finds out it has done something illegal, it will just retro-actively change the law to make it legal...!

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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Re: Money! Kiddie Fidlers! Stalkers! Thieves!

> What about the positive human side knowing you actually helped someone and at the same time had a small detour from your work run?

What about the positive side of you've just acquired a new lap top/ 4k TV, boxed set of CDs for nothing...?

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British Library publishes Digital Magna Carta – written-by-web-vote because it's 2015

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"Only three of the 63 clauses still stand in law?"

And Call-me-David Cameron is doing his utmost to get rid of even those ones.

Equal access to justice? Not now the Tories have denied many people access to Legal Aid. Now it's "how much justice can you afford?" If you're wealthy, fine, if not, you're screwed. Worse than that, they want to outsource the system to their mates in G4S and the like (the same people who are likely to end up running the privatised prisons) so obviously there's no conflict of interest there!

"No imprisonment without trial"? Well, unless you're an immigrant being held without any idea of if and when your case is going to be reviewed.

And, of course, there's Cameron's plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and bring in their hypocritical "British Bill of Rights" which really means "British Bill of the Rights we say you can have, provided you're someone we like". The only reason that's been kicked into the long grass at the moment is that he knows he can't even convince a lot of his own party to support it, but like the Snoopers Charter, it won't go away, they'll just do it slowly, chipping away at a Right here, a Protection there, a Liberty somewhere else...

Cameron, in his utterly hypocritical speech, said "We talk about the 'law of the land' and this is the very land where that law – and the rights that flow from it – took root". What he didn't say is that he's doing his utmost to uproot those laws and salt the earth so that those inconvenient rights don't get in the way of their control freak ways.

Icon: Our Rights going up in flames...

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Hacked US OPM boss: We'll fix our IT security – just give us $21 million

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Re: Of course...

Yeah, but there was nothing that could be pinned on them, so they were quite happy to crap on someone else...

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Graham Marsden
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Of course...

... what the grandstanding politicians with their accusations and speeches (more for the media than for information) were really thinking was "Thank fuck it wasn't anything that *I* am responsible for!"

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News website deserves a slap for its hate-filled commentards, say 'ooman rights beaks

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"this is all over 230 quid"

No, it isn't. It's about who is responsible for the comments and what laws should apply to the hosting company which publishes them.

As the author says "in a case that was all about the principle" did El Reg's editor not read the article before commenting?

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How swearing at your coworker via WhatsApp could cost you $68,000

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"the law applies to UAE citizens and foreign nationals"

... but will actually only be used to prosecute foreign nationals because all UAE citizens are noble, upstanding people who would never break any law, especially not the ones who have lots of "wasta" [influence or clout]...

FTFY

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EU MEPs accept lonely Pirate's copyright report – and water it down

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WTF?

“The commercial use of...

"... photographs, video footage or other images of works which are permanently located in physical public places should always be subject to prior authorisation from the authors or any proxy acting for them."

So if I make a film in London which includes aerial footage of well known buildings or shows a statue or another public work of art in the background, I have to get "prior authorisation" from the "author or any proxy" working for *every single one* of them? And, presumably, if I don't, they can then sue for breach of copyright when my film is distributed?

Wow, what a great fucking stupid idea!

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Go fac' yourselves: US privacy bods walk out of visage recog talks

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So...

... the Industry which wants to monetise us refuses to accept that we have any right to not be stalked by them everywhere we go?

Colour me surprised...

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Re: to promote better and more personalised service levels

Of course the flip side of that is when my bank or gym scans my card and then says "Hello Mr Marsden" as if I should be impressed that they've just read my name off their screen.

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"they could always refuse you entry if you don't accept their T&Cs."

And I can tell them where they can shove their T&Cs and go somewhere else.

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