* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

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" having a big pile of cash of one’s own...

"...gives one an advantage when running for political office"

Didn't work very well for Ross Perot

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Re: even when he’s doing his best to offload it

But I dilligently shared that message that said he was giving it all away with all my friends...

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NASA funds new supersonic airliner research

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How are you going to see to land it?!

Concorde had the famous "Droop snoot" which allowed the nose to hinge downwards to enable the pilots to see to land. Unless this has cameras in the nose, that snoot would have to be *very* droopy to let this happen.

PS Concorde: The only operational civilian passenger aeroplane with afterburners!

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We're doing SETI the wrong and long way around, say boffins

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Re: Old Joke

And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space,

Because there's bugger all down here on Earth!

- Monty Python - The Universe Song.

(Thumb icon because there's no Foot one ;-) )

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Phew! No evidence found for global criminal hacker conspiracy

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Re: How many went walkabout?

> how many of Trend Micro's obviously highly skilled multilingual analysts took the opportunity for a slight change of career path

BAfH?

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GDS gets it in the neck from MPs over Rural Payments Agency farce

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If you can't be a good example, you can always be a terrible warning!

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We survived a five-hour butt-numbing Congress hearing on FBI-Apple ... so you don't have to

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Re: Congress par for the course

Mostly these hearings are about those asking the questions making sure they look good for the cameras and, if possible, getting a good soundbite on the news so they can say to their voters "Look, see, I'm doing stuff for you!"

Often it seems they spend so much time making speeches that they have bugger all time left to ask questions at all!

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More and more Brits are using ad-blockers, says survey

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Re: How do people use the web without an ad blocker?

Very very rarely I will switch off my ad blocker if there's a site I *need* to use and can't access it without, but more often I switch to another browser that doesn't block, but which clears history, cache, cookies and so on as soon as I exit.

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The IAB wants more consumer-friendly and “lighter” ads

You mean what *we've* wanted for years because of their annoying/ intrusive/ loud/ slow/ malware laden adverts which force us to use uBlock etc to allow us to browse in peace?

See icon for details...

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HTTPS DROWN flaw: Security bods' hearts sink as tatty protocols wash away web crypto

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"Decrypting RSA with Obsolete and Weakened eNcryption"

Well they couldn't call it DROW because they'd be sued by Wizards of the Coast...

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Gov opens consultation on how to best to use your data

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"legislation to make it easier...

"...for local authorities and government departments to share citizen data without breaching the Data Protection Act"

And the easiest way to do that is to weaken the protections the plebs already have! Trebles all round!

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Investigatory Powers Bill lands in Parliament amid howls over breadth of spying powers

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@Velv - Re: Better start campaigning to stay in the EU

> perhaps you missed the proposals to opt out of the European Convention on Human Rights

Ironically, Cameron is campaigning to stay In, even though this would actually make it *more* difficult for him to dump the ECHR and introduce his "You have the Rights we *say* you can have, provided they're not too inconvenient for us" British Bill of Rights.

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Wakey wakey, app developers. Mobile ad blocking will kill you all

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"users still prefer seeing ads to paying"

*Provided* the ads aren't irritating and intrusive, I would generally agree.

However when it's flashing "You have ONE new message!" or "Your Phone May Be Infected, Scan Now!" in an extremely annoying manner, you'll find that this user prefers to uninstall that app and find one that doesn't piss him off!

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You're a cybercrime kingpin. You need a new evil lackey. How much do you tell them?

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You need a new evil lackey

Just as long as you've got plenty of cute yellow Minions ;-)

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Schlock and .aw as Dutch net registry rebrands

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WTF?

Looks like...

... the design was based on a '60s psychadelic poster!

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NSA boss reveals top 3 security nightmares that keep him awake at night

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So...

... basically none of the things that our politicians are using to scare us into accepting that they should have the ability to snoop on everything we do and every website we visit and everyone we talk to and...

(Need a Big Brother slapping forehead icon!)

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Photographer hassled by Port of Tyne for filming a sign on a wall

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Re: @unwarranted irrelevance: In other words...

If you are doing something which is visible from the public highway then there is *nothing* that says that someone cannot take a photograph of you.

If they are on private land, then you are entitled to ask them to stop taking photographs and leave, but if you are not taking reasonable steps to preserve your privacy (cf the aforementioned "curtains") then you can complain all you like, but they are not breaking the law.

Yes, photographers should be reasonable in their actions, personally I dislike the Papparazzi using mega long lenses to take photos of "celebrities" on boats or from boats to the beach etc, but they are not committing an offence.

In any case, this is well away from the point, unless you think that the photographer was invading the privacy of the PoT!

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Re: Slander?

Trouble is, Slander (defamation by speech) is a civil offence, not criminal and you have to prove that you suffered loss or damage because of it, something which is difficult to do without expensive Barristers.

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@AC - Re: Who arrests the watchmen?

> What offence has been committed?

Common Assault, contrary to section 39 Criminal Justice Act 1988

An offence of Common Assault is committed when a person either assaults another person or commits a battery.

An assault is committed when a person intentionally or recklessly causes another to apprehend the immediate infliction of unlawful force.

A battery is committed when a person intentionally and recklessly applies unlawful force to another.

Offences against the Person

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Investigatory Powers Bill: Spooks willingly entering the light?

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Re: A further step on its long walk out of the shadows?

> smoke and mirrors do the work of the former shadows...

Definitely!

They're saying "Look, see all this? Look how open and transparent we're being! Oh don't worry about the man behind the curtain or the person looking over your shoulder or picking your pocket or spying through your window or listening to your phone calls, they're not important because we're being open, honest...!"

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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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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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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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