* Posts by Graham Marsden

5191 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

New UK.gov DATA SLURPING diplomat to push US telcos to share more subscriber info

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@MyBackDoor - Re: Free enrollment?

> I want to know where I can enroll for these free Spying classes

Ah, but the qualification for enrolling in the classes is being able to find them yourself!

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Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

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@Matt Bryant - Re: What a complete load of cobblers.

> What 'innocents'? They were legally investigating a possible crime, by members of the Police force, not 'slurping' anything

You know, Matt, you'd have been an even better Witch-Finder than Matthew Hopkins. Why bother with actually looking for suspects first, just assume that *everyone* is guilty and investigate to your heart's content.

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"Putting aside the notion...

"...that a public sector body should be able to get away with pretending that it doesn't carry out even the most basic of internal compliance auditing..."

What about the notion that our Police are supposed to work in an open and transparent manner for *our* benefit to enforce the law, rather than acting as Judge and Jury behind closed doors in some sort of Star Chamber manner?

Let alone the idea that *they* are not above the law and should be held to at least the same, if not a higher standard, than the rest of us...

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THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

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@ql - Re: One factor left out - The System

> Anyone know of a political party with differing ideologies these days?

"Why 73% of UKIP supporters should actually vote Green"

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Relive the death of Earth over and over again in Extinction Game

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"It's only...

"... the end of the world, again"

- Disaster Area

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Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

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WTF?

"you've got that $1.25 a day at US prices to play with...

"...even the most drug-addled drunkard in the UK isn't living at anything close to that level."

ORLY? What about those people who have been getting the benefits that they are *legally* entitled to and then suddenly find themselves sanctioned because of some phoney ATOS assessment that says "you can pick up a pen, you can work" or those who get sanctioned because they're supposed to apply for X numbers of jobs a week, but the paperwork got mixed up so two weeks' worth of applications get rolled into one and it doesn't matter that they protest "We don't have you down for applying for any jobs this week, you get no benefits for the next month"?

Those, and many others, are the people who are having to visit the rising number of Food Banks in Ian Duncan Smith's "oh-don't-worry-the-economy-is-recovering" country simply to get enough food to be able to survive until, eventually, they might get their benefits back (IIRC over 50% of appeals succeed).

That is a pretty damn good definition of poverty, I think.

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'Kim Kardashian snaps naked selfies with a BLACKBERRY'. *Twitterati gasps*

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Whilst the security failure is worrying...

... I do have to say "Who?"

(Followed by "and why should I care?")

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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@The First Dave - Re: Knee Jerk Off

There is a big difference between the training that the Police get to drive or ride on Britain's streets and driving or riding on a closed course where there's much less chance of having someone pull out on you or do something equally stupid.

And even then it can go wrong, eg the recent crash involving Prince Harry's motorcycle outrider, but at least they're better prepared.

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@DougS - Re: "Advanced training"

Let me guess, you've never had any advanced driving training?

In fact, I'd wager that, like 99% of the people out on the road, you've never had *any* more training than what you had to pass your Driving Test which simply means that you've achieved the bare minimum level of competency to be allowed out in charge of a vehicle.

Your local IAM or RoSPA group will almost certainly offer you a free Assessment of your driving skills, why not see just how good you actually are?

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@Laurent Somers

Yes, but we all know that, somehow, when any such device crosses the Pond, the exchange rate magically becomes £1 = $1

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@Version 1.0 - Re: Knee Jerk Off

> Should we actually wait and see if using a watch is a problem before legislating?

The legislation is *already* there.

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The Definition of a Hand-Held Mobile Phone

The Regulation includes any "device, other than a two-way radio, which performs an interactive communication function by transmitting and receiving data".

It states that a "mobile telephone or other device is to be treated as hand-held if it is, or must be, held at some point during the course of making or receiving a call or performing any other interactive communication function". "interactive communication function" includes:

sending or receiving oral or written messages;

sending or receiving facsimile documents;

sending or receiving still or moving images; and

providing access to the internet

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Blue Light Aware

> If an emergency vehicle is behind, just keep driving until there is a nice safe place to slow right down or pull over, not hard is it.

http://www.bluelightaware.org.uk/

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Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us

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Isn't it convenient...

... that London is built around a regular grid pattern so they can output their map in nice square blocks that line up with the roads...

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Gigantic bazaar Alibaba WILL turn share price up to 11, er, $68 for biggest IPO ever in US

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@ razorfishsl = Re: It may not be worth more than Amazon

Or you could actually supply us with a couple of useful links to back up your vague insinuations of wrong-doing...

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PORTAL TO ELSEWHERE scried in small galaxy far, far away

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"Well, the thing about a black hole...

"... its main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, the color of space, your basic space color - is it's black. So how are you supposed to see them?"

- Holly

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eBay promises to refund seller fees after latest MASSIVE OUTAGE

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@MJI Re: I would move like a shot

You forgot "Doesn't force you to accept PayPal which, of course, they own, so they get two bites at the cherry as they take another chunk of your profit"!

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PLEASE STOP with the snooping requests, begs Google as gov data demands skyrocket

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"requests for access to Google's user data leapt by 15 per cent in the last six months"

Well perhaps that's because they know that Google has been snooping on everyone's e-mails and web searches and so on for ages, so there's got to be some data worth having.

Maybe Google should think about how they could stop this happening...

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Facebook's self-destruct status update beta test will self-destruct

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Well I think that...

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Go home Google, you're drunk! Desktop Maps says The Shard's TWO MILES from actual loc

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Not Maps, but Street View

At the moment, for some reason, parts of Street View appear to be giving black screens.

I was looking for a location near Russell Square in London WC1B 5BB but Street View showed no images, just black.

Other locations, however, worked fine.

Maybe it's an anti-terrorism measure...!!!

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FTC: We didn't robocall you and thousands of others asking for bank details. IT'S A TRAP!

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"transmitting phony Caller ID information"

*WHY* is this even possible these days?

Is it lack of ability on the part of the telcos or simply lack of giving a damn??

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Yes, but....

... did they find The Pandorica?

Mines the one with the bow tie in the pocket.

Bow ties are cool...

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Cui bono?

A few years ago I switched energy suppliers and got a free electricity monitor.

I connected it up and looked at the reading, then went around switching every unnecessary device, charger, tv on standby etc and came back and, lo and behold...

... the bloody reading hadn't changed because I already do that anyway!

So these "Smart Meters" won't save me any money because I'm a Smart Customer!

Meanwhile I have no doubt that a few people in Government have been promised nice little Directorships which will pay them a million quid a year for doing about 12 hours work...

Cui bono? Not us!

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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@Omgwtfbbqtime - Re: BBC produces quality TV that the market can't...

No, someone should tell the people making documentaries for the BBC that they shouldn't copy Discovery et al and make an hour-long broadcast that could have been done in 20 minutes if it wasn't for all the padding, repetition and trailing of what is coming up...

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Celeb nudie iCloud pervs hatched photo-slurping Flappy Bird plot

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"the app. It now secretly downloads all of the phones pictures to my server"

And *THAT* Google, is why we, the USERS, need and should control of what apps can actually access on our Android phones!

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General Motors to intro HANDS-FREE DRIVING tech by 2016

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@Erik4872 Re: Super Cruise

Supercruise is actually the ability of aircraft to maintain a sustained speed in excess of Mach 1 without using afterburners.

The English Electric Lightning was the first plane to be able to do it, the Concorde did it for most of its flight.

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Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

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@PCS "give us a settings to STOP the videos from autoplaying"

It's called FlashBlock :-)

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India government: 'net should not be censored

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"the purpose of causing annoyance or inconvenience."

Well isn't he a complete idiot...

... sorry, was that a knock at the door?

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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It's the money, stupid!

So many of the the issues described can be traced back to a simple source: Money.

Either you have people who are too interested in making money for themselves and their mates to worry about the effects of what they're doing or there are the people who want to and are trying to sort out the problems, but who are told "that's too expensive, do what you can with half the money and, fingers crossed, it will all work out".

Eventually risky practices will be fixed, but usually only after something has gone so catastrophically wrong that they cannot be ignored any more and then, suddenly, money is no object in rectifying them.

Of course only *those* particular problems are fixed, it would be too expensive to sort out *all* the issues (at least until they lead to another disaster...)

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

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We think it's ok...

... so don't worry your pretty little heads about it...

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Glasshole-in-chief QUITS Google to become CTO of America

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The sound you hear...

... is that of high-fives being shared all around the Chocolate Factory...

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Sex is great in books, lousy in apps, says Apple

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'I'll know it when I see it'

Translation: Their "line" is an entirely subjective view (possibly only by one person) which, of course, is not subject to question or review because otherwise it would demonstrate just how inconsistent their decision making progress is.

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Ballmer PERSONALLY wrote Windows' Blue Screen of Death text

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Yeah but...

... who was responsible for the "You didn't shut down your computer properly" message, which generally had users screaming at the screen "That's because your f*****g operating system crashed!"

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Isis Wallet, NOT an Islamist militant group, reborn as Softcard

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"In a bid to distance itself from a violent Islamist militant group..."

Are people *really* that stupid that because the Islamist group is currently being referred to as ISIS that any business that has a similar name must be linked to them...?

> US-based mobile payment company

Ah, sorry, forget I asked.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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"Illegal sites"...?

And, of course, there won't be any False Positives in there, boys and girls...

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Cave scrawls prove Neanderthals were AT LEAST as talented as modern artists

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"at least as talented as modern artists"

Talk about damning with faint praise...!

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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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@Hud Dunlap - Re: Why have a license at all?

> For hundreds of years England not only allowed its citizens to have weapons they expected them to have them and be good at it.

Yes, and they had to go and practice the archery every Sunday after Church and be available to be summoned to fight when needed, so people *knew* who they were.

However (judging by your name) you appear to be of the Left-Pondian persuasion (ADDENDUM: Ah, I note from your follow up post that you are indeed) and seem to think that letting anyone have a gun without a licence, without anyone in authority knowing who they are, without background checks, without proof that they actually know how to use it safely and, indeed, without any proof they are actually mentally stable is a good idea.

Then, of course, we get to the situation where everyone has the right to bear arms and thus, many feel the need to do exactly that to protect themselves from all the others who have exactly the same right...

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Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather

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@AC - Re: THIS is an example why there is a 2nd Amendment in the USA

I keep hearing that, but, tell me, when are you going to start the second American Civil War...?

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"There is almost to zero chance that you would be of interest to any secret service on the planet."

"a draft article by an independent author"

Matt! When did you start writing for Kaspersky?!

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Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies

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"only if you turn off all Tiles"

Tiles? What are they?

Oh, yeah, those things that I turned off as soon as they were introduced, so when I open up a new tab I get a nice clean blank screen which I can fill with a web page I *choose* from my Bookmarks list.

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One step closer to ROBOT BUTLERS: Dyson flashes vid of VACUUM SUCKER bot

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WTF?

They may make good cleaners...

... but they make crap videos!

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Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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"It undermines the rule of law if laws are unenforceable"

ORLY?

Odd, because that doesn't seem to have stopped the last few governments from passing all sorts of unenforceable laws which look good in the media...

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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@uffish - Re: Star Wars (The Reagan version).

> Sounds just like the American wheeze to destabilize Soviet Russia, same hype...

ITYM "Same Ret-Con", claiming after the event that it was all a clever and sneaky plan (and not a whole load of money pi$$ed away on pie-in-the-sky unworkable boondoggles...)

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Can I just say....

Standby to launch SkyDiver!

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@AC - Re: Daft concept.

> Not Howard Arneson, which was his actual name?

Ah, but only jake got to call him Dale!

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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@diodesign - Re: @AC - Orlowski articles as ads

> Play the ball, not the hack, etc.

If the articles from certain hacks were marked as "Opinion" pieces (which, frankly, is what a lot of them actually are) I think readers would appreciate El Reg's candour.

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@AC - Re: Orlowski articles as ads

Re: your point 2) - in the past, he has actually moderated (and edited!) comments on his articles himself.

Conflict of interest? What's that...?

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

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@Phil Endecott - Re: Re "which could potentially bypass missile defences"

> Read "The Dead Hand" by David E Hoffman.

Watch "Dr Strangelove - Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Bomb"!

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Wearables market set to EXPLODE... Wait, is that a STRAP-ON chair?

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Re: The wrist computer market has grown by almost 700 per cent this year

The number of comments on that post has just grown by 100%!

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Re: As opposed...

If you want one of those, I have them in my Affordable Leather Products range, suitable for ordinary and swivel chairs... ;-)

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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@AC - Re: "there is no criminal offence of watching videos"

> "making" to add to "possession"

Very probably.

Of course the real purpose is just to make it sound better in the media because "making" implies that you actually produced it

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