* Posts by Graham Marsden

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In-a-spin Home Sec: 'We won't be rifling through people's web history'

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Weasel words...

"we will not be giving powers to go through people’s browsing history"

Note that that does *NOT* mean that they won't be recording and storing all that history, just that they (supposedly) won't be looking through it all the time.

It's like saying "We're not tracking you everywhere you go, but we're storing the data from ANPR cameras, so if we *want* to find out where you've been, we can..."

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Re: This is what you get Shademeister

> idiots vote busybody Socialist "do gooders" into any office.

What the hell are you talking about? It's the *TORIES* that are pushing this legislation. Do you honestly think that their Councils are going to be *any* different when they get powers like this?

Take off your political blinkers and call a pox on ALL their houses!

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Doctor Who's The Zygon Invasion shape-shifts Clara and brings yet more hybrids

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So [rhetorical] why didn't they call it X67 or Q67 or any other letter of the alphabet that wouldn't jar on the ear?

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"this story is influenced by current affairs"

True, but I wish they didn't have to lay it on with a shovel...

It struck me as rather ham-fisted and just another poor part of what could have been a much better episode had not the Doctor let all the soldiers go into the village first (instead of him just strolling in and outwitting the Zygons) and them then all stupidly walked into the church, Kate Stewart not being caught out by the "not-a-cop-anymore" Zygon and the silliness of the fake Clara getting them all into the Zygon's "breeding chamber" before, incredibly (or should that be "incredulously"?) finding "her" duplicate out of all of those many pods (what on Earth was the point of all that?)

So, nice ideas, poor execution.

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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@x 7 - Re: @Chris W - So what?

> Of course I know I'm right. Thats because I am right.

Circular Argument [n]: See Argument (Circular)

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@Chris W - Re: So what?

> Best troll ever,

The point of a troll is that they say something they *don't* necessarily believe in themselves, but they just want to wind people up and start an argument (see Clarkson for details).

The thing is that, if you read their posts, boltar and x 7 (and, oh look, Scorchio!! is back too!) *do* actually believe in what they're writing and they won't listen to any argument which disagrees with them because they *know* they're right.

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Re: @boltar - So what?

> If the idiot journalists are interfering in areas they're not wanted

"Areas they're not wanted"? Not wanted by whom...? (I bet you'd consider the reporters who exposed the My Lai massacre were "not wanted" and "traitors" for "helping the enemy"...)

"The first casualty of war is the truth" (Attributed to various)

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@boltar - Re: So what?

> if they have information that could help police they should hand it over. End.

Right, yes, and then paint a big target on the back of *every* journalist in the world because they're obviously working for the security services.

This is the same kind of short-sighted stupidity which has resulted in suffering for many people because someone in the CIA had the bright idea of using a vaccination programme to track down Osama Bin Laden and great, fine, it worked, they got him.

Unfortunately they didn't think beyond their narrow goals and now the plan to eradicate Polio worldwide is under threat because vaccine workers in Pakistan have been threatened or murdered as people there think they're spies.

Now journalists (BTW that's *proper* journalists, the ones who working to find out the truth of what is really happening in the world, not those who work for gutter rags like the Mail or take the Murdoch shilling) are going to find it so much harder to do their job or won't be able to take anything more than paper note because their sources are going to refuse anything that might be on a laptop etc that could be seized because Terrorism...

Bravo, boltar, you've just made the world so much safer!!!

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Buy a slice of the next Facebook with just your credit card and browser

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Thank you. Since I have another Nigerian Prince who wishes to transfer $43,000,000 to my bank account, please contact him and he will send the funds directly to you...

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Use Skype if you want to report a crime, say cops

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@gerdesj Re: Oh good

If you call 111 you can listen to an NHS drone go through a checklist which probably results in them suggesting you go to hospital anyway "just to be on the safe side". It won't help with your solving crime, but, there again, probably neither will any of the other numbers.

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"Have you been the victim of a crime...?

",,, Don't worry, we don't give a fuck!"

Even though, in these days of Tory cuts and cutbacks (let's only investigate crimes at even numbered houses), it's pretty much a sham anyway, at least having someone come round to your house and take a statement gives the illusion that the Police give a damn and will actually try to do something about a crime you've been the victim of.

Of course we all know what will inevitably follow, after they've cut the Legal Aid budget completely and privatised the Court System and made it cheaper for people to plead guilty rather than risk going to court and getting slapped with a mandatory charge, they'll sell off the Police to G4S and Serco and the like and we'll all be completely screwed!

"YOU ARE UNDER ARREST. YOU HAVE TWENTY SECONDS TO COMPLY!"

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Microsoft scares the bejesus out of Skype users with x12 price hike

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That would make it a bit expensive...

... to call the Police

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Cyber cop: Snoopers' Charter tag is offensive. Maybe we need a 'yes to snooping' tickbox?

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@davemcwish Re: Tick box?

No, not ticking the box means "I agree to let the State snoop on everything I do, because I think that my views on Civil Liberties should determine what happens to others."

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Re: Tick box?

Don't forget that ticking the box will, of course mean "I have something to hide" and are therefore deserving of extra surveillance...

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Yamaha unleashes motorcycling robot

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Re: Point?

> better all weather capability

I ride in all weathers.

> reduced risk (no rider)

If it has a rider there's less risk of some idiot pulling along side it at the lights and trying to shove it over!

> 24-hour availability

Three bikes and riders on 8 hour shifts are still cheaper than one of these.

Still no point...

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Re: Point?

Sorry, but I don't see any benefit of this over the existing versions of these.

There are already bike taxis, couriers and Blood Bikes out there and it's going to be a long time before this technology becomes cheap enough to make it cost effective over a bloke and a bike.

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Re: Point?

That was exactly what I was thinking as I read this.

I own a bike because it's fun to *ride*, what's the point of being a pillion on one of these?

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Volvo eyes kangaroo detection tech

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A Møøse once bit my sister...

No realli!

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

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"Everyday investigation..."

"Every day we're investigating your activities, just in case you might have done something we don't like..."

FTFY

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UK ministers, not judges, to sign off on Brit spies' surveillance

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@Flatpackhamster - Re: I'm not sure.

> legislation is now being decided by judges

I think you misunderstand what has happening for a long time.

The Government (of whatever colour) decides it wants some legislation, so it knocks something together, makes great claims about it to the press, then enacts it in law.

Unfortunately, it then turns out to be vaguely worded and imprecise, which, of course, the Police, Security Services, Local Councils et al love, because that gives them the opportunity to abuse it (jail for not handing over your passwords? That was supposed to only be for anti-terrorism. Spying on people who may be trying to sneak their kids into a school they shouldn't? Ditto)

It's not until someone finally decides to stand up to the Authorities and can afford challenge this sort of nonsense in the Courts that we get some idea of what the law actually is and how it can be applied *without* breaching our Human Rights and Civil Liberties.

But, oh, the price that has to be paid first...

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"If she is having to sign off 10 warrants a day...

"...she can’t possibly do it with the proper scrutiny needed."

Right, so you understand it...!

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Safe Harbor 2.0: Judges to keep NSA spying in check – EU justice boss

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Judicial Review - The short version

"Are they doing it?"

"Yes."

"Can we do anything about it?"

"No."

The End.

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Is Alphabet-Google 'too big to jail'? The Lords find out

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@Paul Shirley - Re: "We're not sophisticated consumers,"

> I think the public are sophisticated enough to stick with what works for them

That's clearly some strange defintion of the word "sophisticated" that I wasn't previously aware of...

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UK.gov plans to legislate on smut filters after EU net neutrality ruling

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"We worked so hard to put in place these filters..."

... which were immediately circumvented by tech-savvy kids.

So obviously the Tories are actually *improving* the Tech skills of children!

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Brit boffins build 'tractor beam' out of sound

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That's no...

... acoustic structure...

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

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Re: Don't know what they expected.

> Humans can't be clean roomed to the same degree

See The Andromeda Strain for details...

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@jake - Re: @ PleebSmash (was: Whatever.)

RTFA: "one of the health impacts of a stint on the ISS is a suppressed immune system."

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China tells local cloud storage vaults to name suspected pirates

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Looking at that video...

... I'd be thinking China is relaxing its drugs policy!

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Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?

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"The European Parliament is essentially tossing a hot potato...

" to the Body of European Regulators, national regulators, and the courts, who will have to decide how these spectacularly unclear rules will be implemented."

And, no doubt, the British regulators will (under pressure from the Government) Gold Plate them such that the big players in the industry (in exchange for a few lucrative Directorships) get a free pass to do what the hell they like and all the little people get shafted...

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TalkTalk attack: UK digi minister recommends security badges for websites

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You can get badges already...

Companies like Trustwave and Geotrust do ones which you can put on your site and which are regularly updated to ensure they're still valid.

The problem is that they have to appear on every page on your site and when you're running an e-commerce store, need to be re-loaded on every page a customer visits, adding a time over-head which slows page loads (even if you try to load them asymmetrically) and can cause the whole thing to freeze until the badge appears which pisses off customers and makes them more inclined to go somewhere else.

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@John Brown (no body) Re: We don'n need no steenkin' badges!

Err, no, nobody said "We don'n need no steenkin' badges!", but GregC said "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" five hours ago at the time of my writing this...

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Mystery object re-entering atmosphere may be Apollo booster

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@Alien8n - Re: @TheProf - @Alister

Personally I found the Long Earth series disappointing, I just found them very thin and lacking the depth that I'd come to expect from Pratchett's works.

His original Long Earth story which the series was based on was much better IMO.

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@TheProf - Re: @Alister

> Maybe the blame lies with the co-author(s).

Regrettably that's usually the case. When a Big Name Author starts franchising out the writing to someone else, it's never as good.

What's really galling is when you get caught by a Bait-and-Switch with the famous name in big bright letters on the front and the co-author's name in tiny, dark letters somewhere underneath and you don't realise it until after you've handed over the money :-(

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@Alister

> look forward to the next two

I'm not so sure. I looked forward to the sequel that was implied after the first Rama book... :-(

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Little bang for the Big C? Nitro in the anti-cancer arsenal

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"The potential impact might be explosive"

Nice one and a very interesting article.

Nitroglycerin: DO NOT shake well before use!

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Re: Yes, yes, cure cancer and so on, but, what of these 'poppers'...

> amyl nitrite can no longer be legally sold for 'recreational purposes'

But similar products are sold in (Ahem) Room Odourisers (erm, allegedly!)

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No, seriously, NASA will fly a probe through Saturn's moon plumes

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Anyone...

... spotted any Black Monoliths in the vicinity?

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

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I would laugh at the irony...

... that EULAs which say "you don't anything, we just give you permission to use it" are being used against the companies who wrote them, if it wasn't for the fact that this is being used to circumvent the rights of users.

I sincerely hope that 1) The Feds get told by the Courts to take a running jump and 2) The EULA writers sort their bloody game out ASAP!

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Court to Wikimedia: Your NSA spying evidence is inadmissable, so you can't prove NSA spying

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"one trillion dollars are of enormous value"

And our Freedoms and Rights and Liberties are of *incalculable* value and should not be dismissed in such a cavalier fashion.

Ask Ben Franklin for details...

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We applied to Google's €150m journalism fund – here's what we sent in

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'goal is to "support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation"'

So why is El Reg applying...?

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New Horizons: Pluto? Been there, done that – now for something 6.4 billion km away

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Re: Slow download speeds

I used to have a modem that did 1kb per second :-)

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Want to slash your phone bill? Go to jail. Go directly to jail

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@AC - Re: Imprisonment for profit!

"The privatization of prisons can be traced to the contracting out of confinement and care of prisoners after the American Revolution."

"In the modern era, the United Kingdom was the first country in all of Europe to use prisons run by the private sector"

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Imprisonment for profit!

1) Privatise the prisons so companies like G4S get paid by the number of people in their institutions

2) Make it much more difficult for people to get legal aid by slashing the budget

3) Privatise the Courts system so the people running it are the same ones running the prisons

4) Profit!!!

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@Charles Manning

> I don't care what happens to people who choose to impose prison on themselves....

"With less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world – largely due to the war on drugs. Misguided drug laws and draconian sentencing requirements have produced profoundly unequal outcomes for communities of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial and ethnic lines, blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be criminalized for drug law violations than whites."

http://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/drug-war-mass-incarceration-and-race

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

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@Bc1609 - Re: While the DB10 does look awfully impressive

And that lovely comeback from M when she comments that the DB5 isn't very comfortable:

Bond: "Are you going to complain the whole way?" (Flips up top of gear stick to reveal red button)

M: "Oh go on then, eject me, see if I care."

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Hackers pop grease monkeys' laptops to disable Audi airbags

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Yes, but...

... when is someone going to come up with an exploit that makes the indicators on BMWs work?

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Henry had the feeling he might be under surveillance...

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Now I sing a Helen Reddy song...

(With apologies to Scott Adams!)

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Experts ponder improbable size of Cleopatra's asp

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I preferred...

... this examination of the historical facts (which is probably about as accurate as Plutarch's version...)

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UK/China cyber security deal: National security attacks still OK, it seems

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Re: Trust?

China: "Oh, didn't you notice we had our fingers crossed? No? Too bad! Nar nar ne-nar nar!"

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