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* Posts by Graham Marsden

5013 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Watch out, Yahoo! EFF looses BADGER on sites that ignore Do Not Track

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@ h4rm0ny Re: GOOD.

"opppose"?

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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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WTF?

"A teardown report on Google Glass"

Oh come on! Are you seriously telling me that they sold these things without making people sign a licence agreement (probably in blood) that they wouldn't try to take the things apart or examine them or attempt to decompile the code or do *anything* that the Chocolate Factory wouldn't approve of...?!

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Twitter's got a new UK public policy wonk... 'You are the product' Big Brother Watch bloke!

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Re: BBW advisory council

You may think you're joking, but after the Dangerous Pictures Act and the Dangerous Drawings Act, they're now after anything that *looks* as if it might be rape (even if consensual or a staged picture) because that's *really* going to help protect women...

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Voters pick luminous tech spacesuit as NASA's off-world fashion statement

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Yeah but...

... needs a glowing Frisbee on the back...

--- End of Line ---

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Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

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@Uncle Ron - Re: Targeted Advertising?

So because (you think) *you*have nothing to hide, we should all be ok with it?

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eBay cops $3 BILLION tax bill after moving its profits back onshore

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@Roger Stenning - Re: Wot, no comments...

> I'd have thought congratulations were in order for a large multinational corp actually contributing to society for a change by paying tax

So that's *some* of the money they should have paid in tax.

What about the rest?

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And! For! Yahoo!'s next! trick! ... Making! two! new! TV! comedies!

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@Irongut - Re: I should stay in more.

> I'm not saying it was actually funny but you should have heard of it.

You're right, on both counts!

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Cuffing darknet-dwelling cyberscum is tricky. We'll 'disrupt' crims instead, warns top cop

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"Disrupting" cyber criminals...

... and of course that will in no way impinge on the activities of the rest of us who are (at the moment) legally and lawfully using the interwebs, will it, boys and girls...

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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@JDX

> this rather scuppers the typical comments every time self-driving cars come up in the news "sure it can handle a boring empty road but what about city driving".

Sure, nice, reasonably ordered US cities.

Now try checking out some of the video clips of driving in Russia or, even better, what about this traffic in India. How do you think it will cope with that?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLUm3Q-7iZA

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@Buzzword - Re: Congestion

If only someone could come up with some sort of vehicle which you hire or get access to for a fee for a short period during the day which would have someone else doing the driving and which would transport you to your place of work and then go off and provide the same service to another person so it didn't need to be parked in the city all day doing nothing useful...

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UK bank heist-by-KVM gang sent down for 24 years after nicking £1.2m

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@diodesign Re: 24 Years - Nah!

Well if Terry 6 hadn't posted it, I was about to.

It's a meaningless piece of Tabloid-esque BS and whilst the Daily Fail might be happy to engage in such things because it allows middle-englanders to think "Hah! Justice has been done!" we might at least hope for an attempt at accurate reporting from El Reg.

Or if not, perhaps we could at least introduce an El Reg Standard Unit of Time since there doesn't seem to be one.

I'd suggest the basic unit to be the "pub lunch" (or, say, two hours), then there could be the "Eich" for longer durations (ie a period of ten days) and followed by the "Fiorina" or six years.

As such, the whole gang was convicted with sentences amounting to four Fiorinas...

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Spy back doors? That would be suicide, says Huawei

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"If it were ever proven, we would lose 65 per cent of our business overnight."

I wonder how they came up with that figure...?

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So far, so SOPA: Web campaigners to protest world's biggest ever free trade deal

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"the US still believes it can complete an agreement by the end of 2014."

No doubt by using subtle methods of persuasion, for instance suggesting that trade with the other countries might suffer if they didn't sign up...

"Nice trade balance you have there, squire. Be a shame if anything happened to it, know what I mean?"

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Beijing's anti-smut crackdown catches 'Chinese Twitter' Weibo red-handed

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The sound you hear...

... is David Cameron taking notes for the run-up to the next election...

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Apple patent pokes at holographic iPhone screen

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WTF?

@M Gale

The voice of experience??

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Facebook: Need help click-farming? Check out our NEWSWIRE

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Oh great...

... even more churnalism...

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FCC: We're GUTTED people think we'd gut net neutrality

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"Just what constitutes commercially unreasonable behavior...

"...will be decided on a campaign contribution by campaign contribution basis"

FTFY

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Boffins claim machines now beat humans at face-matching

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And soon...

... large sunglasses and face masks and baseball caps will become illegal because they might be used by terrorists to hide their identity...

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RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway

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Re: A Very Strong Stink of Corruption

'"commercially reasonable" terms'

Those "commercially reasonable" terms being determined by the size of the political contributions made to appropriate people...

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Space station astronauts pop outside to replace crippled computer

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@MacroRodent - Re: It looks suspiciously like an AE-35 unit

> I have always wondered why the AE35 had to be in a location reachable only by a spacewalk,

JOOI, in "The Lost Worlds of 2001" one of the proposed plot-lines which wasn't used was that HAL tries to kill all the Discovery's crew by opening both inner and outer airlock doors simultaneously.

The hibernating astronauts are killed, but Bowman manages to get to an emergency on-board survival shelter with its own independent oxygen supply.

Having them need to do a spacewalk instead was more dramatic and allowed Kubrick and Clarke to set-up the situation where Frank Poole repeats the spacewalk and is then killed by the Pod.

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Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

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"leaked from China...

"...and presumably were shot by a component supplier"

Or leaked by Apple themselves to get some pre-launch publicity buzz...

(Pardon my cynicism)

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Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance

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"Russia has no mass telephone and internet surveillance programs...

"....to compare with those in the United States."

Said Putin, who then muttered under his breath: "More's the pity".

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US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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How dare you...

... jeopardise our profits!

That's Un-American, you know...!

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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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Re: Amazingly

> make, in theory at least, the world's finest golf driver.

Which still won't stop you slicing it into the rough...

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A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

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@Alan Brown Re: useless

> Not if they're Ryanair, because they'll be hiding in their office, refusing to come out and face passengers

Ah, but that's because you didn't pay the £50 extra charge for actually being able to *talk* to someone...

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EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database

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"the facial recognition system...

"... is intended to be used only as an investigative lead and will be restricted to use by authorized law enforcement agencies"

And we all believe them, don't we, boys and girls?

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Feds indict nine for making millions from Zeus malware

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Re: Don't Jail Them, Burn them at the Stake while video'd online!!

I didn't realise El Reg and the Daily Heil were sharing comments pages now...

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Microsoft TIER SMEAR changes app prices whether devs ask or not

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So, once again...

... in the online world, the Dollar and Sterling have achieved parity...

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

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@VinceH

Just as long as the inhabitants don't have to wear flared trousers...

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Who wants a ROBO-BUTLER? Google and pals do – and they've just put $2m towards it

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I hope they come with programable voices...

Just think what fun you could have...

"OK, Robot, get me a cup of coffee"

"By your command."

Or:

"Share and enjoy!"

Or:

"I'll be back..."

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Ancient Earth asteroid strike that dwarfed dinosaur killer still felt today

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Project Spaceguard...

http://www.spaceguarduk.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaceguard

Named after the fictional organisation created by Arthur C Clarke in Rendezvous with Rama.

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Gov cheerleader Sajid Javid gets nod from PM to park in Miller's spot

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@AC - "Voted very strongly for..."

Go to http://www.theyworkforyou.com and you can see an MPs voting record on a whole range of issues.

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@ Baron Ebaneezer Wanktrollop III

Well, as the caption on the picture says: "Tory MP Sajid Javid, pictured far right"...

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TripAdvisor for the disabled: Euan's Guide quietly launches

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What a great idea!

Hopefully it will also encourage more venues to actually *think* about what provision they make for the disabled rather than just a token "well, we've got a couple of ramps and we'll talk slowly if you're deaf"...

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Electronic kit low on juice? SPIT ON IT

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Re: Hmmm...

Nah, it ain't worth spit!

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

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Re: Good boy, now fetch....

"any extent which could reasonably be regarded as significant"

If they are looking at *anyone's* e-mails or phone communications or whatever for *ANY* other reason other than legally approved and justified surveillance of individuals who may be a threat to the security of this country and the safety of its people then that is BLOODY SIGNIFICANT!

So don't pat us on the head and say "don't you worry your little selves about it" and expect us to say "oh, well that's alright then" because we are not going to believe you!

GCHQ are colluding with the NSA in a massive dragnet fishing expedition, trawling through anything and everything they can get their hands on, whether it's justified or not.

Until that is changed, our rights and liberties are being wilfully infriged.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Re: "UKIP are the only real option in the next elections"?? UKidding?

UKIP are only an option if you want a party that's even further to the Right than Thatcher!

And they have lots of gradiose plans, but no idea how to implement them (or even how much they will cost) for instance they want to massively increase defence spending whilst, at the same time, introducing a Flat Tax that will save money for those who fall below its level and those who earn large amounts whilst leaveing those in the middle stuck with the bill.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/special-report-what-voters-should-know-about-ukip-8517997.html

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Video games make you NASTY AND VIOLENT

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@AC = Re: I think people here are missing the point

> I came across one of the research papers cited in the justification for the UK's "extreme porn" legislation. [...] it looked like exactly the same phenomenon - annoy people (in that case by showing them things they find offensive) and they tend to get violent.

Was this Malamuth and Donnerstein 1982?

See the bottom of this page: http://libertus.net/censor/rdocs/xrhoax7.html

""anything that increases the heart rate or skin temperature may create this 'aggression' response; in Edward Donnerstein's words: 'And yes, there are studies where males bicycle ride and then are more aggressive when they are angered.'" (Carol, 1994, p.63). "

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Hmm, I want to try an experiment...

... I'll take the researchers and slap them around the head a few times before they start their study and see how if affects their results...

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The gift of Grace: COBOL's odyssey from Vietnam to the Square Mile

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Or Business Oriented Language

On Computers, Keyboards and Screens as we used to refer to it...

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

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@The BigYin - Re: What has the EU been smoking?

VAT is regressive because everyone gets taxed at the same rate, but the poorest have to pay a bigger proportion of their income and are thus left with less left over.

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Bendy or barmy: Why your next TV will be curved

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If you sit too close to the screen...

... you'll get square eyes!

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Vint Cerf wanted to make internet secure from the start, but secrecy prevented it

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"Snowden's revelations...

"...about NSA spying tactics are assisting authoritarian government..."

... which isn't ours.

FTFY.

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The Great Hash Bakeoff: Infosec bods cook up next-gen crypto

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@John Smith 19 - Re: Storing unencryped passwords or unsalted passwords

a) Too many people

and

b) Because they're too lazy or stupid to do anything about it.

And you forgot:

c) WHY are there *still* sites out there which, when you sign up, send your password to you in PLAIN TEXT???

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Apple execs: 'Consumers want what we don't have'

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@Mitoo Bobsworth - Re: The problem with Thermonuclear war..

Yeah, but at least you don't have lawyers getting rich off it...

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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

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Re: I read this as...

Personally I think the Judge should give them both a good slap upside their heads and send them to bed without any supper!

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Five-year-old discovers Xbox password bug, hacks dad's Live account

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"Kristoffer received...

"...four games for free from Microsoft in recompense, along with a year's Xbox Live subscription and $50 (about 30 quid)"

Wow, their generosity is underwhelming...

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NASA's LADEE: A Great Gig in the Sky, now on a death dive to the Dark Side of the Moon

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Dear Clangers...

... DUCK!

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Mechanical monster macropod LEAPS out of the lab

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Strewth...

... mate!

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Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

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Re: Signature Required for Delivery

"Shoot, a fella' could have a pretty good weekend in Vegas with all that stuff" - Major T. J. "King" Kong

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