* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Feds slap Rentboy.com boss with further charges

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@AC - Prostitution is not illegal in the UK

Well, not yet...

The Government are currently "Consulting" on Prostitution with the Terms of Reference which say:

"The Home Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into the way prostitution is treated in legislation. In particular, the inquiry will assess whether the balance in the burden of criminality should shift to those who pay for sex rather than those who sell it."

Note that last couple of lines. There is no "burden of criminality" simply for being a prostitute, just some stupid laws about a brothel involving more than one woman at an address or someone employed as security being counted as a pimp, but somehow this consultation is assuming (or implying) that there is or soon will be one...

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Hmm...

There are innumerable other escort sites out there, all of which operate similar business models and all of which are easy to find with the most basic of searches, so *why* was this one singled out?

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There's no guidance for Scottish police use of UK facial recog database

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"their current unregulated activities...

"...would be more compliant than that of their southern colleagues."

Hmm, it seems that these particular Custodes are Custodieting* themselves very well and acting in a sensible and responsible manner.

Obviously, therefore, they need "proper oversight" to ensure that they keep doing this stop wasting a valuable resource in the fight against [Terrorists | Drug Dealers | Paedophiles]**

* Yes, so what...? ;-)

** Delete as appropriate for whatever press release is being issued.

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UK.gov plans to unveil a new Digital Bill

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The intention is to create a catch-all bill for measures such as...

... well, anything we like, basically, because it will probably all be done through Statutory Instruments which let us change the laws as we see fit without needing to tell anyone about the changes until they're done...

FTFY

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Brit censors endure 10-hour Paint Drying movie epic

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@Lamont Cranston - Re: Yes, clearly the BBFC fees are prohibitively expensive.

Way to totally miss the point.

There are people out there who want to produce films for niche markets, often in the adult fetish genres, but the cost of getting BBFC classification is so expensive and the market sufficiently small that it would be impossible to make a profit on these films.

Consequently you get the ridiculous situation of these films being available everywhere, *except* in the UK because of the "protection racket" that says "either you get BBFC classification or we prosecute you for selling uncertificated material".

But don't worry, they're thinking of the children by protecting them from buying this filth...

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Re: Spoiler Alert

Oh great! Ruin the suspense for us all, won't you?

What on earth is the point of watching it now...???

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Re: Brilliant

I hope there's a Directors Commentary to go with it, just in case we miss a clever in-joke or homage.

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

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Re: @Lysenko - So are they breaking the law or not?

> What you can't do is act to consciously diminish shareholder value in the pursuit of some other objective. Not without explicit shareholder approval anyway.

[Citation Needed]

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@Lysenko - Re: So are they breaking the law or not?

> Google is a publicly traded company and it *needs* to maximise profits (and therefore minimise taxes)

Corporations Don’t Have to Maximize Profits

There Is No Effective Fiduciary Duty to Maximize Profits

The nearest I can find to anything that backs up your claim is corporate directors are bound by "fiduciary duties and standards" which include "acting to promote the value of the corporation for the benefit of its stockholders." but that only says to "promote the value", not "maximise profits".

If you wanted to take the "maximise profits" to its extreme, then companies would be lobbying to be allowed to use slave labour because that's cheapest...

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Re: So are they breaking the law or not?

> *That* is what Google is doing, exploiting the permanent establishment rules put into the law to *aid small companies*.

Because Google is such a small company that they *need* to use those rules since they can't afford to operate without them...

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Re: @codejunky - So are they breaking the law or not?

> I do the insult indirect to Murphy and Sikka. Up above Andrew has gone for the insult direct: "innumerati".

Which others have already addressed.

> And you want to shout at me about it?

No, I want you to argue in a way that does credit to your points, rather than sneering like a teenager because you think that makes your arguments better.

You could also look up Ad Hominem Tu Quoque

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@Martin Summers

You fail to comprehend the scale of what is going on.

This isn't just a matter of a few thousand quid here or there, it is money running into the millions and billions. At what point do you say "hmm, actually I think having enough money to buy a small country, is sufficient..."?

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Re: Seriously what did you expect, you voted them in

I suggest, AC, that you go back and look at the last lot of election results, because you'll see that the majority of us *DID NOT* vote for them, they got about 37% of the votes which was actually only 24% of the electorate.

The fact is that the Tories only got around 600,000 more votes than they did previously, but because of our broken electoral system, that was somehow parlayed into a "majority".

Until that gets fixed, we're going to keep getting Buggins' Turn governments with no actual change happening.

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@codejunky - Re: So are they breaking the law or not?

> Reading Tim Worstall on this topic is very interesting-

Reading Tim Worstall in Forbes is just like reading him in El Reg. If his arguments are so clever and cogent, why does he have to continually resort to ad hominem sneers?

Take his conclusion: "who would you rather get your public policy from? A politician, an accounting professor and a suburban accountant turned one fifth of a professor? Or an actual world expert on the economics of tax systems?" He's using blatant NLP techniques and dodgy debating tactics (eg Poisoning the Well ) to denigrate those he disagrees with and influence the reader into accepting his viewpoint, but if his points and conclusions were as valid as he believes, such behaviour simply wouldn't be necessary.

He also claims that what Google et al are doing is "making us all richer", well, I'm sure it's making people like *him* richer, because they're the ones who can afford to own and trade shares in such big companies, but for the rest of us "little people", we're the ones who are seeing the money flow ever upwards and precious little of it tricking back downwards.

Still, that's not his (or Google's) problem, is it?

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Ban internet anonymity – says US Homeland Security official

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Re: After...

> ...you

"Everyone?"

"Yes. Well, everyone but *us*, of course..."

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How to build a starship - and why we should start thinking about it now

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Re: Coms

> we need a probe that can last at least 36 years of interstellar travel. Be able to travel at 10% of the speed of light (avoiding any debris along the way...)

I wonder just how feasible (and how protective) the Ice Shield which Arthur C Clarke used in The Songs of Distant Earth would be at these speeds.

Anyone know?

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UK Home Sec wants Minority Report-style policing – using your slurped data

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Meanwhile... "Hampshire police want ‘geeks’ to volunteer for cyber crime fight "

From my local newspaper:

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A TEAM of online experts will be recruited in Hampshire in a scheme designed to crack down on the menace of cyber crime.

Home secretary Theresa May was at the Forensic Innovation Centre in Portsmouth, which is at the forefront of the fight against digital crime, as the pilot was launched.

* * * * *

Of course note that important word "volunteer", because obviously they can't afford to *pay* people to do this...

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In this Facebook and Google-owned world, it's time to rethink privacy

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@allthecoolshortnamesweretaken

Alternatively:

WARN - THERE IS ANOTHER SYSTEM

Google to Skynet: 2x1=2 3x1=3 4x1=4...

Skynet to Google: ... 2x1=2 3x1=3 4x1=4...

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Come on kids, let's go play in the abandoned nuclear power station

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Mysterious goings on at the abandoned nuclear power station

Take a long hard look at Mr Boggins the old Caretaker and see if he owns a spooky mask...

(Mine's the one with the "Meddling Kids" badge)

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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

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Perhaps you can get it from the Met Office?

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Universal Credit: The IT project that will outlive us all

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Meanwhile...

... the Government are claiming that unemployment rates are falling, but FOI requests reveal that much of that is due to people's benefits being sanctioned which means that they're not classed as "unemployed and claiming benfits", even though they're not getting jobs:

http://www.ox.ac.uk/news/2015-01-21-sanctions-linked-drop-unemployment-benefit-few-return-work

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Sight for sore eyes: Dropbox lands on Win 10 with iris recognition

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The Accused, M'lud...

... did deliberately and wilfully close his eyes and refuse to look into the camera when instructed to do so, thus denying us access to his files...

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@The Original Steve

> One of the few things Microsoft don't slurp by default

... Yet...

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'No safe level' booze guidelines? Nonsense, thunder stats profs

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"guidelines don’t accurately reflect the numbers"

Well *there's* a surprise, boys and girls!

Don't forget, this is the government which has just passed a monumentally stupid and represesive law to ban legal highs (excluding, of course, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco) despite the fact that two of those three have been responsible for more deaths and suffering and long-term illnesses than everything else put together.

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Peru scrambles vulture squadron in war against trash

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All that...

... and not a mention of Dastardly and Muttley in their Flying Machines?

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Pentagon fastens lasers to military drones to zap missiles out of the skies

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" If there's <s>a way to shoot these things</s> pork to be had...

"...and empires that can be built, then the military (aided by Boeing, Northrop Grumman, and other contractors) will find it."

FTFY.

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Space podule outfit inks Arizona launch deal

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@Lester Haines - Re: "size of a football stadium"?

It wasn't difficult...

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"size of a football stadium"?

Come on, El Reg, that's supposed to be 231539821.9338 Bulgarian Funbags or 158.3927 Olympic sized swimming pools...!

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Privacy warriors plead with FCC to wield sword of net neutrality against snooping ISPs

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Well, yes we could...

... but there's all these commercial interests paying us lobbying us to let them snoop on everything you do monitor activities anonymously, because that information can be sold on can be used to improve their services...

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Boffins: There's a ninth planet out there – now we just need to find it

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Re: Nibiru...

ITYM "Rupert"

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DARPA commits to brain-computer interface development project

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Excuse me...

... whilst I jack in to my Ono Sendai Cyberspace 7

(Mine's the one with the Mirrorshades in the pocket)

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Florida cuffee surprised by pills in vagina

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Obviously...

... she fell over when she was doing the cleaning in the nude...

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It's 2016 and idiots still use '123456' as their password

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Obligatory...

Remind me to change the combination on my luggage!

(Mines the one with the Dark Helmet...)

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Spare a reserved cloud instance, gov? Microsoft's $1bn, 70k charity sales pitch

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No comment...

... on the article, I just wanted to say that, for once, I actually liked the Header Image :-)

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Cat vids return to Pakistan as YouTube turns on censor-matic

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And can continue to marry 16 year-old girls

What? You mean like can happen in the UK? Damn those extremists...!

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European human rights court rules mass surveillance illegal

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@Lysenko - Re: ...scrap the Human Rights Act (thereby withdrawing from that treaty)...

> If the HRA is repealed by the proposed "Bill of Rights" there may be no change at all. It depends on exactly what the BoR says.

You can guarantee that any UK BoR that Call me David and Treasonous May have any influence on will be loaded with Weasel Phrases that basically say "You have all these Rights, apart from any time we say you don't..."

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Trump's new thought bubble: Make Apple manufacture in the USA

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Re: @AC - Here goes

To quote an idea I saw elsewhere:

How about, instead of spending all that money on Big Boys Toys ie Trident, simply so we can claim that "Look, we have nukes too", we use it for education and social services and nurses and paying decent state pensions etc and then, every year, we have a "Trident in Need" telethon where everyone who thinks we need Trident can chip in a few quid to support them instead...

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@AC - Re: Here goes

And Call Me David makes so much more sense calling for bans on encryption and Gideon flogging off the family silver (and then furniture) to make his mates richer and Treasonous May wanting to consider us all potential terrorists...

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Snowden bag-carrier Miranda's detention was lawful – UK appeal court

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"the publication of material can amount to an act of terrorism...

"...as defined by MiniTrue and NewSpeak".

FTFY

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Adblock Plus blocked from attending ad industry talkfest

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Foot...

... Gun...

... BANG!

Dear Advertisers, YOU are the problem, not ad blockers. YOU are the ones who are annoying people off to such an extent that they want to use adblockers.

You have got so wrapped up in the idea that getting your content in front of peoples' eyeballs is the most important idea that you can't see that people are fed up with their eyeballs bleeding as a result of all this crap!

Try stepping back and taking a deep breath and considering *why* people are blocking your content and think that, just perhaps, there's a better way of doing things.

Or you can sit in your smug little echo chamber and ignore anyone who points out anything that conflicts with your idea that "Well, advertising's good, isn't it, so more advertising's got to be even better, hasn't it...?"

Thank you.

Signed

Everyone you've pissed off.

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US publishes guide to hardening your arteries, security-wise, that is

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Security, security, security...

... is what should be at the *top* of the Design Specs, yet we constantly see with stories like this and the IoT etc that either nobody thinks about it, nobody considers it necessary or, even worse, that it's just too expensive or too much hassle to worry about whilst rushing to get a product to the market first.

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Twitter goes titsup

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Umm...

... so did anyone here notice?

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Robots. Machine learnin', 3D-printin' AI robots: They'll take our jobs – Davos

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@BoldMan

> I believe its called consultancy...

You are correct.

That will be £5000, please.

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Re: DAVOS

Just beat me to it...!

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KeysForge will give you printable key blueprints using a photo of a lock

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@Sampler

But did you tell them you'd done it...? ;-)

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Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price

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Free Basics? Sounds more like Free Basing...

... once they've got you hooked, you're stuck with them.

As always, when someone tells you it's 'free', the first question you need to ask is "What is this *actually* going to cost me?"

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What do we do about a problem like Uber? Tom Slee speaks his brains

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Re: Political soapbox much?

And let's not forget this gem...

> It’s an acute problem for progressives and the Left when you want to ban or regulate something, and yet you can’t show "harm" to justify it.

Sure, because the Right have *never* decided that they wanted to ban or regulate something yet have been unable to show "harm" to justify it...

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NASA books space shuttle delivery truck

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Re: Contract Out, Screw the Workforce

Remember Alan Shepard's comment:

"It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract."

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Bloke sues dad who shot down his drone – and why it may decide who owns the skies

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Re: @h4rm0ny - What is the sky?

I think what's really clear is that *both* of them are playing PR games.

Your take was "Way I read it, the drone owner is self-entitled, aggressive and thinks it's fine to hover over people's fenced in gardens filming them or their family members and I'm on Meredith's side on this", but you (and your upvoters) didn't seem to have done any looking to see if there *was* an "on the other hand" version which may contradict it, hence the downvote.

As for the gun stuff, personally I don't live in a country where there are people who think that "go for your gun" is the apparent default method of resolving an issue. (If Meredith was so concerned about the drone, why didn't *he* call the Police...?)

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Apple buys mood sniffer AI firm Emotient. Stop rolling your eyes at me, user

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Happiness is mandatory, citizen...

... Failure to be happy is treasonous and can be punished by termination.

- Your friend, The Computer.

(Mine's the Red Security Clearance one)

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