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* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

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But...

... does he have an assistant called Cyclone Boy?

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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The first I knew about it...

... was when I read this document that I got this document forwarded to me:

http://www.care-data.info/

I thought I'd done enough by opting out of the Summary Care Record and similar nonsense, but this is something completely different and I'd urge everyone to opt out ASAP because this data doesn't even make an attempt at the fig leaf of being "anonymised" and you'll be giving your information to Cameron's Cronies in perpetuity for them to use in any commercial way they want!

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OK, Mr. President, those cybersecurity guidelines you ordered are HERE

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@skelband - Do the guidelines mention how to protect yourself from the NSA?

Yes, but they were written by the NSA...

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

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@Fibbles - Re: WTF is "tiles"?

Perhaps you should re-organise your bookmarks a bit more coherently, then?

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Re: WTF is "tiles"?

They're what disappear if you open a new tab and click on the faint grey 3 x 3 block in the top right hand corner so you never see them again...

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FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

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@Rule of Thumb - Re: Sounds a bit desperate?

"I'll bet their money would be better spent exchanging laser pointers for $10 McDonald's coupons."

Great, so they'll buy a cheap laser pointer for a buck or two and swap it for a coupon that's worth five times the value and then buy another pointer...

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No problem...

... a few drones, a Hellfire missile or two with "home on laser" capability...

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Credit card of PayPal PRESIDENT cloned by UK crooks

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And of course...

... in the case of all those '"tons" of fraudulent transactions', the card issuer immediately snatched the money back from the retailers and gave it back to him before actually *checking* with the retailer to see if they were fraudulent in the first place...

... Oh, no, hang on, that's what PayPal does, isn't it?

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

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Meanwhile...

"Flappy Bird scammers pounce on unsuspecting users

"Scam artists seeking to capitalise on the demise of popular mobile game Flappy Bird have released harmful clones.

"Apps that appeared to be identical to the original have been designed to trick users into sending premium rate text messages."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26136781

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NYPD dons Google tech specs: Part man. Part machine. All Glasshole

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@Sir Runcible Spoon - Re: Coming soon, privacy masks

Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

60AA Powers to require removal of disguises

(1)Where—

(a)an authorisation under section 60 is for the time being in force in relation to any locality for any period, or

(b)an authorisation under subsection (3) that the powers conferred by subsection (2) shall be exercisable at any place in a locality is in force for any period,

those powers shall be exercisable at any place in that locality at any time in that period.

(2)This subsection confers power on any constable in uniform—

(a)to require any person to remove any item which the constable reasonably believes that person is wearing wholly or mainly for the purpose of concealing his identity;

(b)to seize any item which the constable reasonably believes any person intends to wear wholly or mainly for that purpose.

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Re: Coming soon, privacy masks

Coming soon: Laws to prohibit you from disguising or concealing your face...

... oh, hang on, they're already here...

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Mozilla takes a page from Google with sync-friendly Firefox Accounts

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"Mozilla's browser moves closer to offering...

"...what Google has delivered with Chrome for years."

What, offering all your data to them so they can target adverts at you...?

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Renault unveils mini-SUV equipped with a QUADCOPTER DRONE

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What a great idea...

... nothing can go wrong... go wrong... go wrong...

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California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate

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But who has control...?

This is a great idea *in principle*, but it also has the potential to be abused as a tool of repression.

Already we've seen totalitarian regimes shutting down phone service in areas where people are protesting (or even sending messages saying "you're in a protest, we know who you are!") so now imagine that they can remotely brick any phones they want.

The only safe (for us) way for this to work is that the "brick" code is owned and stored by the customer, not by the phone company so I can call them and say "My phone has been stolen, the brick code is 'Correct Horse Battery Staple', please shut it down."

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15,000 London coppers to receive new crime-fighting tool: an iPad

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Re: look what happened when they got smartphones

The "Downing Street police porn arrests" story mentions the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (sec 63-67) which is the "Extreme Pornography" section.

It will be interesting to see what (if anything!) is done if they are shown to have possessed extreme porn...

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Jean Michel Jarre: Je voudrais un MUSIC TAX sur VOTRE MOBE

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@Sandtitz - Re: Can I get a refund...

I find it ironic that you claim I am using a Straw Man argument by using a Straw Man argument!

(Hint - You don't need a driving licence to buy a car...)

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Can I get a refund...

... for all these vinyl albums and cassette tapes I have here and which I can't play any more?

(Ok, yes, I can get technology to digitise them but why should I have to pay for that to be able to use them in a different format when I've already paid for them once?)

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Hate keeping your systems updated and secure? So does Uncle Sam

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"report has cast doubt on the ability...

"...of many of the US's largest government agencies to properly secure and maintain their systems"

*cough* Gary McKinnon *cough*

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Virgin Media's flaky broadband network turns Bolton off

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"When calling tech support they do not acknowledge an issue...

"... usually claiming the fault is with [the] customer-owned router."

This seems to be Virgin "Support's" default position and they'll try to get you to book a technician to come round in a couple of days and tell you that, no, it's a fault with their BB Network...

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Nudge Unit flies into Nesta's arms: Is the hype justified?

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"why politicians often appear to think we're stupid"

No, it's because they *know* that the majority of people are either too lazy to actually *do* something about the crap that our lords and masters come up with or are so cynical about the whole political process that they realise that it really doesn't matter what we try and do, the politicians are going to do it anyway in their usual "completely divorced from the real world" manner.

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Oi, Android devs! Facebook wants your apps to be more secure

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@Mike Green - Re: Security? How about letting US have a choice...

"One of the more useful applications of QR codes is the ability to store contact info."

Ok, fair enough, that was an application I'd not considered.

But why can't (or isn't) such a thing be done on a case-by-case basis: "This application needs your permission to write to your Contacts - Allow/ Disallow/ Allow Permanently"?

I'd be happier with a system like that rather than one that demands over-arching permissions as a condition for installation.

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Security? How about letting US have a choice...

I just tried to download a QR reader for my Moto-G. For some reason it said it needed access to my Contacts list!

WHY FFS???

Until *WE* get the choice of what data and personal information gets passed to Apps and the ability to say "You can have X and Y, but not Z" then there is *NO* real security.

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Need some college cash? Google offers $80K for students' doodles

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"The competition is limited to students in the US"

Great.

Meanwhile that prize could create a whole bloody *school* in some parts of the world...

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Google views, reviews YouTube viewers' views with view to killing off spam shams

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@Christoph

FAKE!

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Google will dodge EU MONSTER FINES by 'promoting' rival search services

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To the pedantic hair-splitters:

"In the UK a firm is said to have monopoly power if it has more than 25% of the market share. For example, Tesco @30% market share or Google 90% of search engine traffic."

http://www.economicshelp.org/microessays/markets/monopoly/

http://www.blacksacademy.net/content/3328.html

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Google bit barge ordered to set sail for safe waters

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If only...

... there was some sort of resource where they could look up this sort of information...

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Devs: We'll bury Candy Crush King under HEAPS of candy apps

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What about...

... iCandy?

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Nominet goes titsup after update to WHOIS tool

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"Chagrin"

"Annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated."

Why were the customers annoyed or distressed? It wasn't them who had failed or been humiliated.

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Boffins demo re-usable paper and waterjet printers

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"Most of what gets spat out of office printers is...

"...glanced at once (if at all) at the start of a boring meeting and then ignored until it's consigned to the recycling."

FTFY.

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Hello Moto: Lenovo grabs Motorola biz for $3bn. But Google's KEEPING the patents

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@Vociferous - Re: Hmmm... Should probably order that Moto G I've been thinking about.

It's worth it, I've recently got one and it's a very good budget smart phone.

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

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What a wonderfully smug attitude.

... whose? I'll leave you to answer that for yourself...

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Prince sues 22 music file-sharers for ONE MEEELLION dollars each

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To quote from "I'm Sorry, I Haven't a Clue"...

The artist formerly known as Prince

On stage would posture and mince.

Then for a giggle

He changed his name to a squiggle

And hasn't been heard from since!

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Google patents ROBO-TAXIS to ferry punters into advertiser's shops, restaurants, etc for free

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Ok, cab, take me to X shop...

... Oh you don't want to go there, Y shop is paying us more to get you to go there instead...

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Tunguska object came from Mars say Russian boffins

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And slowly, and surely drew their plans against us...

"...What do you mean you mixed up tifanary measurements and qatotery measurements...?"

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Google bus protests are Kristallnacht against the rich – tech VC legend

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@AC - Re: Class War UK

"In the UK politics is the new Class war with the Labour Party Demonising anyone who is successful."

Thank you for those words from the Tory Party spokesman who went on to demonise anyone who is unemployed by implicitly characterising them as not "Hard Working" and not "Honest" and suggesting that anyone on benefits is a workshy scrounger and parasite...

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Fancy a little kinky sex? GCHQ+NSA will know - thanks to ANGRY BIRDS

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So, of course...

... we're going to get full control over what data the Apps we install actually gets access to, aren't we?

"Our pissy little game needs access to your e-mail, your location, your contacts list, your photographs, your fingerprints, your blood group..."

"No, FUCK OFF!"

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Spam drops as legit biz dumps mass email ads: Only the dodgy remain

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@Stuart Castle - Re: Mass e-mail != Spam

"The problem there is that, in my experience, people do not read what they are signing"

Actually you make a good point there.

Whilst making an edit to my site, I once accidentally broke the link to the Terms and Conditions page from the checkout and it stayed that way for a couple of months.

Yet *everybody* when they ordered, ticked the box saying "I have read the Terms and Conditions" even though it was physically imposible for them to have done so...!

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Mass e-mail != Spam

As part of my business, I have an e-mail list.

This is 100% *OPT IN*,you either have to click the box at the checkout on my website or put your e-mail address in the "sign up" list or physically write it down on a piece of paper if you buy something from the stall I run at a market once a month.

*NOBODY* gets anything from me if they haven't asked for it.

So *WHY* do I see e-mail unsubscribes where someone has ticked the box "Spammy content"? FFS, the instructions to opt out are in the e-mail. You can click on a link and unsubscribe. You can visit our website and unsubscribe, hells teeth, you can phone up our office and unsubscribe, but only *after* you opted in in the first place!

So don't accuse me of spamming you when you asked me to send you e-mails!

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Prof Stephen Hawking: 'There are NO black holes' – they're GREY!

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Re: So ...

Fortunately...!

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: Hold on...

And, of course, there's a difference between someone *saying* they would pay more and actually *paying* more.

If the surveyors had then said "Ok, stick your hand in your pocket right now and pay", how many people would have said "Sure!" and how many would have said "Err, well..."?

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Re: In reality ..

"I could happily live with BBC4 only."

Except that, with a subscription model, BBC4 would probably be first against the wall. "Too niche, too boring, nobody wants to watch a documentary about XYZ, we'll never sell it to other broadcasters, no, get rid of it and let's have more Britain's Got Big Brother Coming Dancing Strictly Through a Hole in a Wall on Ice..."

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Handsome young autopilot reports for spaceplane duty

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But...

... surely this autopilot isn't inflatable?

No, and don't call me Shirley!

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Candy Crush dev stuffs EU 'candy' trademark down gob

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Can I trademark...

... iCandy?

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

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@Andrew Orlowski

"where there are two, consumers can and will switch"

Riiiiiight.

That's why everyone is now on the best energy tariff and with the best bank current account and buys petrol from the cheapest garage around and has the most sensible mobile phone tariff and why you never see online businesses saying "here are our new terms and conditions, agree to them or close your account" and people sticking with them because they can't be bothered to switch or don't realise there's a better option or think (often quiet rightly) that the other options are equally as bad...

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Huawei dismisses NSA backdoor claims as profits soar

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"For the last time, we're NOT a security risk"...

Well, they would say that...

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Boeing bent over for new probe as 787 batteries vent fluid, start to MELT

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"Everyone remembers what happened to the Comet..."

Yes, they do, and other aircraft manufacturers have privately admitted that, had the Comet not suffered the problems it did, those problems would most likely have occurred in their aircraft.

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Boffins find ALIEN WORLD orbiting the Sun's LONG LOST TWIN

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Long Lost Twin...

... so is that Telos or Mondas...?

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You came for the free tools, stayed with your credit card – Amazon's new cloud brainwave

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" You can cancel your evaluation at any time"

"We're just hoping you forget so we can keep charging you month after month" they added sotto voce...

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Hosting outfit goes PERMANENTLY TITSUP after 'lifetime' plans kill biz

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"It's not remotely possible...

"...to provide any product "for life" that has recurring costs associated with it."

See icon for details...

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Time to...

... put some Iron Maiden on to play...

Two minutes to Midnight!

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