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* Posts by Graham Marsden

4913 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Oppressed snappers focus on police in London and Chatham

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Another one for...

... the "Lunatics have taken over the Asylum" files:

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A MAN who took photos of illegally-parked cars claims he was stopped and questioned by police while the culprits got away.

Colin Wilson, 26, lives off Gill Bridge Avenue which runs alongside Sunderland Magistrates' Court and Gill Bridge Police Station.

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Colin took photographs of vehicles parked directly opposite the court entrance.

He said officers came out of the station and tried to stop him taking pictures of the cars, asked him for ID and asked to look at his camera.

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/Parking-crusader-in-police-stop.5547186.jp

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You just can't make this stuff up.

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US state bars sex offenders from 'social networking sites'

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A title is required, and must contain letters and/or digits.

As The Economist article points out, there is so much political desire to appear "tough" on these issues for fear of being branded "soft" by opponents.

Even daring to suggest that such a law is not workable or not needed is enough to generate negative publicity, so few would dare to do this.

Instead we get this constant battle to "think of the children" by passing ridiculous and unenforceable laws or laws that only serve to devastate the lives of people who are no risk to others.

Still, that doesn't matter as long as the politicians get good media coverage...

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Man blames cat for child porn downloads

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So...

... has Ceiling Cat decided that just watching you isn't enough fun any more...?

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Coppers make fake football sites pay penalty

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Phyllite...

Phyllite is a type of foliated metamorphic rock primarily composed of quartz, sericite mica, and chlorite; the rock represents a gradation in the degree of metamorphism between slate and mica schist. Minute crystals of graphite, sericite, or chlorite impart a silky, sometimes golden sheen to the surfaces of cleavage (or schistosity). Phylite is formed from the continued metamorphism of slate.

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

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Twitter meltdown raises questions about site stability

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The paralysing effect of an internet attack against Twitter has raised questions about ...

... who really gives a shit about Twitter!

If it served any useful purpose apart from allowing Twits to babble about what happens to be going through their minds at that particular moment, perhaps someone might actually give a damn.

Hmm...

One of the things Ford Prefect found hard to understand about human beings was their habit of continually stating and re-stating the very, very obvious, as in: “It’s a nice day”, “You’re very tall” or “So this is it; we are going to die”.

At first, Ford formed a theory to account for this strange behaviour. ‘If human beings don’t keep exercising their lips’ he thought ‘their mouths probably seize up’. After a while he abandoned this theory in favour of a new one. ‘If they don’t keep exercising their lips’ he thought ‘their brains start working’...

Well, Ford, you were close...!

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Martha Lane-Fox: No broadband, no citizenship

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"I don't think you can be a proper citizen in our society in the future if you're not online,"

And it doesn't really matter a whole lot if you *are* online because using the internet to contact our allegely democratic Government just gives them another opportunity to ignore us...

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MoD Minister: This is the last generation of manned fighters

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I'm sure...

... this should be under Rise of the Machines...

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Exotic star's 'violent ejections' during companion's visits

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Paris Hilton

What a disappointment...

... I was expecting a Naomi Campbell story :-(

Paris because...

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Aussie net filtering goes into reverse

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But...

... pr0n is educational...!

(Well I've certainly learned plenty from it ;-) )

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Vetting database shows suspicion and spying are the new trust

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"there must be suspicious reasons for that"

You're damn right, there's suspicious reasons!

Anyone with any sense will be suspicious of a Government which wants to monitor everything we do and everywhere we go and everyone we talk to and every e-mail we write and every website we visit...!

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Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble - and why it's flawed

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The Drug Peddler's Model...

... the first fix is cheap, then, once they're hooked, the price goes up...

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HP excessive packaging world record put to the test

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@Its a money-saving scam

Have you read Bill the Galactic Hero?!

For those who haven't, Bill solves the problem of the increasing amount of rubbish on a planet by shipping it to other planets as "free gifts"!

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US Congress probes accidental top secret file sharing

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"The file-sharing software industry...

... has shown it is unwilling or unable to ensure user safety,"

No, the file-sharing software industry expects users or admins to use their *BRAINS* and not install (or allow to be installed) their software in ways or in places that allow access to confidential information!

Whatever happened to *responsibility*???

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Privacy watchdog bashes UK.gov net snoop plan

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"a step change in the relationship between the citizen and the state"

What, you mean another one?

They've been making a sustained attack on our liberties ever since they came to power, what makes him think that this complaint is going to make the slightest bit of difference?

The only option is to get rid of the current shower in power but *not* replace them with "New Tory" who talk a good opposition, but, when they get into power are likely to say "you know, on second thoughts, maybe all this stuff might be useful, so we'll keep it..."

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Landlord sues tenant over moldy Tweet

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'"We're a sue first, ask questions later kind of an organization"

I think he meant "We're a sue first, THINK later kind of an organization,"

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Aussie woman's toilet trauma prompts lav-overhaul call

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On a related note...

... nothing to do with the story in the article, but a small tale to amuse...

A friend is an ex-pat Civil Engineer working in the Middle East and heard about a half-built housing estate that had to be torn down and re-started from scratch after someone noticed that anyone living in one of the houses would not only be facing towards Mecca to pray, but would also be worshipping the great porcelain god in the same direction...!

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Truck drivers! Don't go texting now

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@Trevor Watt

"did you read the article, the evidence shows that truck drivers are no more likely to have an accident when using their mobile phone"

Err did *YOU* read the article?

"truck drivers sending text messages are more likely to have accidents than those paying attention to the road ahead."

And if they are as "professional" as you claim, surely they would be *less* likely to have accidents (let alone do stupid things like text whilst driving which was the whole *point* of the article).

For a little more food for thought: Last winter I was riding my motorcycle on the M27 on a foggy night (visibility was so bad I'd slowed down to 40mph!) I wasn't too surprised to be over-taken by idiotic car drivers doing 70-80mph, but when an artic came past me...?

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@Remy Redert

Truck drivers, taxi drivers, white van man and many others are not "Professional Drivers"!

Simply racking up a larger number of miles every year does *not* make them better or more "professional" than the average driver, in fact it can make them worse because they have an over-confident view of their driving "skills" which is simply not warranted and may make them think, incorrectly, that they can use mobiles etc safely whilst driving

Even Emergency Service drivers make mistakes and they are trained to a higher standard which would give them at least a reasonable claim to be "professional" drivers.

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Oz Firewall still standing after inconclusive filter trial

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Government "success"...

... In other words "Let's not tell anyone exactly what we want, then we can spin what happens as a success"...

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Bill Gates: Tough US immigration stance a 'huge mistake'

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Come to America...

... where they out-source your job to India!

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Feminist org declines nude calendar cash

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Perhaps...

... they would prefer the calendar if the women had been wearing burkhas...?

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MoD sticks with 'most decrepit browser in the world'

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"Disbenefit"???

Anyone who can use a word like that does not deserve to be in a position of authority!!

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EU privacy watchdog warns on transport monitoring

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Hear hear!

It's good to see that someone understands that widespread (and indiscriminate) tracking of people's movements is not a good thing.

Whether those in power, however, get the point or just think "well, it'll make anti-terrorism/ policing/ road pricing/ something else simpler" is another matter entirely...

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Watchdog bites Mattesons saucy sausage ad

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Innuendo....?

... isn't that an Italian suppository?

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We need a "Won't Someone Think Of The Children!" icon...

... next to be banned: repeats of Carry-on films, saucy sea-side postcards, St Trinians films...

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To the Moon - with extreme engineering

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Joke?

Snopes is your friend: http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

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Too-tall terror snapper stopped by cops again

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@Chris Hunt

> I don't mind telling them who I am and showing whatever ID I might have on me (if any). I know I don't have to, but if it gets him out of my hair so be it. If he wants a look at my pics, that's probably OK too if I don't have anything better to do.

And every time that happens it simply justifies their actions and weakens the right of everyone else to "Go about their lawful business without let or hindrance".

Ihre Papier, Bitte!

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Bank fined £3m for data loss

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Why not....

... instead of fining the bank, fine the Directors. That should make them start taking this seriously!

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Firefox 3.7 swivels glassy eye

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So...

... how do I turn off the fancy see-through rubbish and the pretty buttons and so on which add absolutely nothing to my ability to browse but just slow everything else down by increasing the unnecessary processor overhead?

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Google aims at mobile operators' money supply

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@npupp 1

You were lucky with the ads in the Taxi.

In one of Robert Heinlein's stories (I think Podkayne of Mars) there are taxis with holographic adverts in them and the only way to do anything about them was to bribe the taxi driver to turn them down!

Grenade because... ;-)

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Google lights up Moon on Apollo 11 anniversary

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@Neil Paterson

> Why no streetview?

Well, when Google tried, their robot's progress was disrupted by a group of small woollen creatures...

See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HArUmqqiL0s for details!

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Deutsche Bank sacks two for spying

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But...

... nothing like that would ever happen in the UK, would it...?

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It shouldn't happen to a vetting database

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You can trust us...

... but we don't trust you.

- HM Government

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Swine flu will [enter scare words here]...

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Swine flu will...

...make it easier for Terrorists to get into the UK and it's probably all an Al Qaeda plot anyway, so let us check your DNA for traces of flu, just go along to your local Police Station and while you're there, why not sign up for an ID card - Government Spokesman.

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Apple sued over shrink-wrapped Mafia death threats

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Where...

... is the tinfoil hat icon...?

The Mafia doesn't have any Black Helicopters.

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NASA orbiter returns first shots of Apollo moon sites

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So...

... where did Wallace and Grommit land...?

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Amazon vanishes 1984 from citizen Kindles

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We...

... control what you read!

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Ministry of Justice issues digital preservation code

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"the right to access information has become a cornerstone of our democracy"

Provided you don't actually try to get any information out of our "democratically elected" Government...!

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Oz cops turn to wardriving to fight Wi-Fi 'jackers

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And of course...

... they're not using the unsecured systems to download lots of porn....

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Spooks' favourite IT firm tells Reg readers to grow up

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Bullshit!

"What matters in terms of privacy, according to Detica, is how they're used."

No, what matters in terms of privacy is Data Troughing where every possible detail is being recorded on databases, whether it's actually needed (or justified).

"Where investigations are directed in a more focussed way it means members of the public will not be investigated unnecessarily"

No, members of the public should not be investigated *AT ALL* unless there are reasonable grounds for suspicion!

This is just a piece of post-hoc spin trying to justify holding large amounts of data by saying "trust us, we won't look too hard at your information, honestly!"

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Would you leave your child alone with a cabinet minister?

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Let me rephrase that for you...

"a one-off visitor, especially a government Minister, should never be left alone..."

Bunch of hypocrites. "Do as we say, not as we do. We're trust-worthy, you aren't".

Well, sorry, no, we don't trust you. I wonder why...?

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Mysterious organic blobs found in Alaskan waters

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Ph'nglui mglw'nafh...

... Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtan!

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OpenOffice bug/feature stirs 'horde of angry chimps'

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So why not...

... just put in a check for if any fields are currently hidden and and will be affected, then, if so, pop up a message "Warning: This action will over-write data in hidden fields, do you wish to proceed? Yes/ No"?

Problem solved.

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Government defeats Tories in 'McKinnon' extradition vote

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@Good old Labour party...

> please Gordon, put us all out of our misery - call an election

Co-incidentally Number 10 has just replied to the Petition calling on the Government to hold an election now. Guess what their response is...?

http://www.number10.gov.uk/Page20043

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UK to get Kindle in Christmas stocking?

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In the US...

... it seems the Kindle 2 costs $299

What's the betting that here it will cost £299??

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Builder blacklist boss hit with £5,000 fine

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Hmm...

1) Get paid £478,937

2) Get fined £5000

3) PROFIT!

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Airbed-fixing German blows up mattress flat

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Are you sure it was an airbed...

... not another sort of inflatable like a certain Australian was caught stealing...?!

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Child protection groups undermine Aussie Firewall

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Cenordyne...

... what an excellent ad!

(Wish we'd done something like that for the Dangerous Pictures Act...)

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DNA database swells despite human rights ruling

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@Alex D

> Is it such a bad idea for the police to have a database of DNA?

Ask Raymond Easton, the guy who, although suffering from Parkinsons Disease (which meant that he could barely walk to the front door unaided) was, none the less, arrested by Swindon Police on behalf of Greater Manchester Police because his DNA was "found" at the scene of a burglary. Except it turned out that it wasn't his DNA and it was a false positive.

http://archive.thisiswiltshire.co.uk/2000/8/15/238098.html

The fact that the guy was virtually immobile appeared to be utterly irrelevant to the Police, who in their simple minded way, decided that because there was a DNA match, he *must* have been the criminal.

Now imagine that you sneeze into a hanky, someone else steals that hanky and drops it a the scene of a crime. "Oho!" says Mr Plod, "Let's check our database... Aha! Mr Alex D I arrest you for the crime of not thinking a bit more about the risks of false positives..."

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Kent Police clamp down on tall photographers

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Flash Mob!

Why not have someone "look suspcious" in Chatham High street by taking a few photos, then, as soon as Plod starts taking exception, have another 50 photographers all grab cameras out of their bags etc and start taking pictures of the PC/ PCSO...!

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