* Posts by Graham Marsden

5194 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

FORGET OUR PAST, 12,000 Europeans implore Google

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"regulation is not the best way to approach the problem"

Given the way Google has behaved over recent years and the irresponsible and arrogant way it has gathered, processed and disseminated people's private information (hint: Google, try looking up the Data Protection Act), it seems that regulation is the only way left to approach it since the Big G won't listen (or consider) anything else.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Re: Oh Boner "the potential source of my thumbs downers"

Ah, once again Matt Bryant goes for the man instead of the argument as if calling people names and insulting their intelligence because they don't agree with him is some sort of credible debating technique.

And then he tries to move the goalposts by making sweeping generalisations about "Leftie regimes" to try to divert attention.

Still, please, Matt, feel free to call me "Marsbar brain" again (who was it who just said: "Seriously, you thought that comment was witty?") if it makes you feel any better. It won't make your arguments any more convincing, though.

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US citizens want stricter CO2 regulations by two to one – Yale poll

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Meanwhile...

... try asking the Yanks whether they'd be in favour of reducing CO2 emissions by driving more fuel efficient vehicles or even (gods forbid!) using some form of public transport (which we all know is damn near to Communism!)

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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"Hey, Steve! Steve Roper! Come here..."

This reminds me of the days back when I was a kid where demo programs in computer shops would say "Type in your name" and then say "Hello, Graham, would you like to play a game?".

So I'd type in something like "Idiot", clear the screen, then wait for someone else to come along...

Now let's see, which profile name should I link with the photo of someone who is likely to walk past one of these machines? "Shit for brains"? "You, yes, the ugly one"? Perhaps just "Wanker" would do...

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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@John Tserkezis - Re: Wait a minute

> the contracted photo people used the rider bib numbers to cross reference the owner from the registration lists, and posted all photos, along with an invoice. If you didn't want to pay for the photo, YOU had to post it back.

No, you didn't.

See the

CAB's advice on the Unsolicited Goods and Services Act

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Pirate Party runs aground in European Parliamentary elections

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@Anonymous Coward 101

> The success of UKIP is down to voters wanting to stick two fingers up to the 'main' parties.

I have no particular love for the Greens, but if you (or anyone else) had actually had a chance to find out anything about their manifesto and intentions they could have discovered that they, too, had an anti-Europe stance and some reasonably credible and sensible policies.

See this guy's blog for some thought provoking comment: http://anotherangryvoice.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/green-party-protest-vote-eu.html

Unfortunately they (and anyone else) were totally drowned out by the whole Farrage farrago even though they managed to knock the Lib Dems into fifth place.

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Latest Snowden leak claims NSA bugged ALL mobile calls in the Bahamas

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Re: Marsbarbrain @Matt Bryant - Christoph

Oh look, once again Matt Bryant goes for the ad hominem, attacking the poster rather than addressing the argument.

Yawn.

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@Matt Bryant - Re: Christoph

Here's a quote from "A Man for All Seasons" that you might like to think about...

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Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!

More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?

Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!

More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down (and you're just the man to do it!), do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

* * * * *

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Google Maps can now tell cyclists how HIGH they will get

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Ok, but...

... how about along with "Fastest Route" and "Shortest Route" they provide an option for "Flattest Route"?

Why plot a route that takes you over a hill when there's a route around the base that will save you a lot of energy and may well not take you much longer?

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Be the next tech hotshot – by staying the hell away from regulators

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"they'll tend to get them sorted out..."

Well, yes. some will get sorted out.

Meanwhile others will get screwed, ripped off, conned, mis-sold or just be the victims of a well-meaning but totally ill-informed, misguided and poorly planned scheme which seemed like a good idea at the time.

Still, caveat emptor, eh? It was probably the victims' own fault for being so stupid...

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@obnoxiousGit - Re: Human condition.

> The problem is them damned Humans, they don't like change.

ORLY? Or perhaps they don't like the "Fuck everyone and everything else, I'm alright Jack" mentality which has caused so many problems in the past?

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it." - George Satayan

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Philips lobs patent sueball at Nintendo in US: Seeks to BAN Wii U

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@Don Jefe - Re: Is it even profitable to sell in the USA any more?

> the rampant consumerism pretty much guarantees you scads of money if you don't mind fighting off the constant legal attacks.

ITYM "If you can *afford* to keep fighting off the constant legal attacks..."

The point is that the broken patent system combined with rampant ambulance chasing lawyers pretty much guarantees that they are the only ones who will really be guaranteed to make scads of money.

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Right on...

... Commander!

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Livermore lab opens Catalyst super to industry users

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Joke

Can I...

... mine some Bitcoins with it...?

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Scots team builds SONIC SCREWDRIVER to repair damaged nerves

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Can I just say....

... CRIVENS!

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Republicans turn up heat on FCC over net neutrality push

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" could harm job growth"...?

"could harm profits in the businesses which are owned by the people who pay large amounts of money into their political campaigns..."

FTFY

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Teardowns confirm $1,500 Google Glass hardware is DIRT CHEAP

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Re: @JDX - "When you buy Google Glass for $1,500...

Thank you, I thought it was a good counter argument too.

Oh, BTW, please can you point out to me exactly where I said that "this is the same as wearables not taking off..."?

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@JDX - Re: "When you buy Google Glass for $1,500...

"they dismiss something which is clearly going to be huge"

ORLY? Still watching films on laser disc? Listening to Quadrophonic music? Experiencing Virtual Reality? And how are you getting on riding your Segway to pick up your flying car?

Maybe you can call me on your Windows Phone and tell me...

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"When you buy Google Glass for $1,500...

"...you are getting far, far more than just $152.47 in parts and manufacturing"

You're getting the right to be laughed at by everyone else who can see through the Emperor's New Clothes...

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GCHQ's 'NOSEY SMURF' spyware snoops dragged into secretive tribunal

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"ensures that our activities are...

... ignored, overlooked, swept under the carpet or rubber stamped and given the nod without awkward questions being asked by anyone who actually might have sufficient power to do something about them..."

FTFY

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Twitter muffles loudmouth users with mute option

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@Herby - Re: Remotre controls usage.

"the most used button on a TV remote control is the "mute" button"

Not on mine. The only programme I watch live is the News, everything else is recorded to watch at my convenience, so the pause and fast forward (for skipping ad breaks) buttons are the most worn on my remote.

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WTF?

Who needs a mute option...

... when UKIP can get the Police to come round and tell you to delete blog posts...

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/12/police-ask-blogger-remove-legitimate-tweet-ukip

Just another of the many reasons not to vote UKIP!

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FCC MUST protect net neutrality to preserve AMERICA, say Google et al

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Re: CAR ANALOGY

As I've commented before, it's really like the government selling off a lane on the motorway to eg Ford to make it a "Ford Only" lane and which has a speed limit of 100mph whereas everyone else has to stick to 70mph (if they can achieve that speed on an increasingly overcrowded road as more traffic is forced into less space).

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Apple files patent for typo-sensing buttons

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Maybe...

... this would have been of use to the customer of mine who, for the past week, has been ranting that his order hasn't arrived, only for me to get the parcel returned "Address incomplete" because apart from the first two letters, the Post Code he typed (on his iPad as it says at the bottom of his e-mails!) was one character transposed left or right or up.

So instead of XX3 1FH it came out as XX2 2DJ!

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Truck-sized asteroid slips silently between Moon and Earth

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@AC - Re: Space junk

Apathetic bloody planet. I've no sympathy at all.

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Yosemite National Park bans drones

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@Peter Clarke 1 - Re: Future Bans

Damn you, Sir, you just beat me to it!! ;-)

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

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The DHS has told The Register it doesn't misuse the data...

... Yet.

FTFY

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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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@AC - Re: BBW advisory council

> moved to a country where freedom of expression is constitutionally protected, with no ifs or buts.

Presuming you're referring to the USA, that "protection" isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Look at the fate of Insex who closed down after Dubya decided to get his Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to start harassing such sites. An anonymous FBI Agent commented "We must have won the War on Terror if we can afford to use our manpower for this."

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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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Google Glass teardown puts rock-bottom price on hardware

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@Busby - Re: "A teardown report on Google Glass"

Well at least you were good enough to apologise.

Unfortunately it seems that several other people need to buy new Irony Detectors...

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"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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Super-heavy element 117 DOES exist – albeit briefly. Got any berkelium handy?

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How about...

... Unobtainium?

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Stephen Hawking: The creation of true AI could be the 'greatest event in human history'

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Terminator

Warn: There is another system

Colossus to Guardian: 1 + 1 = 2

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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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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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Childcatcher

"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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