* Posts by Graham Marsden

6049 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

UK surveillance commish asks CCTV operators to please be good

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@cornz 1 - Re: Quick point

It's easy to pick an extreme case and say "Look at this, doesn't this justify what they want to do?!" (see icon for details!) but it's not the black-and-white extreme cases that are the problem, it's all the shades of grey which are in between.

Once that sort of thing gets in place, it's so much easier for function creep to extend laws to places it was never (supposedly) intended to be, for example Anti-terrorism legislation being used to convict anyone who won't hand over their passwords...

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Re: Quick point

> I feel every street should have a camera [...] They are a force for good if deployed properly.

Ah, the same argument as the ones that say we should allow all our communications to be tapped and our every movement monitored and our web activity recorded and our e-mails scanned...

Thank you for being so happy to give up *our* civil liberties to make *your* job easier.

PS Why didn't you go the whole hog and trot out the "It will protect children" argument too?

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

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Re: @LucreLout - It seems to me...

I refer the gentleman to the post I made above his.

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Re: @LucreLout - It seems to me...

> You've soaked up the spin, drank it down like facts, burped it up here, and then you have the temerity to criticise me?

Hello Mr Pot, this is Mr Kettle calling...

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Re: @LucreLout - It seems to me...

It's amazing, LL, how you manage to completely fail to comprehend what is written in nice, plain, easy to understand English and, instead, just want to put your own spin on it because that fits in with your mindset...

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@LucreLout - Re: It seems to me...

I think this blog posts explains it better than I can

PS If you think I have any love for the Labour Party just because I disagree with the Tories, you really have missed the point.

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@Doctor Syntax - Re: @Richard 12 - It seems to me...

Yes, because it's right that a party that gets 36% of the votes gets over 50% of the seats, so it must be equally right that parties which get 12% or 4% of the votes should both get 0.15% of the seats...

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@Richard 12 - Re: It seems to me...

First suggestion: Fix our broken electoral system that allows a party with a third of the votes to get half the seats and claim that this "majority" gives them a right to do whatever they like!

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It seems to me...

... that George's aim is not simply to give us a "small state", but to utterly cripple the ability of any future government to undo what he has done because he will have sold (sorry, privatised) so much of our social, welfare and justice system that it would be almost impossible to get it back without bankrupting the country.

Of course the fact that the people who benefit most from this will be his rich mates (and his fellow Tory Party members who will be in line for tidy and lucrative Directorships) and at the expense of all the "little people" who will end up paying through the nose is neither here nor there...

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NASA picks tools for voyage to possibly LIFE-SUPPORTING moon Europa

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Re: Stay Away

ITYM 2010...

All these worlds...

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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"close a capability gap"

Oh, what a *lovely* expression! Sounds meaningful, but is actually complete BS.

What is this "gap"? The gap between being able to monitor *some* communications and being able to monitor *all* communications? The one between having the ability to track a few people and all the people?

Or maybe it's the gap between our Civil Liberties and their idea of a Total Surveillance State?

About the only good news is that they've kicked their stupid plans to repeal the Human Rights Act into the long grass because they finally realised they weren't going to be able to rush that one through (but, as this shows, that doesn't mean they won't try to sneak it through in a couple of years...)

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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"Money flows to whoever it is that has the rare thing."

Unfortunately sometimes that "rare thing" is huge pots of money and the willingness to use it to achieve one's aims no matter what...

"this also explains why competitive markets work so well. If all the stages in the production chain are in good supply, with no-one having a lock on any rare part of it, then the only rarity left is in our consumer desire to have that thing, good or service. Which means that the gains accrue to us,"

This also explains why markets *need* to be regulated by people who are outside them, because otherwise the player with the big money can afford to either buy out their competitors and establish a monopoly position or copy their competition's product and sell it at a loss, knowing that they can afford to do so until their competitor goes bust trying to compete (or paying for lawyers) or sells up to them.

Once that's happened, they can get a lock on that product, whatever it may be, and ensure that nobody else gets a look in to the market. At which point the consumer starts losing out because choice is stifled, competition is non-existent, the price goes up and it's trebles all round!

See Rockefeller, JP Morgan, Carnegie, Google, Amazon, eBay...

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Make Adama proud: Connect your Things wisely, cadet

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By...

... your command!

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There's a Moose loose aboot this hoose: Linux worm hijacks Twitter feeds for spam slinging

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Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti

A Møøse once bit my sister... No realli!

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NATS ignored previous recommendations – IT cock-up report

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Re: Qantas?

> Methinks the pic has been nicked from another story!

"Surely you can't be serious..."

"I am, and don't call me Shirley!"

(The original story was called Airplane, of course)

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Chap mines Bitcoin with PUNCH CARDS and ancient mainframe

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That's nothing...

... there are people out there who have figured out that it would be possible to mine Bitcoins using abacuses!

(Ok, it would take the lifetime of a few universes, but that's a minor issue...)

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Wheely, wheely mad: Petrolheads fume over buggy Formula One app

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Come back A1 GP...

It was a great shame the A1 GP series never worked out because it was so much better than F1.

With only one team per country and the cars being built to a single design which you only had limited rights to modify meant that it really came down to a test of driver skill, not simply who could spend the most money on development.

Couple that with the two races per meeting, a short sprint and then a longer event with a certain number of "push to pass" activations per race meant genuinely exciting racing, rather than, as happens with F1, I put the highlights on and work on my computer next to my TV until the commentators get excited, then I look up to see if anything interesting has happened...

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Wow...

... I didn't know they were equipping F1 cars with airbags now...

... or passenger seats, or in-car entertainment systems, or standard seatbelts, or aircon or...

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ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

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Re: Mondegreen

Well we've had Elvis versus The Mummy in Bubba Ho-tep...

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Thorin...

... sits down and starts singing about gold.

"Gold, gold, gold, gold..."

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GDS to handle Govt payments? What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: “Government as a platform”

Mind the GaaP...

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Is your career lacking growth? Become a porn inspector! Hint: It sucks

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TO: Successful Applicants -

Count yourself lucky you're not living in ancient China when, to attain high rank in their Civil Service, you had to be a eunuch!

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Snowden latest: NSA planned sneak attacks on Android app stores

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"may make sense from a very narrow national security mindset...

"...but it's at the expense of the privacy and security of hundreds of millions of users worldwide."

"Ah, but to protect their security, we had to compromise it! Anyway, it's only the bad guys who will object. You aren't objecting, are you...?"

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NASA plots interplanetary cubesat swarms

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@cray74 - Re: Cube swarms in space...

Apparently Shatner wrote a story that described how V'Ger met the Borg.

That's why we had "We are V'Ger of Borg" and why the Borg had those incredibly powerful plasma globes and massive ships that...

... err... well...

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Mobiles at school could be MAKING YOUR KID MORE DUMBER

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Re: They actually allow phones to be switched on during class?

Allegedly they use versions of those "mosquito" devices as the notification tone because they can hear pitches that high whereas most adults can't.

Although I've also seen it said that kids can be spotted using their phones because most people don't tend to look down at their crotches and smile...

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: This was in Manchester?

Can't be Manchester, it still has all its wheels...

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This was in Manchester?

Manchester England, yes?

And were any cars were on fire? No?

So, El Reg, what the FUCK does a picture of American Firefighters attacking a burning American car with axes have to do with this story?

Please stop with this "Hero Image" bullshit, it's getting really stupid now.

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US Air Force launches not-so-secret space plane. Thanks Russia

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"it will be testing out a new ion drive for military satellites"

Satellites? Oh, yeah, sure, satellites...

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Virtual reality pr0n on the Rift? 'Why not?' says Oculus founder

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Re: The Red Dress

Now if El Reg *really* wanted to do something clever with their silly Hero Images, they could have it switch from the Woman in the Red Dress to Agent Smith if you moused over it...

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Twitter CRAWLS to Google ON ITS KNEES, starts blowing content

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Re: Adding '-twitter.com' to search query string will work, right?

> if I really wanted to know twaddlers' opinions about $topic, I'd just hit myself over the head until I stopped thinking that way!

FTFY :-)

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Uncle Sam spanks PayPal for credit scheme cockup

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So...

... PayPay *is* acting like a bank, then...!

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YouTube Kids 'showed nippers how to make nooses, play with fire'

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Re: What's noose?

And I had to learn how to tie one when I was at school aged about 11.

Damn, kids these days just don't know they've been born...

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AI pioneer reckons China's where the Rise of the Machines will start

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Re: I , for one...

Can I have Prawn Crackers with that, please...

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We caught Chinese technology spies RED-HANDED, claims US government

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High Horse?

Apropos of another article on El Reg, is that found at http://www.high.horse ?

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Are we looking at the first domain name meme? Neigh

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What they need...

... is a domain .horseyourodeinon

Then you could direct people to http://www.fuckyouandthe.horseyourodeinon

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Russia will fork Sailfish OS to shut out pesky Western spooks

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Reminds me of...

... an old joke about Russians using dial up.

"We have a three line modem, one for me, one for you and one for the KGB."

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@AC - Regime change of dictators is ALWAYS good.

Sure, because it never leads to civil war, ethnic battles, religious wars, the rise of local "warlords" and huge numbers of innocent people being slaughtered or forced out of their homes because those who undertake said "Regime Change" have no idea of the underlying tensions or don't give a damn about them because they're more interested in trying to force their own ideology on the people (or just grab the mineral rights) and have no strategy other than "well, it's got to be better than what's before"...

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Redmond promises even MORE cloudy crypto

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The only way...

... I'd upload any data to Cloud Storage is if it was *already* encrypted!

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Robots.txt tells hackers the places you don't want them to look

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See icon...

for details...!

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Welsh police force fined £160,000 after losing sensitive video interview

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Re: It's not the first time

> South Wales Police "lost" crucial evidence which led to the collapse of a trial of eight former South Wales Police officers

Here, let me put the quotes in the right place...

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ATTACK of the DINKY DRONES! US military creates ROBOTIC CARRIER PIGEON

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Can I just say...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj6-LG5VpGk

Hmm, Vulture Squadron...

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Lightbulbs of the future will come with wireless extenders and speakers

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Re: And unless the security is up to scratch...

> I don't get the problem with going and opening the door personally....

What? And make people miss fifteen seconds of Brittains got the X Factor Coming Strictly Through a Hole in the Wall on Ice?

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And unless the security is up to scratch...

"A smart thermostat knows when you are out". "Smartlocks mean you can let people into your house without having to physically open the door"

And they will also let n'er do wells know when you're out and mean that they can let themselves into your house without the keys...

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Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking

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Re: Well, what a surprise!

> Then why make it party specific in the first place?

Because they were the ones I was thinking of at the time, for instance with IDS getting the law retroactively changed to stop people sueing the Government for illegallly forcing them to work for free at Poundland etc.

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Re: Well, what a surprise!

I should point out that I have no love for Labour and I'm entirely sure they would have come up with their own way of weaselling out of this...

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Well, what a surprise!

The Tories have a track record of changing the law when they look to be on the losing side of an argument.

Now our broken electoral system has given them another five years, expect to see plenty more of this.

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Penn State University network sacked by China malware blitz

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Re: it's much harder for them to bribe politicians to look away from the problems.

> It kind'a made sense until I came across this sentence. At that point I stopped thinking

FTFY

"Hello, Mr Politician, we would like to make a large contribution to your election fund. By the way, there's this piece of legislation we would find very helpful to our business if it were enacted..."

America, the country that gave us the saying: "An honest politician is one that stays bought"!

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Microsoft: Free Windows 10 for THIEVES and PIRATES? They can GET STUFFED

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"Non-Genuine Windows...

"...has a high risk of malware, fraud, public exposure of your personal information, and a higher risk for poor performance or feature malfunctions," Myserson said.

"The normal risks of malware, fraud, public exposure of your personal information, poor performance and feature malfunctions should be enough of anyone" he (should have) added!

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Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL privacy, warn Belgian data cops

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Meh

And Facebook replied...

... Meh! Who gives a Zuck?

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You're going to have stop calling people 'cold fish': THIS one is HOT-BLOODED

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And I thought...

... that sub-headline was a typo for Oprah...

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