* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Steve Jobs mural highlights plight of Syrian refugees

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Re: @Graham Marsden @Manolo - "well meaning people"

Oh dear, Turtle. You've been posting on El Reg long enough to have read posts of mine where I point out Straw Man Fallacies, so *why* do you base your arguments on several of them?

Yes, Turtle, I am *SURE* there were "secret Jihadis" going along in that march chortling up their sleeves "Hah! We will fool the stupid Westerners into thinking more of our people are against Daesh" and that *your* assumptions (without any facts or data to back them up) are entirely valid...

The difference between you and me is that your solution to the "real problem" of a violent minority appears to be to assume that they're *all* potential terrorists and treat them as such (just like the French Police have been doing), not realising that that just drives more of those in the middle *towards* the radicals.

It's hilariously ironic that you try to lecture me on "not havnig any great interest in, or respect for the facts", but, hey, as long as it makes you *feel* safer because "Something Must Be Done" and this is something, I'm sure you'll be happy.

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@Manolo - Re: "well meaning people"

> I'll probably be slaughtered for being a racist and a xenophobe

Or someone who believes what he sees in the media and accepts it uncritically.

As I've mentioned in the past, I have a Muslim family living next to me. Nice people, polite, hard working, don't cause any problems and I don't have to worry about anyone diving over the wall wearing a Semtex waistcoat (usually it's their kids saying "please can we have our ball back").

Meanwhile, for instance, thousands of Muslims marched through London last weekend calling for peace and unity and to say that they don't support Daesh, yet there was virtually *NO* coverage of this in the mainstream media!

So, please, spare us this BS about "large parts believe that religious law goes above secular law" or that "The ones that we have had here for decades have already proven that the majority is not making much of an effort to fit in" because the ones who *do* fit in are the ones you don't even notice because they're not causing problems or they're just not a big deal to the elements of the media who want to portray them as "the enemy within" as you have been conned into believing.

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@John Sanders - Re: You need to read more

> currently there is only one civilization on earth that let people live their lives: Ours,

Only in comparison to others!

> freedom and tolerance do not defend themselves nor are the default state of a society, they are privileges we had to fight for over centuries to achieve. All that can be lost in decades.

Decades? These privileges can be lost overnight if (when!) our stupid and short-sighted political leaders decide that we should all be subject to surveillance and monitoring and be watched wherever we go and records kept of whoever we talk to and every website we visit noted because "Something Must Be Done!"(tm)

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Schrodinger's Immigrant...

... the one who comes over here, sponges off our benefits *and* at the same time, steals our jobs...

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France says 'non' to Wi-Fi and Tor restrictions after terror attack

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@080 @Uffish - Re: "It seems...

> Nice to see they haven't just been sitting around waiting for the next time.

Oh good grief!

Imagine *YOU* were one of these people who had your door kicked in, were dragged out of your home whilst it was ransacked, who were questioned and accused of being a terrorist based on nothing more than your religion. How would YOU feel?

Would you just say "oh well, it's ok, if they catch one terrorist that makes it all worthwhile" and go back home to pick up the pieces of your life?

@Uffish

> the police and security services came to you with all their intelligence about known, suspected and possible jihadi supporters

Didn't you *read* the article? These were *WARRANTLESS* raids! No need to contact the Minister, no need to even get approval from a Judge, just "Round up the usual suspects"!

The actions of the French are just going to make the next attack *more* likely, possibly carried out by someone who has been seriously pissed off by one of these raids and become a prime target for radicalisation!

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"It seems...

"...the so-called cheese eating surrender monkeys can still teach the rest of the world a thing or two about how not to let the terrorists erode core principles."

ORLY?

Perhaps, because it's not tech related, El Reg has missed the fact that, under the current "State of Emergency" in France, their Police have been granted the power to conduct warrantless raids and they have been exercising this power with gusto.

Apparently they have carried out over 2,200 raids, closed three mosques, arrested 263 people for questioning and placed another 330 under house arrest.

Obviously they learned something between 1939 and 1944...

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Volkswagen blames emissions cheating on 'chain of errors'

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Re: These is no such thing as a "Defeat Device"

Do you work for VW, perchance...?

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concluded that it was a few bad apples and a "chain of errors"

Didn't the Tobacco Companies say similar things when they tried to bury reports that cigarettes caused cancer...?

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Silicon Valley's Congresswoman comes to the defense of Tor

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@tom dial

> Nothing any of them is reported to have done is illegal or even unreasonable. The library system's provision of a TOR exit node certainly will facilitate criminal activity, just as it will facilitate legal activity that users want to keep private.

And both just as law-abiding people use motor cars, so they also facilitate terrorists and drug dealers and child kidnappers being able to make a fast getaway, yet nobody calls for them to be banned.

The DHS et al were trying the usual "Terrorist and paedophiles and drug dealers, oh my!" tactics and someone needs to stand up and say "No, we're not going to let your FUD-mongering override our liberties!"

The sooner the DHS is held to account and its powers reined in, the better!

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NZ unfurls proposed new flag

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@Graham Dawson: Re: Quite nice

Alas the Victory is currently in rather a sorry state :-( (A young lady of my acquaintance is one of the Tour Guides at the Dockyard)

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Rupert Murdoch wants Google and chums to be g-men's backdoor men

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How does he know...

... the "Vast majority want safety over privacy"?

Oh yes, because he, via Faux News and his various newspapers keep banging on about this idea that the only way to protect ourselves from Terrerists is to allow the State to snoop on everything we do and everyone we talk to and everything we look at and watch us everywhere we go...

Oddly, they're also the people who, AT THE SAME TIME, are arguing *against* "Big Government" because it's too powerful and wants to control people.

Hmm, Schrodinger's News?

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Overhaul Wassenaar or ruin next Heartbleed fix, top policy boffin says

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But...

... Something Must Be Done! (tm)

And, look, we're *doing* something!!!

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'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices

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"What a journalist's job is to try and do...

"...is go a tiny bit further than that, and actually try and open people's minds up, and ask, ‘Have you thought of looking at it this way?’ [...] What really happens now, is that they're so entrenched in their self-referential groups, anyone who joins up the dots any other way is a bad person."

Of course it does also help if the journalists have an open mind too, instead of being stuck in an entrenched viewpoint which won't let them acknowledge that other viewpoints may be correct and that someone who holds them is not necessarily a bad person.

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Social media snitching bill introduced into US Congress by intel bosses

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Re: Finally...

Alternatively, they'll write an algorithm that will look for any reference to explosives, guns, radical terrorists, Daesh, Isis (the goddess or the organisation, doesn't matter) etc etc etc and forward EVERY SINGLE ONE to the authorities and say "Here you go, guys, knock yourselves out..."

(Well, that's what *I'd* do in response to this sort of BS!)

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US government pushing again on encryption bypass

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Do they remind you of spoiled kids...?

"Can we have this?"

"No."

"Can we have this?"

"No."

"Can we have this?"

"No."

"Can we have this?"

"No."

Repeat ad nauseum...

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Re: There is rather an easy solution.

So, basically, you're talking about (another) massive Pork Barrel...

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Brit-American hacker duo throws pwns on IoT BBQs, grills open admin

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Re: New acronym proposal

Inter-connected Devices for the Internet Of Things...

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National Crime Agency: Your kid could be a nasty interwebs hacker

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Re: I bought my [son] a book on Python ...

What, not even the Monty Python Papperbok?

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Boffins teach cars to listen for the sound of a wet road

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@Your alien overlord - fear me

Driving on black ice makes *less* noise than a normal road surface, so if the microphones pick up a reduction in road noise and you've got a temperature sensor that detects that the surface is below freezing, it's a pretty good indicator.

Also the steering gets "light", ie inputs become easier (because the wheels may be slipping) and, of course, at worst, there may be understeer.

All of these can checked by an autonomous car.

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Doctor Who: Oh, look! There's a restaurant at the end of the universe in Hell Bent

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@ShadowDragon8685 - Re: I wish El Reg had a weeping posticon.

> Amy and Rory were sent back to early 1900s New York, and the Doctor noted that he couldn't land the TARDIS anywhere nearby.

No, the point was that the Time-Lines were so messed up that he couldn't get to that time period, full stop.

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Damn, that was a great ending!

Sure, yes, some of it was a little ropey and wordy and, yes, there were flaws, but overall I loved the last three episodes, not least for the fact that even the Timelords are terrified of the Doctor, even more so than of Rassilon!

To borrow a line from Pratchett: “Sergeant Colon was lost in admiration. He'd seen people bluff on a bad hand, but he'd never seen anyone bluff with no cards.” All the Doctor has is his reputation, but that's all he needs and you *really* don't want him to be angry with you...!

So we get to the end of the universe, but we still don't find out who the Hybrid is. Is it Who? Is it Me? Is it Him and Clara? Who knows? (Or does he?!) There's got to be more to come on that story...

Meanwhile, some other great in-references, him possibly being half human, four knocks, telepathic mind-wipes, reversing the polarity, and I also loved the touch of the Diner seeming to the same one that he meets Amy, Rory and River in. Was that one actually a Tardis in disguise? Who knows, but never mind :-) plus a great line from the Doctor when asked if he'd been travelling? "Yeah, from time to time..."

Finally, of course we have, Run, You Clever Boy, Run, but this time he doesn't Remember...

Some people may not like it, some may sneer and bitch, but I loved it and that's all that matters!

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GCHQ can hack your systems at will – thanks to 'soft touch' oversight

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@Bernarnd M. Orwell - Re: Graham The Failure @Matt Bryant - Graham NoBrain Yawn.

> No point in arguing with him any further. His lack of logical education, critical thinking and social skills combine to make him utterly unapproachable.

I know. It's a shame, because, just occasionally, Matt *does* actually come up with some intelligent and pertinent comments, but he can't resist his habits of name-calling, goal-post shifting and absolute inability to admit that he might be wrong at all.

Ah well, it's fun occasionally to bait the troll, but now I think it's time to trit-trot along again...

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Re: Graham The Failure @Matt Bryant - Graham NoBrain Yawn.

Congratulations, Matt! You managed to completely fail to quote the bits from my post which addressed the issue which you raise.

Here, let me quote them for you again:

I will, instead, refer you to the Burden of Proof Fallacy where someone (ie you) makes the claim that this "Does No Harm" and then demand that the rest of us prove that it *does* before you'll believe it.

Of course, as past experience has shown, despite all the examples which you have been presented with, you will then repeatedly dodge, evade, move the goalposts etc etc because nothing will *ever* convince you to *your* satisfaction that harm can possibly arise [...]

Now, boys and girls, do you think he's going to ignore this once more and keep going for the Burden of Proof Fallacy?

I'll give you three guesses...

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@Matt Bryant - Re: Graham NoBrain Yawn.

Oh look:

Name Calling? Check

Obfustication? Check

Evasion? Check

Goalpost Moving? Check!

Matt Bryant BINGO!!

And, no, I'm not going to use the Straw Man Fallacy because you actually managed to post a reply which *didn't* use one (if you'd understood what a Straw Man is, you'd have known that you hadn't done that), I will, instead, refer you to the Burden of Proof Fallacy where someone (ie you) makes the claim that this "Does No Harm" and then demand that the rest of us prove that it *does* before you'll believe it.

Of course, as past experience has shown, despite all the examples which you have been presented with, you will then repeatedly dodge, evade, move the goalposts etc etc because nothing will *ever* convince you to *your* satisfaction that harm can possibly arise from the Intelligence Services performing mass surveillance and intrusions on people who have committed no crime and who are not a threat to National Security, since you clearly believe that we should all be happy to be snooped on *just in case* one of us might do something bad or might know someone who might do something bad...

Still, please keep calling me "delusional" if it makes you feel better.

PS Matt, again I'll offer to sell you this magic stone which protects you against being bitten by a crocodile. It must work because I've had it for years and I've *never* been bitten by a crocodile!

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Re: Yawn.

You see, Matt is *so* ok with ALL Intelligence Services being allowed to do what they like that he's be fine with the idea that if the Belgian Intelligence Services thought there *might* be a terrorist living next door to him then, without the knowledge or consent of the UK Intelligence Services or our Government, they could come into this country, illegally break into his home and plant surveillance devices to monitor what's going on next door to him!

After all, if he's ok with us paying *our* Intelligence Services to target people who don't "pose any legitimate national security concern" in Belgium simply to get access to the customers of Belgacom, then what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander, isn't it?

(Waits for Matt's trademark brand of name-calling, obfuscation, evasion and goal-post moving in 3... 2... 1...)

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Most businesses collecting data they never use, survey finds

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s/businesses/security services

"Why do you collect all this data?"

"Well, because we can and it might be useful someday..."

"But many recent events have shown that, even when you've *had* the data and *known* about the perpetrators, you've not been able to use that information to stop the attacks because it's buried under a mountain of crap about everyone else."

"..."

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France mulls tighter noose around crypto

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Bravo France!

You've managed to convert another tragedy into another MAJOR FUCKING VICTORY for the terrorists!

And, even better, it looks like you've just given your version of the National Front the biggest share of the vote in your elections!

Je Suis un Idiot!

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Beardy Branson bangs birds on Boeing

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@Steve Davies 3 - Re: not sure that follows

> Have you forgotten the 747 that used to carry the Space Shuttle on its back?

*cough* Moonraker *cough*

(Although why they were shipping a fully-fueled-to-orbit Shuttle never really made sense...)

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Boffins could tune telescopes to listen to lasers on Mars

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WTF?

So now we're not only sending Laser Armed Vehicles to Mars, we're *giving* the Martians the equipment to shoot back!!!

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Amazon's new drones powered by Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm

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Re: Am I the only one looking forward to this?

Excellent suggestions, guys, I've just *really* been laughing out loud at some of these!

How about...

- Sending it back with a note attached saying "Help, I'm being held prisoner in an Amazon distribution warehouse"

- Hanging a giant rubber spider underneath it on a long length of fishing line

- Attaching a load of helium filled party balloons to it

- Add an MP3 Player and speaker saying "Step away from the Drone, you have ten seconds to comply!"

- Painting "Cyberdyne Systems Series 01" on the side...

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@James Hughes 1 - Re: Once again

The point (like the drones) seems to have gone over your head.

What we have at the moment is a triumph of marketting BS over real world practicalities. Yes, all those problems *can* be solved, but, as with cars broadcasting their details all over the place or Barbies spaffing your kids information to the world, WILL they? And if so, WHEN?

All of the issues raised are ones that need to be solved *before* such systems go live, but what we're seeing is another desperate rush to be First to Market and only then will the engineering issues start to be addressed if IoT and other such nonsense is any example to go by.

"God help the world if the people commenting above are NOT representative of the state of the art." FTFY.

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How to solve a Rubik's Cube in five seconds

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@hardboiledphil

> I learned to complete it from an A4 set of instructions someone sold me back in the day

Did you ever live in Bristol? Might have been me :-)

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Re: Ah, happy memories ...

I went one better: I typed up my own version of how to solve the cube, got my uncle to photocopy off a load of them, then would sit in the nearby shopping centre and wait for someone to come along and watch me solve it.

They'd say "I wish I could do that" or some such, at which point I'd flog them a copy of my solution for a quid (this was back in the days when a pound was actually real money, rather than small change!)

Made a tidy sum (which I'd then blow on video games in the local arcade, but that's another story!)

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Snooping Scottish plod to be taken to tribunal by spied-on detective

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Re: Outraged of Oban

Unfortunately what they'll actually get is six months "Gardening Leave" (at Tax-payers' expense), then told that they've been a naughty boy and they shouldn't do it again, before either getting back to work on full pay (and probably a promotion) or retire with a big golden parachute...

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Italians to spend €150m ... snooping on PS4 jabber

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Don't forget...

... terrorists could also spell out messages using alphabetti spaghetti and post them via Snapchat...

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Hello Barbie controversy re-ignited with insecurity claims

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@harmjschoonhoven - Re: FTFY

Exactly what I was thinking.

How long before Barbie starts delivering "Important messages from carefully chosen suppliers"?

"Hey, kids, have you heard of this great new accessory set? Builds week-by-week into a complete package, only £1.99 for the first part! Just say 'Yes Please' to buy! (allsubsequentpartsare£9.99comesin104weeklyinstallmentsnorefundspermitted)"

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Doctor Who: The Hybrid finally reveals itself in the epic Heaven Sent

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Damn, that was another corker...

... and even better than the last one!

Capaldi really gets to show what he's capable of doing with the part in this episode, even more so than with his excellent anti-war speech previously or his comments to Asildir, reprised in this episode "If you were any part of killing her and you're not afraid, then you understand nothing at all. So understand this, I am The Doctor and I'm coming to find you and I will never, ever stop" (as I mentioned last week, just what he said about the Quantum Shade...)

I was wondering as the episode went along if this was some massive exercise in self-flagellation cf the Dream Lord in "Amy's Choice" where he says there's "only one person in the universe hates me as much as you do", ie himself, but it turned out to be even more sneaky than that and I'm annoyed that I couldn't remember the Bird story (even though I recently re-read Terry Pratchett's Wee Free Men which also mentions it), but that just made the revelation even better.

I did guess where he ended up when I saw the Castle in the Confession Dial (bigger on the inside) and I loved the "I came the long way round" comment.

So, Who is Me? Or is Me the Hybrid and not Who? (And Who's on First Base?! Sorry...!) all will be revealed (WITHOUT SPOILERS, PLEASE!) very soon...

PS I also loved the line "I'm nothing without an audience" with a quick break of the fourth wall as Capaldi glances towards the camera and us :-)

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I think it's just that, from certain angles, Capaldi and Baker look very similar.

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VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe

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@readinthereg - Re: Well....

> "We need a couple of patsies to take the fall"

Or, to rephrase the headline: "VW's Audi suspends two scapegoats..."

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Capita increases share of public sector revenue to measly £1.8bn

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"they must be doing something right"

Ker-ching! "Trebles all round, chaps!" - Crapita's Board

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Indian scientists teach computers to see by watching Cricket

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Yes, but...

... what about nonchalant pigeons and shiny red buses...?

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Nominet to hike price of UK web domains by 50%

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"Members are asking why a price increase makes sense...

"... when despite inflation-busting salary increases, the organization still makes millions of pounds in profit."

Gosh, *I* don't know, boys and girls. Why do *YOU* think this price increase makes sense to Nominet...?

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IOCCO: Police 'reckless' for using terrorism powers on journo sources

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"Police Scotland have now...

"... established "significant measures in order to prevent any recurrence of such contraventions."

Someone has wagged their finger severely at the perpetrators and told them: "Next time, DON'T get caught!"

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Why Microsoft yanked its latest Windows 10 update download: It hijacked privacy settings

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@dogged - Re: @Mark Allen - Surely a simple answer

> Seriously? You object to the system using System Restore to restore your system? Or you're just being a bloody idiot? Which is it?

Oops, nice False Dilemma. You fail to realise there's a third option, so let me explain it:

System Restore is there for ME to restore MY system to a configuration that worked after something has gone wrong.

It is NOT there for SOMEONE ELSE to run a piece of software, browse through my previous settings and change them WITHOUT MY PERMISSION!

Does that make it clear now?

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@Mark Allen - Re: Surely a simple answer

> That old thing called System Restore.

And, of course, they say, in big letters, "This program wants to access your System Restore data to return to your old settings. Please click here to approve this"...

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Grow up, judge tells EFF: You’re worse than a complaining child

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Fifth arrest in TalkTalk hacking probe: Now Plod cuff chap in Wales

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Re: A ydynt yn hyd yn oed yn cael y rhyngrwyd yng Nghymru?

Am I the only one who read that and thought "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"?

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Suck it, Elon – Jeff Bezos' New Shepard space rocket blasts off, lands in one piece

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So it's an Up-Goer...

... AND a Safely Back-Down-Goer too!

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MoJ restarts troubled £250m National Offender management ICT system

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"Restarted"?

So they tried switching it off and back on again...?

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