* Posts by Graham Marsden

5463 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Twitter 'news' spreads faster than Ebola #FakeCures #Malware

Graham Marsden
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Re: Attitude problem

> the growing prevalence of the belief that the authorities are lying to us

Perhaps if they *STOPPED* lying to us, then, we might actually start believing them.

(Yes, I know, it's a silly idea...)

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No sail: NASA spikes Sunjammer

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One for...

... El Reg's Special Projects Bureau?

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'Cowardly, venomous trolls' threatened with TWO-YEAR sentences for menacing posts

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Whatever next...?

Threatening to prosecute and jail someone for a joking comment about blowing up Robin Hood airport?

Nah, that's ridiculous, it would never happen...

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SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links

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@steogede - Re: Don't often find myself praising the BBC

> I don't understand the phrase "sticking to the letter of the law, rather than its spirit".

I suggest you try reading some of the stories on El Reg of the way that laws which have been passed, ostensibily for the purposes of "anti-terrorism" such as RIPA have been used (or abused) by Councils to spy on people, let alone people who have been jailed, again under anti-terrorism legislation, for simply refusing to hand over their passwords.

I don't know whether those laws were written with, shall we say, deliberate incompetence, or whether their drafters *really* didn't think about how they could be used, but open-ended legislation that give TPTB carte blanche to do what they like is not good for our liberties.

Now do you start to understand?

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Re: Don't often find myself praising the BBC

> If there was a reference to the information in a book should we start burning the books?

Oh good grief.

Find a better Straw Man to knock down. Please...

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Re: Don't often find myself praising the BBC

You miss the point that Google is being deliberately bloody-minded by smugly claiming to "do the right thing" whilst sticking to the letter of the law, rather than its spirit.

If someone has not committed an offence and *was* doing something in private (the Mosely case you cite is a perfect example) then that information should *NOT* be made available through searches, something which is entirely different from the cases of the IRA members who were caught, tried and convicted according to the law.

Google are just messing around and playing silly buggers to try to undermine the law whislt pretending to obey it.

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

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@Matt Bryant - Re: Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

Of course *you* have never been personally affected by Ebola or the beheading of hostages, so from *your* perspective you have nothing to worry about, do you?

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'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

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Re: What is this, punch the monkey?

Yep, AdBlock Plus isn't just good for blocking annoying adverts!

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Re: Homeland security

Don't you know? Copyright Theft funds Terrorism!

You can tell by the number of acts of terrorism Mr Dancing Jesus committed...

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

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Re: Great, but...

> perhaps the people who have downvoted me would care to explain *WHY* they did so?

Clearly not...

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Graham Marsden
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Re: Great, but...

Ok, perhaps the people who have downvoted me would care to explain *WHY* they did so?

Two simple questions: 1) What good is having a vaccine if you don't have the medical staff on the ground to administer it? 2) Do you really think that Western volunteers are a long term solution?

And a follow up: Once you have those staff, you can improve medical care for all the people who need it. Do you think that's a bad thing??

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Great, but...

... perhaps he could also consider donating a similar sum to provide funding for decent health-care in Africa, parts of which, such as Liberia, have one Doctor for every 100,000 people...

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Australian spookhaus busted for warrantless tap of own phones

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Quis Custodiet....

... Ipsos Custodes?

Well know we know, they're watching themselvs!

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Re: A bit heavy?

Don't start something...

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Arab States make play for greater government control of the internet

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Oh, but really...

... governments have *so much* experience of running things like this! And they never get it wrong or screw up, do they? And they always respect the rights and liberties of their citizens, don't they? And they never pass laws which are solely to benefit rich donors or...

... excuse me, I can't type any more due to excessive cynical laughter...

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Don't you just...

... 'ate it when that 'appens...

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Philip Morris seeks pay-per-puff patent to help you STOP smoking

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"Giving up the gaspers" - Prior art

Stogie as used by Sam Slade (that's S-L-A-Y-E-D to you) from Robo Hunter in 2000 AD :-)

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Well I think...

... it was Colonel Mustard in the Conservatory with the Lead Piping!

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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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WTF?

I just have to say...

... Oh, the IRONY!

*cough* Gary McKinnon *cough*

(PS Damn, I see alain williams just beat me to that one :-/ )

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Google in 'right to be forgotten' snub probe: Ireland tackles moans

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@cynic56 - Re: Here's the rub...

> I believe that is the expression - although it's clearly wrong.

Yes, of course it's *far* better that we send 100 innocent people to prison rather than risk letting one guilty person go free...

PS the Daily Mail comments page is over there ->

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Graham Marsden
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"news publishers have had links to their stories blocked"

Why do the words "Passive Aggressive" come to mind?

This sounds like Google behaving like a stroppy teenager saying "Well I'm only doing what you told me to do!", obeying the letter of the instruction whilst ignoring the spirit of it.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

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Once again...

... Lewis omits the words "Nar nar ne-nar nar!"

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Chatting to Al Qaeda? Try not to do that – Ex spy chief defends post-Snowden NSA

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Re: Just Don't

> New-Liberty

Double-plus good, Prole!

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Dot-gay told it's NOT gay enough – but web'll be officially .eco-friendly

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How about...

.cashingin

.moneymaking

.scam

.treblesallround

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How much is Microsoft earning from its Android taxes again?

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@Flocke Kroes - Re: @Graham Marsden

Are you seriously asking me that? (NB, for clarity, I'm talking about *proper* patents, ie ones for actual inventions, not "methods" or "software" or nonsense like that)

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@Flocke Kroes - Re: According to the patent lobby...

I would have up-voted you if it hadn't been for that last line.

Patents, when granted and applied properly serve a useful purpose. Unfortunately, of course, these days the system has been so abused with ridiculously broad patents being granted (not to mention software patents) that the whole system has broken down and needs root-and-branch reforming.

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SHOW ME the MONEY: Payment code spied in Facebook Messenger

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@ukgnome - Re: How to use the Facebook Messenger app

> Apps on phones need to know what the device is doing for a start.

Can you not see the difference between knowing if the phone owner is making a call and knowing *who* the owner is calling?

The former I (probably) don't have an issue with. The latter I do have an issue with. The problem is that *I* don't get the choice if I can only grant an "all or nothing" permission.

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@ukgnome - Re: How to use the Facebook Messenger app

It isn't what they do with the permissions *now*, it's what they *can* do with them in the future which is what concerns people.

Given the lack of granularity in Android permissions (which are pretty much all or nothing), I'd certainly prefer "nothing" in cases like this given the way FB considers you to be the product.

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

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@AC - Re: Change in the law?

Of course the fact is that *some* such pictures, even if of entirely legal acts, can be considered illegal if they fall under the Extreme Porn legislation...

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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"He admitted winning over public trust would be far from easy"

See icon for details...!

Oh and:

> Bristow said he could see “advantages” if the government stripped Scotland Yard of its leadership role in the fight against terrorism, arguing that capabilities and tactics in fighting organised criminals and terrorists are often the same. The implication of this would be for the National Crime Agency to lead the fight against both terrorism and organised crime.

Hmm, indeed. Doesn't that rather sound like someone Empire Building?

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@AC - Re: Public confidence?

> Oh well three would rather be blown up than risk having their grocery order read. Any choice of terrorist cell? What a strange world.

What a strange world *you* live in, where, because *you* can't see the dangers of having the State snoop on everything we do and everything we say and know about everyone we talk to, you are quite happy to give away *our* Rights and Liberties which people fought wars to protect.

Oh and do you not see the irony of you posting as AC either...???

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Euro probe headed for Amazon's tax back door

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@frank ly - Re: Faster than a speeding politician

Maybe there are elections coming up...

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AT&T fires insider for slurping customers' social security numbers, driver licenses and more

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WTF?

Rules? Guidelines...?

How about "How the *fuck* was this sort of thing possible at all for a 'rogue staffer'"?

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New EU data chief: 'We share common targets with the United States'

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"that some data protection rights for Americans shall be extended to non-Americans"

Oh well isn't *that* generous of them!

AMERICA, FUCK YEAH OFF!!!

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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@MJI - Re: It's Dr Who

Clarke used the Monolith to take a short cut :-)

"My god! It's full of stars!"

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Re: @Destroy All Monsters

> So you are really looking at a few billion of years full-out collection.

Now try typing "How old is the Moon" into Google...

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Graham Marsden
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@Destroy All Monsters

> You may want to explain where gigatons of pure energy come from

Erm, why does the Moon shine...?

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@Gordon 10 - Re: However preposterous it was

I agree entirely.

There have been plenty of preposterously non-scientific episodes in past series of Who, but at least we had some real tension in this one and chances for Capaldi and Coleman to stretch their acting talents as well as deliver some lovely lines such as "I'll slap you so hard you'll Regenerate!"

Oh and as for those complaining about "Too many episodes set on Earth", I grew up with the Pertwee era...!

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Uni boffins: 'Accurate' Android AV app outperforms most rivals

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From the files...

... of Police Squad!

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Will we ever can the spam monster?

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The price of freedom...

Although spam is a nuisance and even the best filters can't stop it all, it is, in a way, some consolation that whilst it's possible for people to spam without being stopped, it is also possible for others to express themselves without state interference and control.

Ok, I admit it's hardly an ideal situation, but consider the alternative...

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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Remember my fellow "sheeple"...

... we mustn't object or complain about the Police using the full extent of their "legal" powers to protect us from terrorists and paedophiles and drug dealers (oh my!) for fear that, if we do, we will be dubbed "Police Haters" by Matt...

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Dear Reg readers. I want Metro tiles to replace ALL ICONS in Windows. Is this a good idea?

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@Ross K - Re: Statistical Observation

Whatever Matt's reasons (and reasoning) we should still allow him the right of Freedom of Expression, even though in his idealistic fascist state he'd deny that right to anyone who disagreed with him (ironic, as he keeps calling everyone else "sheeple", when what he really means is that they're not following him...)

It's a shame in a way because occasionally he does actually come up with intelligent points, but he seems to lack confidence in his arguments because to "reinforce" them he has to resort to name-calling, oh-so-clever insulting name-changes, ad hominems and keeping on moving the goalposts every time someone makes a point he can't answer.

Then there's also his habit of trying to shift the burden of proof by, rather than him having to prove he's right, demanding that others prove he is wrong (of course when someone does that, as I did recently, with quotes from the actual laws involved, he just moved the goalposts again).

So let him post, if nothing else it shows some the dangers we face if we stop fighting to protect our Rights and Liberites.

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The Maze Runner – a merry teenage dystopian adventure that doesn't make you cringe

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Re: No comparison to The Cube?"

The problem with Cube (not The Cube IIRC ) is that there were too many unanswered questions and the answers that were provided in the sequels really didn't make sense (and looked more like ret-cons for the most part).

Also some characters seemed to be in there just to supply useful information for plot exposition and, once they'd done that, they were killed off as they were no longer of any use.

So, nice film, nice ideas, but ultimately unsatisfying.

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'Encryption will make life very easy for criminals and terrorists'

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@cap'n - Re: won't someone think of the children

THE CRIME ISSSSS LIFE. THE SSSSSENTENCE ISSSS DEATH!

- Judge Death.

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EFF: Cops' spyware for parents is insecure – and a fat waste of money

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@AC - "Please tell me that this isn't true."

Unfortunately it's very true and very disturbing...

http://www.forbes.com/sites/instituteforjustice/2014/03/12/cops-use-traffic-stops-to-seize-millions-from-drivers-never-charged-with-a-crime/

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@Old Handle

Ah, but it's different when *they* do it...

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Remember...

... an honest politician is one who *stays* bought..

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Our Vultures peck at new Doctor Who: Exterminate or, er ... carrion?

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Capaldi - Great, storylines, not so much

Capaldi is a great actor, but, like all such actors, he's struggling with what have been, mostly, frankly naff stories.

They're trying too hard to be "funny" or "mad-cap" or "screwball" which really isn't working and when they do come up with something good such as Listen (although pretty much from the start I was thinking "Hang on, isn't that The Silence he's talking about?") it then ended with what was an utterly ridiculous cop-out ending which ruined it.

Most of the rest of the episodes have been lazy re-treads (hanging a massive Lampshade on the clockwork robots and having a bit of girl-on-lizard-girl action wasn't enough to save the first one) and Robot of Sherwood was just dull.

My feelings on The Caretaker were "well, it was better than the last couple of episodes", but that really wasn't saying much.

Come on, Who writers, you can do better than this...

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Cable guy, Games of Thrones chap team up to make Reg 'best sci-fi film never made' reject

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I cannot remember just how many times I *almost* gave up on the Gap series, but then there would be a page (or even just a paragraph) of the incredible writing which Donaldson is occasionally capable of and it would hook me back in...

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You dirty RAT! Hong Kong protesters infected by iOS, Android spyware

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"The Android version requested access to the full suite of permissions"

Yet another argument for why we, as users, should get control over what an App can actually access and use, rather than "If you want to use this App, you *have* to give it all these permissions, take it or leave it".

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