* Posts by Jim Booth

595 posts • joined 11 Jul 2007

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You can't have that many! China scuppers US, EU tech tariff talks

Jim Booth

Reciprocity.

Whatever the Chinese impose on others in terms of trade tariffs, impose on them. They will soon get the point.

Simple.

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Murdoch stands between your kids and filth with BSkyB network-level SHIELD

Jim Booth

Re: Hey!

..'.nother tit in the (pay)wall.....

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New Retina iPad Mini not sold out HOURS after launch - world REELS

Jim Booth

Re: Has the NHS started .....

On the NHS? You are kidding right? must be private patients ;)

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Crowdfunded audit of 'NSA-proof' encryption suite TrueCrypt is GO

Jim Booth
Coat

Re: Audit

The NSA.

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Here's what YOU WON'T be able to do with your PlayStation 4

Jim Booth

Re: This is definitely a DEALBREAKER, a classic sneaky, royally scumbag corporate move...

Its coming in an update after launch:

http://couchjockeyz.com/mp3-support-dlna-and-more-features-to-follow-on-2nd-ps4-update/

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NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

Jim Booth
Coat

"The spacecraft exited safe mode at 4:12 p.m. CDT (5:12 p.m. EDT) earlier today"

Typical Windows. I hope they fire the sys admin who booted it into safe mode and forgot to take it out again.

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WD unveils new MyBook line: External drives now bigger... and CHEAP

Jim Booth

Re: Bad Experience

Ext2Read is the utility you want to read MyBookLive drives in windows. Crack open the case, remove the drive and hook it up via sata and run Ext2Read. Voilà.

Then go and buy a better backup solution ;)

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Jim Booth

Not had a good experience with 2 x WD mybooklives - as soon as there was a power failure the bloody things would not get back on the network. Ended up ripping the case open to get the drive out to read the data.

Bought a Synolgy instead...

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Grand Theft Auto V: Violent, sweary and amazingly ambitious

Jim Booth

GTA should be banned. Think of the children.

Bollocks :D

Its insanely fun, I thought I was slightly mad until I met Trevor this guy is off the reservation in a big way lol - looking forward to MP.

Although I have to think of my state of mind when I enjoyed driving to the top of Mt Chiliad, finding some hikers and pushing them off then parachuting to safety from the cops...;)

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Fukushima sends Japanese IT to the cloud

Jim Booth

"FUKUSHIMA SENDS JAPANESE IT TO THE CLOUD"

As long as its not mushroom shaped then that's ok.

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Tencent offers 10TB of free cloud storage for all

Jim Booth

Store data in a Chinese cloud?

<falls off chair laughing>

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

Jim Booth

You are bloody kidding right? What next, filing on the word THE?

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NSA admits slurping thousands of domestic emails with no terror connection

Jim Booth

So does this mean someone at the NSA is going to be sentenced to 33 years in prison as well?

No?

Thought not.

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New use for old iPhones: Watch your house get robbed in REAL-TIME

Jim Booth

Or the perps wear balaclavas (sorry stereotyping!) or similar head gear....

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Chinese firm applies for 'Edward Snowden' trademark

Jim Booth

A Chinese company registering a trademark?

Anyone else see the Irony here?

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Space-walker nearly OPENED HELMET to avoid DROWNING

Jim Booth

You know, I only have absolute respect for these people who go into space and the boffins who get them there. It's a very hostile environment and its a monumental achievement by man (and women!!)

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

Jim Booth

What grated me this morning was reading in the BBC article the statement:

Downing Street has said the case is an "operational matter for the police"

How bloody convenient, the government can say "oh it was the wholly independent police force which stopped Miranda, not us" and sit back and claim no involvement whatsoever despite the fact that it would not just have been the police in the room with Miranda. You can bet your arse M15 were there too.

I do not know if its old age, but I am getting more and more inclined to join / start a new political party to fight these moralless people in "charge". For that statement alone I have probably just marked myself as "troublesome".

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Snowden's email provider may face court rap after closing service

Jim Booth
Megaphone

Re: How's that 'not strong-arming' going, Obama?

In fairness to Obama, and I by no means defend him - the situation in America (and probably the UK) is that the security agencies have become so unwieldy and self propelling organs of self interest that I doubt he has much clue about what they do.

This is brutally evident in the expose on the NSA.

When a country thinks it needs a secret court, secret sealed subpoenas etc then it clearly needs to sit up and re-evaluate what the hell it is actually doing.

1984? We are already WAY beyond that.

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Probation officer gets TINY fine for spilling domestic violence victim's ADDRESS

Jim Booth

"Unlawfully obtaining or accessing personal data is a criminal offence, under the aforementioned Section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998. The offence is punishable by a fine of up to £5,000 in a magistrates' court or an unlimited fine in a Crown court."

Maybe they should start looking at the ACPO then as well.......

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Kiwi jetpack gets all-clear for manned tests

Jim Booth

Great leap forward but with only 30 mins flight time I cannot see much use for it tbh.

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Apple erects measures to stop app-happy kids splurging parents' dosh

Jim Booth

They should just ban these outrageous in app payments and charge a bit more for the game in the first place. For example, I was looking at the smurfs village the other day an the "smurfberries" are extortionately priced - £99 yes nearly 100 quid, for 2000 of them.

That game will not be going anywhere near my tablet.

NOTE: All payments on my table are password protected so there is no chance of buying these in app purchases but it grates me all the same.

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OWN GOAL! 100s of websites blocked after UK Premier League drops ball

Jim Booth

They did not get the IP address to block from Andrew Crossley by any chance?

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Jim Booth

Re: 0.0.0.0/0

Wait for the - please block http://*.*

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

Jim Booth

Apple knows that now, if it loses a patent battle case, the ITC decision to ban imports of its new phone will be overturned by Obama so they have nothing to fear.

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Obama appoints intelligence boss to run 'independent' review of NSA

Jim Booth

How the hell did Obama keep a straight face when he made this appointment? Does he seriously think that anyone will believe what Clap Trap says?

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'Look, give us Snowden' - this Friday's top US-Russia talks revealed

Jim Booth
Coat

Re: take him out

The drones are reportedly being withdrawn slowly from Pakistan and Afghanistan - I wonder where they will be going next ? :)

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Jim Booth

Re: Dear United States of America

That's diplo speak for "Woohoo we have someone with intimate knowledge of the NSA" but need to be seen to begrudgingly take him in.

In reality, I bet he is being debriefed extensively by the Russians right now.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

Jim Booth

If I were in charge of Samsung, I would pull out of the American market entirely. They do not need them based on their sales. Leave the US "innovate" and see how long it takes for them to go "oops we cocked up".

Obama, you have just made the US justice system and the ITC (if it were not already) a laughing stock.

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Exposed: RSPCA drills into cops' databases, harvests private info

Jim Booth

So, a private charity can request highly personal information through a private company (ACPO)?

The ICO should be crawling all over this.

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Hooker in Dudley man's car 'just helping to buy tomatoes'

Jim Booth

Re: This is easily done

Thank your lucky stars you did not have any tomatoes with you....

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

Jim Booth

"depleted uranium shot" WTF? in a shotgun?!?!

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Radiohead's Thom Yorke pulls his own music off Spotify

Jim Booth
Megaphone

Hmm.

On one I had I absolutely support the artists in the royalty rate saga but on the other hand these artists took the devils payment when they signed with the money grabbing music companies. Spotify is partly owned by the big music companies so the blame while not completely absolving spotify, needs to go back to the labels the artists have signed with.

If I were a group of unhappy artists I would start my own streaming company purely for artists and have a sustainable model for payments to said artists. Trouble is, I suspect a lot of the bigger bands out there like the money that comes in from being signed to a big label - trouble is you cannot have it both ways.

BTW This in no way supports the behaviour of the labels, I personally think they are parasites, but hey.

On the artist side, I buy music from sites such as http://bandcamp.com which is direct from the artist and not a label.

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

Jim Booth

In my opinion if you need secret laws then something is clearly wrong.

The only way this will change is by radical upheaval of so called democracy. ALL laws and policy should be subject to a public voting system, (after all this is democracy right?) otherwise you will always be at the whim of a select few. Yes this may result in some extraordinary decisions but hey, that's life.

The revelations from the NSA, GCHQ, Mossad etc are nothing new - they have been doing this for YEARS. Snowden should be bloody knighted in my opinion, as he has taken a huge personal risk to expose the lies and corruption in our societies neatly covered as "legal" by the very same people who make the law.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely - period.

One word if you want to stop these people in their tracks :

encryption, encryption, encryption.

This used to be just for the paranoid but I even paranoid people are being watched.

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BT earmarks super-speedy 300Mbit/s broadband for 50 exchanges

Jim Booth

Re: Great, but will BT prioritise those areas that need this?

What is not funny is that when HS is built it will probably be quicker to jump on a train with a large file to send to London on a USB Stick than it will be to send it on some crappy connections......

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Kick the tyres on UK's swap-shop for cat pics and other copyright stuff

Jim Booth

Re: Not sure about 'promotion'

Most people buy music from (insert your store / app store here) when they have heard the track. Every time a song is played on air that is promoting it.

In the beginning, the music labels had to beg radio stations to play tracks and now they charge for it. This is like me charging you every time you walk past my theoretical car showroom just because you saw my intellectual property.

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Jim Booth

I have always been fiercely against these licenses as if it was not for the DJ's, radio stations etc promoting the artists they would not have a business in the first place. Also requiring people to pay for licences for listening to the radio in a work place is frankly taking the piss.

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

Jim Booth

Just for absolute fun, it would be good to hack these and put your own message in :)

"Hello, this is God" *

"WTF????!"

*Watch Real Genius.....

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

Jim Booth
FAIL

Its "deeply troubling"

That countries like the US and the UK can snoop so broadly and so secretly and call it "lawful" when they make the laws themselves.

Its akin to giving a thief the keys to a bank and saying please look after it.

This guy is a bloody hero for exposing what a lot of people knew but could not prove was happening, read the "Puzzle Palace" by James Banford for one and the "Shadow Factory" to understand it has been going on for a very long time all under the guise of "lawful".

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Home Office launches £4m cyber security awareness scheme

Jim Booth
Unhappy

How

In today's climate, can they justify 4m on this?

Governments really have lost the plot.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

Jim Booth
Happy

How t okeep a secret and not let the NSA / GCHQ find out

Its simple - I just do not tell myself the secret that I need to keep and thus I cannot post it online or email it or store it on my computer.

Its completely secure :)

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New cheapo iPhone ain't gonna be that cheap, says non-Foxconn CEO

Jim Booth
FAIL

Disclaimer : I am an avid Android user

In my humble opinion, no matter what hardware Apple make, it's the UI that lets it down for me. Its just not configurable how I would want to use it.

My opinion on iphones are further skewed by the fact that kicking and screaming, I was given a 4S for work and it truly is shite. Battery life is poor and it drops calls 85% of the time even with a condom around it (figuratively speaking)

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NASA serves up Curiosity's billion-pixel panorama

Jim Booth
Happy

Re: It told me 'Click Here' ...

Well spotted sir.

For those who want to view without silverlight and just flash:

http://gigapan.com/galleries/10614/gigapans

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Hey, wannabe Murdochs, yet more chances to run your own telly station

Jim Booth
Thumb Down

So...

Another foreseeable waste of taxpayers money.

The BBC (read taxpayer) is forced to fund it, forced to buy local content, the coverage will be small, and more than likely, completely ignored by all locals except those forced to watch it in care homes, doctors surgeries etc.

Hmm, I can see this being a roaring success.....

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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

Jim Booth
Happy

Re: how many were arrested?

Ah, that information is buried forever on the PNC and you cannot have it so there.

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Jim Booth
Big Brother

"The more you give them, the more they want".

The PNC should not hold old convictions / cautions UNLESS they are of a serious nature / involve vulnerable people (ie children). How does a caution / slap on the wrist (or back in the day a clip around the ear) for say stealing a mars bar from Woolies 30 years ago bear any influence whatsoever to any future behaviour? Such minor incidents serve just to cement the fact that give any establishment the ability to hold information on you and they will expand it out of all proportion on the weak premise of "just in case". Minor incidents should be wiped off after the 8 year period as detailed in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act for spent convictions, anything less is a travesty and downright goes far beyond orwellian.

As a nation, we seem to be moving (or realistically have moved) more and more into the realm of constant surveillance and monitoring of ordinary people under the guise of "terrorism" (please) or crime prevention (really?) and seem to be able to do nothing about it. Writing to your MP is about as ineffectual on any matter as asking your dog to do the same, protests just seem to mark you for life for being "disruptive" and no doubt added to some database anyway. To me, democracy is an illusion or another way, democracy is the ability to vote in the next dictator.

Once they have these databases, they become seductive and at that point you might as well try to walk on water rather than get them to give them up.

Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

I cannot emphasize that statement strongly enough.

No doubt not writing anonymously will mark me as a "troublemaker" but hey, fuck it.

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Yahoo! joins! rivals! in! PRISM! data! request! admission!

Jim Booth
Big Brother

Re: How do they know why they're being requested?

More to the point, these are the ones they KNOW about. I bet there are lot of things the NSA do that the companies are blissfully unaware of to their data.

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

Jim Booth

Re: AND

oooh you are SO going on the naughty chair for that many bombs....

Dammit, so am I....

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

Jim Booth
Black Helicopters

It has been going on for a long time

People seem to think this has only just happened when in fact this has been going on for a very long time.

Read Puzzle Palace and The Shadow Factory by James Bamford.

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Obama administration defends mass call-data slurping

Jim Booth
Meh

Now you know

What the Utah data centre is for......

Fucking governments. No doubt, I will be on someones watch list for that comment.....

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MIND CONTROL HAT makes CHOPPER do what BRAIN says

Jim Booth
Happy

Well done

Well done guys and gals. This has huge potential for people with disabilities :)

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