* Posts by John Watts

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Netflix: Sacre vache! French resistance from the vestibuleurs de consommation

John Watts

Thank you

Thank you for an interesting and informative article.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

John Watts

won't somebody please think of the children!

"For example, it can be used to identify a child who has threatened over social media to commit suicide."

I'd argue the information on their profile would be a better and quicker way to identify them.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

John Watts

KT PRICE

Kill The Payload Reliably In Case of Emergency

or, if we're being strict ...

Kill The Payload Reliably In Certain Emergencies

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

John Watts

Re: Compression / healing

I think we can consider a different planet to be analogous to a different partition (possibly on a different device).

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

John Watts
Black Helicopters

Re: Airspace

An excerpt from:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1986_United_States_bombing_of_Libya

For the Libyan raid, the United States was denied overflight rights by France, Spain and Italy as well as the use of European continental bases, forcing the Air Force portion of the operation to be flown around France, Spain and through the Straits of Gibraltar, adding 1,300 miles (2,100 km) each way and requiring multiple aerial refuelings. The French refusal alone added 2,800 km total, and was imposed despite the fact that France itself had been the target of terrorism directed by the Gaddafi government in Libya. French president Mitterrand refused its clearance because the United States refused to give to the French army all details about the operation and he did not want to authorize any foreign operation that couldn't be analysed by French authorities.

...

Some bombs landed off-target, striking diplomatic and civilian sites in Tripoli, while the French embassy was only narrowly missed.

Probably just an unfortunate coincidence.

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Ubuntu without the 'U': Booting the Big Four remixes

John Watts

Re: Exactly

But history is written by the winner.

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The healing hands of guru Dabbs

John Watts
Angel

I know the fairy dust effect.

A friend of mine would have computer problems that he'd ask me to fix (being a self-employed tradesman he knew the score so there'd always be a drink in it for me - I wouldn't always accept if as it's the thought that counts as much as anything).

I'd get there and get him to show me what he was doing and it would work. He'd always swear blind that he did the exact same thing before and it didn't work.

After a while, instead of me going to his we'd go over it on the phone and again it would work and he'd swear he'd done the same thing.

The last 'support call' I had from him was a text message to say he'd been having computer problems and was thinking of ringing me when it started working.

I think he was almost convinced I had magic powers by then.

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Ten... highlights from 40 years of Atari

John Watts
Childcatcher

800XL

I had an 800XL with the floppy disk drive that was so noisy I could never get away with playing any games when I was supposed to be in bed.

I also had one of the graphics tablets it had which made a great substitute paddle for playing breakout. I used to engage cheat mode on the higher levels by resting a book on the space bar (which was the pause button and would produce a jittery half-speed with the key-repeat).

Those were the days.

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The IBM PC is 30

John Watts
Windows

Start as you mean to go on ...

I notice MS BASIC was available in three different versions from the start.

I suppose they'd have done it with DOS if there'd been any functionality that could have been taken away without leaving it unusable.

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Oracle sues Google over Java in Android

John Watts

Alternatively ...

Oracle do databases.

So do Google.

Oracle would like to use some of Google's technology or patents.

Oracle will shut up if Google lets them do x y and z.

That is all.

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'Eternal' sun-plane still aloft after 7 days, aiming for 14

John Watts
Thumb Down

missing the point

"There's no doubt that the current flight is a significant achievement for Qinetiq. However, as with Zephyr's previous unofficially record-breaking flight one can't help noticing that the firm has chosen to make the attempt in uniquely favourable circumstances.

...

If the sun-plane is generating a large surplus above what it needs to stay airborne, well and good: Qinetiq are offering no details at this point. If it isn't, though, its claim to be the first useful "eternal plane" will look rather unfounded. ®"

It's about claiming it to be the "first useful 'eternal plane'" when adding a couple of webcams and a radio might take its endurance down to 14 hours.

I got the impression the author understood science and engineering from the last paragraph. I also got the impression he understood PR talk.

IMHO of course.

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Do Google's search warrant police run IE6?

John Watts

Perhaps Google has little choice?

How about thus - Google have to give access to some data to some US authorities.

The authorities are able to directly connect to whatever server provides this data using http. The authorities insist on using IE6. Google use IE6 to access the server as the web-application has been coded specifically for IE6 as that's what the authorities insisted on at the time.

You'd imagine that Google would be able write code that operates on more than one browser so the conclusion then is that Google are running software that they can't control / didn't write - presumably provided by the previously mentioned authorities.

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Blogger outs back-end Google tech

John Watts

It all becomes clear

So that's where they get all the shit to fill the 600 pages of search results that you don't need once you've tried the first five results.

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McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

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Wi-Fi Beeb viewing may break law

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It's not just us

Every country has a state run TV channel don't they?

So the people in those countries must pay for it. The difference is that here you can choose not to.

I think it's fair to say that the money that the BBC gets paid benefits the country more than the cost in straight taxes, even if you don't watch telly.

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Apple Mac Pro

John Watts

@Luis Ogando

Well said that man. Well said.

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Ruling: Gov reports into ID scheme must be disclosed

John Watts
Stop

Moot my foot AC

"... A lot of the ID card stuff is actually tied up in treaty obligations for full biometric passports, and as it's not compulsory anyway, what are you winging at."

I have a biometric passport. I quite like it and I've used the biometric recognition to get out of Stanstead Airport. It was great. It's also my choice to have one.

More importantly, it's not simply a form of identity (although as one it's probably the best but as flawed as any other form of ID - see previous Reg articles).

The inside cover of my passport says this:

"Her Britannic Majesty's Secretary of State requests and requires in the name of Her Majesty all those whom it may concern to allow the bearer to pass freely without let or hindrance, and to afford the bearer such assistance and protection as may be necessary"

The ID function is secondary to the meaning of the passport - the ID part proves my entitlement to the passport which is there to allow me free passage through foreign states - the passport isn't there to prove my identity.

Having said that, I might start to carry it with me at all times. I'd like to see the look on a copper's face when I quote that at him or her if they try to stop me from taking photographs. Especially since they technically answer to HM and not HMG.

My passport is already sufficient ID if I need ID for anything. Being in my thirties I shouldn't be ID'd to get into a pub; so far I've not had to but I've seen people older than me ID'd on the way in.

That starts to sound compulsory to me. It's conditioning people to accept being ID'd as normal.

One of the greatest things about being British is that I don't have to prove me identity just because I'm on the street. I have nothing to hide and so there's no need to compel me to identify myself - I'm not a criminal and I'm not wanted so proving my identity to a copper serves no purpose.

That's the flaw in the 'nothing to hide' 'argument' - it shifts the presumption of innocence.

"If you don't want an ID card don't have one, but you won't be able to leave the UK."

I'll just use my passport thanks very much. See above for the difference.

"Most of the studies on how much it will cost have totally ignored that, I doubt ID cards themselves will actually cost that much when compared to the costs of the full biometric passport."

I refer you to the above point, viz. the function of a passport is not that of an ID Card.

"Oh, and for those of you who haven't already noticed, a lot of things already require you to use your passport as ID, in some places you need to show an NHS entitlement card to get treatment, and so on, so a citizenship card isn't really that big a deal."

Even if you don't have a passport you're still entitled to whatever services require confirmation of your identity.

A passport happens to be a convenient way of asserting identity. If it's not possible to prove your identity through means other than a passport then it's impossible to prove your identity to get a passport. Furthermore, I don't have an automatic right to a passport - the state can withdraw that right if it so chooses.

That doesn't entitle the state to withdraw my right to leave the country - I just no longer have the state's protection if I choose to do so.

One of Iraq's crimes against humanity was restricting people's right to leave Iraq. I might have a hard time leaving the country and a harder time when I arrive wherever I'm going, but if things have reached that stage then it's likely that I'd be claiming asylum anyway.

So, you see that a 'Citizenship Card' is a big deal. Other European countries are cited in the arguments for ID Cards in that 'they all have them'. They've also had dictators in the last 70 years and the ID Cards are simply a hangover from then.

Finally, the implication of a 'Citizenship Card' is that if you don't have one, then you're not a citizen. That's the creeping horror which those of us who understand what it is to be British fear.

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Laptop facial recognition defeated by Photoshop

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@Facial recognition at the border

You might get noticed holding a sheet of A4 in front of your face ...

I used it at Stanstead before Christmas. It's pretty cool actually. The paranoid conspiracy theorist in me wondered if they were grabbing a sneaky snapshot of my fingerprints at the same time though. If they were then they just know what my knuckles look like ...

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Judges grant McKinnon extradition review

John Watts

Trespass

If he went in through an open door then it's analogous to trespass.

If he was trespassing with intent to steal murder or rape then its burglary; otherwise it's a civil matter.

As for Asperger's being a defence - it's not a defence against the crime; it's a defence against extradition which would leave him with an unfair trial.

All trials must be fair even if the guilt is incontrovertible - if one trial is unfair then it brings the whole justice system into question.

The real crime is the one-sided extradition treaty and I have to say that calling it treason appeals to me.

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Israel hacks Arab TV station

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Those Hamas missiles

Aren't they the home-made tubes that don't really do much other than make a statement?

Of course, when I say don't do much that doesn't mean I'd want one going off next to me, or anywhere near me, just that a single Israeli tank probably contains more explosives than all 9,000 missiles that have been fired.

I know it's a good way to settle your conscience telling yourself that you're performing a just and proportionate response but most of those missiles land in fields and olive groves (that were farmed by Palestinians for thousands of years before they were taken).

As a last point, and someone please set me straight, Judaism>Christianity>Islam (in age terms). The Christians and Muslims must have come from somewhere right? Would they have been Jews before changing their subscription? Meaning that those with an ancestral right were already there?

I mean, I'm no expert but I'd say a Semitic Palestinian has more claim to be there than a Russian.

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Hackintosh clone surfaces in the Argentine

John Watts

@ Anti Competition Laws

There's a world of difference between "this is what we do, take it or leave it" and "this is what we do, take it and don't take anything else or we'll make you suffer".

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Google OS gOS - if at first you don't succeed...

John Watts
Happy

It's funny you know ...

But I'm sat next to a half dead laptop with a knackered CD drive that works when it wants.

It's been passed to my sister from my mum; the broken CD isn't an issue really (except for one major caveat to come) as my sister only browses the web with it.

So, I'm all set to install Linux with no window manager and just a browser which will keep her completely happy. Of course the knackered CD drive does present a bit of a problem unless I can find my old Debian net-install floppies (and they still work).

The only other option would be the boot from network option in the BIOS which will be a pain in the arse to get going, but I doubt it's impossible as I'm tapping away now on an iMac - which runs Unix, which means it's feasible.

I'm not sure what my conclusion is exactly other than that the author is simultaneously right and wrong on all fronts and my current dilema straddles every point made!

A browser only machine does suit some people and others need a stack with C compilers and the like to do things; which can be found on nice shiny expensive, but extraordinarily good value for money Apples which sometimes do a lot of things that Windows machines can only dream of without jumping through a lot of tiresome hoops.

I think the lesson is that we should all live in peace and harmony and accept that we don't all fit the same mould.

"GLIBC and shit" - I'm still laughing now. Not in the 'at' sense either but 'with'. Has the author thought about writing university courses?

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The Tzu Chi Foundation – the world’s largest Buddhist charity

John Watts
Heart

Re: Into the mysticism are you?

There's no need for the quotation marks around chi, nor to qualify it as a belief.

Take some Tai Chi and Chi Kung lessons from someone who understands chi and you'll see for yourself.

Then you can also decide whether it's actually just suggestion that makes people believe in it.

Take the idea of chi, wrap it in a little yin and yang with a layer of the five agents of change and you can see the patterns and processes in the things that go on around you. When you can see them you can make you life a whole lot less stressful.

Leaving the chi part aside though there doesn't have to be anything mystical about the other two; you can just look at them as concepts or models that in some respect can be applied to almost everything in some way.

I seem to remember a Reg article (searched, couldn't find it ...) where some scientists were saying they've discovered that walking was a combination of standing up and falling over (it was about robots, probably DARPA ones).

They should have asked me; I'd already figured that out trying to think of examples to explain how the yin yang thing works. It was nice to know I was right though.

If you want mysticism, give the I Ching a try. It's mind blowing it really is.

http://eclecticenergies.com/iching/virtualcoins.php

It might just make you wonder.

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Tux makes home on the iPhone

John Watts

Zero point?

If there's no point to what he's done then perhaps he's created a work of art. Isn't that a definition of art?

As for it not doing anything - neither did the first step towards the Linux kernel - it was just alternating numbers on a screen iirc.

You can all make jibes about meeting girls and the like, but without a whole bunch of people like that over the last fifty years or so, you wouldn't be able to sit in front of your PC and post shit on these comment boards.

Pierre is spot on - it's something fun. It's an achievement. Whoever the hacker is he has more chance of getting a girlfriend than 99% of the folks who post on here do of getting a Linux kernel running on an iPhone (through their own efforts, not by downloading something and following a step by step guide).

Yes, I'm in the 99%.

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Employees sue for unpaid Windows Vista overtime

John Watts
Stop

You lot must earn too much money ...

Or at least those of you who've questioned why the machines have to be shut down must. If there's no other reason then it's cost - 100 or 1000 machines hibernating for sixteen hours are still going to cost a few quid by the end of the year.

But then that's not the only reason.

What about updating machines over night? If it's off, then nobody's going to be logged in are they? Or what if you used a Linux image to copy over a new image of Windows overnight or even just update a few files? Surely that would warrant a shut down?

Finally of course, there's the fact that the time-clock software wouldn't work too well if you put the machine to sleep 'cause the software would never know it had been put to sleep would it?

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MoD prays RAF disk thieves aren't data savvy

John Watts
Pirate

Maybe this is why I'm not a detective ...

Perhaps I'm thinking a bit too simple here but it sounds to me more like someone just fancied a bit more room for their pr0n collection.

The locked cupboard was probably the stationery cupboard or something and the person with light fingers probably thought they were old crap that would never be missed.

I bet they're shitting themselves now though.

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YouTube rant missus hauled into court

John Watts
Happy

Hmmm ...

This is the one where she claimed they never had sex isn't it? (I couldn't bare to watch it again).

If that's the case then the marriage can't have been consummated and if that's the case then he can apply for an annulment surely?

Then they were never married and she can't divorce him and so can't get a thing. It's that or admit she told a bare-faced lie to the entire world in order to damage his reputation or cause deliberate hurt.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ...

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Google keeps killing penguins for money

John Watts
Stop

It's all bullshit ...

They couldn't give two hoots about the environment - it's all spin and money saving. If they use less energy they save money. If they tell the world that they're saving energy they can pretend they're all doing us a favour (PR for nothing).

It reminds me of the time I sat in one of Ronald McDonald's finest restaurants and read how they had all these wonderful environmentally friendly policies. As far as I could see, they were either forced to make the changes to meet legislative requirements or they saved a shit-load of money by doing whatever they said they were doing for the environment.

You know when a corporation is really doing something to help preserve the environment when they don't have to and it costs them more money to do than not. Unless those requirements are met they're just pretending to help the environment.

Just because something's environmentally friendly doesn't mean it's being done for the sake of the environment.

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Microsoft urges Windows users to shun 'carpet bombing' Safari

John Watts

Aimee ...

What would happen was every time I tried to sign in, it went into an infinite loop of redirections and never actually signed in.

To get it to let me sign in I had to delete all of the .live.com cookies I could find. Then it would let me in. Until I signed in again. Then the same thing would happen.

The only reason I switched to the super duper new fangled version was to stop it pestering me about using it.

A friend also had the same problem on his newly purchased Mac which we both solved by switching to Firefox.

I only use the hotmail account to sign up for things I expect to bombard me with crap anyway so it's not a massive problem.

In any case, I guess you answered your own question - the full version doesn't work with Safari.

Now, if the problem had presented itself to an average internet user they'd still be locked out as they'd never be able to get back in to switch to classic mode and probably wouldn't think to delete any cookies.

The system requirements omit the Mac and Linux totally, or at least I couldn't see them immediately (and now the message doesn't show at all) and yet the newer version runs fine on Firefox on this Mac - so, the system requirements don't seem to mean much at all anyway.

That said, MS do offer to let me upgrade to IE7 when using Safari, except when I get to the page there is of course no mention of OS X.

So erm, what can I say? When I managed to sign in the newer version worked fine with Safari, it was just getting signed in.

Maybe it works now. Maybe it doesn't? In the end it doesn't matter much 'cause I've got a few months of history on Firefox and won't be switching back to Safari unless Firefox does something to piss me off.

But you can trust me when I say something doesn't work.

Incidently, it's Firefox 2 I'm using the full version on, not 1.5 so it goes some way to proving you can ignore what websites tell you about the browser you should be using.

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John Watts
Coat

It's a war ...

I'm a Mac user and I don't use Safari.

The reason for that is Hotmail doesn't work (not just me, a few other people I know also have this problem).

As people have stated OS X asks you whether you want to run an application that's been downloaded from the internet. Fine if you run OS X, not so fine if you run Windows.

My guess is Apple can't be arsed 'cause MS have managed to stop Hotmail working with OS X (unless you delete all cookies in which case you can sign in once before it goes into some infinite loop of redirection).

I guess it could be a bug in Safari but it's been about for a while (not that I've reported it; I just switched to Firefox instead - not that Firefox is what it used to be either) so I'd imagine it would have been fixed by now if it was.

Maybe that's the real story behind this little spat.

Tinfoil hat please.

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Uncontacted rainforest tribe caught from the air

John Watts
Boffin

The future's bright, the future's orange ...

When the oil runs out these folks will be doing what they've always done and doing it well.

Whereas we'll be running about trying to work out which way 'round to hold a bow and trying to find cave walls big enough to hold lengthy collections of comments on the picture at the top.

On that note, what will their archaeologists make of the various nob drawings they find on the few remaining bus shelters?

Might I suggest.

"This is clearly a shrine to a phallic god.

We think it was common to make an offering of a substance called Stella.

It would seem the ritual involved consuming the mind altering substance to initiate a state of altered-consciousness and then making a symbolic transferral of the bender's* inner state to the external which was achieved by pissing all over the shrine and then having a fight to decide who gets to have sex with the various priestesses in attendance.

We can only guess at these conclusions as no records of the peak of this civilisation have survived through the ages - indeed we believe that during the break-down of this civilisation there was some degeneration of literacy and the population abandoned the pursuit of knowledge and became obsessed with shiny metal discs instead.

* We believe that the high-priests were referred to as benders as evidenced by the prolific occurrence of phrases such as 'Jay is a bender' on these shrines"

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9/11 an inside job, says Irish pop folkster

John Watts
Flame

Oh Goodie!!!

It's not often I get to rattle my conspiracy sabre at 9/11 these days - thanks Reg!

A bunch of blokes like you and I fly a few light aircraft, play Microsoft Flight-Simulator and are able to pull a stunning 90-degree turn at high speed into a building with that experience.

On that basis I should be able, with the driving lessons I've had (not managed to pass a test yet) and a few goes on a formula one racing simulator be able to get an F1 car around a track in record speed. I doubt I could even pull away let alone get to 30mph.

There was already an attempt to destroy the WTC in 1993 that everyone forgets. Especially when it comes to politicians saying that they could never have imagined a group trying to destroy the WTC! They already did you morons.

Nobody would kill 3,000 people. Any ideas on how many would die if there was no oil available? Erm, I mean will die when.

Besides that, whoever did plan it would only have to be told that there would be an effective evacuation or that the planes would never reach the target and it would just create the necessary panic. After it happened nobody involved (who hadn't died or disappeared) is going to own up to it. Maybe they did plan for no fatalities - all but one or two people? Maybe it was a rogue member of the team in Dr Strangelove style?

They said they found a burnt passport in the wreckage for fuck's sake. I saw it on the news. Surely that should get the alarm bells ringing. They 'found' it within hours! What the fuck was that all about?

Anyone with half a brain can tell that something's not right when that happens. Surely it's obvious there was prior knowledge or an existing plan to pin the blame where it needed to be pinned. That in itself is evidence enough of a cosnpiracy isn't it?

I'll repeat again - someone claimed to have found one of the attacker's passports in the rubble within hours of the planes hitting.

Just to pull a random quote from above the comment box:

> And finally the number of people need for the conspiracy to work

Apparently a dozen students can pull it off.

> the guys in charge

They aren't going to own up to it.

> the guys who fired a missile at the pentagon

They might not be alive now. They aren't going to own up if they are. They wouldn't have done it if they didn't believe it was for the "greater good". (Consider how many men were ordered to walk to their deaths across no man's land in WWI. Perhaps it was necessary to destroy the evidence of what they'd done?

> the guys who diverted , then got rid of the passangers and crew of the plane that hit the pentagon.

Just insert some fake records into the systems and fly the planes from elsewhere. Fuck it, just fly the plane in with all the people on it. Or use a cruise missile and tell everyone it was a plane. Much easier for the fragile human mind to believe.

> the guys who laid the demolition charges in WTC1, 2 and 7

I'm guessing these weren't from an average demo-firm. Think black-ops. Think about whether they're still alive or whether there was actually any need for charges?

> The guys who rigged the remote control for the 2 aircraft that hit the WTC

Who says they knew what they were doing at the time. Who says they know now. Not that you have to tell them anything, but it's just as easy a year or two before to tell them they were rigging up target practice for some experimental missile in the desert. Get a couple of teams far apart to do it on two sets of planes and let them both think it was theirs that were destroyed in the test while the other set sits in a hanger somewhere.

> The number of people in the NTSC/CIA/FBI/ NY police who covered it up

I think the idea is to fool those lot in the first place. You can't cover up something that you don't think happened. Again, apparently it only takes a dozen students to do it.

> And then finally the fact that if any 1 of them blew the whistle, he'd get immunity , millions of dollars and most of the rest would goto the electric chair........."

Firstly, the likes of you would call the crack-pots. Secondly, I know if I was doing something like this I'd destroy all the evidence as I went along for the very reasons you've cited - everyone involved would donchafink? Thirdly, the whistleblower would get the covert electric chair - all the others involved would make sure of it.

Come on folks, pull your heads out of your arses. Just because you can't imagine doing something doesn't mean someone else can't and won't and just because someone does something it doesn't mean what they did was what they thought they did.

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LG designs double-sided TV display

John Watts
Paris Hilton

There must be a way ...

... it can be used for pornography.

I haven't a clue what that way would be but porn always leads the way when it comes to adopting and adapting new technology.

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Google and Microsoft have nothing on - drum roll - the SuperNAP

John Watts
Joke

@ @ 'special license' By TheThing

> The closing screen of the vid says "Armed 24/7/365 military trained Switch employed security staff"

So we just have to wait for a leap year? HA!

Or, if they're military trained we just have to wait for them to shoot each other or direct an air-strike on to themselves?

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The Moderatrix: Exclusive boudoir snap

John Watts
Joke

Is this unlawful?

Isn't this extreme porn for Playmobil? This could land a lot of unsuspecting plastic toys in gaol.

Which they probably deserve judging by the state of their eyes and their perma-smiles - obviously at that evil Class B cannabis all the time.

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Google kills Anonymous AdSense account

John Watts

>not a religion / Governments sticking their nose in. By JonB

Of course I have no facts or research to back this up - I'm relying on a bit of the so called common sense here to make this up:

I don't think it's a question of the German Government granting or denying permission to believe but more a question of denying the rights and privileges of a religion (probably on the whole tax breaks and stuff).

No more unfounded speculation now, just a bit of good old fashioned opinion.

Whether religions should be treated differently to any other type club is another matter entirely. Not that I'd be barred from the Freemasons for lack of belief in an overall cosmic force that is (I'm sure there's plenty of other reasons though) I'm just not sure religions can ever deliver the promise they make.

If we're talking about the original and underlying similarities between the big religions that's another matter - wonderful stuff at the core and hard to argue with in many respects. It's the men who've been in charge over the years who've pissed it all up and spoiled it.

If you want a good read then "The Great Transformation" by Karen Armstrong would do you well. I just wish a few fundamental Jews, Christians and Muslims would read it so they could learn what their fundamentals actually are!

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Set-top box modders sent to prison

John Watts
Linux

I got bored reading all the comments ...

and probably didn't read the article as well as I should have and haven't gone anyway near any of the supporting articles.

However, I suspect I can clear up some of the confusion around why these folks got nicked.

Someone said something along the lines of "... baseball bat and if you used it to kill someone ...". Now, you'd be in no trouble there. If however, someone asked you how best to make a bat for killing someone and you suggested hammering a nail through the end then we're in different territory.

From what I remember of the article they guys were mods on a forum and I seem to remember it being "providing a hacking advisory service" that they were charged for. If you write a book on physics you are not providing a "nuclear weapon advisory service" (if you look a bit foreign and are carrying a university level physics textbook around the City of London you can get nicked under terrorism charges though - happened a few years ago ...).

If you enable people to ask you questions and then give the answer to "what's the best way to compact my 16kg of enriched uranium in the shortest possible time to provide the best yield?" or probably even facilitate (actively) other people to answer then you've crossed a line. If you've made money out of doing so then you've taken a running jump at the line.

I could be wrong of course, and I'm sure in someone's opinion I am. I don't care though!

Tux? 'Cause the dbox2 runs on Linux!

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USAF Colonel goes on the offensive with botnet destroyer plan

John Watts

Is it me?

Why can't they just have their own private network that isn't connected to the Internet? I can never understand why anyone would connect anything important or critical to the internet in the first place!

Yes it would be expensive but the military has never had a problem with pissing away money so I don't see it'd be a problem.

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Apple punts 'Penryn' iMacs

John Watts
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I thought I'd try to save everyone from typing.

Macs are overpriced underspec'd poncey toys for people with too much money. Macs are great value for money - you couldn't get the same spec for the same money elsewhere. OSX is great Windows is shit. Windows is great OSX is shit. 2GB is nowhere near enough memory these days. 2GB might not be enough for Vista but Macs run fine with it. OSX copied Vista. Vista copied OSX. Some boring shit about the finer points of Intel processor technology that's the equivalent of showing everyone how big your willy is except nobody is interested whatever. OSX is shit and Windows is shit; I run Ubuntu blah blah blah. I hate Steve Jobs he eats babies. Bill Gates eats the babies and their mothers. I run Cock-Rot Linux and it's the best in the world and I don't know why everyone uses Ubuntu when you can do everything using Vi and the terminal feature of my obscure mobile phone (which nobody ever rings 'cause I've got no friends). Some other boring comment about processors from someone who wants to show the world that his willy is bigger than the other processor posters (okay, one person read the whole post). Apple hardware is overpriced I hate anyone with an iPhone. Actually BSD is much better than Linux or Windows or OSX, that's why such a large percentage of people have it installed on their home machines. Doh, didn't you know that OSX is Unix and runs BSD. Actually it's not Unix 'cause Apple won't pay for the certification. Yes it is. No it's not. Fanboi something. Don't you know the whole fan-boy thing is old and so juvenille, just like your spelling. I still use a Lisa and it does everything I need it to. I use a Commodore 64 with a hard-drive and it's better than the Lisa. I don't know what I'm talking about and haven't read the article but I'm going to chip in with something irrelevant and wrong anyway. OSX sucks. OSX rocks. Bootcamp. DRM. iTunes. Steve Jobs is on first name terms with Satan. Bill Gates is Satan. I've got an iPhone and I love it. It really pisses me off that Apple has to put i in front of everything. Something about PPC versus Intel. Something completely without evidence comparing Apples and Oranges (pun intentional) proving PPC is and always will be better than x86. Something completely without evidence comparing Apples and Oranges proving x86 is and always will be better than PPC. GPL. Google. Linux. QNX. My Dad's harder than your Dad. My Nan's harder than your nan. Something anti-American. Angry riposte proving anti-American point. Thoughtful welll thought out riposte clearly disproving anti-American point that nobody will ever read because there's so much uninformed chaff above it.

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Boffins ponder 100-year archive made of TOMES

John Watts
Pirate

Dark Ages

Aren't the dark ages called the dark ages because there's little record of them?

From what I gather, when great civilizations collapse most of their records disappear.

Looks like we're heading for the end of another era then.

The question is, if we devoted some effort to making sure our data will survive and can always be read and understood, would that stop the collapse of civilization?

I think that for a whole heap of reasons I can't be bothered to type it would and that society would improve.

That said, I'm still planning my bunker!

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Ban using mobiles while crossing street, says US legislator

John Watts
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In the UK anyway

Just about the first thing the highway code says is give way to pedestrians.

That said any pedestrian should look where they're going.

I've been speaking on a mobile whilst walking before and wondered how I got where I was after the conversation (about fifteen minutes) finished.

When you're speaking on the phone, you're not in the same place that your body is; you're conscious mind is somewhere else. Having said that your unconscious mind is taking care of the stuff you do all the time - like when you manage to get home when you're so pissed you can barely get undressed when you actually get home (never done it? try drinking more).

The driver should be aware of what's going on around them. The pedestrian should too. But when it comes to it, it's the driver that's propelling a ton of metal at thirty miles per hour (because anywhere you're really like to come across a pedestrian crossing the road, the speed limit is thirty).

So whether the pedestrian is paying attention or not (and they should be) the ultimate responsibility lies with the driver as they're the ones that are acting outside of nature's limits (see how long you can travel at thirty miles per hour on foot).

On a slightly unrelated note, I think a better law to pass would be to make everyone re-take their driving test every ten years.

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Apple grants Windows PCs the right to run Safari for Windows

John Watts
Jobs Horns

I reckon ...

I reckon that, not withstanding the Apple-Labelled boo boo, what they want to do is be able to say how many machines are running Safari for all the marketing guff.

If I downloaded one copy and installed that on two machines they're missing out on the chance to say that another machine has Safari installed.

I'm sure you know what I mean but I can't be bothered to articulate it properly.

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Brainchipped flesh-cloak cyborg bug-bug passes milestone

John Watts
Joke

This one's easy to defeat ...

just put a bloody big lamp somewhere outside your terrorist training camp.

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Boozed Belarusian dodges birthday train squish

John Watts
Joke

The Principle of Excess

This seems to be a shining example of the above principle as discussed by Armando Iannucci in "The Armando Iannucci Shows". It goes something along the lines of - if you drink 3 pints and drive, you will have an accident. If you have 13 pints and drive you will wake up at home with the car perfectly parked on the drive (someone else's perhaps but perfectly parked nonetheless).

By the same token, if you steal a DVD from Woolworths you'll get a criminal record; if you steal a whole country you become king.

Don't do things by halves and you can't go wrong - you just have to go for excess - bottle out half way through and it's no good!

I don't drive by the way and don't condone drinking 13 pints whether you're driving or not.

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Geordie cops arrest two for Wi-Fi squatting

John Watts
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I couldn't be arsed to read half the comments ...

... so if someone's pointed this out already, well I don't care.

You'll probably find that the plod noticed two men in a car looking suspicious - they were doing what they do; it could have burglars casing someone's house.

If I leave my front door open I am not inviting any of you stupid people to come in and take something that's mine.

You can give it all the twaddle about trespass being civil but if it's with criminal intent it becomes burglary (it's actually burglary with intent to commit theft and can also be with intent to commit rape or murder).

If you accidentally connect to the wrong network then your intention was not to take bandwidth that was not yours - you're unlikely to be prosecuted (unless you were reckless in which case you may be prosecuted).

Looking at someone's flowers is not stealing anything as nobody pays for that reflected light. It comes from the sun - it's nowhere near the same as stealing bandwidth.

Going back to the stupid comments about the police having nothing better to do; consider this - traffic cops, who are always slated for being so petty as to stop people who do something against the law (you know a bit of respect, politeness and a lack of belligerence will help turn points into a bollocking) arrest loads of people for other offences that come to light after the original stop. The way it works is that most criminals are actually stupid and also break lots of laws and often have warrants out on them which come to light when they're stopped for speeding (it's thirty for a reason in built up areas so don't fucking whine if you get caught by a camera).

Two people parked up in a car seem likely to have set out deliberately to steal bandwidth. They deserved to get nicked.

To all you people who think it's perfectly acceptable - I hope you get burgled or mugged.

I just wish I'd read this article earlier so more people would read this.

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Secret printer ID codes may breach EU privacy laws

John Watts
Black Helicopters

MI5/6

I remember reading an article in a paper some time ago about a leaked document and it mentioned some or other method that makes it possible to trace who produced the document.

Apparently the way around it was to get someone else to re-type the document before giving it to the journalist. Perhaps this was the method used?

Although I'm sure the technology will eventually be used on the public, I'll bet the original intention was to catch spooks leaking official secrets.

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NetFlix sics troops on Apple TV

John Watts
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@pctechxp

"Mac users ... should realise that they are being robbed blind.

It's nothing but an overpriced unix box.

The only good thing that Apple make is the iPod."

You're so right! Those boxes Sun sells are soooo cheap in comparison. No, hang on. You're wrong.

Macs seem expensive compared to a bunch of crappy PC components slung in the cheapest case you can find (which you still have to put together) with the ugliest blurriest display yiou can find but they're not really - not if you try to build one as quiet and unobtrusive (if we're talking iMac it aint gonna happen!). You won't get anywhere near close. Also to call one 'unix box' is selling it a little short as they're a whole lot more than that.

It's the iPod that's an overpriced mp3 player.

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Mandriva bigwig (nearly) accuses Ballmer of b-word

John Watts
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MS Office

Come on. How many people do you know that can actually use Word or Excel even somewhere near the way they're meant to be.

Word is just used like a fancy electric typewriter (except that someone who knew how to use a typewriter might be able to use the tab-key properly) and Excel is used for everything but proper spreadsheets.

So no, kids don't need to learn how to use MS Office products; they just need to be shown how to use a word-processor and a spreadsheet because if they've been taught that properly they'll be able to work out how to do it on any alternative system.

My guess is that MS are giving away Windows for free and paying for the Mandriva licences too (<sarcasm>and given commercial confidentiality I'm sure MS have had to take the Nigerian Government's word on how much they paid for the Mandriva installs</sarcasm>).

I won't be surprised either if the Nigerians never get around to actually paying Mandriva despite the fact they've said they will.

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Sun's 'Project Copy Linux' hits milestone

John Watts
Alert

I see a point Raheim

It might just be me, but I'd rather technology was all about functionality not marketing.

Anyway, I'm not sure you can have a pragmatic opinion.

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Facebook 'friend request' lands UK man in jail

John Watts

Blah blah blah

To DW - you don't need to sign-up to Facebook to see photos now, but you did once (I'm sure El Reg wrote something on it). It takes time for things to get to court ...

I have signed up to it recently and can confirm (these days at least) there is a bit where you're asked for your email address and email password.

You also have to use an email address to sign-up. Lots of people only have one password if they can get away with it.

So, when I was signing up and email address I used to sign-up with appears with a box below I typed in the password I used when I registered.

It didn't work a few times so I actually read what was on the screen and then I was glad that I use different passwords.

As for the chap having his ex's email address in his contacts; perhaps it was an address that they both used when they lived together which he didn't think to delete when he deleted all of the others.

Perhaps he lives with some vain hope that she will one day email him to get back together and has kept the contact so hotmail doesn't automatically send it to the junkmail.

Perhaps, and it's not impossible, he didn't even know there are contacts with hotmail!

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