* Posts by graeme leggett

2035 posts • joined 6 Oct 2007

Spanish govt slammed over bizarre Catalan .cat internet registry cop raid

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Basque complication

I hadn't made the connection with the Basque issue up to now.

If greater autonomy for the Basque region is price of peace but that region is part of an autonomous or independent Catalan region, then it could get messy.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

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Re: Sky

If I remember correctly from reading Which in the past, their surveys are of Which subscribers using the service.

So they are both self-selecting, and from a certain demographic.

If I also remember correctly Which do give this info in the reports in the magazines - the number of respondents giving ratings

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You forgot that you hired me and now you're saying it's MY fault?

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Re: Ah, memories.

saw one in a skip outside a house near mine the other day.

Thought 1 - "haven't seen an OHP in use in years"

Thought 2 - "wonder if it still works/could be repaired/could be turned into something else"

Thought 3 - "you haven't even replaced hinges on a door that needs sorting, what makes you think you'd do anything with an OHP except keep it in garage and then (years later) throw it in skip"

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Tick, tock motherf... erm, we mean, don't panic over GDPR

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I see a new business opportunity. The creation of datasets of fictional (though plausible) individuals for testing purposes.

First line of licence "All names, characters, and incidents portrayed in this production dataset are fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), places, buildings, and products is intended or should be inferred..."

Those who used to make character generation programs for RPGs (out of Basic and spreadsheets as I recall), it should be no problem. And possibly fun.

[Talking of RPGs - room for a quick plug for HumbleBundle's WHFRP offering ? ]

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A newly drawn up law making things clearer, that'll be a change.

Statutory Instruments and case law will be what makes it clearer and they come in light of experience

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Stuff the movement of celestial spheres, let's sit down and watch Bonnie Tyler on TV

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Re: Sheer Heart attack

I'd say that's a Touch Too Much close to the bone...

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Re: Whats the issue?

Allowing employees a modest allowance in the way of refreshments while doing work out of the ordinary is all part of the "bread and circuses" of business.

A company that chooses to remove such minor comforts in order to save small amounts (as a percentage of operating costs) causes discontent in the ranks with risk of mob turning nasty.

A company that needs to cut such perks to save money, is probably in a financial hole.

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

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Re: There 'May' come a time

The great foolishness of the government is that of trying to fit in a multi-year project into a two-year deadline.

The honest (albeit politically unacceptable route) would have been for the government of the day to say. "OK. We get that a majority want out of European integration. No one has ever tried anything of this magnitude before. We can either start the clock running now, or we can take a year to get people, policies for post-EU UK into place and then start the clock."

But with a fear of UKIPpers yelping at them from the sidelines they went off half-cocked. (talking of half-cocked, anyone seen the Foreign Secretary recently?)

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Re: Diversionary tactics

As the ECJ is one of those "red lines" that current government (or just Mrs May) has sworn they will fight to the very death over, we can probably expect much more obfuscation over the matter.

Up until some agreement is made that UK gov will swear blind means that the ECJ is in no way arbiter of what is right or wrong with UKs dealings with EU but most everyone will point out is in fact the case.

And the Daily Mail will either put up a triumphant front page likening HM Gov's actions to a mixture of Waterloo and Second El Alamein or a denouncement of aforesaid government as national traitors deserving of being strung up (though not in front of a petrol station as that's what Johnny foreigner would do)

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Re: Rock Lobster

Martin Baker are still (to the best of my knowledge) using a Gloster Meteor built in 1949 and one built in 1952.

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75 years ago, one Allied radar techie changed the course of WW2

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Re: As a Canadian

And once Antwerp was captured, the Germans launched V2 rockets at it - over 500 of them.

And the Germans flooded the area.

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

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Re: What an utter joke

According to their website, the current list (and all it contains is telephone numbers) is "23,453,098 records"

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Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

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Re: isn't there a limitation

For those not aware. The Metro is published by Daily Mail's owners.

Obviously like Daily Mail (the newspaper) is entirely different from the MailOnline website, the Metro will have no links with DM....

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

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hazarding a guess

Bit of a rumination here.but it might have played out like this

These misunderstood Nazis look for a new domain register

Aware that there is some social opinion against them, and concerns against dosing and all manner of Anonymous-like activity that might be directed against them, the registration details they give are economical with the truth.

Google, wary of criticism they have been under, have a watchlist of domain names they would want to be aware of being associated with.

Hence, the registration is not let through solely on the usual algorithmic checks but flagged for human review.

Upon checking the registration details, the misdirection is unconverted which gives Google sufficient leeway to invoke terms and conditions and drop this hot potato.

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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Re: Genetics

For the most part, genealogical DNA testing of the sort offered by Ancestry.com etc is useless.

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Marcus Hutchins free for now as infosec world rallies around suspected banking malware dev

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Re: kmac499 Legal Blasphemy.

"you cannot do X or you will be charged with offence Y which has punishment Z.."

Usually with a bit that says, "unless it's for V or W reason"

Though opinion may vary as to whether V or W are valid reasons.

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Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives

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At what point do the categories of jumbo sausage roll and sausage plait merge?

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

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Re: Identity

Not much use for an 18 and older performance. I take it those things could exist in theatre.... one of the more gruesome staging of a Greek tragedy perhaps.

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NEWSFLASH Now even science* says moneybags footballers are overpaid

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Re: Ten grand a week?

According to BBC Radio 4 More or Less (podcast version of 10 July) Stephen Curry of the NBA is to be paid $200 million (I shit you not) over 5 years. And analysis suggests he's underpaid compared to the value he is expected to bring to his team in that period.

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The lady (or man) vanishes: The thorny issue of GDPR coding

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Re: How many decades ?

ICO say

"When can I refuse to comply with a request for erasure?

You can refuse to comply with a request for erasure where the personal data is processed for the following reasons:

•to exercise the right of freedom of expression and information;

•to comply with a legal obligation or for the performance of a public interest task or exercise of official authority;

•for public health purposes in the public interest;

•archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific research historical research or statistical purposes; or

•the exercise or defence of legal claims."

Accounts records being legal requirement comes under 2? So looks like you'd need system to hold requests until the right period had expired.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Battle of the Falklands is not that little known

Fisher had only been back in the job for less than a week. I should think the newspaper coverage meant he had little option but to send something - and they were theoretically the fastest. It also gave him an opportunity to get Sturdee out of his way by giving him the command.

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Re: Towns again....

HMS Invincible was hit, blew up, and sank at Jutland. Six of the thousand plus crew onboard survived.

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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Re: Drawbridge?

If Microsoft are lowering the drawbridge is it to let Linux in, or for defenders to sally out?

Obviously nothing as dramatic as Charlton Heston, El Cid style (and isn't it a lot of film to sit through to get to that part)

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Design cues

Strikes me as 1 part the Guard robots in Portal and 1 part the Federation Security robot in Blakes 7 "Seek locate Destroy"

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Two comments

Though the numbers can be made to tell a different story.

Hartnell season 1 - 42 episodes, 2 -39 episodes, 3 - 45 episodes. Plus 8 from Season 4. Total 94 episodes

Colin Baker - Season 22 - 24 episodes (counting 45min as 2 x old length), Season 23 - 14 episodes. Total about 1/3 of Hartnell rather than at first glance 2/3rds

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Let us not forget Chibnall's episode for Torchwood was Cyberwoman.

Reviews and opinions of it are ....mixed.

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Re: The good old days

If the BBC hadn't announced it, then Fleet street would have enventually found out and they'd have done it as a scoop. This way Beeb makes it about the programme and DM/The Sun etc doing their "New Doctor Who actor gets clothes off" headlines are following not leading

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Overstated importance of fans

The die hard fans represent a relatively small component of the viewership, the majority of the viewers will only be concerned with if the stories are entertaining.

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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Re: "its who runs out of ammo last that matters."

Battle of Britain hung (partly or wholly) on who would run out of pilots or planes first.

And in that context the battlefield location was important. Every British (Polish Czech etc) pilot who baked out or came down over UK, or picked out of Channel by rescue launches (see clasic Airfix box lid) coil be back into action within days (depending on injuries of course) . Every German aircrew that came down on UK even if unharmed was out of the war for good.

Other factors included Germans operating at limit of range. British dispersal of aircraft building and training out of reach of German bombers.

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Re: Sea Gripen

No Rolls Royce parts in the Gripen programme.

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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dichotomy and delay

Brexit - all about increasing trade with restof the world and making it easier to do business.

Any rational organization would have thought "Is there anything we really need to have in place before the two year cutoff for negotiations when it could go a bit WTO?"

But like Euratom debacle it seems to be full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes (and enemy air cover, shore guns, etc etc)

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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unfortunately unsurprising

In the same way that teens in 1980s fitted non-standard (usually illegally loud as well) exhausts to their restricted 50cc Fizzie mopeds to give more speed, it's all about personal achievement and damn the safety implications for anybody else.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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"nuns with rulers"

- worst auto spellcheck correction of 'nunerals' yet

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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

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Re: we need a new icon

Or a Claude Rains/Captain Louis Renault icon

" I am shocked- shocked- to find that [bleeding obvious] is going on in here"

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Pipe Dream

"Secondly, the NHS is a big customer"

The (English) NHS is a lot of large customers (hospital trusts), and a really big number of medium size customers (GPs etc).

And then there's Scottish and Welsh NHSs which are two more sets of customers, and the NI Health and Social Care which is yet another set of customers.

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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

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Re: Shootout at the OK court

There's the WIPO for making international registrations. Simplifies applications for trademark protection in 114 countries under the "Madrid System"

China is a member, so is North Korea

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Re: Everything should be on nix

"it's not beyond the realms of possibility for the government to do it in 5yrs"

Best one yet. Look how long it took to get started on building the carrier.

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: Next up -Microsoft...

It's not different but it is Whataboutism.

see also https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/tu-quoque

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: Bit stunned to find it's not nuclear

"Nuclear would've meant never refuel for 20 years or so"

And then phenomenol costs to refuel, replace, or dispose of ?

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South China Sea...traditionally not a place that Britain pays much attention to

Maybe not recently, but traditionally an area of interest for Britain East of Suez.

Malaya, Singapore, Straits of Malacca, Hong Kong, Borneo, Brunei....

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Paltrow and Goop - a mine of woo

Enough to keep Dr Jennifer Gunter occupied

https://drjengunter.wordpress.com/category/bad-goop-advice/

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'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

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It'll be fine once Humbrol get new stock in.

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The Type 45 has problems with the intercooler (an American part) which has proved not to be up to requirements when operating in the Med (or presumably other warm waters).

The power setup of the 45 being gas turbine -> generator -> induction motors for screws + rest of the kit.

As the intercooler isn't up to snuff, in warm water they can't produce enough power to run everything and the lights go off.

The solution being to cut a hole in the hull to put in (more) diesel generators.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Re: How would Storm know?

" Not to mention the ***ers outside the station asking for my name - I've been impolite to them in the past"

Those will either be political party volunteers asking on your way in who are trying to find out if those directly canvassed have turned up to vote yet. Or, if on way out, carrying out an exit poll so the majority of us can go to bed with a fair idea of how the election turned out.

Either way, no need to be a ****er to them.

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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

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Hanlon's razor

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity politicans"

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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

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Original memo and Politico's article both have “You are advised not to drink alcohol”.

Must be hot in El Reg office, sweaty fingers skating over the keyboard. Guess it proves they didn''t cut n paste.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: I Think We Need The BBC

Student flat - could be joint tenancy so only needs the one licence.

Buckingham Palace - HM QEII, as an employer, should get a Company Group licence and cover Windsor and Balmoral as well

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

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Re: Not just commercial forensic labs...

Specifically from EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005

"5.8.1 The laboratory shall have procedures for the transportation, receipt, handling, protection, storage, retention and/or disposal of test and/or calibration items, including all provisions necessary to protect the integrity of the test or calibration item, and to protect the interests of the laboratory and customer."

I'll paraphrase the remaining three paragraphs in the section on looking after samples.

5.8.2 says lab needs a identification system for samples

5.8.3 is about recording if the sample is not in an expected state when received

5.8.4 says that handling procedures need to be in place to avoid sample deterioration, and that eg if fridges are needed temperatures etc need to be monitored. That the sample should be kept secure if necessary.

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: Well look on the bright side

DUP do not want a hard border with Ireland.

From the Metro:

"She has said that no-one wants to see a hard Brexit, and ‘what we want to see is a workable plan to leave the European Union’.

Her stance is that it needs to be done in ‘a way that respects the specific circumstances of Northern Ireland and our shared history and geography with the Republic of Ireland’ "

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Not Maetric not interested

Pound may be consistent weight in UK and USA. But even for that population element of the UK that is not comfortable with kg and tonne, any large number of lbs is expressed in stones, hundredweight and (long) tons. (so 8lb of potatoes, 6-stone woman, 1/2 ton of gravel* )

*though actually bought by the cubic yard as I remember from when I was younger.

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