* Posts by Mycho

2294 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

Belgian court says Skype must provide interception facilities

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Anything goes, but you have to fill in a form and provide ID first.

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Still better than ours want

As long as each targetted investigation requires a warrant it's far better than Britain or America are demanding.

I mean, Bojo would inevitably say that's okay for a tiny country because they've got few enough connections to be able to do this on a case by case basis, but that's because he can't let anything go by without a pop at funny foreigners. In reality we should all have enough court facilities for our population.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: A shorter term problem

If you quit your job you can't apply for unemployment, at the very least.

You have to take a fixed term contract doing something or other first, but it's not that hard to work around.

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WikiLeaks is wiki-leaked. And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway

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Re: "And it's still not even a proper wiki anyway"

The nuclear button is a myth.

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If you think that admitting to it will become normal I am afraid you have more optimism than me.

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Brit moron tried buying a car bomb on dark web, posted it to his address. Now he's screwed

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Doggies!

Maybe he was caught as a result of a simple sniffer dog spotting the package in transit.

Never underestimate the ability of a highly motivated bow-wow when there are treats in the offing.

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NASA tells The Reg: For crying out loud. We're not building flying taxi software for Uber

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Ah, that

I once had a journo talking about how I had adapted the Met's fingerprint recognition technology for a system.

Um, no, I used structured light, which they use to take 3d photos of fingerprints. Nothing from the recognition tech at all.

We stopped them publishing it and told them not to bother us again. They did.

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UK.gov: Snoop laws not 'significant' obstacle to EU data protection talks

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Re: Should not?

Given the rate of U-turns over the UK's relationship to the EU, I expect the reverse to be formally announced early tomorrow.

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USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

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Better get her majesty some new fingerprints.

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Iceland's Pirate Party loses four MPs in new elections

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The Panama Papers sank the Icelandic government. They had an election and after months of wrangling a three-party coalition was set up to take over.

Then the issue you reference became known and one member of the coalition walked away from it the same day, forcing a second election so soon after the first.

Now they have to wrangle more coalition deals again. Unfortunately Iceland doesn't have the facility for a minority government so this could run and run...

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Re: Burst of popularity then fail to deliver

I will blame the time change for my use of the word "honest" in reference to a political party.

s/honest/less shitty/

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Re: Burst of popularity then fail to deliver

What does remind me of our parties is the fate of Bright Future.

They went into a coalition to keep the larger partners honest and accountable. When this child abuse scandal hit, they did the decent thing and forced an election. As a result they have been wiped out, zero seats in this election.

Voters always punish the honest side of any coalition.

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Which reseller pleased fatcats today and rhymes with let's mute a centaur?

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Early Learning Center?

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What just trousered a $4.5bn profit, has glum desktop chip sales, and rhymes with go to hell?

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What rhymes with...

no more rhyming cheese?

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Rob Scoble's lawyer told him to STFU about sex pest claims. He didn't

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Ah, now I understand.

This article was so dripping with bile that I actually clicked on the blog link to see what the fuss was about.

It starts off by discussing journalistic standards. No wonder Kieren's triggered.

I still have no idea who Scoble is nor any motivation to find out.

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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

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My prediction

The first reported abuse will be a poor Amazon delivery driver who just needed a toilet break and decided to use a customer's. When you're absolutely desperate to go this can seem perfectly reasonable, the rest of the time...

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

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Re: We'll stick to real food, thanks

Does Poutine count as real food?

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Twitter: Why we silenced Rose McGowan after she slammed alleged sex pest Harvey Weinstein

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Re: h4rm0ny

What a bastard, encouraging people to talk to people with opposing political views. Doesn't he know the only ethical solution to political differences is to #PunchANazi ?

And yes, as a remainer living in Brexit central I can confirm that sometimes to start a conversation you need to pretend to agree with someone.

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Re: I think Linehan has it right

Scott Adams frequently has to post disclaimers that you shouldn't take moral or professional advice from cartoonists.

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Boss visited the night shift and found a car in the data centre

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Almost forgot one

My first ever data centre was at a financial organization near Peterborough.

It seems there was a prior problem with this kind of thing, because there was a big sign on the door informing people that the data centre was "not a storage area"

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Different entropies

Do this:

Take an electronic phone book.

Create a file of completely random data of an equal size to the electronic phone book.

XOR the two together.

Compare the entropies of the random data and the phone book that has been encrypted with random data.

Continue this discussion now that you know what you're talking about.

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“Our society has never had a system where evidence of criminal wrongdoing was totally impervious to detection.”

On the contrary, in the 19th century that was the norm. This was why they needed such harsh punishments, because so many crimes were unsolvable.

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Capita goes to Jon Lewis for CEO

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Overpriced crap?

The media field day begins now.

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GNOME Foundation backs 'freedom-oriented' smartphone

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Funded

As of this morning the device is fully funded.

The early specs say Gnome and KDE are options.

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Re: Am I sensing a horse-cart situation here ?

As I understand it, the question was "Do we offer our support?" and was asked by the GNOME foundation.

I've yet to see any announcement from Purism that they've accepted anything more than the publicity. Feel free to correct me.

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Tempted

If it looks like it'll happen I will consider chipping in to improve the availability of smartphone drivers etcetera.

Continues breathing normally

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Home Sec Amber Rudd: Yeah, I don't understand encryption. So what?

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Re: She's an adult?

She thinks she's the cabinet minister with the smallest majority and so needs to prove herself.

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BOFH: Come on, PFY, let's pick a Boss

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Interesting idea. If you had a detailed enough photograph of someone's soles, would it be possible to fool forensic shoeprint analysis? What about just from existing footprints that they happenned to trail into your office space one rainy morning when the lazy shit couldn't bother to wipe their feet? I'm seeing the potential of this project already...

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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Diversity. You're doing it wrong.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Is it conference season or something? Politicians are talking more bollocks than usual.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Re: Since <CTL><ALT><DEL> forced a reboot

As a child I once held Break down with a book until I could save what I was doing, because it only forced a reboot on release and I caught it in time.

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Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

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Re: Targeting

Careful. Mystic Meg was part of the sex industry once upon a time.

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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Trollface

As one of the surviving parts of Gawker, Gizmodo is a good choice of moral authority to judge other companies by.

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Equifax UK admits: 400,000 Brits caught up in mega-breach

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Re: CIO & CSO Steps down

I guess she came over from the RIAA.

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BOFH: We're only here because they said there would be biscuits

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Re: More spying?

Sophos actually seems to be selling those long thin post-it notes as branded webcam covers.

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Facebook posts put Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli in prison as a danger to society

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Wrong wording

"See if you can surreptitiously get a hair" would have probably been legal, since people drop hairs everywhere they go. "Grab a hair off her" is borderline and the judge deemed it on the wrong side of the line.

Rather like the number of politicians that privacy advocates have fingerprints from. You don't tell people to grab their hands and force them against things, you suggest acquiring the plastic cup they just binned. Heck, a cup hrc had drunk from would probably have enough dna for this arsehole's schemes.

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Sub plot subplot thickens: Madsen claims hatch fumble killed Swede journo Kim Wall

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Re: involuntary manslaughter?

What is the standard in Danish law for abuse of a corpse? I'm beginning to suspect that will become the more significant charge.

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@Downvoters

I don't blame you, Jack the Ripper captaining a submarine is too awesome to diss the way I did.

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Re: Almost inclined to believe him

You actually manage to seem less credible than him. Well done.

Also note that I did say that his story results in him being guilty on all charges. Just due to being a crap sub captain rather than the next Jack the Ripper.

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Almost inclined to believe him

Of course you have to add that he panicked, realised he was responsible for her death even if it was accidental and decided to cover the whole thing up by mutilating the corpse.

So he becomes guilty of manslaughter by means of wilful negligence and defiling a corpse.

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Everyone loves programming in Python! You disagree? But it's the fastest growing, says Stack Overflow

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Python courses plug stack overflow

I've taken a couple of python courses just because it was something I didn't know. Both of them suggested stack overflow as a good place to ask questions.

So it's hardly surprising that stack overflow gets a lot of python questions.

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A furious think-tank boss, Google, and an academic 'fired' for criticizing ads giant

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Re: What have you been reading?

The mainstream media.

Sure, us Reg readers have known this for a very long time, but the ordinary folks outside our bubble have been noticing this latest swathe too.

Maybe it's wishful thinking on my part. I'm not magically more objective than other humans. Time will tell.

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Google has peaked

I don't have an opinion on the rightness or wrongness of anything. This story just happenned to coincide with a bunch of others about how Google has been being evil recently. Maybe they can turn it around but for now consider selling Google, they're in decline.

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Scottish pensioners rage at Virgin cabinet blocking their view

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Re: Fail to see

It's Scotland. The footpath is higher than the house and so the top of the five foot box is about the height of the window.

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France to tack weapons onto spy drones – reports

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Re: RAF Warrington

They probably got the name from someone living in nearby Quarrington.

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Vivaldi boss: It'd be cool if Google went back to the 'not evil' schtick

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Re: anti-competitive practices.

Nobody passes a law to force people to do things everybody wants to do anyway.

The fact that companies naturally want to engage in dirty tricks is why dirty tricks get outlawed, from insider trading to anti competitive practices.

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Big Tech slams Trump on plan to deport kids

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Re: OBAKA

Still wondering what OBAKA stands for, if only someone would loan me the secret alt.right decoder ring.

It stands for "I watch too much anime and think Obama is dumb"

Baka = Japanese for dumb. Hope that helps.

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'Independent' gov law reviewer wants users preemptively identified before they're 'allowed' to use encryption

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Re: What about private ciphers?

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You take that back!

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Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding

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Re: Seems to be a search engine for Wikipedia at the moment

Seconding that. I searched for BBC News and the first page was all wikipedia links.

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Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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Welcome to the future, it's broken

I guess this one wasn't so easily libelled as anti-diversity.

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