* Posts by davenewman

274 posts • joined 13 Feb 2008

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RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

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Re: He made one mistake

The reporter was Ben Jacobs from the Guardian. It all took place in public. See the report on Boing Boing. Why do you make up lies about the assault, Daedalus?

And in any case, two wrongs don't make a right. Just because someone is close to you or even shouting, doesn't give you the right to hit them. It is time politicians with too much testosterone were cured the same way a farmer deals with an agressive bull.

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Re: Lysenko on the phone

Simple solution. Expel all the immigrants and their descendants. Send them back to Europe. Keep America for the native Americans.

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

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Isn't Planet 9 an operating system? Or is that plan 9?

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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So you hand over your username and password, the US officials use them to post a picture of a brown person in the Northern Irish national dress (named after a place in Crimea), then they arrest you.

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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Re: It had #fail written all over it

The other Google one, Orkut, is still going in Brasil. Tem de falar Portugues.

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Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS

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Proven cost savings in mobile phone use

At a Digital Health Oxford meeting, I heard from the head of one of the health trusts how they had doubled the number of community nurse visits in a day.

They used to have to drive back to Abingdon to get the paperwork for their next health visit. Now it all comes to their iPads, so they can carry on from one visit straight on to the next. While hospitals stick to paper, these community mental health nurses do everything via an iPad.

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Roses are reddish, exam-takers more so: Cisco's test price hike's a smack to the torso

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Headmaster

Violets are violet

Not blue. Got it?

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Cardiff researchers get £250k to monitor Brexit hate crime on Twitter

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Re: Why limit it to Twitter?

I have only seen some early research, but there is a pattern to the way Trump and Alt-Right figures post on Twitter - they send out many more tweets (6000 in one case), but hardly ever reply to anyone. There is an article about it in this month's Wired.

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FireEye execs exit, following hundreds of staff restructured into redundancy

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Who cares?

Does it affect consumers? Does it affect developers? Does it affect the whole economy? If not, why bother to tell us such trivia?

When they finally go bust and we can compare the CEO to Phillip Green, then it might be an interesting story.

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Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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Re: It gets worse every year it seems...

The most common way to access a video conference on a computer these days is via a browser. So the site will need to access the camera and microphone if you are going to talk to someone at a distance using a Google Hangout, Zoom.us etc. The alternative is an app on a phone.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

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Great headline

Any comparisons with the original Dido, Queen of Carthage?

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Blue ensign flown by many yachts

It is not only contractor's ships that fly the blue ensign. It is flown by yachts owned by people with an association with the Royal Navy, such as members of the Cruising Association.

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: Trumps orders starts to look like fatwas...

China stagnated when Mao had political commisars in every organization, enforcing ideology over practical people like science and engineering.

Trump and Bannon are now putting commisars into every agency, forcing them to follow public opinion rather than reality.

So expect a serious economic decline in the USA.

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Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'

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Re: Oooh, I see a BIIIIG problem here....

In by-elections all the online advertising should declared alongside the newspaper advertising. You could check that to find the ratio of the different types of advertising, then look at elections where more than one ward or constituency is up to see if there could be undeclared expenses.

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French spies warn politicians of hack risk as election draws near

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No doubt APT28 will take private contracts from politicians as well as the GRU. Maybe Donald Trump knows it wasn't the Russian government didn't hack the DNC, because his companies paid for it.

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Pirates, pirates, whatchu gonna do? Advertisers cop a visit from PIPCU

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Get them to stop advertising with spammers

If only they would stop them advertising with spammers. UKTV is paying bronto.com to send out spam emails promoting their sales, with an ignored opt-out link.

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X-IO: Reports of our demise have been greatly exaggerated

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WTF?

Who cares? It's just another company, not something interesting.

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FBI let alleged pedo walk free rather than explain how they snared him

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The correct abbreviation is paedo, not pedo. The headline writer got it wrong.

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US healthcare under siege: Got good insurance?

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Looks like el Reg swapped the title with the subtitle.

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Oi! Linux users! Want some really insecure closed-source software?

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I remember when Flash was for creating interactive animated cartoons. You had before and after shapes, and it filled in the intermediate frames. Video came later.

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'Upset' Linus Torvalds gets sweary and gets results

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Re: I wonder about the devs

Education is devolved. So again, which state?

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P0wnographer finds remote code exec bug in McAfee enterprise

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Dr. Solomon

It all went downhill ever since McAfee took over Dr. Solomons anti-virus in the 1990s.

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Google may just have silently snuffed the tablet computer

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Pixel C is fairly new

Since the Pixel C tablet came out not long ago, why would Google announce another new tablet? The whole article is drawing conclusions from a minor difference in the design and release cycles of phones and tablets in one company. I got a Pixel C with a developer discount, for testing Android 7 before it came out. It is that new.

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Government Digital Service under review after rural payments cockup

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In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the payments were made under a simple to administer system. But the English department choose a more complicated process, designed to keep big farmers who run the NFU and rural Conservative parties happy. Then GDS pretended it could implement such an over-complicated system.

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Petulant Facebook claims it can't tell the difference between child abuse and war photography

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Norway should declare war on Facebook

Now that companies are not just people under the law, but have economies bigger than many nation states, it is time they were treated like other states.

While it would be nice to imagine Mark Zuckerberg hand-to-hand fighting with the Norwegian SAS, they could just declare war and seize all of Facebook's assets (and advertising) in Norway.

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Australia boards the slow boat to Brexit

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Re: Post-brexit UK trade deals with individual EU member states

A single market means there cannot be different trade deals in different countries. It is one large area with the same import tariffs and the same regulatory standards.

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Excel hell messes up ~20 per cent of genetic science papers

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Re: The problem with Excel nowadays is

I get the opposite. People reporting election expenses in a table in MS Word, with manual incorrect totals.

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London cops hunt for drone pilots who tried dropping drugs into jail

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Re: Operation Airborne

Operation Phoneupthearse. This is not America.

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VMware survives GPL breach case, but plaintiff promises appeal

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Inappropriate gavels

German courts, like English courts do not use a gavel. That is an Americanism. So don't use that misleading stock photo.See http://inappropriategavels.tumblr.com/

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Render crashing PCs back to their component silicon: They deserve it

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WTF?

The music! The hairdos

The article is fine, but the embedded music video is a horror show in its own.

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

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Or tablets

Most Android tablets do updates at the same time, especially Google ones like the Pixel Pro. Why just think of phones?

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

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Standard Indian tea-making

In India, if you ask for tea from a stall, you get tea that has been boiled with milk and spices long enough that all the bacteria in the water and milk are dead. It is a lot safer than what you get at post hotels. And it actually tastes quite good.

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Argos changes 150 easily guessed drop-off system passwords

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Re: Argos data security

Doesn't have to be a different line. Just unplug the phone for 5 minutes.

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Next month's Firefox 48 is looking Rusty – and that's a very good thing

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Facepalm

Firefox 48%

Do all the 48% now have to use Firefox?

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Data protection, Brexit and campaigners: Privacy policy? Eh?

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Re: *EVERYBODY* has access to all that information.

Actually you can inspect the marked register and the election expenses returns for one year after the date of an election.

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NationBuilder is a software as a service company. There are thousands of campaigning groups that use its services. Like Google, it can be asked to provide information for police investigations, under the laws of California. But otherwise it is a site hosting the databases of each organisation using its service, like any cloud data provider. I don't think that makes it a data controller, as the data is managed by each organisation hosting there. But I am not a lawyer.

Each organisation mentioned in the article has registered under the Data Protection Act, where they list all the many things political parties need to do to campaign in elections and maintain their databases. They should explain this in their privacy policies. As we see in the article, they don't do that very well.

Several of the limitations on commercial data protection do not apply to political parties. Since voting is a civic duty, you cannot opt out of electoral communications, be it from a council or a political party. For that reason, electoral law entitles political parties to the complete register of electors. You can opt out of the edited version sold to businesses, but not from political communications. Party officers sign an agreement that they will not use the electoral roll for non-political purposes. For the same reason, you cannot opt out of political telephone calls during election periods. It is electoral law that determines what parties can do in such circumstances.

Nevertheless, all parties maintain opt-out lists. There is no point communicating with someone who is not going to vote for you. NationBuilder is designed so that every email blast includes an opt-out link. If you use it to record telephone contacts, the telephone volunteer can mark the record do not call.

NationBuilder, and some rival systems, do pull in data from Twitter and Facebook that has been made available to everyone (not just friends), starting with followers of political party accounts. A deduplication routine each night tries to find matches with people in the database: but they have to be confirmed by a human being before the records are merged.

That is the state of the art as far as most UK parties go. A lot of local parties just use spreadsheets, and have no database. The Conservative Party commissioned a special voter database that failed on polling day last year, containing details of all the voter responses to surveys, so they could deliver to each voter in marginal constituencies a letter about the issue they were most concerned about (there is an article on Conservative Home that explains this).

Nowhere in the UK have I come across the extensive data collection and analysis done in the Obama 2012 campaign, when the Democrats and Republicans purchased lots of commercial demographic data, and even went as far as commissioning psychometric tests of voters in different towns, to work out how likely they were to vote at all. (A talk at a London data science meetup explained how they could explain 90% of the variance in probability to vote through a nested decision tree trained on such data.)

In short, most political parties are using data in the ways they are registered to use it under the Data Protection Act, but are not making this clear in their privacy policies.

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Mind the GaaP: UK.gov needs to get a grip on digital

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Estonia has done it

The small government of Estonia decided what they wanted to do, then asked techies how to do it from scratch, ignoring what the Russians had built.

It worked, mainly because many of the Government Ministers had technical skills not taught in the Oxford PPS, and know where they wanted to go.

It also helped that it was so slow the civil servants in different departments talked to each other - like in Northern Ireland under Des Vincent but never in Whitehall.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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Re: Sighs

I read that as sending data to someone who worked in HR in a different company.

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Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you

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FAIL

Got fishing wrong

The European Parliament changed the common fisheries policy to allow countries to set up protected marine reserves, in which the fish can recover from overfishing. The UK government have refused to set up more than a small portion of the reserves recommended by scientists (and often local fishermen).

The fishing ports are suffering because of previous overfishing by really large boats their industrial overlords lobbied for.

Yes it was crazy for politicians representing fishing ports to increase quotas above what is scientifically sustainable. A European Parliament committee, led by a Swedish Green MEP changed that, co-ordinated with external protests led by Hugh Fearnley-Witttingstall.

So it is possible to change from within, as long as we reduce the powers of the national governments who seem to always push the lines from lobbyists. MEPs have constituencies with voters to take care of.

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This is how the EU's supreme court is stripping EU citizens of copyright protections

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Hyperlinks are references, just like in academic papers

a href shows exactly what 'links' were designed to do - provide hypertext references, along the lines of references in academic publications, including all law journals.

It took a lot of public relations work and shady lawyers to change that definition into something that might fall under copyright laws.

Lets stick to the definitions and intent of the inventors of the World Wide Web, who put the reader first, and content providers as servants, not masters of the people.

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FFS, Twitter. It's not that hard

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Met the first Twitter lead developer in Belfast

He had had enough of the company in 2010. He moved to Northern Ireland.

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Why Oracle will win its Java copyright case – and why you'll be glad when it does

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Google won, why should Oracle carry on?

In the latest court case, a jury decided that Google's use of the Java API was fair use.

Unless Oracle appeals, that is the current situation. Any speculation on what might happen in further appeals is just that, speculation.

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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Re: Dubious

Flash's original purpose was to write interactive games and cartoons that could be played with online. All the video stuff came much later.

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Want a Brexit? Promise you'll sort out UK universities' £1bn research cash loss

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Non EU members cannot lead projects

Organisations in countries outside the EU cannot lead Framework funded projects or put together a team and a proposal. They are brought in by an organisation inside the EU.

So if the UK leaves, we won't be able to design new interdisciplinary projects and bring in others. We will have to wait for someone in Germany, France or Sweden to decide they really, really need the skills of someone in the UK.

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First successful Hyperloop test module hits 100mph in four seconds

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Better use a Shweeb

That is a bicycle powered monorail

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Re: So many luddites...

You swap batteries at the station. Already tested in Denmark.

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Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

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Graph has stopped working

The graph display in the box has stopped working. All you get it the list of entities at the botoom

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The EU wants you to log into YouTube using your state-issued ID card

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Estonian ID cards tell you who is snooping

When someone looks up your data connected to your ID card in the Estonian government, it generates a record you can read of who looked it up, and for what purpose.

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Google to admins: We'll tell you when your network is pwned

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FAIL

Outdated Google reports

The Google Search Console Team" <sc-noreply@google.com> just sent us a "User-generated spam detected" report.

It is for a spam web page that was added and deleted back in October 2015. (We accept user-submitted events on a campaigning website.)

Google are somewhat behind the times.

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GDS has no real strategy for £450m budget pot, internal plan reveals

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The one was deadlines was written in Belfast

The first e-government strategy was written by Des Vincent and his colleagues in the NI civil service, and then taken up by England and Wales. That worked - at least as far in providing useful information on web sites happened. It also got some people working with other departments in NI, Wales and Scotland. But getting different departments to work together in London is nearly impossible.

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