* Posts by Throatwobbler Mangrove

322 posts • joined 7 Aug 2008

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Want to visit your loved one in jail? How about Skype instead?

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: A better solution

This is unfortunately wrong. American jails have large numbers of people in them (mostly poor people of colour) who have been charged with crimes that are not "very serious", and they're too poor to post bail. Prosecutors and public defenders are hopelessly overloaded, so people are kept in pretrial detention for absurdly long times. It's an outrage.

http://gothamist.com/2017/05/18/bail_still_wrong.php

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Sysadmin bloodied by icicle that overheated airport data centre

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Liverpool, January 1985.

"The air temperature was below -10°C, and the urinal was a porcelain wall covered in a thick layer of ice. I'll never forget peeing onto that surface and seeing the trickle freezing before it reached the bottom."

As someone who grew up in a city where it regularly hit -20c in winter i feel confident in saying that detail of the story is absolute pish.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: "I still don't understand why pseudo images are illegal."

Sorry mate - that's complete barroom lawyer bollocks

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Blunder down under: self-driving Aussie cars still being thwarted by kangaroos

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: What about wombats

"cats are also pretty damaging at 70mph/120km/h."

tbh I don't think they should be allowed behind the wheel at all.

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Florida court's schizophrenic rulings throw mobe passcode privacy into doubt

Throatwobbler Mangrove

the two courts didn't apply the same law in different ways. The cases are just different on the facts. There's nothing for the Supreme Court to examine.

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Who is going to pay for all this?

"The total tax paid is the same, it may just be distributed differently. "

Not if the level of tax the person is paying is lower than the UK rate of tax. Income tax in Russia is 13%; it's zero in the UAE; it's 0-39% in Florida (based on federal income tax); all of those rates are lower than in the U.K. Making people who don't live in the UK pay UK income tax could substantially increase their tax payments. If it didn't increase their tax obligations, there'd be no point in doing it because it wouldn't raise any money!

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China's first large passenger jet makes maiden flight

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Don't forget Bombardier CS300...

Sukhoi is not subject to sanctions.

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Can nothing stop the Veeam tank? We hate to save you a click but: No

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Headmaster

"Can nothing stop the Veeam tank?...No"

So something can stop the Veeam tank?

Didn't you not mean "can't nothing not fail to stop the Veeam tank from not stopping?"

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Customer data security is our highest priori- ha ha ha whatever, suckers

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Bigging Up

"A friend of mine uses his personal phone for work stuff and then complains that they contact him all the time."

I was recently at an event at Big Accountancy where a guy from Big Defence Co and other panellists moaned that grad recruits wanted to check facebook at work, promote their personal interests, and couldn't be trusted not to blab about confidential info. In other words "an employer of mine gave a smartphone to every grad and expected them to answer email within 20 minutes any day of the week, and then complains they have poor boundaries between their professional and personal lives..."

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Twitter rolls out troll controls

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Good

I notice that the person talking about "snowflakes" is an Anonymous Coward who's obviously too much of a snowflake to defend his own views

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'Inventor of email' receives damages from Gawker's collapsed empire

Throatwobbler Mangrove

You've got it entirely backwards. The liability to Hulk Higan is far larger than the assets available to pay it. $1 or $1m to Dr A, it's all the same now.

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Teen UK hacker pleads guilty after earning $385k from DDoS tool

Throatwobbler Mangrove

"Pled guilty" is perfectly fine British English. A quick search of Bailii shows usages in the U.K. as far back as 1822.

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Hello, Barclays? Why hello, John Smith. We meet again

Throatwobbler Mangrove

A pithy comment.

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The return of (drone) robot wars: Beware of low-flying freezers

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: speakers

The speakers weren't fake or stolen - they were just rubbish

The fact the guys were in a van was supposed to give you the impression they were stolen and you could get a good deal if you didn't look too quickly and paid cash now

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Give .gay to the gays, roars exiting ombudsman

Throatwobbler Mangrove

"Amazingly, the EIU – which rarely if ever deals with anything other than economic data"

This is simply wrong - even just reading its wiki page would have set you straight. I'm not saying they did a great job here but they've been doing stuff other than just data for decades.

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Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Paying for fuel

"Using your phone on a filling station forecourt is actually ILLEGAL in the UK."

No, it's not (unless you're a petroleum storage licence holder or driving a tanker of some sort).

http://www.ukpia.com/industry_issues/health-and-safety/mobile-phones-on-forecourts.aspx

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E-voting and the UK election: Pick a lizard, any lizard

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: National Identity Card

"You can use the card to sign an electronic document in a legally binding way, for example. That's in itself is something many people might find very useful."

Not really in Britain, it's not. Documents "signed" by email or using e-signatures are already legally binding (in almost all cases - there are certainly some exceptions).

I don't know anything about Estonian law but I assume (!) it's a civil law country in which notaries public are used to record/formalise contracts, leases etc fairly regularly. If the electronic ID card replaces that need and they already have a mandatory ID card system - well, great, I suppose.

But in the UK, ID cards and electronic voting are solutions looking for a problem. We got on fine without them. Paper voting is cheap, easy and works pretty well. It's no surprise that the biggest proponents are like Malloch-Brown, who sells the machines!

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Ex-cop: Holborn fireball comms outage cover for £200m bling heist gang

Throatwobbler Mangrove

but maybe close enough?

El Reg's original report noted that services across London were affected and "Holborn is home to a BT switching station".

OTOH, this is all premised on a comment by a retired cop who has never heard of an electricity network fire that large. I don't think he's lying, but would he have heard of it? I mean, it would be a bit more meaningful if a power network manager (or whatever) said they'd never heard of a fire that size. If a network engineer said he'd never heard of a diamond theft that big, no-one would pay much attention because her/his expertise isn't in that field...

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Regulation

But it's a load of bollocks. The organisation that publishes the most "health and safety myths" press releases each year is...the HSE.

It's nonsense that cheese rollers are restricted. Jump off cliffs, ride mountain bikes down steep hills, run through moors at night - it's all out there for you to do.

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Load of Hype

"I've heard worse stories about the video game industry."

You are Steve Bong and I claim my ringfenced unicorn.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: I did watch Panorama

"The 1% are terrified of a similar situation that happened in the old Soviet Union in the early 90's happening elsewhere."

What, you mean a situation where practically the whole wealth of a state is transferred into the hands of a tiny number of people for nothing? Yeah, I bet they're petrified...

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Hmmm... a conumdrum

"the BBC offers no solution for the miners except take away their income..."

Your comment is like the section in the original article that said:

"And if we decide that we're just not going to buy our tin from there any more then this option won't exist and they'll have to fall back onto those worse ones. It's hard to see how this would make the world a better place."

Both of these suggestions are remarkably stupid. This is not a binary BUY/DON'T BUY situation; there is a third option, which is to keep buying but improve transparency, introduce monitoring, raise labour standards, raise environmental standards, remove the corruption, keep people employed. This is exactly the same process that is happening with textiles over the last two decades after the sweatshop campaigns, with diamonds after the Kimberley Process, with forestry and so on. There is nothing new or radical about this proposition.

You and Tim Worstall would, in 19th Century Lancashire, presumably be suggesting that if little Timmy is stopped from working at t'mill with a pretty good chance of losing a finger a week, linens won't get made and everyone will be out of a job. History shows otherwise.

To turn the question around - are you seriously suggesting that a supply chain with systemic labour abuse, environmental damage, theft and corruption is the best and only arrangement?

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(By the way, I don't think it's the BBC's job to offer solutions for fixing Apple's supply chain any more than it is their job to propose a solution to the war in Syria. Panorama is a news reporting programme - they report the news.)

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: "No one looked at 4G before there were enough places where there was a signal."

right - and also, it's presumably the 25% of Scotland's territory where practically no-one lives. It's not 25% of the population of Scotland that only gets a 2G signal most of the day.

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Fire fighters call for no-drone zone around bushfires

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Commandeer

"Maybe they should just commandeer those drones and use them for observation. "

In principle that's not a bad idea, but in practice I would have thought your average Rural Fire Service firefighter in the middle of a bushfire has better things to do (like stay alive and protect life and property) than firing up the ol' Acer laptop and trying to hack CSI-style into some inconsiderate person's drone.

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Aussie feds consider job offer to 'LulzSec leader' who wasn't

Throatwobbler Mangrove
Mushroom

Re: tool

" largest terror raid in AU history occurred just a few months ago."

...and many valuable plastic swords were seized...

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We're doing great, say dot-London chiefs ... Unfortunately, few agree

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Doomed

"chewing broken glass would be more fun than suggesting she 'go to the desktop'."

But how am I going to go to the desktop when I'm sitting on the couch?

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Me GIVE you $14 SQUILLION gadziddly-DILLION

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: My Dear Mr. Dabbs,

I think you're off the mark.

On one hand, the person to whom you're responding has obviously completely misconstrued the "Dewey" joke. The joke is that the firm's name sounds like "Do we cheat 'em? And how!", which doesn't work if you pronounce Dewey with a J.

On the other hand, if you don't see how raking over tired Shylock and "media control" stereotypes is anti-Semitic, then you're bonkers (and probably haven't read much Shakespeare, either).

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I'll cap internet tax, says Hungarian PM as mob attacks his party HQ

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Doing the maths

Surely the cap would have been per user per month, not per ISP per month...? At least, that's the only way I can see to give sense to it.

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Screw the guvmint, vows CEO of ubiquitous Korean jabber app KakaoTalk

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Government Spying

It was also a military dictatorship until fairly recently. There's a good reason to be worried about the state having access to your private communications.

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Carry On Cosmonaut: Willful Child is a poor taste Star Trek parody

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Overrated

Blimey - you ploughed through all TEN books thinking that? I'd have binned it after the second one at the latest...

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Turn OFF your phone or WE'LL ALL DI... live? Europe OKs mobes, tabs non-stop on flights

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Similarly...

...I got so fed up with morons yelling that I now carry a large machete that I wave at people that whose behaviour I don't care for. It has a range of about 25m, and now I can travel on Public Transport in peace and quiet (once the initial screaming has subsided). it's also useful in meetings, at the cinema or theatre and so on. It's (sort of) antisocial I suppose, but a lot less antisocial than being assailed by the usual racket made by people going about their normal lives in public places.

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In a spin: Samsung accuses LG exec of washing machine SABOTAGE

Throatwobbler Mangrove

They should sack everyone involved immediately...

...as a detergent to future saboteurs.

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Amazon hiring in Australia for 'new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative'

Throatwobbler Mangrove

It doesn't make sense because Brisbane isn't a heavily populated metropolitan area by any global standard - it's a poxy 2 million people that's a day's truck drive away from the next market of any significance, which is Sydney. In addition to being small, Brisbane also has high wages and high shipping costs - three things that are anathema to Amazon's model.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

I will eat my Amazon drone-delivered hat if Amazon has the slightest intention of moving into the grocery biz in Brisbane. If just doesn't make logistical sense.

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iWallet: No BONKING PLEASE, we're Apple

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Really?

"How many commentards have even *seen* a cheque in, say, the last 10-15 years?"

At home, never. At work (not a large office), we probably receive and send hundreds of the freaking things a month. We send and receive more electronic payments than that, obviously.

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Sonos burns its Bridges: Our home-grown Wi-Fi mesh will do

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Eh?

This article seems a bit...advertorial-y.

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Uber, Lyft and cutting corners: The true face of the Sharing Economy

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: A US perspective

"I'm guessing the last is due to recent immigrants' being less able to navigate the odd requirements from establishing themselves as independent operators"

You're having a giraffe, ain't ya? NYC cabbies are all already independent operators (not employees) and Uber/Lyft wouldn't survive if recent immigrants weren't signing providing the labour - just as they have for the last three decades of taxi driving.

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Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: What about the unlicensed ones?

Right - Uber says that there is an insurance policy in place, but there's no guarantee that the driver will actually claim on it. When an Uber driver rearended my friend's car (in which I was a passenger), the Uber driver called up and claimed on his domestic policy.

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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Where do I begin?

"I am familiar with rent control in New York City. This is a very expensive place to live...Rent control is the only way many can afford to live there."

Respectfully, you and the author of the article conflate "New York City" with "desirable parts of Manhattan". There are plenty of apartments in NYC that are affordable or even cheap, but they're in the outer suburbs or in undesirable parts of Manhattan.

Rent Control operates primarily in Manhattan to give a relatively small number of tenants cheaper accommodation. In my entirely anecdotal observation, many of those tenants are middle class desk workers who could afford market rent (although TBF that might just reflect the fact that I mostly hung out with other middle class desk workers). It also creates lucrative opportunities for rent controlled tenants to illegally sublet their apartments to people who pay more-or-less market rate - so the tenant gets the cream for free.

There might be an argument for preserving social diversity through intervention in the market like rent control - but I don't think that rent control in NYC really achieves that and I don't think there has been a real discussion about who pays the cost of that (coz nothing comes for free).

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Big content seeks specialist court for copyright cases

Throatwobbler Mangrove

"The former Federal Magistrates' Court, renamed the Federal Circuit Court in 2013, provides an appropriate template, since its purpose is to offer streamlined procedures as an alternative to the Family Court of Australia"

Did you mean that the Fed Circuit Court is supposed to be an alternative to the FEDERAL Court of Australia? I didn't think that the Fed Family Court and Fed Circuit Court both had jurisdiction to hear family law matters.

I don't think the comparison to the budget of the Fed Circuit Court bears much examination, frankly - it does far more than a Federal Pirating Court ever would. But in any case this government isn't going to be very interested in setting up new microcourts - they've only just finished amalgamating all the specialist admin tribunals into the AAT. (And it's a terrible idea to start with).

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Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid: The plug-in for plutocrats

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: kmpl? WTF?

Surely the Reg-appropriate measure of fuel efficiency would be how many times a full tank could take you around the coastline of Wales?

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Tesla: YES – We'll build a network of free Superchargers in Oz

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Things in Australia can be very far part, but the population is very concentrated in a few small places.

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Your Bitcoins aren't money – but it is barter, so we'll tax it, ta ... says Australia's taxman

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: A fair cop

"The ATO has also made it hard to pay employees in Bitcoin..."

It's not hard, you just have to pay tax, just like you'd have to pay tax whenever you pay your employees, surely?

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Hamas hacks Israeli TV sat channel to broadcast pics of Gaza wounded

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: Uggly

...and this is nothing like a civil war based on religion.

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Top ten car gadgets: Get your motor running with new shiny-shiny

Throatwobbler Mangrove

Re: The Alcosense Lite

"I can still see the point of a gadget that let’s you know where you stand viz-a-viz the long arm of the law."

The breathalyzer shoulda been used on the proofreader ;)

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

Throatwobbler Mangrove

"When you're not watching telly, the system can also turn the TV into a digital picture frame, showing photos stored on Google Drive or from the web in a continuously changing background mode."

Sounds tacky.

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