* Posts by Captain Hogwash

698 posts • joined 23 Feb 2009

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: it seems to be both at the same time

That's listed in the manual's glossary as 'doublethink'.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Meh

Re: 'It is company policy'

Respond with "Do you want the sale?" Company policy is binding on employees of the company, not customers.

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Meh

Re: governments worldwide need to get a grip on this tendency to corporate snooping

Why would they? It's so much cheaper to have corporations do this stuff, thereby lowering taxes & shrinking the state while simultaneously tightening their grip on the populace.

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IT firms guilty of blasting customers with soul-numbing canned music

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Hold Music

I use this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xywQQXrYi5s

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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

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Coat

Performance specs?

What are the typical boot times of these shoes?

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Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers

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Re: A doorstep chugger

These people are not very bright. I once told one that I didn't sign up to anything proposed by cold callers. He kept insisting for a couple of minutes that he was not a cold caller.

Back on topic, telling a tech support scammer that I'm not using Windows usually elicits the hopeful response of "a Mac?" Simply answering "No." tends to cause an immediate call termination.

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UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

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Big Brother

Dangers of the internet

All your face (book, time, etc) are belong to us?

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DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Anyway, got to go and wax my moustaches!

How many do you own?

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Take a sneak peek at Google's Android replacement, Fuchsia

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Mushroom

Re: The Fuchsia's bright...

The Fuchsia's so bright I gotta wear shades.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Re: get the 'great unwashed' to buy the shackles of the surveillance state

Exactly this!

Technician, we want you to build a component

For each of our workers, to be with them always,

At all time watch closely, so we can keep track of

Their actions, their interests, their morals, their time out.

Some musak to maim them, some fear to contain them.

Policy will judge them, brute forces degrade them.

Practical behaviour, the cleanser, the saviour.

A private vocation has no sense of nation.

The maintenance of power can be so fulfilling,

Just as long as all the slaves are willing.

- Twelfth Night, We Are Sane, 1982

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Re: direct action is all they seem to listen/react to

No. Direct action is how they justify the need to impose this kind of shit.

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IT error at Great Western Railway charging £10k for 63-mile journey ticket

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Headmaster

Re: small city

Taunton is the county town of Somerset but it is no city.

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Huawei P10 Plus: The bigger brother is the real contender

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Re: Korean rival to Samsung and LG

Chinese surely?

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

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Meh

Re: spinach or kale, ... apples

And don't forget a sprinkling of freshly ground placebo.

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An echo chamber full of fake news? Blame Google and Facebook, says Murdoch chief

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Re: Or page 3

They're printing words on page 3 now?

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Teenagers think Doritos are cooler than Apple

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Generation Z

Because they're always half asleep?

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Joke

Re: There is a difference?

Met many wrestlers have you?

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Home Office accused of blocking UK public's scrutiny of Snoopers' Charter

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Coat

Re: "ability to play a harpsichord, not punch through it with their fists"

So you favour May rather than Clarkson?

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So my ISP can now sell my browsing history – what can I do?

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Re: "...getting Tor running on a Chromebook is very difficult..."

If you're using a Chromebook then it's likely you're not interested in privacy anyway.

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ICO fines Flybe, Honda for breaking data rules. They were, um, trying to comply with GDPR

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Re: so you are going to block...

I have an IP PBX. Callers have the option of entering a pre-shared code to talk to me, entering zero to leave a message, or hanging up. Any messages are immediately emailed. Unless they choose option one (only available to friends and family) I never hear the phone ring. This arrangement allows communications from officialdom, doctors, commercial organisations with which I have a relationship, etc. It also handles robo-callers rather well.

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Ex-military and security firms oppose Home Sec in WhatsApp crypto row

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Ministry of Defence's former cybersecurity chief

Wherever someone is described as former anything they will be ignored.

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Good news, everyone! Two pints a day keep heart problems at bay

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Pint

Re: Small beer?

Svagdricka is readily available from supermarkets in Sweden.

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Linux-using mates gone AWOL? Netflix just added Linux support

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Probably not. It's more likely that me and the other two will just uninstall Chrome.

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Android O my god! It's finally here (for devs)

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Re: So what's the "O"?

Onanism.

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Home Office admits it's preparing to accept EU ruling on surveillance

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"Our guiding principle is keeping people, families and communities safe..."

So safety always trumps freedom. Presumably eight out of ten cats who were never allowed to express a preference would agree this should be so? There are so many suitable icons that I couldn't decide which was most appropriate for this post.

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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Re: just 'flat fact'

One can only assume they have 'alternative facts'.

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Brought to you by UK.gov: 'Most ambitious programme of change of any government anywhere in the world'

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Flush the bog sounds like a suitable metaphor.

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Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

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Gary Newman?

Gary Numan, surely?

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MEEELLIONs of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

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Re: Quality of Service is probably more important to me

Switch your crystal ball supplier and save ££££!

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Maps and alarm clocks best thing about mobes, say normies

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THIS!

"...they didn't trust the security on their phones."

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Sexbots could ‘over-exert’ their human lovers, academic warns

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Your Android replica is playing up again

It's no joke. When she comes she moans another's name.

-Spirit Of The Age, Hawkwind

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'Emoji translator' sought by translations firm

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Re: Sometimes I despair...

Brevity...wit.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Cardboard Desk?

You were lucky. We worked for three months on a brown paper bag in a septic tank.

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Hell Desk's 800 number was perfect for horrible heavy-breathing harassment calls

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Joke

Re: a rather well known German company

Siemens?

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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Headmaster

Re: How?

Populace!

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ROBO-PLOD! 'Droid snatches scumbag's shotgun in standoff

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Re: Silent Running?

Would that be a Huey helicopter?

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End all the 'up to' broadband speed bull. Release proper data – LGA

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Flame

BT Wholesale speed checker

Terrific! Requires Flash.

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Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!

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Re: Until miscreants burn down your house...

You run it on your own server which you configure to upload footage to some dumb off-site storage. E.g. an old netbook running Ubuntu server & Zoneminder configured to capture video from old Android tablets on motion detection events can also be configured to ftp the captured video to some cheap personal webspace. Properly secured, the kit remains under your control and if baddies burn your house down you can retrieve the uploaded video of them doing it. That worked for me until the tablets gave up the ghost. I can't be bothered to shell out for new IP cameras at the moment and the highly visible autonomous killbot patrol seems to have the required deterrent effect anyway.

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This is why Huawei's cloud is not like Amazuregoo

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Coat

Amazuregoo

Oh, is that right? I'm a Glaswegian.

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15 million tech-fried Brits have tried giving themselves a 'digital detox'

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: I ... actually think there should be a mandatory unplug period for everyone.

What the hell are you doing working in IT? You'd be great in politics now that authoritarianism is the new black.

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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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Re: I love Google!!!

But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother”

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Michael Gove says Britain needs to create its own DARPA

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Unhappy

Re: "...Theresa May, who is considered more moderate..."

Tory and moderation have never really been synonymous.

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Lindsay Lohan ‘happy’ to turn on Kettering

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Coat

Do you like Kettering?

I don't know. I've never kettered.

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Wales gives anti-vaping Blockleiters a Big Red Panic Button

Captain Hogwash

Re: second hand vaping

Neither I nor the article stated that second hand vaping is harmless. The article simply said that vaping is harmless. Studies highlighted in a recent BBC Horizon programme suggest that this might not be the case.

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Re: Vaping is harmless

Steady on old chap. This is not known for certain. What is known is that it is very much less harmful than smoking. But it is probably naive to assume it is benign. For the record, I am a former smoker who has much to thank vaping for and is very pleased to be living in England.

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Letters prove GCHQ bends laws to spy at will. So what's the point of privacy safeguards?

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Re: I don't think he mean't it literally.

However the choice of analogy is telling.

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

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Re: Why would you want to flash a custom ROM?

Read the rest of the post. As long as updates came as often as necessary I wouldn't. The ability to flash a custom ROM is required for when the updates stop coming but the hardware is still OK and a custom ROM for that hardware is still actively supported.

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Captain Hogwash
WTF?

Re: bend over or check out

That's an appalling defeatist attitude! Live free or die trying!

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Captain Hogwash

Re: Great for companies! @Copen

You're right. I'd forgotten about Truecaller. I'm on a Samsung Galaxy S3 with CM11 which has none of that nonsense. But it was hard work getting it to its current state and the real point of my comment is that I should be able to buy something like that on a current hardware generation without having to hack it, void warranty, etc.

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Mushroom farm PC left in the dark and fed … you know the rest

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Thumb Up

stranger than fungus?

Good name for a band.

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