* Posts by Rich 11

1617 posts • joined 8 Jul 2009

British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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Re: Dear prime minister...

I can't help but think that the police don't have the resources needed to follow up on every report. I bet they get triaged and dealt with as and when there's time.

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TRUMP SCANDAL! No, not that one. Or that one. Or that one. Or that one.

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I imagine this is very close to how a conversation about Donald Trump being on fire might play out....

Perhaps, but is there anyone left who would care enough to tell him, let alone volunteer to piss on him to put the fire out?

[Edit] Excepting a Russian hooker, obviously.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Absolutely, but that's harder to do and it doesn't get headlines in the run-up to the election. Much better to make high-profile declarations now, force through bad law over the coming year, and then sweep it all under the carpet in five years' time when someone thinks to ask what it actually achieved.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: no, still NIMBYish

I wonder what the Norfolk Broads would look like when lit up by Cherenkov radiation?

Like a typical Friday night in Wells-Next-The-Sea, but with less inbreeding taking place.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

Here in the UK some companies are already asking for ones email address at the till.

Maplins did this for about a year fifteen years ago. My response was no@fuckoff.no. Some of the sales staff grinned as they wrote it down, others looked ashamed at what they were required to do.

Perhaps I should have registered the domain and checked to see if the company still tried to contact me.

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Capita and Birmingham City Council 'dissolve' joint venture

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Crapita strikes again

I don't think I can constructively expand on this title.

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

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Re: More money than sense

So it was you! You bastard, I'm calling the cops.

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Re: A cheap mistake

The bins round the back of a cheap supermarket. Four bucks is a small price to pay to get someone else to clamber through the garbage on your behalf.

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‪There's a ransom-free fix for WannaCry‬pt. Oh snap, you've rebooted your XP box

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Re: Strong and stable ...

Haven't you got the message? These are the only adjectives which matter now. Use others at your peril.

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

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Re: One must ask ones self

My missus was the recipient of free milk in schools and said they dreaded it as there was no refrigeration in the school and so the milk was always warm and just about going off.

Never had that problem. The delivery bloke left the crates stacked up against the north wall, permanently in the shade and where the gentle breeze wafting off the North Sea kept it at a perfect drinking temperature.

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

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Re: Can I submit a patch?

And let's include "Ignoring the 'Hide this update' setting for Microsoft Silverlight" while we're at it.

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UK.gov plans to overhaul £6bn in big IT deals 'watered down'

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Re: What a surprise...

pouring more money down other, pre-existing total wastes of money, time and effort.

Don't worry! The amount of money saved by cutting back on benefits to carers and raised by chasing the self-employed for minor tax miscalculations will more than make up for the loss.

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Yo, patch that because scum still wanna exploit WannaCrypt-linked vuln

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Re: Overkill

32 or 23 ?

32, if it's a netmask.

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Robot lands a 737 by hand, on a dare from DARPA

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Re: first they came for the co-pilot...

And the DLR is comparatively easy to automate, since much of the track is up out of the reach of stupid meatsacks doing silly things after five pints of snakebite and black.

I haven't actually been on the DLR for ten years or so. Does each train still have a guard aboard to stop the stupid meatsacks doing silly things with the doors when they realise they've missed their station?

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Shadow Brokers resurface, offer to sell fresh 'wine of month' club exploits

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Re: Puzzling

So they can produce a patch to block an exploit before it gets released into the wild.

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Beaten passenger, check. Dead giant rabbit, check. Now United loses cockpit door codes

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Re: Waiting....

Amazingly effective actually. Most people will do almost anything in order to prolong their own lives, even if only by minutes or seconds.

Yes, but people also do incredibly courageous things in the face of a threat to something they consider their responsibility.

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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Re: shame

Labour truly do want to take the country to the 1970's

Hearing this must have confused the UKIP core, who would love to take the country back to the 1970s so they could watch the Black And White Minstrel Show once more and pay women less than men for the same work. They've already voted in a referendum to take the country back to 1973 and can't understand why it hasn't happened yet.

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NASA nixes Trump's moonshot plan

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Hmmm...

I wonder what Trump's going to say when the advisor who reads this report out loud for him points out that NASA have just politely told him to fuck off and leave the hard stuff to the experts?

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Comey was loathed by the left, reviled by the right – must have been doing something right

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Re: Comey was a coward for not throwing Hilldog under the bus

You forgot to use the joke icon.

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Re: Typical straight arrow law enforcement

Everything Trump does is always the best - even his scandals it appears.

They'll be yuge.

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Re: "He's a showboat, he's a grandstander"

The old bastard was seen tottering around the White House this week. Given the current situation there he must have been enjoying some happy reminiscences.

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Trump signs executive order on cybersecurity, White House now runs the show

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Plans awry!

and the Director of the FBI (once he has decided who that will be)

"and the Director of the FBI (once he has decided who the next incumbent will briefly be)"

FTFY.

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Re: So it's a Barge Arse freighter then...

I thought it was a heavily-bleached Kardashian.

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Re: 'world's largest flying craft' - I think not...

in the sense that concrete block sitting on explosives fly.

Ah, Project Orion!

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

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Re: Train crash Brexit

Similarly, UKIP "racists and fruit cakes" are now "sensible Conservative supporters" after they all voted Tory last week. ;-)

As long as they keep their racism and fruitcakery within the scope allowed by the Conservative Party, I'm sure their votes will continue to be welcome.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: Eh, I prefer to look at the upside of this.

We could use the land for housing or some more offices.

Then 20 minutes later the San Andreas wakes up and drops it all into the sea.

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Re: I remember the old joke...

Glaser safety rounds. Not used by air marshals, for some reason.

Generally, the fewer guns there are on a plane the better. If a suicidal terrorist or a homicidal maniac doesn't have to get a gun past security because they'll be handed a gun upon boarding, that just makes it easier to go on a mid-Atlantic killing spree, three hours from any hospital.

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Another IoT botnet has been found feasting on vulnerable IP cameras

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Re: Yet still the unwise go and buy this crap!

The quality of video, and not having a camera operator, will make for some very shoddy pr0ns.

You can guarantee that someone somewhere will get off on the fact that it's a shoddy piece of work.

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Just so we're all clear on this: Russia hacked the French elections, US Republicans and Dems

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Re: Kettles and pots?

But who would have thought it was so hard to run a country?

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Re: comments so far missed the point

so you are saying everyone has something to hide, if that is the case then why are the same people always insisting that only the guilty have something to fear. Ironic

'Same people'? That has to be a reference to the 'everyone' in your first clause, so you think that everyone is saying that only the guilty have something to fear?

Strange. I thought it was only authoritarian politicians and their unthinking ideological fellow-travellers who were saying 'If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear', and everyone else saying 'Fuck off, I value my privacy'.

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Re: Landslide ?

A wise person might be wary of the silent majority

If they stay silent and don't vote then they're not doing anything that the political world needs to be wary of.

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Re: just getting started

- offshore teams - base your dudes in, say, Malta or Cyprus, not Moscow. No IP geo tracks that way.

I bet GCHQ would love it if a Russian team set themselves up in Cyprus. They wouldn't have to bother with the sophistication necessary to get a close look at ops based in Moscow or St Petersburg -- they could just wander down the hill with a pair of binoculars.

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FBI boss James Comey was probing Trump's team for Russia links. You're fired, says Donald

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Re: John, I'm starting to wonder if your real name isn't Ivan.

Bloody hell. I can still hear that in John Hurt's voice!

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Re: And the new FBI director will be....

Barron. He knows a lot about computers, according to his dad, so he'd be the ideal person to argue in favour of backdoored encryption.

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You do have to wonder if Comey will now be much more likely to spill the beans the next time he's up in front of the committee.

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I'm only surprised he didn't learn about it from Twitter...

"Just heard FBI Director Comey fired. Sad." - TheRealDonaldTrump

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$6,000 for tours of apocalyptic post-Brexit London? WTF, NYT?

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Missed opportunity

I'm kicking myself for not taking advantage of the tourist opportunities raised by 9/11. Back then I'm sure I could have persuaded some of Blair's Cool Britannia friends to splash out on a trip to Manhattan and a guided tour of Ground Zero. The starry-eyed local tour guide hired on the cheap would rightly extol the courage and heroism of all those who helped the injured on that terrible day, assuring the spellbound tourists that the resolve of America's leaders would never waver until the culprits were brought to justice, regardless of how many countries needed to be invaded and broken, regardless of how many more Americans (and maybe some brown-skinned foreigners somewhere) would die to little clear purpose, regardless of how many US citizens would be brought into the purview of the massively-enlarged surveillance state, regardless of the wave of authoritarian countries using the excuse of terrorism to clamp down upon protestors within their own borders, regardless of the number of black sites, extraordinary renditions and newly-employed torturers it would take to bring the whole sorry business to a rapid conclusion.

Oops. Did I say rapid?

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Facebook fake news: Sort it out yourself, readers

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FTFY

its just easier to accept we're all heading for an idiocracy, a government of the stupid, by the stupid, for the wealthy. if we're not there already.

If people aren't already hanging from lampposts, you know the wealthy got in again.

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Italian F-35 facility rolls out its first STOVL stealth fighter

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Do you think that would trump a low bid or a handy tax break?

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: Just say NO to Social Media sites/apps

Exactly. I've long since decided which of the parties I despise least, and which ones I can hold my nose and vote for -- if I have to -- in order to keep out the ones I despise most. If any of them want me to change my mind after all these decades then they're going to have to make some significant changes to their manifestos, and convince me that they're not doing so cynically. So far this time round there's no sign of that in the junk mail stuffed through my door, and if they can't manage it there then I'm not going to chase some transitory online targeted ad to look for it.

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Of mice and migrations: How a rodent's DNA maps to architectural complexity

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Yeah, right...

you will see neat rows of racks with well-wrapped bundles of labelled cables and a clean liftable floor

Who are you kidding?

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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Re: He was lucky

"God looks after the drunks, little kids and the feeble of mind".

I thought it was "God looks after drunks, little children and the cataclysmically stoned."

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Uncle Sam backs down on slurping passwords from US visa hopefuls

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Re: You have no idea how idiotic some of the reqs are

Not that I would want to immigrate to that lunatic asylum in the first place.

I think the word 'armed' is meant to go before 'lunatic'.

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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: So when will the marketing effort start

No, not that. Since we're desperate for Trump to deign to grant us a huge free trade deal in the hope of stopping our economy going down the toilet the year after next, we have to suck up to the US more than usual. That means Putin is safe until he actually releases that golden shower video, or until Trump goes so far overboard that even the Republicans want him impeached. Right now, it's a lot easier to pick on the little guy with no real friends (you know, just like in school), so the false flag op will arrive courtesy of Kim Jong Un.

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Re: Hmm, bugger off, government. I didn't elect you, and I don't respect you

Erm, democracy?

This is how it works.

Are you suggesting no-one should ever argue against a proposal after a vote has been taken, or against the implementation of the resulting policy? Are you arguing in favour of the tyranny of the majority?

That would be very UKIP of you. I really hope you don't deserve that label, and instead just haven't thought it through.

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Fake news is fake news, says Google-backed research

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Re: And real issue is left unaddressable.

So looking back can we conclude those to be sources of fake news?

Obviously not, if they used a reasonable methodology. They'd only be fake news if they were rigged in some fashion and then promoted as news. If there's anything fake about them it is describing them using the emotive and disparaging term 'fake news'. Welcome to Trumpville.

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Re: As for Brits & "broadcast media" ...

You must be too young to remember the Open University programmes Auntie used to put out.

Judging by his orthography and choice of terminology, Jake is a Yank. Public education by a public broadcaster is most likely considered by him to be dangerously socialist. That licence fee is just turning us into the USSR, day by day.

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Re: What it DOES allow ...

That Trump, eh? I wonder how much pussy has slipped through his tiny hands? Enough to make his hair stand on end, I reckon. It must be about all he can get up at his age, and on his artery-clogging diet.

Was that what you were looking for, Jake?

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Microsoft Azure capacity woes hit UK customers. Yes, you read that right

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Re: UK and no Cloud?

That's not rain you can feel trickling down the back of your neck.

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Gamers red hot with fury over Intel Core i7-7700 temperature spikes

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Nominative determinism

Intel Core i7-7700K Processor

Maybe 7700K is its target temperature. Give it time, folks, give it time.

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