* Posts by JohnG

1418 posts • joined 27 May 2007

Greenpeace, unions attack 'secret UN plans to seize the INTERNETS'

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Re: Whats the problem???

"First, the internet has existed and got along just fine without any additional regulations or infringments or censorship."

The Internet has just "existed" and didn't grow from some hippy's magic bean. The Internet is an evolution of the Advanced Research Projects Agency network (ARPANET), a project of the US military. It is interconnected by numerous telecommunications companies (many of these are state-owned monopolies, many are money grabbing capitalists) - all of them are obliged to conform to the laws of the countries in which they operate - including laws concerning censorship.

The ITU has managed to keep countries cooperating enough to maintain worldwide telephony for decades - even between countries who really don't get on. So, on balance, they seem to be quite helpful and probably the right place to consider future cooperation on telecommunications matters - hence their name and their remit. If the US decides to interfere with ICANN (as some US politicians have previously suggested), the ITU would likely be the place where some degree of cooperation might be maintained/regained.

Boss wrong to demote man over anti-gay-marriage Facebook post

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Re: The Bible also says......

"How come these things are conveniently forgotten by people saying that the bible says that 'homosexuality is wrong'?"

Freedom of religion, freedom of speech, etc. Just like gays, lesbians, etc. enjoy the freedom to live/express their sexuality. Live and let live. Everyone should be able to get on with their own lives, believing what they like without be bullied into someone's idea of the correct way to think. The law should not be involved unless someone is harmed, threatened, libelled, slandered, etc.

I notice that nobody has been brave/daft enough to tell the Muslims which bits of the Koran they should ignore or suggest that they should consider gay marriages in mosques.

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Re: Everyone should be allowed to be 'married'

"Oh, they own the courthouse then? Silly me, I thought the people owned that."

In England and Wales, the local registry office will officiate civil partnerships for same sex couples.

The churches own their buildings, have their own beliefs and their own rules.

Word wonks insist GIFs are really JIFs

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Re: Huh?

Jif to us is either a lemon juice in a squeezy bottle or a kitchen cleaner (although that now goes by the name of Cif)...

Is that pronounced Kif or Sif? :)

No - but if we started calling it .JIF, we would soon have to change it to .CIF to keep the Germans happy.

Is that a truncheon in your trousers, officer, or ... an antenna, you say?

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There are a number of modules already on the market which support GPS and Galileo - and many have integrated antennas. Some can also support SBAS (WAAS/EGNOS) and/or GLONASS. Maybe I am missing something but I fail to see the novelty here.

Humans becoming steadily STUPIDER, says brainiac boffin

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Re: He's right but for the wrong reason

It can't help to have tax and welfare systems specifically designed to counter the effects of evolution i.e. pay the least competent folk to stay at home and procreate while the rest go to work to pay for them.

Sorority girls gone wild: '1 to 3' casual sex 'hookups' every month

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How do they get funding?

I want to do a new piece of research - can I have some funding?

What's it about?

Sorority Girl Sex.


Industry in 'denial' as demand for pricey PCs plunges

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HD video? Good enough for me

For me, if a notebook or PC can play HD video without stuttering, then that's enough for me. I can safely assume that it also cope with all the other routine tasks such as creating/editing spreadsheets and other documents, browsing the web, handling email, etc. A few years back, the HD video issue might have been a constraint in the choice of notebook or PC but one would be hard pressed to find a notebook or PC on the market now that can't manage this. Why pay for a higher spec that I don't need?

English Defence League website 'defaced, pwned' by hacktivists

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Re: EDL != Far Right

"But it's certainly the case that when you criticize Islam, you will find people leaping to accuse of racism,"

If this is "certainly the case" then perhaps you can give some examples?

Here's an example: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-sussex-17181861

Google will find plenty more examples of how "comment made against Islam" = racism (in the UK).

One in four don't clean their stinky old browsers - especially Firefoxers

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Re: Really?

"79.2 per cent for Chrome"

I'm finding it hard to believe this, considering Chrome updates itself automatically...

Maybe the figures for Chrome include Chromium and other variants which only have manual updates (e.g. Iron).

Hacker sentenced to six years – WITH NO INTERNET

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Re: Oh noes

You seem to have overlooked the credit card fraud, bomb threats, etc.

HP warns consumers: Don't downgrade Win8 PCs to Win7

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I enjoyed a similar experience downgrading an HP notebook from Vista to XP a few years ago, when I felt Vista was too new to be trusted. There were some problems with some drivers not being available from HP but with some perseverance and tinkering, I managed to get everything working.

The new Mac mini eviscerated with ease

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FYI, The datasheet for the Delta LFE8904C is here:


Dyson alleges spy stole 'leccy motor secrets for Bosch

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Re: I can't say

My experience is the exact opposite.

I have owned a Dyson cleaner for about 6 years. It works flawlessly and I haven't had to replace anything.

I had a Bosch fridge on which the controller board failed a few months after purchase - the board was replaced under warranty. I later discovered that the defrost feature did not work. A friend had a similar Bosch fridge which had exactly the same faults, although in his case, the defrost heater element started a fire inside the fridge.

I had a Bosch washer/dryer which had a motor failure (under warranty), a pump failure (not under warranty) but the coup de grace was a controller board failure.

Fujitsu assigns team of women to design PC for women

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Re: While this lady surgeon doesn't wear make-up or jewelry or other adornments, most women do

Mice in different sizes are already available. Keyboards and integral pointing devices on notebooks are typically too small for comfort, being constrained by the need to fit within the dimensions of the case, which is in turn set by the screen size. I do own a "manly sized" notebook but most people consider these to be too big. So, I suggest that notebooks are already sized for the fairer sex, if not for children.

Apache promotes OpenOffice to top-level project

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Libre Office works just fine

"Does Libre Office actually work?"

Yes. I regularly use both MS Office 2010 and Libre Office. As Microsoft decided to alter the user interface of MS Office beyond recognition for users of their previous versions, I find it quicker to use Libre Office.

Interestingly, one of our suppliers (a well known national Telco) recently delivered some documents written with MS Office 2007. When opened with MS Office 2003 or MS Office 2010, the diagrams were not formatted correctly - but Libre Office had no problem.

British car parks start reading number plates

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Re: Just as towns are discovering that free parking : Reading

"...the town's traffic planners seem to really have it in for motorists in general"

It's a Labour council: The roads are intended for use by party officials in their Zils and Chaikas - the proles are supposed to use public transport.

Planet hunters double down with FOUR-STAR SYSTEM

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Five Star?

Do you mean like this lot?


Second LulzSec member pleads guilty to Sony hack

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Asses are hidden right up to the point where some ass breaks the law and the ass hiders subsequently receive a valid court order. While this ought to be blindingly obvious, I think you will find some mention of this in their Ts and Cs - as will be the case for other similar businesses.

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Re: This is when

Ts & Cs from HideMyAss include the following:

"You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful."


"By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately."

Surely, it is obvious to everyone that companies offering goods and/or services will follow the laws of the countries in which they transact business?

Reds in the Routers is routine, not rare

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Re: If ever they were found out...

Maybe they wouldn't use any manufactured vulnerability for spying but more like a self-destruct mechanism to be used once, in the sort of circumstances when one might soon be using WMD.

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Cisco and China

"... most of its rivals including US flag-bearer Cisco have at least some part of their supply chain located in the People’s Republic and so should be subject to the same scrutiny by Washington."

They have a point. I can't remember the last time I unboxed a piece of Cisco equipment that was not labelled "Made in China". It always seems ironic when Cisco make such a fuss about Export Administration Regulations, when downloading software updates for their Chinese manufactured kit.

Massive strike at Foxconn's iPhone 5 factory

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Workers of the world unite!

Sounds like these downtrodden Foxconn workers are revolting. Perhaps they will replace their oppressive capitalist regime with a government run by a communist people's party. Oh, hang on a minute.

Feds charge US firm with smuggling illegal military tech to Russia

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Re: I thought the cold war was over? Like, 20 years ago??

The US Export Administration Regulations have regional considerations for a few countries (Iran, North Korea,...) but Russia is not one of them. However, the export of weapons technology or dual use items to ANY country (including Russia) is subject to a number of controls, including things like end user certificates. Whilst it might be OK for a US electronics company to sell microchips to a Russian company for the manufacture of traffic lights, it is unlikely that a US company would be allowed to sell dual-use components to an laboratory run by the FSB.

Skype touts FREE* Wi-Fi across the UK

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Re: nope, totally lost here...

"... if you are a small coffee shop or pub or cafe etc you can add a useful facility to encourage people to visit your establishment, for an extremely small fee, and stop them going to Costa or McDonalds to get their free wifi fix."

Given that a prerequisite for this service is a functional broadband Internet connection, my small business can offer that for free, skip the small fee and achieve a less restrictive result (customers using my free WiFi don't need a Skype account).

Pastafarians: Get your noodly appendages off that Facebook suspect

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Re: Thank goodness!

"Which has been pretty much that way for a very long time.

Funny how they only seem to be having massive economic difficulties over the last year or two."

In the past, the value of the Greek currency, inflation and interest rates reflected the tax evasion and a generally lax attitude to fiscal matters, providing limits to Greek sovereign debt and expenditure.

Once in the Eurozone, the Greek government were able to borrow money at low interest rates, set largely due to the EZ's largest economy, Germany. Once everyone realised that banks around the world were being run by a bunch of crooks and/or incompetents, they started looking more carefully at the state of the banks. It then became apparent that Greece (and several other countries) had amassed a lot more sovereign debt than they can hope to repay.

Brave copper single-handedly chases 'suspicious' Moon

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POLICEMAN #2: [chuckles] That's a laugh, eh? Ain't it?


POLICEMAN #2: That sound you make in the back of your throat when you hear a joke.

POLICEMAN #1: Yeah, that's a laugh.

Apple 'hasn't really run out of iPhone 5s AT ALL'

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South Park

I thought you were going to reference the episode when Cartman can't wait for a new Nintendo and freezes himself but ends up way too far into the future.....


Oi, don't leave Cymru in broadband slow lane, MPs warn

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Re: Eh?

Ofcom probably thinks the satellites have to be updated to send IP packets in Welsh.


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Re: Idea

"Instead of feeding cereals to pigs which then get slaughtered and eaten, why don't we just eat the food we grow directly?"

I guess you are in favour of the wholesale slaughter (and extinction) of all domestic livestock then?

"Would make sense in a world of 7 billion people and rising."

However you paint it, a world population of 7 billion and rising doesn't make sense. It isn't sustainable. For starters, there isn't enough fresh water.

Peugeot 508 RXH estate car review

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You would have to really really want the hydrid technology gimmick to buy this.

Yes - Hybrid tech apparently adds so much to the price of a car that you need the benefit of not paying congestion charges for 5 days a week or something of a similar order to make it worthwhile. As this car emits more than 100g/Km, it won't be free of the London congestion charge.

Prof casts doubt on Stuxnet's accidental 'great escape' theory

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Re: This is ignoring the real question

"The USA and Israel have engaged in an act of hostility on another country."

Allegedly. I guess the Iran government is free to complain to an international court and provide proof of who was responsible for introducing a trojan to software which (according to Siemens) was never sold to or licensed for use in Iran. i guess they would go on to complain that the trojan subsequently caused damage to centrifuges, components of which were dual-use items, which Iran is banned from purchasing under UN sanctions. The centrifuges were/are being used to enrich uranium to a purity in a manner also prohibited for Iran, under the terms of the NPT which they chose to sign.

Once Iran has developed a nuclear weapon, it will be fairly difficult to dissuade others in the region from matching the Iranian threat: Turkey and Saudi Arabia are likely candidates. Once a few of them get going, we might as well forget the NPT altogether.

Fujitsu boffins to help build uni exam-beating bot

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It would be easier if they were designing a robot for use at LMU.

Fanboi beats 'e-trespassing' rap after using GPS to find stolen iPad

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Is Google now off the hook?

Google would be off the hook if they had only collected SSIDs and no payload data. Had the victim acquired and published pictures of the thief in some compromising situation, he might have been in some trouble but all he did was receive data sent from his own device by a program which he ran.

New broadband minister snubs 'ugly' fibre cabinet gripes

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Re: Necessary equipment

In several countries, power transformers are stuck on poles along the street, safely out of reach - but even if ground level buildings or cabinets are deemed necessary, the trees and shrubbery to hide everything are entirely superfluous. If other utilities are forced to pretty up their kit, it seems only fair that the same rules apply to the telcos.

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Necessary equipment

How do you feel about the supply of electricity then? I fail to see why broadband providers are free to dump their kit on the pavement whilst electricity boards and other utilities are obliged to purchase land or wayleaves for all their kit. They are typically expected to procure sufficient land to hide their sub-stations behind hedges.

Safer conjugal rights via electronic skin

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Have you or your wife considered...

...a gimp suit or possibly, a cat suit? I guess the Lycra ones would be useless for your purposes and you'd need something in rubber or wet look PVC.

Apple drones reject American drone-strike tracker app

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Re: hmmm

"If you just draw a box on Google Earth and an automated drone automatically kills anyone in it..."

That's not how they work - there is still a pilot, although sitting somewhere else, instead of in the aircraft.

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"2) Some people are concerned that automated weapon systems are dehumanising war (!), or that stuffz could go wrong."

The difference between manned and unmanned missions is cable versus radio. In manned missions, the aircraft and weaponry are controlled by computers which are in turn directed by the pilot and other crew at the end of bundles of cables/fibre. Many weapons are highly automated, guiding themselves to their targets once released, without further human intervention. In unmanned missions, everything is the same, except that the pilot and other crew are sitting somewhere else, at the end of some radio links. The level of automation is not significantly different in manned or unmanned missions. Examples of fully autonomous weapon systems are cruise missiles and ICBMs, the latter typically carrying multiple warheads, each of which is fully autonomous and capable of delivering a nuclear weapon to an identified target.

Brummie plod cuffed in Facebook troll hunt

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Re: The Somebody Said Something Unpleasant To Me Act 2012.

I think the word you are looking for is "defamation". Spoken it is slander, written it is libel. This would be a civil case in high court - and it is from such a civil case that the high court ordered Facebook to reveal the identities of those involved. However, there is also the The Communications Act 2003 to consider and given that the victims email and Facebook accounts were hacked, I guess the Computer Misuse Act 1990 might come into play.

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The Internet does not offer immunity from libel and slander legislation. Deal with it.

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Re: usenet

Previous news reports on this case mentioned that the victim's email and Facebook accounts were hacked and fake Facebook pages setup in her name from which paedophilic messages sent to children. She was accused of being a prostitute, a child abuser and a drug dealer. I would suggest that this has gone considerably further than a bit of name calling that one should "take on the chin".

RIP Brian Wynne Oakley: Saviour of Bletchley Park

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North South Divide

It must be in the Midlands because by the time you get to Milton Keynes/Bletchley, you would already be half way up the M1 to Watford Gap services (starting from the M25, of course) - and every Southerner knows that everything past Watford Gap is "The North".

Mr Bank Manager, help yourself to my smartphone contents

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Shielded wallet

..or use a metal business card case.

Police mistake reveals plan for Assange's Embassy capture

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Re: the police

"Ecuadorian & attached embassies probably saving a mint on their Insurance policies too."

I'm not so sure. The risk of a fire starting in one of the other apartments, necessitating an evacuation of the entire building must be quite likely now.

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Security checks and diplomatic bags

I was wondering: Are diplomatic bags subject to security checks before being allowed onto a flight, similar to those used for other baggage? If they are, then anyone smuggled in a diplomatic bag would risk irradiation and discovery when such checks are carried out.

IMO, the best outcome for Britain would be if Assange did manage to escape to Ecuador. It would allow the police and others involved to get on with something more productive and Assange would have effectively exiled himself from Europe, North America, Australia, ....

China could penetrate US with new huge missile

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If US/China relations were so bad as to consider lobbing missiles at each other, the Chinese could achieve considerable impact by simply not sending all kinds of manufactured goods to the West. Of course, this would also fuck up their own economy but so would nuclear war.

Lawyers: We'll pillory porn pirates who don't pay up

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Re: Blackmail

"...and becomes libel after the fact if the claims are unproven."

Whether the claims are true or not, in Germany this would be "Beleidigung", to damage someone's reputation. When you understand that in Germany, you can be sued for Beleidigung if you stick your middle finger up to a motorist who has just cut you up, it becomes clear that Germans take offence seriously and that they also take it to court.

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Re: Libel

In Germany, plaintiffs would only have to show that their reputation and/or livelihood has been damaged (it doesn't matter whether the allegation is true or false). It is not uncommon for people/businesses to sue former clients (and win) who have exposed their poor service or business practices in online forums or for negative feedback. If this bunch of lawyers get some policeman or priest sacked, they might get their copyright infringement cash but then they will have to pay for loss of earnings and emotional damage. I don't believe this will fly - German courts take privacy and reputation very seriously.

We're raising generations of MUTANT KIDS, says Icelandic study

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""...we sequenced 78 trios, a total of 219 distinct individuals..."

Not much of sample size, is it?

Is the Icelandic population representative or is there more inbreeding than in larger countries/regions?

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