* Posts by druck

1501 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

UK.gov says extreme porn isn't illegal if you delete it...

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Bad advice and no defence.

So the advice still comes down to whether it would be offensive to a bitter old woman who's judgement is so poor she sees nothing wrong with roughing up opposition MPs with anti-terror police, and an angry grieving mother who clings to the belief that murderous tendencies must be the fault of pornography rather than sick individuals.

Oh, clause 21 means my defence is void, as I'm the author of a disc repair tool, which has the limited ability to recover to deleted data. So if I ever get any extreme porn spam, I have to wipe my hard disc. I better go an add a safe delete feature.

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Snipers - Cowardly assassins, or surgical soldiers?

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Fly eye

You don't need a conventional spherical lens in the nose a bullet to track a laser, think of the compound lenses in a fly's eye.

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Government finally names the day for porn ban

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@Graham Marsden

"The Government have (oh so kindly) offered a "defence" that if you were a "direct participant" in the images then you are allowed to possess them."

So you can have as much extreme porn as you like, as long as you've convincingly photo chopped your own face on to one of the participants? Now that really is sick.

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A reasonable person

AC wrote: "Do you honestly think that the NSFW image that you linked to qualifies for "a reasonable person would consider the action depicted to be real"? I would like to consider myself reasonable, and to me it is obviously staged."

You can never put your faith in a law which can only be judged on the criteria of a reasonable person's views. People have hung on differing interpretations of reasonable, take Derek Bentley and the meaning of "Let him have it" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_Him_Have_It

Re: Sooty, you are right in that this legislation is primarily a catch all. If you should cross any branch of authority you can expect to be investigated on some trumped up charge, which will come to nothing. But rummaging around on your computer is bound to find something chargeable, even if you have gone to great lengths to ensure that no one in any picture could be considered to be under 18, the extreme porn law makes anything else fair game for a prosecution.

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Counter-terror police arrest Tory frontbencher

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Britain no more

It has finally happened, the government using the police to suppress information and political debate. This is no longer Great Britain.

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EU Commission backs Reding on data caps

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Thumbs up

Hopefully no more getting back from a weekend away and finding a £108 bill from logging on twice, due to £5/MB data charges.

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Srizbi spam botnet in failed resurrection

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Graphs

Can we have some nice graphs of the spam levels going down and back up with these various events.

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Copyright-bothering web TV outfit rises from the grave

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Catchup?

How is re-broadcasting live streams in any way a catchup?

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Heidemarie 'Toolbag' Piper set for second spacewalk

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Re:Give her a break

Well said.

Its a shame they weren't wearing the orbital manoeuvring packs, as they could have easily jetted off and collected the slow moving bag, to prevent it being an orbital hazard for the next couple of years.

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Asus Eee PC S101 luxury netbook

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Scared themselves

I think Asus scared themselves with the EEE PC, it made people realise that useful computers didn't have to be big and expensive, and although it sold it large numbers it put downward pressure on pricing. Since them they've done everything they can to try to move the price points ever higher and back to full sized laptop territory. However without any sort of sweetener such as a 1280x900 screen, it's just not going to sell.

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Most biometric checks will bypass ID database

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Re:Hitler

I keep misreading that name too, but the difference was that the leader of the 3rd Reich and his henchmen had a very organised plans of how to destroy the liberty of millions of people. This government is rushing headlong in to a fascist nightmare handing out billions to commission systems which they don't have the first clue about. They've got no idea if it will work well enough for the majority of the population, and no idea on what to do about people it definitely wont work for.

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Sapphire Radeon HD 4850 X2 dual-GPU graphics card

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Spurious results

The two 4870 X2 bars in the charts have the same description, I assume the second is overclocked? However some of the benchmark/timing results for various cards are clearly spurious compared to their overall performance differentials. I suggest you revisit this.

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Geek Wheels touted as the ultimate tech scooter

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Stealth?

What's the point of the two stealth antenna with that fuck off big aerial on the back?

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Three SiPort Inc bosses slain in gun rampage

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@Andy Dodges

"No surprise there with more and more middle class folks losing their incomes while CEO's and other upper management merely forgo their Christmas bonus"

You are joking? Their bonus might be ever so slightly smaller than last year if the company has made a massive loss, but they'll still get it, and it will still be several times the salary of the sacked guy. We can't get guns here, but hammers are freely available.

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Philips Aurea II 42PFL9903H 42in LCD TV

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Just get a larger TV

The ambilighting effect is one thing, love it or hate it, but the screen bezel just about making the screen look slightly bigger. Why not get a TV which has a couple of inches larger screen and a minimal amount of bezel? it will look much better and is probably cheaper than this one too.

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McLaren teams up with chip firm for F1 hybrid tech

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Envirowank

Its just more envirowank for the media bleat on about, while doing nothing to make the sport more competitive and interesting for people to watch.

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DHS robotic airport missile-patrol plan to be shelved

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Free firework display at your local airport

Of course fitting flare dispensers to commercial aircraft means anyone with the right type of laser pointer*, be it terrorist or numpty, can generate a rather impressive fireworks display, and probably set light to the houses of the poor sods living right under the approach path.

* Many automatic flare dispensers have a laser warning receiver to detect laser range finders / designators used by IR seeking MANPADs.

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Police vet live music, DJs for 'terror risk'

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Music today, protest tomorrow, or today near parliament

You have to fill out such a form for music today, but it will be to protest tomorrow, but hold on it's already today if it's anywhere near parliament.

Its just like the form the Chinese had to fill out to protest during the Olympics, automatically denied, and the now spot light is off the country they will be participating in China's much longer version of 42 days.

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Amazon UK pulls Scientology exposé for 'legal reasons'

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The Amazon Cult

'fulfilment centres' 'fulfiment networks'? Amazon sounds just like a cult too.

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iPhone passcode blocks everything - except phone calls

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More numbers than you'd think

There are more emergency numbers than you think. I was washing my car one day when I heard a faint "hello which emergency service do you require" coming from my pocket. I fished out the phone an quickly cancelled the call. I then looked to see what number I'd accidentally dialled while leaning against the car, expecting to see 999 or 112, but was surprised to find it was 08. I rashly dialled it again to check, and it did put me through to the emergency services. That only happened on one particular Nokia phone, which for some reason had 08 enabled for Bosnia or somewhere.

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Webcast quango: One-third of UK teachers are creationists

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Scepticism classes

RE: should be removed from the curriculum, and replaced with scepticism classes. Children would be taught to think for themselves and question the fallacy of religious beliefs of all flavours. There would then be no need for nonsense such as creationism or ID to come up in science lessons.

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Passport and ID card price hike laundered via private sector

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Footfall

The only footfalls any store stupid enough to take this government's poison ID chalice, will hear will be the ones of No2ID protesters circling the shop with placards.

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Roberts Ecologic 1 portable DAB radio

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Eco/Digital bollocks

Why not just use a perfectly good and far cheap analogue radio, which lasts months from a set of batteries, and most of them offer stereo unlike these nasty digital throwbacks to single speak 70s transistor sets.

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Will 'wi-fi on steroids' give you spots, baldness and liver damage?

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Physics vs Revenue

Is there anyone in spectrum regulation that has the slightest clue about physics, or are they all paper pushing bureaucrats looking to squeeze every penny out of the airwaves, never mind how much chaos it causes?

Sorry, I can't believe I needed to ask that, we already know the answer.

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UK.gov apologises for Tory-bashing child database memo

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Tracked from cradle to grave

"It is much less stigmatising - no judgement is required about who should be included or not."

The risk of stigmatising anyone justifies tracking everyone from cradle to grave? I really don't know how these people's heads are wired, and what on earth have we done letting them get in to positions of power where they can bring about this nightmare?

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Microsoft retires Windows 3.11 on 18th birthday

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Better than anything that came after

In many ways Windows 3.1/3.11 was better than anything that came afterwards from Microsoft.

If copying multiple files with 3.1;s File Manager there was a problem, such the a source or destination files was open, it would warn you about it and allow you to continue copying the rest of the files. Win95 File Manager and all that follow, just abort the entire process with half the files copied, forcing you to find the culprit, exclude it, and copy everything again.

If you had an iconised application window in 3.1 would allow you to drop a file on top it, and the file would be loaded in to that window. In Win95 and later you can't drop files on to the taskbar icons, you get an error box telling to go through the utterly ridiculous palather of hovering over the icon mid drag, waiting an age for the window to deiconise, then dropping the file on to it - why for fucks sake?

Such is progress when it comes to the worlds worst operating system.

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Barack Obama will be president

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Return to democracy?

Hopefully this will mean we can welcome the US back in to the family of democratic nations which don't lock away foreign citizens in off shore legal limbo, and don't fingerprint anyone wishing to visit their country as if they were a common criminal. With any luck that will also discourage the UK from going down that path, and maybe then I'll consider travel to the US for business or pleasure again.

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Smith's airport ID card plans cut back to small pilot scheme

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I can just see the advert now...

In addition to officially announcing the trial, on Thursday Jacqui Smith is expected to announce a "prospectus of market engagement" which the paper says will invite organisations with a high street presence to bid "for contracts in areas such as fingerprinting, application checking and photographing linked to the new biometric passports and ID cards."

Rush down to your nearest Marks and Sparks or Woolies for the latest two for the price of one offer; be fingerprinted like a common criminal, AND hand over all your personal information for the government to lose (again). All that for just £5.4billion, £9.1billion or £25+billion depending on who you believe.

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Is the internet going down down under?

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Re: Why not filter

"The more that the ISPs can do to restrict the delivery of child pornography and other illicit material the better."

And what stunted zealot gets to decide on the definition "other illicit material"?

Stay away from my internet Mr Paul Clarke, stay well away.

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Fisker prevails in Tesla tech theft claim fight

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Re:Holy god

I have to agree about the grill, but the rest of the car, and especially the side profile is quite good. At least it's not a shapeless blob on wheels like the Prius and its ilk.

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Microsoft slings Windows Home Server in OEM bargain bin

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@Works for me

me wrote: "Have WHS for over 1 year now and no troubles with it. This is the best M$ product I have used so far (not saying much, considering its company). Does all it is suppose to do and does it well. I have used the restore capability at least 4 times and it worked 100% each time."

So you are saying that every 3 months, or sometimes less, you have to restore the system, and you think that is good? You Windows fanboys really have to set your standards low.

You do realise that if you were using just about any decent NAS box, or server running any other operating system, the only time you'd have to restore is when the hardware dies of old age?

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Why no c*nt and paste for the iPhone?

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More true than you'd think

See this former register article http://www.theregister.co.uk/2005/04/19/mobile_phone_thief/

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Intel prices up first Core i7 four-core CPUs

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Bottleneck

The 2GB/s bus between the X58IOH and the ICH10 is looking a bit of a bottleneck to me, given it supports 3GB/s SATA, not to mention any PCI Express, USB and Gigabit ethernet transfers which might also be occurring.

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Data Protection the DVLA Way

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Yours for £2.50

As reported here http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/10/02/dvla_data_sharing/ the DVLA will sell your data to anyone for £2.50, actively encourage all sorts of parking fine scams and worse. So if you owe them money do your really think they wont had over every last scrap of data on you to the thugs that will come round to take away your telly?

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Hubble back in full snapping mode

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Gyros

Lets just hope the remaining working gyros hold out until the delayed mission can get up there, or the backup computer wont be much use.

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Silverlight for mobile: what's in, what's out

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4MB my arse

No, the user will never see 4MB because it will be pre-installed. But there will be 1MB of security patches every week, service pack 1 will be a 6MB download, and version 3.0 which actually includes working basic functionality will have ballooned to 24MB.

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Ford to build 'boring-EV beating' eco-engine in Bridgend

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RE: RE: 8500rpm?

You want an RX-8, silky smooth power all the way to 9,000rpm, and a little beyond.

It only does 20-22mpg, but who cares, it's a proper car not a plastic box.

Enjoy it before the envirofeckers ban any enjoyment of getting from A to B.

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Big Blue to build DARPA cat-brain machine

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Not quite that big

"Likewise, a human can drive a car in traffic - and so can a computer, perhaps. But that computer currently weighs more than 200 tons and requires power levels typical of a warship, not a car."

The ones in the DARPA Urban challenge http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/04/cmu_wins_urban_challenge/ weren't quite that big, although still no where near as good as a human.

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Asus alleged to be readying Eee mobos

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EEE???

Do Asus know what an EEE PC is? It seems the executives have seen a nice health sales figure next to the EEE brand, and have decided to slap it on everything. Everything that is except for what drove sales of the original EEE 701; small, cheap and with Linux. They seem to heading ever further away from that concept.

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Ofcom confirms three Freeview HD channels 'by end of next year'

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@Mpeg4-AVC part10

AC wrote: "its a little sad really but if when you say "Mpeg4" you actually mean..."

JFC! What's sad is you felt necessary to insult all of our intelligences with a display of arse clenching pedantry and hair splitting. I think everyone here understands the concept of a digital tuner, and I'm terribly sorry I didn't state the full title of MPEG4 codec including all relevant paragraph numbers in it's specification, but it's pretty bleeding obvious to everyone else.

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Re: Have I missed something?

MPEG4 is requires more powerful hardware to decode it, and existing MPEG2 tuners probably can't manage it. Even if they could, where is the impetus for the manufacture to give you a free over the air upgrade, when he can sell you a whole new telly to watch crap with more detail?

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VbyV password reset is childishly simple

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Blame

Yet another hideously insecure system, of which the only real purpose seems to be another way of blaming the customer for any fraud, as they must have allowed their password to become known.

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NASA kids' compo: Name the inflatable moon habitat

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Windows

Does it have any windows - of the useful looking out of sort?

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TfL considers life without Oyster

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Tracking

You can bet the replacement system will also track your every movement and make it available to the police, so do you really want it linked to your phone or bank card too?

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Dawkins' atheist ad campaign hits fundraising target

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No probably

There's no "probably" about it, get off the fucking fence and stand up for what you don't believe in.

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i-Mate has no friends

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jasjar

One device which wasn't just a boring rebadged HTC generic Windows Mobile phone was the i-mate JasJar. It's clamshell screen and keyboard which could also be folded back in to standard touch screen PDA format, offered the hope of a long awaited sucessor to the Psion 5. However, despite the fast processor, keyboard and VGA screen, and built in 3G conectivity, the hideousness of Windows Mobile and the compromise to make it small enough to be used as a phone, made it too small to be useful for note taking or web browsing. It was also horrendously expensive, even with 50% subsidy on contract it was still more than today's SCCs. I now use an EEE PC 701.

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Apple MacBook

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Scope for new smaller and cheaper range

I would hope that there is now scope for new smaller and cheaper range of "MacBook mini's", with similar specs to the outgoing white plastic MacBooks, which have (almost) been retired. Apple could wait long enough to get all the existing Macbook fans on to the new more expensive models, and use the new cheaper series to break new ground. I suspect they would still be twice as expensive as EEE PC's and its clones, but might appeal to those looking for something a bit more upmarket in that form factor.

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Abu Dhabi emir rescues Thames Estuary mega-windfarm

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Not a single barrel of oil

The sheikh's are happy to drop a bit of loose change for some windmills for us, because they know that not a single barrel of oil will be saved by these enormous follies.

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1980s Apricot reborn in noughties as netbook seller

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@Pascal Harris

Which reminds me the original Atom was Acorn's first pre-assembled computer, and the forerunner of the BBC Micro (code named Proton).

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FCC smiles on Goo-soft's white space wireless play

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Doesn't work, can't work

White space doesn't work and can't work. Like Vista only more so.

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