* Posts by Neverwas

7 posts • joined 11 Aug 2011

Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners


Retained without being stored? too Zen for me ;)

The actual words from the announcement are

"fingerprints are not stored and are automatically deleted from the device once they have been checked"

Odd how the article (and many other reports) omitted the "are not stored".

And yes, you can argue that it's a lie and they will be stored after all. After all, none of the many people who would have to be privy to that would leak the fact, would they?

Don't panic, but your Bitcoins may just vanish into the ether next month


Re: An alternative

".. or you could use a triangular rubber coin approximately six thousand miles along each side."

That always seemed to me better as alternative cheque as it'd be obvious to the meanest intellect that it might bounce.

German court says 'Nein' on Facebook profile access request


Re: a solution @big_D

Most teenagers in England & Wales can't "bequeath" their account that way 'cos you have to be 18 to make a valid will. (And that still leaves questions such as whether a Facebook account is property that can be gifted that way.)

Feds look left and right for support – and see everyone backing Apple


Re: Optional

I am unclear what is disgusting and evil about a process being played out in courts of law, open to public scrutiny, and - ultimately - subject to democratic accountability.

But if you see it as so simple I assume you'd also back Apple if the phone contained the location - somewhere near where you live - of a dirty bomb? Or the location of the cellar you have been bricked up in by a member of the security service who has cracked up under the pressure of trying to protect the public which thinks it more important to safeguard their selfies and porn? In short, are you willing to die for your principles?

Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date


Re: Prediction

If "The UK justice system tramples over the Human Rights Act" then the UK will get a good kicking in Strasbourg and prosecutions will be unsafe. But AFAIK the European Court of Human Rights has looked at disclosuree and not seen problems so far - eg holding that whether there is a breach of Article 6 has to be looked at in the context of the case as a whole.


While I recognise the legal point about right to silence etc I'm not sure the example of A claiming "I did it in self-defence" but then switching to argue "I wasn't there" after seeing every piece of prosecution evidence is likely to command a great deal of public support.

Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week


Re: The real problem is...

Oh dear, you may have scarred for life a poor dear who has never had a red cross on homework and never been told "that's wrong".

Will the looters 'loose' their benefits?


It's an advert for the "agile" methodology

AIUI the site was developed using the new "agile" methodology by the Skunkworks team. It's a brilliant advert. "Look Minister, we developed the site quickly and cheaply; *and* built it so it falls over as soon as it looks as if it might embarrass you."

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