* Posts by M7S

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Autonomy pulled wool over Brit finance panel's eyes, US court told

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If they go after anyone else in Autonomy's former management, would anyone be....

...Lynched?

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a terrible leak of drone buyers' data

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Re: Govt Procurement Rules @ Frenchie lad

So, are you saying that there should be some kind of marker on cop/spy emails/orders along the lines of "I am a spy, I do not exist. I was never here." so that any webstore knows to treat this data in some special way or voluntarily reject the transaction if the store is not fully vetted (and which no unfriendly country would in any way think useful when setting up a false honeypot/website, Oh no) or just that the rest of us peons don't deserve protection of our information?

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iOS 11.3 update throws Jamf-managed iStuffs into a loop.. into a loop.. into a loop... into a...

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Didn't Apple use to have its own MDM?

I seem to recall that it was part of the Server OS "App", at least it was before they decided to denigrate that particular product. Certainly we were starting to look at its functions before they pulled the plug. It seems strange that they didn't promote this to businesses as I'd have thought it an ideal fit for them, and a way of promoting hardware sales, but then they threw small busniesses under the bus alongside that package so maybe we're not hip enough for them.

A shame as it was a potential alternative to MS for those of us not skilled enough to deploy Linux type stuff.

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UK regulator bans slasher-flick parody ad for OnePlus 5 mobe

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The argument from the advertisers will be.....

clearly the targetting didn't work in this case, so we need to be required by law to provide them with more personal information on age, gender, income, relatives, likes, dislikes. browsing history, contacts, etc.

Purely so that mistakes cannot happen in the future. Until next time.

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Go park yourself: Brit firm flashes self-parking car tech

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"which puts it head-to-head with German car tech rivals"

a problem mainly caused by the Germans (and most other countries) driving on the incorrect side of the road.

The dayglo yellow one with the reflective chequered bands around the sleeves, thank you

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

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North of five billion bucks for a box of encrypted USB sticks and a secure courier!

I'm astonished, I've seen more realistic and reasonable prices being quoted on the stands at Infosec, which is saying something.

Clearly Maplins had the right pricing but was in the wrong market sector.

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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Whilst autonomous, at least it wasn't an electric vehicle,

or else there'd be a problem deciding who/what would be

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Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

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This situation with the clocks being wrong just winds me up and

...I get really ticked off about it

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UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division

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I'm all for the idea of electric vehicles but

many drivers of ICE powered vehicles are currently stranded in places like the M80 and according to the news, have been there in excess of eighteen hours (at the time of typing) running engines periodically to keep warm.

Given that batteries don't really like the cold anyway, how would electric vehicles fare in such climes? This may be of particular interest/relevance to Scandinavian or North American readers where such conditions are regular and prolonged and replies from any with experience of electric vehicle in their rural areas would be especially welcome. Such a winter might not happen here more than a couple of times a decade but it would be unwelcome to see our future transport infrastructure deal very badly with it when it does come about if we've not considered such points. Not that we're doing particularly well at the moment....

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Noting that Dyson also briefly did washing machines

and also referencing the tech used in their main product lines, I'd trial the DysonMobile by taking it for a spin.

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

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Re: "App on their smartphones"

Police dog handlers certainly take their dogs home

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You dopes! US state's pot dealer database pwned after security goes up in smoke

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Evidence of how the breach occurred

would that be a....

...smoking gun?

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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It's simple enough to get away with this sort of thing, just sit still

One might almost say...

...motionless.

I thank you.

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Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

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Re: Maybe the wearers WANT someone to hack in and control it

Yes, IIRC Stuxnet was supposed to induce excessive vibration.

The sort of Subtly Transmitted Infection you might not object to

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Bring the people 'beautiful' electric car charging points, calls former transport minister

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Recent media stuff on electric car charging

BBC Radiio 4, "In Business" http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09l21z2 which should be available for a few days after this post goes up and I'm looking forward to the video of this week's El Reg talk on the subject when this goes live, hopefully any day now

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Forget cyber crims, it's time to start worrying about GPS jammers – UK.gov report

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UK Priority on emergency networks

No. I work for three major contractors providing frontline 999 to the public on behalf of more than one significant service. The sort of people you want turning up in a hurry when you need us.

In one service area we have MDTs fitted to our trucks, but these fault at least once every few shifts, and whilst there is a "company phone" in the vehicle as backup this does not have any ACCOLC or other special simcards (whatever the new equivalent is) as we are "only a private company". Usually when we book on with control we are asked for a backup number as well which will be the crew's own mobile. Again there's no way for us to get any priority simcards that we are aware of.

In the second services area we only get issued one airwave handset with all instructions coming by text, everything else is done on crew's own mobiles and crew's own GPS units suckered onto the windscreen, so the comms is even less resilient, and the third service is a major voluntary provider so with less budget there are not enough airwaves if quite a few of use are working (and these all have to be booked in and out of a central depot over an hour away, for "security reasons" before and after each shift) and we rely on point to point VHF (probably more resilient) and again crew's own mobiles.

Whilst there would undoubtedly be some abuse of allowing all front line contractors to get priority simcards, the current view from HMG services is that such things are for senior managers only and we peons should just learn to use the equipment properly as it was very expensive and cannot possibly go wrong.

As the services move towards 5G, then someone needs to sort out a system whereby those of us doing this kind of work can get access to the infrastructure we need to provide that service, currently it is simply not there.

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Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

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Drat*

I'd done some work on OS Serrver, in fact we purchased a Mac Mini Server, only to find during testing that with the next OS update this installed feature was wiped by Apple and needed to be re-purchased (there was a means to get this re-instated for free but that only applied in the US, so we did have concerns even then about whether or not we could rely on this, at least from a customer relations point of view.....)

For a small business, wanting to host mail on premises (1) and perhaps manage a couple of iThings, have a little intranet and not have lots of boxes heating up a cupboard (IIRC power consumption is about 11 watts when not doing terribly much) these were ideal and whilst I know there is an Apple Tax and also that their attitude to customers is not great, it was at least something where you had "one stop shopping" if something went wrong rather than vendors of different software and hardware all blaming each other.

I think it was a greatly missed opportunity for all those little shops, businesses and the self employed not really in need of any "heavy" IT and lament the passing of the last (AFIAK) of this type of product. If there is something along the lines of some integrated free- or cheap-ware that would do the job on an old computer and is reliable and easy for non techies to set up (so I can also recommend it to friends), I'd be grateful for details. I'd have paid more than the £20 or so for OS server so there's a market, but whether or not it is viable for a developer is another matter.....

(1) On the basis that you can at least pretend to have a bit more control of data you are responsble for and also as one day a major cloud service might fail, taking tens or hundreds of thousands of small business' IT systems down with it. 2E2 was a warning....

*Other expletives may be applied after the watershed.

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Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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I wonder how the fanboys of Islington will react

Now that their overpriced purchases are finally funding Trump's policies.

Should be good for a wind-up in the craft beer bar on a Friday night

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Elon Musk lowers his mighty erection for test firing: Falcon Heavy preps for maiden voyage

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Re: I don't care!

@ Flocke, are you sure you didn't mean this one http://robotech.wikia.com/wiki/Tesla, who also fits the "slightly insane genius scientist" requirement.

Anyway, I though SHIELD had already done the "launch a red roadster into the sky" thing, or is that not "Cannon" (sorry)

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Whizzes' lithium-iron-oxide battery 'octuples' capacity on the cheap

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Maybe "ten years away"

so this will make electric vehicles truly practical at about the same time we'll all be using Nuclear Fusion for free clean unlimited energy.

I like predictions. They're even better than election manifestos

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If you won't use your brain our machine will use it for you, Nissan tells drivers

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And what do men apparently think about every seven seconds or so....

That will be all, thank you

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Military alliance NATO adopts official hymn

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Given the new emphasis on "space" warfare

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIsv1YOFNys, although that might not strike the right polical tone

or for something with a very different sense of irony (and a very different kind of starship trooper...)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kii8Zsuo3_c

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Anyone remember El Reg's very own moderatrix?

ODFO was one of her more frequent responses.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Given how long it took to agree new nuclear power plants in the UK

Is all this talk of electric vehicles just horsing around?

Mind you, that could probably be very necessary in a couple of decades......

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Iran the numbers – and Persian internet is the cheapest in the world

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and in North Korea the cost is?

Enquiring minds want to know, although this might be officially discouraged, possibly even bad for one's health.

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Teensy weensy space shuttle flies and lands

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Space fighter, or at least a toy for the very rich

There is a rather "windscreen looking" black strip in the pictures, so there's hope of something you can take a partner and a small weekend bag in....

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Los Alamos National Lab fires up 750-node RPi cluster

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Re: Not enough buzzwords

Ok then

Cluster

User

System

Testing on

Applied

Research &

Development

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The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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Worrying about people seeing pictures of me naked in the wild rather than just one FB staffer

Just before you read any further, "in the wild" in the title above alludes to "beyond my control" rather than images of my muffin top cavorting about the local, um, beauty spot.

If there are any images of various bits of me that people enjoy, they're either medical professionals or going to need some form of help rather more than I will. In a few cases, possibly both.

Ah yes, the coat, I should have kept that on, but better late than never. Thank you.

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How we fooled Google's AI into thinking a 3D-printed turtle was a gun: MIT bods talk to El Reg

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I've occasionally wondered how much fun could be had

if I had a template of something like a handgun or grenade and through it could spray something that was invisible to the naked eye but opaque to x-ray onto suitcases of those travelling via air. The boss' carry-on case comes to mind if he's come into the office before heading to the airport, or just wandering around the lobby of an hotel randomly picking on luggage waiting to be moved somewhere.

Now if just changing a few pixels will fool the AI, is there a possibility that some very small stickers would in effect do the same sort of thing? At times of major holidays this could be as effective a way of bringing an airport to a standstill as any more violent act.

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Frowns all round as Smile and Co-op online banking goes down

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Now if if it just took out the ATMs as well

then customers could enjoy the cashless society nirvana alluded to here https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/11/06/link_atm_shakeup_analysis/

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Donald, YOU'RE FIRED: Rogue Twitter worker quits, deletes President Trump's account

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Just to be clear on the sequence of events

Whilst it might seem to most readers to have been a prank by someone leaving anyway, from the information given there is the slim possibility that this became the employee's last day once this action (deliberate or otherwise) was discovered, said last day not necessarily being his initial choice.

In which case any subsequent unfair dismissal claim could be interesting....

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Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

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Re: All vehicles within 4 years?

"But even to send the data (not be self driving) any car more than 10 years old doesn't have the data to send"

And this is meant to stop regulators planning for the future? The requirement is for new vehicles in the same way that compulsory seat belts were only for new vehicles some years back. There's no requirement to retrofit. Over time those vehicles without the required feature will generally disappear from the roads, some specialist vehicles and classics aside.

At some point a critical mass will be reached of vehicles with this feature, and the technology to use this positively may well then be mature enough to deploy on a wide scale, so why not start to require fitting these now if the "sender" side tech is ready and affordable?

I agree there's much to be considered, and it will not work for some classes of road user (motorcycles have already been mentioned but there's also animal-drawn wagons, pedestrians, pedal-cyclists etc) so there will need to be an accommodation of these which may will include "old" cars, or maybe it will only activate on certain roads such as motorways where other types of traffic are generally not permitted (and before the m/c riders come for me, no I do not propose we be banned from any type of road)

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F-35s grounded by spares shortage

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Re: Let's make planes that can't fly......

"you wait until you know who you're fighting before you decide what you need to beat them"

I think that unfortunately even if there wasn't a current policy wanting to test kit anywhere hot, dusty and with an oil bearing substrata, that current lead times and the advent of serious and small WMD render that an unwise procurement strategy for even the USA. protected by quite a bit of ocean either side, to rely on.

Even the falklands would probably never had been recovered if, post invasion, the UK would have needed to pop down to "weapons-R-us" anymore than they already had to (ships from P&O, improved sidewinders from the US* etc etc)

*Allegedly

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Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

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Politicians, as honest as the day is long

If these charging points are perhaps locally solar powered, would any named after him effectively be making Hayes whilst the sun shines?

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More and more websites are mining crypto-coins in your browser to pay their bills, line pockets

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Not harmless if this kind of thing spreads to pay for "normal" websites

I believe some countries have taken steps to ban these kinds of currencies (IIRC Russia and China head the list). If other countries do the same, then if a user sat in a jurisdiction that has banned cryptocurrencies inadvertently runs some of these cycles on their PC, could they be in trouble for unauthorised financial processing in some way?

Remember there are countries that lock up rape victims for unlawful sexual intercourse, so having some humourless official tell you it is your fault that your favourite social media site has changed its funding model and you're looking at doing time for something akin to money laundering might not be so far fetched.....

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Screw the badgers! Irish High Court dismisses Apple bit barn appeals

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Any chance the badger chap might be able to appeal in an EU court?

Seeing as how they have such a positive view of Apple and their compliance with the law (yes I know) at present

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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What about those various employers that demand access to social media accounts

of potential recruits during the application phase?

I believe that they expect passwords to be handed over as well

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US Senate stamps the gas pedal on law to flood America's streets with self-driving cars

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Just a thought

If a car driving in another lane parallel to me veers into my lane due to inattention or lack of perception, I can make various signals (horn, flash lights, other visual indications...) and there's a chance the current organic computer may recognise any error and factor this into future driving*

If a driverless vehicle has some kind of similar issue, will it recognise the signal, consider the circumstances that might cause me to give such a signal and then consider its own behaviour and the possible need to modify this should the same circumstances arise?

*Of course this does not apply if the organic computer's OS is affected by sociopathy, drugs, the fitting of certain badges on the front or rear of the vehicle (before or after purchase), the wearing of a hat and numerous other causes that I am sure other commentards will be pleased to list

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Some intense dislike by the company of Tom Robinson, or an aversion to high speed roads?

Looking at the model numbers all I could think of was

2, 4, 6, 8 Motorway

And of course in their sequence K-9 for a "robot" is already taken, not by those police units unable to spell properly either.

http://www.followingthenerd.com/site/wp-content/uploads/Heroes-of-doctor-who-k9-john-leeson-the-time-warriors.jpg

After all, who puts a laser on a sodding shark.....

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

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Re: This is getting stupid

Careful now, that kind of suggestion is not very far from the tweet sent by Paul Chambers (search on this site if you don't remember him). Unless of course you are happy to rely on the legendary sense of humour that HMRC has*

*Of course the sense of humour they're really waiting for belongs to one Mr. K Dodd, onetime resident of Knotty Ash, who it is hoped will be leaving his to the Exchequer in due course.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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"Knight First Amendment Institute"

Did they have an industrial division back in the eighties (although the number two thousand may be relevant here) that made cars, possibly with an "autopilot" that actually did what it said on the tin?

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The Register Lecture: The secrets of power in the digital age

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Not as far as Yorkshire but

Whilst I used to work in London, and attended a few of these, I don't currently and its about an hour and a half's travel.

Still worth it in my view, but I appreciate that YMMV (literally)

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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This does show that cat-related research is actually advancing

As we have clearly moved on quite a bit from the much missed bonsaikitten.com project once mentioned on this august website and worthy of resurrection.

All together now, 1, 2, 3 "Memories, not a sound in the moonlight......."

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Police deny Notting Hill Carnival face recog tech led to wrongful arrest

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Re: Nothing wrong with being "wrongfully" arrested

This can actually cause a problem. If you have been arrested, even if not charged in the UK, technically you need a visa if you want to go to the USA. This is mostly due to the difference in the import given to the term in the different jurisdictions but with the hassle/cost of getting a US visa as opposed to travelling there under the ESTA scheme.

I would be surprised if many holidaymakers entering the US are not technically in breach of their immigration rules for this reason and if some day their CBP gain full access to UK police records then this could become a bit of a problem for them.

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WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

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Black Helicopters

"Who you gonna call?"

Oh, bail conditions, sorry.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Re: Rested drivers and the new Pony Express

I may be being cynical, but I feel that once this tech is "proven", that drivers will still be required, just employed on something similar to a zero hours basis and therefore only for the fiddly bits at each end despite having to sit in the cab (presumably "on call" and thus liable for any problem, but not actually paid to drive) for the rest of the journey.

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NSA ramps up PR campaign to keep its mass spying powers

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Re: Denounce them all

Generally I think that there is the same level of denunciation. The issue here is that for many in the US, this agency (and others) are supposed to be there to protect the interests of their own country, and citizens like to suppose that this is them. Officials in power may, or may be seen to, disagree in some vague way. Also there are issues like constitutional protections and laws that this agency is reputed to be flouting even when democratically elected representatives, with supposed powers of oversight, try to hold them to account.

It is a similar situation to some UK citizens and their view of the comparable UK agencies.

The impression in many cases is that the agencies are slippery sorts who have decided to operate in an extra-legal manner. Its probably not entirely true as I don't imagine that they recruit entirely from "henchmen-r-us" and that most people join with a sense of wanting to do the right thing and protect their country/uphold the law etc, but certainly this impression has some traction and when even agencies such as the police that are supposed to operate with our consent ignore court rulings on storage of images, it really doesn't help their case.

The problem seems to be "we can do all this stuff and it really could help protect the public, but if they knew what we were capable of, they'd be frightened and then we could not protect them" so they are in some kind of Hobson's choice, and now that the public is more aware, some think we should have a more open and honest debate, although that might give away some secrets to "bag guys" (by which I mean criminals as well as quasi-state actors) and thus defeat the protections we currently generally enjoy.

Its a difficult area. To get back to your point about other countries' agencies, there is some condemnation of these there, although muted, but until we put out own house in order we can hardly thrown many stones.....

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India's Aadhaar national biometric ID scheme at risk after Supreme Court rules privacy is a right

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Is there any kind of valid comparison that has been done to other schemes?

For example I believe Estonia has a secure ID/E-gov scheme, even open to citizens of other countries. I've also been told by a Brit resident in Denmark that everything he does can be seen by just about everyone, for example he bought a TV and the person in the shop could check his address, credit rating, that there was a licence etc, and apparently this sort of thing is pervasive, regarded as normal. From the UK I've not read much about whether or not this is a good or bad thing in the view of the locals.

I recall the fuss over the UK's proposed "entitlement" cards (No2ID) some time back, about which I felt conflicted, but it would be interesting to see if some kind of manifesto could be put together with the best practices from all the different schemes taken into account, including ways to safeguard citizens from misuse which in the UK at least seems to be raised as a recurring concern.

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Kill animals and destroy property before hurting humans, Germany tells future self-driving cars

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I know he flies, but are we preventing Santa having an autonomous sleigh?

"If a situation on the road goes south"

How else does one leave the North Pole?

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Oldest flying 747 finally grounded, 47 years after first flight

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Spinal Tap (inspired) Airways

Five engines? - pah!

Ours go up to eleven

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