* Posts by Graham Marsden

6903 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Doormat junk: Takeaway menus, Farmfoods flyer, NHS data-sharing letter... wait, what?

Graham Marsden
Unhappy

@Korev - Re: Where's the laptop?

Only people of senior management level and higher get sent on training courses.

The poor bloody infantry just get the blame and are sacked :-(

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Dark-web pedo jailed after FBI and co use vid trick to beat privacy tech

Graham Marsden
Facepalm

Burn the witch! Burn the wit..

... sorry, am I in the wrong lynch mob?

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

Graham Marsden
Alert

Artificial intelligence agents can invent their own language and talk among themselves

"Colossus to Guardian: 1+1=2"

- Colossus: The Forbin Project

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Amid new push to make Pluto a planet again... Get over it, ice-world's assassin tells El Reg

Graham Marsden

Re: Sorry Prof'

> I thought that there was some substitution of '[' and ']' for '<' and '>'

That was a forum that uses BBCode

eg [url="http..."]El Reg[/url]

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NASA extends trial of steerable robo-stunt kite parachute

Graham Marsden
Thumb Up

Re: No so new.

Re: Rogallo Wing

Thank you! I was reading this article and cudgelling my brain for the name (which I first saw in a book of kites back in the 1970s) but couldn't remember it.

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BlackBerry sued by hundreds of staffers 'fooled' into quitting

Graham Marsden
Holmes

Read it...

... *BEFORE* you sign it!

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Identity disorder: Does UK govt need Verify more than we do?

Graham Marsden
Facepalm

"Verify might be used for the mandatory online porn checks...

"...to be brought in on the Digital Economy Bill."

Because, of course, people are going to be *so* willing to sign up for that and give over their details so the government can keep track of their porn browsing and *nobody* is going to get themselves a VPN and go to sites that don't let the State snoop on them.

Meanwhile, of course, the UK's niche porn producers and independent sex bloggers are not going to end up out of business as their costs massively increase and their revenue vanishes...

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Watch how Google's starving DeepMind AI turns hostile, attacks other bots to survive

Graham Marsden
Terminator

@Triggerfish - Re: Do no evil

> What happens if we go totally sci-fi

Philip K Dick got there first, see his story Second Variety

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Magic Leap sued for sex discrimination … by woman it hired to stamp out sex discrimination

Graham Marsden

Re: "Wizards Wanted"

> Are women not allowed to be wizards?

Only Eskarina Smith...

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New PayPal T&Cs prevents sellers trash-talking PayPal

Graham Marsden
Unhappy

@Adam 52 - Re: If you only buy none of this matters

> I upped my price by 5%

Presumably you're not selling something which has a lot of competition, otherwise the large sellers, who can afford to absorb the hit, will come up cheaper than you when someone selects "Price Low-High".

This creates an inevitable "Race to the Bottom" on pricing which drives small sellers out of business :-(

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Police drones, robo surgeons and chatbot civil servants. What could go wrong?

Graham Marsden
Meh

Chatbots could shave off around 90 per cent of Whitehall admin workers

Yes, they could just replace them with Eliza and nobody would notice any reduction in service...

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Parents have no idea when kidz txt m8s 'KMS' or '99'

Graham Marsden
Unhappy

As the meme has it...

When kids today are talking about "Old people"...

It's us they mean! :-(

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The best of Reg readers' David Hockney-style logo redesigns

Graham Marsden

Re: V for Vulture

I bid a Tin of Baked Beans!

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Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

Graham Marsden
Unhappy

Re: The Way Back

As soon as I saw this article I was thinking exactly the same thing.

That edition of Blake's 7 was broadcast 40 years ago, I'm just surprised it's taken so long for real life to catch up...

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More tech companies join anti-Trump battle, but why did some pay for his inauguration?

Graham Marsden
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Feeding the crocodile...

... in the hope that it eats you last.

Churchill's definition of Appeasement.

(T.May take note...)

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

Graham Marsden

Re: @enormous c word I like it

> 30 seconds on google found these:

And 10 seconds on google found this page:

"This informal document has been produced by the Law Commission’s Statute Law

Repeals team to answer some of the queries that they regularly receive about

alleged old laws. Most of the curiosities below have no basis in the law as it currently

stands, although a few represent the law as it used to be. This list does not purport to

be definitive, and readers should not rely on it without conducting their own research"

http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Legal_Oddities.pdf

Many of those "silly laws" cited are urban myths, others are fundamental misunderstandings of what the law actually said.

Yes, of the ones that existed, most if not all, have been repealed now, however simply saying "we're going to get rid of two regulations for every one introduced" does not mean that the ones being got rid of are bad ones, they may simply be inconvenient (for big businesses) whilst being very good for protecting the public from dangerous products or unscrupulous business practices.

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Graham Marsden
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@enormous c word Re: I like it

> Regulations are like code - every line of code is a potential vulnerability.

And some code is just inconvenient, like salting and encrypting passwords or preventing buffer over/under flows or requirements for documentation or making regular backups etc.

Just like all those tedious requirements for consumer safety or public health or trading standards which stop businessmen from doing what the hell they like because those bleeding heart liberals have objected to children being poisoned by lead paint or landlords having to make their buildings safe to live in or that people should have some redress if a product is faulty or dangerous...

Sure, we can get rid of *loads* of those!

I'm sure Dilbert's PHB would think that Trump's idea is a good one too...

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Twin brothers. One went into space. The other didn't. NASA reveals how their bodies differ

Graham Marsden
Coat

Everyone knows...

... you need a Goatee beard to be a proper Evil Twin!

http://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/memoryalpha/images/a/a7/Spock_(mirror).jpg/revision/latest?cb=20090220220251&path-prefix=en

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Facebook ad biz comes under scrutiny in MPs ‘Fake News’ probe

Graham Marsden
Holmes

"the broad plurality of views available via the free British press...

"... where news flows down from Rupert Murdoch, Richard Desmond, the DMG and the Barclay brothers..."

FTFY.

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VPN on Android means 'Voyeuristic Peeper Network' in many cases

Graham Marsden
Alert

"Google should [...]

"set stricter limits on what apps are able to do in Android."

FTFY

Too many apps demand ridiculous levels of access saying "either you agree or you can't use this app".

The user should have control over what they can do and on a case-by-case basis if they want.

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Ransomware killed 70% of Washington DC CCTV ahead of inauguration

Graham Marsden
Boffin

"Criminals infected..."??

So someone sneaked in and deliberately planted malware on these systems?

Or was it just some pillock clicking on a dodgy link or opening a zip file etc that they shouldn't?

There's a bit of a difference...

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Joe Public likes drones and regulations, finds UK.gov 'public dialogue'

Graham Marsden
Flame

Another Box-Ticking exercise.

Scene: A Civil Service office:

"We want this law"

"Fine, but you have to do a Consultation."

"Ok, do we have to pay any attention to the results?"

"No, just as long as you do it, that's fine, but if you like, you can rig the questions to make sure that it comes out in your favour."

"Great, we'll do that!"

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Banned! No streaming live democracy from your phones, US Congress orders reps

Graham Marsden
Devil

Isn't there a viewing gallery?

That's not "The floor of the House"...

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How Google.org stole the Christmas Spirit

Graham Marsden
Unhappy

Re: Chromebooks

> Exactly how does a Chromebook help education

Ah, but you're thinking of the wrongs sort of education!

These days it's not the ABCs of the alphabet that the kids should learn, according to Google it's Advertising, Buying and Consuming they must be taught!

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Rollout of smart meters continues at a snail's pace

Graham Marsden
Megaphone

I recently changed my energy supplier to BG...

... because they were giving me the best offer for my gas and electricity.

As part of the switch, they sent me a letter telling me that I had been "specially selected" to have a Smart Meter installed and all I had to do was to book an appointment for them to come round and install it.

Nope.

When the government passes legislation allowing the energy companies to break down my door and forcibly install a Smart Meter against my will, *then* I'll have one, but not until!

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

Graham Marsden
Unhappy

Enjoy it while you can... Re: Yup...

> Lets hope this helps make this law reasonable...at least until some government fuckwit signs article 50.

Or until Theresa May gets her "British Bill of the Rights that We Say You're Allowed to have, Provided You're Someone We Like"... :(

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Japanese robot space maid will incinerate Earth's dead satellites

Graham Marsden
Coat

When you said "Robot Space Maid"...

... I was thinking...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQAvMUUJr4

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Neo-Nazi man jailed for anti-Semitic Twitter campaign against MP

Graham Marsden
Alert

Re: As I live in Yeovil...

For once I actually find myself agreeing with Big John (well, all except his last sentence, because Wilders has tried to demonize others by calling for a ban on the Koran and comparing Islam to Nazism which rather undermines his position...)

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Oi, you, no flirting, no touching in the back of our rides, sniffs Uber

Graham Marsden
Coat

There once was a Lady, Godiva...

... Who rode nude on a horse for a fiver.

Her sister called Babs

Did the same thing in cabs;

Not on top, but inside with the driver!

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UK National Lottery data breach: Fingers crossed – it might not be you

Graham Marsden
Facepalm

Meanwhile, of course...

... all the data which will now be collected on your Internet Browsing Habits and all the Age Verification records collected by porn sites to prove that you are over 18 will be *entirely* secure because the Government says they will be and we know we can trust them, can't we, boys and girls...?

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

We need a new icon...

... for Big Sister Theresa May is watching you... :-(

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Lib Dems to oppose porn checks in Blighty's Digital Economy Bill

Graham Marsden

@Adam 52

The R18 certificate was introduced as just another method of control.

Given the rise in the availability of home videos and a more relaxed attitude to adult content, it was clear even to the Tories that they would be unable to stop this sort of material being available under current laws.

As such, they introduce R18 with the stipulation that you could only see these films in private cinemas or buy them from licenced sex shops. This gave TPTB greater opportunities to shut down any "unlicenced" sex shops and, at the same time, start charging for licences from any shops that wanted to sell R18 films.

Since then, of course, the rise of the Web has meant that you can get this sort of content from anywhere in the world, hence this stupid law and the idea of Hadrians Firewall whereby any site that shows it must (somehow) be blocked.

Of course this is the usual sort of Magical Thinking that politicians come up with, believing that all they have to do is make a demand and industry will wave a wand and make it happen, despite all the people who know what they're talking about telling them that it's completely unfeasible.

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100k+ petition: MPs must consider debating Snoopers' Charter again

Graham Marsden
WTF?

@Mark M.

Seriously?

You think people who want to object to the latest attempt at a Snoopers Charter will be willing to sign up to a Government Controlled ID scheme??

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Trial date set for Brit police 'copter coppers over spying-on-doggers claims

Graham Marsden

@AC: "Dogging is a crime as far as I am aware, public decency."

Nope.

Sexual Offences Act 2003 - Section 66 - A person commits an offence if—

(a) he intentionally exposes his genitals, and

(b) he intends that someone will see them and be caused alarm or distress.

Section 67 - A person commits an offence if—

2) (a)he operates equipment with the intention of enabling another person to observe, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, a third person (B) doing a private act, and

(b)he knows that B does not consent to his operating equipment with that intention.

3) (a) he records another person (B) doing a private act,

(b)he does so with the intention that he or a third person will, for the purpose of obtaining sexual gratification, look at an image of B doing the act, and

(c)he knows that B does not consent to his recording the act with that intention.

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Adult FriendFinder users get their privates exposed... again – reports

Graham Marsden
Childcatcher

Meanwhile, the UK Government still wants Age Verification...

... Yes, folks, even though this and many other examples of poor data security show that handing over such private information to websites is not a good idea, the Conservative Government is pushing ahead with their plans to force all Adult sites to install Age Verification software as part of their "Think Of The Children" scheme to look good in the right wing press.

And, of course, they're even talking about demanding a Great Firewall of Britain to block any sites accessible in the UK which don't do this, even those which are hosted in another country!

Talk about clueless... :-(

But don't just get mad about this, contact your MP via http://www.writetothem.com and tell them that you won't stand for this sort of State Intrusion on private matters and that the responsibility for what children do on the interwebs is the responsibility of the *parents*, not the State, nor you and me.

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Do AI chat bots need a personality bypass – or will we only trust gabber 'droids with character?

Graham Marsden
Mushroom

Shall we...

... play a game?

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Graham Marsden
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Re: Anybody remember Sirius Cybernetics?

A bunch of mindless jerks who will be first against the wall when the revolution comes...

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Uni student cuffed for 'hacking professor's PC to change his grades'

Graham Marsden

Re: 15 yrs in prison! He's a kid for fucks sake!

Yeah, he could have kicked the shit out of an Uber driver instead and got a slap on the wrist, but, instead, he showed how vulnerable our computer systems still are and for that our Corporate Masters demand that he deserves to have the book thrown at him...

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US cities promise to crack down on police surveillance tech

Graham Marsden
Unhappy

Unfortunately, given that it's the USA, the "rights" of big corporations will naturally be paramount and their demands for secrecy will be upheld for fear of them suing everyone else into oblivion

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Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

Graham Marsden
Facepalm

Why the fuck...

... is Autoplay on USB even a thing?

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Vodafone UK blocks bulk nuisance calls. Hurrah!

Graham Marsden
Mushroom

Someone tell Virgin Media...

I have anonymous call blocking on my phone, yet I still get ones [Fucking hell! I've just had to stop typing this bloody post because the phone went and it was another fucking silent junk call!!!] where it's silent and 1471 says "You were called at XX:XX we do not have the caller's number"

If it can block withheld numbers, surely it's not rocket science to realise that if 1471 will give "we do not have the caller's number" is ALSO a call I don't want to receive, so they should screen this out BEFORE it rings!

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Uncle Sam rules on self-driving cars

Graham Marsden

@Lost all faith... Re: In the UK...

> There is no such thing as right of way!

As I've pointed out in the past, "Right of Way" is defined as the right to "pass and re-pass" across a piece of land, ie you can do it when you want, without needing to ask permission.

The correct term is "Priority", ie who should get to go first.

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The next Bond – Basildon or Bass-Ass? YOU decide

Graham Marsden

@theModge - Re: Could be a nice earner for some (female) Olympians

Yes, Connery was playing the same character he plays in every film!

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Graham Marsden
WTF?

Black Bond, Female Bond? Why not a French/ American/ Chinese Bond...???

Seriously, in these days of tiresome "reboots" (re-hashes might be a better word) because either people are running out of ideas or the big money is running scared of trying anything new, it would be just as daft to change Bond's colour, gender or anything else.

If you want a female secret agent, come up with a character and background that will do justice to the idea, the same for a black agent (who doesn't have to be a John Shaft alike) don't try to force the Bond character to conform to a change simply for change's sake.

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Edward Snowden's 40 days in a Russian airport – by the woman who helped him escape

Graham Marsden

@Paul Shirley - Re: Elections

> this country voted against PR

No, it voted for not replacing FPTP with AV, a false dilemma choice foisted on us by the Tories when they comprehensively out-manoeuvred the Lib-Dems who had sold their souls for a sniff of power and got shafted for it.

We never got a choice of *what* FPTP was going to be replaced by and many who were in favour of PR voted against AV because it wasn't what they wanted. This doesn't mean, despite what the Tories et al claim, that the country voted *for* FPTP.

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US Marine Corps to fly F-35s from HMS Queen Lizzie as UK won't have enough jets

Graham Marsden

Re: US Marine Corps will be flying F-35Bs

> what will they do when ordered to bomb the White House again?!

I was thinking along similar lines: Who decides the missions and what if there's a difference of opinion? Exactly *who* will be in command?

RN Captain - We've been ordered to bomb XYZ

USMC Commander - Sorry, the President says we're not going to do that

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Google hover-drones to drop burritos on campus

Graham Marsden

Re: Fail and no buts about it

Thinking about the problem, I'd have a camera installed on the drone and the purchaser's phone would need to flash a coded signal before delivery would be made.

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Top smut site stops Flashing, adopts HTML5

Graham Marsden
Meh

Y'know, one day I hope...

... that it might be possible to read a story like this without the "Huh huh huh, it's porn" schoolboy nonsense.

Yes, some people like to watch adults engaged in consensual sexual activity. Others like to watch people engaged in sporting activity or romantic comedy activity or whatever. Big deal. A lot of them do it on their own, in private. Others do it with a partner.

The fact that this site, on its own, claims 60 million visitors *a day*, is trying to protect its customers from malware and is part of a larger organisation with many employees takes second place to the "smut, heh heh heh..." sniggering, written anonymously behind the moniker of "Team Register" (is that because nobody wanted to have fingers pointed at them?)

I could ask pathetic questions like: Did you all write it? Were you all clustered around one computer going "get a load of that" or perhaps you were all sitting in private cubicles, checking over your shoulder whilst doing "research"? but frankly I don't give a damn.

Come on, El Reg, if it was any other site (eg the BBC as has been mentioned by others) the story would have been written in a completely different way and under someone's own by-line, wouldn't it? So how about we treat the Adult Industry (which is what it is) in an adult manner and leave the gutter-press attitudes to the hypocritical tabloids?

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NBA's Golden State Warriors sued for 'mic snooping' mobile app

Graham Marsden
Devil

What's next...?

"It sounds like you're having sex. We would like to recommend the following pizza delivery companies..."

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'Second Earth' exoplanet found right under our noses – just four light years away

Graham Marsden
Coat

Re: Ok to go.

> I don't think they got the reference....

It was probably too Vega for it them to make Contact with. Maybe we should send a poet?

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