* Posts by Graham Marsden

6927 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Indian call centre credit card 'scam' exposed

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BBC - British Broadcasting Crooks...?

So after the criticism of the BBC spending licence fee payers money buying up a botnet, it seems they're also using it to buy stolen credit card details.

What next? Researching organs for sale by buying someone's kidney?

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Cops wanted compulsory DNA cards

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Of course...

... the Cops wanted these cards to be compulsory, all they want is their jobs made easier and to hell with basic rights like the presumption of innocence.

(There's an expression I'd use here, but I'd probably attract the wrath of the Moderatrix if I used it...)

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Online opt-outs for care record

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I have already opted out...

... by writing to my Doctor and telling her that I don't want my details uploaded on the NHS spine, but this suggests that I will now have to also write to the local hospital and opt out from *their* systems too.

The question then becomes will I have to opt out of any *other* systems as well?

What if I miss an opt out? Does this mean that, despite my best efforts, my details will still be available?

My consent should NOT be assumed, I should be ASKED for it.

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Privacy campaigner vows legal challenge to Google Street View

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Google maps != CCTV

People seem to be conflating entirely different issues here in their objections.

Google is taking photographs, something which *all* of us have the right to do if it's in a *public* place and provided they do not use those in a defamatory way they are not breaking any laws, nor are they invading anyone's privacy. It is simply a record of what was there at a particular location at a particular time

CCTV (especially if/ when facial recognition technology is added) and ANPR are different matters because they are a method of tracking a person or a vehicle's movements in *real time* and then storing that information for possible use by the authorities at a later date.

The first is a right we all have, the second is an infringement of our right to go about our lawful business without let or hindrance and without having our movements being monitored by the state.

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Secret Aussie blacklist leaked

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@secret censorship was inevitably corrupt.

But I doubt that is going to stop our Government studying the Aussie plans with great interest....

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Minister admits thought crime is on the agenda

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@Bounty

"It's a FUD article. They are debating real physical objects, sounds images etc. that are created in real life to make people get boners from forbidden content. That is the debate."

No, the FUD is the BS being spouted by this Government who believe that *fictional* images can make people do *real* harm.

They are not trying to debate the *actual* harm caused to children, they're just trying to make it look as if they're doing something to protect them, instead of people realising that they're passing nonsense laws that will do NOTHING to protect children at all.

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Discovery docks with ISS

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@Peter Gant

Square brackets are an editorial convention (and not just something in American English) indicating that the words contained in them have been added for clarity, but weren't in the original quote.

The quote would actually have been "provides support to the center" which would have made sense if the entire comment was printed in full, because, prior to that, the speaker would have referred to the "Kennedy Space Center", but subsequently just mentioned "the center" (ie it wouldn't be clear to the reader *which* center is being referred to without the full context) so the writer of the article adds [Kennedy Space] to make it clear.

Clear? :-)

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On the other hand...

... that bat could come back from space 50' across and start attacking the World!

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Sex offender email monitoring plan mothballed

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CEOP declined to comment on progress

"saying policy announcements were a matter for the Home Office."

Sorry? Is this a different CEOP from the one that has been pushing for policies like this and many others, simply, it seems, to bolster their own position and preserve their jobs?

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Minister confirms U-turn on data sharing

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the result of "proper process of parliamentary scrutiny"

Howls of derisive laughter, Bruce!

The Government's idea of proper parliamentary scrutiny is that everyone says "oh, gosh, yes, this is a wonderful idea, we cannot oppose it in any way!"

They got caught playing fast and loose with our data and got roundly kicked for it.

Now we just need to keep an eye on them and make sure they don't try to sneak this back in under the radar.

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Councils clamp down on Strategy Boutique Newspeak

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But...

... does this mean an end to games of Bullshit Bingo?

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ISS space bio-experiment freezer to return on Discovery

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Six Hundred Foot Invulnerable PMT Lady

Don't panic!

I've been working in secret on a 500 Megaton Evening Primrose Oil bomb!

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Health trust pushing on with record sharing

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Opt out?

And how, exactly, will patients be *informed* of this option anyway?

Probably in the same way that banks and so on try to coerce you into not opting out of their mailing lists by saying "Well, you could opt out, but then we might not be able to send you important information or help you if you need it ..."

Let's hear it for more FUD!

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Lights out, Britons told - we're running out of power

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Will the last energy company to leave the UK...

... please turn out the lights!

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Scottish Parliament pr0n law faces angry opposition

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@Hollerith

> I'm not sure I have represented the feminist stance against porn properly, but it's not insane and irrational,

I suggest you look up the name "Andrea Dworkin" for some of the most extreme (and irrational) arguments against porn (starting with "all men are rapists"!)

No, not all feminists think this way (I personally know several members of the Feminists Against Censorship group who are of the opinion "It's my body, don't tell me what I can or can't do with it just because you don't like it or think I'm letting down the Sisterhood") but the fact remains that there are those (and some of them are now in power!) who believe the sort of things that you cite.

I look at porn. In fact I could be accused of producing it as I make and sell BDSM gear and have a catalogue and website of affordable leather products that features female (and male!) models in it. But I don't think that the models (male or female) only exist for my pleasure or that their modelling makes them "less human" than me.

The assertion that "a lot" of those who participate in porn are victims of abuse or that porn is "filmed abuse" is ludicrous. Yes, there may be *some* who have been abused, yes, not *all* of it is consensual, but trying to use that as an excuse for banning something simply to protect a *minority* is pointless and short-sighted, not to mention downright insulting to all those who, of their own free will, choose to appear in it.

PS @Gregor, what, exactly, is your point apart from a bit of petty pedantry?

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@Sarah Bee

"No feminists I know are in favour of this sort of legislation, and I don't see how it's a feminist agenda fuelling this"

I suggest you take a look at the English Government's "Consultation" on "extreme pornography" which was written by three feminist anti-pornography campaigners...

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Re: A victory for morals

Don't forget that it's perfectly acceptable to allow your virgin daughters to be raped to protect your guests according to the "Good" Book...

Still, if the Scots actually have the guts to throw out this stupid law, then it means only we English can't be trusted to act sensibly if we look at this stuff, so obviously Scottish morals are better than ours...

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Scientology spokesman confirms Xenu story

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"Faith", "Belief" etc

Obligatory Philip K Dick quote:

"Reality is that which, when we cease to believe in it, still exists."

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Doc-in-chief targets 'passive drinking' with price hike

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Of course...

... if this had been greeted positively, you just *know* that El Gordo Brown and Darling Alastair would have been rubbing their hands in glee at the extra tax revenue it would have gained them...

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Guns N' Roses blogger faces music prison

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But...

... how much money did they lose from people downloading it and thinking "damn, this is shite, good job I didn't actually pay for it!"

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Coroners & Justice Bill chewed a new one by opposition

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Personal political agendas? Nothing new there, then...

It is rapidly becoming clear (if it wasn't blatantly obvious already) that this is just another last gasp effort by the leaders a failed Government (who know that most of them will be out of jobs after the next election) to force through any and every little bit of legislation that will allow them to impose their personal prejudices and wants on the country without caring a jot about what the effects will be on the liberties of the people they're supposed to represent.

It's not enough to think "well, they'll be out next election" because we need guarantees from whoever replaces them that they *will* get rid of the ridiculous draconian Big Brother and Nanny State legislation they have brought in rather than getting into power and then saying "well, maybe this would still be useful, so we'll keep it".

Contact your MP via http://www.writetothem.com and tell them you want a commitment from them that they'll not only oppose these proposals, but that they'll support all attempts to repeal them and restore the liberties and freedoms that have been taken away from us in the last decade to "protect" us.

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Texting peer released from prison

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@Steven Jones

I find it amusing that you use the words "sense of reality" and "official stopping distance" in the same paragraph!

The fact is that those figures are well out of date, but they're unlikely to be changed at any time in the future (probably because it's better to have people err on the side of caution).

And you then go from a *car* in the outside lane to a *drunk* wandering around...

I suggest you look up the words "Straw Man".

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The judge stated that...

..."there was nothing the peer could have done to avoid the crash."

Well I state BULLSHIT!

If he was unable to stop in the distance in which he could see ahead of him, then he was travelling *TOO FAST*!

He could have avoided the crash by going *slower* such that the distance illuminated by his headlamps was *longer* than his stopping distance.

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One law for them...

... meanwhile the motorcyclist who (supposedly*) did 122 mph *without* killing anyone, has got 6 months in jail, but, of course, he doesn't have a high-priced Barrister to argue his "exceptional" case...

*That 122mph figure is highly dubious and he'd have had to dump a *lot* of speed to be able to take the next corner without cranking the bike over a hell of a lot more than he did.

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UK's privacy watchdog not very bitey

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In other news...

... oh, you know the rest. Popes, Bears...

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Georgia withdraws from South Ossetia Eurovision

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expect lively voting...?

You mean expect the usual politically motivated(!) voting which has rendered this tedious "contest" utterly meaningless...

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Court rules 'ceaseless liability' for net libel fine for free speech

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1984 comparisons...?

I think some people don't quite understand the situation.

The point about Libel is that the original article has to be found to be defamatory and, in order to be defamatory, it cannot be true.

So if a Court has decided that an article is untrue, to continue to allow that (false) article to be available is to repeat the untruth.

The ECHR understands that Right of Freedom of Expression comes with an attendant Responsibility to ensure that what is being expressed is truthful.

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Swedes say nej to Sofia 'Dark Knight' Englundh

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@Jerome

> bloody good job no-one ever told Philip K. Dick.

I once used a forum that had automatic censoring software which changed his name to "Philip K Masculine Area"!

(And not forgetting that famous actor from Mary Poppins: Penis van Lesbian...)

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'WALL-E' robot grunt obeys military hand signals

Graham Marsden
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He's behiiiind you...!

... Oh no he isn't...!

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ID and Passport Service brings in ad men

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Advert script....

Here are the simple instructions on how to obtain your ID card:

1) Lower trousers

2) Bend over and grab ankles

3) Get your ID!

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UK's net radicalization plans are 'crude, costly, counter-productive'

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"more active government intervention on the internet"

To mis-quote a Philip K Dick story title:

"We can control you wholesale!"

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Government rejects call to limit insolvency firms' fees

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@Chopper Harris

No, I don't read the Daily Mail, I watch programmes like the BBC's Working Lunch which, for all its faults, still gives a good understanding of how these "poor" companies who find it *so* hard to earn a crust, manage to screw everyone else out of anything they might have got by charging ridiculous fees (such as hundreds of pounds for photocopying is one example I remember)...

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Insolvency is Big Business....

Who gets the money? Simple:

The Liquidators

The Tax Man

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Employees

Creditors

Shareholders

You.

Neither of the first two give a damn about the people who are actually going to be affected by a business going into liquidation. People who worked there, companies who are owned money, people who own shares in that company and those who have legitimate claims for faulty products or goods ordered but not delivered are very much sucking hind tit and can pretty much forget about ever getting back anything because the first two are feathering their own nests.

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UK gov gets twitchy on Google feature creep

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feature that allows willing subjects to be tracked through their phones.

As opposed to the Government's plans to introduce a 50mph speed limit on A Roads and enforce this with a "new generation" of Number Plate Recognition Cameras (which, incidentally, would also be excellent for enabling them to track us all wherever we go and facilitate building a National Road Pricing System...)

Feature creep? No, of course we don't have anything like that here!

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DNA database includes nipper and nonagenarian

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And so it begins...

... what's next? Hospitals being obliged to take DNA samples from every newborn baby?

Why don't they try to find Wacky Jacqui's brains instead...?

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Inside the world's greatest TV remote

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70 seconds?

And how long does it take you to get off your fat arse and *walk* over to the TV...?

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US cybersecurity chief quits over NSA power grab

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A title is required.

"it has received funding for just five weeks and had only five people working there"

Of course.

The last thing the NSA et al wants is people to actually *pay attention* to cyber security, after all, that would just make their job (of snooping on everyone and everything) more difficult, wouldn't it?!

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Straw bends on Coroners & Justice data-sharing proposals

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So...

... we hear from the government a reponse that translates as "Shit, lads, we've been rumbled", but with undertones of "never mind, we'll sneak this crap in later when they've all forgotten about it or they're distracted by something else!"

The only way this sort of nonsense will be stopped for good is when we get rid of this Control Freak Government once and for all.

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One-eyed man creates prosthetic 'surveillance' eye

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But what's the Humanity Cost?

Mines the one with the copy of the Cyberpunk RPG in the pocket...

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UK.gov ditches multi-million spooknet project

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"unspecified technical obstacles"...

... ie someone realised that it simply wouldn't work!

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Vatican vetos 'dot god' domain

Graham Marsden
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How about...

.hell

Then you can have www.goto.hell or www.billgatescanburnin.hell or...

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Stargazers spy elusive binary black hole system

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@glennog

WTH are you watching Sky Snooze for anyway...?!

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Data Protection Act 'is not enforced'

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In other news...

.... Pope is Catholic!

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MPs vote to keep addresses private (theirs, not yours)

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I have made a decision, and given my ruling...

... "And my conclusion is 'Fuck you, we can do what we want and there's nothing you can do about it, so yah boo sucks to be you!'"

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ITV to sell Friends Reunited, axe 600 jobs

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I wonder...

... if all those "Get rid of the BBC's Licence Fee"-Tards are still going to be suggesting that paying for the BBC through advertising is a good idea...?

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Prime Minister's health records breached in database attack

Graham Marsden
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"highest standards of security."

*WHOOOOP* *WHOOOOP* *WHOOOOP*

Danger! Danger!

Irony level overload...!

*WHOOOOP* *WHOOOOP* *WHOOOOP*

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Last call for UK liberties

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@Sarah Bee

"I only wish we had an Orwell icon"

Well we've been asking for it or a V for Vendetta icon for quite a while now, so how about it, El Reg?!

Mine's the one with my Papers in the Pocket... (about the same time as Satan starts ice skating to work...)

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Convicted Romanian hacker is hot commodity in Italy

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Pah, that's nothing...

... we've got a guy who broke into the Pentagon's computers, you know!

Want to give him a job? Better hurry, the Yanks want to lock him away...

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Three months on, you still can't get off the DNA database

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Well what a surprise...

... more weaseling from Wacky Jacqui and her Control Freak friends :-(

:-(

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Cambridge security boffins slam banking card readers

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Well what a surprise...

... liability for fraud is being dumped, yet again, on the customer. And if the customer proves fraud, then it's the business that gets screwed.

Obviously there's no chance of the *bank* ever paying out for using crap security...

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