* Posts by Graham Marsden

6903 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Cyber cop: Snoopers' Charter tag is offensive. Maybe we need a 'yes to snooping' tickbox?

Graham Marsden

@davemcwish Re: Tick box?

No, not ticking the box means "I agree to let the State snoop on everything I do, because I think that my views on Civil Liberties should determine what happens to others."

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Graham Marsden
Big Brother

Re: Tick box?

Don't forget that ticking the box will, of course mean "I have something to hide" and are therefore deserving of extra surveillance...

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Cops use terror powers to lift BBC man's laptop after ISIS interview

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@Chris W - Re: So what?

> Best troll ever,

The point of a troll is that they say something they *don't* necessarily believe in themselves, but they just want to wind people up and start an argument (see Clarkson for details).

The thing is that, if you read their posts, boltar and x 7 (and, oh look, Scorchio!! is back too!) *do* actually believe in what they're writing and they won't listen to any argument which disagrees with them because they *know* they're right.

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Graham Marsden

Re: @boltar - So what?

> If the idiot journalists are interfering in areas they're not wanted

"Areas they're not wanted"? Not wanted by whom...? (I bet you'd consider the reporters who exposed the My Lai massacre were "not wanted" and "traitors" for "helping the enemy"...)

"The first casualty of war is the truth" (Attributed to various)

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Graham Marsden
Facepalm

@boltar - Re: So what?

> if they have information that could help police they should hand it over. End.

Right, yes, and then paint a big target on the back of *every* journalist in the world because they're obviously working for the security services.

This is the same kind of short-sighted stupidity which has resulted in suffering for many people because someone in the CIA had the bright idea of using a vaccination programme to track down Osama Bin Laden and great, fine, it worked, they got him.

Unfortunately they didn't think beyond their narrow goals and now the plan to eradicate Polio worldwide is under threat because vaccine workers in Pakistan have been threatened or murdered as people there think they're spies.

Now journalists (BTW that's *proper* journalists, the ones who working to find out the truth of what is really happening in the world, not those who work for gutter rags like the Mail or take the Murdoch shilling) are going to find it so much harder to do their job or won't be able to take anything more than paper note because their sources are going to refuse anything that might be on a laptop etc that could be seized because Terrorism...

Bravo, boltar, you've just made the world so much safer!!!

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Yamaha unleashes motorcycling robot

Graham Marsden

Re: Point?

> better all weather capability

I ride in all weathers.

> reduced risk (no rider)

If it has a rider there's less risk of some idiot pulling along side it at the lights and trying to shove it over!

> 24-hour availability

Three bikes and riders on 8 hour shifts are still cheaper than one of these.

Still no point...

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Graham Marsden

Re: Point?

Sorry, but I don't see any benefit of this over the existing versions of these.

There are already bike taxis, couriers and Blood Bikes out there and it's going to be a long time before this technology becomes cheap enough to make it cost effective over a bloke and a bike.

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Graham Marsden
Meh

Re: Point?

That was exactly what I was thinking as I read this.

I own a bike because it's fun to *ride*, what's the point of being a pillion on one of these?

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Volvo eyes kangaroo detection tech

Graham Marsden
Coat

A Møøse once bit my sister...

No realli!

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Top cops demand access to the UK's entire web browsing history

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

"Everyday investigation..."

"Every day we're investigating your activities, just in case you might have done something we don't like..."

FTFY

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UK ministers, not judges, to sign off on Brit spies' surveillance

Graham Marsden

@Flatpackhamster - Re: I'm not sure.

> legislation is now being decided by judges

I think you misunderstand what has happening for a long time.

The Government (of whatever colour) decides it wants some legislation, so it knocks something together, makes great claims about it to the press, then enacts it in law.

Unfortunately, it then turns out to be vaguely worded and imprecise, which, of course, the Police, Security Services, Local Councils et al love, because that gives them the opportunity to abuse it (jail for not handing over your passwords? That was supposed to only be for anti-terrorism. Spying on people who may be trying to sneak their kids into a school they shouldn't? Ditto)

It's not until someone finally decides to stand up to the Authorities and can afford challenge this sort of nonsense in the Courts that we get some idea of what the law actually is and how it can be applied *without* breaching our Human Rights and Civil Liberties.

But, oh, the price that has to be paid first...

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Graham Marsden
Meh

"If she is having to sign off 10 warrants a day...

"...she can’t possibly do it with the proper scrutiny needed."

Right, so you understand it...!

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Safe Harbor 2.0: Judges to keep NSA spying in check – EU justice boss

Graham Marsden
Meh

Judicial Review - The short version

"Are they doing it?"

"Yes."

"Can we do anything about it?"

"No."

The End.

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Is Alphabet-Google 'too big to jail'? The Lords find out

Graham Marsden
WTF?

@Paul Shirley - Re: "We're not sophisticated consumers,"

> I think the public are sophisticated enough to stick with what works for them

That's clearly some strange defintion of the word "sophisticated" that I wasn't previously aware of...

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UK.gov plans to legislate on smut filters after EU net neutrality ruling

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Alert

"We worked so hard to put in place these filters..."

... which were immediately circumvented by tech-savvy kids.

So obviously the Tories are actually *improving* the Tech skills of children!

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Brit boffins build 'tractor beam' out of sound

Graham Marsden
Coat

That's no...

... acoustic structure...

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Mutant space germs threaten International Space Station

Graham Marsden

Re: Don't know what they expected.

> Humans can't be clean roomed to the same degree

See The Andromeda Strain for details...

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Graham Marsden
Facepalm

@jake - Re: @ PleebSmash (was: Whatever.)

RTFA: "one of the health impacts of a stint on the ISS is a suppressed immune system."

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China tells local cloud storage vaults to name suspected pirates

Graham Marsden
Happy

Looking at that video...

... I'd be thinking China is relaxing its drugs policy!

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Europe fails to ban web 'fast lanes' – what now for Euro net neutrality?

Graham Marsden
Devil

"The European Parliament is essentially tossing a hot potato...

" to the Body of European Regulators, national regulators, and the courts, who will have to decide how these spectacularly unclear rules will be implemented."

And, no doubt, the British regulators will (under pressure from the Government) Gold Plate them such that the big players in the industry (in exchange for a few lucrative Directorships) get a free pass to do what the hell they like and all the little people get shafted...

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TalkTalk attack: UK digi minister recommends security badges for websites

Graham Marsden
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You can get badges already...

Companies like Trustwave and Geotrust do ones which you can put on your site and which are regularly updated to ensure they're still valid.

The problem is that they have to appear on every page on your site and when you're running an e-commerce store, need to be re-loaded on every page a customer visits, adding a time over-head which slows page loads (even if you try to load them asymmetrically) and can cause the whole thing to freeze until the badge appears which pisses off customers and makes them more inclined to go somewhere else.

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Graham Marsden
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@John Brown (no body) Re: We don'n need no steenkin' badges!

Err, no, nobody said "We don'n need no steenkin' badges!", but GregC said "Badges? We don't need no stinkin' badges!" five hours ago at the time of my writing this...

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Mystery object re-entering atmosphere may be Apollo booster

Graham Marsden

@Alien8n - Re: @TheProf - @Alister

Personally I found the Long Earth series disappointing, I just found them very thin and lacking the depth that I'd come to expect from Pratchett's works.

His original Long Earth story which the series was based on was much better IMO.

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Graham Marsden
Unhappy

@TheProf - Re: @Alister

> Maybe the blame lies with the co-author(s).

Regrettably that's usually the case. When a Big Name Author starts franchising out the writing to someone else, it's never as good.

What's really galling is when you get caught by a Bait-and-Switch with the famous name in big bright letters on the front and the co-author's name in tiny, dark letters somewhere underneath and you don't realise it until after you've handed over the money :-(

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Graham Marsden
Unhappy

@Alister

> look forward to the next two

I'm not so sure. I looked forward to the sequel that was implied after the first Rama book... :-(

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Little bang for the Big C? Nitro in the anti-cancer arsenal

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"The potential impact might be explosive"

Nice one and a very interesting article.

Nitroglycerin: DO NOT shake well before use!

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Graham Marsden

Re: Yes, yes, cure cancer and so on, but, what of these 'poppers'...

> amyl nitrite can no longer be legally sold for 'recreational purposes'

But similar products are sold in (Ahem) Room Odourisers (erm, allegedly!)

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No, seriously, NASA will fly a probe through Saturn's moon plumes

Graham Marsden
Alien

Anyone...

... spotted any Black Monoliths in the vicinity?

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You own the software, Feds tell Apple: you can unlock it

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

I would laugh at the irony...

... that EULAs which say "you don't anything, we just give you permission to use it" are being used against the companies who wrote them, if it wasn't for the fact that this is being used to circumvent the rights of users.

I sincerely hope that 1) The Feds get told by the Courts to take a running jump and 2) The EULA writers sort their bloody game out ASAP!

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Court to Wikimedia: Your NSA spying evidence is inadmissable, so you can't prove NSA spying

Graham Marsden
Boffin

"one trillion dollars are of enormous value"

And our Freedoms and Rights and Liberties are of *incalculable* value and should not be dismissed in such a cavalier fashion.

Ask Ben Franklin for details...

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We applied to Google's €150m journalism fund – here's what we sent in

Graham Marsden
Trollface

'goal is to "support high-quality journalism through technology and innovation"'

So why is El Reg applying...?

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New Horizons: Pluto? Been there, done that – now for something 6.4 billion km away

Graham Marsden

Re: Slow download speeds

I used to have a modem that did 1kb per second :-)

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Want to slash your phone bill? Go to jail. Go directly to jail

Graham Marsden

@AC - Re: Imprisonment for profit!

"The privatization of prisons can be traced to the contracting out of confinement and care of prisoners after the American Revolution."

"In the modern era, the United Kingdom was the first country in all of Europe to use prisons run by the private sector"

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Graham Marsden
WTF?

Imprisonment for profit!

1) Privatise the prisons so companies like G4S get paid by the number of people in their institutions

2) Make it much more difficult for people to get legal aid by slashing the budget

3) Privatise the Courts system so the people running it are the same ones running the prisons

4) Profit!!!

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Graham Marsden
Boffin

@Charles Manning

> I don't care what happens to people who choose to impose prison on themselves....

"With less than 5 percent of the world’s population but nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated population, the United States imprisons more people than any other nation in the world – largely due to the war on drugs. Misguided drug laws and draconian sentencing requirements have produced profoundly unequal outcomes for communities of color. Although rates of drug use and selling are comparable across racial and ethnic lines, blacks and Latinos are far more likely to be criminalized for drug law violations than whites."

http://www.drugpolicy.org/resource/drug-war-mass-incarceration-and-race

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Crash this beauty? James Bond's concept DB10 Aston debuts in Spectre

Graham Marsden
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@Bc1609 - Re: While the DB10 does look awfully impressive

And that lovely comeback from M when she comments that the DB5 isn't very comfortable:

Bond: "Are you going to complain the whole way?" (Flips up top of gear stick to reveal red button)

M: "Oh go on then, eject me, see if I care."

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Hackers pop grease monkeys' laptops to disable Audi airbags

Graham Marsden
Pirate

Yes, but...

... when is someone going to come up with an exploit that makes the indicators on BMWs work?

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

Graham Marsden

Henry had the feeling he might be under surveillance...

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Graham Marsden

Now I sing a Helen Reddy song...

(With apologies to Scott Adams!)

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Experts ponder improbable size of Cleopatra's asp

Graham Marsden
Happy

I preferred...

... this examination of the historical facts (which is probably about as accurate as Plutarch's version...)

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UK/China cyber security deal: National security attacks still OK, it seems

Graham Marsden
Devil

Re: Trust?

China: "Oh, didn't you notice we had our fingers crossed? No? Too bad! Nar nar ne-nar nar!"

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Millions of people forget to cancel Apple Music subscription

Graham Marsden

Re: @DougS - How attitudes change

The difference between the situations you describe and what Apple has done is that the others require you to give your card information up front, so there is at least a *clue* that you're going to be charged once the trial period ends.

Apple, however, already *have* your payment information...

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Graham Marsden

@DougS - Re: How attitudes change

> What's the problem? Apple is only giving three months for free, after that you have to pay.

The problem is what's called Inertia Selling

"Apple set it up so that users of the trial period were automatically subscribed to the service when it expired. And thanks to the fact that the app is running on Apple's system – which in the vast majority of cases already contains people's credit card details – it was able to seamlessly sign people up without forcing them to enter their credit card details."

Signing people up to a service "for free" and then taking money off them if they don't unsubscribe is verging on the illegal and I hope it comes back to bite them on the arse if someone is willing to stand up to them (unfortunately, they'll need deep pockets...)

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FBI, US g-men tried to snatch DNA results from blood-testing biz. What a time to be alive

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

As always....

... it's different when *they* do it...

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OMG Captain Skywalker, here comes AMD's new Merlin Falcon doing Warp 9 to the Tardis

Graham Marsden
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Re: Bird of Prey

Hibou et Minou allèrent à la mer,

Dans une barque peinte en jaune-canari...

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El Reg celebrates Back to the Future Day

Graham Marsden

Damn those IoT hackers, that was supposed to be a cappuccino!

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Graham Marsden

You're telling me people pay over £3 for a cup of coffee in 2015...?

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Terror, terror everywhere: Call the filter police, there's a madman (or two) in town

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

Re: There's a difference between child porn and extremism

> The former is easily defined, the latter somewhat nebulous.

Alas, even the former is nebulous, hence the case of of the 14 year old boy having the crime of making and distributing indecent images recorded against him by police and there are other examples of people being convicted for having images of someone over 18, but who *looks* under 18.

If we can't even make clear definitions of the former, the latter is virtually impossible (of course that won't stop our Nanny Government trying to tell us that we're not allowed to see it in case it makes us do something bad...)

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Graham Marsden
Unhappy

@AC - "Can we have a f*** constitution"?

Unfortunately even if we *did* get a written Constitution, instead of getting clear, declarative rules, they would be so laden down with weasel phrases like "except to prevent terrorism or crime or protect children (or to stop anyone we don't like being able to exercise these rights)" that it wouldn't be worth the paper it's written on :-(

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Graham Marsden
Alert

@Vimes - Re: Communications service providers have a critical role

> define the term 'extremist', or for that matter what makes a value 'British'.

To misquote the old line: "I can't tell you what it is, but I know it when I see it!"

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