* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Google says Loony broadband balloons are 'nearly perfect'

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Who's going to clean up after them?

These ballons will, of course, drift on the wind and others will have to be sent up to replace them.

All of these will, eventually, come down somewhere which may not be easily accessible, leaving a mess for someone to clean up...

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Researcher messes up Wi-Fi with an rPi and bargain buy radio stick

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It's easy to jam 2.4Ghz

All you need is a dodgy old microwave oven like one of my neighbours used to have which would block my video sender every time they turned it on!

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Fingerprints, facial scans, EU border data slurp too tasty for French to resist

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Why?

Because Terrorists and Paedopiles and Drug Dealers Oh My, of course!

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Facebook's UK wing paid just £4k in corporation tax last year

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Re: Minimum

> Hate the game not the player!

It helps when the playing field is level and the rules are not rigged in favour of the big players and against the little people...

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China wants international peace pact online and under water

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You have whatever Rights we *say* you're allowed to have and you are perfectly free to talk about whatever you like, provided we agree with it!

In return you agree to allow us to snoop on everything you write and everyone you contact and everything you look at...

- Signed: Your Government.

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Playmobil cops broadside for 'racist' pirate slave

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It is her right to be offended by something.

She does *NOT*, however, have the right to *NOT* be offended by something!

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China cuffs hackers at US request to stave off sanctions

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Meh

Scapegoats have been arrested in China by the nation's authorities

FTFY.

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Dot-gay bid fails again: This time because it is too gay

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I wonder if ICANN would allow...

... (dot)LGBTQIA then? (FYI the last three are Queer, Intersex and Asexual)

Well, probably they would, actually, if they thought they could charge money for it like every other one of the myriad of ridiculous TLDs they've already allowed...

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Top VW exec blames car pollution cheatware scandal on 'a couple of software engineers'

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@Esskay

> you don't step down as group CEO because a couple of software engineers in the US subsidiary of your company fucked up

And anyway, you have a nice golden lifeboat with a lucrative retirement plan set up...

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@david 12

> You sound like a Repubican blaming 7 years of Congress failure on the President.

... when you've done everything in your power to block, damage or subvert everything that that President has tried to achieve.

F(inshed)TFY

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Phone-fondling docs, nurses sling patient info around willy-nilly

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"up to these organizations to provide usable and secure encryption technologies"

... but not *too* secure - Signed GCHQ

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A thousand mile Atom merci mission: Driving from Monaco to London in an open-topped motor

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Re: lack of self cancelling indicators/ bells/ whistles...

The point is the equipment on the Atom is the bare minimum of what is needed. Self-cancelling indicators are not needed, they're a luxury, so they go.

FYI my motorbike doesn't have self-cancelling indicators either, but it's hardly a chore to press the button with your thumb to cancel them after you've turned a corner and provided you check your instruments as part of your Information phase (you do scan the road ahead, mirrors and instruments regularly, don't you?) you'll notice if you've left them on.

The Atom isn't a practical car, but if I could afford one, I certainly would buy one *and* drive it back from Nice (admittedly ensuring I had a decent set of Textiles to wear...)

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NASA boffins on Pluto: We see skies of BLUE and... RED water ice

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Re: Blue sky at night-

At least it's not just the wrong shade of pink...

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Re: Red.

Maybe it's Threads.

Call the Weyr to rouse the Dragons...

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Cops must get a warrant before raiding phones, email, etc (in California)

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@PapaD

> Google and co need your consent

I don't call "If you use our services, you agree to let us do what the hell we like with your data" to be proper consent!

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Hey, Facebook – these are the new Like buttons you should have used

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Re: Sign up for premium already!

Mark, I know El Reg allows people to use pseudonyms, but, come on...

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Re: UMMM

> the ability to put certain commentards on ignore could be worthwhile

Or certain Authors Or Leader-writers Perhaps?...

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Webcam spyware voyeur sentenced to community service

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Re: Use physical security

My webcam has a plastic shutter which goes over the lens when the cam is not in use.

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VW offices, employees' homes raided by German prosecutors

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"My understanding is that...

"...it was a couple of scapegoats who put these in."

FTFY!

(Coat because it looks like it's being hung out to dry)

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Porsche-gate: Android Auto isn't slurping tons of engine data, claims Google – but questions remain

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Sounds like...

... typical Android "all or nothing" permissions.

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Apollo 15 commander's lunar timepiece goes under the hammer

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@eesiginfo - Moon photo shadows

Watch this episode of Mythbusters where they show how it only *looks* like the shadows are going in different directions: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2m7k1z

PS to the two downvoters: Did I *really* need to put the Joke icon instead of the (ironic) Black Helicopter icon on my post about the NASA soundstage in Arizona above?

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Black Helicopters

I've got one here that was on a NASA sound stage in Arizona...

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Top telematics: Black box helps driver swerve speeding fine

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"Motoring campaigner Neil Herron"

Mr Neil Herron is also a joint owner of Creative Telematic Holdings Ltd

See http://www.endole.co.uk/company/09263397/creative-telematic-holdings-ltd

Although, unlike some people elsewhere have suggested, I don't think that he somehow fiddled the figures to get himself off, because not only would that mean that the Insurance Companies wouldn't trust their products, but he'd be open to a charge of Perverting the Course of Justice.

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THIS is MASSIVE! Less-Masslessness neutrino boffins bag Physics Nobel

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Re: Makes particle physics sound like climate science

And (again) one of my favourite quotes:

'The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka” but “That's funny...” ' - Isaac Asimov

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@A Non e-mouse - Re: Makes particle physics sound like climate science

> It's hard to "prove" a hypothesis

Actually "prove" means "test" in this context, hence "degrees proof" of spirits etc.

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Shutterbug drone biz fined $1.9m for buzzing New York City, Chicago

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@TeeCee - Re: FAA

You're cherry picking a few isolated incidents out of a whole mass of data.

"On any given day, more than 87,000 flights are in the skies in the United States. Only one-third are commercial carriers, like American, United or Southwest. On an average day, air traffic controllers handle 28,537 commercial flights (major and regional airlines), 27,178 general aviation flights (private planes), 24,548 air taxi flights (planes for hire), 5,260 military flights and 2,148 air cargo flights (Federal Express, UPS, etc.). At any given moment, roughly 5,000 planes are in the skies above the United States. In one year, controllers handle an average of 64 million takeoffs and landings."

- National Air Traffic Controllers Association webpage

Given how few accidents there are, I think that counts as pretty damn safe (and a lot less risky than being on the roads!)

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Swedish govt appeals court decision guarding thepiratebay.se domain

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Whackamole...

Let's they get thepiratebay.(whatever) banned in any form.

How long before the-pirate-bay.(whatever) or bayofpirates.(whatever) or piratesbay.(whatever) get registered?

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Phone thieves to face harsher penalties for data theft

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Whatever happened to the short,sharp shock attitude?

It was proven to be a failure, good for headlines in the right-wing press, useless for actually preventing crime or reoffending.

"Mr Whitelaw introduced the short, sharp, shock - a military-style training and punishment programme - at four centres. Four years later, when it was found the policy affected neither the rate of crime nor re-conviction - and magistrates preferred sentences involving supervision coupled with treatment - it was consigned to the penal policy dustbin.

"'It was a catastrophic failure,' Stephen Shaw, director of the Prison Reform Trust, said. 'It produced fitter criminals who could outrun the police.' The policy went the same way as borstals and detention centres,"

See http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/juvenile-crime-provokes-rhetoric-but-no-solution-the-tories-have-failed-to-fulfil-their-1979-1474647.html

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@davemcwish - Re: And the link is...?

> £3000 for a bike has a different 'value' dependent on the owner's need.

You're clearly not a biker...

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Miss Brittany dethroned for posting 'nude' Facebook pics

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@AC - Re: Double standards?

> If some girl wants to point her tits at me instead of her gun, I'm all for it!

Might I remind you of certain women in the Austin Powers films...

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GENUINE STARSHIP as used by PRINCESS LEIA sold for just $450k

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@Doctor_Wibble

And don't forget this statement from the designer of the Death Star...

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

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Yes, but then in the report to Vader the Commander says "An escape pod was jettisoned during the fighting but no life forms were aboard", so where was this "other" one?

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Pocket mobe butt dialing clogs up 911 emergency calls, says Google

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@JoshOvki - Re: @BobRocket - Emergency calls not optional

Fine, so maybe, as I suggested, the didn't have a phone. Or perhaps they're out of battery. Whatever. The point is that a phone should always be able to make emergency calls, no matter who holds it, but that's not what the OP wants.

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@BobRocket - Re: Emergency calls not optional

> it has been imposed by 'someone thinking of the children'

ORLY? So, let's try a hypothetical scenario:

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You are in an accident, someone happens along but they don't have a mobile phone or they have one on a network that has no coverage in the area you're in.

Wait a minute! You've got a phone, but the keypad is locked and you're unconscious, so your erstwhile rescuer has no way of calling the emergency services.

What a shame nobody thought of allowing emergency calls *even when* the phone is locked...

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Now maybe there should be more safeguards on the emergency dialler, but I don't know how other phones work. On mine (Motorola Moto-G) you've got to swipe up to get the unlock screen, hit Emergency Call, then dial the number and press Call, which seems pretty secure against accidental dialling to me.

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French hacks go after new surveillance law … with the help of the ECHR

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As always....

... it's different when *they* are the ones doing it...

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GCHQ's SMURF ARMY can hack smartphones, says Snowden. Again.

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@Yugguy - Re: Tune in next week when

> It was a joke for fuck's sake.

No, jokes are funny. That just sounded like someone who's already bitched in previous posts having another bitch...

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Australian boffins say Quantum Pentiums are on the horizon

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Re: "Quantum Pentium"

You're both right and wrong about that...

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Lawyers win big in LinkedIn's $13m email spam lawsuit (you might get $10, maybe more)

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You might get $10...

... meanwhile it's trebles all round for the Lawyers...

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Startup promises to cancel your hated Comcast subscription for you for just $5

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Didn't Douglas Adams...

... write an adventure game like this back in 1987...?

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Ex-CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey is new CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey

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Re: Logo Change

> Perhaps that cute little 'twitty' bird logo should be replaced by a vulture

Ahem! I think you'll find that logo is already taken by an esteemed(?!) publication not a million miles away from here...

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UK gets the Ashley Madison fear: Data privacy moans on the up

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"over-reliance on toothless decision notices"

And "Lessons Have Been Learned" is *not* a valid response!

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Are Samsung TVs doing a Volkswagen in energy tests? Koreans hit back

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> the "spirit" which is ENTIRELY non-definable, not-recognised, and very much open to personal interpretation.

I'm glad I'll never play board games against a rules lawyer like you...

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Big Blue welds bits of carbon for nanotube transistor

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Ω, Ω on the range...

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THESE ARE THE VOYAGES of the space probe Discovery

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Re: A blimp on Jupiter!

Perhaps we could have A Meeting with Medusa

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Re: To Bognor Regis !!

Bugger Bognor!

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Someone's lift...

... is really not getting to the top floor!

(Should I have said Space Elevator? Or would that just be another pinko-liberal, muslim-ophile conspiracy?)

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AF-FIR-MAT-IVE: Second suspension for robot-voice helldesker

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Glad to be of service.

Share and Enjoy!

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175,000 whinge to Microsoft about phone tech support scams

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How about this, Microsoft...

Next time you do a Windows update, include something that, if someone starts to install a Remote Access program on their system, puts up a warning page saying "If you have had a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft, it's a scam. (And don't pay any attention to them telling you to ignore this message)"!

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FBI: We unmasked and collared child porn creep on Tor with spy tool

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Low hanging fruit...

Meanwhile, amongst all the back-slapping and high-fiving, what gets lost is that this establishes a precedent by which the FBI et al can say "well you didn't object us doing this with kiddie porn, so that means it's ok to do it for other things too..."

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IT supplier? Got a customer who won't pay? Dob them in to the Insolvency Service

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"they will also be guaranteed payment from the insolvency practitioner"

Which, after the Administrators have taken their huge cut, will probably be pennies on the pound...

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