* Posts by Graham Marsden

6927 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

Japanese robot space maid will incinerate Earth's dead satellites

Graham Marsden

When you said "Robot Space Maid"...

... I was thinking...


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

Graham Marsden

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...)

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

Graham Marsden

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!

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

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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...?

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

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Big Brother

We need a new icon...

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

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

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@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.

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

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@Mark M.


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??

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."


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.

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

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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.

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

Graham Marsden

Shall we...

... play a game?

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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...

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

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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...

US cities promise to crack down on police surveillance tech

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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

Victoria Police warn of malware-laden USB sticks in letterboxes

Graham Marsden

Why the fuck...

... is Autoplay on USB even a thing?

Vodafone UK blocks bulk nuisance calls. Hurrah!

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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!

Uncle Sam rules on self-driving cars

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@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.

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!

Graham Marsden

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.

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.

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

Google hover-drones to drop burritos on campus

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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.

Top smut site stops Flashing, adopts HTML5

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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?

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

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What's next...?

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

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

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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?

Stop lights, sunsets, junctions are tough work for Google's robo-cars

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It's "Priority", not "Right of Way"

The term "Right of Way" is actually defined as the right to "pass and re-pass" across a piece of land, ie you can do so repeatedly without needing to ask (or be given) permission.

"Priority" means that you are legally entitled to go first, so if a pedestrian steps out into the street in front of a car and gets knocked down, they can't complain that it wasn't their fault because they had Right of Way. There are exceptions, of course, for example at a Zebra Crossing where once the pedestrian has set foot on it, they *do* have Priority and vehicles MUST stop for them.

Similarly, at a roundabout, you MUST give Priority to vehicles coming from the right, if you fail to do so and this results in an accident, you'll be liable.

NIST spins atomic gyroscope to allow navigation without GPS

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Re: Already done?

Just what I was thinking! Have an upvote :-)

'Alien megastructure' Tabby's Star: Light is definitely dimming

Graham Marsden

Re: What about a nebula drifting through ?

If so, they obviously haven't built themselves a Feersum Endjinn!

Google Chrome will beat Flash to death with a shovel: Why... won't... you... just... die!

Graham Marsden

I don't know if they still use it...

... but up until about a year ago, I had to use Trustwave to register the PCI compliance of my e-commerce site and they were using Flash!

There's a certain irony there...

CubeSat Moon mission to test new Ion Drive

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... does it make that yoooowwwwwwaaaaaaaahhhhhh noise that the Twin Ion Engine fighers make in Star Wars?

US Politicians tell DEF CON it'll take Congress ages to sort out how to regulate crypto

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

"If you don't trust government...

"...you don't trust ANYONE and that makes you an anarchist..."

"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of the people"

- V for Vendetta

Or, if you prefer:

"When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty."

- Thomas Jefferson

Privacy warriors drag GCHQ into Euro human rights court over blanket spying, hacking

Graham Marsden

Re: Get lost

> Theresa May said the UK will still comply with ECHR laws even after Brexit.

And we should trust her?

What she said was "there would be no Parliamentary majority" for leaving the ECHR. The sub-text I hear is "yet..." given that she has made her position very clear.

My prediction is that, as with things like their creeping privatisation of the NHS and other sell-offs, instead of one big change we'll see a whole load of little amendments being made that, slowly but surely, will strip us of our Rights until we only have the ones that *she* likes left to us.

Mad-tech labcoat-sporters DARPA pit infosec AI against itself

Graham Marsden

Colossus to Goliath...

1 + 1 = 2

- Colossus: The Forbin Project

What's ordered in Vegas, doesn't stay in Vegas? $6.7m of printer ink 'stolen by office worker'

Graham Marsden

@Commswonk - Re: accounting 101 anyone

> Once upon a time I was instructed by my HoD to order 50 (Fifty) of a certain form, which I duly did in total accordance with his written note. What turned up was 50 pads of said form.

Good, but not quite as good as happened to a friend of mine who was told by his manager to order one of a certain item code.

He queried it and was basically told "just do what you're bloody well told".

Unfortunately said manager had put the wrong code down, so, instead of one small item, they got one *pallet* load of them!

The manager tried to blame my friend who produced the paperwork signed by the manager...

Dolly the sheep clones have aged well, say scientists

Graham Marsden

@My-Handle - Re: I don't care too much if they age well or not...

I think this is your sheepskin coat...

Anti-theft kill switches in smartphones just got a little less creepy

Graham Marsden

"give owners the option to disable those tracking and anti-theft tools if desired."

And the FBI and NSA et al will, of course *never* suggest that they should be given the option to re-enable tracking and monitoring controls, will they, boys and girls?

Seminal adventure game The Hobbit finally ported to the Dragon 64

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Re: The Hobbit on the BEEB...

> some features of the game are not available


> They would not get away with that in this day and age

ORLY?! "Screenshots from a version you don't have..." (or words to that effect)

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Re: Time passes.....

Gold, gold, gold, gold...

UK 'emergency' bulk data slurp permissible in pursuit of 'serious crime'

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Damn these Europeans...

... for interfering with our Government's Right to snoop on us all and stop them doing whatever they deem necessary to protect us from terrerrists!

Now that we've voted for Brexit, we can be certain that we will be *so* much safer with the British Bill of Rights that Theresa May will Allow Us...

For $800 you can buy internet engineers' answer to US government spying

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Big Brother

And I bet...

... there are already people in government looking to pass laws to make these illegal...

PokeCops catch no crims

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@Sebastian A

It's worked in real life too with promises of Free Beer or Football Tickets to name a couple.

New Mars rover is GO for 2020 says NASA

Graham Marsden

O O This is the voice of the Mysterons...

... We know that you can hear us...

Get your damned junk off our lawn!

Silently clicking on porn ads you can't even see – this could be you...

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@AC "Oft repeated, but incorrect."

Such matters are treated as "Strict liability" under English Law where you are effectively treated as "guilty unless you can prove your innocence".

[i]To prove most criminal offences, it must be shown that the actus reus (action) and mens rea (intention) are present.


Strict liability offences are offences where mens rea does not form a part of what it is necessary to prove the offence. These are offences where there is no mens rea required to establish liability, in relation to one or more elements of the actus reus of the offence; in short, the ‘guilty act’ is sufficient. [/i]

In a case like this, you would very likely not only have to prove the presence of malware but that you'd taken sufficient precautions to try to avoid it and that you hadn't deliberately allowed it to get onto your system so you could look at the kiddie porn and then claim "it was the malware that did it".

Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

Graham Marsden

@EastFinchleyite - Re: Trying hard to annoy users

> PlusNet, has announced that it is going to raise prices and improve their FTTC service by cutting upload speeds by 50%.

And Big Brother has increased the chocolate ration to 20 grams...

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Re: @ Grunchy

> I'm an untrusting sod.

Or just sensible.

I read recently of an author who suddenly found that Google had deleted his Blogger account which had been running since 2002 for "terms of service violation" and removed his gmail account too.

Hopefully he had back-up copies of all his work, but it wasn't just the work, it was a network which he used to communicate with followers and other artists.

Things like this are why you should NEVER trust Cloud services, because they're entirely at the mercy of someone else's whims :-(

See http://artforum.com/news/id=62177

Thermostat biz Nest warms to home security, touts cam with cloud storage subscription

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

Re: Face recognition?

Why would Google need access to the Police's mugshots when it's got billions of images with links to people's profiles and location data already stored?

Missile bods MBDA win Brit military laser cannon contract

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Re: Carp

> one might begin to think that this is about defense budgets are being harvested by the military industrial complex.

That and the "Not Invented Here" syndrome.

Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

Graham Marsden

@Adrian Tawse - Re: Interesting

> Before anyone in the UK starts to feel a bit superior I would like to draw their attention to the following case.

Yes, the shooting of Harry Stanley in 1999

And it was the High Court, on Appeal, that decided that there wasn't enough evidence for a verdict of Unlawful Killing.

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@AC - Re: Enough

> why are the police not demanding body cameras?

Because the technology keeps "breaking down"

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@Voland's right hand - Re: Enough

>> That "shooting victim" was a well-known black thug with a long rap sheet

> Citation needed.

>> who fit the description of a local armed robber to a tee>

> Citation needed

Ask Constable Savage

Google slammed over its 'free' school service

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And is anyone surprised?

With Google, Facebook et al, you *are* the product...

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