* Posts by Graham Marsden

6903 posts • joined 19 Jan 2007

No, HMG, bulk data surveillance is NOT inevitable

Graham Marsden

@Velv - Re: They've won already

> they'd be the first against the proverbial wall!!!

The media or the politicians? Hmm, it's a big wall...

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Graham Marsden
Childcatcher

"if you are looking for a needle in a haystack...

"... and you make that haystack massively bigger, it will mean that sometimes you won’t find that needle."

Something I've commented many a time in here.

Of course that doesn't mean that you won't *find* a needle (or, at least, someone^H^H^thing that *looks* like a needle) and you'll spend lots of resources dealing with that False Positive and probably ruining someone's life in the process until it turns out you made a mistake...

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Graham Marsden
Alert

Re: They've won already

"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged." - Cardinal Richlieu

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Health and Safety to prosecute over squashed Harrison Ford

Graham Marsden

> if anyone is actually injured by a Christmas party hat then they will prosecute. That's why people are scared into making silly rules.

No, the HSE requires businesses to take "reasonable steps" to prevent accidents or injury.

See http://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/index.htm

They will only prosecute if there is evidence of, or reasonable grounds to suspect negligence.

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Cricket can get nasty: India v Pakistan rivalry boils over into cyber-war

Graham Marsden
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Just watch out...

... for any white robots...

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Google after six-year tax foot-drag: No they're fine about the fine. We're fine. No fine

Graham Marsden
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Re: Ah

"It is very difficult to establish they took insufficient care."

So HMRC have to prove that Google "took insufficient care", whereas the rest of us would have to prove the *we* "took sufficient care".

The Golden Rule: He who has the gold, makes the rules...

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Amazon's Lumberyard invaded by zombies

Graham Marsden

@Darryl - Re: Beers all round

Are you kidding? They couldn't afford how much it costs for him to get out of his tomb in the morning (evening?)

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Joint Committee on UK Snoopers' Charter: Make like a dictionary and give a definition

Graham Marsden
Big Brother

" The formal minutes show failed attempts...

"...to ask the Government to consult on ways to protect British citizens from GCHQ's bulk snooping and hacking powers, which are intended to be limited to “overseas-related” communications, and on ways to increase the Judicial oversight and decrease the Executive power when it comes to surveillance."

How, exactly, does this Committee "fail" to ask such important questions, unless there are members with a specific brief of "Make sure the Committee doesn't start asking awkward questions that will highlight what we're actually trying to do..."

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Women devs – want your pull requests accepted? Just don't tell anyone you're a girl

Graham Marsden

Re: Peer review

What I'd have liked to have seen is for them to create two contributors (let's call them Alice and Bob, as is traditional) and get them to both submit the same code (with appropriate modifications so they're not obviously identical).

Do this a few times and in random order and see which gets accepted more often.

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Hollywood gives up speculative invoicing attempt in Australia

Graham Marsden
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Bravo Federal Court Justice Nye Perram!

At least *someone* gets that the sort of scam is a waste of everybody's (except the lawyers') time!

Fine, let the companies sue for the *real* cost of their loss (ie what they'd get from a sale or rental of their product, but not get to parlay that into a shake-down with claims of "distribution" or other such nonsense.

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Andreessen stokes the Facebook Free Basics ‘colonialism’ row

Graham Marsden
Unhappy

Re: Nice spin...

EDIT ERROR IN THE ABOVE POST...

"that giving it all to FB would cripple any local attempts to do the same thing since FB could give it away for free for long enough to bankrupt any competition."

I managed to miss out a few words in the above after a cut-and-paste:

"that giving it all to FB would be a great idea, even though that would cripple any local attempts to do the same thing since FB could give it away for free for long enough to bankrupt any competition.

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Graham Marsden

Nice spin...

"The venture capitalist and Facebook board member Marc Andreessen"

That pretty much sums up what is going on here, Mr Andreessen, for all his fine words and logical fallacies is really only interested in the bottom line. He and Zuck have seen a lucrative market which is just ripe for the fplucking with lots of customers who they want to get hooked on their product with a "free sample" knowing that if they can get in first, they'll have an almost guaranteed monopoly which they can exploit and sell to their advertisers.

This has *nothing* to do with benefitting the Indian people, nor is it that "Western activists" are "seeking to prohibit any free data services, which they consider fails their politically-correct definition of ‘net neutrality’", that's a total red herring, it is people who can see the risks of letting them control it and want to prevent that from happening.

It also has nothing to do with colonialism or nannying or thinking the Indian people are too stupid to understand, it's about making sure that the politicians and regulators don't decide (based on generous "campaign contributions" or any other such things) that giving it all to FB would cripple any local attempts to do the same thing since FB could give it away for free for long enough to bankrupt any competition.

Personally I don't think that's a good thing and Indian businesses should be allowed to develop their own products for the benefit of their own people.

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Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date

Graham Marsden

Re: I'm more worried about the cost....

> The recent Hatton Garden investigation relied heavily on CCTV and ANPR footage,

Good job it didn't rely on the burglar alarms that were switched off...

> Let's say in 3 years time that suspect is arrested on an unrelated crime but a vehicle registered to him for the past 5 years (after searching the database) shows he was at or near that scene at the time, whilst not conclusive it gives the Police the indication that it is worth investigating him further for that particular crime. Surely people see that too - no?

You (like many others) set up a hypothetical situation where, obviously, the "right" answer is the one that supports your position.

However that still does not justify speculatively holding on to all that data for all that time *just in case* it might be useful at some unspecified point in the future when there is the danger of all that data being *ab*used in ways that threaten our privacy and civil liberties.

"It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer" - Sir William Blackstone 1755

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Graham Marsden
Big Brother

Re: @TRT - This data is increasingly useless...

> (1) If a track of number plates from an ANPR camera helped locate an abducted child, yay!

This sort of speculative argument is a main plank of the Police's excuses explanation for why they want to keep all that data and snoop on us all.

But, like all the other such hypothetical scenarious and wiith all the ANPR data that's been collected already, has this *ever* happened...?

"Well, it's never happened yet, but it *could* possibly, one day"

It's not very convincing, yet people keep falling for it.

> There are far more erosions of privacy and infringement of human rights going on without worrying about this.

But each one *needs* to be highlighted and opposed and every time someone says "I don't have a problem with it", let alone "I have nothing to hide..." it's another victory for those who feel that only a 100% Surveillance State will make their little empires us "safe".

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Graham Marsden
Big Brother

Translation...

... "We could, but we're not going to because it's too difficult and we *like* having lots of data about you..."

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Graham Marsden
Facepalm

@TRT - Re: This data is increasingly useless...

> One day, I might change my mind. Or I might not.

Let me guess, you have Nothing To Hide (tm)...

"Excuse me, Mr TRT, a vehicle with your number plate was spotted at XYZ location, right next to where a serious offence of child abduction was committed. Do you have anything to prove that you *weren't* there? What's that you say? It's 300 miles away from your home? Doesn't matter, you have no alibi, therefore you are under arrest and, as part of our evidence gathering we'll take your DNA, sieze your phone, your computer and interview your neighbours and your co-workers and boss and make sure they know why we arrested you..."

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US Congress locks and loads three anti-encryption bullets

Graham Marsden
Facepalm

Paging King Cnut*...

... there's another bunch of cnuts here who think they can hold back the tide...

* Yes, I know he was doing it to prove to his Court that his powers were nothing compared to that of God, but don't spoil it, ok?!

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Crims unleashed IRS-stabbing malware in bid to rob 464,000 people

Graham Marsden
WTF?

Re: A Solution

> replacing them with excise and other consumption taxes

So your solution would be to tax practically *all* the income of the lowest paid (who cannot afford to save and need to spend most of what they earn just to keep a roof over their head and eat) whilst the highly paid get taxed on only a tiny fraction of their income whilst the rest of it gets shuffled off abroad into tax havens...

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TTIP: A locked room, no internet access, two hours, 300 pages and lots of typos

Graham Marsden
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You know...

... when I used to play Traveller and Elite, I always wondered what those "Corporate State" governments would actually be like.

Now I know and it doesn't look like a good thing :-(

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Graham Marsden

@rtb61

> in the end, all the idiotic plotting a scheming for naught

Would that that was definitely the case, but the fact that such an illiberal and clandestine power grab has already managed to get so far makes me think that whoever is behind this has already planned for this and will ensure that the votes go the "right" way for them.

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Japanese boffins fire up 100Gbps wireless broadband connection

Graham Marsden
Facepalm

"Yes, we can get you 100Gbps wireless, but..."

"But what?"

"Err, but only in the same room..."

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How one of the poorest districts in the US pipes Wi-Fi to families – using school buses

Graham Marsden
Happy

Re: On the Bus

> if there was ever a good rationale for taxation to benefit the poor, this is it. You can't avoid SOME positive effects on a population newly exposed to big pipes, right? Beats most other social spending anyway.

I can hear your teeth gritting from here on the other side of the pond...

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London seeks trials of Google's robo-cars

Graham Marsden
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@Roland6 - Re: @Lost all faith... - Have they decided on the ethical issue of life presevation?

But will the computer voice start singing "You'll Never Walk Alone"?

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Graham Marsden

Re: @Lost all faith... - Have they decided on the ethical issue of life presevation?

You're missing my point: You're offering a False Dilemma where it's "either kill X or Y", I'm pointing out that most of the scenarios that claim such things are actually avoidable in the first place.

As for black ice, it's not difficult to have sensors measuring the temperature and slipperiness of the road surface and share that data with other vehicles, not to mention being able to independently control the power/ braking of each wheel to avoid loss of control.

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Graham Marsden

@Lost all faith... - Re: Have they decided on the ethical issue of life presevation?

I keep seeing these hypothetical scenarios (which tend to get more and more outlandish with stupid setups about train tracks with ten people on one side of the points and only one on the other) and my observation is "which idiot designed this system where such a thing could happen in the first place"?

I know someone who is a Police Motorcyclist and he comments about the number of times he's taken an accident report where someone says "suddenly" or "unexpectedly" or "out of the blue", which actually translates as "I wasn't paying enough attention".

Self-driving cars have 360 degree attention, so nothing short of an explosion will "surprise" them.

When you learn Advanced Driving or Riding, you learn about Riding/ Driving Plans where you are constantly evaluating everything that's going on around you and thinking "if that lorry suddenly swerves, where would I go?" or "If the car behind the one coming in the opposite direction starts to pull out, can I brake in time or, at least, sound my horn and flash my lights to make them aware of my presence so they back out?"

Sure, sometimes you will meet a suicidal or drunken idiot or that lorry's tyre will blow out and spread flying rubber all over the road, but there are so many of these scenarios which can be dealt with without needing to decide "who dies?"

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Graham Marsden

@Voyna I Mor - Re: I think she's missing a point

> If you have autonomous cars interacting, this shouldn't happen

Getting more people on two wheels (bicycle or motorbike) would also stop a lot of that happening. Traffic flow algorithms clearly demonstrate that, whilst two-wheel users may take up a similar amount of space in freely moving traffic as cars etc, as soon as congestion starts, they "disappear" because they are filtering through the gaps instead of taking up space.

Also two wheel users take up a lot less parking space too.

Unfortunately you get greedy councils like Westminster who decide that charging motorbikes for parking is a sensible move :-(

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Graham Marsden

@Sgt. Pinback - Re: fire all the meatsack drivers

The problems you list could all be fixed by, instead of "firing" the meatsack drivers, *educating* them properly.

The current Driving Test is only just fit for purpose, it only says that someone has achieved the bare minimum skill level to be allowed out in control of a vehicle, yet for most people they pass and think "I know everything about how to drive" before forgetting most of it and acting like an idiot.

If people would just learn a bit of sense and consideration, road use would be a much more pleasant experience for everyone.

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

Graham Marsden
Alert

@Jimmy2Cows - Re: Why *4*?

WARNING: VERY NSFW!!

If you *really* want to know...

(The 5th ring has a 2" internal diameter, so probably would be easily removable)

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Hold the miniature presses: Playmobil movie is go

Graham Marsden
Coat

Re: And the zen question may be

Lego, of course!

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Graham Marsden

@Simon Harris - Re: Lego movie and lego batman, star wars etc

But will it be 187.5% better?

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Crypto connoisseurs: Curl up with Princeton's 300-page ode to Bitcoin

Graham Marsden

Read it in the toilet, then every time you finish a page...

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Graham Marsden

Re: Question from the third row back

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The post is required, and must contain letters.

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SCO's last arguments in 'Who owns Linux?' case vs. IBM knocked out

Graham Marsden
Pirate

Why...

... WON'T YOU DIE...!!!

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San Francisco prepares to open source its voting system software

Graham Marsden
Alert

'noting that the San Francisco Bay Area is home to, among others...

'..."Apple, Facebook, GitHub, Google, the Mozilla Foundation, Twitter and Yahoo," it notes that the city is "a natural jurisdiction to take the lead in developing and certifying an open voting system."'

Thank you for voting, would you like to take a quick survey?

She voted for candidate X, you'll never guess what happened next...

Click here to tweet how you voted...

Update your phone software now!

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We're going to use your toothbrush to snoop on you, says US spy boss

Graham Marsden

Re: Tough call

> Fell or pushed?

Those Soap Dishes can get really mean...

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Graham Marsden
Big Brother

""new opportunities for our own intelligence services"

Naturally his next move will be to get the Government to ban security or encryption of such things or require businesses to install back doors...

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How cybercrooks made $330K from ransomware without really trying

Graham Marsden
Holmes

The estimate...

... which was pulled out of someone's arse by a security company which wants to scare you into using their products...

FTFY

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LIGO boffins set to reveal grav-wave corker

Graham Marsden
Coat

Has your black hole...

... been involved in a collision?

You may be entitled to compensation!

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Facebook cares about you, yes you, so much it won't give up on India

Graham Marsden
Holmes

Facebook cares about you...

> Facebook is not the only entity trying to help India who will be hurt by India's decision to can Free Basics;

Yes, there are other big businesses who are trying to get a hammerlock on a massive emerging market and block everyone else out before anyone realises that they've been screwed...

> Facebook will keep trying to help more people in India, and everywhere, get online because getting online brings prosperity;

Especially for Zuck!

> Facebook cares about you. Yes, even you. Which is why Facebook is going to ridiculous lengths to provide internet connections all over the planet and especially in its poor parts.

And no doubt they're Thinking About the Children too! (And how to monetise them...)

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Are Indians too stupid to be trusted with free Internet?

Graham Marsden

Gift horse...

... or Trojan Horse?

And "Free Basics" sounds so much like Freebasing where, of course, the first hit is free, but then you're hooked and it starts to cost...

You open the gates, you let them in and suddenly you find that your people are hooked on something which doesn't benefit them so much as it benefits those advertisers and data merchants who are rubbing their hands with glee at the millions of extra sets of eyeballs which are now looking at *their* products and nobody else (not to mention the politicians et al who got tidy "campaign contributions" for their support).

Meanwhile your local industry finds itself blocked out of its own country because it can't afford to compete with the money that Zuck can throw at this (take a loss for five years simply to bankrupt the competition? No problems...)

The "racism" and "colonialism" angle is a complete red herring, does it matter *who* tells you the information provided you understand what is going on?

> ask yourselves whether you really want to go down as the imperialists of the 21st Century.

Hmm, nice False Analogy...

PS as for the "Are Indians too stupid...?" headline, I invite readers to familiarise themselves with Betteridge's Law of Headlines"

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Health Secretary promises NHS £4.2bn to go 'digital'

Graham Marsden

Re: Pinocchio time

"On the back of us flogging everything we can to our mates in business"

"and because of our loathing of state-owned services and our values which say that healthcare can be run for profit"

FTFY.

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Uber rebrands to the sound of whalesong confusion

Graham Marsden
Meh

Rearrange the following words...

... to get a well known phrase or saying:

Toss Couldn't A Give

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Brit boffins get green light to edit human genome

Graham Marsden

Re: "unused human embryos"

In IVF treatment, more ova are fertilised than are actually implanted.

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Graham Marsden
Trollface

@Elmer Phud - Re: Progress

> Everyone needs an Igor to help make new friends.

Yeth, Marthter...

(Well, the Troll icon looks like it could be an Igor...)

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Danish Sith Lord fined in Galactic Republic rumpus

Graham Marsden

Re: unspecified techniques

I presumed that was code for "Asked his mum" (presumably he still lives with her...)

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Did water rocket threaten Brum airport Airbus?

Graham Marsden

Re: Hitting the "k"

Pneumatic

Atmospheric

Rocket

Impulse

Solution

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UK taxpayers should foot £2bn or more to adopt Snoopers' Charter, says Inquiry

Graham Marsden

@AC - Re: So, basically...

> can i have my coffee back please? it's on the floor ...

Well at least you missed the keyboard and monitor!

> who is the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow? The chaps behind the curtain I think we know

Call me David, Gideon Osborne and Treasonous May, of course.

Pay no attention to NewsCrap, Greed4S, Screwco, Crapita et al lurking behind the curtain...

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Graham Marsden
Facepalm

So, basically...

... the Government are still completely clueless about the whole issue, but they think that if they stamp their little feet and demand the moon on a stick, the service providers can somehow wave a magic want and make all their dreams come true...

(And, of course, the Government justifies all of this because of "Paedos and Terrorists and Drug Dealers, Oh my!")

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Rooting your Android phone? Google’s rumbled you again

Graham Marsden
Unhappy

@Zog_but_not_the_first - Re: This is not...

> Also, they can unlock doors in the house to which you don't have the key

And come in when they feel like it, repaint the walls, move the furniture around and change the favourite channels on your TV...

... and if you don't like it, they say "fine, you can always move out..."

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Graham Marsden
Alert

This is not...

... your phone.

We are just kindly giving you permission to use it, but only in ways that *we* approve of...

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