* Posts by Trigonoceps occipitalis

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From the Dept of the Bleedin' Obvious... yes, drones hurt when they hit you in the head

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Evidence Based Policy Making

"No, not heard of that."

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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"So that’s Masturbate1. Too easy..."

Only once?

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Boffins discover tightest black hole binary system – and it's supermassive

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"Don't ask me what happens at the merger ... "

Easy, Cadbury's Cream Eggs are rubbish.

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Ethereum will have transaction chops of Visa in 'a couple of years', founder claims

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Re: The Future of Blockchain currency

If I have no over-riding reason to use a crypto currency (I'm not a drug lord for instance) then I have a choice. I know that the odds are stacked against me in a casino or other gambling, I do not know enough about the stock market, so why not replace my bingo with buying a few bitcoin?

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

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Re: 2 percent

The argument is that £350M will be returned to "UK control". I think that is true but the estimate (guess, lie etc) of actual addition to money spent in the UK seems to be between about £250M and zero.

Bring back Michael Miles and take your pick. I doubt we will really have a rigorous answer until 2030 or so.

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RIP Stanislav Petrov: Russian colonel who saved world from all-out nuclear war

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Re: Aaaand that's why I hate MAD.

"Two plus two does equal four."

Only for sufficiently average values of "two" and sufficiently average values of "four".

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

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Re: admin/admin

"So ignorance was followed by cover-up.

From what I have seen so far, that's generally SOP ... "

No, ignorance is followed by denial in the standard model.

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Pennsylvania cops deploy electronics sniffer dog to catch child abusers

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Re: I'm waiting for the day

"Everybody knows that higher ups in the chain are immune from child porn charges."

Tell that to Lady Brittan and Lord Bramall.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Re: these exploits are worthless

And that Zulu I met in South Africa, an African American African.

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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

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Re: Napolionic

"What has a conviction got to do with it?"

Get convicted and you are a proven criminal. Thus your photo is retained on the criminal database.

You may or may not think this is reasonable or that some form of time limit should be applied.

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: Bindun

"They pulled a blinder ... "

They actually pulled a dazzler and thus remained within the Laws of War.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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Re: Biometrics

Identical twins come in two varieties, some are mirror images of each other, the rest are not. (Depends when in gestation the zygote splits.)

Some evil twins are going to need a shiny object.

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Re: What about "leverage" as a verb?

Cry "Havoc" and let slip the pedants of El Reg!

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Chill out about net neutrality, says FCC head, because mobile phones are great

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Re: Once while serving in a shop

"He knew Motorola had been the best phones for his lads ... "

At least one radio was preferred by "the lads" because it was inside a substantial metal case. Draw your truncheon and there were several forms to complete and a record that could (possibly) be used against you. Hit a scrote with your radio and no one noticed and nothing was recorded.

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Totally uncool California bureaucrats shoot down drone weed delivery

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Re: You don't allow drone delivery?

Yes, its all those fans.

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

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Remember the AMD processors that were sold with 4 cores but, if you were lucky, actually had 6 cores. Activating the extra cores was a risk because the Chip had failed some test to a greater (bad) or lesser (good) degree.

Still don't know it this was just an internet story or actual fact. My 4 core very much stayed at 4.

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@ Martin Summers and Others

By restricting the battery capacity there is a reduced possibility of battery failure, hence reduced warranty liability. I know this because I am an experienced engineer. Tesler should just be upfront about reasons behind the extra cost for extra capacity (may be they are?).

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Brit aviation regulator is hiring a space 'n' drones manager

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Re: I can do this

" ... so I know all about space."

What, like its big, really big?

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Robocall scumbags already target Hurricane Harvey victims

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Re: Fire ants and scammers

Ah, the Viserys Targaryen and Khal Drogo solution, only not so expensive.

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

"Never liked the TV adaptations."

We'll get a good video (TV/Film) of Discworld when we get a good video of Dune - probably never.

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We're not the 'world leader' in electric cars, Nissan insists

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Re: ASA has no legal powers

Any teeth (more like gums) that the ASA has rely on the press. If they issue the famous "this advert shall ... " etc and it is ignored then, if the company involved issues substantially the same advert they lay themselves open to a savaging in the press - Nissan Ignore ASA!

Of course there is the adage that no publicity is bad publicity and there could be an element of collusion; the newspaper/TV Station driving viewers up whilst increasing the name recognition of the offending company. Perhaps a dangerous game for the company because the campaign started by the newspaper could just become a Mumsnet blog and then all bets are off and the company pressman may get sacked.

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For once, Uber takes it up the tailpipe: Robo-ride gets rear-ended

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Re: The big question

"why do I get the wavy red underline of disapproval for my spelling of behaviour?"

Because they spell "behaviour" incorrectly in the USA.

Red/Amber

I don't know about the USA but it is an offence for any part of the vehicle to cross the stop line when an amber light is showing in the UK. There is a statutory defence that it was unsafe to stop (when the amber light is on). Thankfully enforcement is more relaxed.

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British snoops at GCHQ knew FBI was going to arrest Marcus Hutchins

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Re: @ Trigonoceps occipitalis "Why couldn't he be arrested and tried here in the UK - his home."

"In the US there is also such a thing as plea bargaining.

I believe there was an offer on the table that would have been a slap on the wrist, yet it would have meant he couldn't use a computer (including a smart phone) again."

1. I didn't say there was a plea bargaining system in the US courts.

2. An offer was made, even if the alternative was a pat on the back and an upgrade on the flight home, that quacks like a plea bargain.

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"Why couldn't he be arrested and tried here in the UK - his home."

In the UK there is an element of plea bargaining, for instance the prosecution may accept a guilty plea to manslaughter to avoid a lengthy murder trial that may just result in the same verdict. We also have a system of fixed penalties for minor criminal offences such as speeding (but not too fast).

What we don't have is a way to offer a very low level punishment for a guilty plea against the possibility of 50-150 years imprisonment for an unsuccessful not guilty plea. The nominal discount for an early guilty plea is one third off the sentence. This case will be difficult to explain to a jury, the judge may not understand and the jury may just want to set him free because he "saved the NHS." The trial will take a long time and may not result in a conviction. However the US court system seems to think that, in order to get around this awkward situation, it is acceptable in a mature, liberal democracy to make on offer you can't refuse.

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UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Re: Indie

"Wales is not part of England."

Correct, it was the first part of the English Empire.

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Defra recruiting 1,400 policy wonks to pick up the pieces after Brexit

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Re: brexit cost

"... and on to more recent events ... "

Close, but no Godwin.

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Re: 1400?

" ... it'd still be cheaper than having to duplicate everything locally."

What on Earth makes you think that we want to duplicate everything associated with that benighted and undemocratic monument to self perpetuating inefficiency, graft and pork barrels that is the EU?

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Re: Brexit

" ... democracy is hard to live with at times ... "

Cameron said "Let the people speak!"

They have spoken.

Bastards!

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Vaping ads flout EU rules, even if to promote healthier lifestyles

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Re: opponents are using guerrilla tactics

"if the tobacco companies got you smoking by age 18, they had you for life"

A merry life, but a short one.

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If Anonymous 'pwnd' the Daily Stormer, they did a spectacularly awful job

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Re: Forcing the Underground

"Arguments with extremists rarely convince them to change their ways."

Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.

George Carlin 1937 - 2008

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Nosey ex-NHS staffer slapped with fine for illegally peeking at medical records

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Re: £1,745?

I think the fine is tied to income so, as a doctor, you would pay more.

More importantly the victims can make out a civil case for misuse of data. Current payment seems to be between £250 and £750 for non-pecuniary damages - £7-20k or there abouts.

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HMS Queen Lizzie impugned by cheeky Scot's drone landing

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There was a report (sadly probably apocryphal) of a member of The Expeditionary Forces' Institute hefting a NAAFI pork pie at an Argy jet over San Carlos Water.

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Good Lord: Former UK spy boss backs crypto

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Re: Give that man a cookie

" ... party leader promoted to the Lords if their rotten borough should fail to do the right thing."

Precisely the opposite: Alec Douglas-Home

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: "The only country that is Up Shit Creek *with* a Rudder."

"I suggest you fool them and buy an anvil."

Now you’re part of a conspiracy, no need to buy an anvil to be convicted.

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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Re: Interesting, but...

Sally

Isaac Asimov (1919-1992)

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Re: BMW

When the indicator on a BMW is flashing, what may you infer?

The bulb is working.

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg: Crypto ban won't help trap terrorists

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Re: And what if they could access those messages?

Playing Devil's Advocate:

If there’s a record of easily decrypted messages then when I report John Smith as a possible terrorist the authorities can easily check the real situation.

I think that is rubbish. There is plenty of information given to the police about terrorists before the event. More information is not more intelligence, let alone evidence.

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So who exactly was to blame for Marketo losing its dotcom?

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it is our standard protocol

No mention of the possibility, that in Marketo's case, the protocol was non-standard for what ever reason.

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Burglary, robbery, kidnapping and a shoot-out over… a domain name?!

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El Reg:

" ... Hopkins made a run for it. Deyo then reportedly shot him twice before calling the police ... "

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"Iowa, unlike other US states, doesn't allow a self-defence defense for shooting fleeing intruders in the back."

Thank you for that irrelevant information.

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Media mogul Murdoch's 'Sky dataset' swallow poses 'grave threat'

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Re: Skyadsmart...

"Whatever happened to creating nice, well rounded people ?"

This is against government policy. Check out the wars on fat and sugar.

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Ashley Madison throws US$11.2m on the bed to mop up leak affair

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Re: 99% Male

Chance of what?

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IETF moves meeting from USA to Canada to dodge Trump travel ban

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Re: stupid politics

Sell crazy somewhere else.

(Melvin: As Good as it Gets)

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Beware, sheep rustlers of the South West of England! Police drone spy unit gets to work

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Operation Countryman

"This is not to suggest that Devon and Cornwall Police takes the same cavalier attitude towards obeying the law that their colleagues in the Big Smoke do."

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Better mobe coverage needed for connected cars, says firm flogging networking gear

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Re: E-Spy

"discriminate between "events"

I read somewhere that the emergency calling was linked to air bag deployment. Seems sensible (and no reference to Bulgaria).

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Ofcom pops 37% spectrum cap on mobile providers' domes

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To Misquote Mark Twain

Buy spectrum, they're not making it any more.

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Ransomware-slinging support scammers hire local cash mule in Oz

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If it sounds too good to be true ...

Every time I get professional advice or make a financial transaction some one pays, sometimes it is me. I am a technophile, I hang around on the Register and other tech forums. I know the pit falls of acting as a conduit for someone else’s money.

However if I wanted money, or needed it because I was poor with children say, an offer to share the commission that would otherwise be paid to a rapacious bank may persuade me to help the "law abiding company".

Yes, if it is too good etc is a good maxim to assess any offer but those not equipped (knowledge, morals, intelligence) to do so may fall into a trap. I would like to say that banks have some responsibility here but nothing sets me off like my bank, after an over 45 year relationship, doing it best to stop me getting at my money because of money laundering rules.

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G20 calls for 'lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information' to fight terror

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"expectations of our peoples"

I am one of the "peoples" and, knowing a very little bit of maths, do not have such an expectation.

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Just in time for summer boozing: Boffins smash world record for the most perfect ice cubes

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"could improve climate change models"

= Not a hope of improving climate change models but I would like a research grant to check this.

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