* Posts by bombastic bob

5563 posts • joined 1 May 2015

Skype goes blurry, Office gets a kick in the privacy, and Microsoft takes us back to 1990

bombastic bob Silver badge
Meh

Re: If you want a nostalgic file manager ...

the old windows 3.0 "Program Manager" might actually be BETTER than whatever eldritch abomination Micro-shaft has horked up and excreted in Win-10-nic... just sayin' at least I didn't have FRICKIN' TILES...

"Going back to 1990" is what they did with the 2D FLATTY McFLATFACE FLATSO look - similar to windows 1.0 even!!!

So yeah - 'not in a good way' when you look at the bigger picture.

File manager was ok though. It morphed into what you see in 'Explorer' as well as open source versions like nautilus and caja and konqueror and so on.

/me wants the old windows XP UI back, with all of the kernel updates and hardware compatibility found in Win-10-nic

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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Devil

Re: So what do we call a dead Pi?

a) 1/pi [or pi^(-1)]

b) titsup-pi

c) Piit (pronounced "peet")

d) ExPired (also Ex-Pi) [yeah mentioned already]

e) "Polly" [after a famous dead Parrot]

[I'm spent]

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Devil

Re: Mini computer flingers

Instead of using an old teletype, I'd suggest a modified VT100 terminal instead. Or something that looks like it, maybe?

in theory you could just hide the USB and video cables, and put appropriate hardware into appropriate places within a look-alike case...

teletypes are so 1960's, really. By the mid 1970s it was DECwriters and ASCII serial terminals, basically the standard for the PDP11 era.

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Pirate

Re: Mini computer flingers

PDP-11 emulators running on an RPi - was the first thing that crossed my mind...

(it'd probably run faster than the original hardware)

HLWRLD:

.PRINT MESG

.EXIT

MESG: .ASCII "Hello, world"

.BYTE 15, 12, 0

I think that's right... yeah

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Boffin

Re: Not Just a Store

hacker-space, or "maker space" (either one).

They should make this a periodic event, a "mini maker fair" using RPi, to promote the platform, AND the store. Include some educational stuff, 3D printers, some robotics thingies, and sensors - loads of sensors - and who knows what creative minds could accomplish...

620 million accounts stolen from 16 hacked websites now for sale on dark web, seller boasts

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Trollface

Re: "I'm just a tool used by the system."

intarweb miscreants... the cops won't believe they're guilty of anything unless they LOOK like criminals.

You know, how criminals have broken bones, missing teeth, large bruises, scrapes all over them as if they'd been thrown down a couple o' flights of stairs, or got dragged at 30+MPH over a gravel road...

"Yep, THAT GUY looks like a criminal!"

also reminds me of the way a thief on a ship might get treated, accidentally falls overboard and the guy wut dun it quietly whispers "man overboard..." then about 30 minutes later, "MAN OVERBOARD!"

Or another Navy guy I knew, back in the day, who liked to sing a parody of a 60's song, with words like this: "If I had a hammer, I'd smash your @#$%^'ing head in!"

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Alert

well, if the "one customer" who downloaded the database happens to be LAW ENFORCEMENT...

Ever yearn for the Windows 95 shutdown sound? TADA! There's an Electron app for that

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Mushroom

Re: Kinda brilliant using JavaScript

"In any other programming language, it'd take quite a lot of effort to get a modern machine to perform as badly as something from the mid-1990s"

How about C-pound (or anything ".Not")? It seems to have ruined windows performance quite nicely!

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Happy

Re: Always changed the sound to ...

I had an edited up Warner Brother's ending theme with Porky doing the 'th-dya th-dya th-that's all, folks!" stuck in the middle. First sound edit I did with the windows sound recorder, as I recall.

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Meh

Re: 640x480 "for that proper old-school DOS feel"?

I rarely used 640x480 - the lowest I'd run was 800x600

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Megaphone

Re: Painfully slow

I remember getting acceptable performance from Windows '95 on a 486 DX2 66Mhz with about 4Mb of RAM, a simple SVGA adaptor (with a VLB adaptor, though) and a reasonable IDE hard drive.

When I compare the *PERCEIVED* performance of THAT system, with respect to "responsiveness" (how fast does an application load) and the overall "UI Experience" and things of THAT nature, it

TOTALLY KICKS WIN-10-NIC's ASS!!!

/me points out that if effort towards a Java-script version of Win '95 were INSTEAD re-directed at projects like ReactOS, the world would be better off

Born-again open-source enthusiast Microsoft rucks up at OpenChain

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Mushroom

utterly evil corporation MS was 20 years ago

(a shoutout topic to Nick Kew's post)

You don't have to go back 20 years for Microsoft to have done things that are 'utterly evil'. Look at what has been done to Windows. That was less than 5 years ago.

Sinofsky and Larson-Greene aren't there any more, and Ballmer isn't the CEO, but that doesn't change them. A new breed of arrogant "you will do it THIS way" types are STILL managing things, as evidenced by the fact that Windows 10 still has:

a) 2D FLATTY McFLATFACE FLATSO *FORCED* upon you, with NO user choice

b) Adware and Spyware built into the OS

c) Pay-to-play device driver signing ONLY

d) FORCED updates [complete with feature creep and NO QA], where YOUR BANDWIDTH belongs to THEM

e) NO other Windows OS available on new computers

f) Microsoft "cloudy" logon, to HELP TRACK YOU, EVERYWHERE

g) The [CR]app store UBER ALLES

h) NO listening to customer complaints and wants; they just listen to the 'yes' echos of the fanbois...

Yeah. They're still UTTERLY EVIL. The customer is NO LONGER "always right". It's "the minions are ALWAYS EXPLOITED".

But I think they were LESS EVIL 20 years ago. It used to be 'developers developers' back then... and it was just under 20 years ago that they came up with the ".Net Initiative" and it was at THAT point that they turned to the *DARK* *SIDE* of *WORLD* *DOMINATION*.

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Meh

Re: Hmmm

"playing the long game"

One of those long games, in the past, has been 'Embrace, Extend, Extinguish'.

Based on their track record, I'd say this is still the case.

It's OK, everyone – Congress's smart-cookie Republicans have the answer to America's net neutrality quandary

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Megaphone

Re: I've always wondered...

"cases where paid prioritization is in the consumer's best interests"

There SHOULD be 'paid prioritization'. Here is why:

a) as long as only a maximum number of packets can have paid prioritization, then nobody else will be 'crowded out'

b) paid prioritization raises revenue for the backbone, and would encourage more infrastructure to be produced with that revenue - "purchase OUR fast lane" competition even

c) paid prioritization exists eveywhere else, too. The store with the high prices that NOBODY goes to still stays in business, because its customers won't have to WAIT. So rich people go there. get it?

d) The _CLASS_ _ENVY_ "equal outcomes" crowd are driving the HATE towards those who PAY FOR FASTER TRAFFIC. Instead, millenial snowflakes need to SUCK IT UP and GET JOBS that PAY WELL ENOUGH to AFFORD IT. Then, THEY can have it, too.

There is NOTHING WRONG with "pay for better prioritization" so long as it does NOT crowd out the regular traffic. And by limiting it to a specific percentage of all traffic, on a given network, I doubt ANYBODY would notice, until overall speed starts increasing due to the additional revenue to the service providers results in better/fatter pipelines. Then we'll ALL see a benefit.

Yeah. Capitalism. it works. Just keep competition as a part of this, and we'll all be better off for it.

[but of course, the 'equal outcomes for all' socialist NINNIES want everyone to be EQUALLY MEDIOCRE, because it is NOT FAIR if one person has a slightly better something than the next guy, so it's all MARXIST THINKING driving this CLASS ENVY of NOT having PAID PRIORITIZATION]

LibreOffice 6.2 is here: Running up a Tab at the NotebookBar? You can turn it all off if you want

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no 32-bit? build from source and distros still possible

well if all 32-bit support goes away, a lot of OLD computers could still be supported by individual distros, and of course 'build from source'.

On FreeBSD, 'build fro source' was pretty much the only option for quite a while. As I recall it takes the better part of a day on a 2.4Ghz quad core.

It's really not a problem so long as the code does not ASSUME 64-bit, at which point it would have to be patched...

(why 32-bit? it runs a tad bit faster, uses a bit less RAM, and is more compatible with older hardware. What's the harm of supporting it?)

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Devil

Re: the UI still feels a little last-decade

ack - I *LIKE* the "last decade" UI!

double-ack on how foul ribbon and 2D FLATTY McFLATFACE FLATSO "creeping in"

I want a REAL menu, a REAL toolbar [that I can configure and remove if I want], and *NO* *FORNICATING* *FAT-FINGER-FRIENDLY HAMBURGER*

In other words, "last decade" for me.

If it worked, *WHY* *CHANGE* (and force EVERYONE to change?)

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery

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Devil

the difference between Amazon and 'Google + Facebook' is that neither Google NOR Facebook have a SHOPPING CART for a zillion sundry items...

To me this suggests that Amazon's business model is _COMPLETELY_ different than either Google or Facebook. Whatever that implies, right? (THAT discussion could easily go off into the weeds)

bombastic bob Silver badge
Meh

Re: Ah, capitalism at its best

this is more an example of "governmetium at its worst" particularly when you look at the clueless assumptions being made; as an example, how can ANYONE determine copyrighted material over non-copyrighted material? It's as if the lawmakers assume that waving a magic wand or using an electronic crystal ball is enough. As any IT person to "come up with an algorithm that works" and I'm pretty sure that everyone will admit that it's "possible" but highly impractical.

But like magic encryption that has a magic back door that criminals could NEVER exploit, we NOW have magic algorithms for determining whether content is copyrighted.

Stupid, stupid, legislators.

Here's a thought: if you don't want your content indexed, put it into 'robots.txt'. I believe that Google actually HONORS THAT.

Only plebs use Office 2019 over Office 365, says Microsoft's weird new ad campaign

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Unhappy

Re: Microsoft office had everything I needed about 15 years ago

worth pointing out, along with Sinofsky, the same person who invented the damnable ribbon also invented 'the Metro' and we're STUCK WITH THAT UI, too...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_Larson-Green

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: If you think this is shit

good one!

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Trollface

Re: No thanks

You could get a list of state capitols by watching an Animaniacs cartoon...

bombastic bob Silver badge
Meh

Re: Price?????

the ONLY reason I *EVAR* got '97 is because my primary customer (contracting long term) insisted on sending me '.doc' files that '95 could not read. Then I had CLIPPY to deal with...

Now it's Open or Libre office on ALL platforms, windows or otherwise. Usually otherwise.

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Trollface

"I can unplug my network cable and still work"

windows 10 aka 'Win-10-nic' will fix that loophole, eventually

bombastic bob Silver badge
Meh

Re: Plus you get to use the O365 apps on tablets/ phones.

/me notes that the RARE use case should not drive the market...

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Linux

Libre Office can be used by the entire family for a cost zero.

bombastic bob Silver badge
Boffin

Re: Oriffice 365.2425... in a parallel universe, that is.

the probability of that universe ever actually being observed (and therefore existing) is like the limit of x approaching zero... like we know it's not zero, but it might as well be.

Chrome devs attempt to slip muzzle on resource-guzzling browser beast with 'Never-Slow Mode'

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Unhappy

Re: Better solution

last time I tried, Pale Moon wouldn't build on FreeBSD...

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Devil

Re: Better solution

firefox better? slightly.

However, the arrogant devs over at Mozilla have basically LOCKED US INTO the 2D FLATTY McFLATFACE FLATSO 'Australis' HAMBURGER MENU CRAPBAG UI "just like Chrome" and so I'm not willing to give them a whole lot o' credit for that...

I wish I had the time and funding to port Webkit over to MY X11 TOOLKIT (which is blisteringly fast if I ever get time to complete it), get it running cross-platform for Win32 [at least], and display my own window decorations and borders to ENFORCE the 3D SKEUOMORPHIC, with a *REAL* menu, and make it a competing browser, lightweight like Midori, plugins like Firefox, and built-in "NoJS" or "NoScript" and advanced cookie management and ad blocking without whitelists. And statically linked so it loads REALLY FAST without bloatware shared libs.

yeah, what people REALLY want!

[if you want to save CPU utilization, STOP! USING! BLOATWARE! SHARED! LIBS! and javascript on the client]

From Firefox to fired cocks: Look who's out to save you being shafted by insecure Internet of Dingalings – it's Mozilla!

bombastic bob Silver badge
IT Angle

Re: Huh?

there was that 'FUFMe' device a while back that was supposed to work over cell phones, as I recall...

Some people simply wanna do the cyber-sex thing with actual remote devices connected to actual remote humans. Maybe that's what it is. But I wonder if lag times might change the dynamics a bit too much...

(IT angle? where is it?)

Sure, you can keep Grandpa Windows 7 snug in the old code home – for a price

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Linux

Re: Don't worry 7,

Tax software (updated every year) may make sticking with 7 hard to do, unless it runs OK under Wine. I have not tried this, however.

Otherwise I have _ZERO_ need to leave windows 7. I don't use it for web surfing, just accounting, taxes, software development, and music production, and occasionally, e-mail, in plain text only, with thunderbird.

I should, over the next year, do what I can to make a 100% "POSIX" transition possible, even if it means getting a Mac.

Crypto exchange in court: It owes $190m to netizens after founder 'dies without telling anyone vault passwords'

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Devil

Re: Bullshit

a normal LEGIT company would have some sort of 'escrow' system set up, like writing down the passwords or copying files/info onto an unencrypted device, and placing this into a bank safety deposit box, and/or keep in secure legal storage at a law office.

IANAL, but there's an obvious liability issue here, if it's not a deliberate scam.

Oh cool, the Bluetooth 5.1 specification is out. Nice. *control-F* master-slave... 2,000 results

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Coat

The 'mistress' side of the device uses a whip for communication...

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Unhappy

Re: It's not cultural cluelessness

with respect to adopting the bullshit around this kind of crap... (i.e. the SJW "sensitivity" bullshit)

neither do MOST people, from what I've seen. I generally rebel against the entire concept. I'll continue to use 'he' as a generic pronoun with the sex of the subject is not known. "The baby crapped HIS diaper". It was a girl? Well, the sentence is still grammatically correct. I won't change it.

And *NEVER* *EVAR* use "the singular 'their'" - *shudder*

Icon because too many people fall into this trap and give "them" what "they" want, those bullies! NO rewards for bad behavior!

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Trollface

El Reg is focusing on the SJW angle because they are, *ahem*, "illustrating absurdity by being absurd" !!!

OK - _where_ have I heard that quote from before??? Some radio talk show guy... heh

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Trollface

Just think of Master/Slave in BDSM terms, then *DEMAND* that we be recognized as BDSM'ers, and our rights MUST be respected, affirmative action special treatment blah blah. I'll laugh while the chaos ensues and a bunch of SJW's step up to the task to "defend us", and eat popcorn and drink beer.

Ok to make it official (again) there's:

master/slave

dominant/submissive

giver/getter

top/bottom

Uki/Semi (it's a JUDO term. Judo. Heh)

etc. (I'm, at a loss now, don't wanna do another google search on BDSM terminology)

(and the safety word is: semprini)

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Trollface

preferred pronouns... my preferred pronoun is "Sir!" though it usually sounds more like "asshole"

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Meh

"a snowflake gets offended"

A daily occurrence, like taking a dump

If not for the smell, nobody would care

[I saw 42 upvotes, so I left it as-is]

Windows Defender update: So secure, it wouldn't let Secure-Boot Windows PCs, er, boot

bombastic bob Silver badge
Meh

disable that whole pesky Secure Boot thing.

should've been done from the start, In My Bombastic Opinion

What's that, Skippy? You want a taste of Windows 10 19H2? Oops, too late

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FAIL

Re: Please quit complaining

"you can bitch all you like but nobody's listening AT MICROSOFT."

Fixed it for ya!

Yeah nobody at MICRO-SHAFT is listening, we scream "what about the icebergs?" and they're all "FULL SPEED AHEAD!!!" (obligatory Titanic reference for WIn-10-nic) Their arrogance is only exceeded by their cluelessness.

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Linux

Re: XP Search

for search I just install Cygwin and use find+grep [it's probably faster, too], just like I would on Linux and FreeBSD

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Trollface

Re: No more testing

"and leaving it to the public FANBOIS will always be a mistake."

fixed it for ya!

Good news! Only half of Internet of Crap apps fumble encryption

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Devil

Re: New???

yeah and ROT-13 if you want a symmetric "key"

ancient code methods included tattooing a secret message on a slave's head, letting his hair grow, then sending him out to deliver the message. Early invisible ink with lemon juice also. But these are both examples of steganography, not actual crypto.

The wikipedia page on History of Cryptography mentions the 'Atbash cipher' from around 2500 years ago, where you take an alphabet and map it to its reverse [rather than ROT-x]. So A becomes Z, B becomes Y, etc. until M and N swap for one another. Apparently use of this cipher even made it into the Bible, where 'sheshach' is an 'atbash' of 'Babylon' in Hebrew (other examples also exist, and some are on the wikipedia page for 'Atbash cipher').

As for military grade ROT-x, that was the 'Caesar Cipher' mentioned earlier, that according to the wikipedia page, was used by Julius Caesar in his private correspondence.

(so yeah some references for all o' this, you're welcome, a few seconds in a search engine and some entertaining reading)

bombastic bob Silver badge
Unhappy

small memory footprint in devices

end to end encryption in small footprint devices may be more difficult than perceived...

Unless they have ARM processors instead of microcontrollers, with significant NVRAM space for encryption libs, and so on, the libraries just won't fit on the devices, and the algorithms are likely to run too slowly anyway.

What needs to happen for this to work is some help on the silicon end, like hardware networking with built-in SSL support. There is ENC624J600 (which was around $4 on digikey's site) for ethernet, but I don't know of any wifi bolt-on systems with similar built-in SSL capability. They're obviously NOT "the cheaper solution" on the hardware end. Supporting SSL and related protocols needs quite a bit of firmware.

As for phone applications and the cloudy IoT servers, someone should be PUNISHED if NOT using proper encryption and security at THAT level... it's too obvious of a need, and too easy to integrate. NO EXCUSE!

/me points out that Android has a free library or two (probably built in, probably uses webkit and/or OpenSSL) that handles 'https' requests, and I'd bet iOS does, too. For desktops there's OpenSSL.

Intel to finally scatter remaining ashes of Itanium to the wind in 2021: Final call for doomed server CPU line

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Devil

x86 arch isn't all THAT 'crap' and here's why: name a single RISC architecture chip that currently outperforms x86 _AND_ runs on desktop computers! *crickets*

CISC vs RISC is an old debate. RISC applications tend to take up more memory, as do 64-bit ones [in general]. But in the case of RISC, you're dealing with instruction fetching and pipelining too. Sometimes having one instruction instead of 2 or 3 or 4 just makes things GO FASTER. It also makes it significantly more complex on the silicon, eat more power, etc.. So RISC has significant advantages in phones and other battery operated things.

And what made AMD64 so brilliant was its obvious 'evolutionary' rather than 'revolutionary' design, including a backwards compatibility, almost like the way 16-bit went to 32-bit for x86.

Why Intel didn't do this first amazes me...

and now, /me quotes the 'Dead Parrot' sketch in its entirety, substituting 'Itanium' for 'parrot'. Thanks, El Reg, for that perfect analogy in the photo for the article link on the main page.

"Pining for the fjords" - heh

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Trollface

Re: inaccurate testing

"Ethnicity reports are poor unless you are mostly West European Origin"

what if you're 1/1024'th American Indian ?

(I'm around 1/8 and actually LOOK like it, unlike a certain politician in the USA that claimed 'Native American' on a COLLEGE APPLICATION to qualify for 'affirmative action' programs - right, 'Pocahontas' ? and I personally *DESPISE* racial quotas of ANY kind)

I have to wonder if anyone's considered scamming DNA test results to qualify for PREFERENTIAL TREATMENT... (but suggest using IQ results for head-o-the-line privs and you'll get a ship-load of backlash!)

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FAIL

Re: Yep

"as usual the trumpLIBtards start with sad little insults,"

fixed it for ya. Seriously, I voted for and support Trump, and you can read my existing comments on this topic if you want to know what I think.

Civil liberties and 'rights of the accused' are EXTREMELY important in a free society; otherwise, you might as well be in a dictatorship. [and I'm pretty sure that Trump would agree with this, particularly in light of the current 'witch hunt' going on].

bombastic bob Silver badge
Meh

Re: Proof of ownership?

lemme 'splain...

the violation of the rights of everyone in "the system" is allowing law enforcement to LEGALLY "go on a fishing expedition" with it. A warrant should be necessary, identifying the SPECIFIC person you're trying to match it against. And to get a warrant, you'd need evidence to show to a judge to justify it. Otherwise, law enforcement "fishing expeditions" is generally a violation of privacy. We don't need THAT in our society, now do we?

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Big Brother

Re: Proof of ownership?

"The idea that criminals have no rights is disturbing."

Exactly. If you have EVER been falsely accused of something, or in ANY way wrongly prosecuted, you'd have to agree. The important thing is that THE ACCUSED specifically has rights. Once "the accused" becomes "a criminal" in someone's minds, and it's NOW justified that "criminals have no rights", then say goodbye to any fairness in the criminal justice system.

Adversarial criminal justice in which the accused has EVERY possible advantage means that 'wrong convictions' happen least often. If it means that criminals get off without punishment, so be it. And if it means that law enforcement can't be LAZY by doing FISHING EXPEDITIONS in a DNA database, TOO BAD.

It's better to catch the ACTUAL criminal, and convict without a shadow of a doubt. Then we lock 'em up knowing the right person is in jail, and wrongly convicted people (due to prosecutorial laziness or ABUSE of power) don't end up there instead.

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Black Helicopters

"the NHS in league with the plods"

If not NOW, then eventually...

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Black Helicopters

Re: Shocked

how about "government run hospitals" and EVERYONE'S blood samples?

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