* Posts by Ash

42 posts • joined 16 Aug 2007

Downing Street on Phorm: 'Meh'

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lol @ independent body

"ICO is an independent body, and it would not be appropriate for the Government to second guess its decisions."

*forehead slap* fucking LOL the hypocrisy is truly astounding! As if the government has any respect for independent bodies... witness Jacqui Smith completely ignoring the conclusions from the ACMD's report on drug harm: -



Brit, French nuke subs collide - fail to 'see' each other


lat/long co-ords picked by human

The sea is still massive and it's impressive coincidence they collided.

My guess would be that both captains happened to choose the same lat/long course as a whole number.

Ie humans are more likely to pick 52N / 33W than 52.1432N / 33.2542W as a destination... so both subs end up in exactly the same spot... if you catch my drift.

Mayor Boris backs McKinnon in extradition fight

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Whats the world coming to?

Whats the world coming to? I'm agreeing with a Tory. This really is a brave new world, and all it took was Tony Blairs war crimes and Jacqui Smiths insane crusade against civil liberty.

How Warcraft reigned supreme in 2008


EVE Online

Far far superior.

IBM crossed off ID application shortlist

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Waste of money

Wacky Jacqui is full on frothing at the mouth insane. I have no idea where she can justify spending these amounts of money, instead of actually spending it usefully on methods that may actually reduce crime such as, well I don't know... um more police officers?

Even if it goes ahead civil disobediance will kill the ID Card. People with principles, including myself, will refuse to carry the wretched things.

Human rights court rules UK DNA grab illegal

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Thank fook for the EU

Jacqui Smith is a power mad psychopath and should be sectioned.

First self-inflicted identity donor cards to ship in late 2009


Refuse to carry the damn things

If enough people refuse to carry them, there is no way the courts could deal with the situation. I for one won't be carrying an ID Card. 'Into my cold, dead, hands!' etc

Police vet live music, DJs for 'terror risk'

Black Helicopters


This is some crazy stuff. I'm a bit lost for words really. When does the revolution come again?

Dutch plan 'Energy Island'

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Surely the point of ideas like this (energy storage during peak output from renewables for use during low output) is that they work in tandem with other energy storage ideas (electric car batteries etc) to provide just PART of an overall solution. Arguing that this idea can't completely solve the problem is ridiculous.

Another article with the typical El reg editorial slant. It's hypocritical that they rubbish other media for having bias (rightly) whilst at the same time blatantly pushing their own anti-anything-green opinions, to the expense of decent and objective scientific analysis.

White House network pwned 'multiple' times by Chinese


As if the Americans don't do this!

This makes me laugh. It's likely the American's have been using their signals intelligence to spy on foreign corporations and give their own companies a competitive edge for years. The same is bound to be true of government level spying, it's not like the American's would tolerate having no intelligence on the rising world power.

But of course it's a different matter when the glove is on the other hand.

Study clears cannabis of schizophrenia rap


Legalise and Tax it

It's obvious to me, economically and socially that having three million people smoke weed, and it being illegal and untaxed, is a batshit insane situation. The criminalisation of these people, who morally have done nothing wrong, is in IMO a disgusting insult, and greatly undermines respect in the rule of law and the decency of government.

Legalise and tax it, smoke a spliff, put on some good music and enjoy yourselves.

New Scientist goes innumerate in 'save the planet' special

Dead Vulture

El Reg's Green Editorial Stance

I get the feeling The Register is losing its way on its reporting of green issues. Let's see, skepticism is good and exposing fallacies in a lot of the gumph we seen been talked in the climate debate is excellent.

Recent articles however, including this one, seem only to exist to push an 'anti-green' policy. I don't want agenda's shoved down my throat, I want reasoned scientific examination of the complex issues involved. Stop taking individual sentences out of entire articles and completely ignoring the context they were written in, anyone can argue any old shit with that method.

BBC's speak you're branes collapses under Brand-Ross sex outrage


daily mail hysteria

It was a bad joke, end of story. The fucking Daily Heil inciting pitchfork wielding sheepmobs are pretty scary, its a shame people can't think and judge for themselves and within proportion.

Das überdatabase: Inside Wacky Jacqui's motherbrain


Ways of avoiding & subverting the database?

So, how can we corrupt the data so that the database is unusable? What technologies can we employ to avoid detection? This is something that us geeks are in the ideal position to counter.

A few thousand people running webspiders that trawl through search results for 'jihad' 'bomb' etc should create enough false positives that any data mining becomes a lot more difficult.

Widespread use of encryption and offshore proxies?

If this crazy database that we cant afford goes through, I will do my best to fuck it up.

If I don't post on El Reg again, you know that i'm hooded and shackled in some government torture chamber.

Alien crustaceans clash claws in UK waterways

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Which one tastes the best?

I'll root for the one that tastes best in my stir fry.

UK.gov £12bn comms überdatabase 'wouldn't spot terrorists'




It's more effective to donate there than bleating away your database state worries than here in the comments section. If this isn't stopped soon it will have gained too much momentum, if it hasn't already.

Spy chiefs plot £12bn IT spree for comms überdatabase


Control control control

Too open to abuse, too open to cockups, too little benefit, too much cost. This plan is fkin shite tbh, spend that money more effectively elsewhere and stop trying to become the Stasi (or worse).

Stob latest: It was a cunning trick, says Open University


Not just OU courses

Many university courses have similar problems, this isn't unique to the OU.

Labour minister says 14 year olds should get ID cards


Jail before ID Cards

I point blank won't carry one.

500,000 oppose Red Arrows Olympic ban

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Anyone who signed that petition...

Should be deported. Morons.

Texting worse for drivers than drink or drugs


Crap stoners in this test

I get my fastest laptimes whilst stoned. Crap stoners to be honest.

Dual-core Atom to be released by month's end


Mobo/chipset power consumption

The ATOM is a great little chip, put into a terrible motherboard. Is this new motherboard/chipset going to be any more power efficient than the last one? Time will tell...

Now Hollywood is chasing UK downloaders


Fined £300

Where did they pluck this £300 figure from eh? Greedy bastards, the penalty far outweighs the crime IMO.

McKinnon loses Lords appeal


bumbling fool

A perl script and some windows software, an idiot yes... a master hacker hahaha no. This is bloody ridiculous and the poodle of British justice should be ashamed.

Baptist church in assault rifle giveaway


Religious gun owners.

All you religious types (Christian or Muslim, fundamentalist nutters are all the same) with your wacky black and white, good and evil simpleton views of the world aren't going to make anything better by turning a human being into a pile of minced flesh and hair.

Intel Atom 230 ultra low-power desktop CPU


My 2 pence

I have built a small linux server (xubuntu based) from this solution and it works fine. It does exactly what I need without complaint and drawing a lot lot less power than leaving my main machine on.

Why haven't you discussed power usage at all? I was actually very disappointed with the whole power usage. Whats the use of having a cpu that draws 4watts when you stick it on a motherboard with a Northbridge that draws 20watts plus.

The fan on the northbridge made a fair bit of noise for me so I purchased a passive northbridge cooler to make it a silent solution, £5 well spent.

Checklist for next iteration

- Better overall chipset power usage

- 10/100/1000 network (not just 10/100)

- Passive cooled

Performance which this article focused so heavily on isn't an issue for my intended usage.

Heavyweight physics prof weighs into climate/energy scrap



Ignoring el regs blatant 'push anything green sceptical' editorial slant this was a very interesting article.

It seems to me that a combination of nuclear, and wind power (with distributed storage) will be the most practical solution to our current oil dependence. It will be interesting to see if we have enough time to make the changes in our infrastructure before our pipelines get turned off though... the government will procrastinate and avoid any unpopular (but necessary) decisions of course. Up shit creek etc.

One thing in the article seemed blatantly wrong however. Assuming that having a warm house and hygeine cleanliness etc has to take up current levels of energy use. A few simple changes in improved housing insulation, micro generation of hot water from solar-thermal, low energy lightbulbs, cycling to work on nice days etc could markedly reduce energy usage in these basic areas. Individuals CAN make a difference.

Asus Eee Box to debut in UK... minus Linux


Notebook atom N270 instead of 230

The reason they have gone for the laptop 1.6ghz atom is because the chipset for the 230 has the power hungry and heat producing northbridge on board, whereas the chipset for the N270 consumes a lot less power.

The few watts they save on the CPU is irrelevant compared to the optimised chipset.

Ex-Sun chief to fight Davis in '42 days' by-election



Rupert Murdoch, our 'lovely' global hatemonger. I can see the Sun headlines now and I despair.

Boycott Sky and the other Murdoch propaganda channels.

Top Tory resigns on principle over 42 days bill

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Good, and bad

Wow, i'm amazed. Good on David Davis.

Now the two main parties are so centrist and close to each other in policy that a politician has to resign from his party to hold any vaguely radical (ie non-murdoch) idea.

Heathrow T5 security tackles Transformers t-shirt threat


culture of fear

the sheep are afraid, cartoon guns on tshirts clearly threaten the new world order.

these kind of dangerous tshirts cannot be allowed, quick make a new law!

Electrosticky droid boffin in spider-gecko tech bitchslap

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Toy of the future

So when do i get a set of these so I can go climbing up the cliffs around here without ropes. Sounds great fun... extreme sports of the future.

Home Secretary goes crazy on drugs... policy


Thank you

For providing a rational (a dirty word in politics it seems) analysis of Cannabis reclassification. The most frustrating thing for me is that the two main parties are both advocating the same thing, this country is fucked :(

Cops demand more time in marathon OiNK investigation


Nothing to do with the amount of evidence...

The police IT dept are still trying to figure out how to turn the pc on.

James Bond menaced by red hot Chilean


cornwall = north korea

They dressed a north Cornish beach up as North Korea and the locals didn't show up to throw pasties onto the set.

Nationalism is for the weak of mind.

MPs: Axe Nimrod subhunters to balance MoD budget



IMHO, The forces should be totally restyled into two branches 1) purely rapid response peacekeeping force 2) defence/deterrent

These uber-expensive nimrod style projects are just enormous pointless cash cows to prop up a sickly defense industry. There are far more important things the money should be spent on, such as education and healthcare.

Bush overrules judge in US navy-v-dolphins sonar case

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Would it make a difference anyway?

Its unnecessary to use his presidential overrule... he could just say one thing and do the opposite as per usual. Remember 'might is right'. pfff.

MI5, EPA clean up dirty bomb dirt

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sleep easier

Totally agreed Chris... 'just that bit easier' has the subtext 'but still be very very afraid people, sleep with one eye open'.

I'm sick of this culture of fear... its bloody ridiculous. I know BAE etc have to find people to sell their weapons to, and lots of deathboffins at Qinetiq need to be kept busy inventing interesting ways to dismember people, but leave my sleep out of this!

EVE Online update kills Windows PCs


Only if installed before 4am GMT

This problem was fixed for people who installed after 4am GMT this morning... it's should be fine now.

Still, oops. lol.

Plastic police to enforce London bag ban?

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Only London?

Why not the whole country? The sooner the better IMO.

Cops crash invite-only BitTorrent network


Terrible BBC Article

The BBC news report on this is absolutely terrible ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/tees/7057812.stm ).

They have taken the IFPI and Police press statements, and repeated them, complete with factual corruption and misleading statements.

Go BBC propaganda :(

Google gags Facebook code leaker



Did anyone else read '... Google deleted it itself yesterday.' as 'Google deleted itself yesterday'. Now that would be an interesting development.

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