* Posts by Simon B-52

72 posts • joined 19 Sep 2018


Accused hacker Lauri Love loses legal bid to reclaim seized IT gear

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Re: Moral

Should vs Can

Legal Aid is quite restricted in what it's available for these days, though consult a lawyer for reliable info......

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Re: Moral

Upvote, I quite agree with the sentiment, though his problems probably impact on dealing with many third parties.

The thing I have to take issue with is that Mr Love has not been diagnosed with a personality disorder, but an autistic spectrum disorder.

Psychiatry has its own set of technical jargon and personality disorder has a very specific meaning as it covers a set of types of disorder, some of which are very bad news and sometimes imply that the sufferer could be very dangerous.

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Drive could not be read when powered down?

For forensic purposes, drives are always removed and imaged, the images then being investigated.

So I'm afraid the scenario you suggest is not relevant.

Perhaps I'm failing to read you correctly, in which case, apologies in advance.

Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions

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The one armed chef....

An acquaintance does HR for a restaurant chain and recently had a chef who had lost an arm in an accident come in for a job interview.

She tactfully explained that she felt that his productivity and safety might be imapired by his having only one arm.

He then tactfully explained that he fully understood that, but was obliged to attend job interviews to avoid losing his benefits, and his DWP adviser insisted that he apply for catering posts.

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Clearly no direct experience of this

Of course your money shouldn't be wasted on piss takers and there are always those willing to try it on, but believe me that you're lucky to not have endured what this process often does to genuinely sick and disabled people.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that in my experience, many of those involved in assesments are sadistic psycopaths. Not all, there are still a few humane humans working for the DWP; I thank them from the bottom of my heart and hope they manage to keep their jobs.

Solder and Lego required: The Register builds glorious Project Alias gizmo to deafen Alexa

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Xkcd beats this by miles

Sorry to pour cold water, but xkcd really does beat all this by miles.


Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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The second amendment

There is another reading of this that gives a rather different meaning, namely that "Militia" and "The People" are two separate things.

The Militia protects the State against foreign powers, but may offer temptation to a despot, so the people shall be allowed to bear arms as a counter to that danger.

This seems the more credible and likely interpretation to me. Then as now, the majority of people would be little use in a militia, but that does not mean they have no good use for a gun.

In any case, as the sad state of affairs in London shows, guns are quite unnecessary to a high murder rate.

Humans are mostly very vulnerable meat sacks, and those seeking a less bloody society would do well to address the culture that allows the depiction of homicde as mainstream "entertainment", but not of sex, the process by which most of us start our lives.

But then a well adjusted populace, free of large scale psycopathy might be more difficult to govern and exploit.

The algorithms! They're manipulating all of us! reckon human rights bods Council of Europe

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Re: "The Brexit vote was a classic example of very sophisticated micro-targeting techniques "

We've certainly seen the first of those bigger operations working perfectly, and bringing a horrific new meaning to "Orange Man".

Come back Ian Paisley, all is forgiven.

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The liberal elite ?

Yes, because it's only "liberals" who are any sort of problem.

The republican, communist, fascist and oligarcharcic elite are no problem at all.

In fact, they don't even exist, so they can't be a problem.

F*ck off.

Sussex rap fan wants statue of Easy-E from NWA in his hometown because he's a 'legend'

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Could be quite appropriate

Given that he died of a hideous wasting disease, he may well have eaten it during his final days.

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A Subtle Distinction

Forgive my saying so, but the list you propose mostly seems more like a rogues' gallery - An Abhorent Statue Park if you will, rather than a simply inexplicable one.

Of course, such statues would be inexplicable, but that hardly catches the vitriol at least some of your candidates stir in my gut.

I haven't seen anyone flashing in relation to Brexit, which is very disappointing. Where should I be looking for this? Would I do better contacting pro or anti Brexit campaigners to request personal perfomances?

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NNN - Nuke Newhaven Now

Forty years ago I had lacklustre ferry trip from Dieppe to Newhaven, and have hated the place ever since. It should be razed to the ground.

Pandas so useless they just look at delicious kid who fell into enclosure

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History ?

Harambe was due to die for organ harvesting anyway, as its tissue had tested as being compatible with that of another Panda who was a senior member of the local communist party.

The child was the offspring of two Falun Gong members who had already been harvested. Zoo management had hoped that a tastey red meat snack might arouse Harambe's libido, in the same way that powdered rhino horn affects humans, but the experiment was sabotaged by the premature action of the slaughterman employed to kill him.

US kids apparently talking like Peppa Pig... How about US lawmakers watching Doctor Who?

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And now for a balanced and moderate comment

The little I glimpse of children's (and adults') tv convinces me that it is deliberately dumbing down and out kids and adults alike, with just a few exceptions that are held up as justification for the tide of drivel that makes up at least 95% of programming.

Anyone who can't find enough crap to zone out to on the net now is simply not trying.

Anyone stupid enough to expose their kids to modern tv deserves the inarticulate, ADHD labelled, future psychotic that they will likely get, but I don't so pack it in.

Those having kids just to park them in front of the tv for hours a day should be shot.

Fake fuse: Bloke admits selling counterfeit chips for use in B-1 bomber, other US military gear

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Doing the Maths

Here's and equation for you folks:

<Highly secret> + <very expensive> + <politicians> = <every-level-clusterf*ck>


El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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State Registered W*nkers

Love the idea of the one handed keyboard warrior vote, the comic potential of a large number of SRWs (State Registered W*nkers) is just throbbingly huge and guaranteed to go on getting bigger and bigger.

All in all, about as good an idea as a fireworks display in an oil refinery...........

UK spy overseer: Snooper's Charter cockups are still getting innocents arrested

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"easier to get convictions with"

Of course the kicker here is that merely an accusation, leading to an arrest, no matter how carelssly or maliciously conceived invokes massive odium and sanctions.

Sometimes these things happen in the context of the secret Family Courts, away from any public scrutiny - "think of the children".

A friend of mine was referred to in evidence presented by social services to such a court as a "probable abuser" of a child, because he simetimes bought small gifts for his friend's daughter, resulting in her being excited at the prospect of him visiting.

The "due process" gave no opportunity for him to rebut this allegation, the child was put up for adoption and the mother is now a permanent psychiatric patient, probably for the rest of her life.

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Accountability? Responsibility?

"There was nothing in the IPCO report to suggest that any State worker or agency was held to legal account for getting things wrong or not complying with the law."

Plus ca change.......

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'

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Where does this end up?

To see where this sort of authoritarianism leads to, we could do worse than look at China:




Don't go there....

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Dubious tech fetishism

An authoritarian's wet dream. The fact that it's nearly always wrong doesn't matter at all, it's still providing "reasonable grounds" to harass and detain people.

A cynic, of which I am certainly not one, might even think that an ability discriminate leaves such people quite disinterested, because their real aim is to create a climate of ever rising fearfulness.

Striking a positive note, I am currently developinig Automatic Physiognomic Security Systems (APSS). These do away with the tedious and inaccurate recognition of individuals, instead concentrating on the type of person scanned. Those identified as having criminal physiognomy will then automatically be shot, and a clean up request put in to Street Cleaning.

I can offer an entry level system with two cameras, a pair of servo controlled rifles and an autodialler set to initiate clean-up for a mere £1bn.

I studied hard, I trained for years. Yay, now I'm an astronaut in space. Argggh, leukemia!

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Do you mean they should be army volunteers, ie "You, you and you" ?

It is an opportunity to get shot of those who annoy us most, so let's get creative here people!

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD

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History ?

"The best example is probably when Afghanistan's .af was handed over to the country's US-run transitional government when America invaded the country in retaliation for the Taliban government refusing to hand over Osama bin Laden."

Pretty sure that the Afghan government offered ObL up on a plate in preference to being subjected to "shock and awe". Hardly surprising, even for a bunch of statue demolishing nutcases. Even they were not so foolish as to ignore recent examples of US government lead mass incineration, as demonstrated in Iraq.

I've no sympathy for ANY of the above named nutjobs, none whatsoever, but I think it's generally a good idea to try to keep history factual, rather than merely convenient.

Top GP: Medical app Your.MD's data security wasn't my remit

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Disgraceful, but absolutely no surprise whatsoever.

Of course the NHS has made its/our records available to a crowd of ne'er do wells, so it's just another increment of shitola

Are you sure your disc drive has stopped rotating, or are you just ignoring the messages?

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Re: I can believe it!

"I used to randomize command aliases on Linux on a workmate's /etc/bash_aliases."

You evil bastard! I love it!

Oracle exec: Open-source vendors locking down licences proves 'they were never really open'

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Wilful misrepresentation

These actions, Mendelsohn said, "just shows these companies were never really open in the first place"

These words, Simon said "just show that Mendelsohn succesfully completed Lying For Politicians 101"

How thick do you think the people you're talking to are? Tosser.

Oxford University reportedly turns off its Huawei money tap

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Very slick

Very slick words indeed from Mr Zhengfei. Have to admire the economy with which he packs so much mis-direction into so few words.

I don't like to be too pessimistic, but in the end, it may come down to a straight choice between being most easily spied on by western spooks, or eastern ones.

Not a theist, but god help us.

This must be some kind of mistake. IT managers axed, CEO and others' wallets lightened in patient hack aftermath

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A long way away....

Can't say I was surprised to find out that this was happening a long way from our septic Isle.....

US Department of Defense to fling $1.76bn at Microsoft

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Re: Make America Great Again

The problem with this post is that it will typically be read in two different ways:

1. English English - it's obviously completely sarcastic

2. American English - it's obviously completely sincere.

This may be why no-one has voted on it yet. Whilst to me, a real English speaker the sarcasm is funny, I'm wary of up-voting it for fear of encouraging the Trumpites.

NB, Trump was once a bourgeois euphemism for Fart. Now it's literal.

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Made a wrong turn somewhere?

Your consultant speak turd of a post would be well polished by you learning some grammar you arrogant tw*t.....I would suggest decency and humility too, but I'm a realist.

Leaked memo: No internet until you clean your bathroom, Ecuador told Julian Assange

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One of Assange's alleged victims stated very clearly that he had not raped her. The prosecutor's reply was that "she's not a lawyer".

But this isn't the stuff that those with closed minds want to hear, so roll on the down votes.

Bish, Bash... gosh! Good ol' Bourne Again Shell takes a bow as it reaches version five-point-zero

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You utter unfeeling bastard!

Drone goal! Quadcopter menace alert freezes flights from London Heathrow Airport

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"environmental terrorists"

"One theory put forward was that it could have been a protest staged by environmental terrorists"

Frankly, I find the unquestioning repetition of the phrase "environmental terrorist" to be the action of a craven shill.

Or possibly just a Daily Fail reader.

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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UEFI = ?

Unremittingly Execrable F'in Insult

Any other ideas people?

Crystal ball gazers declare that Windows 10 has finally overtaken Windows 7

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Bitter and twisted

What I regret most in having used Windows is that it has proven to be such disposable knowledge, with a very short working life. That has ground away what was once a deep interest in computing into a bitter and twisted resentful loathing.

I was lucky enough to have some exposure to a unix system through college in the 1980s, but thereafter mostly had to use Redmond's Rot. I now have a couple of airgapped and backed up XP and Win 7 boxes for the software I hated least, with net access via linux.

A pox on you Bill Gates.

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business

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Re: Questionable quality...

"People aren't stupid"

Oh, if only that were true, if only........

Poor people should get slower internet speeds, American ISPs tell FCC

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Re: I think it is time now

Could that possibly be amended to "against the perimeter wall, well away from the chemical shed"?

A fresh consignment has just arrived and those old drums are badly corroded. Half of them have been stacked the wrong way up, who'd have thought we'd need russian speaking warehouse staff?

Another Hancock-up? UK health secretary appears in piece about controversial GP app

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"Hancock, though, appears to be a fully paid-up member of the tech can save us lobby."

Hancock, though, appears to be a fully paid member of the tech can save us lobby.


Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit

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Zuck off?

Every day with Facebook

Is sweeter than the day before

Every day with Facebook

I love Zuck more and more

Facebook saves and keeps me

And Zuck's the one I'm waiting for

Every day with Facebook

Is sweeter than the day before

Sorry, Mr Zuckerberg isn't in London that day. Or that one. Nope. I'd give up if I were you

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Shorter = Better

Block FB until hell freezes over.


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A Hymn for Zuck

Every day with Facebook

Is sweeter than the day before

Every day with Facebook

I love Zuck more and more

Facebook saves and keeps me

And Zuck's the one I'm waiting for

Every day with Facebook

Is sweeter than the day before

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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Improving psychiatry.

The only person I know of who uses Alexa and One-click shopping suffers from serious mental illness and has to take several powerful medicines on a daily basis.

Do readers have knowledge of other such cases? It would be interesting to see if there is a correlation.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual used by psychiatrists would be much improved by the inclusion of objective and verifiable indicators such as these.

Data-nicking UK car repairman jailed six months instead of copping a fine

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Time will tell

Hopefully this is something that will become standard policy, and not just a one-off token window dressing for the ICO.

I won't be holding my breath though, for more reasons than you could shake ........ etc etc.

Hopefully this won't reach the mainstream media; if it does, I'll end up wasting more breath trying to stop my parents engaging in the sorts of conversation with these f*ckers that includes revealing their credit card details.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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"Useful for things like autonomous cars"

Do you actually believe that, for even a fraction of a second?

This is boilerplate BS, tacked onto the end of most "defence" tech announcements to foster the illusion that it will have some use other than killing us all faster.

Also, please consider the actual meaning of the word autonomous. An autonomous car is unlikely to ever be useful to people.

Eye eye! AI could stop blindness, Facebook's after math, and how to get started in the ML biz

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ES vs AI

This probably raises horrified hackles in the AI bullshit brigade, but automatic diagnosis is if anything an "expert system", not "artifical intelligence".

Automatic. Like a washing machine, or a gun.

Just a machine, whose behaviour is the responsibility of its designers and users.

Why do I get the feeling that one of the reaons "AI" is such a hype-fest is that it offers the opportunity to avoid responsibility? In terms of both liability and morality.

If this sounds far-fetched, consider that we live in a world where the rights of corporate "bodies" often exceed those of mere human meat sacks, sometimes even with explicit legislation to that effect.

Two fool for school: Headmaster, vice principal busted for mining crypto-coins in dorms, classrooms

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1. "The headmaster in China"

2. "authorities found he and vice principal Wang Zhipeng were found to be running"

3. "the operation began at"

4. "Zhipeng, for his part, was issued a formal warning."

Townsfolk left deeply unsatisfied by Bury St Edmunds' 'twig' of a Christmas tree

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Not Technical!

This really isn't in any way technical or scientific, so what is it doing here?!

Oh, I see. It offers numerous opportunities for double entendre and allusion to penile dimensions and engorgement - which is what technology is all about these days..........<sigh>.......

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Re: James Clerk Maxwell

Possibly because Mawell's Equations aren't easily written in standard type, whereas "E equals M C squared" is widely known, even if not so widely understood.

It's a sad irony really, as Maxwell's Equations are succinct and elegantly beautiful, one of the very few bits of maths I've ever found genuinely exciting.

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R V Jones

R V Jones not even mentioned? We owe him every bit as much as we owe Turing and Flowers, a great deal indeed.

Perhaps an example of the HollyWeird stereotype of "Scientist" being necessarily equivalent to "Sufferer", which I've always suspected as being used to assuage the jealousy of the ordinarily thick.......

'Privacy is a human right': Big cheese Sat-Nad lays out Microsoft's stall at Future Decoded

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It's comedy folks, just relax

For heaven's sake, you're not meant to take this stuff seriously!

It's comedy people - you know, hollowly, with a dull ache creeping through your guts....

Actually it's not funny at all really, is it?

Oh F*ck!

US Republicans bash UK for tech tax plan

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Re: double taxation

I doubt this is related to anything as reasonable as objecting to double taxation. I am perhaps too cynical, but this looks to me like certain people being in certain firms' pockets. Not mentioning any names, you all know who I'm talking about.


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