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2829 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Medical device vuln allows hackers to falsify patients' vitals

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Re: Use case

"Or take the easier option - torch a dozen ambulances and cause a lot more deaths."

That's a blunt tool with a different type of outcome. The scenario you responded to is directed at an individual, probably with a specific reason. Your scenario is not directed at a specific target, but catches random others. To me, it would be part of a disruption of society, and, though I never use the term lightly*, would probably be classed as terrorist action.

*For example, I spent several minutes swearing at the TV for classing a Fiesta driver's actions as "terrorist" simply because of location and skin colour. Morons.

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Second-hand connected car data drama could be a GDPR minefield

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Re: Spot on sir.@cornz 1

"The nearest to "off-road" they ever get is going up the bloody kerb."

And that only to park in the most inconvenient place. My experience of posh 4WD drivers on the move is that they will always be at least 2 feet from the edge of the road - annoying when on a road that is two cars plus 18 inches wide...

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Hurrah! Boffins finally discover liquid water sloshing around on Mars

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Re: Spacecrafts

Nope - I wanted to read the other comments to see if anyone else had spotted it before commenting, though!

Another one that always seems odd to me is "radars" - I always thought the plural of radar was "radar"...

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Sysadmin sank IBM mainframe by going one VM too deep

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Re: "...hashland would sound silly." @Dave 126

Another great source of information on punctuation and symbols is "Shady Characters" -

https://shadycharacters.co.uk. Have a look if you are at all interested in this sort of stuff!

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British Airways' latest Total Inability To Support Upwardness of Planes* caused by Amadeus system outage

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Re: Amadeus @ABC

"Why should a tall person get a discount?"

Because there is nothing that can be done about being tall, unlike most obesity. I could equally ask why a short person should get a discount.

Me - I'm 6'6", why do you ask? :-)

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: Big fines are just a cost of doing big business

"For example,... impose (for example) a ban on new customer sign up or new product sales to create a similar financial impact."

Interesting, but why hit consumer choice? Like it or not, most people who buy Android phones a) want an Android phone, and b) don't give a toss about all this stuff. Saying to EU citizens "We have decided that you cannot buy the phone you want for reasons we deem to be important but you don't" would be folly of the highest order.

I know from your extensive comments that would like to see the EU gone, but it seems two-faced of you to suggest a solution of a type that you would ordinarily criticise the EU for doing (so maybe you have an ulterior motive in this suggestion?)

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Infrastructure wonks: Tear up Britain's copper phone networks by 2025

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"Nah, the the seasonal turnip pickers from Eastern Europe would just switch to the fibre-laying season." Meaning that it would be work done by people who actually want to graft - let's face it, those fruit and veg could have been picked by UK citizens for years - but they haven't.

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UK.gov: New London courthouse will focus on crimes of a cyber nature

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Don't hold back - tell us what you really think :-)

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No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told

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Re: Invasion?

What - you mean people who voted to leave the EU? Or maybe militant feminists? Since there is no other group with even the slightest possibility of "taking over", or even a desire to, I can only think you are writing hyperbolically. (Seriously, I know which group you are referring to, which means you are merely writing hyper-bollocks.)

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A pretty and helpful user interface? Nahhh. Is that really you, Samsung?

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Re: Killer feature maybe

A nice app for getting profiles on your phone is "Sound Profile". The guy who is responsible for it, Tony Corcanoe, is really helpful, and doesn't faff with it for no reason.

Disclaimer: I have nothing to do with the app, other than being a satisfied user for several years.

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Google-free Android kit tipped to sell buckets

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Re: What do people want in a smartwatch?

@JohnFen: Your comment about your requirements are exactly the same as mine! Can we really be the only two people who want something so straight-forward? ("What I want from a smartwatch:

week-long battery life

ability to act as an extension to my phone: see incoming calls and texts, see notifications, vibrate when a call or text arrives at my phone, display navigation directions.

That's about it.

What I don't want in a smartwatch: the ability to replace a smartphone.")

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Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars

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Re: Disturbing

I wonder if anyone thought about actually talking to a cross-section of the two cohorts, instead of wildly guessing. Qualitative data have an immense value in these types of research.

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Re: Amazing

Please - don't even say that in jest! <shudders>

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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Re: What is it... @Shugyosha

I didn't know about the significance of triple parentheses until now (in fact, I don't recall having seen it before), but I had downvoted GumpenKraut based on what seemed to be unwarranted anger. I've corrected that to an upvote, and thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn something.

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BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts

Intractable Potsherd

I haven't heard of that? Any details anywhere?

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Agreed. I've said for years that the defaults should be Reply and CC, with Reply All and BCC more difficult to access, and given exactly your reason for why. I used to get most people agreeing with me, but now people don't seem to understand what I'm getting at - is it a function of Facebook/Twitter etc where people expect everyone else to be suffer every random thought?

PS I notice that the obligate downvoter is busy again!

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Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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Re: Toddler

"At which point her Majesties cabinet would be transported to Guantanamo Bay.."

So no downsides at all!

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Meanwhile....

No, they haven't "had to" - they chose to.

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Re: Not worth it to do business in Europe

I suspect a lot of the downvotes result from such risk-averse businesses making such a big deal. I don't know what you sell, but, if there is a market, it can grow. You seem to be throwing all that away out of fear. In all likelihood, you are compliant, and it is highly unlikely that a) you would get prosecuted anyway, and b) you seem to have missed the "up to" in the clause "up to 4%". This would be for the most egregious cases. You no doubt comply with much more stringent laws with a greater chance of significant fines every day of the week with no concern - but because there is something new, you are running scared.

A serious question - if one of the countries in which you do significant business brought in similar laws, would you cut them adrift? What about your state (I think you have said that most of you customers are local in previous posts)? Would you shut up shop because you don't want to comply with basic respect for people's data?

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Re: Numbers

Anyone who classes Father's for Justice with terrorists does not deserve any attention. You are a copper, aren't you?

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Re: nevertheless

@AC: "... we set the rules ..." Who is this "we". I'm a British citizen, and no one asked me about giving the police so many powers to try out potentially invasive technology without proper oversight. If they did ask, I'd tell them that we left Peel's idea of policing by consent three decades ago, and it is time that we went back to it. I'd also tell them that we need to go back to the levels of police officers we had three decades ago, and that ACPO needs to be declared an illegal organisation. I'd also say that "... if you don't like it, you can fuck off to Russia".

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Re: ID Cards and enforced bio-metrics

@Adam 52: the quantity is less relevant than the quality. How much of that time was spent dealing with everyday crimes that ordinary people care about - theft, offences against property, etc? Not much, I suspect.

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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Re: I'M BRIAN!

I was fortunate enough to get tickets for "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)" at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009. It was as brilliant as expected, but made all the better by someone coming up to the standing balcony right at the top (cheap) at the interval, and asking me and Mrs IP if we would like their tickets, as they had to leave. We saw the second half right down in the centre of the stalls, close enough to see the stubble on Eric Idle's chin!

(I just looked it up to be sure of the year, and discovered that the whole thing was recorded - I need to get that DVD!)

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Re: The most amazing engineering

@swampdog - "I guess you wouldn't have wanted to live near Vulcan bombers then?"

I think I've said here before that I grew up near Finningley, and the sound of Vulcans taking off and landing is part of the soundtrack of my childhood. A couple of jobs ago I lived on the flight-path for Coventry Airport - I was disappointed that the aircraft didn't make "proper" amounts of noise.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Re: Windrush & Co.:

"... introduction of a national ID card and compulsory residential registration, the way the Scots, possibly the Northern Irish and (latterly) the Irish have done by subterfuge."

So much subterfuge that it isn't noticeable! Mrs IP and I moved to Scotland about six years ago, and we've seen no sign of an ID card or compulsory residential registration. Mrs IP isn't even a UK citizen, and yet there has been no sign of a requirement to register anything. What are you referring to?

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Intractable Potsherd

Don't feed the troll...

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: Next stop, the EU army @Lee D

Bravo! We need more people saying these things. Have a great day!

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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

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Re: Huh?

"Talk doesn't rhyme with Bork. At least not where I come from."

It does where I'm from (also South Yorkshire), and where I live now (Fife). I can't think of any dialect where it doesn't, so what does "talk" rhyme with where you are from?

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Re: PlusNet

Have to say the same. I've been with Plusnet in three different houses over the past six or seven years, and never had a significant problem that wasn't down to crappy copper - which isn't Plusnet's fault. The helldesk staff are always helpful and knowledgeable, and don't seem to want to get me off the line as soon as possible to meet their targets.

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Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Re: Please no @Brewsters Angle Grinder

I agree completely about discoverability. There is some evidence that a lot of older people struggle with the "new" tech because a switch is no longer a switch - depending on length of press, number of presses, etc, it does something different. How did we get to a world where you need an instruction manual for a simple switch?

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Re: Please no @Manu T

"You obviously haven't tried Sailfish OS, have you?"

I have - I have a Sailfish phone. It is my spare - the gestures are unintuitive and unreliable. I couldn't give it to my wife to use, for instance - too much to learn too quickly. I appreciate that it is one of the best gesture-based OSs on the market, but it is rubbish as a concept.

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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Re: Not voting...

For many years, that was my sole way of voting, in both locations and general elections, since there was no way any candidate other than the favoured party donkey would get in. It is different in my current constituency - the current MP had a majority of just two votes in the last election!

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Intractable Potsherd

The party system is the root of most of the problems. Ban them, and make everyone stand as an independent on their own policies.

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Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised

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Re: Makes you think "Intellectual Property" is shady business ...

@hplasm: "The Law is a tool used by Lawyers to make money."

Yes, in the same way as copper pipe is a tool of plumbers to make money. What is your point?

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Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

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Re: Not really dispelling the idea that generally the police are a little dim ..

In fact, despite having great respect for the judges who gave this judgment, especially Brenda Hale, I think they came to the wrong decision this time.* Hugely expanding the scope of the HRA is going to lead to more attempts to get rid of it, and perhaps all human rights protection. Indeed, the decision has the implications that human rights will be eroded as a direct result of it. Requiring the police to legally, rather than operationally, prioritise certain crimes will result in a greater number of offences against property being ignored, with only serious offences against the person being worthy of investigation. The tactics for investigating e.g. rape will become exceedingly heavy-handed (large numbers of men being pressured into giving DNA samples, for example - and we know how easy it is to get those removed from the database, don't we?) Looking outside the police, other investigatory bodies will now look for a human rights angle to justify action that is unpopular - I don't think it will be long before e.g. HMRC justify tax investigations using human rights).

This is a piss-poor judgment that will reflect badly on the Supreme Court as a whole, the individual judges, and human rights in general. We will live to regret the decision.

*I say this as a law lecturer with considerable experience of human rights teaching and research.

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Re: Not really dispelling the idea that generally the police are a little dim ..

@ Adam 52. No, they didn't. They simply reiterated the underlying feature of the HRA - that all *organs of the state* have a duty to uphold human rights. There is, and never has been, a duty on private individuals or bodies to have regard to human rights unless otherwise stated in specific legislation (e.g. equality Acts).

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: I'd prefer that to my usual hypothesis that it's a bunch of thick racists - @Phil

"So looking at your categories you're basically assuming that the only possible reasons for voting leave were racism, stupidity, or greed?"

I am willing to accept that some leave voters had some thoughtful reasons based on democracy etc - you seem to be one of them. However, of the people I know who voted to leave (unfortunately, most of my family and friends), racism, stupidity (in the sense of not thinking about consequences, or actually knowing what they ultimately wanted), and greed are the primary reasons they state. All of them cite the fact that there are more non-Asian foreigners in their town centres (the fact that my family and some friends live in Rotherham makes this complaint somewhat bizarre!). Others just went with the number of "Pakis" as justification. One of my friends worked for Tata Steel, and somehow the fact that they are closing his location down was a reason for voting leave (no, I really don't understand). Those with trades seemed to focus on how much more they will be able to charge if there weren't so many EU workers available. So, there you have it - a reasonably large and varied sample which indicates elements of racism, stupidity, and greed.

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Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids' online habits

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Re: Privacy? What's that? @Pen-y-gors and other school IT commenters

Thanks for your input, folks. Mrs IP and myself are currently trying to decide where to send the IP-lings to school. Home schooling has been at the top of the list for a while, partly because of the whole surveillance thing, but your input has just made it an almost certainty.

The State has become malignant over the past 20 years, hasn't it?

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Got some broken tech? Super Cali's trinket fix-it law brought into focus

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Re: "Apple is the only poster child for destructive repair monopolies" @DougS

"I await the inevitable downvotes for daring to say something against Reg reader's strange obsession with going back in time to battery doors"

Well, in the 20 or so years, and six or seven phones I've had (I don't change them often, and many of them have been second-hand), I've never had a battery "door" come off. Most, if not all, required the entire back to come off, usually requiring incantations and dead chickens to do it smoothly. I admit that all my phones have lived (and four of them still live) in leather cases, and I rarely, if ever, drop a phone. So I've given you a down vote because I don't see why I should lose the convenience of swapping out batteries easily just because some people don't look after their phones.

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When clever code kills, who pays and who does the time? A Brit expert explains to El Reg

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@ Kain

"What if that USB stick was not made when the drivers were ? So you are content holding the vender liable know full well that you can not test for every condition?"

Yes - why not? You are looking at just one part of the problem - the important part is error-catching. Nothing should happen that would cause a fatal error.

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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Re: Amazing stupidity on part of the blockers

I don't agree with you. Advertising is not an immutable fact of life - it is (by and large) an invention of the industrial age. There are other solutions being suggested here - micropayment being one - but you think that advertising is the only revenue stream that will work, even though the evidence is showing that it doesn't (hence this article).

When everything was on paper, I generally paid for it if the price was worth it to me, and, by and large, I ignored the adverts. Yes, some magazines had more pages of ads than actual content, but it didn't matter - I could choose whether to look at them without penalty. I also lived through the pre-ad blocker Internet, where untargeted ads got more and more intrusive, and the beginning of "targeted" ads that were anything but, and still hugely intrusive. I began to block ads initially because they counter-productively demanded my attention, and now because, as I said in my earlier reply to you, because the risk to me of accepting them is greater than the risk to the ad-slingers whose security gets breached. That doesn't mean that I don't want to pay for content, but that I can't do so in a way that suits my assessment of risk.

I also think you are wrong in thinking that content creators don't care about the total number of views - it is that figure that says to a potential advertiser that there is X chance of someone responding to an ad. Lost views make a site less attractive - undermining your whole argument.

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Re: So-@FF22

There is plenty of evidence to show that a small number of big ad-slingers are a risk to a large number of individual users - the reports can be found on this here website. The risk to me is too great, with little or no risk for either the hosting website or the purveyor of adverts - until that changes, no ads on my devices. I have no reason to trust you (I am inferring from your comment that you have something to do with the advertising "industry").

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Films / TV-shows ever dramatize the collision of galaxies?

Hah! Until I checked the poster's name, I thought it was someone saying that no other politician was as successful at being ignorant about science as Trump.

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Re: I have seen people work out their gardening leave.

@AC "HR go home early every day."

It would be better if they never came in.

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National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

Intractable Potsherd

To answer your question about whether it is worth visiting BP, my opinion is that it isn't if you are on limited time. The changes under the new manglement have done nothing for the place - it is now no better than a theme park, unfortunately. Definitely go and see TNMOC if you can - you won't be disappointed with the exhibits, or the sheer depth and breadth of knowledge possessed by the guides.

Hope that helps!

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Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

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From the article: "However, 13 per cent said they wouldn't trust any of the organisations on the list – which also included governments, insurers and medical research charities – with their data."

I'm in that 13 per cent - I don't trust any of them, not necessarily because I think they are all inherently untrustworthy, but because, as we are all aware, there is always the risk of a successful exploit. With paper records, snaffling and aggregating personal information an even a single person was practically impossible without huge time and resources, but now it is trivial and the information only one hack/lost thumb-drive/underpaid techie away from being spa fed who knows where.

I deliberately give different false information to keep some sense of control (perhaps pointless, but it makes me feel better).

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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@AC OP

"I am not convinced of his innocence or guilty either way,"

I am convinced of his guilt with regard to jumping bail - he did it, he admits it - therefore guilty, and it is irrelevant whether he is a journalist or anything else. It cannot be ignored. Regarding allegations of impropriety in Sweden, I am convinced of his innocence - he has not been proven guilty of anything (or charged with anything, for that matter). My opinion might change if there was ever a proper court hearing, but for now he is innocent.

Wikileaks comprises of more than Assange. Yes, they have done some fine work, even if they have been careless at times. However, suggesting that JA should get away with blatantly breaking a fundamental law just because Wikileaks is overall a force for good speaks of special pleading.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

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Re: Digital?

@AC - the perpetrators of the miners' strike atrocities° and the Hillsborough mess-up were *South* Yorkshire police, not *West* Yorkshire.

° Well, until Thatcher brought in coppers from everywhere else in the country, and possibly some soldiers too...

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

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Re: Gender roles are the problem

"They quickly realised that the wife had much more earning potential (and enjoyed her old job a lot more than the husband enjoyed his) so they swapped: The husband stayed at home and the wife worked."

Mrs P and I are currently doing exactly this with our recent twins. I am better equipped temperementally to deal with high-dependency creatures with limited communication skills than Mrs P, and she is far more career-minded than I am. Contrary to some comments here, I have had no problems with respect once the initial "there's a man at the playgroup" reaction has passed. In fact, people are impressed (which is a bit sad, since it shouldn't really be worthy of any note).

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Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

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Re: slang v gospel

It sounds to me that you are more closely related to A Man from Mars :-)

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