* Posts by Bayleaf

24 posts • joined 20 Dec 2007

Schools and hospitals to be tapped for superfast broadband


I can see a problem with this

If we are sharing the NHS fibre, then what is to stop some entrprising script kiddie from tapping the NHS data? Genuine question, I have no real idea how the system is intended to work.

Government plans 'NHS information revolution'



To me this seems a possible good step i.e. setting up standard ways to share data rather than a massive database that was created by the consultants so their employers could milk the system. I think it might be a good idea to wait and see what happens. Good point about HMG and IT though, I am not holding my breath - too dangerous.

Small and mobile ISPs may avoid new filesharing laws


Hang on

"no desire from the music and film industries to impose the Act on small ISPs.". Who is running this, the industries or Offcom. Oh, sorry, forget I asked that.

Johnson: ID cards will pay for themselves

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Too true

You have said it all here.

Belkin preps SuperSpeed USB 3.0 adaptors


I bet

they will be priced at £80 in the UK.

Google execs protest Italian guilty verdicts

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the article does not mention when the complaints were made, just that the clip remained on line for a month. It could have been that the first complaint did not come in until after, say, 4 weeks, and that they clip was removed within one day. We just don't know.

DNA pioneer lambasts government database policy


But they won't

listen to him, he is only a scientist who knows something about the subject.

Spook firm readies Virgin Media filesharing probes


We don't know who's going to end up paying for this"

We are, of course.

EU to approve more banking data for US spooks


No reciprocal agreement

"There is no reciprocal agreement for European intelligence agencies to mine US banking data."

Just the same as extradition then, still I am sure the Americans won't misuse this...

Spain cuts off 3m pre-pay mobiles


I approve, but am not sure why they want to do this

I mean, if you set off a bomb using a mobile phone, then how much of the phone will be left to identify who's it was? Seems like an excuse to get all the phones registered to me.

UK.gov international net clean-up plan gathers dust

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The Internet

So if it was created as something Governments can't reach, how is he proposing to police it? Yet another minister who wants to control the un-controllable, and the US Administration probably know this. Or maybe they just have more things to worry about right now, like the economy.

MoD man 'faces Official Secrets trial' for leaving files on train


Where is the file?

But a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police told us it had handed a file to the CPS in July but had not yet heard back from them.

Its probably on a train somewhere then.

NASA, USAF in $30m hypersonic boffinry push



"The Pentagon's famous bad-boy scientists, DARPA* - who slap the pendulous jowls of established wisdom with the gauntlet of disregard ".

Do you deliberately wait until lunchtime before you post these articles - you must have shares in a keyboard manufacturer,

GM shows off production electric car


Looks good enough

but the article does not seem to mention what range it has if driven at slower than 100. Anybody want to make a guess?

Fog of attack clouds Best Western hack


I would imagine

that Best Western are telling the truth here - after all, if 8 million records had been compromised then we would soon hear about it. Probably the reporter asked how many records were in the system, not how many could be reached using the compromised password and just ran from there. After all, how newsworthy would it be to state "Great Western computer network hacked, ten records may have been read"?

Ubisoft pirates game fix from pirates

Paris Hilton

Can somebody explain

Why on this and a number of other threads people claim that copy protection and DRM are illegal? I thought that, at least in the USA, DRM was actually a part of their law (although EL Reg being a British site this of course does not apply here, but tell the mericans that). I'm not much of a gamer myself so I would not have seen any of the arguments on the subject, and am genuinely interested.

Robot aircraft 'sense and avoid' gear in flight tests


Respond safely

"Northrop's DSA rig will be tested over the summer against multiple "intruder" aircraft, to see if it can respond safely.". I'd hate to be the pilot of the intruder if it doesn't respond safely.

Craigslist and eBay: Terrorist arms bazaars of DEATH


Carefull there Lewis,

By exposing this kind of rubbish the authors may loose their jobs. They may well think their writing skills (at least fictional anyway) may justify them getting a similar job to you, thus giving you competition for the title of most amusing commentator on military matters.

World Bank chief: Ethanol cars run on human misery



I thought that was for drinking, not for cars. Stop them from runing Friday nights (or afternoons if you work for El Reg).

Royal Mail sites hit by downtime cock-up


@ Flatspot

FYI, Philatelic services are to do with stamp collecting and Smilers are a particular type of stamp. The first term has been around for years but the second; well, it probably did come fromt the whale song department.

Al-Qaeda seeks geek fanatics for Jihoo!


Wait a minute

Have you thought this through? What if al-Qaeda take the hump at the article and decide to bomb El Reg's offices (or maybe the nearby pub; they stand more chance of getting people there). I for one cannot do without my daily fix at the Register. Issue all the staff with steel helmets - that way they can do without the tin foil hats as well.

Foreign losses jack UK plastic fraud up to £535.2m

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@ Jon

I suggested to my bank that they add a check box to their web site disabling the creation of new payees - I have already got all those I need set up. Once selected, I would have to ask my bank via a letter to re-enable creating new payees. That way, even if somebody did get my online banking details, they could not benefit from them.

The result - nothing.

Dutch fire up petrol-pumping robot


Type of fuel

How does the robot know whether to use diesel or petrol?

Ofcom investigates X-Factor debacle


How can this be?

If the phone lines were jammed, then surely as many fans on one side would be unable to get through as the other. Or are they implying that the voting company knew what the person's vote was and blocked those who wanted to vote for Rhydian?


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