* Posts by kevin biswas

160 posts • joined 11 Jun 2008


Election makes net snooping a pariah policy

kevin biswas

*even* moral objections

"Their reactions to the IMP consultation - some expressed publicly, some off the record - reveal a deep resistance to more regulation, added costs and even moral objections to the scheme".

*even* moral objections ?

even *moral* objections ?


I feel pretty dejected that in their minds the only thing stopping them from becoming a total surveillance state is the cost. I am slightly reassured by the fact their proposals are bat-shit crazy insane and of dubious technically feasibility.

More delays for UK.gov's net snooping programme

kevin biswas

@Different emissions from different organs

Yeah, what is with that ?. The BBC and the Independent's headlines are almost totally opposite.

The Independent: " 'Big Brother' database canceled by ministers "


BBC: "UK surveillance plan to go ahead"



Toshiba attacks 2.5-inch drives from below

kevin biswas

No doubt they will also cost less....

What ? No doubt whatsoever ? Brave man you are, sir.

Chronically ill people 'happier if they abandon hope', say docs

kevin biswas

A turning point in my life

Was when I was telling my friend abut how, if only my pain and suffering would go away I could make something of my life. He asked me what if it doesn't go away ?...it probably wont. I raged against this for a while but in the end I realized he was right. It never went, but i chose to get on with my life.

Government to protect children from zombie paedophiles

kevin biswas

Well, I for one...

...welcome our new zombie pedophile overlords

ID Card scheme banking on 28 million volunteers

kevin biswas
Big Brother

Echos of the poll tax here.....

28 million ? That is most of the UK adult population. So basically every adult, rich or poor is expected to 'ahem' volunteer (in a weirdly compulsory sort of way, no doubt) to pay a flat rate 30 quid in order to prove to the govt they exist ? Remember the poll tax ? I think the "Can't pay Won't pay" banner might still be gathering dust in my attic somewhere. Might be time to fish it out.

UK.gov convinces just 2,000 Mancunians to join ID card trial

kevin biswas

0.0001% penetration ?

We iz so f*ct.........

kevin biswas
Big Brother

Maybe...Just Maybe...

The 2000 who signed up were bogus applicants wanting to get a 'gold-standard' fake new identity. Lets hope so :-)

Microsoft's Hotmail 'blacklists' NHS email - again

kevin biswas

The NHS erectile dysfunction specialist units....

Have gone pack to using pen and paper for all correspondence.

UK.gov backs ID scheme with peanuts promo spend

kevin biswas

@mwk....If only

I was a better cartoonist I could have Gordon Brown as Charlie Brown trying so hard again and again to kick that football, but the audience know he will never manage it.

Ballmer mixed on Windows 7's success

kevin biswas


You missed my central point. How can I just 'Try a Mac' in any meaningful way without buying it ? And if I do buy it, then I am pretty much stuck with it unless I want to write off half the value and sell it secondhand. If any Mac evangelists are keen enough to evangelize that they are willing to buy a Mac for me then I will be very glad give it a proper trial run. Anyone out there keen enough to put their money where their mouth is ?

kevin biswas


"Own one for a week and you'll be converted"

Well yes. Otherwise you will have to look in the mirror and face up to having become the sucker who flushed 500 quid down an oh-so-tastefully designed toilet. Which is less painful ? becoming a fanboi to save face, or facing up to having been suckered ?

If Mac is so great, then why don't they sell mac-os as a separate product to run on normal PC's ? or are they afraid that no-one would buy it if they hadn't been suckered into being locked in with poncy hardware first ?

Russia drops XP investigation

kevin biswas

they had no choice...

When word got out almost no-one would have voluntarily bought vista, so they HAD to force people.

Vista and Lotus: Knowing when to let go of a brand

kevin biswas

@AC nasty taste of 95 ?

Tasted like heaven compared to Win98 First Edition...

kevin biswas

certainly fit for purpose ?

"It turned out to be a respectable operating system; certainly fit for purpose"


Dunno about 'certainly'.....the strongest I would dare would be 'arguably'. And as for 'respectable', I would personally draw the outer line at 'recognizable'.

Vetting database shows suspicion and spying are the new trust

kevin biswas

I have nothing to hide...

But I still wish the current government would F**K OFF and leave the our long-suffering nation alone.

UK border control can't count

kevin biswas
Big Brother

Remind me what 2+2 equal, Winston...

2+2 = whatever the party says it is equal to. Anyone who thinks 2+2 has some fixed, objective solution which is beyond what the party states had better get on with some urgent 'crimestop' meditation or prepare for a visit from the boys of the Ministry Of Love.

Vulture Central plans Brit-Yank dictionary

kevin biswas

Ay say !

What a jolly spiffing wheeze !

Plod offered SIM confiscation powers by Tories

kevin biswas

@AC: Liberal Democrats our only hope ?

That's a truly horrifying thought u have there, A.C. What about Superman ? the tooth fairy ? Jimmy Saville ? cleansing fire of atomic Armageddon ?

Police headcams burst into flames

kevin biswas

'Ring Of Fire'

I hope for the sake of a certain small segment of the perviverse that the head-cam technology doesn't turn out to be a slightly modded derivative of the butt-cam.

Flames, of course :-)

UK gov admits gamble on massive net snoop plan

kevin biswas
Black Helicopters

Gmail SSL

I, like zillions of others use bog-standard gmail which by default requires SSL to connect to a non UK server. Will the govt be able to spy on my mail ? If yes, then that is a privacy outrage. If no, then the whole spying thing is a huge waste of taxpayers money, and again an outrage. Sure, google will probably hand my mail over to the uk govt if said govt request, but I what I actually want to know is, will something as routine as ssl defeat this snooping technology and if it will, then what is the point of it (the snooping technology) ?

Johnson shuffle returns ID cards to the table

kevin biswas

However much you reshuffle the pack...

Another easily identifiable joker always gets pulled out...

Imagine! Government to legislate against badness

kevin biswas

theory and practive

Sounds good in theory but in practice it will probably end up as a Kafkaesque nightmare machine with police helping gestapo-ized social workers kick doors down at 3am to tear families apart and imprison parents for allowing kids to wear non govt-approved shoelaces to school. Whilst the parents are imprisoned the kids will likely end up in 'care' homes where they will be routinely drugged with anti-psychotics, prozac, ritalin etc and intermittently molested by the supposed 'carers' and afterwords grow up to be serial killers.

Ice air con system aims for cool on the cheap

kevin biswas

I approve

Cool idea.

One millionth English 'word' is... Web 2.0

kevin biswas

But but but.....

To be a real word in a real dictionary 'nall it must be capable of being actually defined

Air force pounds Philippine MILF lairs

kevin biswas
IT Angle

taste = bad

war < funny

Gordon 'to sacky' Wacky Jacqui

kevin biswas

Can we have our country back now...

...please ?

"And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror. I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War, terror, disease. There were a myriad of problems which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you, and in your panic you turned to the now high chancellor, Adam Sutler. He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent."

Britain leads world in police state survey

kevin biswas

Sleepwalking ?

Not everyone is sleepwalking. Some are being dragged bound and screaming.

In fairness to 'crytptohippie', it is a rather clever play on 'cryptofascist' and anyway, in case you didn't notice all the good domains got bought up in the dotcom bubble.

Microsoft squirts out Vista SP2

kevin biswas

lipstick + pig

== pig

Linux group, Microsoft form unholy alliance against US lawyers

kevin biswas

be careful what you wish for.....

If software 'just worked' how many reg readers would be out of a job ? 80% ?

University emails 'blocked from Hotmail'

kevin biswas

hotmail ?


Verizon hangs 3G contract on HP netbook

kevin biswas

What a scam

In Bangladesh we can get 5gb monthly capped mobile internet for £7/Month. It is slow (80kbps ish) but seems like a better deal than this bollocks, netbook or no netbook.

Yorkshire boozer establishes 'smoking research centre'

kevin biswas

Why not let the landlords decide ?

I am a ex-smoker but a lifelong anti-nannyist. I am against most government interference in private affairs, and it seems to me that it should be up to the landlords to decide if they want smoking in their own pubs or not. By all means, lets have legislation to allow landlords to defend their choice either way but compulsion in issues of personal choice is not for grownups. The current government are dangerous, utterly contemptible and are not fit to run a whelk stall let alone a country.

2060: Humvee-sized, bulletproof meat-eating spiders attack

kevin biswas

Slightly exaggerated reporting.....

I generally appreciate the neutral and profession journalistic culture prevalent at el-reg but in feel that there may have been some slight exaggeration in the reporting of this story, and perhaps some more rigorous fact checking may have been in order. Haruuumph. Maybe I will read it again after my nightly whiskey and pills and see if I can find an IT angle :-)

Win 7 RC fails to thwart well-known hacker risk

kevin biswas

Keeps people ignorant.......

The principle of file extensions is simple. Obfusticating it just makes l-users stupid and less likely to ever learn anything. Similarly, breaking the wonderful simplicity of a file hierarchy tree by grafting 'desktop' and 'my docs' etc. into the wrong place in it (again in order to supposedly make things easy) similarly makes it more difficult for l-users to ever really learn anything useful. As for hiding clearly unimportant things like *duh* email away in a hidden folder called C:\Documents and Settings\Silly User\Local Settings\Application Data\Identities\{9C1E56756-70E7-48FB-5676-C95656D33449}\Microsoft\Outlook Express, well clearly that is going to make things simpler for people and encourage the nervous to learn. Gah.

I wonder if W7 can show folder sizes in explorer ? that is what I have been begging for since The Beginning, When vista came out I found they had even taken the API away to stop most 3rd party tools from doing it !!

UK fines for IP infringement to rocket

kevin biswas

"public opinion" = "govt funded quango"

There has been a lot of this around lately, but it is all smoke and mirrors. The so-called 'public' that are supposedly consulted over harsh penalties for IP infringement are the same 'public' who are pushing for minimum costs per unit of drink, banning what little tobacco advertising remains, lowering speed limits, lowering drink drive limits, spying on everyone, raising supposedly 'green' taxes etc etc. No-one ever asked me or anyone I know about any of this shit.

In almost all cases these vocal and influential bodies who are allegedly speaking for 'the public' are actually govt funded quangos pushing policies to increase their own departmental budgets or businesses pursuing their own commercial gains. 100% vested interests of one kind or another. Just USSR style propaganda, all of it claptrap and eyewash.

Windows 7 — It’s like Vista, only less annoying

kevin biswas

98 vs 2000 vs XP vs Vista vs 7

Well, I loathe vista and am reasonably satisfied with XP if all the crap turned off. I could see why some purists might like still love 2000 or (lord help us) even NT4 but Win 98 ?? come on. I admit it is fast on *really* old kit, but minimal hardware support, no built-in support for USB mass storage, no built in zip support, reboots to change IP address, error-prone fat32 filesystem, 'general exceptions' and 'illegal operations' rife, no real multitasking kernel, abysmal memory management, no hardware abstraction etc. Almost the only thing MS have ever done right was to dump the whole pre-NT OS line in the bin and that was done too late. I guess if you want to give the kids an old P166 laptop with 96 megs of ram to break with impunity then 98 still has a role but otherwise, no. Even MS finally acknowledged that non-NT osses were good for home-lusers only after ripping the good old public off for a last couple of quid with Win-ME.

Is it only me who feels that 7 should have been called Vista Second Edition in honor of 98SE by the way ? The parallels are striking. Those who called vista ME-2 were also on to something I think.

Intel chips get new logos, star treatment

kevin biswas

Is it more than 1.5ghz ?

If so, give it enough ram, turn off all the snarking window animations, shovel out all the startup-vampires with 'msconfig', uninstall norton (don't even MENTION vista) and then it will do for most workday tasks.

I must admit to being pretty baffled already about Intel CPU's, the 'Dual Core' vs 'Core 2 Duo' thing took me months to get a grip on. This new star rating wossit looks set to increase rather than decrease my bafflement.

Am just getting too old to give a shit ?, or too stupid ?, or did processors get good enough about 5 years ago to not be of interest any more ? Wouldn't it run better with an extra gig'o'ram instead ?

If you araldite a plastic handle to the die of a pentium pro 200 it makes an excellent dog-brush.

Tories fear legal dodge over comms überdatabase

kevin biswas

What am I missing here.....

Surely this will only apply to UK isp's, so anyone using Gmail, Yahoo or Hotmail will be de-facto exempt from having their email life monitored anyway. You don't need to be a l33t haxor to open a hotmail account, if that is all it takes to avoid a moment of fame on 'worlds dumbest criminals'. As for gmail, it is all ssl-ed anyway (isnt-it ?) will the uk ISP's be expected to routinely break ssl ? And for anyone who seriously has something to hide (or who just naturally resents the intrusion) then there are more serious solutions too, pgp, tor, vpn, proxies etc etc. It seems to me that the only way for this to really work is to employ zillions of peta-peta flops to DPI and decrypt the f**K out every single byte and packet that passes through every router in the UK and then employ zillions more peta-peta flops of relational processing to see what falls out. And it still couldn't and wouldn't work against anyone with a bit of knowledge and determination. Surely there must be *someone* with some vague connection to government who knows *something* about IT who can call bullshit on all this ? mustn't there ? Or is it all theater to impress the muggles ? I am really puzzled by this whole thing.

G20 police demand ID as train staff ordered to spy on passengers

kevin biswas
Black Helicopters

no legal basis for the request.......

"A spokesman for Scotland Yard said there was no legal basis for the request, but that people would get through barriers more quickly if they had the two forms of identification".

Erm...........pardon ?

Police ad urges: 'Trust no one'

kevin biswas

Great idea.......

Just report absolutely everything which might possibly be construed as being the remotest bit suspicious, especially if it is being done by someone you don't like (local MP ?) Then the system will be so busy chasing stupid red herrings that it will disappear into it's own asshole. Although perhaps a Freudian slip of a kind, this is probably just some fluff by some bullshit department with a budget to finish real quick...isn't the end of the financial year nigh ?

As for "looking suspiciously at CCTV cameras" does making w**ker signs count as suspicious, or just seditious ?

Brussels: Old-school lightbulbs to be gone by 2012

kevin biswas

Bangladesh ones are better...

Oddly enough, the energy-saver bulbs available in Bangladesh are fine for my purposes because they come on to full brightness straight away, unlike the retarded UK ones which seem to have a really annoying boot-up time (Like Adobe Craprobat reader, the delay really pisses me off). Anyone know why that might be ? maybe the BD ones have more mercury or something ? Even though they are not subsidized here, the saving in electricity cost is substantial so I am a fan.

Online attackers feed off Norton forum purge

kevin biswas

Norton IS a virus !

Well done Norton, another coup from the worlds most irritating antivirus provider. By some definitions Norton 'Antivirus' IS a virus. Why ? I hear you ask............

1)It is often installed WITHOUT explicit permission from users (pre-installed bloatware) and will then try to trick users into handing over credit card details when the trial has expired.

2)It SERIOUSLY degrades system performance (As an aside, I once found a machine with a 30gb norton quarantine folder...some malware unpacker thing which norton couldn't detect was dutifully unpacking malware for months which norton continuously detected and quarantined)

3)It tries to prevent itself from being legitimately uninstalled

4)It deletes valuable files without asking first (many hack / repair tools give false positives which norton may delete without asking)

And why do many lusers still think norton is a Good Thing ? seems they had one decent product from back in 1994 or somesuch which made them a good name which still endures. Norton are clearly the AOL of antivirus solutions.


Last call for UK liberties

kevin biswas
Thumb Up

Beware of the fury of the patient man

Last call ? Nah. Lets hope it's the first call in the battle to retake this land from the shitheads who seem to think they are running it.

'Vista Capable' plaintiffs seek class action revival

kevin biswas

Best legal system money can buy........

Need I say more ?

State bill would turn RFID researchers into felons

kevin biswas
Thumb Up

Security through Obscurity

Except the obscurity is enforced by law....

Pirate Bay prosecutor tosses infringement charges overboard

kevin biswas


Hey, no-one has piped in with the anti freetard rant yet ! Capitalist scumbags must be out of fashion, what with the economic collapse and all :-) OK so here goes...........

GNASH GNASH NOOooOO you freetarded morons JUST DONT REALIZE that us overlords must have our tribute, it is our right to exist by taking 99% from the public because in our boundless generosity we deign to give 1% back to the artists !! THERE IS NO OTHER POSSIBLE DISTRIBUTION MODEL !!!! Every artist LOVES THE CORPORATE OVERLORDS, not just metallica.......god dammit, satan dammit WE DEMAND TRIBUTE......WE ARE THE OVERLORDS.......Freetards and file sharers are ALL SIMPLE THIEVES and most of them are TERRORIST KIDDIE FIDDLERS too !!! Every recording shared ever is clearly a sale lost to us. EVERY transaction must be brought into the commercial sphere. We own every breath, every move EVERYTHING. WE ARE THE OVERLORDS.....WE OWN EVERYTHING....AIR, WATER, EVERY THOUGHT, EVERYTHING.........commie freetards caused the recession.....WITHOUT YOUR OVERLORDS YOU ARE NOTHING. GNASH GNASH......YOU ARE SCUM ! On your knees and worship the free market, worship the invisible hand, worship your global corporate masters. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE A NUMBER !! NEVER A FREE MAN !! Without us to tell you, how will you ever know what to do ? what to think ? MONITOR !! CONTROL !! EXTRACT !! LEVERAGE !! PUNISH!! EXTERMINATE !!! LITIGATE!!! SQUEEEEEZEE!!!! GRRRrrrrrRRR PAY PAY PAY!!!!!!!! No breath without payment, no word, no thought GRAHHHHHAgggHHHHHHHHHHHghhhhhhhhhhhhnrrg

'Ruggedised, weaponised' raygun modules now on sale

kevin biswas

Living in a bad sci-fi movie ?

Loan Sharks wid frikkin lazers. Oh goody.

Passport and ID card price hike laundered via private sector

kevin biswas

and the victims family are billed for the bullet....

I am totally with sillyfellow, not only do they want to shaft us, they also want us to pay for the dubious privilege ! I feel a poll tax riot coming on............Anyone got any "cant pay wont pay" placards left over from the good old days of tory misrule ? Hard to believe some of us thought nu labor would make things better after all those years of being shafted by the likes of Micheal Portillo

Windows 7 'pre-beta' washes up on Pirate Bay and co

kevin biswas

so, anyone tried it ? was it any good ?

Just wondering.....



Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2020