* Posts by Ejit

55 publicly visible posts • joined 16 Jun 2009


Meltdown-and-Spectre-detector comes to Windows Analytics



This sounds a lot like Steve Gibson's InSpectre. Call the lawyers Steve.

Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple


Re: 'image persistence' or 'burn-in'

Oh yes.... and a foot operated button on the floor to dip the head lights.

Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires


Re: Well look on the bright side

And it is worth remembering that the DUP and the 12 Scottish Torys for that matter are castrated by EVEL, so can't vote on Health, Education, Transport...etc.

Bet EVEL gets repealed shortly.

Crooks can nick Brits' identities just by picking up the phone and lying


Re: 'Security' questions?

Hunter 75? I am more of a Gazelle type of chap.

2.1Gbps speeds over LTE? That's not a typo, EE's already done it


Re: Hype

IIRC Mission Critical Push to Talk is not yet ready, although the standard might be signed off next year.

How to confuse a Euro-cop: Survey reveals the crypto they love to hate


Re: @ejit

So the unlawful killing is justified by the identification of the target. Whose identification? Under what judicial process was that determination made? While it may be convenient to use as your example a particularly nasty band of terrorist/freedom fighter - you pays your money, you makes your choice - The rather large Hellfire missile does not discriminate between jihadi and doctor tending the sick and innocent nearby.

When other nations acquire this technology and deploy it using their definition of terrorist are you going to so blithely cast aside the rule of law as you appear willing to do now, or is it only the size of the stick that counts?


And at the bottom of that particularly nasty cesspit is extra judicial execution although we now call it "drone strikes". Then as the act becomes normalised the politicians or military commanders who consume the fruit of this poison tree, look the other way while they elect Donald.

Have we learned nothing from Operation Phoenix in Vietnam? Around 20,000 tortured and executed...for what, a seat on the last helicopter out of Saigon?

Brexit at the next junction: Verity's guide to key post-vote skills


Re: I want Gregxit

In that case can I get the infangthief?

Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?


Yes 225 miles http://weeteacompany.com/

It's amazing the UK Parliament agreed to track 22bn Brits' car trips. Oh right – it didn't


Re: Legality

"If a police officer stops your car for no reason at all"

The Police have no power to stop a vehicle "for no reason". They can however stop any vehicle for any reason provided it is in the execution of their duty as a constable in uniform. Any subsequent search of the vehicle must be in accordance with law (warrant, reasonable suspicion). Items found by an unlawful search makes prosecution very difficult...not impossible.

Brits learning from the Continent? Authority, digi gov wheezes and the Autumn Statement


Luck escape

If the price of not having a National ID register in Westminster's grubby hands is only 2bn,then I consider that money well spent.

Crowdfunded beg-a-thon to bail out Greece raises 0.003% of target


Re: Scottish solution

Scotland had no national debt as a result of the Darien failure. The Company of Scotland was privately funded and it was the investors that took the haircut.

The fact that those investors were mostly "anglo-scots" with lands and interests in England led to the English bribe, also called the "Equivilent" of £398,000 as compensation if the Union was driven through.

Have you never wondered where the term a Parcel of Rogues comes from?

Those that drove through the Union went on to form the Royal Bank of Scotland to better launder the monies that flowed from Scotland getting access to the commonwealth to trade thereafter.

It was Darien that brought about the Union, but we won't let your prejudice spoil a good troll.

Scot Nationalists' march on Westminster may be GOOD for UK IT

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Re: "... would not seek another referendum ..."

Well....he returned a stone to the authorities. Just not the real one. It was broken removing it from the throne in Westminster Abbey and repaired by a stone mason in Glasgow by inserting a steel rod. He also made a couple of copies just in case.

The real stone was never handed back and lay under the hand of one of those involved in the taking, the Rev Nimmo in a church in Dundee until about 10 years ago when it was moved for safe keeping. I viewed it often.

It is telling that on recovery the authorities have always declined to x ray the stone as the original had a distinctive pin placed inside during the repair.

Just as well that the good burghers of Scone gave Edward I the lid of the St Marys Covent cesspit in 1296 in the first place.

UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance


Re: re:Nah, let us have a proper Monarchy. If nothing else it'd be cheaper.

Indeed. I suspect that Tom would not be comfortable with much of the "developed" world at present, but he always aimed higher than most men could see. It is past time for the current crop of politicians to revisit The Rights of Man.

Black Helicopters

Re: re:Nah, let us have a proper Monarchy. If nothing else it'd be cheaper.

"A pretty business indeed for a man to be allowed eight hundred thousand sterling a year and worshipped into the bargain! Of more worth is one honest man to society...than all the crowned ruffians that ever lived."

Post-pub nosh neckfiller: El Reg eggs Benedict


Re: Careful now...

Pah...the real deal requires the addition of a slice or Stornoway black pudding for Eggs MacBenedict!

Brit gun nut builds working sniper rifle at home out of scrap metal


You did vary your certificate...

didn't you?

The article didn't mention (or I missed it) that the rusty receiver wot you found in the shed is just as much a Firearm as defined by the 1968 Act as the finished article.

Section 1 (b) Firearms Act 1968 as amended ..."any component part of such a lethal or prohibited weapon;"

Would hate to think that people are strolling around with bits of firearms thinking that the Act doesn't apply to them 'cause the whole weapon is not there.

Take CTRL! Shallow minds ponder the DEEP spectre of DARK CACHE


Re: [ed: shurely shome mishtake, Dabbs?]


To quote Zhou Enlai: "Too early too say"

The fracture of Great Britain requires Westminster to solve the West Lothian question. That project looks to be running to schedule.

Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?


Re: What’s in a name?

Point of order.....Brenda does not own Balmoral Castle or the Estate. It is held by a Trust under Deeds of Nomination and Appointment to avoid inheritance tax. The trustees are the Earl of Airlie, Sir Iain Tennant KT LLD, Sir Michael Peat the Keeper of the Privy Purse. And you thought we were all in this together.

Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search


Theft is also commonly understood to mean "taking something that doesn't belong to you".-- with the intent to permanently deprive the owner. There fixed it for you.

For reference please read the Scottish Criminal Law of Wee Eckistan.

What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?


Re: Doubt it will fly

"And even then I couldn't believe the number of people who advocated reintroducing predators to rip these things to shreds because that was better because it was 'natural'.

The reintroduction of a top level predator (wolf) to help control the red deer population makes perfect sense. Red deer and many other species of deer are kept at artificially high numbers to fund the stalking industry. With no predator large herds can stand all day eating the vegetation on the hill to the peat creating a desert and large fat lazy deer which over breed. From around 150,000 in the 60's Scotland now has around 400,000 red deer. The wolf invokes a genetic response to keep on the move so the herd can't eat all it sees and the weak and the excess young get culled. The alternative is forced culling by shooting and if you think that's better then you have not witnessed the wholesale carnage required to take out the 50,000 per year that the Forestry Commission take and they only manage 9% of Scotland's deer forest.

British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles


Re: Devil's Advocate...

As the DMCA is US legislation perhaps you might care to point to the enabling UK legislation that allows Google "Safe Harbor (Harbour)" in the UK. The equivalent EU arrangement is only in respect of personal data.

I would not think that Google can rely upon the 2007 Viacom v Google case outside the US.

Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'


Re: Militant P.C. Agenda is wearing thin...

Pedant alert


Actually "literatim"


Scottish leader splurged £20k appealing disclosure of EU membership legal bungle


Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here

You miss the point.

The Acts of Union (there were two, one in Scotland and one in England) only ratified the Treaty of Union agreed between to two governments and signed by Queen Anne. There is no power given to the EU, or Westminster, in international Law to repeal or amend theTreaty, especially when the English version of the Act of Union states " “the said articles of union so as aforesaid ratified approved and confirmed by Act of Parliament of Scotland and by this present Act… are hereby enacted and ordained to be and continue in all times coming the complete and intire union of the two kingdoms of England and Scotland”.

The Treaty of Union no longer exists in law when either party to the Union declares it ended.


Re: The no campaign is grasping at straws here

"@Pen-y-gors - In the event that Scotland leaves the Union, they have done just that. England, Ireland and Wales remain the UK, they don't need to re-apply to the EU, "

Wrong - The UK was formed as a result of the 1707 Union between Scotland and England. The state formed by that Union signed the EU membership treaties. When Scotland becomes independent, then the UK ceases to exist, and England-Wales-Northern-Ireland are in exactly the same legal situation as Scotland, because the state comprising England Wales and Northern Ireland didn't sign the EU accession treaties either.

Learn your history. We have already checked ours.

US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

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Re: past tense

I would hope that you would expect them to be abiding by the law both morally and legally. As Ms Chakrabati most succinctly observed on the wireless this morning " If I was to break in into your home and copy the contents of your filing cabinet, pile it in bin bags and take it home to store it for 28 days, would you not be mildly put out?"

El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag


Nambarrie made with soft Scottish water - preferably from the well in the garden, which makes that Yorkshire stuff look like maidens wash.

Proper stand yir spoon up in it tea.

Minicam movie pirate gets record-breaking five years in prison


" If I grab your wallet and make a copy of your credit card numbers, I don't steal anything either."

Indeed you have. You have stolen my wallet and contents. Regardless of whether or not I recover all or part of my wallet and contents and regardless of how long you have deprived me of there use, you have committed a theft.

What happens to the credit card info thereafter is FUD.

Making a copy of a protected work may well be actionable in most jurisdictions but it is not theft.

Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop


Re: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Correct if you take his car to have wee hurl aroond and intend to dump it later then you have no stolen it. Take and drive away is the short hand version from the Road Traffic Act. In Scotland it prior to the statues to deal with it, it would have been libelled at common law as Clandestine Possession.

It you nick the motor with no intention of dumping it and strip it down into bits and flog them off, them yes it is theft. Make as many copies as you like, you may have committed a civil offence but you certainly have not stolen it.

Dogs would say: size is important, shape - not so much


Re: Perhaps not that surprising

Aye, and Labradors are born half trained while Spaniels on the other hand, die half trained.

Perth porkfest crowned ULTIMATE BACON SARNIE

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Speaking as someone who lives in line of sight of the aforementioned palace of porcine splendiferousness, I can reveal that the secret ingredient of the winning sarnie is .......a quick trip through the deep fat fryer just prior to hitting the white bread doorstep. They have followed that recipe for years and there is not an unblocked artery for 10 miles in any direction.

Ig Nobels 2012: Physics of ponytails, chimp arse-cognition and more


Re: Proud!!

"Ah jeez you cut the pony-tail. Sell out"

Journos can tweet from UK courts: But who's a journo?


UK Courts...really?

"Journalists will be able to tweet freely from courts ....in England and Wales" There fixed it for you.

There is no such think as a UK Judiciary and this does not apply to Scotland. Please try to keep up.

UK Border Force chief walks in passport checks row



Go to your nearest Identity and Passport Service regional office and use the public bio reader.


The Register Guide on how to stay anonymous (part 1)



"In general, cookies are harmless"

As El Reg has just dropped 6 of the little blighters on my PC without my informed consent then I hope the ICO also considers them harmless.

After Jobs: Apple and the Cult of Disruption


Did you mean....

manqué or the numbers 1 to 18 in roulette?

Scottish gov moans over broadband cash handout


...talking bollocks..

There was no £850bn bailout.

The original NAO report shows that the total amount provided by the UK Treasury to bailout the British banking system was £753 billion. Of this, SPICe estimated that £470 billion relates to RBS and HBOS – but it is only an educated guess because the Treasury has provided no detailed breakdown. However, this does not - repeat, not - mean that the Treasury actually spent £470 billion in cash, paid for by the taxpayer.

First, the Labour Government took an 83 per cent stake in RBS, paying £45.5 billion in cash, and agreed to insure its riskiest assets for an annual fee. But it charged the bank for the insurance, making a profit on the deal. Again, Brown and Darling injected £20 billion into Lloyds Banking Group, which had acquired HBOS at their urging, in exchange for a 41 per cent stake. The Treasury also provided additional guarantees to insure Lloyd’s liquidity. And again, it charged for the priviledge.

So that makes an upfront payment of only £65.5 billion in cash and the rest in “guarantees” which the banks pay for. But where did the £65.5 billion in cash come from? The taxpayer? No – it was borrowed especially to fund the deal. However, as this borrowing was set against the bank shares acquired, it does not count as part of the Treasury’s net debt. In other words, it is merely a book-keeping transaction (though interest is paid). Any country of any size could do it. According to JPMorgan Chase, the annual cost of servicing that loan is around £3.2 billion. So the actual cost of rescuing RBS and Loyds was…er, £3.2 billion per year minus the charge to the banks for insuring them.

Chinese giant figures to muscle into UK mobe market


stuff fashionistas...

...there is nothing wrong with my dual sim, cheapo Chinese knockoff Blackberry lookee-likee.

Works a treat without all the posing faff.

Got a website? Pay attention, Cookie Law will come


Force of Law




" and approved in the UK"

Citation required.

Supreme Court: DNA database retention regs are unlawful


Proper Parliament

You could always get a proper parliament, like Scotland who do not allow any of that retention nonsense.


Radioactive Tokyo tapwater HARMS BABIES ... if drunk for a year


Is it unreasonable?

Mr Page,

I quite understand your stance on no hype and straight facts reporting of this incident, but it is really unreasonable to expect your drinking water not to come with an added bonus of Iodine 131?

You make it sound a bit like the burglar who shat in the householders pot of mince and forced him to have to throw half of it away.

Japanese nuke meltdown may be underway


China Syndrome?

What is the Japanese equivalent?

Penthouse pokes punters in eye with 3D smut



Did you see the quality of the pointing on the wall at 1m30s. Get you sacked that would.

Drupal 7 dives into machine-readable web

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You need a title?

Well the article seems to concur with this report: http://www.waterandstone.com/book/2010-open-source-cms-market-share-report

Called 999 recently? They've got your number

Big Brother

What title?

...he didn't actually. In the UK, the Police have primacy over all rescue situations and any requests for mountain or cave rescue are routed to plod.

Contractors dodge ID cards axe


How do you tell the difference?

Ask to see her and her parents birth certificate.

Jus soli

Jus sanguinis



How do you tell the difference?

Ask to see her and her parents birth certificate.

Jus soli

Jus sanguinis

Microsoft: 'Using IE6 is like drinking 9-year-old milk'



Just registered Her Britannic Majesty's Government. Hope the milk doesn't spoil too much on the way over.

Northerners give up ID cards for Lent figures suggest


What drivel is this?

The Identity and Passport Service did not take your fingerprints the last time that you applied for a passport.

There is no fingerprint biometric collected for a UK Passport.