* Posts by Steve 18

10 publicly visible posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

Handset makers, the criminal's friend

Steve 18

Identifying corpses

You don't need to be able to see a complete call record to identify a dead body. You just need the company to tell you to whom that number is registered.

If you get to the address and the owner is still alive, then the phone was stolen and you can ask the owner (who's probably quite grateful at this point) for permission to go through the logs to find out where the phone has been and who it called.

Court filings are protected by copyright, says lawyer

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The law is ambiguous?

"The law is ambiguous on whether someone else would infringe copyright if they copied your writ as a precedent for their own lawsuit," said Pinsent Masons' Connor. "The answer depends on whether or not the courts would see that as fair use being for the purpose of judicial proceedings and therefore exempt from copyright law or not."

Surely, if someone is preparing a lawsuit, then by definition it's for the purpose of judicial proceedings. otherwise, how could any lawsuit cite a precedent without infringing the copyright of whatever they're citing?

What should mySociety do next?

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Run for government

Failing that, have them appointed as a parliamentary watchdog - OffTrough.

Met amends journo photo guidance to prevent interference

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@ Steve Swann

"It was coined back in the early 1990's by the CIA as a codename for their database of terrorist suspects."

Not originally. It started off as the database of the Islamic Conference (al Qaida means "the base"). It ended up being used to keep in touch with Islamic fighters in Afghanistan. It only became a terrorist database when the CIA decided they didn't like them anymore.

UK border control can't count

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Re: To infinity

Unfortunately, since there are an infinite number of real numbers between every positive integer, 6 and 147 are infinitely far apart.

Riot police raid birthday barbecue for 'all-night' Facebook tag

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@ Forename Surname

"Why don't you guys protest and vote these idiots out of power????"

People do protest, but we can't vote them out until next year when they have to call an election. What you yanks seem to think is passive acceptance is actually just our stiff upper lip.

Did the Vatican suppress hidden 'Galileo Cryptogram'?

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@ Bill

Mainly it's because of the pins that hold them to the big black curtain.

Microsoft unveils Windows 7 free upgrades and discounts

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Black Helicopters

No IE?!

How the hell am I meant to download Firefox?

This is obviously a conspiracy to keep down competitors' market share.

Twitter would have stopped Rwandan genocide, claims PM

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ID cards

Would this counter the effect of the ID cards Rwandans were forced to have - the cards that made genocide as easy as setting up a checkpoint?

It couldn't happen here, though. We're civilised, I'm told.

Spanish bar invites customer abuse

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Re: Internet translations

"It hears, rascal, ponme a prostitute beer or you short the putos eggs, gilipollas of the prostitute crap."

That's from freetranslation.com - explains why it's free.