* Posts by David Leigh 1

17 posts • joined 23 Sep 2010

Google security crew sheds light on long-running super-stealthy iOS spyware operation

David Leigh 1

Re: Entire populations: State sponsored?

If I was as ignorant as you, I wouldn't want the public to know, I'd just keep quiet!

Boeing 737 pilots battled confused safety system that plunged aircraft to their deaths – black box

David Leigh 1

Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!


David Leigh 1

Re: Hey software, get the fuck out of the way!


International Maritime Organisation turns salty gaze on regulating robotic shipping

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The International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea contain a provision for all ships to keep a good lookout at all times. This has been a bone of contention regarding solo sailors (yachtsmen, obviously) who cannot comply with this part of the Regs. Unmanned autonomous ships are a much larger (literally!) kettle of fish, as they also cannot comply.

A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more

David Leigh 1

Grammar please

;A developer always pays their technical debts...' How on earth can anyone expect any respect when their grammar is so dreadful. Illiteracy is the bane of modern journalism. It should read 'Developers always pay their technical debts'. Unbelievable.

You can Ring my bell: Amazon pays ONE BEEEEELLION+ dollars for smart home upstart

David Leigh 1

'...the Jeff-Bezos-run web bazaar is indeed sliding Ring onto its finger.' Surely 'sliding its finger into Ring'?

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

David Leigh 1

'the statements regarding biological differences between the sexes were so harmful, discriminatory, and disruptive as to be unprotected.' Which does not address the only really important question, which is ' Were his statements true?' If the answer is yes, then it does not matter that someone's feelings may have been hurt - tough, get used to the truth!

Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

David Leigh 1

What do you expect?

When the Attorney General is a rabid and unapologetic Clintonista, when James Comey of the FBI decides to rewrite the law so that intent becomes the deciding factor, as opposed to the actual law which makes what she did an absolute offence (nothing to do with the fact that he worked with Loretta Lynch in New York ho ho) the outcome under such corrupt people is a foregone conclusion - of COURSE she did nothing wrong.

If Hillary and her mobsters are so fragrantly innocent as you suppose, why did they rush to seek immunity agreements (which shamefully were granted) and why did some hide behind the 5th Amendment?

Incidentally, Comey took $6,000,000 in one year from Lockheed Martin, which - much to everyone's surprise (hollow laughter) became major donors to the Clinton 'Foundation' and then received very nice contracts approved by the State Department (prop. HRC)

Grow up!

FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

David Leigh 1

Sloppy reporting

'Unless there was evidence that Clinton or her team had knowingly bypassed reasonable security procedures.....'

There is NO requirement for an offence to be committed 'knowingly' or with any intent, it is an absolute offence. Have a look at what happened to Bryan Nishimura for an infinitessimally smaller transgression of the law:


What do you think Bill Clinton and Loretta Lynch were talking about at Phoenix airport - their grandchildren?!

The rare metals debate: Only trace elements of sanity found

David Leigh 1

Excuse me???

'And what every, but every, loon that wants to cry Ecodammerung upon our heads does it takes the reserves numbers'

This sentence makes absolutely no sense at all to me - can someone explain?

We must SMASH the Democratic Deadlock with MINDFUL EVIDENCE

David Leigh 1

They fuck you up, your Mum and Dad,”

er 'the great Poet Laureate Sir John Betjeman'

You are a complete ignoramus - sorry,probably too long a word for you, but see below:-

Philip Larkin - This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.

They may not mean to, but they do.

They fill you with the faults they had

And add some extra, just for you.

John Betjeman would NEVER have written that!!

US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. Deal with it'

David Leigh 1

Utter tosh

'[O]ur world continues to warm, with the last decade the hottest in modern records, and the deep ocean warming faster than the earth's atmosphere. Sea level is rising. Arctic Sea ice is melting years faster than projected."

Every single one of these claims is utter tosh, unless you happen to be one of the many 'scientists' making a very handsome living out of scaring idiot politicians into paroxysms of fear and angst.

Anyone who believes this nonsense probably believes that windmills with diesel generator back-up (STOR) is a sensible replacement for gas/nuclear/coal power generation. (I'm not joking, this crass plan is being implemented by our pathetic government).

BTW Anonymous Coward (and I can understand why you want to remain anonymous!) 'Hundreds of credentialed climate scientists' is a figure taken from a widely discredited 'survey' of allegedly 12,000 scientists. Once you dig into the figures, you will find that a grand total of 65 actually agreed with that statement. (http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/5/prweb10772757.htm)

Global warming still stalled since 1998, WMO Doha figures show

David Leigh 1

'the severity and frequency of 'extreme' weather events......... is increasing.'

And your proof of this statement is?

Hmm thought so; there is none, because it just isn't true. Before you make sweeping claims, at least check the facts or you end up looking like just another ill-informed climate alarmist bigot - which I'm sure you're not.

British car parks start reading number plates

David Leigh 1

What a load of tosh

but eventually a fine will be issued

I would refer you to this:

'A parking operator has no power to recover a parking charge without first taking court action. The company may continue to send requests to pay and you can continue to ignore these unless they decide to take you to the small claims court. If the parking operator does take you to court, you may be able to defend the action, for example, on the grounds that you did not park in breach of the parking rules and/or that the fee being demanded is unreasonably high.'

It is also debatable whether they would have to establish who was the driver as opposed to the registered owner before taking legal action.

This is another example (one of many) of cutting and pasting press releases without questioning the veracity of the claims.

UK student hacker sentenced over gaming Trojan

David Leigh 1

What a complete waste of taxpayers' money!!

The title says it all - how much do you think that little farce cost, and all to protect some dumbos who were trying to break the law themselves!

Cameron cocks up UK's defences - and betrays Afghan troops

David Leigh 1

Political claptrap

Since when did El Reg become a political soap-box for rabid and disaffected people to rant on? If I wanted to hear someone's political excrescence, I would go to an appropriate website.

Can the editor please ensure that no overtly political views are published, it just demeans the integrity of what is otherwise an excellent website.

World's first pedal-powered ornithopter takes flight in Canada

David Leigh 1

What a load of nonsense

I'm sure that if I threw myself out of a window, I would make a small amount of forward progress (before crashing painfully to the ground), but I couldn't claim it to be 'man-powered flight'.

All that happened here was a flappy-winged glider was towed into the air where it stayed for a few seconds, then landed. If they had used a fixed-wing glider, exactly the same result would have been achieved.


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