* Posts by durandal

130 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Sep 2010


London fuzz to get 600 more mobile fingerprint scanners


Re: Too one-sided

> If they don't have sufficient grounds to believe that you have committed a crime they should be leaving you alone rather than carrying out speculative identity checks

Well, yes. That's what the law says. The scanners are there to be used when somebody who would be liable to arrest because there are doubts as to their identity can, instead, have their ID checked on the roadside.

If you can confirm that Mrs Miggins is in fact Mrs Miggins, then you open up alternative avenues such as a voluntary attendance interview, on-street charge or a PND, rather than nicking her just because you can't confirm her identity.

This isn't new technology and neither are the processes behind it. This is newsworthy because the MPS have developed their own implementation.

UK spy agency warns Brit telcos to flee from ZTE gear


Scotland Yard, Great Scotland Yard or (New) New Scotland Yard?

Police deny Notting Hill Carnival face recog tech led to wrongful arrest


Re: No accountability

At the time of the arrest, the police officers had reasonable grounds to suspect that a warrant was outstanding, based on the information available to them at the time.

The fact that the information was wrong is irrelevant; the grounds for arrest simply need to be objective and an officer needs to be able to articulate them.

"You're under arrest because I believe you have an outstanding warrant"

"Nah, bruv. I was in court two days ago"

<insert custody systems check>

"Ah, so you were. Sorry about that, enjoy the carnival!"

Harassment, for ease of reference, requires a course of conduct and an intention to harass, and there's a general exemption for people acting in good faith.


Re: No accountability

He was released when it was established that the grounds for his arrest no longer existed. If you're arrested because PNC is still showing an outstanding warrant, your arrest isn't wrongful.

If they continued to detain him past the point at which the error was discovered, then the arrest would be unlawful.

Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts


Re: What <i>the hell</i> are Microsoft doing going through our files?

Ben W Wells, the attorney representing Soto, in a phone interview with The Register explained that Microsoft reviews content ilsted in Bing and stored in OneDrive

Emphasis mine. It could really have done with being spelt out in a bit more detail.

My missus does this sort of thing for a living. People are actually that stupid that they will post, store and share child abuse material in plain sight.

Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site


Re: Truecrypt + Notepad

Only psuedo-random? Tsk, you've left an obvious backdoor right there.

Criminal records checks 'unlawful' and 'arbitrary' rules High Court


The point of the disclosure system was that employers seeking to place certain individuals into positions involving access to kids and vulnerable adults would need to have sight of an individual's criminal record in order to make an informed employment decision - hence the exemption to the ROA.

The CRB was never meant to be a 'certificate of good conduct', and is not meant to be a mechanism of shortlisting. The difficulty is that employers and volunteer organisers are best described as 'risk averse', or ruddy mental.

Apart from the obvious ones, an adverse disclosure is not a bar to employment. If an employer cannot accept the risk posed by a 10 year old minor shoplifting matter, then they need to be repeatedly struck with a clue-bat until such time as they come to their senses, and preferably stopped from being in a position where they're responsible for safeguarding children or vulnerable adults.

There are very cogent reasons for a CRB system (Ian Huntley, obvs), but the application of the CRB needs to take place at a point at which the CRB'ee can obtain damages if an employer decides to unreasonably withdraw an offer on the basis of that disclosure.

Vodafone: Dammit Britain, your emergency services need 4G!


It's all very well saying that 4G can do it all

But who's forking out for devices when the old bill are facing 20% spending cuts?

The met's much-vaunted fondleslab roll out has stalled (so the old HTC PDAs are doing sterling, 3G/GPRS enabled service far beyond their expected service life), and the rest of the country have pockets full of serviceable Blackberries that aren't going anywhere fast.

Act of God damaged data on Google cloud disks


Transylvania perhaps?

Or the first bolt was plenty, and the other three got dumped into the side-project by a quick thinking Igor

Digital doping might make you a Tour de Virtual cycling champion


GPS climbing data?

This man has spent a very long time looking at this problem, at least as far as climbing data is concerned:


IWF shares 'hash list' with web giants to flush out child sex abuse images online


Or (as I would personally expect) will everybody get off scot-free, and all because it's 'for the children'?

While I'm not one especially worried abouut Paedogeddon which is always around the corner, this system is working to remove actual images of child abuse. You know, the pictures of children being raped and whatnot.

Even if the scheme was put together with no consideration of the possibility that a hash of a given image might raise a false positive somewhere, then the very nature of the work means that the image would need to be looked at by a live operator who is quite capable of telling the difference between a tourist picture of the Colosseum and an image depicting child abuse. Remember, the hashes work on a file level, it's not an automated comparison system of the actual image content (so you're not going to get odd false positives relating to the computer not being able to work out the context of a given image).

The worst comes to worst, a hypothetical image sharing site decides that they'll simply disallow uploads if a file hits the checklist, and you'll end up not being able to share that photo of Our Margaret with that horrific sunburn, how we laughed when Our Kev swapped the factor 50 for tanning oil.

'Ugly Reddit commentards made me doubt humanity'


Ceci n'est pas une comment

Hi-res audio folk to introduce new rules and weed out impure noises


Re: for dogs only

Apparently, it is. Back when i were moving faders for a living, I had the opportunity for a chat with a bloke from Klark Technik (they make rather good graphic equalisers, amongst other things) and while most of the conversation disappeared some way over my head, he made the point that they engineered their kit to take account of harmonics outside the threshold of human hearing simply because it seemed to make a difference. These weren't mental 'put your speakers inside a pyramid' audiophiles, these were people building robust kit that was going to be put into flight racks and sent around the world.

Something, something psychoacoustics, if I recall correctly.

FLICK my FLINT and SNIFF my TREE on the streets of Naples


Re: Pro tip

Unfortunately, the breathaliser isn't especially interested in the smell but rather the alcohol content. The design is such that it disregards the first part of the blow and does its work on the last gasp. The only purpose the mints serve is to try and disguise the smell from the copper. The machine cares not.

It is possible to drink several pints and stay under, but it depends entirely on the metabolism of the subject, their weight and other body factors, the strength and type of drink, time elapsed since drinking, how long it took for the drinks to be drunk etc etc.

Which is a long winded way of saying that the tree just served to make him feel queasier than he already was!

Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH


I'm useless with names, which is terrible in my line of work. Good with faces, but only to the 'you seem familiar' point.

I once went for an early morning Starbucks (yeah, I know. But it was on the way and at 6am my tastebuds are good only for 'salt' and 'burnt') and I said, in response to the question about my name, "err, Rich" (6am, remember).

This got written up as 'Average'. To this day I'm unsure if this was an insult or an insightful comment.

BB Classic vs HTC One M8


BB Classic vs HTC One M8

Anyone gone from one to t'other?

I've become increasingly dissatisfied with the M8 since the lollipop update - for a flagship phone, I'm spending a lot of time wondering why google apps are stuttering and slow.

Got my eye on a classic, but seeing as no physical shop seems to sell it around my way, I've no way of seeing if the aspect ratio difference has that big an effect on video watching, which I do occasionally. It's been a while since I had my bold, and I don't recall ever watching video on it, so I've no benchmark to work with!

Why should I learn by ORAL tradition? Where's the DOCUMENTATION?


Training? Chance would be a fine thing.

Here's this new system we've mentioned obliquley on the intranet pages. Some people have had training, but most of you haven't, unless you work in the golden sectors, where we've trained everyone and given them an ipad as well.

No, you can't use the old system as we've promised the partner agency that we're not going to use it any more.

Yes, I know it's 4am. Yes, I know that neither you or your supervisors even knew how to open it, let alone use it, but we're going to insist anyway. Oh, and don't get it wrong, otherwise it'll be noticed and passed to your senior managers to reprimand you about it and, if you're lucky, we might ring you up shortly after you've got to sleep to explain that it's wrong, and then hang up before telling you how to do it properly.

What's 'appening with WhatsApp? '800 MEEELLION LOSERS* actively use us', says boss


Re: Why "chumps"?

And now with end-to-end encryption.

Kia Soul EV: Nifty Korean 'leccy hatchback has heart and Seoul


Re: As an aside

People seem to have trouble seeing emergency vehicles with every bit of warning kit lit up. Lack of engine noise would be the least of the problem for a lot of the motoring public!

Web geeks grant immortality to Sir Terry Pratchett – using smuggled web code


El Reg has jumped on the bandwagon

~ $ curl -I theregister.co.uk

HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently

Date: Wed, 18 Mar 2015 20:18:05 GMT

Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

Connection: keep-alive

Server: Apache/2.2.22 (Debian)

Location: http://www.theregister.co.uk/


X-Clacks-Overhead: GNU Terry Pratchett

(although I enjoy the BOFH header as well!)

UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance


Notwithstanding the author's clear bee in his bonnet (come on, El Reg, at least try for a whisker of impartiality), he misses the point entirely about the 'Protection from Harassment' letters.

In order for an individual to be convicted of a harassment offence, they need to pursue a course of conduct that they know or ought to know is unwanted. When you've got an ongoing issue between two parties, the police will issue a letter on behalf of the victim that basically says that any further contact is unwanted, and removing any doubt on that matter.

The letter isn't an order, and in of itself binds no one to anything. If you're going to ignore it, however, you're going to be hard pushed to defend further contact in the face of it; noting that it's issued on behalf of the victim, and it's the victim who gets to define 'unwanted'.

In order for the letter to be written, you've got to have an allegation of harassment in the first place. That results in a crime report, and that's going to remain on record as part of the Home Office counting rules. The fact that the letter has been written needs to be recorded, and the letter is going to be filed, what with it being evidence in a criminal matter.

Records are generally kept for seven years because that's the cut off for civil litigation - just imagine the issues if an officer is obliged to destroy his notes that describe an arrest of someone subsequently cleared or not proceeded against, where force was used and the subject wished to launch a civil claim.

Kickstarter folk pay $8 MEELLION for joys of EXPLODING KITTENS


Re: Might actually stand a chance of delivering

Plus Inman has some experience with crowdfunding (after the Tesla museum), and isn't likely to stick his name on something that's going to never appear

QWERTY-tastic BlackBerry Classic actually a classic


When Blackberry do keyboards well, they are very, very good. Slide out keyboards, even when built in, aren't the same by a long shot and a crappy Chinese knock off on ebay isn't going to come close.

The fact that people are resisting upgrading their Bolds, etc. suggests that there is a market, but it's not the consumer one that Rim bet the farm on a couple of years ago.

Trevor contemplates Consumer Netgear gear. BUT does it pass the cat hair test?


TPLink appears to be the new low-end Netgear. In my limited experience, the netgear products could be divided into 'cheap plastic' and 'tank like metal' enclosure. The latter tended to go on forever, doing sterling yet unsung service in the back of cupboards and sealed behind plasterboard.

Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows


Irfanview. A must have.

Floody hell! Brits cram Internet of Things into tight White Spaces


Re: old telly frequencies

You might want to read the linked article from 2012. The idea isn't that the spectrum is entirely empty , but that powerful TV transmitters will be tuned to avoid interfering with each other and the resulting shadow is ideal to stick a small, low powered transmitter in, provided there's a robust database saying what can and can't be used in a given location.

Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You'd better unlock it for free


Re: We need to ban handset subsidising

They've not really subsidised phones for a while now. All your two year contract is doing is providing a phone on credit at a bit of a discount to buying it unlocked on a credit card.

CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD


I like streaming/subscription services

Think of an album, and you're listening to it. It's not for everyone, but I like being able to download practically anything - if I had to go away and buy individual CDs (or muck about with the pirate bays), I'd not listen to half the stuff I would do.

SHINY NEW GADGETS! No, we're not joking, here's a load of them



£500 pound gets you a box that scans and then prints a 3D object?

The future has clearly arrived! It might be clunky and the printed item might turn out to be the C21 equivalent of asbestos, but still...

Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones


Re: Wot no Z10?

Z10 isn't budget territory, though.

Popular password protection programs p0wnable


Re: Anyone using any web based password manager is just an idiot.

That's handy. I'm going to assume you don't work in environments where USB access is disabled by default.

Mobe-orists, beware: Stroking while driving could land you a £4k fine


Re: Anybody know if

There's a specific exemption for using the phone in an emergency.

DUDE, WHERE'S MY CAR? New leccy BMWs have flimsy password security – researcher


In the meantime, organised gangs have been trawling London and exploiting CANBUS security flaws and making off with hundreds of BMWs and Range Rovers without needing to bother with pesky things like keys.

The reported flaw is probably nothing, but it highlights that vehicle manufacturers are failing to get to grips with the fact that the in-car IT is vulnerable and can be exploited, and this is just a symptom of the issue.

Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals


Re: Just imagine...

Why would the US put up a map of Yorkshire?

Nominet bins Optical Express' appeal against 'It ruined my life' website


Waking up and being able to see without scrabbling for glasses, or being able to go to bed pissed and not worry about pawing a set of contacts out is a hitherto unrealised pleasure.

I had it done, and I can't praise it enough - I couldn't function without glasses, let alone get behind the wheel of a car.

Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records


Re: Explanation?

You're thinking of Germany. Here, your conviction data stays on until you hit 100 years of age.


Re: Explanation?

No it wasn't. The two have been cheerfully exchanging data since the ISA came into being.

EVE Online erects mashed-up memorial to biggest space fight in history


Re: False sense of achievement maxed out...

Buy each other a pint and sit in the boozer talking shite about it. Which is how most of my gaming-meets-real-life things go.

It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub


Re: de-oxygenated copper

When D&B were exhibiting their speakers at conventions they'd often challenge a speaker cable manufacturer to a listening contest between the premium product and any old mains cable that was kicking about.

Funnily enough, there were no takers.

How the UK's national memory lives in a ROBOT in Kew


Re: Slightly off topic

I enjoy the fact that Hansard has been archived on the slightly scary sounding 'millbanksystems.com', like some sort of black operation based out of the bowels of Thames House.


You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next


Re: The only part of this that bothers me is

However, had you looked at the farmer funny, they'd have nicked you for a breach and questioned you without access to legal representation.

It's not all honey and clover north of the border.


Re: Or, to put it a bit less eloquently,

>You cannot do your job, because you have restricted computer access restraint placed upon you.

This is a bit misleading - you're unlikely to have that condition placed upon you during police bail (as distinct from court bail) as it is practically unenforceable.

Even if plod decides to give it a punt, you can ask that free lawyer you were given to appeal it to the magistrates court, who can vary or remove police bail conditions. If the condition is so onerous as to not let you earn a living, then it's more likely than not to be removed unless you not working outweighs the risk that you might pose whilst on bail.

Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG


Godwin refers to the tendency of any internet discussion to, in due course, make a comparison between the opposing view and nazis.

It's got nothing to with the mention of things like "little hitler" - it shouldn't be used as shorthand for political correctness.

Met Police spaffs £250m keeping 'ineffective' IT systems running - report


Re: "one core operating system dates back to a 1970s baggage handling system"

From an earlier post, it appears they're talking about about the dispatch system (CAD), which is based on a mainframe airline reservation system.

The FLOATING mobile phone shop on the edge of the Internet


Given that mobiles are leapfrogging fixed lines across the developing world and doing some frankly astounding good, no.

BlackBerry BB10 devices refuse to leap off shelves


Re: BlackBerry nixes BlackBerry 10 on PlayBooks

That was my reasoning, although given my purchasing habits, I may as well have just bought a betamax and be done with it.

Facebook RSS reader said to uncloak June 20


Find me a way to sync my various different rss clients across my phone and various computers, for nowt, and I'd agree with you.

BlackBerry's Q5 QWERTY gets flirty with buy-curious teens


Looks all right, actually!

Get lost, drivers: Google Maps is not for you – US judge


Re: I always use my phone for Google's GPS when I'm in California

The big problem is that, to date, there's been no appeals to the crown court so its relying on the fairly varied judgement of magistrates to define 'using'.

This isn't a bad thing as such, but it means that there are a lot of prosecutions that are being succesfully defended on the basis of some fairly sketchy arguments. Equally, there're a lot of prosecutions going forward that shouldn't (some over zealous traffic officers extending the definition of handheld to units firmly affixed to cradles, for example).