* Posts by Reality_Ccheque

15 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Dec 2013

Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey


We could also reject the premise of the issue, and argue that the Internet isn't a play space for children. Do we ban steak because steak isn't good for babies?

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms


"They also promise to get back to a time where the authorities only use their exceptional powers in limited cases, where a degree of accountability is written into spying programs..."

No problem! Get back to us when IPA 2016 has been repealed.

'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie


If your're going to skew the playing field in favour of this or that group, don't be surprised when people find out you're discriminating, and don't be surprised when there is a backlash.


Quotas, but don't admit it.

I've never supported quotas as the correct approach, but now we've had the conversation and that is what we've decided, why do we have to pretend that we're NOT using quotas?

Uber fined £385k by ICO for THAT hack of 57m customers' deets


325K! Mmmm... nice! How much do the victims get?

No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told


I don't see the problem with collecting and using this data

School places are expensive. An child's entire education is VERY expensive. For this to be stolen by someone who has no right to be here is an extraordinary theft worth many thousands of pounds. If asking some simple questions to confirm entitlement can stop this theft, then why not?

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project


Losing access to Galileo has an advantage

Don't distress too much about this. Losing access to the high accuracy signal on Galileo means that the government's plans for road pricing (AKA spying on your every car journey) will be kicked into the long grass.

As for our contributions so far, and the future budgets we have agreed, if we don't get access to Galileo we should simply deduct our contribution from any leaving settlement.

The EU. The only project you can invest billions in, then when you leave, you still owe money!

Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds


No EU sat-nav? No worries

One of the primary motivations in having a super-accurate sat-nav system under our control is road pricing. If you don't want to be spied on every time you get in your car - well, any more than you are already - then the loss of the Galileo program is to be celebrated,

Wah, encryption makes policing hard, cries UK's National Crime Agency


Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind...

Encryption was popularised precisely because of these nosy agencies. Rooting out terrorists is something that most of us would support, but our communications were being spied on for other reasons, sometimes as trivial as copyright infringement.

So people move to encryption and agencies cry 'foul'. They should have made monitoring for anything other than life-dependant scenarios illegal with heavy penalties. Encryption would then have been a solution with no problem to solve.

Galileo, Galileo, Galileo, off you go: Snout of UK space forcibly removed from EU satellite trough


This exit from the project is a good thing...

Comments here are suggesting that having an EU controlled GPS is motivated by political kudos or machismo, but nothing could be further from the truth.

The government wants a super-accurate GPS system that is (at least partially) under it's control so it can use it for road pricing and parking charges. Of course, we already have a system of road pricing (choose a congested road at peak hours, use more fuel, pay more tax) but even this so-called justification is an excuse. What they want to do is monitor our every journey and every visit, every day of our lives. It's nasty, it's intrusive, and there will eventually be a reaction to this. Denying them the tool to do it is a good start!


UK: We want trade, but no more politics.

EU: Have another dose of politics!

A Hughes failure: Flat Earther rocketeer can't get it up yet again


Indeed, and simultaneously prove that Darwin was right!


For less than a grand, he can strap a go-pro onto a weather balloon. However, I've checked the go-pro menu and there is no 'showboating' option.

Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video


Glass and the prescription lenses don't seem to be properly integrated. It looks like you are wearing two entirely separate items at the same time. They could have done a far better job.

Glass itself looks quite stylish. simply attaching some minimalist lenses to the cross-piece might have worked better aesthetically.

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


Closely examining the fluff in one's navel

There is clearly no chance of discovering additional primary evidence after all this time, so what's the point? It would be an expensive re-hashing of old stuff ending in a PC non-conclusion.