* Posts by StuartMil

9 posts • joined 13 May 2016

US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications


Headline statistics are meaningless

"less than 2% of requests rejected" could mean that most things are just "rubber stamped" or that 98%+ of the requests are genuine and valid.

It's like the annual Police statistics in the run up to Christmas... "5 times more people charged with drunk driving compared to last year". It's meaningless without context, details or comparison.

In the Police case - how many stops/checks did they carry out this time compared to last time. If it was the same number of checks then a 5x increase charges is a bad sign, but if they carried out 10x the number of checks, then a 5x increase in charges means that less people, as a percentage, were drinking and charged. But the headlines will still say "5x" and present it as bad, when it's actually a reduction in the offending rate.

It's the same with "secret courts". Without some transparent and objective review of the details of the requests and reasons for approval, or refusal, the headlines seem meaningless. Of course, we'll never see those details.

Canada says yes to net neutrality – and no to Trump advisor, eh?


If Canada keep defying the T.Rump on critical issues like this... how long until the Joint Chiefs are instructed to implement the "invade Canada" plans?

FCC greenlights small cell free-for-all in the US


Close the a tag...

Someone might want to close the a tag in the opening paragraph... "The communications regulator's <a href="http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db0420/DOC-344486A1.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"notice of proposed"...

Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP


Re: Is this a UK only problem?

Seeing the same symptoms on Time Warner in OH and the same helldesk advice of "turn it off an on again". Seems to work for them.

Creaking Royal Navy is 'first-rate' thunders irate admiral


Re: Out of interest

From other Register reports, the design brief and requirements, were for them to be able to be fitted with catapults and traps... but it didn't get included. And when one of our recent governmint's started talking about fitting them, the "usual defence industry suspects" started bandying about figures in the billions despite the US contractors being reported as saying that they would fit them for free-ish (as they needed a test-bed). It couldn't have been anything to do with their potential loss of sales from expensive STOVL aircraft if the carriers were made capable of using F/A-18's (as they were meant to be designed to)...


[Trident] "It is the nuclear missile Harrods would sell you! What more can I say?"

Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods


Sorry honey, I'll be home late, I'm stuck ON traffic...

Spied upon by GCHQ? You'll need proof before a court will hear you...


So to file a complaint about GCHQ secretly intercepting my communications with American citizens (FB friends in general and fiancée) without telling me, I have to submit proof that they did it. Albeit they did not tell me, will not tell me and I can't even file a DPA request to get the proof that they did, so that I can complain about it. Seems like the "Tribunal" don't want anyone to complain about anything...

Now that the simple bit is done, how to complain about the NSA doing the same thing? ;-)

US work visas for international tech talent? 'If Donald Trump is elected all bets are off'


"Work" visa's should be limited to situations where local employees are unable to be found for the position.

But visa eligibility should be based up qualifications and local requirements, not political BS from a multiple time bankrupt who wants to build a wall with half of the construction workers being illegal immigrants.


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