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Peter Capaldi Unveiled As the New Star of Doctor Who

Alranor Re:A new Doctor (242 comments)

Yes, because if there's one thing that Peter Capaldi is known for, it's his habit of never, ever, shouting

about a year ago
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Direct3D 9 Comes To Linux, Implemented Over Mesa/Gallium3D

Alranor Re: Year of Linux on the desktop (138 comments)

Which is why my outgoing voicemail message includes a list of all of the major disasters from the last decade. Just in case somebody from the past decides to call me.

about a year ago
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HBO Asks Google To Take Down "Infringing" VLC Media Player

Alranor Re:looks like copy paste fail (364 comments)

Pay attention to the bottom of the takedown request:

The information in all notifications submitted through the Program will be accurate, and I swear, under penalty of perjury, that with respect to those notifications, I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Fuck that "it was an accident" argument, and prosecute them for perjury.

about a year ago
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NSA Backdoors In Open Source and Open Standards: What Are the Odds?

Alranor Re:This is stupid (407 comments)

It's all Greek to me

about a year ago
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RC Plane Attack 'Foiled,' Say German Authorities

Alranor Wait ... (233 comments)

So now the Germans are in favour of government surveillance?

about a year ago
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One Year Since Assange Took Refuge in Ecuadorian Embassy

Alranor Re:rat scurry (541 comments)

That allegation, as I understand it, is that after having had protected sex with the lady the evening before, she woke up in the morning to discover him having unprotected sex with her.

Unless you believe that the consent to protected sex from the night before includes consent to unprotected sex the next morning, he was having sex with her without her consent. Therefore it would be rape.

about a year ago
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One Year Since Assange Took Refuge in Ecuadorian Embassy

Alranor Re:Can't they get him out (541 comments)

Perhaps, but as he would have to leave the embassy and make it to Buckingham Palace to present those credentials, and he'll be arrested the moment he sets foot on the pavement, it won't ever reach the point where his credentials are refused.

about a year ago
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One Year Since Assange Took Refuge in Ecuadorian Embassy

Alranor Re:rat scurry (541 comments)

Yes, it was rape, unless you believe that consenting once to having protected sex means that you've automatically consented to having unprotected sex in the future.

about a year ago
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One Year Since Assange Took Refuge in Ecuadorian Embassy

Alranor Re:Can't they get him out (541 comments)

In order to qualify for diplomatic immunity, you have to present your credentials to the host country and have them accepted.

I expect the British government would absolutely love for Assange to try that, as he'd have to come out the embassy to do it.

about a year ago
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Revealed: How the UK Spied On Its G20 Allies At London Summits

Alranor Re:Khaled el-Masri (262 comments)

The FBI would consider it rape

“penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

Source

about a year ago
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World Press Photo Winner Accused of Photoshopping

Alranor Re:It DOES look fake (182 comments)

It looks to me as if he went for an HDR treatment of the image, which would also explain the alleged 3 RAW files in it - if he used the same RAW each time but with an altered exposure level to get the dynamic range he wanted.

about a year and a half ago
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Pearson Vue Now On Day 5 of Massive Outage

Alranor Re:UK Driving License (151 comments)

that one in particular has been known to cause problems for recent immigrants from Africa looking to learn to drive in the UK

about a year and a half ago
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Yokohama Accidentally Tweets That NK Missile Is Inbound

Alranor My fellow Americans (131 comments)

I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.

about a year and a half ago
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Using Truth Serum To Confirm Insanity

Alranor Re:Good luck for Holmes (308 comments)

There's somebody called Yossarian on the phone, I think he wants to talk to you ...

about a year and a half ago
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Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts

Alranor Re:Embrace the experimentalism (217 comments)

We apologize for the fault in the Dice Holdings content standards. Those responsible have been sacked

about a year and a half ago
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Controversy Over Violet Blue's Harm Reduction Talk

Alranor Re:No. Just no. (562 comments)

Sex is a perfectly ok subject at all times.

Then why do I get glared at whenever I start talking about it at a PTA meeting? /doesn't actually do that

about a year and a half ago
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Prosecution of Swartz Typical for the "Sick Culture" Pervading the DOJ

Alranor Re:Sometimes... (443 comments)

Your Sig: "MIT betrayed all of its basic principles."

You can't betray your basic principles. What MIT have done is revealed that they have been lying about what their basic principles are.

about a year and a half ago

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Anonymous vs the FBI & British police, episode 234a

Alranor Alranor writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Alranor (472986) writes "On January 17th, the FBI and the British police arranged a conference call to discuss their ongoing work to prevent and prosecute hackers around the world.

Anonymous have just released a recording of that call."
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Alranor Alranor writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Alranor (472986) writes "In a piece of news which is unlikely to surprise anyone, the Guardian is reporting today that the new and much hyped as secure biometric passports issued by the UK government are surprisingly easy to crack.

Some choice quotes from the article:

I am sitting with my scary computer man and we have just sucked out all the supposedly secure data and biometric information from three new passports and displayed it all on a laptop computer.

"The Home Office has adopted a very high encryption technology called 3DES — that is, to a military-level data-encryption standard times three. So they are using strong cryptography to prevent conversations between the passport and the reader being eavesdropped, but they are then breaking one of the fundamental principles of encryption by using non-secret information actually published in the passport to create a 'secret key'. That is the equivalent of installing a solid steel front door to your house and then putting the key under the mat."


At this point, I have to ask, is there anything that the UK government have ever done in the IT / Computing field which they haven't royally messed up?"

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