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IPv6 Deployment Picking Up Speed

quarkoid What about Slashdot? (158 comments)

It would be nice if Slashdot itself was available on IPv6... After all, you would have thought that a site reporting on the latest and greatest in tech would have managed to adopt a technology fifteen years old by now!

about 2 years ago

The Ineffectiveness of TSA Body Scanners

quarkoid Security theatre (494 comments)

It seems obvious to me that the TSA knew the machines didn't work effectively, but that this didn't matter to them. Airport security isn't about making the skies safer, it's about scaring (some would even say terrorising) the public in order to give the government more power and control. In his video he even says that there was no threat with the old metal detectors...

There are so many ways one could commit an act of terrorism at an airport without getting on a plane if one were so inclined (I'm not, by the way!) and every time I fly I see more. The full body scanners do nothing to increase a person's safety.

Let's face it - the terrorists have won. The public are terrified. Sadly it's their own governments which have done the terrorising.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Europe Have Better Magazines Than the US?

quarkoid UK magazine subscriptions (562 comments)

For details of subscriptions, have a look at: (although their site doesn't appear to load if you're using IPv6)

Outside of the UK though, they're not cheap!

Personally, I subscribe to the UK edition of Wired (even SWMBO likes it, which is saying something) and Private Eye ( as well as some camping/caravanning mags (yes, I'm an old fart with a family now). I used to get Computer Shopper ( and PC Pro ( but realised that by the time I'd received the magazine, I'd already read about the stories/reviews on-line two weeks before the magazine landed on my mat.

In my experience, cover disks are full of crapware and old versions of software (on the basis that you'll use that and then pay to upgrade to the latest version) - they always went straight in the bin.

more than 2 years ago

Bitcoin Used For the Narcotics Trade

quarkoid Re:It's not just Bitcoin. (535 comments)

Percentage of State and Federal prison inmates who reported being under the influence of drugs at time of their offense, 1997

Not sure what you're saying here - looks to me like the majority of people said they weren't on drugs.

The logical conclusion to this data is that not being on drugs should be outlawed, no?

more than 3 years ago

Bitcoin Used For the Narcotics Trade

quarkoid Re:It's not just Bitcoin. (535 comments)

And my grandfather smoked 40 a day and lived till he was 97. That doesn't mean smoking's good for you.

Whilst I have every sympathy with your situation, there are exceptions to every rule and quoting one case as evidence against a general theory serves nobody well.

more than 3 years ago

BBC Site Uses Cookies To Inform Visitors of Anti-Cookie Law

quarkoid Re:Olo:Ha (98 comments)

Your comment is irrelevant - please read the legislation.

Any cookie (be it tracking/temporary/whatever) is covered.

more than 3 years ago

BBC Site Uses Cookies To Inform Visitors of Anti-Cookie Law

quarkoid Re:idiot submission (98 comments)

Why would you think that it's only about tracking cookies? The legislation is quite clear:

(1) Subject to paragraph (4), a person shall not store or gain access to information stored, in the terminal equipment of a subscriber or user unless the requirements of paragraph (2) are met.

(2) The requirements are that the subscriber or user of that terminal equipment -
(a)is provided with clear and comprehensive information about the purposes of the storage of, or access to, that information; and
(b) has given his or her consent

(3) Where an electronic communications network is used by the same person to store or access information in the terminal equipment of a subscriber or user on more than one occasion, it is sufficient for the purposes of this regulation that the requirements of paragraph (2) are met in respect of the initial use.

(3A) For the purposes of paragraph (2), consent may be signified by a subscriber who amends or sets controls on the internet browser which the subscriber uses or by using another application or programme to signify consent.

(4) Paragraph (1) shall not apply to the technical storage of, or access to, information -
(a)for the sole purpose of carrying out the transmission of a communication over an electronic communications network; or
(b)where such storage or access is strictly necessary for the provision of an information society service requested by the subscriber or user.

The whole law is about storing and/or accessing data stored on a user's PC. Please tell me where 'tracking cookies' are mentioned?

more than 3 years ago

Student Finds Universe's Missing Mass

quarkoid Let me guess... (210 comments)

It was found down the back of the sofa - it's the first place one should look for missing things.

more than 3 years ago

Confusion Surrounds UK Cookie Guidelines

quarkoid Re:You know you need to worry... (143 comments)

"Petrol is a metal tank attached to your car"

"Ink is the stick you use to write on paper with"

"Music is the big square boxes attached to your amplifier"

Close enough it may be, but to definitively state something as fact which is quite clearly not fact (or, even if it is, only in a limited number of cases) when describing why legislation applies is just wrong.

They could quite simply have said, "Cookies are small pieces of text which your computer may choose to store." - there, simple. It also has the plus that it tells the user it's up to them whether they're stored.

But then we're not very hot on taking responsibility for what our computers do.

Ho hum.

more than 3 years ago

Confusion Surrounds UK Cookie Guidelines

quarkoid You know you need to worry... (143 comments)

...when the people creating the law have no understanding of the subject they're legislating on.

"[cookies] are text files placed on your computer"

Say no more.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Claims 'We Love Open Source'

quarkoid The five stages of grief... (464 comments)

Reading this and thinking back, I can't help but think of the Kuebler-Ross model. Back in 2001 MS were in denial. We've been through anger, bargaining and (arguably) depression. Is this now acceptance?

about 4 years ago

Web-Based Private File Storage?

quarkoid Why? (467 comments)

I've got to ask the question, but... why?

I mean, if you don't want anybody to find this stuff when you're dead, why bother collecting it when you're alive?

And for the 'pictures' of the wife, what's wrong with a Truecrypt store?

more than 4 years ago

Proposed Law Would Require ID To Buy Prepaid Phones

quarkoid Re:And yet... (615 comments)

And you would know this..... how?

more than 4 years ago

Google Gets US Approval To Buy and Sell Energy

quarkoid Advertising? (218 comments)

Presumably Google have found a way to tag each electron with targetted advertising.

Plug your washing machine into a Google Energy supply and your shirts will come out of the machine covered in ad-words suggestions.

I hate to think what you'll get adverts for when you wash a three day old pair of gruds.

more than 4 years ago

Slovak Police Planted Explosives On Air Travelers

quarkoid Re:You mean the illegal immigrant? (926 comments)

Anyone that runs from the police is breaking the law.


1 - The police were plain clothes and did not show any ID
2 - The police were (reportedly) yelling somebody else's name
3 - They caught him, so why shoot him?

To me, the shooting of an innocent man (and remember, at the point he was shot he had been caught and most definitely wasn't running) in such circumstances sounds like a complete over-reaction brought about by terror induced by the government's constant screaming at us about the terrorist threat.

more than 4 years ago

Slovak Police Planted Explosives On Air Travelers

quarkoid Re:Seriously? (926 comments)

We need to fix the social problems that cause terrorism before that happens.


In real terms, that involves raising the level of education and the quality of life in all parts of the globe to the point where there are no large groups of people who are still so poor that they have nothing to lose, or so ignorant that they have nothing to believe in beyond what their local preacher tells them.

Nope. That's more likely to cause it. The best way of stopping terrorism is to stop sticking your nose into what goes on in other countries. Let them lead their own lives and stop telling them what to do. Of course, I'm not saying that facilitating education isn't a good thing, but start preaching to other countries about how their citizens should live and what they should do and you're no better than the nutter at the mosque/synagogue/church directing their congregation to do evil.

more than 4 years ago

Slovak Police Planted Explosives On Air Travelers

quarkoid Re:Seriously? (926 comments)

Your argument would hold water if we were actively doing things to protect against future events.

However, we're not.

Somebody takes a shoe bomb in so we ramp up security to check everybody's shoes.

Then somebody takes a liquid bomb in so we restrict which liquids can be carried.

Then somebody takes a knife in so we restrict blades.

Then... and so we...

ad nauseum.

Everything we are doing is reactive. It does nothing to stop future events, nothing at all.

The only benefit to implementing the assinine restrictions we have in place are solely to the politicians who then look like they're doing something about the problem. Of course, they're not. They're doing something about the effects of the problem, not the problem itself.

The problem is how we (or more accurately, the US) is percieved by the rest of the world. That's the problem which needs solving.

Personally, I'd be quite happy to fly with the security checks which were in place 20 years ago. I mean, come on, let's face it, if somebody wants to bring a flight down, they'll do it. Statistically I have about a 5000 times greater chance of being involved in a road traffic accident. The risks are miniscule. Stop worrying about it and enjoy your life.

more than 4 years ago


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