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Comment Re:Metabolic rate doesn't vary that much (Score 1) 380

Auto-immune/genetic disorder? There are several which could cause this, e.g. Ehlers-Danlos, Marfan syndrome, etc. They can be of varying degrees of severity so if he does have one of them, he may be at the "lucky" end of the scale (skinny, can't really gain much weight, hypermobile joints).

Just an additional possibility.

Comment Re:Just try it (Score 1) 381

What was that joke about porn on the internet? Something like: If you got rid of all the porn on the internet, there'd be a single page left reading "Bring back the porn" ? The other concern is that ATM, we have a committee of arseholes (Jack Straw is amongst them, need I say more?) examining the Freedom of Information Act to see how best to gut it, so we won't be able to check what non-work network requests are going out from parliament (given the current stories about a very high-level paedophile group in parliament, some of that shit could be very dodgy indeed). Cameron (and another Tory genius, Theresa May) also think they can ban encryption without banning encryption. No, I don't know either, but look on the bright side: aliens may invade and take them all away somewhere for questioning. That scenario is more likely than a sensible, humane, well-researched and fully-costed proposal coming from this group of utter numpties.

Comment Re:You just described SoylentNews. (Score 1) 552

Really? Can't say as I've had the same experience. The site is pretty small compared to slashdot. Are you thinking of pipedot? (disclaimer: I haven't looked at pipedot in a good few months and have no idea how things are there ATM; they may be awesome, they may not. Check that out too!) Anyway, feel free to test the waters at soylentnews.org If your personal experience is that it's as bad as this AC suggest, just delete your account and don't go there again. Simple.

Submission + - Sourceforge staff takes over a user's account and wraps their software installer-> 11

An anonymous reader writes: Sourceforge staff took over the account of the GIMP-for-Windows maintainer claiming it was abandoned and used this opportunity to wrap the installer in crapware. Quoting Ars:

SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.

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Comment Re:Datacaps? (Score 1) 132

But that would hurt their scandalous profit margin! ADSL is, as you know, mostly BT and resold by others. Some ISPs have their own equipment in the local exchanges (LLU), while others have their own cable network (Virgin Media, TAFKA NTL). I don't *think* anyone is running new cable ATM and BT are plodding along at their usual pace. The real problem is that the ASA has allowed all this "up to x speed" bollocks to continue, thereby allowing all UK ISPs to vastly oversubscribe their capacity. Virgin Media seem to be randomly re-purposing broadband capacity for their bloody cable TV, crippling the broadband speeds in the process. I'd go the BT Infinity route but need to do a little research first into how much the local Infinity capacity is used; if it's utterly thrashed, there's no point changing to something equally as unstable.

Comment Re:Simple solution.... (Score 2) 228

Yeah, refusal to disclose passwords is covered under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (or it was when I was in college, at least); I suspect *that* law will be tweaked (i.e. to cover the same imprisonment terms as the original offence for which you are being investigated, so for murder that might well mean life for not disclosing your password) but there needs to be a *very* tight scope placed on that (i.e. if the police are searching for terrorist propaganda and find a small amount of cannabis at your house, the drug would be confiscated and destroyed but no police/judicial action taken as a result beyond the confiscation (not that I care what people do to themselves if they are consenting adults)). Will that kind of thing happen? Of course not. Laws are (effectively) created by the tabloid press and the various muppets on Mumsnet et al, so we'll get monosyllabic drivel with enough loopholes to drive a fleet of buses through. I'd love to vote these people out but a) I keep voting and all I get as a result is different idiots wearing different coloured ties, and b) you can't vote for the Daily Heil or Mumsnet to keep quiet for a week and just let us get on with our lives.

Comment Simple solution.... (Score 5, Insightful) 228

...get a search warrant. Or, to be a bit more accurate: stop whining about how difficult your job is now and just do what you should have been doing all along. If you are having trouble identifying "persons of interest", that is not my problem. If encryption is too hard for you to break covertly, that is not my problem. If you can't do your job without every single person holding the door open for you to have a look around inside, that is not my problem. See a theme here, Hannigan? You are paid a handsome salary to detect nefarious arseholes who would do damage to the UK and its interests; perhaps you should earn that salary instead of moaning about the IT industry making the life of your staff difficult. If a dragnet is the answer, you are asking the wrong questions.

Byte your tongue.