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Comment Re:Just put passw0rds in your will (Score 1) 122

Every time you update your password you have to rewrite your will

OK :-)
"Provide access to your computer passwords"......
I don't remember my solicitors exact words offhand, but his point was, give the location of your passwords in your will.

Granted though..... some lawyers could use this an a money making opportunity!
Trust the law society to give skewed advice :-)

Comment Just put passw0rds in your will (Score 1) 122

What is so fucking complicated about this?

I was sorting out a will recently and even my non-clued up solicitor (US=lawyer) recommended putting passwords in my sealed will. Apparently, this is a standard recommendation from the law society for every will written in the UK.

Without a doubt, every other country on planet Earth must have it's lawyers recommend something similar.

What is the story here?

Comment I trust friends..... but not their systems (Score 1) 212

A "friend", as they're called, is best described to the likes of you as someone with a very high mutual trust rating

You are confusing trusting your friends honesty, with trusting their technical competence.

I absolutely trust friends not to route though personal data. (Hell, user privacy is the golden rule of old-school sysadmins). However, I don't trust them not to have a HD stolen or unpatched box on the net.

For this reason, my offsite backups with friends are always encrypted tarballs.
This is for my friends peace of mind, as well as my own.

Comment British support for US war lacking ! (Score 5, Informative) 377

we could be quite certain the Israelis and Brits would get beat up with us

You are joking right?
You do realise that in 2001, 75% of the British public did not want to be part of the Afghan war.

That 1 Million people (1 in 60 of the population of the country) went to London to protest against the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

That parliament only voted for war because Tony Blair (subsequently one of the most vilified prime ministers in modern times) outright lied to parliament.

Sorry to bust your bubble.... but Britain & the rest of Europe isn't prepared to unilaterally support the US in war as you seem to believe. Thankfully, support for such wars is very much lacking by the majority of educated, intelligent Americans in your own country too.

Comment Plea bargins (Score 2) 83

Is it a coincidence, that 90% of prisoners in the US are there on confessions alone?
[citation needed]

Because of this, people who might have been acquitted because of lack of evidence, or who are in fact truly innocent, will often plead guilty to a charge. Why? In a word, fear.
Theoretical work based on the prisoner's dilemma is one reason why, in many countries (including mine), plea bargaining is illegal.

Comment Author's not just in it for the money (Score 2) 179

people keep forgetting that it's primary goal is to be entertaining enough to induce people to part with their hard earned cash.

So, you are saying that Picasso only ever painted pictures to make cash?
That Michael Jackson only danced to make money?
That Mary Shelly only wrote Frankenstein to make a few extra notes?

I can assure you many people are driven by more than money......
I mean, have you ever wondered why kids climb trees?

I don't suppose by any chance, you vote republican?

Comment Prog rock is not 'complex' :-) (Score 2) 576

Progressive rock in many cases has tried to replicate, though not often with as much success, the complexity and diversity of classical forms.

Eh ?
Look mate....... All the truly great music, anything from Beethoven to the Rolling Stones, sounds very simple, but when you break it down you realise it's actually very complex.

Prog Rock on the other hand, sounds very complex, but when you break it down you realise it's moronic. :-)

Comment Arthur C Clarke got there first (Score 1) 257

Arthur C Clarke predicted this first.

In Profiles of the Future, he pointed out that within my lifetime, it would become a serious offence to drive a car yourself on a public road..... and not have a computer drive for you.

Of course, racetracks would still exist for Freudian reasons :-)
However, operating a car manually on public roads will undoubtedly become an offence equivalent to drunk driving. Whether you agree or disagree with Dr Clarkes time-line, you have to agree, that this IS what will happen in years to come.

Comment Re:Three minutes (Score 4, Informative) 168

The old, using google translate as a proxy works best and is suitable
for non-techies. HINT Translate the web page from Esperanto to English
There is also this lot I've copied and pasted
In the mean time, get on the phone to Virgin now and complain.
Hint Call the number to open a new account, you will get though quicker.

Oh and lameass filter, fuck off with too many junk characters OK?
Do I have to type this bollocks to dilute the number of junk characters
in one post or something. FFS I've wrote worse code and that is saying something. Feck arse drink girls feck arse drink girls feck arse drink

Comment Re:tip of the ice berg - not even the real story! (Score 2) 450

That's like a lessee changing the locks and locking a landlord out of their apartment.

I can assure you, this is quite normal and perfectly legal behaviour in the UK and indeed, much of Europe. Whilst you are renting, you have exclusive access, and the landlord would be committing an act of trespass if they entered your apartment without your permission and 24hrs notice. (Except in an emergency obviously).

In some parts of Scotland, the landlord might also get a smack in the mouth into the bargain :-)

Similarly, I can think of plenty of examples where only exclusive access to a hosted server would be acceptable (perhaps even legal), due to strict security or data protection requirements.

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