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Just over a year after retiring as Britain's most senior electronic spy, Sir David Pepper has taken a job advising the defence and security giant Thales UK. He will sit on the firm's "advisory board" having retired as director of GCHQ in July 2008. Thales UK's CEO Alex Dorrian said Pepper will help the firm grow its national …

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Paris Hilton

Thales - a British Company?

Sgt Pepper needs to get up to speed quickly. Thales UK might be British, but it is part of Thales Group, which is a French organisation:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thales_Group

And Paris because that's relevant to a French company.

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Happy

Thales.....

Pah, biggest bunch of fucking cowboys I ever worked with (at least on fibre / long haul network equipment installations)

Anon, but will it matter with Dr. Pepper spying on us all now?

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Anonymous Coward

Thales = Racal Recorders

Makers of multichannel digital voice recorders, which no doubt are used extensively using GCHQ's mass surveillance.

http://www.businesssystemsuk.co.uk/call_recording_large_overview.asp

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Anonymous Coward

480 channels

Looking at that Racal Recorder voice recorder, say your average person speaks for 15 minutes a day on the phone, and there are 12 awake hours in the day when people call, that's 1,382,400 people's conversations that can be recorded.

i.e. 60 of those buggers is all that's needed now to record everyones conversations in the UK.

Ahh but it can only record 280,000 channel hours, which I guess means 580 hours per channel, or 24 days worth before the data needs moved off the recorder onto a file system.

Ahh the march of technology, Privacy Rights need to maintain-capability against intrusive surveillance by overzealous political-appointee-run departments of state.

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FAIL

ABCA

have they heard of the eleventh commandment? especially apt given he's in the security biz..

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What are those guys on? Reticent Depressents

"The ABCA's goals are to "avoid the risk that an employer might gain an improper advantage by appointing a former official who holds information about its competitors, or about impending government policy" and "avoid any suspicion that an appointment might be a reward for past favours"." ........ What a Dreadful Waste and Crazy Misue of Future Potential Creating Disadvantage

Virtual Therapy SAStyle with Master Boers in Play ........ Perfumed Garden Farmers on Delicate AIMissions ......

And with regard to the GCHQ Cyber Security Operations Centre, does it have one of those "IT Needs to be Crazy to Work Well From Here" Advisory Signs above All Sensitive Key Domains/Virtual Spider Networks.

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Joke

"advisory board"

As in advising us who to drop the brown paper envelopes of cash to that is.

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Big Brother

A shiny-bottomed bureaucrat?

They have to keep their bottom shiny at all times

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FAIL

Like the wheels on the bus

The revolving door goes round and round,

Round and round,

Round and round,

The revolving door goes round and round,

All day long.

Who will rid us of these turbulent* parasites?

* New Shorter OED:

- turbulent (adj)

3 Of, pertaining to, or designating flow ... in which ... there is continual mixing ...

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Coat

From the inside out

This can only be a good thing for Thales UK as its inernal security is getting much stricter and needs to head n the right direction for it to be efficient and non counter-productive.

Hopefully it wont mean more work for me....

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