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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: Chickpea stew à la Bureau des Projets Spéciaux

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A suggestion

Lester, please include 'fabada asturiana' in your next post-pub article. That is, if you survived the chickpeas.

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FIVE Things (NOT 10: these are REAL) from the WINDOWS 10 event

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Re: I don't get Cortana either! (@WP7Mango)

You can write to her too, and as you're writing she automatically tries to pre-empt what you want to do with intelligent suggestions

Hmmm... Some of the probable effects of such text pre-emption programs on the way people writes are quite terrific. Users would end up writing like Cortana, in subtle -or not so subtle- ways. The effect could be weaponized by including subliminal messages in the list of suggested words, and making access to 'sensitive' words slower or more prone to errors, so as to make it more difficult to write/express dissenting opinions. Sorry, excuse me for a minute while I change my underwear.

The first thing I'll do if/when I install a Windows 10 machine at home will be to disable that bitch for good!. And I'll advice all my family, friends and customers to do the same.

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Saudi govt pauses flogging dad-of-3 for Facebook posts – after docs intervene

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You know that saying about...

... having the camel inside the tent shitting outside?

It seems that Saudi Arabia is a camel with two arses.

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Uber BLOCKS COPS to stop stings

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Oopsiee...

I just re read your post. My most abject apologies and a virtual pint if I misunderstood your comment, but I think it can be interpreted both ways. Nevertheless, If you meant that Uber was on the right because all Uber drivers were driving wihout a license before Uber appeared on stage, I stick to my words.

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"Uber drivers were clearly already acting outside of the law"

Disingenuous. You'll find that most Uber drivers weren't driving illegally until Uber provided them with simple and easy to use tools for contacting customers, billing them, etcetera . It's almost like building a chemical factory and distribution network with the sole purpose of leasing said facility and service to crystal meth producers and 'distributors'. It's about as -legally and ethically- wrong as a business model can be.

Cab drivers have a higher level of driving licenses than normal drivers, a more expensive insurance policy, are subject to more frequent inspections, more health tests and harsher rules on alcohol-drugs consumption, and the cabs themselves are subject to very thorough technical inspections periodically.

In 30 years of using cabs relatively often I've only once suffered a drunk licensed taxi driver. I read in some forum several months a go a comment that stated that the commenter -a frequent Uber user- experienced that situation in Uber cars four times in the last year. Join the dots...

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So, let me see if I'm getting this right.

Isn't that a clear case of obstruction to justice? On top of all of their other crimes? Or is there any convenient/convoluted loophole in the laws? Why haven't these Uber dudes been jailed on charges of basically wiping their arses with -simultaneously - the Laws, citizen's safety and citizen's rights?

Uber, please, FOAD!.

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Re: Fuck Uber. (@ AC)

"Fuck 'em with a SmartPhone."

Given the way smartphones have been increasing their size lately, in a few years more, whoever has to choose between being fucked with a smartphone or with a pineapple would be wise to choose the pineapple.

Remember, you read it here first!

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Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail

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Re: > Navajo

Sorry, Mr. fruitoftheloon, but in my opinion the OP is a masterfully sarcastic piece. Because it concisely describes several of the processes and justifications used by TPTB to steamroll our rights, and an example of the motivation for the baddies is also covered in the post.. I want someone else's riches, someone else's wives or girlfriends, or someone else's lands or...

The current political climate reminds me of the preponderant climate before the beginning of the Great War. People (that is, most of us), Governments and TPTB had their heads so deep into their arses that they started a war that killed sixteen fucking million people and indirectly was the main cause for WWII. Due to some terrorist attack that killed X people, the 'lawful, honourable and just' countries- the most advanced countries in the World - engaged in a war that killed ~16,000,000 X people in both sides of the 'issue'. That was the ratio for WWI.

And episodes like the French terror attacks have a big potential for becoming the seed of the next World War. We can hear the wolves howling in our own backyards. Badly disguised Nazi chums are preparing the next cycles of ethnic cleansing, and the only difference between different bands of said Nazi chums will be the human 'races' they want to make disappear and use their suffering as a source of peerless profit & power.

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Re: Time to re-introduce (...Spook Fodder)

<Spook Fodder>{Goebbels, politicians, civil servants, security services, weapon traffickers, cleptocracy, banks, narcs, terrists, child molesters, search engines, social networks, tapeworms}</Spook Fodder>

Trying to kill two birds with a stone here. ;-)

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Re: > Navajo (@Marketing Hack)

Seconded!!!

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Re: Another reason for Google to leave Spain

I must disagree, because the Internets is full of articles discussing how the encryption scheme that Google is using can be/is being broken by national security services and other interested parties. It has been discussed in these same forums.

A Tor relay would probably do zilch regarding the security of your encryption, at least for some of the known attack methods, more so when those attack methods are applied by a national entity, that can bully/order/bribe their way into the "encrypted" data, by controlling several steps in the communication process .

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Re: Cameron can go do one (@ Gordon 10)

"Vote Lib Dem, UK, SNP basically anyone except Labour or Tory."

The Spanish version of this sentence would translate to English as "Vote any fucking body who hasn't had any political power in the country", as all parties with some kind of political power, both at local and national levels, have been found with their dirty hands in the cookie jar once too often.

Yep, sometimes this country sucks. The weather and the food are nice, though.

"Always look on the bright side of life..."

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Fuck yeah!!!

About forty years of democracy thrown overboard in a few years. And I don't want to think about the way they are using the terrist attacks in France as a vindication for the removal of several (more) of our rights and freedoms.

The last government made me ashamed of being Spanish, the current one is doing the same thing.

Fuck 'em all!

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NSA: SO SORRY we backed that borked crypto even after you spotted the backdoor

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Re: What a...

"... Hoopy Frood!"

Doesn't that sound a bit like "Happy Fraud"?

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'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Re: Finally !! (@ AC)

I get to speak to my Chinese wife's parent!!!!

Sorry to tell you, but you'll probably end up regretting this. ;-)

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Re: costly

"but "Big Mac" is the same in all languages isn't it?!"

Well, in some places they call them corkburgers and shitburgers and even worse!. ;-)

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Re: Well...

These Klingon dudes didn't get the memo about the correct use of upper case letters, did they?

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Well...

jIHvaD vemmoH ghorgh laH mugh chaH vaj tlhIngan!

;-)

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Preserve the concinnity of English, caterwauls American university

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Re: funny

Mr. Wojcik, your three last posts are informative, well written and concise. After reading them, I feel cleverer*.

Thank you!

Note*: Probably a figment of my imagination, but still... :-)

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Re: funny (@ Lars)

"I told him it's because there is no grammar in the language,"

There is very little of it, indeed, if you compare English with languages derived from Latin, or with 'proper' Germanic ones.

Other things I like about English are:

1- The almost absolute lack of 'case' in declensions. Case should be considered a crime against humanity and forbidden. I started liking English at thirteen, when I had to attend Latin classes at school. Coincidence? Nah! :-)

2- The scarcity of Tense-aspect-mood (TAM for short) in verbal forms. In Spanish we have gazillions of TAM verbal forms that are a true PITA for any foreigner trying to learn the language and for Spanish youngsters who had to memorize several dozens of expressions like 'Pretérito Pluscuamperfecto de Subjuntivo' and learn when and where to apply them. The same is true about French and Italian and other Latin-derived languages. You can get a taste of this nightmare here.

Yes, I like English because I'm a lazy arse. :-)

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Acer slips Wang Andresen into senior Euro slot

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The best headline in ElReg EVAH!!!

Top work, Mr. Kunert (or whoever wrote the headline).

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5G needs new connectivity methods, say Spanish boffins

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Re: Italian or Spanish?

Yep! And, hard as I try, I can't remember when Milano was moved to Spain. Nice city, too. Wouldn't mind having Milano in Spain (as long as they remove first all those pesky Italians ;-).

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Saudi Arabia to flog man 1,000 times for insulting religion on Facebook

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In a few decades...

... when their oil finally runs out or gets replaced by better and cheaper energy sources, these countries will revert to their natural status, i.e. poor, ignorant, fanatic feudal kingdoms where the preferred methods for succession are knifes and poisons. It won't be pretty neither for the ruling classes nor for the plebs. And the only thing that can save them from that grim future is a revolution where beliefs in sky fairies get finally thrown overboard and human beings are allowed to believe (or disbelieve) in whatever they please.

This process took 'Christian'* nations almost two millennia. I hope 'Muslim' nations use our former experience to speed up said process a lot, or the rest of the world will end up fixing the problem in some really unpleasant way, probably by completely isolating them and letting them drown in their own bloodbath.

And "Je suis Charlie".

*Note: I wrote the words 'Christian' and 'Muslim' between quotes because for the ruling classes religion is only a useful tool, and said ruling classes usually pay only lip service to the tenets of said religions.

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YES, we need TWO MEELLION ORACLE licences - DEFRA

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Re: ....and they say the public sector is cut to the bone. (@ LucreLout)

"If heads don't roll, lessons will not be learned."

True that. Corollary: As heads never roll in the public sector, lessons will NEVER be learned. :-(

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Gmail falls over after hitting 'Great Firewall of China' – report

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Re: Protectionism (Gary Bickford)

I saw what you did there! ;-)

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Freedom of Info at 10: Tony Blair's WORST NIGHTMARE

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Re: FOI

In practice, I don't think they can cheat a City Council or any Government department the way they cheat normal citizensconsumers. Any shady company trying this trick would have the cops knocking on their doors in a matter of days.

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Buses? PAH. Begone with your filthy peasant-wagons

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Re: TL;DR: A few details that most of my fellow commentards seem to be missing...(@ AC)

You forgot that as cities get dense, land prices soar up, pushing all but -sometimes- the very wealthy out of city centres. So most of the people that want to [work, buy, study, go to a doctor, ...] there have to come from outside those city centres, worsening the traffic problem and negating your point.

There are many other factors involved and discussing them all would probably take weeks, but in my opinion it's clearly a chaotic problem. Many complex balances interacting with each other. We know some of the attractors, though, and one of them is that a good public transport system shows a stubborn tendency towards making things better both for citizens and government.

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TL;DR: A few details that most of my fellow commentards seem to be missing...

Most city centres and densely populated areas would be in a permanent state of gridlock without the relief provided by public transport. The lack of 'acceptably good' public transport has huge implications in fuel consumption, pollution, citizens health, time spent while commuting, productivity, road accidents, parking space availability, you name it.

Regarding the efficiency argument, the closer you get to a densely populated area the most efficient public transport becomes. I've never been in the city centre in a bus with less than ten passengers, and double or treble that minimal number of passengers for peak hours. I live in a suburb of a smallish (~250,000 people) city in Northern Spain but also have some experience with public transport in other Spanish and European cities. I've used public transport in Madrid, Bilbao, Barcelona, Cork, Dublin, London, Paris, Nice, Rome and several other places, and the same thing happens everywhere.

Cabs: They aren't either totally efficient. There is time spent waiting for customers. The further they are from densely populated areas, the longer they have to wait for new clients, the least efficient they're. Something similar happens with peak hours. In peak time cabs are very efficient. The same thing happens with buses.

Parking: How much do you pay daily for parking? How long does it take you to find parking space? How much fuel are you wasting in this Musical Chairs game for adults?

In my opinion the efficiency of a public transport system has to be considered globally, obtaining an average from every part of the system. Incidentally, the same -but reversed - is true about private cars. The closer they are to the city centre, the less efficient they become.

Considering these factors, it probably makes sense for City councils and Governments to subsidize public transport. They're probably receiving back dozens of times what they invested. And now that I think of it, a perpetually congested city centre would probably send commerce away to Malls built in the outskirts, removing a source of taxes from City councils. Ditto about residents.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: bear's and pope's

" The Greek island does not begin with a rough breathing."

I recall watching a film about some Greek island -Lebanon or something similar- where there was lots and lots of rough breathing, though.

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Revealed: This year's STUDENT RACK WARS winner

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Yep! A nice rack!

Nuff said.

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Heads up! If Tor VANISHES over the weekend, this is why

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Re: MiniLove recommends...

Nice link! A recommended read for anyone who wants to be informed on the mindsets of the "nothing to hide, nothing to fear, except when I need to hide something" party.

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Re: Mephistro (@ Vociferous)

"With the enthusiastic cooperation of the EU security services."

All of them? from every country? I'm not aware of the existence of any EU security services able to play this trick across many different jurisdictions in such a short time frame.

As I said to Matt, I'll be glad to invite you to a virtual pint if you happen to be right. :-)

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Re: Mephistro (@ Matt Bryant)

You made a good point, but Sony's lawyers won't be able to get anything useful from this seizure, given the way the Tor network is designed, as it leaves behind basically no data trails. If Sony is involved in this, it's either a PR stunt, to show the unwashed masses that "they're doing something", or some 'under the table' arrangement with some TLA so the case can be used as an excuse to disrupt/investigate/corrupt the Tor network.

Anyway, if/when we learn the truth about the matter you happen to be right, I'll be glad to invite you to a pint of ElReg's delicious virtual lager, if you agree to do the same if I happen to be right.

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@ Vociferous

"Read the article?"

Yes, I did.

Just to clarify: I don't think anybody can 'grab' all the servers listed. The list provided in the article lists the owners of the server's addresses, not the physical (or 'cloud') location of said servers. Again, I'd bet most of this servers are in the States.

Alternatively, some American TLA might be planning to'seize' -i.e. 'hack' the servers, even if they're located in other countries.

Or some nutty American judge could be planning another 'Finn job' and authorize one of those TLAs to pwn the servers located in foreign countries, without bothering with request letters and all that legal red tape. Not the first time it happens.

I'm not saying these are the only possible explanations, just the most probable ones. Hence the 'betting' part.

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The references in the article regarding seizure of the servers seems to point clearly to a government agency. Not sure where those servers are physically located, but the USA seems like the most probable place.

Join the dots. Any bets?

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Google sues Mississippi Attorney General 'for doing MPAA's dirty work'

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Re: I wonder... (@ kainp121)

he would not be in general population, but segregation.

True that. Anyway, I think that sending this kind of criminals to 'normal' prisons would work miracles fixing the awful conditions in said normal prisons.

"he would be housed in prison that houses with non violent and low violent criminals."

You mean, like cannabis consumers?

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On a more serious note...

... I hope Sony's management and legal counsel get the book thrown at them also. You need at least two parties involved to perpetrate political corruption.

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I wonder...

...how long an Attorney general would survive in a Federal prison.

With a little bit of luck, we may soon learn the answer to this question. ;-)

And Mr. Hood, don't worry, 'cause "if you have nothing to hide..."

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The Shock of the New: The Register redesign update 4

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Thank you++

The site is much more usable and nicer to the eyes now. Tops!

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Welsh council rapped for covert spying on sick leave worker

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(@ Loyal Commenter)

Well, there seems to be two -as of now- NHS's "HR bods" reading this thread, hence the downvotes :-).

I've several friends and clients working for the Spanish equivalent of the NHS. From the histories they tell, your comment is totally spot on. In the best of times it's a really stressing job, involving all the factors you listed and then some more -e.g. 'departmental politics' and backstabbing.

During the height of the last financial crisis, the staff working hours were raised a lot, causing lots and lots of stress-related leaves. In those cases, the management -usually politicians, in the topmost levels- resorted to tactics that can only be described as bullying against the workers on leave, further worsening the issue. Several of those cases are in the courts right now.

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

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"Placing an English Christmas Pudding within one's luggage seems to upset the bomb detection logic in the scanners."

No wonder, that. From the way it upsets my digestive system, a puny bomb scanner has no friggin' chance!

Nice taste, though.

And Elreg should add a new article category -"Clickbait"- for articles like this and any thing related to AGW. ;-)

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ICANN HACKED: Intruders poke around global DNS innards

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Survey?

C'mon, Elreg, you're missing the opportunity to make one of these reader's surveys.

It should be something like:

Who do you think hacked the ICANN?

-a) China

-b) The USA

-c) NK

-d) Russia

-e) The Illuminati

-f) Others (please specify)

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Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

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ROFLMAO

Dear Spanish Government:

Nice shitstorm! Can I take a video? And you still have plenty of time between now and January to screw up things even more! I have lots of confidence in your ability to turn the most menial tasks into fuckfests, and I know we will be enjoying.

Yours truly: A. Spaniard

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Dear members of AEDE:

PLS FOAD AND BURN ASAP, TY!. OTHRWSE WLL DOIT FOR YOU!!!

Yours truly: Th. E. Blackhand

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Slough or Antarctica? Well, at least Antarctica has penguins

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"He's also called Nigeria home."

Nigeria Home? That's the most stupid name I've ever heard!

;-)

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US Navy's LASER CANNON WARSHIP: USS Ponce sent to Gulf

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Re: Any good?(@ Elmer Phud)

"...when a cheap Maplin fogger is used to try and counter it?"

Don't know about Mapplin foggers, but read somewhere that pettyfoggers can be terribly expensive. ^_^

On a more serious note, it wouldn't be too cheap, accounting for scale and Industrial/Military Complex overhead.

A more economical system would probably include some kinetic weapon (probably a Phalanx or similar) shooting projectiles tailored for creating big columns of water droplets along the laser's trajectory. A few of those 'water columns' would probably turn the laser from a deadly menace into a pretty lights show. My guess is that 20mm including a small amount of high explosive and sodium would create lots and lots of droplets, smoke and water vapour.

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"...under the terms of the Geneva Convention it can't be used against humans directly..."

I foresee lots and lots of 'unfortunate accidents'. I mean, you won't be much help piloting a zigzagging boat against a warship if you are blind. Ditto about enemy gunners, plane pilots and drone's cameras and targeting systems.

OMG! What can this thing do to a periscope?

An enemy with whom you can only engage in fog or rain... This could have very interesting tactic implications.

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Spanish scraper scrapped: Google axes Google News

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How... Machiavellian of the Spanish Govt.

It has taken me most of the day to find the courage to write a comment on this new Spanish Law. Amongst other reasons, cause it makes me ashamed of being Spanish, and I can't stop finding negative consequences every time I stop fuming long enough to begin thinking clearly about the issue.

They have severely curtailed the Spanish People's right to quality information. They have also curtailed the Blogosphere's ability to find and disseminate data. Small news papers and small on line news sources will find it far more difficult to reach potential readers, and their content will be crushed by the weight of Big Media and their higher rankings. And Big Media is easier to control than Small Media, so several levels of censorship can be applied.

At the end of the day, the public and Big Media will be the ones paying for the drinks, the public by losing access to quality info/dissenting opinions and Big Media when they notice that they are actually losing money with this Law.

And it's a nice tool for censoring any opposing public opinion from blogs. It's trivial to use this shit to block access to dissenting sites.

Goebbels would have been proud! Spanish Govt.= Motherfucking thieves!!!

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Steam pressure going down. For now...

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

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Re: Your redesign stinks, sorry, but it does

Hmmm... At least 18 IE commentards -as of now- using IE. Prepare the pitchforks and torches!!!

Disclaimer: 'Devil Icon' used for comedic value only. 'Joke Icon' would be, arguably, more appropriate . ;-)

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Re: What browser are you using?

Holy shit! Time between reading bug report and identifying the issue: 15 minutes!!!

Kudos to you, DrewC.

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