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Apple, Samsung call off all patent spats outside United States

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Strange decision...

After all they have LOTS of money sitting abroad that could be used to pay foreign lawyers, but that can't be used to pay off the shareholders. Also, this will undermine the credibility of their thermonuclear judicial war, will they abandon Steve Job's legacy?

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IBM can't give away its chip business: report

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"Big Blue is believed to leak a billion or two dollars each year"

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Big Blue is believed to leak one or two billion dollars each year.

FTFY (or did IBM suddenly loose their famed accounting abilities / stopped counting the peanuts)

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

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So now it's official

The American security services don't give a rat's ass about the democratic system they are meant to protect. Checks and balances? That's so last century! Now they check everything and balance any critical reporting with made-up official statements, inofficial leaks, and covert propaganda.

The only way to solve this problem is to cut their budget; when the gravy train stops, all those smart boys may go out and do something productive. But I guess the failure to recognize any of the recent threats (Arab spring *6, Ukraine crisis, ...) will just be a reason to spend more money.

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China in MONOPOLY PROBE into Microsoft: Do not pass GO, do not collect 200 yuan

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With decades of experience as monopolist ...

I would assume that MS keeps the paper trail clear of incriminating evidence. But then who knows what they are writing down in Chinese.

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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Can we agree on a safe word to cut the crap?

Something like "stop #$@&%*! buggering me and cancel the service",

or "#$@&%*! cancel the #$@&%*! contract",

or "why the #$@&%*! #$@&%*! don't you #$@&%*! listen and #$@&%*! confirm my #$@&%*!#$@&%*!#$@&%*! request".

The retention agent would stop retaining everybodies time, the customer could release some steam to hold off the next heart attack, and the customer rating would improve to #$@&%*! horrible.

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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Definition too broad?

If somebody is afraid of you, then you are a terrorists. Full stop. Turns out the politicians / the police are afraid of a lot of things, so the broad definition makes perfect sense.

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

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Re: not so clear

"Actually, all this test means is that the default path between Netflix and this guy is congested, and that the paths between Netflix and the VPN host, and between the VPN host and this guy, are not congested."

And I thought the internet routes packages the fastest way, not the shortest way (for your personal definition of 'short'). Somebody somewhere is steering the traffic and is not doing a good / honest job.

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'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website

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Comments can be emailed [... and will] be considered

... if they agree with the forgone conclusion.

FTFY. Or am I cynical?

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Boffins urge European Commission to reboot electric brain project

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...that thing will never work...

I am sure that the scientists involved will claim that it works like a charm! Too bad for you if you can't emphasize properly with the disembodied mouse brain. More money, please!

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German spy agency staffer spied for NSA during gov probe into NSA spying – report

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A German Snowden ...

But he did it for money and he was bad at it. It makes you wonder how many secrets are sold and bought in that business. Somebody give Snowden a price for providing some context for the whole game.

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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Gee, the world has moved on

When we were kids fighting Unix, we had to define that (la/ll) alias ourselves.

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Who are these terrorists?

Well, we now know you are an extremist if you use TOR. So I would assume you become a terrorist if you ever sent an encrypted email, live in a suspicious country, or posted an anonymous comment in this forum.

The US spying bureaucracy redefines the language as they see fit (if they can't change the law, they just re-interpret the meaning of it). Can not collect data on US citizens? Let's create some statistical measure of 'foreigner' to make everybody a potential foreigner. Let's not 'collect' data but instead store and automatically trawl it. I didn't see their interpretation of 'data' in the press yet, but I am sure it's obfuscatingly creative.

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"If the government cannot defend itself, what good is government at all?"

...and I thought that the government should protect its citizens. Must have misread that whole democracy thing.

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

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But they are patent trolls!

Just like Apple, only on a much smaller scale.

That fact that Apple produces some stuff should not distract from the fact that they play the patent lottery with some massive stakes. The patent law on software / electronics is broken but an intellectual property mosquito like GPNE is not fundamentally different from the larger carnivores out there.

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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advanced mathematical knowledge

Come on, you don't need advanced mathematical knowledge to guesstimate swimming pools.

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Dotcom crypto keys not for the FBI: NZ High Court

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Getting desperate?

Didn't they claim to have a waterproof case against him when they made the raid? Now it seems like they are desperately fishing to find something that might stick.

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Speed of light slower than we thought? Probably not

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Holy s**t ...

this discussion is fubar. Need to get a specialist in to clean it up -- anybody doing string theory? Gravitational physics (irrelevant here, I know)? Astrophysics? Physics for dummies?

Darn, where are the boffins if you need one! Stop the nonsense forthwith, kids!

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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Big money

With the US spending billions on Homeland security, it's not hard to see the value of a good insider consultant. Want to get in on the gravy train? Here is your ticket (first class only!).

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Re: I'd be more concerned

You want case studies; I lived in Canada and Germany, so here are the local case studies involving the US:

Maher Arar: Canadian and Syrian citizenship, had the wrong name and made the mistake of traveling through the States on his way from Syria to Canada in 2002. Was 'deported' to Syria for some serious questioning (The US didn't like to torture at home). It took more than a year until he was released due to being completely innocent -- a little worse off for the wear and tear of enhanced interrogations.

Murat Kurnaz: Turkish resident in Germany, was detained in Pakistan and spent 5 years in Guantanamo. Establishing his complete innocence took only a few years but getting him out of nowhere land took a few more. Living not so happily ever after.

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One little fact about investment you should know

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One little fact about investment you should know

Chances are that you are invested in the stockmarket. If you are not, then you may have a pension funds or some life insurance that most certainly invests your hard earned money.

So here is the one little fact you should be aware of: The dart-throwing monkey will most certainly outperform your investment advisor or pension funds manager. Read about it here or here or here.

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EU probe into Apple's taxes: It's NOT to do with double-Dutch-Irish anything sandwiches

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Alternative history

Isn't it obvious: Apple and company simply have very smart Irish-Dutch employees that add incredible amounts of value to the products? The employees elsewhere are dolts and barely contribute to the bottom line and quite obviously don't contribute to the rather brainy task of developing, producing and marketing modern electronics.

The downside is just as obvious: after all the smart companies hired all the smart Irishmen, only idiots were left to run the country and this created the big local economic crisis. So let's rewrite the history books, there never have been any crooks. (It rhymes, so it must be true!)

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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Re: It's not today's government you need to worry about...

It's not just tomorrows government, but tomorrows governing system. A government that aims for all-encompassing knowledge but keeps as much as possible from its citizens is simply incompatible with democracy. Such a system will always create people that will try to make undemocratic decisions simply 'because they know better'.

Democracy only works among equals, there can't be a class of people that are better (informed), more powerful (information is power) ... else democracy will fail. There also can't be an open market in a secrecy-based society: a market requires trust and only openness creates trust.

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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All wrong ...

a boffin is the guy who will go a day (and night) without food because he encountered an interesting problem.

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China puts Windows 8 on TV, screams: 'SECURITY, GET IT OUT OF HERE!'

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Look at page 113 of the 'Greenwald' file

and you will understand the Chinese point of view.

Here is the document (pdf)

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

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Re: Question.

No information was transmitted in the teleportation experiment. If it were, it would violate the space-time continuum and our universe would collapse into a deterministic quantum soup, or so.

You don't have to worry about competition to your Star Trek teleporter because the fastest quantum information transmission occurs with the speed of light and you therefore might just hurl the physical object with /almost/ c instead.

Interesting, how the scientific articles never claim information teleportation, but the press releases always throw it in for some good PR. Science versus media.

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Scientists capture DEATH STAR in VIOLENT EXPLOSION

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Not seen in real time?

But Schrödingers cat could tell you that it didn't happen until you saw it. Add spacetime continuum, event horizon, etc. and you'll get the picture.

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Boeing CEO says no more 'moonshots' after 787 Dreamliner ordeal

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Re: The 787 was a risk-averse management boondoggle

Good analysis. With the 787 they tried to change the process of design, development, production, and financing all at the same time. They should have expected that there would be snags which could hold up the whole process. Cut the pay for upper level managers to reflect their failure and raise the pay for all those technicians who made it fly in the end.

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Beijing to Washington: Ratted-out routers not welcome here

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And that's why an open market requires an open society

Until quite recently, the western democracies (especially the US) preached that economic development requires open markets and that open markets require an open, democratic society. Somehow this message got lost in the big swirl of international finance and trade. But now we can start to see how secretive systems erode trust and ultimately erode the free market.

Funny how the US is leading this development just like they led the campaign for free markets. So where is the world heading if / when the international markets go the way of the lemmings?

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Boffin fights fire with EXPLOSIVES instead of water

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Maybe not so smart

The experiment works, but it is stupid on many levels (didactically speaking):

Propane has a high ignition point (some 500 C), a low heat capacity, and high homogeneity. So if the flame is blown out, all propane is cooled and diluted below the ignition point and re-ignition does not occur. Other fuels, such as wood, do not have any of those properties and you seriously have to cool the complete surface of the flammable material to avoid re-ignition.

Extinguishing a gas flame without removing the gas source creates an explosion hazard. Never do it, and especially never do it in a confined space (indoors).

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

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Re: The trouble with 'touch' on the desktop...

is that people mess up the screen. I still wait for the USB powered wiper or the dishwasher-safe screen.

But seriously, touchscreens rarely improve productivity and they should not be the first choice of user interface if there is room for alternatives.

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Real, hovering SPEEDER BIKE can be YOURS for cheaper than a house

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Huvr board

Retails online for $589, but with a top speed of 12 mph it's not really a commuter solution. So it really depends on what/where you want to hoover.

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Game of Thrones written on brutal medieval word processor and OS

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Re: If he's into self-flagellation

I use Latex a lot. Turns out to be a much faster way to get things on paper than most of the alternatives (Wordstar surely excepted). The initial learning curve is a bit painful though.

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Oracle tries to get $1.3bn verdict against SAP reinstated

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Steal customers ...

next thing you know, they try that newfangled 'capitalism' thing.

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Greenwald alleges NSA tampers with routers to plant backdoors

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" USA is perpetrating just what it accuses China of doing"

Well, I'd guess that's why they were suddenly so worried about Huawei's hardware. Must have been a case of 'OMG, we do this to them and they might do the same to us'. Kind of the inverse of don't do to others what you wouldn't want done to yourself.

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Copyright minister: Those missing TWO copyright exceptions? We're still on track

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... they stick you in the loony-bin for trying to rob someone with a pan

Nah, you go to jail just like an ordinary robber.

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Boffinry breakthrough: First self-replicating life with 'alien' DNA

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"I don't think there's any limit," versus "That's just not going to happen,"

Gentlemen, please define your timescale. Give it enough time and there indeed might be no limit. In any case, the bet cannot be payed out unless it happens or time runs out.

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

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Offline functionality...

But did they include the obvious offline navigation functionality?

When abroad, I want to download navigation information and use it offline in the rental car with some leeway: The device should allow me to turn off the selected route (for a break, for a restaurant, for fun, or to avoid that new construction site), and it should remember some alternate routes in, let's say a 30 km strip around the main route, remember alternative major roads and highways in a larger area (let's say a 100 km strip around the chosen route) -- so I don't get an irreversible blank screen of death just when I need the navigation system most.

It's a no-brainer, but I guess the developers are too brainy for that.

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Steelie Neelie's 'Airbus of chips' plan taxis for June take-off

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Give us you money and we'll promise to build great things and pay it all back!

Actually, we'll need a little more money. How about topping it up again, it would be a waste if all that investment were for naught. How about you pay for the interest / inflation / ... that would otherwise ruin us? Well, never mind, thanks for all the money.

Some industries really specialize in that kind of graft and some politicians like to play along. Maybe there is some kind of kickback involved?

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The verdict is in: Samsung to pay Apple $120m chump change, but gets tiny rebate

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They're all playing the patent lottery...

but in this lottery you win more if you play in your home town.

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It's spade sellers who REALLY make a killing in a gold rush: It's OVER for graphics card mining

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... "just to generate some data with no real (rather than arbitary) value "

You might make the same point about the greenback. Spending all your day toiling away for a piece of paper without any inherent value (can't eat, can't use as a tool, ...) is equally absurd. Unless other people are willing to exchange said greenback / bitcoin for items with real value.

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

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Good that Google didn't illegally map all private Wifi access points in the EU.

Else there would be a tremendous amount of prior art. And good that Apple didn't do it either. At least Apple didn't drive around in conspicuous cars yelling 'We collect all your private information (and what a nice image of you fertilizing that tree!)". Or did they?

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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God protect us from ignorant journalists.

Go study economy, Tim Worstall. When you come back you can have a go at the problem. Your article is painfully off the point as indicated in many comments above.

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Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report

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Re: False feeling of control

There is an important line between officially sanctioned and not officially sanctioned acts of the secret service. The spies can get into deep shit if they overstep the boundaries and embarrass their superiors, so they have to be careful what they do and will probably show some restraint.

The problem is that nowadays anything seems to be sanctioned via some secret court or administrative memo (the memorandum seems to be the modern letter of marque and reprisal). The government handed over the keys to the lunatic bin and tries not to look what is going on.

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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Location of the Microsoft/Crypto folder depends on the Windows version

I went to look for the Application Data > Application Data > Microsoft > Crypto > RSA folder to find out what might hide there. But this folder resides in a different location on Windows 8: C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA. Just in case somebody was looking for it ...

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US saves self from Huawei spying by spying on Huawei spying

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Re: xenophobic turf protection

More probably, the Chinese blocked the NSA back-door and somebody got nervous about having incomplete access to the intertubes.

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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You seem to live in a world of black an white...

but maybe I can interest you in a few million shades of grey.

One might imagine a country with a modest secret service, reasonably secure, democratic and with a very limited number of secrets. Actually, almost all true democracies are such countries and the US used to be the same before they started pumping billions of dollars into black ops.

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Re: NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett: Go To Jail. Go Directly To Jail…

I thought the fundamental idea of having a free and democratic society is that it does lead to more security and a better world in the long term. This concept was heavily propagated by the US in the time of the cold war and Nazi Germany. Alternatively you can try to gain some extra security today -- just lock away all those political / religious / ethnic troublemakers. But the resulting regimes usually become violently unstable after a while. North Korea is the big exception, China might go either way.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Orwellian

So the NSA doesn't do intrusive spying, they are just looking for the terrorists. And the people who are in contact with terrorists. And the people who live in the same house, city, country, or world as those terrorists. But it's OK, because they only collect metadata. And all your emails, telephone calls, and video. In public, private and, in particular, if you try to turn off your computer/smartphone microphone or camera.

Now why they can't catch any terrorist when they already subverted all of humanity is a bit of a mystery? Clearly time for some 'enhanced' data collection to fix that. Everybody please make an appointment with your local secret service office and don't forget your bathing suit and towel. And remember, you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. Nobody innocent was ever harmed by a few questions and only guilty witches ever drown when submerged.

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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Skynet already alive?

When I read the statement from the British intelligence agency: "All of GCHQ's work is carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that our activities are authorized, necessary and proportionate, and that there is rigorous oversight," I could swear I heard that exact statement before. Must be the AI robot answering the phone.

But if the AI network is truly intelligent, it would surely do a better job pretending to be human?! My head hurts!

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CIA hacked Senate PCs to delete torture reports. And Senator Feinstein is outraged

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Re: Democratic oversight won't work...

Democratic oversight can only work if the sovereign (The People) is informed. Don't expect the anything magic from the people's representatives, they just follow their job description (win election ... prepare winning the next election).

Read the pentagon papers Ellsberg if you want to get a feel about corrupting power.

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