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UK: 'We're legally bound to arrest Mr Assange'

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Re: @john Woods. Obligation to arrest.

@Ian Michael Gumby

Ian, you reply to my message with a list of things with which I do not necessarily disagree - but I can only assume that it is implicit in your reply that you think other countries *would* think it unreasonable for us to tell the Swedes that it is now pretty much between them and Ecuador.

The Swedes want him, Ecuador has him. OK, we want him for the crime of bail-jumping, but that is surely secondary to Sweden's wanting him on sexual offence charges, or the US wanting him for espionage (if indeed they do).

We have legislation that allows us to enter an Embassy (by suddenly making it a former Embassy) but we could argue we created that legislation for a very specific purpose, and that, unless JA shoots somebody from inside the building, circumstances are now very different.

Of course it can be argued that he should never have been given bail, but that milk is now spilt. What if he had run off to France? Would it be our responsibility to go get him from there, or would it become France's problem? I fully realise that the Ecuador embassy is still UK soil, but I am hypothesizing a situation where it becomes principally the problem of other countries and I want to see at which point, if any, you will agree with me.

So, yet again, I ask which countries do you think would object to us telling the Swedes that it is now between them and Ecuador? And how reasonable would those objections be? Once more I should emphasize that I don't care how much of a tosser JA is, or how serious the alleged offences are. What I want is a discussion about which countries would think, "hold on, you have special circumstances legislation to enter an Embassy, why don't you use them" rather than "OK, we understand you are respecting the Vienna convention, we'll have to deal with it ourselves".

If we can say it is somebody else's problem, we simultaneously deny JA media attention; free up our police; and refrain from doing anything that other countries could (mis)interpret as hostile. The downside is just that people might say, "wow the UK is more relaxed about bail jumping than we thought" I honestly can't see any bigger downside than that - can you enlighten me?

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Re: Obligation to arrest.

My question is who would think it unreasonable for Sweden, in that hypothetical situation, to claim they had tried everything they were obliged to try. Therefore the answer that the case officer would think "what an arrogant little twat" is not really an answer to the question I posed, however accurate it may be as a statement.

I think even if the fugitive were a convicted war criminal, many countries would, when that fugitive entered a foreign embassy and was given refuge, be happy to tell the country that issued the EAW that there was nothing further they could do, and that the issuing country should now take it up with the country to whom the embassy belongs.

Not only would that free up our police and save us money, but it would deprive Assange of the 'oxygen of publicity' as it is unlikely our parochial media would give much of a toss regarding a dispute between Ecuador and Sweden. I can't see that our (UK) reputation would be damaged much by saying this is no longer our problem.

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Obligation to arrest.

Let's say a British Citizen in Sweden is required for questioning. We send them an EAW, and they detain the suspect. Unfortunately, during extradition proceedings, suspect seeks immunity in Stockholm within the embassy of some South American country.

Question. Is this still Sweden's problem? I suspect they would claim that they had tried everything they were obliged to try, and it was now out of their hands and between Britain and that other Country. Would anybody think that was unreasonable?

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Ten 15in notebooks for under 400 quid

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For 400, I'd expect to buy computers for 2 kids, you could buy two Lenovo R400s for example. I have always found the Lenovo's extremely tough, as well - probably the first consideration if the kids in question are very much of the Y-chromosome variety.

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Techies cook up Minority Report-style video calling

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Camera shy?

If I point a camera at either my daughter or wife, both of whom I consider to be reasonably easy on the eye, they will immediately look away and protest. My sons, like normal teenage boys, look uncomfortable and stilted. My niece, who is a traffic-stopping beauty, will always insist she is not correctly dressed or correctly made up and therefore will avoid the camera at all costs.

As someone who could be kindly described as 'no oil painting' I don't really care, but then the problem is the other way round - who wants to look at me when I'm talking?

I think the fundamental problem with video calling is psychological, not technological. Watch people talking to each other - they hardly ever look at each other for the entire duration of the conversation - something which video calling almost forces you to do. For instance, in a company meeting, the thing people want to see is the screen of the presenter, not the presenter themselves.

Next time you are on the phone, imagine you (and quite possibly your surroundings) are on camera for the duration of the call. It soon becomes clear that however good video calling gets, it will only be really suitable for certain contexts - lovers, grandparents and far-away grandkids, and special occaisions.

Anyone who really wants to video call can already do it now. I very much doubt that making it easier or more seamless will have anything more than a marginal effect on its uptake.

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NASA funds sexy, stealthy, sideways supersonic flying wing

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Re: Red herring design

http://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/how-wings-really-work/

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A load of Tosh: External hard drives the new 'personal clouds'

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Don't you need...

... fifty thousand 64MB sticks?

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Robot rover Curiosity sets out on first long Mars trip

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Downvoter is ...

... Barry Kripke

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Samsung whips out Galaxy Note II, cam-phone with proper zoom lens

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Re: a rise, by any other name

Can't see what's wrong with +ve and -ve just because you don't like them. In fact I reckon pos. and neg. are ambiguous, so I would avoid them.

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Why Java would still stink even if it weren't security swiss cheese

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The problem is ALWAYS the PEOPLE.

And not just the insufficiently expert technical people -- but the management who think that those insufficiently expert technical people are good value for money; that training and testing are unnecessary costs; and that all of the more expensive technicians are simply a waste of money.

Experienced Java devs can create very good Java. In fact experienced devs can, given a reasonable amount of time to get up to speed, create decent OO code in any OO language. I should imagine at least some of the reason for the continued vulnerability of the JVM is a continuing emphasis on "cost containment" on the teams responsible.

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Number-plate spycams riddled with flaws, top cop admits

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Re: France

"Implicitly the speed in urban areas and road works is 50kph, no signs needed, every one knows."

Same rule in the UK: If you can see street lighting, and you cannot see contraindication signs, the speed limit is 30mph.

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BT wins ad watchdog ruling against BSkyB's 'instant movie' claim

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Re: While we're at it ...

Sorry if I got this wrong - couldn't get it to run on Nexus 7 and googling suggested that only older versions of Android worked.

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While we're at it ...

Sky GO - available on compatible Android Devices. Sounds like you might need an up-to-date device?

You'd be completely wrong - if you have a version of Android less than a couple of years old, you can forget it.

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Cops cuff journo over anonymous plod blogger unmasking

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99% agree

... it was hardly in the public interest to unmask Nightjack - on the contrary, it was in the public interest for him to be able to carry on blogging.

I have to disagree 1% because of the Bubba comment. I realise it's a joke but I think we need to distance ourselves from the idea that we give people custodial sentences in the expectation (let alone hope) that they will be bullied or even sexually assaulted by other inmates. That's a tad uncivilized IMHO.

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Mars rover will.i.am 'cast: A depressing day for space and technology

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Who thinks ...

... we should have sent will.i.am in person?

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UK ISPs crippled by undersea cable snap

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Re: Don't worry it's just a recursive error.

You guys probably know this already, but I have just discovered what happens if you google 'recursion'

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Middlesbrough culinary giants battle for parmo supremacy

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Re: Salad

Point of order. More than 2 tbps of salad makes one's parmo a vegetarian one.

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Re: Parmos are the best thing about Teesside

Living in Teesside one has access to stunning coastline, one of the most beautiful of the National Parks, thriving and attractive towns and an increasingly cosmopolitan city that has come on a long way since the 80s when I was a teenager there.

Just saying :-)

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Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul

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Re: Apple are like any other company

The essential contradiction inherent in your post is simultaneously taking people to task for mistakenly believing others to be their intellectual inferiors, whilst clearly doing the same thing yourself.

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Re: quote

isn't it Igor Stravinsky?

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Ten... all-in-one inkjet photo printers

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Re: When is £300>£499?

MG8250 is £220 on Amazon at the moment. Was it ever £499?

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Shove off Prince Harry, now Norway's teen royal in fresh photo uproar

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Re: Anders Breivik

I know exactly where you're coming from but 'sane' in this context doesn't mean the same as it does in regular conversation. If he were not sane in the legal sense, he couldn't be held fully responsible for his actions. Fortunately he is, and he is. Still a fucking nutter as far as any truly sane person is concerned.

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Angry Sunfish in piscene boss battles

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Hold on...

"As we saw with sociobiology – the debunked field which posits that social behaviour is a result of evolution ..."

Andrew Orlowski

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Only 3% of UK's TV oglers want more sex

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Innuendo

Not that it bothers me in the slightest, but I'm amazed at how much innuendo slips under the radar - kids were watching Takeshi's Castle yesterday afternoon and the narrator was saying how important it is to "not allow your ring to be penetrated" or something similar.

Still I suppose the musicians have been getting away with it for decades, so it's only fair.

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Hunt vows: 'UK will have fastest broadband in Europe by 2015'

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Re: Jeremy Hunt

So would you, if you were your own rhyming slang

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Re: Sure we will

Major country - any country which once had a premier called 'Major'

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New nuclear fuel source would power human race until 5000AD

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Re: all the need to do...

You, Sir, are a genius.

There's so much concrete (a seriously environmentally toxic material) at wind-farms you probably could shield a small reactor with it.

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Apple TV: Rubbish, you don't like documentaries – I'll just flick to porn

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Personalisation...

... isn't always good. Presumably all you guys have seen this?

http://www.ted.com/talks/eli_pariser_beware_online_filter_bubbles.html

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UK.gov's minimum booze price dream demolished

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Sorry ...

...was minimum alcohol pricing intended to reduced drinking? I thought it was a intended to be a stimulus package for smuggling.

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'SEX and the FEMALE BRAIN are CONNECTED' - shock discovery

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Re: Vasectomy

What's produced in the 'bits the other side', also known as 'the balls' are the spermatozoa. The article states the chemical is in the semen, not the sperm, and I would be surprised if it were otherwise.

Still, there may be a research programme to find out ...

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Re: so....

If that were the case, surely it wouldn't work 'as intended' - females must just need to be exposed to it, not to actually ingest it. Unless the sexual antics of llamas and cows are more varied than I understand them to be.

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Re: So having

Having a vasectomy doesn't stop semen production - just means there's no sperm in it.

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PLT chair: UK Radio Society is 'living in a dream world'

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Re: A pedant gets grumpy

Absolutely agree. They only say 'refute' because it sounds stronger than 'deny'. Which it is, when used correctly.

As for shielded mains cable that is in the new generation of British housing with larger rooms and modern insulation spec ... oh, wait...

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Curiosity's laser turns Mars rocks to 'glowing plasma'

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Re: Mars Rover bollox

I thought he just missed the Joke Alert icon. Either it's a joke or he is.

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Re: That rock was a red ...

I think you mean a total of 0.15J. It's the energy that's not so strong with this one, rather than the force!

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Re: Yep, NASA's getting sexy, alright.

Actually that's a seriously good funding idea. After all, pornography has been a driving force behind many of our other technologies - printing, video and the internet.

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Ten phones for seniors

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Re: Ageism much?

Yes I think "10 phones for the elderly" might have been better. 'senior" is just an age boundary - the one at which the previous generation could afford to stop working, whilst "elderly" is when one has to.

Another couple of generations (max) and they'll be the same thing.

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'G-Cloud is nothing more than a suppliers' website'

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surely there are already rules...

about what the domain name can be? Can't the same rules be used to determine what the gTLD can be?

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Re: Expletive off, you expletive money-grubbing expletive

Point of order - the 'v' in Arkell v Pressdram or other British case is not 'versus' but 'and'. In a criminal case it is pronounced 'against'.

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Optical Express 'ruined my life' gripe site lives on

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Re: Should have gone to Specsavers

"C'mon, why can't I see someone already using that line"

Maybe because you should have? Crisp used it almost 24 hours before you did!

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Re: @Nigel 11

We all believe in healthy active living, and I totally agree that your natural remedies may well be good for colds - for which there is no effective medication. But your rejection of all conventional medicine as 'for whimps' makes your argument worthless. Sorry.

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Annihilator: "they apparently considered the risk to the remaining eye as too high"

... and they strongly disparaged my idea of having my eyes done separately, one year apart. Those two positions seem internally contradictory to me.

Upvote for extended wear lenses - get a good fit and high quality lenses and you can wear them for a month.

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Assange's fate to be revealed at high noon

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Re: @ Tom Welsh

Bollocks to 5%. 60% of UK rape cases result in a conviction. 5% is the ratio of complaints to convictions. If theft clear-up was reported the same way it would be under 1%

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Three extends data use with Sim-only tariff tweak

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Re: Limitations?

I suspect not. I use a 3 PAYG SIM and pay 15/month for AYCE, 300min, 3000 SMS.

I use 3-4GB per month (I stream a lot of audio) and the speed seems purely based on my location. At the moment, in my house I'm getting 3.0 Mbps up and 1.6 down, with a ping of 90msec. In fact the connection is usually so good that when the facebook peak hits during school term (between 15:00 and 19:00) I switch from landline to mobile.

I watched Mo Farrah win the 5000m on my phone in smooth video from a field. When my wife was in hospital I was able to tether my work laptop to the phone and continue doing my job from her bedside without a glitch. In fact the only reason I hesitate to recommend 3 to people is because I worry if I convert too many people I'll get less bandwidth!

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YouTube video has NOT killed radio's star

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Jango

I absolutely love this - it's a bit like StumbleUpon for music. You either pick a genre or choose an artist, and in the latter case you hear music that other fans of the artist also like. You can vote those tracks up or down to hear more of the same.

There are adverts, but it's fairly light, and there are new artists whose exposure you can vote up or down. The only time I listen to radio is when I have no data connection, and fortunately that's becoming increasingly rare.

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Shops 'mislead punters' over phone contract prices

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Simple...

The price per month should have an asterisk and on the price ticket it should say '* operator may increase costs during the term'. Or it should just say "30ppm variable" or similar. Anything less visible, especially burying it deep in the contract legalese should not be considered fair - and therefore should not be binding.

Let's face it, to really understand most of the contracts we sign, we would probably need to pay a lawyer 500 quid or so to read it. When one is arranging a mortgage, that's reasonable. When purchasing a 500 quid phone it is completely out of the question.

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