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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

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Re: Jaywalking - an artificial crime

I used to think that Jaywalking laws served no purpose. Then I had to drive around Sleaford a few times. In a really badly planned town I can see them being useful.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Such a shame David Davis didn't become Tory leader instead of Cameron.

Oh, but he did. Don't you remember how strongly Cameron insisted that only First Past The Post results should matter? That the person who got the most votes in the first round of an election should be declared the outright winner? Well, by that definition he must believe that David Davis is Tory leader.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: Stormtrooper turned good guy?.

Wasn't there a Stormtrooper turned good (ish) guy in three of the films already? Or is that not the canon backstory any more?

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

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Re: No one ever heard of risk analysis?

I don't think these were people from the same organization. When I went to a conference in New Zealand I had some problems at the airport and looked for a guy with a poster tube to find someone who probably knew the answers since sure enough he was going to the same place.

This was a bigger conference so logically there would be a lot more people on every plane going that way in the couple of days running up to it.

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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Re: "The system doesn't discriminate,"

Sure, there could be different reasons. It could also be that it ends up targetting more white people than black people simply because it's easier to get a good image of a white person in uncontrolled lighting conditions. Nonetheless saying a computer vision system doesn't discriminate is inaccurate.

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Re: "The system doesn't discriminate,"

If the police arrest more black people then more black people will resemble people who have been arrested and so the system will pick out more black people.

Racism in, racism out.

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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Re: Priceless

Does that mean that pinging a billion IPs is a billion times more data than an email?

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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This was peer assessed?

I stopped reading when they were confusing speed with execution time in the section on Julia.

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ISPs 'blindsided' by UK.gov's 'emergency' data retention and investigation powers law

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I'm pretty sure you're mistaking Nyarlathotep for Cthulhu.

Cthulhu is relatively honest. When he's not asleep in R'lyeh he eats things that aren't worshipping him, and sometimes he eats things that are if he runs out of food. Nyarlathotep, however, would most assuredly seek political power for nefarious ends which may or may not include eating people.

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Canuck reader threatens suicide over exact dimensions of SPAAAACE!

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Re: There is one "a" in space. There are many in "spaaaace"

There are no "a"s in space. There are however several pigs.

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Wireless-controlled contraception implant is coming, says MIT

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Re: Power

The power of Love.

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

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If he likes it so much

Try him under American law, that ought to dissuade anybody else.

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

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Re: ll vs ls -l

Curious, my ll alias doesn't default to including -h in the options. I'll go fix that now.

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Google spares founders from TERMINATORS, but not Eric Schmidt

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Re: Um...

There was never a T-X in either of the two Terminator movies.

In the original timelines the multiple films and spinoff series were so successful they prepared humanity to easily fight off the machines. Because of this Skynet sent back a number of Directinators to take over the production of the later films to make them suck, and engineered the writer's strike to get the series cancelled.

I think Uwe Boll is part of a related plot.

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Re: Um...

Notably they don't mind a visit from the T-X.

Skynet was wise to exploit that weakness.

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Lindsay Lohan sues Grand Theft Auto V makers for 'using her image'

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Re: Looks more like...

Hollywood actresses all look the same anyway.

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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

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The words of Spock

Were followed by the words of Kirk that sometimes the needs of the few outweigh the needs of the many.

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

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How long

before this law gets used to punish people for promoting gay rights?

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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I have sometimes worked from home. Most companies I've worked for quite rightly expect there to be at least nominal security on the computers I use for their business.

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LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards

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Phew!

I saw the title and thought it had been attacked by ducks.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

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Good grief.

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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Re: Corporate re-branding horror...

Fire can indeed be fitted nasally. Terry Wogan once got a bad nosebleed on air and a medic cauterised it.

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Just so I'm clear,

the background is going to be red, right? So you can only read the I and the T?

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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Re: Of course it won't fly

If being self driving was the price I had to pay to finally get my flying car I'd accept it gladly.

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Rich bitch sorority girls actually more likely to put out than low-class 'sluts': Study

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Re: Misogynist bilge from the Reg - @ R Davies

These views are the fault of parents, who are dumbasses.

It is common for youths to bemoan the fact that they can't choose their parents. Few grasp the fact that it would be worse if they could. If they could choose their parents they'd still be stuck with some dumbass or other, but now it would be their fault and everybody would know it.

You can't blame men for the fact that women feel they should compete for them, any more than you can blame television for Britain's Got Talent. You don't have to do dumb shit to gain acceptance, whatever idiots say. Single women have managed to make it professionally since at least the 1400s, when women ran the brewing trade, Do what you want to do, don't be an idiot, and we'll all be fine. Okay?

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Wait, what?

A woman who is more likely to be insulted by a man is less likely to have sex with that man?

Crazy talk.

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Re: So what happens...

Oh, man, ransomware would be taken to literal extremes. Your car will drive you to your own kidnapping.

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Still using e-mail? Marketers say you're part of DARK SOCIAL

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The menace of shoes.

Sneakernet is a threat to us all.

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Uncivil engineering: US society skewers self-published science

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Re: ASCE's journals

More significantly, their impact factor is certainly going to go down after this since they'll get fewer citations if people have difficulty reading their published papers, so fewer people will want to publish with them...

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Mozilla agrees to add DRM support to Firefox – under protest

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Re: as long as the module can be uninstalled/disabled

I do hope the NSA are involved. Weak encryption for DRM and all that.

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NHS chiefs' claims exposed: GP-data-grab boss claimed fattest expenses of the lot

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Interesting thought

Does the recent ECJ ruling mean that you can opt out by deleting your medical records?

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UN to debate killer drone ethics

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Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

Car bombs?

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FCC MUST protect net neutrality to preserve AMERICA, say Google et al

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Seems pretty clear to me

The big names have realised that if this goes through then they might not be the ones who get to rule the internet with an iron fist after all, so they want freedom for all because they'd rather not be ruled with an iron fist please.

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Star Wars Episode VII: The Ancient Fear of, er, a CHEESE-TASTIC title?

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One word missing

In all the titles I've seen hinted at, I have not seen one mention of the word "Order"

SW aficionados will know what I'm getting at.

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Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

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Re: made me do it

To the person who downvoted me, I would just clarify that in Shakespeare's day there was a problem with prostitution and syphilis that has now been resolved through modern medicine.

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Re: made me do it

If your Elizabethan child was watching Shakespeare then you should be more concerned about the whoring going on in the hallway rather than the play itself.

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Re: made me do it

Back in the 1800s it was popular theater that was to blame.

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Canucks' ISPs routing data through snoop heaven USA

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Sounds like

Time for an agreement to route data through the EU? They'd probably pay for the infrastructure even.

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GOV.UK push in action: Er, FEWER Brits filling out govt forms online

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Re: Convoluted registration

They still do that, do they?

I found my gubmit portal card when I moved last and couldn't remember what it was for.

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BOFH: Oh DO tell us what you think. *CLICK*

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Sure about that?

Given it's the BOFH I wouldn't be surprised that he'd remapped people's shortcut keys so Ctrl-F deletes all emails.

Ctrl-H, of course, electrifies something humourous.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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Nice try, Mr Cameron, but I'm afraid you forgot to call us autistic too.

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Come to Oz for sun, surf, ratting on co-workers and surveillance

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I hate that quote

It implies that there is a choice between Liberty and Safety.

Safety means not getting beaten up.

Liberty means not getting beaten up by the police.

You can't choose between these two things.

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Re: What's so special about "democracy"?

Democracy is a neat method of making sure your leaders will later become ordinary citizens who will have to live with the laws that they passed.

Also there's some fancy stuff about pretending to be just and free and stuff. Whatever.

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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Re: Good!

Hard to say. They voted heavily against it as a purely domestic measure, which is why Brown took it to Europe to force it through in the first place. Whether they will remember this ... no, probably not.

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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

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About bloody time

Can they offer a password recovery service too?

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: 1 in 16 boys? seams low

Oh come on: the sort of dog-eared top-shelf muff magazines we used to have in our yoof are light-years away from the kind of hard core easily accessible online nowadays.

Which is why back in our youth we had to supplement it behind the bike sheds.

Seriously, I don't understand the rush to go back to those days.

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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Re: Terrorism laws being used for something other than combating terrorism?

No, anti-organised crime laws being used for organised crime.

RIPA came about before Terrorism was a buzzword for why you should get your own way.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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In other news,

Teen pregnancy is at a 40 year low.

Just thought I'd mention that detail.

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Will Yelp help 'Yahoo!' compete with Google? Search us...

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Re: Tinplate toy search engine second!!!!

Yahoo serves up Bing's results. Why use Yahoo in that case?

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Perhaps the headline should have been,...

It is indeed the wrong type of bottom in French. Just ask Google Translate to translate Cul from French to English. It will give you an American slang term for it.

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