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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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Let's see...

Question: Would you ever partake in an uprising, insurrection, insurgency or terrorist activity?

Downvote: No, not under any circumstances.

Upvote: Yes, if I believed it was necessary to do so.

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Read the proposed US ASTEROIDS Act to green-light mining IN SPAAAACE

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Re: As pointed out above

like it or not, the writ of the US does not and cannot extend beyond this planet.

Are you sure you're not some sort of stinkin-commie-subversive-hippie-fag?

I am quite sure many Americans believe their laws and rule should extend, not just across the whole earth, but across the whole universe and that, one day, God will provide. Hallelujah! USA! USA! USA!

In the meantime it provides America with a legal pretext for military conflict with anyone who disagrees with America's dictating of how things will be should that be needed.

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Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom

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I say bullshit

Thus Facebook taking the image down is damn all to do with US law, decency or even moderate good sense. It's to do with protecting us from our own laws.

I don't believe that for one minute. If America's supreme court ruled FB had no right to remove the image in question and doing so infringed the poster's constitutional rights; do you think they would allow it to be reinstated or would they continue to protect us from our own laws?

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

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Re: TSA Proof?

it would be nigh impossible to hide a bomb inside

I am sure the bad guys would love the TSA and everyone else to believe that.

I suspect getting through security check-in is more likely to become harder rather than easier once the bad guys have shown a viable bomb can be disguised as a battery and every glass phone reveals a potentially suspicious battery. Security checks are not so much about checking items are safe but checking items are not on their list of not allowed.

Fear of battery bombs seem to be what is behind the latest security clamp down and the safety check there is to make sure the device powers on.

Because we all know there's never going to be a battery which provides power and is also a viable explosive device, right?

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Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

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Sheesh

The exaggerated, hyper-indignant, internet outrage bandwagon rolls on.

The ironic thing is that it is FB and other social media which have brought us this mob rule, 'grab the pitchforks and light the torches', collective complaining and whining "me too" group-think culture on such a scale.

It used to be a British national sport but now seems to be an international one.

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New research: Flash is DEAD. Yet resistance isn't futile - it's key

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Re: Nobody wants storage

With perfect clouding etc, there would be no need for storage at all, beyond a few kbytes needed to boot a device.

I gave you an up-vote because if we had such a utopia you would be correct.

In the real world however; neither BT or VM could even find my cloud in recent days.

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Re: What about those black-box locator pings?

it is quite easy for a 37.5kHz pinger to drift down to 33kHz once the batteries are nearly dead.

And the evidence for this claim is?

If the frequency dropped from 37.5kHz to 33kHz during the minimum 30 day battery life then it would seem the ULB was not performing to specification.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: Britain's got secrets

They know perfectly well that the public will be incandescent when they fully realise what has been going on. They fear that.

I don't think they do. They won't welcome it but they certainly won't fear it. The worst which will happen in Britain is they get pushed out of office but the system will endure and they will find their way back in after a few years or decades. Meaningful outrage, revolution and fundamental change is for other countries.

In fact it's a fundamental part of the elected dictatorships the west calls democracy and is what makes those a success. Governments can fall on their swords to appease the citizens but the system and establishment remains untouched.

Big Brother isn't running the show from parliament nor Downing Street. You are simply looking at puppets there.

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'Inaccurate' media misleads public on European Court's Google ruling

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Understatement of the century?

But bear in mind, when Google says the sky is falling, it doesn’t mean it necessarily is. And like any powerful corporation, it may have an agenda of self-interest.

"May have an agenda of self interest"?

I believe it is self-evident that Google does and, wanting to whatever Google wants to do, explains opposition to anything which gets in the way of that.

"Do no evil" becomes a whole lot easier when it is held that there is no evil which can be done.

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

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Re: Swindon's Magic Roundabout

It would probably do a better job than many human drivers placed in in the same predicament.

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Carry On YouView Regardless, BBC Trust tells the BBC

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AIUI...

... a YouView box can be used with any ISP, just that you won't get the so-called 'added value services' BT and TalkTalk provide, you have fork out a ridiculous amount of money to buy the hardware yourself or find someone selling a second hand box.

A traditional STB suits many people even though there are other ways to get the content but its unsubsidised cost is prohibitive unless with BT or TalkTalk.

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Chap rebuilds BBC Micro in JavaScript

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Re: why not use one of the very good emulators already out there

I guess it falls into the traditional human endeavour of simply 'because he wants to'. Instead of wondering if something could be done he may have decided to try it and see - and that's what's driven personal and humanity's progress over the years.

Perhaps he saw it as an enjoyable challenge or learning experience or maybe even to dispel notions that it could not be done, that javascript could not be used or would be too slow.

There are plenty of worse and more pointless ways to spend one's time.

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Russia to suspend US GPS stations in tit-for-tat spat

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American GPS stations

<confused>

The NYT says, "The United States has stations around the world, but none in Russia".

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Windows XP market share decline stalls, Mac OS X surges

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Re: Are old XP machines being upgraded/replaced, or simply retired?

Most are probably being allowed to run the course of their natural lives. Some consumers might have panicked into upgrading when support ended but most will likely keep using the same old until an app they want won't run or some frustration or cheap deal prompts them to consider something newer and they'll take whatever it comes with.

Most equate a Windows OS upgrade with needing a new PC or facing a drop in performance so there will be a natural tendency to avoid upgrading if they don't wish to buy new hardware. Living a generation or two behind bleeding edge has its advantage when it comes to cost. The XP user base is the hardcore who refuse to be drawn into upgrades they don't perceive as necessary or advantageous.

I also suspect a fair few XP systems are bootleg versions, installed with a CD Key from the web and with Automatic Updates turned off. Those people haven't had MS support or patches for years so won't even miss support officially ending.

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Report: Google's NSA dealings not as bad as you thought – THEY WERE WORSE

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Cover-up and plausible denial

Google and other technology giants were working far more closely with the NSA government than originally thought

Far more closely than some people chose to believe - many others suspected involvement went far deeper than those corporations were prepared to admit.

I do not think it is any surprise corporations had relationships with the NSA or other agencies; in fact it would be a surprise if they did not. That is not what the real issue is; it is 'how' they cooperated with the NSA and agencies.

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HALF of London has outdated Wi-Fi security, says roving World of War, er, BIKER

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Re: Why a large battery?

Why go to all the expense and aggravation of adding a means for charging the battery when it doesn't enhance the intended project ?

The usage drain is likely more than can be put back in so the battery is probably going to have to be charged overnight anyway.

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Study: Users don't much care about Heartbleed hacking dangers

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Re: very overblown

People aren't worried because there is little demonstrated risk. To become a victim of this flaw a criminal would have to capture login or other private details and that is mostly a game of chance; hitting the right 'server' at just the right time.

The perceived reality for most is, "if it does happen, it will probably happen to someone else", and that's how we all manage to sleep soundly at night in the face of a world which is full of everyday risks.

Heartbleed was a big story in the IT community for reasons beyond the risk posed to users.

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

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Re: Its my data, not yours... @TopOnePercent

Data is data. It may be information about you, but you probably cannot claim to own it.

'Ownership' in my experience is usually meant as a euphemism for 'having control over its disclosure and distribution' and that usually indicates a belief one should have such control but very likely one doesn't in reality.

We need to escape this "ownership" term as it is often false as it is traditionally understood. We need some other word or phrase to describe what rights we have./ should have to control how others can disclose or distribute information or data which relates to ourselves.

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Up to 500 GP practices to test plans to share patient data

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Sweepstakes time

Will it be the NSA, GCHQ or a script kiddie who fakes being a GP's surgery, logs in and downloads all the data first?

It will probably end up that the government simply gives it away to everyone; through some web portal where you only have to alter the NHS Number in the URL to access anyone's data.

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Everything you always wanted to know about VDI but were afraid to ask (no, it's not an STD)

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Not so long ago...

I remember when we were all looking forward to having our own PCs with their own resources and local storage to free us from the mainframe. No more bottlenecks or costly efforts to overcome them. No more struggling to add another user without breaking the camel's back as each new user could simply be given their own PC.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Re: @JDX

Now try checking out some of the video clips of driving in Russia or, even better, what about this traffic in India. How do you think it will cope with that?!

How would most non-native drivers cope with that? I've seen many British drivers who can't cope well with London traffic.

I suspect the biggest problem for driverless cars will be in being too cautious, which perhaps requires being more reckless, which in turn raises the risk of accidents, and perhaps voids the 'more safe' advantage. Programming 'calculated risk' should be an interesting challenge.

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Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

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$125K

That sounds like loose change in the grand scheme of things. Don't agencies have special project or contingency funds which could be put to good use here?

It seems it would be a great shame to miss something spectacular for sake of short notice because no one had thought to set aside some cash for that possibility. Perhaps some foreign government may be able to step up to the plate if America is short of cash.

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It woz the Reg wot won it: UK mobe network EE fixes voicemail hack flaw

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The $64K question...

Who is - or should be - responsible for identifying potential flaws, checking if they exist, and ensuring they get fixed if they do?

Too often it seems discovery of serious flaws and vulnerabilities is down to individuals who risk breaking the law when it comes to checking their theories, and only fear of an outraged torch and pitchfork wielding mob which gets things fixed.

That's always available as the path of last resort but there must be something better we could have so we aren't dependent upon that. Not sure what that would be though.

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Teen girl arrested with 70-year-old man's four inch weapon inside her

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Re: She looks like...

When she last popped into the hairdresser's did they have a slinky sitting on the shelf?

Or was it 8" rollers being as "everything's bigger in America" - including 'revolver holsters' it seems!

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Dell charges £5 to switch on power-saving for new PCs (it takes 5 clicks)

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Re: So...

I buy an electronic product and the sales staff offer to sell me a set of batteries for £5 and for £10 will even fit them.

I can say yes or I can say no.

I don't really see the problem.

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DeSENSORtised: Why the 'Internet of Things' will FAIL without IPv6

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Re: Bridging IPv4 to IPv6

The way IPv6 is specified is what has prevented it becoming widely adopted and made customers and providers reluctant to embrace it. It's mostly a choice of one or the other and that's not appealing in a world where most things are IPv4.

We shouldn't forget that an IPv4 internet also has the concept of ports which notionally allows 65,536 devices per IPv4 address. Some of those ports are used for specific things but there should still be enough ports available to satisfy most IoT users without requiring a move to IPv6.

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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

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Re: Pasta, pasta, beans, pasta, pasta, pasta, beans and pasta

No one in the UK would have to live on £1 of food a day.

Been there, done that and unfortunately so have many others. The cosy ideal of it should or would never happen is not always matched by the cold reality of the real world.

I agree this is mostly about third world poverty but that doesn't mean there isn't some similar suffering closer to home.

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Pasta, pasta, beans, pasta, pasta, pasta, beans and pasta

It's never so much that one can't live for a £1 a day but that one can't retain the will to live for very long when doing so. I am sure that if we had to most of us could, but I'm sure a supermarket shoplift would be heading towards the top of the 'to do' list. That and a visit to the doctors for some deficiency or problem caused by cheap but unhealthy foodstuffs.

The main problem for anyone on a lean budget is trying to buy variety when small quantities are near impossible to obtain and pricing drops with quantity. It's far easier on £30 a month up-front than when given a £1 a day. That's a typical 'poverty trap' of having to live for the day and not being able to save to make your life more comfortable than it is.

Doing it for charity is a poor simulation of the real deal but it's worth the experience and if it raises money for those who don't have it so good when the week ends all the better. And perhaps consider giving the money one would have spent on food to someone more in need - That's usually quite a shock; how much you did live on against how much is usually spent!

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Re: Fuse Blown - I can fix that

It's amazing how well a hacksawed-down 6" nail works as a 13A fuse replacement and can even earn praise as an entirely professional bodge!

Without standards you are nothing.

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Bad PUPPY: Undead Windows XP deposits fresh scamware on lawn

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Re: Business as usual

And there are those folks who have a good understanding of the issues, risks and mitigations, and have made an informed decision to stick with XP.

It's not as if switching to something else is guaranteed to prevent successful attacks.

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Commonwealth Bank in comedy Heartbleed blog FAIL

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Re: Surprise!

Why is it that when we see the word "exploit" or the phrase "security problems/issues", the article is always about Microsoft.

Looks like we got ourselves another Anonymous Coward Troll -

https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Why+is+it+that+when+we+see+the+word+%22exploit%22+or+the+phrase+%22security+problems/issues%22,+the+article+is+always+about+Microsoft.+site:forums.theregister.co.uk&biw=800&bih=506

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Apple says iOS, OS X is immune to Heartbleed SSL bug

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Call of Duty 'fragged using OpenSSL's Heartbleed exploit'

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Re: And yet

Plain text can be pretty obvious to spot within any memory dump but I am not so sure about binary data. Those saying they can see critical data (keys, certificates, etc) being leaked probably recognise that because it's their data no matter where it appears. I do wonder how easy it is to find meaningful binary data in a random 64K block when you don't know what that data is?

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: Anyone else getting bored of stories about XP updates stopping?

And equally bored of recommendations to use some version of Linux instead.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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"UKIP are the only real option in the next elections"

Perhaps; if it's a contest between dickheads and wankers which it increasingly seems to be.

Most people are disenfranchised and have given up on the lot of them save for having it ingrained in us that we really should vote because that makes a democracy and a belief that there is no right to complain if one doesn't.

It has always been a vote for the ones we dislike least and the only way to change things is to have "none of the above" on the ballot paper and for people to vote that way in droves. Only then will it become clear that what we call democracy and government is not fit for purpose. Which is why we will never be allowed that.

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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Re: If He's That Bothered

I do like the idea of a "Jesus" set but then there's that difficult question of how Commander J marshals the Battle Nuns when they go fight Action Man Giganticus. Do they go with the Pirates in the Space Galleon, ride on the back of Tommy 'Tank' Tortoise, or glide in on Hudl One?

Darned kids and their ridiculous imaginations.

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Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: I pity South Korea

South Korea isn't an entirely innocent party in all of this; always ready to invite her American friends round for a bit of war game posturing and banging on the wall fun.

Of course it's never provocation when the west does it.

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BT befriends Google's lonely TV dongle – and saves YouView

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Suhalan

Don't let facts stand in the way of your hatred.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Parody

For example, you can create a parody of a Dan Brown book by scribbling on every other page. Artistically, that's a perfectly valid "parody", and there's nothing Dan Brown or his publisher could do to stop it.

Brown and his publisher retain a right to redress infringements of copyright which claim to be legitimate by way of parody when they are not.

Just saying something is parody does not automatically make it so and it would ultimately be for the court to decide whether it is or is not.

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Tech giants KNEW about PRISM, web snooping, claims top NSA lawyer

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Re: This is UNCONSTITUTIONAL!

Much as I might agree with your sentiments, if it were so patently illegal, so clearly unconstitutional, then it should be a doddle to have it addressed. I shouldn't think the court case would last much more than half a day and the cheapest lawyer you could find would probably suffice. I imagine there would be many queueing up to have Obama and/or NSA banged to rights for free and plenty who would pay to get that if needed.

So why has that not happened? I suspect it's a lot more nuanced than you wish it were.

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Re: A company full of gits?

If there is a genuine claim of sexual harassment and intimidation, then the employee presumably has the avenue of an industrial tribunal, or whatever the US equivalent is and that is where the matter should be taken and be kept.

Not everyone wants compensation for a wrong or sees that as justice done. They may prefer letting people know what they experienced and having the company shamed into change.

Even if seeking compensation it is best to speak out before they place a gagging clause on any compensation arrangement.

There can also be strategic advantages in speaking out and letting the ex-employer sue for defamation and counter-claiming than commencing a case as a claimant.

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That NSA denial in full: As of right now, we're not pretending to be Facebook or Twitter

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Re: Journalism, whither art thou?

For every question asked there is an ambiguous answer which can be provided.

I am particularly suspicious of denials which have any paired constructs within them; "We did not spy and infect" would be true if they only spied or infected but not both, equally "We did not spy or infect" would be true if they did both. And both are true if "we" did not do it ourselves but got someone else to do that.

This is just amateur hour fare and there's always "we have no evidence of..." as the catch-all which makes any denial worthless.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg buttonholes Obama, rages against NSA dragnet spying

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Re: A translation

Zucks angry not because of the spying, it's because he might lose a bit of cash

More that it's the usual hypocrisy and moral relativism, another case of 'what I do is okay but when others do the same it is not okay'.

When they kill innocent civilians it's abhorrent terrorism. When we kill innocent civilians it's entirely acceptable and justifiable collateral damage.

Both of them, Zuckerberg and Obama, and many more ->

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I NEVER DONE BITCOIN, says bloke fingered by new Newsweek

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Re: Conflicting reports

You haven't actually read either story have you? If you'd read the AP story you would know that he has explained the exchange with Newsweek.

I read the El Reg and Newsweek articles, but not the AP article. A conflict in the reports is however evident.

DPSN says the Newsweek article is wrong, but Goodman is standing by it saying there was no confusion about the context. It may be Goodman is right but DPSN did not mean what it appears he was saying. Or DPSN could have gathered his wits and is now trying to rescue himself from what he did say. I have no idea which it is and doubt anyone else does at this time.

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Conflicting reports

According to AP, Nakamoto said that he only heard of the digital cash three weeks ago when his son said he had been contacted by Newsweek.

Yet, according to Newsweek, when questioned on involvement with Bitcoin -

"I am no longer involved in that and I cannot discuss it," he says, dismissing all further queries with a swat of his left hand. "It's been turned over to other people. They are in charge of it now. I no longer have any connection."

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Light those torches and gather the pitchforks

This is where public shaming of a company has its place. If he has to go to court I do hope he wins and hope Apple pay the cost.

Of course, it is possible that Apple are right according to law. The moral is to make sure someone you trust does know your usernames, passwords PINs and IDs or knows where they have been hidden, or don't put all your eggs in one basket, keep a backup copy of any data you want others to be able to access.

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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The costs of obtaining Bitcoins

It seems to me it is now cheaper to invest in robbery than it is to invest in mining and this will continue to be the case until exchanges and other third-party wallet holders get their acts together. I expect we will see a lot more Bitcoin heists coming soon, big grabs and slow trickle thefts.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Re: And nothing of value was lost...

Tonight's viewing ...

19:00 - 20:00 Total Wipeout

20:00 - 21:00 Don't Tell the Bride

21:00 - 22:00 Festivals, Sex & Suspicious Parents

22:00 - 22:30 Ja'mie: Private School Girl

22:30 - 23:00 Bad Education

23:00 - 23:25 Family Guy

23:25 - 23:45 Family Guy

23:45 - 00:10 American Dad!

00:10 - 01:10 Festivals, Sex & Suspicious Parents

01:10 - 01:35 Ja'mie: Private School Girl

01:35 - 02:05 Pramface

02:05 - 03:05 Hair

03:05 - 03:30 Great Movie Mistakes

03:30 - 04:00 Pramface

There's been some very good stuff but these days it seems to be endless repeats, mundane tat and mostly crap. I'm above their target audience (16-34) so perhaps I just don't get it any more. But then I wasn't in their target audience when I thought it was good. It won't, for me, be much of a loss to see it go if it stays as it is now.

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Yes: You CAN use your phone as a satnav while driving – appeals court

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Re: A test case perhaps?

it would immediately make a lot of on the road police communication illegal due to them needing to use a walkie talkie.

Not necessarily. The usual reason for police exceptions is their being specifically trained and able to carry out such tasks that a mere mortal cannot.

Sensible laws will not be purely technical offences but usually have some 'greater good' defence that absolves or mitigates any crime; "Yes, I was using a mobile phone in a car, but to call emergency services to save the lives of others". That's also the grounds against creating purely technical offences in the first place as there are circumstances where absolute illegality would be perverse.

This case would presumably have parallels with "watching a TV" when that TV was acting as a Sat Nav display, where one is illegal the other is not; a question of when a TV ceases to be a TV and removes it from criminalisation.

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Flying fondleslab causes injury after plane hits turbulence

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Re: I suppose the Aussie transport safety board forgot...

Seems to me they are well aware that almost anything can become a dangerous projectile and hence the suggestion for securely storing such things; putting them in softer carrying cases or bags and keeping that closed, rather than having them loose and free to become projectiles.

Of course the whole kit and caboodle can come crashing down but that's less likely to happen unless turbulence is particularly bad.

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