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Thanks, NSA: Amazon sales of Orwell's 1984 rise 9,500%

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How is the Other Blair (or is it "Lord" Blair) doing these days, btw?

A pretty good interpretation: 1984 as satire about the Socialist program of the Fabians:

The 60th Anniversary of Orwell’s 1984 / Friday, 27 November 2009

In parts of India where Orwell during his early years lived with his family, Big Brother means the close relative who provides financial support to the family. Orwell, remembering the 1942 Beveridge Report, which was used by Clement Atlee in 1945 as a campaign issue, knew that the full Beveridge package comprised more than a National Health Service. It included paid postpartum leave for mothers, child support, compulsory education until college, part-time vocational education, free lunches for students, pay

raises for teachers, improved physical education, unemployment insurance, job priority for veterans, welfare for youth, training for the handicapped, government housing around parks, and even payment of funeral expenses. It was literally cradle-to-grave security. It required new ministries to be built and filled with bureaucrats, in which government holds total power over its citizens. Orwell believed that power over citizens would grow annually until, by the calendar year 1984, Fabian socialists, who were always increasing their numbers through university education, would become sufficiently numerous to remain perpetually in power. No revolution could ever overthrow them.

Orwell saw firsthand how younger Fabians rose to power in proportion to their ability to engage in self-censure, teamwork, and shared journalism and broadcasting. They preferred comrades who tamed emotions and individuality, and showed loyalty to an international brotherhood. The new Fabians as a social class comprised professors, scientists, technologists, advertisers, journalists, public relations specialists, labor union leaders, and celebrities. They represented a collectivistic oligarchy always expanding their oppressive reach into private lives. ...

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Magpie Apple plunders the competition for cosmetics, as egos run wild

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"Answers on a postcard, please."

Clearly, if you push the old-style Bush-Era minimalist grey icon depicting a pill dropping into your wine glass, you will subsequently be redirected to one of three colourful LSD experiences depicted!

It's pretty clear to me.

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NSA PRISM deepthroat VANISHES as pole-dance lover cries into keyboard

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Joel Brenner, a former NSA inspector general, said a probe into the leak should focus on how the techie “had access to such a startling range of information".

I the good old times, we used to point the fingers at hapless Germans who didn't know about the unhealthy actions of their secretive but loud-mouthed government or didn't come forward or didn't blow up stuff to delay the Evil.

People are supposed to know these things, Mr. Brenner. People are supposed to know these things.

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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The age of Accelerating Shiny

"but the iPhone was starting to show its age"

FTW .... man, FTW.

I still haven't got one and it's "showing its age"?

Then again, I used to work on VMS....

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Techies finger Bradley Manning for US secret files database breach

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Have we met?

"aiding the enemy"

Aiding us, in other words.

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Chrome and Firefox are planet-wreckers, IE cuddles dolphins

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Re: of course

Who are those "featurers", why do they need to be rendered and has FÜHRERPRESIDENT Obama been informed by the CIA about this?

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Re: MS TELLS TRUTH SHOCK

Eadon, you missed

"IE sucks less power than rival browsers but simply sucks"

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Linus Torvalds threatens verbal assault on developers' pets

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But cleanup is good. It helps in testing!

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US chief spook: Look, we only want to spy on 6.66 BEELLLION of you

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Clapper says this; Clapper says that. Clapper says things that may be true. Or not.

These people need to be dragged onto the kerb and be summarily dealt with.

Obama’s “Dirty Wars” — and a soiled presidency

One eerie episode in “Dirty Wars” that hit me especially hard amid this week’s headlines is set not in Yemen or Afghanistan or Scahill’s especially terrifying journey to Somalia (you need “kidnap and ransom insurance,” and it’s not easy to get) but in the Senate Office Building in Washington. He interviews Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a strong critic of the Bush-Obama national security state and almost the only member of the Senate Intelligence Committee who’s ever willing to talk about these issues on the record. Wyden clearly wants to explain to Scahill how the Obama administration interprets the laws it uses to conduct national security operations both at home and abroad. But an aide, sitting nearby but off camera, keeps reminding the senator that those legal interpretations are classified, and he can’t talk about them.

“What Wyden was saying to me,” says Scahill, “was that whether it’s the kill program or it’s domestic surveillance or it’s certain secret aspects of the Patriot Act, there are laws that the American people can go online and read, and reasonable people will interpret those in relatively the same way. And then there’s a second set of laws, which consist of the way the administration has interpreted what those laws say. So what he’s saying to me is that on any of these issues, if I could tell you how they’ve interpreted what you believe a law to say, it would shock you.”

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"I always give my Papiers willingly and enjoy being waterboarded by Statis goons"

Oh hey it's the shilling sheeple. Your BSE is showing.

> It is almost like everyone has forgotten the fun and games of the cold war.

Well I can't remember that things went into full-on implementation of surveillance plans.

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Microsoft borks botnet takedown in Citadel snafu

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Re: I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

Because granting yourself the right to do whatever you want via a shrink-wrap clickthrough EULA that no-one reads is a actually a legally recognized way of doing so?

Not unless your name is Obama.

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Sigh!

Ballmer in your sinkhole? It is more likely than you think!

Awaiting Eadon Blast ... any minute now.

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Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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Re: They have to nip these things in the bud.

"When the cops say there is nothing to see here... the NSA has already seen everything"

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Re: Cliché, maybe.

Arrest the footballers, put them in county for a night and throw a couple of girls into the cell ("arrested for resisting arrest" should shurely do). Then release in the morning. That should be excuse enough for the outrage, I would think? No need to go after the innocent hackers.

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The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

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As if!

He (she?) would have sent in a shopped Tux as picture.

INSTANT REJECTION FAIL!

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Who's the daddy of Virgin Media now? That would be Liberty Global

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Re: Turning around a successful company?

Actually, if the curvature (2nd derivative) changes sign, the 1st derivative went through an extremum, but the overall trend in the curve continues..

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Ex-CIA techie Edward Snowden: I am the NSA PRISM deepthroat

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Re: Bin Laden Athletic 4, USA 1

So who's surprised and shocked by this "revelation"

I dunno. You *should* be surprised I guess. You can say *I always suspected this* of course. But suppose a close family member who has the habit of coming home late at night suddenly turns up in the latest hardcore skin flick you downloaded. That's good for some level of surprise at least.

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Re: such shock and horror

"Can you really imagine any organisation whose whole raison d'etre is to spot and gather information not spy and gather all the information it can"

It turns out that in acceptable settings, there is something called "Law" and "Constitution".

Thank you for phoning in from North Korea. HTH.

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Where are the Snowdens of yesteryear?

That's the difference between decent people and yourself, Matty.

And it's Hong-Kong btw.

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Enter the Dragon: The Chinese superputer set to win the Top500 crown

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Re: Sky River

Insert wang jokes here.

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Excellent Machinery!

Greg Egan predicted the cloud quite well in the 90s. Here he is on SciFictional Chinese Supercomputing.

In a way, Luminous was a product of this strange transition from communism to not-communism in a thousand tiny steps. No one else, not even the U.S. defense research establishment, possessed a single machine with so much power. The rest of the world had succumbed long ago to networking, giving up their imposing supercomputers with their difficult architecture and customized chips for a few hundred of the latest mass-produced work stations. In fact, the biggest computing feats of the twenty-first century had all been farmed out over the Internet to thousands of volunteers, to run on their machines whenever the processors would otherwise be idle. (...)

Luminous was, literally, a computer made of light. It came into existence when a vacuum chamber, a cube five meters wide, was filled with an elaborate standing wave created by three vast arrays of high-powered lasers. A coherent electron beam was fed into the chamber-and just as a finely machined grating built of solid matter could diffract a beam of light, a sufficiently ordered (and sufficiently intense) configuration of light could diffract a beam of matter.

The electrons were redirected from layer to layer of the light cube, recombining and interfering at each stage, every change in their phase and intensity performing an appropriate computation-and the whole system could be reconfigured, nanosecond by nanosecond, into complex new "hardware" optimized for the calculations at hand. The auxilliary supercomputers controlling the laser arrays could design, and then instantly build, the perfect machine of light to carry out each particular stage of any program.

It was, of course, fiendishly difficult technology, incredibly expensive and temperamental. The chance of ever putting it on the desktops of Tetris-playing accountants was zero, so nobody in the West had bothered to pursue it. And this cumbersome, unwieldy, impractical machine ran faster than every piece of silicon hanging off the Internet, combined.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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The Player of Games

...and this just after the official announcement that western society has devolved to the point where the paid butlers spy on their paymasters and their sole excuse is to huff, puff and rant at the guy who mentioned it. (I won't go into any of the other kind of abuse that's routinely happening.)

I think there is a message here.

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Facebook's first data center DRENCHED by ACTUAL CLOUD

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Re: Deja vu?

It's not like NSAbook isn't leaking stuff through its backdoor like it's having the runs anyway...

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Re: Raindrops keep falling on my head...

Also expected for The Third Reich's SUPERDOME planned for the city of Germania. Not sure what Speer intended to do about it. It would have given a suitable Wagnerian Atmosphere like in video games.

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That's a pretty cool story!

I have just had failure of the cooling unit so far, resulting in cabling so hot that it seemed to be outgassing monomers...

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Sneaky new Android Trojan is WORST yet discovered

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Re: does tend to prove the point

"People tend to forget, or don't know, that the NT kernel for windows actually has very robust security built in."

Recently I have heard of something rooting the NT kernel by using a bug in some kernel code that computes Bézier curves...

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YES, Xbox One DOES need internet, DOES restrict game trading

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Re: Big. Deal.

> 2013

> Using "paranoid" as an attribute with negative connotations.

I SHIGGEDY DIGGEDY

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Re: The real meaning of the new console's name

Let Uncle Fester Fist Up the OXO With an XBone!

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Re: All sounds good to me

"loads if you lot are winging about it, but it's an awesome way to get a reliable, fantastic spec gfx machine"

This message brought to you by Lilly, the purveyor of the world-renowned PROZAC®

PROZAC®. Makes even your XBone look good! (1)

(1) Approved by the FDA. May not be fully remimbursed by government-free healthcare. Failure to medicate regularly is highly correlated with suicide. Please talk to your government-regulated MD about problems and counter-indications. Do not be alarmed. Be seeing you!

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Re: MS is going to vistasize the XBox

It's more like the Death Star Trench, with the Microsoft X-Wing soon to meet a fiery demise.

"Stay on target"

"I'm panicking!!"

"Stay on target"

"I'm listening!! I'm listening!!!"

"Fire product!"

"MISSED!"

"BOOOM"

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Re: XBox CONSOLE FROM HELL

BECAUSE IT'S EADON!

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Re: Eighth generation

Sure you can. Not on the mainboard, but on the graphics engine:

EVGA GeForce GTX 780 SuperClocked ACX, EUR 680.

> 8gb of gddr5

Not for the CPU.

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Re: Root Cause here...

> I can't predict which way the US economy will go

It's not hard to do. The laws of economics are SOLID. For a time you may stretch them. But then they snap back, like a particularly macro version of Heisenberg's uncertainty relationship.

The End of Sound Money and the Triumph of Crony Capitalism

... a clue to the next phase of this saga may lie in the conterfactual. Had Nixon kept the gold window open, China would have accumulated bullion, not bonds. America would have experienced deflationary austerity, not inflationary bubbles. And fiscal deficits would have mattered. Thus, today's terminally imbalanced world has evolved at complete variance with the outcome that could have been expected under a regime of sound money.

The risk is that the doomsday system for global money and trade that has metastasized since 1971 may be approaching its endgame. By all appearances, Mao's great rural swamp has now pretty much been drained.

Global wages will therefore start rising, because even Walmart has not been able to discover another country inhabited by millions of one-dollar-per-day workers. In that environment, the people's printing press in China will have to drastically slow its creation of RMB, and therefore its capacity to absorb Treasury bonds. Its fellow traveling central banks throughout its feeder system of mercantilist exporters will likely follow its lead.

At that point, the Fed will be the last bid standing. But if it keeps buying bonds, Mr. Market may be inclined to sell dollars with prejudice — even violence. If it stops buying the bond, at what price can trillions more find a place in real, risk-based private portfolios? Either way, it will be a grand experiment. But as they say on television, it's definitely not something that should be tried at home.

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So say we all!

A nitpick!

As the US has spend the past 30 years going completely off the rails

I think we can agree that it was least going off-rails with Nixon, a low-brow, low-IQ mobster type of President. Heavily. Totally. Monetarily. That makes it 40 years.

Going further back, there was FDR. A know-nothing and Mussolini admirer who played the system to the hilt (and freedom and dead people be damned) and still managed to get on the history books as some noble person instead of a run-of-the-mill powerseeker. That would make it 60 years.

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Amazon confirms CIA spook cloud contract

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Re: We've got Terry Taliban in our si.... uh no, it's down again :(

Because this thing will be running on the cloud for non-governmental rubes which may be up or down, instead of a special bespoke solution for the glorious Inner Party Master Race?

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

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Re: Only a matter of time.

> My Aunt's junker was stolen once. She found it abandoned 50m up the road!

I hope that was a written apology and a box of chocolates on the driver's seat!

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Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig

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Bring out the gimp.

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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Re: Hit the windows key and then begin typing...

I like it how the defense of Windows now seems to consist in arguing that it is basically much like a Unix shell.

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Leaked Obama brief reveals US cyber defense, offense policy

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Re: Directive 20: SNAFU

> but just

I don't know where this "but just" comes from. I think it should be "and sadly but unexpectedly".

Obama is such a douche one would think he was playing in Games of Thrones.

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

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Re: Time to pack up and leave

You will just be Ruby Ridged and that has nothing to do with Ruby on Rails.

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Re: it's probably MUCH worse than this

You will find that Java ME could not even properly send SMS and sometimes could not even address the screen without barfing all over itself and taking the phone with it, so don't tell me you could turn the phone into a bug with that kind of stuff. You would need to go lower level than that.

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Re: Well said.

I don't want to go as far as Robespierre but the price should be boots in the arse of many, many politicians and their sycophants.

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Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week

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Re: Load of bollocks

"system goes down every single year during the most important few months for applications"

It's like spring break! Hey El Reg, you missed the headline.

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Re: Load of bollocks

"It's not like you even need to use a computer to use UCAS, everything can be handled by mail."

If someone still knows how it's done by mail.

There may be arcane bureaucratic rules encoded in a highly impenetrable way in that there down system.

ARE YOU SURE THEY ARE DOCUMENTED AND WILL PEOPLE BE ABLE TO FOLLOW THEM ALL?

ALL GLORY TO THE HYPNOTOADBUREAUCRATIC RULE-BASED SYSTEM 15 LEVELS DEEP, WITH ADDED SALIENCE RULES.

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IBM hit hardest in UK server market bloodbath

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Nebulous forecasts

"Nebuloni expects things to pick up in the second half of the year as the economy in the UK and across Europe improves."

How exactly is the economy going to "pick up in the second half of the year"? Monetary loosening continues apace. Unemployment is high. The ravages of the bubbles are not going away. Economies are regimented. Taxes are high. Spending is still through the roof (f*ck you austerity whiners). Banks are swimming in money. Investment is low. Assets bubbles are starting again. France is becoming PIIGSified. The next US crash is not far away.

Things are looking up? If you look up you see a huge ACME anvil curiously doing CONSTANT BEARING DECREASING RANGE.

Problem, forecaster?

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Australia shuts up shop for tech temps

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Take the blue pill! Yes, you!

Hmm... thumbs down?

I sure hope you guys are on government-reimbursed Xanax.

It's not hard to grok. It's like the new pond & flagpole construction in front of representative offices of companies that are pining for the fjords the next time you look.

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If the prices ain't rising, that just means these companies are up bad creek without a paddle. They NEED skills but they can't PAY for them (while banks seems to have so much free cash that they can hoover up the skills and need not even put them to work). They will be floating downriver in the upcoming economic adjustment. I would go long on the popcorn.

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Re: Dream on...

> The RBA has cut interest rates 4 times in the last 12 months.

Aha, the Keynesian Witch Doctors are out, frantically applying leeches and prescribing mercury concoctions. I hope they are at least beating drums.

And, guess what:

Skyscraper Index fingers Melbourne

The Skyscraper Index is a concept put forward in January 1999 by Andrew Lawrence, research director at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein, which showed that the world’s tallest buildingshave risen on the eve of economic downturns. Business cycles and skyscraper construction correlate in such a way that investment in skyscrapers peaks when cyclical growth is exhausted and the economy is ready for recession. Mark Thornton’s Skyscraper Index Model successfully sent a signal of the Late-2000s financial crisis at the beginning of August 2007.

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The Victorian Government has given the go-ahead for plans for the tallest building in the southern hemisphere.

The 388-metre high, 108-storey hotel and apartment building is planned for Melbourne’s Southbank area.

Melbourne City Council had opposed the project due to fears it would cast a shadow over the Shrine of Remembrance.

But the Planning Minister, Matthew Guy, says most of council’s concerns have been addressed and the shrine trustees support the project.

Yup, the Big One's coming all right.

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

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HAHAHA LOOOLLL!

Any of you kids still remember the uproar when the Clinton administration wanted to insert governement-accessible Clipper chips into telecom gear so that you would get easy crypto for a little eavesdroppyness..

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