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Are MPs smarter than 5-year-olds? We'll soon find out at coding school – Berners-Lee

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Just so I have this right ...

Coding teaches you to think so in teaching you to talk your parents were teaching you to be slave labor to politicians who know to code ? I imagine that is the way they see it anyway.

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Re: MP Coding

if (Parliament(insession)=true()) {sleep($little_guy)=!(well);}

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EVERYTHING needs crypto says Internet Architecture Board

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Everything in your world needs encryption

Everything in my world just needs to know when to shut up.

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AT&T mothballs creepy customer web stalking system (until everyone's forgotten about it)

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IT Angle

As long as the pigs in the Marketing Department are still putting on lipstick to fly, and the pigs in the corner offices have their hams covered by the politically leeward wage slaves in IT, the whole farm is happy, happy, happy.

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Google DoubleClick goes TITSUP. ENJOY your AD-FREE WORLD!

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Headmaster

Fixed ?

I think "re-broken" maybe ...

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Not sure ...

... to whom we owe thanks, and I know it is only temporary, but ...

next time bring a detonator for the back-up charge !!! Rookie mistake, sheesch.

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Jony Ive: Apple isn't here to make money. And students shouldn't use computers so much

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I get it

Apple is not out to make money. They hang around school children because they have candy, not in spite of it. What other icon is there for this ?

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Facebook's plain English data policy: WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair

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"WE'LL SELL YOU LIKE A PIG at a fair"

I read the whole article out of respect for the genius of El Reg, I think, or maybe it's past noon on Friday and I'm drunk already.

After careful reading, I was unable to decern any nuances in the narrative which might lead me to believe the title did not say it all.

We need an separate Icon, for morning reading.

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SCREW YOU, net neutrality hippies – AT&T halts gigabit fiber

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Re: Not going to happen, but....

"Worked for the Interstate highway system."

That was quite an innovation.

So too Rural Free Delivery (RFD) of mail, in Mayberry and elsewhere, made it possible for the Sear's Catalog to market trinkets up to including the size of houses to rural areas.

The Hippies will never get mail-order communes on ATT's watch, you can bet your waving flag on that.

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The New Jersey Standard

"What's faster? 1Gbps or the speed at which toys were just thrown out of a pram?"

Actually I used to live in New Jersey near the ATT Headquarters, El Reg. I got this one.

The shortest interval known to World+Dog in New Jersey is the time between the light turning green and the asshole behind you blowing his horn and making one finger hand signals. Or her horn, you have to check the manicure.

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Who will save Europe's privacy from the NSA? Oh God ... it's Google

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Re: No Lawyer or Politician needed

Wow. Way to miss the point, which is "inalienable", not "the people" who are native born (mostly) perhaps subject to jail but not subject to deportation (or "transportation", are you Australian ? or Napolean ? St. Helena, or French ? Devil's Island).

Somewhere between the Magna Carta and the Declaration of Independence Captain Kidd was dragged back to London for hanging.

Stop reading the words. Think the thoughts.

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No Lawyer or Politician needed

"It’s time to extend the US Privacy Act to EU citizens."

Trivia I can't seem to forget: In the US, perhaps in Europe as well, the laws generally refer to "citizens". The exception is FOIA (Freedom of Information Act). It specifically applies to "persons", and of course this can be a proxy meatbag for any organization.

Save yourselves.

The simple fact is that the right to question the NSA is one of those rights Tom Jefferson famously called "inalienable" in the US Declaration of Independence. To be honest I have never seen the word anywhere else. He may have invented it, but the EU can borrow it (as long as you translate into 30 languages).

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BOUNCY BOUNCY: Comet probot Philae landed TWICE

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Well done Philae!

About the bounce ... experienced travelers know you always get in the line for the loo before you get in the line for Customs. No problem :)

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FTC tells 'scan to email' patent troll: Every breath you take, every lie you make, I'll be fining you

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Re: Bogus

... but it's the law.

When beer is a Food Group, and my birthday a World Holiday then it will be the law.

I'll wait.

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ICANN creates 'UN Security Council for the internet', installs itself as a permanent member

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Re: Play with your own toys

ICANN has been playing with their permanent members for years. We've told them they will go blind, grow hair on their palms, etc.. Nothing will make them stop.

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Re: Well...There you go again....

"Which pretty much shows you how much the NSA knows about business...or models."

or descent airborne tomato melodrama ...

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Re: NSA vs Apple + Google

No, I'm sorry william.

This is where the NSA "necessity of the surveillance society" argument skips merrily down the road to Heck. There is no evil twin Board of Directors who do not want you to buy the company's stock or products.

That said, I am surprised Apple, Google don't have both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde on the Board. His services must be in great demand in Silicon Valley.

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Re: Chewbacca defence?

There are pan-galactic issues here. Porn with midgets ? Never heard of such a thing, he said nervously.

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UNCHAINING DEMONS which might DESTROY HUMANITY: Musk on AI

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Re: So why didn't ancient Greeks progress?

"... by now we would have colonies (complete with temples of Athena) on Gliese 581 C..."

You mean they tore it down already ???!!!

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Re: I can see one probable problem

Some other banker(s) will front run the robot.

Genuine Artificial Asshole-ery (GAA) is the next, present and last big thing.

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Apple grapple: Congress kills FBI's Cupertino crypto kybosh plan

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Re: I have just one thing to say to Mr Comey

Re: I have just one thing to say to Mr Comey

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's two things....

If you are using proper Albanian hyphenation principles, yes, but hey, you are dealing with Americans. What do you expect from that School System ?

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Warning to those who covet the data of Internet of Precious Things

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" ... which then shows you are breaking the law."

William of Occam should advertise his Razor on the web. That would be really cool.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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Re: Why ?

"There was much money to be made at Spindletop, but there was even more money to lose. It is estimated that $50 million dollars was made from Spindletop, compared with investments equalling $80 million. As had happened in other booms, there were many frauds and cheats, ..."

http://www.priweb.org/ed/pgws/history/spindletop/spindletop.html

It all sort of all depends on the investors. They must be incredible idiots.

Surely the Irish are as capable as the Texas Oil men.

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'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

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Nice!

The subtle point about the Surveillence Society is that Richlieu has not hanged anyone lately.

Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor once famously asked Stalin "When are you going to stop murdering people ?" Stalin replied "When it is no longer necessary" She insisted the question be translated verbatim so there was nothing lost in translation. Nancy and other American chicks probably lose a lot of Translators, however. In any case, Stalin has not murdered anyone recently.

Seeing a pattern here ? It's not the act, it's the agency.

'George Orwell was an OPTIMIST. Show me a search history, I'll show you a perv or a crook'

Won't someone please think of the children ?

They deserve a better Monster than this little jerk.

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Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores

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Re: Bose noise-cancelling headphones.

Bose produced respected, if high-end, audio equipment before Steve Jobs had his first wet dream and long before he began to design and sell ersatz wet dreams to fanbois.

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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When you treat everyone like criminals...

They may respond by behaving like criminals.

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Why yes.

Don't make gadget security a crime, make crime a crime.

And when you give those in Public Service access to insider information on demand then what would be treason after their service is simply a cosmetic for greed and thin ethical protection from the hangman.

The availability of lucrative second careers for former adjuncts to the Civil Service concerns me not.

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Data cops in charge of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google get a new office

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"Data cops in charge of Facebook, LinkedIn, Google get a new office

But HQ remains next to corner store in the middle of Irish nowhere"

If Facebook ... etc. had their druthers the office would be a few hundred miles west of Irish nowhere. The only reason it isn't is because data cops are not allowed near Bermudian Banks Silicon Valley Mission Critical Facilities.

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Women in tech: Not asking for raises is your 'superpower' – Nadella. *chirp*...*chirp*

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Joke

Less Title, Taxes and kharma.

She was laughing so hard I thought she'd rip it right off me.

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Software gurus: Only developers can defeat mass surveillance

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Re: Well meant but still narrow minded thinking...

Nope sorry.

Only an incognito wage slave looking for his Master's validation could possibly write this:

"The prevailing wisdom is that multi-tenanted cloud platforms offer more cost-effective and reliable solutions than those built on private infrastructure, but centralisation has risks of its own that should be considered."

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Europe mulls weaker 'right to be forgotten' Google rule

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"Proposed penalties for non-compliance are a fine of 5 per cent of a company’s annual revenue, or up to €100m."

The stash in Bermuda Banks has a right to be forgotten ? The EU needs a RICO statute to deal with Silicon Valley. You can't let them get one apology for the misunderstanding ahead because that was just a misunderstanding, we apoligize. Meanwhile they are peeing on the Judge's shoes.

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Google's Eric Schmidt's shock confession: Steve Jobs is.... MY HERO

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"... despite recently being compared to Aristotle, the great Steve"

Finally, after almost 2300 years, Aristotle is geting the buzz he deserves.

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Ingredient found in TASTY BEER is GOOD for your BRAIN

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Re: 3,520 pints a day?

"I can't access the publication so I don't know how much xanthohumol they say is "normally" in beer and how much is needed to see the cognitive benefit."

All I can say is:

1) Xanthohumol is a funny name, and

2) It must be in there, but I can never taste it until pint # 3,500.

Give me a few minutes and we can resolve this dispute in a fair, clearheaded manner.

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Re: 3,520 pints a day?

"Sadly, to get the same effect a human would have to down 2,000 litres of the stuff a day (3,520 pints) to ingest the amount of xanthohumol used in the study for the same period, which isn't going to do anyone's cognitive functions a favour."

All I can say is ... where there's a will there's a way

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My employer, comply with data protection law? Don't think so – say 3 in 4 office drones

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Comply with what ?

I'd bet that the percentage of typhoons in Congress is lower than in Parliament. (Just typhoons, generalized windbags, the numbers are probably comparable)

Sadly both the US and the UK share only unwritten Boss's Arse Protection Laws.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: It ought to be banned!

That is because the Government doesn't need Cash, kmac.

If nerds ruled the Universe they would ban sex and personal hygiene. Be thankful.

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UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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Re: The law is an ...

It's the Hippies, they are everywhere, Pete.

The next thing you know ...

The Meek Shall Inherit The Earth

(c., 2014, Gannon J. Dick, All Rights Reserved)

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New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

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A Candle in the Darkness

Here's your upvote

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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El Reg, the new Historical Literacy Hangout

The Holocaust ... Check

Magna Carta ... Check

Henry II (Becket) ... Check

Not that I mind, where have you all been ?

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Nicked iCloud snaps: Celebrities were 'dumb' – new EU digi boss

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Re: The weakest link

Exactly @Chris Miller

In the US, you have to get a Learner's Permit so you can practice, so you can get a License to drive a car.

Almost everywhere. On Wall St. and in Silicon Valley if you have an IPO or two on your CV the assumption is that you were granted an iLicence to do whatever the hell you damn well please any time you damn well please to do it.

Oh yes, the IT Angle my friendly El Reg Icon promised ...

(wonky, nearly indecipherable W3C snooze-fest alert. May require Addition, Subtraction AND Reading Skills)

http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/uri/2014Sep/0006.html

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: Fuck these guys 10'000 times.

So, um, you are upset ?

Don't push the "like" button.

That will teach them a lesson, which, by all indications they have already learned.

BTW, Could you loan me a few zero's ? I am having an appropriate magnitude shortfall in my agreement.

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An Unsolved Geometry Problem ...

... encryption puts people 'above the law'

when they should be bent over with their backs to it.

Thanks, but no, maybe some other time.

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Stanford Uni: Google cash leaves us entirely impartial and unbiased

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Please, Andrew

This is just what my old friends at Google were saying ...

You said ... <parody>yabber yabber yabber</parody>

We say, (correctly) ... <parody pageRank="1">yabber yabber yabber</parody>

Don't you see the added value or are you an anarcho-syndicalist with leanings toward poor personal hygiene ?

Which is it ? Honest debate is healthy! For The Children!

Sincerely,

Larry L.

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ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee

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Mobile Communications makes a difference.

The "energy" to run land lines is supplied by the Phone Exchange. That is one of the things for which you are paying to have a phone on your table. Having switched to a cordless phone - a radio link which requires power you supply - does not change the difference between a service you buy and a Public Utility service which works whether you buy it or not.

Ever since the forced retirement of Ma Bell, players in the Communications Industry have been fighting over the last mile and the first mile without any obligation to render service to either mile.

Turn them all back into Public Utilities - Recordkeeping and Privacy would be a good universal basis for public obligation - and you will see the the cherry picking cowboys vanish.

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New UK.gov DATA SLURPING diplomat to push US telcos to share more subscriber info

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A friend in need is a conspiracy waiting to happen

"In July, Cameron expressed frustration with US communications providers for "severely constraining" the work of spooks in Blighty over jurisdiction issues, by citing a conflict of legislation between US measures and UK law."

If you've done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide bitch about, Mr. Cameron. If spook work is much easier on this side of the pond, let me ask, do you envy their power over ordinary citizens ? You want that for Blighty ?

If your spooks need a hug, say so, but do not intimate that a little less supervision is appropriate.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Re: Interesting times

@Chemist

"... so this isn't anything more than a thought experiment unless you've seriously been dieting"

I suspect people cut down on thought experiment production by thinking less. I've tried everything, South Beach (thinking like a Blonde), Low Carbohydrate (thinking like a rock) ... if this diet works it will life-changing for millions.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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EWWWWW ....

Haven't you been to the Primate House at the zoo ? That's not water.

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Re: Copyright is a fickle mistress

Can not very well judge without evidence ...

1) On the Planet of the Apes the monkeys no longer produce lawyers.

2) Monkeys don't post on El Reg

Oh.

Moving on ...

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Re: Infinite monkeys

"He doesn't get any, on the grounds of being dead."

Um, long dead. Last I heard Einstein and Elvis were doing fine in the royalty lottery. Apparently being dead helps ... something one can not remind some celebrities of often enough.

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Weekends

So if I get tired and emotional, you'll find them for me ?

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Google to offer special accounts for kids: report

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The weeping you hear is ...

... the sound of parents of Google Employees realizing what they've raised.

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