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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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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: On which internet is google an "opt-in site" ?

Out of the mouth's of Cow Heards pearls of wisdom :-)

There is something else you have to do too.

Make sure the "Country Code" of your Loopback server is "XZ". This is "Installations in International Waters" in the UN-LOCODE system. This is an ISO "User Defined" Code. For a three character code (FIFA World Cup, etc. use those), I use XZZ because either XZ or ZZ are User Defined. The "civil" spooks in the US (NGA) use "UF" for "Undersea Features". You are kind of limited because there are no three character codes defined. However, if a transliteration of "UF" resolves to both "XZ" and "XZZ" you should be ok.

If the prying eyes of Social Networks were told that everyone were out of cannon shot range (this is where the "Three Mile Limit" comes from) then prying eyes would be shit-out-of-luck.

The "generic" jurisdiction violations would quickly become hugely expensive - a milking machine for arseholes. Well done Cow Heard.

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@Fuzzy, Lots of Downvotes, but not from me ...

... because you are on the right track, IMHO.

"The NSA don't resell their users .Google and Facebook do and are the two worse enemies of privacy liberty and freedom ever."

The insidious act here is not collecting data but rather "front running" personal information.

It rate of collection depends only on the hardware infrastructure. The NSA, Google and Facebook have these resources in megamultiples of you and I.

Be afraid of the NSA because their minions might act in haste - and irreversibly - on noise.

Be afraid of Google and Facebook (et al.) because they sell back doors and faster access to the noise product if you are a front runner with lots of cash.

Things could get worse if the NSA were to behave like Google, Facebook, et al..

The only way things get better is to fine the bejesus out of spam enablers.

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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"... give Europeans the same rights of redress as American citizens if their data is used inappropriately."

Hasn't Europe suffered enough ? The rights of redress posessed by American citizens are explained in detail in a sentance much shorter than this: None, you Dung Beetle.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: The internet is full

Oh dear. I hope the Internet is not full of what GCHQ and the NSA are.

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Apple, Intel, Google told to stop being tightwads and pay out MORE in wage-fix settlement

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The Chinese are jumping off buildings for joy.

I am thankful that at least the Judge knows how bad this looks in world eyes.

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Google on Gmail child abuse trawl: We're NOT looking for other crimes

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Eddy, please.

"... it only catches the dumb ones ..."

Please don't say such things around Silicon Valley. It gets them all IPO's up and innocent legs may be humped.

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Re: Midgets.

Knock, Knock,

Just wanted to say ...

Hiding behind the Joke Alert. Nice touch. Use that one myself all the time.

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Jack, is that you ?

Here's another upvote

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Re: Slippery slope - we're already sliding down it

"Google is legally required to report suspected child abuse, as are all other US companies (Yahoo and Outlook.com included)."

I saw that, and it concerns me too. There are "Good Samaritan" laws and you can be charged with a "failure to render aid" for ignoring an accident victim, for example, and I know Teachers are "required" to report child abuse, but in that case you are a witness to some misfortune or crime and a Prosecutor is required to name you as such. Other things being equal, "Confidential Informant" is a legal status not an assumption.

Your concerns have long since been observed in the wild: When one of Apple's resident geniuses left an iPhone prototype in a bar, the San Fransisco Police were led to a location and stood outside while Apple Security conducted a "search".

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HUMAN RACE PERIL: Not nukes, it'll be AI that kills us off, warns Musk

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The difference between an idiot and an idiot savant is BEELIONS

This is what Physicists used to call, and not in a good way, the Ultraviolet Catastrophe.

Is it possible to invent an Emperor Nero Robot which will "fiddle while Rome burns" ?

No, you can't.

If (Rome still burning) then {do nothing and die last;} Oh, except keep checking which is "doing something" as the little guy in the back row quickly points out.

Surely, if you are rich enough you could buy a Nero Robot !!! Sure, it runs on Tachyons and your Bankers know where there is an unlimited supply. Unless the Unicorns refuse to work for free.

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Samsung sticks with CHILD labor shame fab: Zero-tolerance means 30% less trade

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Re: Zero tolerance?

Thank you. I thought my maths battery was dead.

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Re: Nothing to hide, nothing to fear...

The UK gov brought this on themselves.

We on the other side of the pond have had a fully implemented Military-Industrial Complex for years now. We flash a EULA, you drop a tonne of Pounds and ... done deal.

But, nooooooooooooooo, they had to grow their own. Austerity, frugality, freedom, dignaty, blah, blah, blah, I call it cheap.

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Re: If the public knew the truth about Company X...

That's exactly what Google said when I told them not to climb into the shower with me.

My synchronicity detector is wailing.

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Microsoft and pals applaud UK's 'Google Review' copyright move

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The sound of one hand and five eyes clapping.

c.f. Microsoft and pals applaud UK's 'Google Review' copyright move.

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Russia to SAP, Apple: Hand over source code to prove you're not spies

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Careful what you wish for Vlad

I've seen some of that source code. It doesn't prove they are spies. Wow, in fact it does not even suggest they are sober.

Sure, if you have a lot of time on your hands but, you know, government, Russia, it's a big place, lots to do etc.

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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

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Nothing is certain except death and taxes. - Ben Franklin

This all makes perfect sense, you see, because extending Copyrights to death + 70 enables artists to cheat death and Google to cheat .... um, lost my train of thought. Carry on.

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In the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ... you can legally carrier unlock your own phone

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Re: Its just a token tinkering of the law.

"laws of supply and demand" ... um, I'm pretty sure they are just suggestions of unknown origin.

Not really "laws" as we understand them, but rather like a Great White Shark attack without ambient dampness.

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UK.gov's Open Source switch WON'T get rid of Microsoft, y'know

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Ace in the hole

As a red blooded American slacker I was initially alarmed at this blatant ploy to make life easier for bureaucrats.

But then I thought, we have slacker methodology light years ahead of anything the Brit Civil Service can deploy.

They will never catch up, [METHODS REDACTED IN THE INTEREST OF NATIONAL SECURITY but it sure is fun to watch them try. Pffft ... amatures]

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UK government officially adopts Open Document Format

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Re: And yet again...

I think business should stop touching themselves on this one.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Re: Smelly pirates ahoy...

Ahoy, upvote for you Matey, because I do smell.

I have to admit it was fun hearing people cough rude personal hygiene remarks on "Talk Like A Pirate Day".

I'll miss that :(

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Big Brother

Cos, y'know, it's bad for business.

Think of how much it would cost if it was good for business

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Paris Hilton

That's it ...

... this must stop forthwith.

Where do I send naked pictures of myself to the NSA ?

Any libido that can withstand that trauma, requires Plan B.

Plan B:either fision or fusion.

Paris, because this is man's work.

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EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'

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ok, listen up, I'll say this one time only.

Web Architecture means Unicodes are the only thing which have "No right to be forgotten". (Transport Protocol + Top Level Domain) = UnicodeDigit[1], followed by the other "digits". This is a one or more digit transfer [a frame], an anti-pattern - give me everything which matches the pattern. IANA made a quick buck by offering Generic Top Level Domains (gTLD's). Good scam, but it did not change Web Architecture. The "old Boss", UnicodeDigit[1], was an empty suit. Meet the New Boss, etc.

Microsoft and Google et. al. (including the NSA) all wanted to be the Old Boss, now they all want to be the New Boss, because Bosses are unforgetable.

See the problem ? The Old Boss was an empty suit and so is the New Boss.

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NSA dragnet mostly slurped innocents' traffic

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the word "internally" makes all the difference

"Nine out of Ten" to one significant figure means 90% noise and 10% fanatical true believer psychosis interfereing with the reception of the other 10% noise.

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Re: 6 degrees of separation...

I agree.

The NSA is playing meta data Roulette. They misunderstand this game of chance - Red, Black or Green, no Blue, Pink or Purple, a run of numbers don't mean shit.

Dans les champs de l'observation le hasard ne favorise que les esprits préparés.

(In the fields of observation chance favors only the prepared mind.)

Louis Pasteur

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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@silent_count

Mr Grayson did "the correct thing". He turned the evidence over to Occam's Razor.

"Occam's razor (also written as Ockham's razor and in Latin lex parsimoniae) is a principle of parsimony, economy, or succinctness used in problem-solving devised by William of Ockham (c. 1287–1347). It states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected."

BTW, Google Translate gets "lex parsimoniae" right - The Law of Parsimony.

Simply put, the burden of proof is on General Alexander to prove The Law of Parsimony wrong.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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Re: With NYT-editorial levels of truthiness, we boldly go....

c.f. "Prima Nocta" Amazon EULA pp. 732 paragraph 8.G.(37)

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Surprise! NSA's first ever 'transparency' 'report' is anything but

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Re: Accuracy

Dear NSA,

Oops.

If those National Security Letters were delivered on Tuesdays or Thursdays and did not have a Buy-One-Get-One-Free Jumbo Jack Coupon attached, I may have thrown them out.

Could you resend ? (Oh and please attach the coupon, please, it's for the Children)

Sincerely,

Ms. G. Oogle

P.S. Upvote for that kind man Mr. Jefe

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Indie labels: 5 reasons why we're hauling YouTube before Euro antitrust watchdog

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Re: Reason 6

I think that's true, but I'm not sure that's the point.

Much of Entertainment Industry Control Freakery Fairytales (EICFF) are predicated on the rather dubious notion that added mass is added value.

That went titsup many years ago: "I took a speed-reading course and read War and Peace in twenty minutes. It involves Russia." - Woody Allen (decades ago)

1) We now know that Mr. Allen was ignoreing the Higgs Field commentary in the margins. INDIE Music is missing magic sub-atomics and the American anti-trust "watchdogs" are perfectly proper to ignore these mere artists until of course somebody, some "consumer", or "user" miscreant declares The Emperor's New Clothes to be Higgs Boson and commercial potential free.

2) At that point, the anti-trust watchdogs who have been humping Holywood's Leg will experience an urge to bite an Empty Suit in the crotch.

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Germany dumps Verizon for Deutsche Telekom over NSA spying

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Re: Dear Verizon....

"For decades the NSA and other government agencies have spied on anything and everything they possibly could, without regard for the laws of this country, without regard for the wishes of the congress, and without regard for the wishes of the citizens of this country"

My fellow, 'Merkin ... nice job, over all, one comment though:

Hyperbole doesn't help, so I would say something like "two decades" to avoid the over-40 eyerolls.

That said, please do not fail to mention this little factoid:

a) The Phone system began as "Party Lines".

b) Both the Central Exchange (which made private lines possible) and Telephone Booths (which made implementation of private conversations possible) were innovations made within two decades of the invention of the Telephone.

So, within two decades of the invention of the Telephone, market forces led to innovations which promoted user privacy. The Telecommunications Industry could not compete against "market forces", except by realizing a monopoly. However, no such market forces exist in the general case; information exchange is both a utility and a commodity, therefore there is no expectation that any innovations promoting individual privacy will ever be forthcoming and a Government monopoly on private communications is non-essential to commerce. Why ?

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You need a list of specific unknowns we may encounter? Huh?

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Next time I'll drive you

What a tragic waste of Beer Friday this is.

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Occupy Google: Protesters attack ad giant as I/O gets underway

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Re: @ dan1980

Ignored this too ...

According to the protestors Google said that they were welcome to stay but might get wet from the firm's garden sprinkler system. But as night came the local police turned out and broke up the protest, with 10 arrests for trespassing reported.

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California is famous for a "Three Strikes" law, but if you are big enough and evil enough then "Three Squared Plus One" arrest records which will ruin any future prospects of these Little People stupid enough to believe in corporate slogans is a small price to pay for Law And Order.

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Yes, I think was Goering, but perhaps we ought to think differently about that observation.

Repeating a lie over and over provides a tactical retort to arguments to reason based on Occam's Razor (Lex Parsimoniae) when the lie is simpler than the truth. Lies about Technology are a special case. Sir Isaac Newton could explain gravity to you, but you would be very hard pressed to explain Velcro to him without saying something like "it's magic FFS!". My point is: Occam's Razor fails to distinguish between magic and mendacity after the first iteration.

One can not base a strategy or Government Policy on "creeping up" on Fairness and Justice.

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Warrantless snooping on American man was LEGAL in terrorism case, rules US judge

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Re: Well he would still be roaming the streets in the UK

Entrapment ?

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US Supreme Court: Duh, obviously cops need a warrant to search mobes

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Light sprinkle of sanity

Yes, there was that.

There is some suggestion that rotten Security Theater cake can not be iced into respectability too, and that is a good thing. The idea that intrusions are the normal and protection is the desirable technology to counter this "fact of modern life" is showing a few cracks in the coverage is a very good thing.

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Judge could bin $325m wage-fixing settlement in Silicon Valley

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Re: Another reason not to have every tech company in the same small area

Chill, Don.

No, I don't expect a Federal Judge to stick her nose in Tax or Trade matters.

OTOH, this could very easily be brought under the RICO statute which would certainly prevent future "misunderstandings" not only in Silicon Valley but elsewhere.

Wage-Fixing is not a "cybercrime" and as you probably know Big Al Capone went down for Tax Evasion.

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Re: Another reason not to have every tech company in the same small area

Lucy Koh is a Federal Judge.

"These companies put these in place to stave off the extreme amount of competition over the local talent pool and because California law does not recognize non-compete agreements. This can be fixed by moving offices to other cities/states, many of which would welcome them with open arms and hand out tax breaks like they are going out of style."

These companies put "these" in place because they are racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations under section 901(a) of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970.

This can be "fixed" by demanding an immediate repatriation of offshore funds with the payment of taxes due.

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WTF ?

Did this exchange take place in open court ?

I can not believe that Justice is so blind, deaf, dumb and stupid that Administrative Mechanisms such as "Class Action" have any bearing whatsoever on the legal remedy suggested.

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However, the plaintiffs’ attorney Kelly Dermody said yesterday that the case faced serious risks if it went all the way through the trial and on to appeal, because the US Supreme Court hasn’t been kind to class-action suits lately.

"Those are very, very real risks for plaintiffs," she said, adding that the settlement was already the largest antitrust employee deal ever reached "by far”.

But Koh said she wasn’t so sure that the Supreme Court would get involved in this particular case.

“If there was going to be good case for further restricting class actions, I'm not sure this is the one," she said.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: Cell Phones

So, how does that work with a bricked phone ? Especially when Authorities can brick a phone ?

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Re: Kill switch is significantly different than provider lockout

Thanks NP, I was writing while you were answering my real question ... see below ...

What good is it for a Government to cut their citizens off from Emergency Services over Commercial Disputes ?

Here's your upvote.

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Cell Phones

Long ago, in the US, any (intact) cell phone had to be able to make a (free) call to the emergency number (9-1-1, Police, Fire, Ambulance, etc.)

The utility of this business-hating, anti-capitalist, satanistic policy was pretty straight forward, it saved beau coup meatbag lives and property. Quaint when that mattered; it was the closest the Consumer Electronics Industry ever got to Noblesse oblige.

Did Europe have the same rule ?

How do you do this with a bricked phone ?

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D-Wave disputes benchmark study showing sluggish quantum computer

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Re: I think I know what's up

I wanted to simultaneously vote this up and down but obviously El Reg's website is under the influence of superposition (rather early in the day isn't it guys ?)

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Microsoft: NSA security fallout 'getting worse' ... 'not blowing over'

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"This is not a new thing. It's pretty much how the world worked before mass communication allowed some to believe it is possible to control everything from a single location."

Seriously Sirius Lee, you are just millimeters away from being right ... Mass Communication does not validate that control belief. Assholes and Amoral Monsters have "the belief" and imagine they got it from Mass Communication.

The "Silk Road" worked because it had the Pope on one end and the Mongol Khan on the other. There was no Mass Communication involved, what actually "worked" was the fear of turning your back on either the Pope or the Khan.

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Re: Cloud security

I'll drink excessively to that.

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Google spaffs $50 MILLION on 'get girls coding' campaign

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What happens when girls don't learn to code and do something else ?

Ask Lucy Koh

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/06/20/no_hire_pact_settlement_judge_concerned/

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

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Yikes

"The Germans in particular feel so strongly about privacy, that such a move would be an affront. Google can dream of a world without laws to inhabit its behaviour. It's not going to get a world without Germans."

Google Gleichschaltung

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AT&T: 'twas conniving contractors who nicked your info

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Re: ...is a phone company doing with SSNs?

... the ATT Man Behind The Curtain(tm) needed it, because the Apple MBTC(patent pending) had it first.

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Boffins lay out 'practical requirements' of 'realistic' QUANTUM COMPUTER

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Re: Can we test this?

" at the least, it is a very good fridge..."

AH-HA! I knew this was beer related.

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Come off it, Moon, Earth. We KNOW you're 60 million years OLDER than we thought

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Last I heard ...

Mother Earth was 29 Million something. Of course she has never looked a day over 35 Million. Now either quit complaining or get off her.

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