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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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Moral Monster is not ...

... a line on which you can "creep up".

It's interesting, many of the defendants at the Nuremberg Trials were convicted and hung for crimes committed before the outbreak of World War II (September 1939). This "curiosity" was no doubt due to the documents available about the crimes, which did not enjoy the protective cover of wartime security. This is relevant here because the Silicon Valley culture is pathologic. Back a few years when "everyone in the Industry was doing it" everyone clearly was NOT doing "it".

Steve Jobs was one of a kind, no doubt, but now, then and in the future, the circumspection of exactly what kind matters.

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

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Suggestion

"Korean firm expected to call in Google engineers"

The Spanish Inquisition has experience handling snakes with Apples. But do call in the Aztec Dispute Resolution Team. Their expertise is in Human Sacrifice, but they could do Corporate Attorneys (snakes with briefcases). Let them warm up on the Google engineers (snakes whose Corporate Motto infers no prior connection to the snake business).

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US Supreme Court Justices hear arguments in game-changing software IP case

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I think ...

Software Patents are the Mad Cow Disease of shitty Operating Systems.

They eat each other too loudly.

If we made Legal Ethics crunchier the noise might bother SCOTUS into doing something.

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CERN team uses GPUs to discover if antimatter falls up, not down

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Re: Antimatter is going backwards in time

"Come to think of it, that's a good point for particles with a short lifespan. How do they know? Interesting..."

If I were to try and explain how my big sister has had well over 30 twenty-ninth Birthdays I would die a horrible death. Lots of sub-Atomic particles have anti-particles, maybe they have big sisters too.

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Re: Antimatter is going backwards in time

"...which implies that the Big Bang has occurred both in our past and in our future."

There is another possibility. The Big Bang we measure in the past is an echo of the Big Bang we foresee in the future.

BitCoin "value" is not transparently timeless, but Energy value is: it travels twice as far in four times as long at maximum speed.

Imagine a virtuous bookkeeper, it is not hard to do, some people are virtuous and a few are no doubt bookkeepers. The virtuous bookkeeper's tallies are true at the time of each quarterly Conference Call and in the Annual Report. Except that "true" in this case means that the virtue, straight line depreciation from the Annual Report backwards to Time Zero (partial fractions 0,.25,.5,.75,1) has been redefined to mean what the CEO wants to hear, and he/she may be a violent psychopath capable of inflicting great pain on bookkeepers, or may be a Mob Boss without a corner office and an otherwise virtuous CPA nephew.

This works fine for the Semantic Web, the "progress" of eCommerce does not depend on the existence or non-existence of Cat Videos. They were not good for much yesterday and have an identical future value. They are a low value Perpetuity. If you celebrate your Birthday early you'll find that the cake is a little smaller, no big deal for the virtuous.

In the real world, a business reckons Profit and Loss as a fraction of Working Capital. Brick shops need to make change, eCommerce retailers don't. A tiny difference day-by-day but the effect is that Capital as reported is a cumulative sum of Capital and Working Capital. The split at 1/2 year is 50%x(whatever) -50%x(100%-whatever). When you have to replace an asset (Earthquake, dead bookkeeper, murdered bookkeeper, etc.), the math gets queer. It is those damn Cat Videos that are impossible to lose. If somebody steals the cash drawer from the Gift Shop at the Taj Mahal, or there is an earthquake in India, the remaining Cat Videos become scarce. Graphically, you can not tell the difference between the two catastrophes.

http://www.rustprivacy.org/2014/balance/eCommerceVision.jpg

http://www.rustprivacy.org/2014/balance/CulturalHeritageVision.jpg

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Hmmm ....

Apparently GPU's are way above my GPA.

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Silicon Valley wage collusion case will go to court

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Re: What did I miss??

Pretty soon Silicon Valley Engineers are going to be agitating for a holiday on Juneteenth.

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US to strengthen privacy rights for Euro bods' personal data transfers

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Re: "Please use our cloud"

"The interesting bottom line is that presently the WHOLE OF SILICON VALLEY is in no way able to protect privacy. Not that they don't want to, but they simply can't - they have no legal defences ..."

How about the EU threshold for unauthorized data possession by non-governmental entities be treated as a felony receipt of stolen goods. That is hardly a matter for diplomacy but rather extradition.

I feel bad for The Hague. Crimes Against Humanity attracts a better sort of convict.

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Zuck: Web drones, not balloons (cough, cough Google) are way forward

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Seriously, Zuck

"Precise control" is why we teach teenage boys about the (virtual) birds and bees. We don't let them play with drones.

Apparently your drones want to play with themselves, in a cool hipster fashion, of course.

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Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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must have struck a nerve ...

1) Colluding with one's competitors is illegal.

2) Depending upon one's competitors to *never* address legitimate concerns (security) of the marketplace is unwise

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unless the product which Boeing itself needs is unavailable from existing sources. Then they may as well sell a few to the Public too, it will make them cheaper. They may make several billions on the next embrace, extend, extinguish cycle (or not). If they are making a broader statement in support of free(er) markets and excellence in engineering, say so. It is no secret that those two properties are sorely lacking in the consumer electronics industry.

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I assume they made it impossible to "hold wrong" too ...

Seriously, this is a terrible idea. If Boeing has privately received assurances from their competitors that said competitors will continue to behave like idiots when it comes to security then their illegal Business Plan is valid, and if not then their valid Business Plan is stupid.

To to good side, keeping details from the Public of the illegality or stupidity as the case may be is one of the nicest things anyone has done for the droll business of Public scrutiny in a long time.

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Another climate change myth DEBUNKED by proper climate scientists

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Re: That's the problem with all this cool new NASA data

Somewhere an Alien astronomer is looking at Earth and saying "Wow, look at the water and that rock-Moon-thingy. If my math is right, they probably have tides, and dare I say it, maybe even tsunamis. Too bad for my Tenure I can't prove it"

There is settled science and settled math. They are not the same thing, unfortunately.

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How many mobile apps collect data on users? Oh ... nearly all of them

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Re: This is fully the app stores fault.

Wow, the NSA's dream, somebody who thinks "contacts" are people you'd like to know.

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Larry Ellison: Technology has 'negatively impacted' children

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Re: Human Capital Management

Highly demeaning to the intelligence of Cattle, IMHO. Only a quant in a full blown episode of Financial Accounting could possibly believe that 90 Days quarters a sustainable growing season. In fact, the Cattle will complain bitterly when left hungry in cow poop for the last 5 days of the year and you really won't be able to convince them that your math or reason is in any way modern or even thoughtful.

There is no opposite to Energy and humans consume Energy in the winter months.This is of extreme importance in the scheduling of Education because the curve is "flipped" not shifted, and it flips around the Equinoxes. Human Cattle, unlike your kids, can do math.

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Blame Silicon Valley for the NSA's data slurp... and what to do about it

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Re: "Optional" sounds just right.

Your smug, narcissistic, self-righteous and self-indulgent generation has caused enough damage already. That's why it's Millennials like Snowden who have to clean house.

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If we (the Establishment du jour) are training talented young people to clean other people's houses then apparently we have not done nearly as much damage as we are capable of, he said smugly, narcissistic-ally, self-righteously and self-indulgently.

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"Optional" sounds just right.

Wonderful article, Andrew.

In a much better world than we have, Silicon Valley would not be run by self-absorbed control freak sociopaths. In a perfect world Economists would be capable of machine assisted long division too. Statistics has gone dreadfully wrong on us.

First, a quick look at a Population Clock will tell you that every fifth "birth" is no birth at all ...

http://www.census.gov/popclock/

rather, every fifth (or so) addition to the (US) population was a faceless unknown before and now has full rights. It all takes a minute and a half. Bigotry is being done in by alacrity.

Second, "The News" increases the frequency with which random horror is brought to our attention, which renders non-random horror less vainglorious with diminished pride in ownership.

Peace on Earth, Goodwill Toward Men, etc. may be our (Baby Boomers) last best bet for making an impression on the History Books.

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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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Stop it. Just stop it.

Don't you realize this is the NSA's busiest night of the year ?

http://www.noradsanta.org/

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Eggheads give two robots vodka and tell them to text each other FOR SCIENCE

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Re: Needs more chemicals.

Yes, unfortunately the many azeotropes of ethanol will slow it down.

I have some ideas ... (see icon)

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Pardon ?

(sorry couldn't resist)

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Want access to mobe users' location, camera, phone ID? EXPLAIN YOURSELVES - ICO

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Re: make an Android mobile phone useless

Yes, unfortunately "a certain period of time" is a little under 16 seconds if you are talking about people and largely irrelevant if you are talking about "things". This is because you want the identity of "things" to persist.

http://www.rustprivacy.org/2013/education/popcalc.html

The separation between the last of a first generation and the first of a second generation is about 16 seconds for a generation of 20,000,000. Google weighs identity and birth order; Grandparents measure "cute". Apps can't deal with "cute".

Bloodlines are bloodlines, and customer lists are bloodlines, but Grandparents will tell you: there is no expiration date on "cute".

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Fanbois, prepare to lose your sh*t as BRUSSELS KILLS IPHONE dock

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Oh Dear.

It seems the EU is holding Apple wrong.

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Harruuuumph, Snort, Anon

Obviously you non-Fanbois have no appreciation for the fine quality Apple electricity these chargers produce cycle, after cycle, after cycle, after ... oh shit the battery is toast and the damn thing is glued down!

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'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

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Re: Pic of the month

I did too. "Google, allow me to translate ..." hahahaha

Oh, your upvote.

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Australia rebukes Apple for 'false or misleading representations'

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Meh

As an Old Pro once told me, "seen one erection, seem them all"

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Re: It's a Christmas miracle!

Coal in Siri's stocking, fursure.

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Zuckerberg IN COURT: Judge rules Facebook investors CAN sue for IPO non-disclosures

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"He pointed out that demand for Facebook stock was still sky high. So high, in fact, that the firm was able to increase both the size and the price of the IPO, a rare occurrence that has only happened in 3.4 per cent of all IPOs since 1995."

The difference between world trade and what Wall St. does hinges on "Most Favored Bank Robber Status" which insures a lucrative time slot for the robbing - e.g. early in the morning of (everyone else's) payday. It is rare occurrence when this doesn't work better than random mayhem ...

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Microsoft admits: We WON'T pick the next Steve Ballmer this year

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Meh

Meh

No 5 year old who knows Santa is watching would dare call anybody "Steve Ballmer" this close to Christmas.

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NSA alleges 'BIOS plot to destroy PCs'

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Holy shit. You mean the US Senate is Chinese ?

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2003/06/266590.shtml

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Data Retention Directive CLASHES with EU citizens' privacy rights, says top lawman

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Childcatcher

IANAL either, and Merkin too.

So, feel free to ignore me on both counts (see title). I can do a little math.

The US gains 1 person every 16 seconds or so. If you are filling network addresses, that person can be either the first of a new network generation of the last of the old. So, the US gives birth to a new (IPv4) network generation every 8.5 years. The doubling rate (ln(2)/ln(1+r)) is 8.49%. The larger the aggregate grouping (and the EU is different from both components or the US as a group), the higher this rate becomes. The problem for Privacy is that if you scale network growth up to global speeds, the doubling rate becomes artificially large. If you make your living marketing adult toys to 8 year olds or marketing 8 year olds to adults then you probably don't care. The EU cares.

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What does the post-Snowden internet need? A price list

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"But more importantly, perhaps, Reger’s take on the cloud post-NSA, as well as IoT, also takes into account revenue and profit. And arguably it is these elements that will determine whether we do get an internet that is largely beyond the reach of snoopers, whether they’re in Washington or elsewhere. "

Awesome article.

When the simple, wrong notion that network node ID = personal identity is discounted, "The Snoopers" are fools trying to boiling the pH (dissociation) out of distilled water.

What "Sent from my iPhone" really means is: Sent from my houshold's virtual NIC Card by a toy iPhone my daughter bought for the cat or maybe the hamster.

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MPs: Ancient UK Border Force systems let GANGSTERS into Blighty

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Re: Fixed it for you

Thanks for the fix, but who let them out to begin with ?

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US army bites the bullet in $50m software piracy pay-out

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That's because the RIAA drones have Law School tuition loans to pay.

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Apple supplier's '11-hours-a-day' toilers have '1 day off a month'

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1 Day Off A Month

"Apple said in an emailed statement that it cared about all its workers and would continue to inspect supplier factories."

Quality products and terrible working conditions do not both "just happen" concurrently.

Apple is singled out among many because because their PR Department is unparalleled in disingenuous bullshit propagation. There is no more sinister reason.

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Mystery traffic redirection attack pulls net traffic through Belarus, Iceland

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When BGP *can* fail ...

... it simply means that "News" is unreliable always, but Journalism, with corroboration, is as pure as newly driven snow.

Eat, Drink and over collect metadata for tomorrow the S/N ratio might go down.

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ICO: Private dicks broke data-protection rules when they blagged data

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Re: Jail doesn't solve these problems ...

1) Brits need a RICO (Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) law, I think.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

Of course RICO gets sort of dicey with (formal) Royalty, but a difference in consequences is not an inter-class deal breaker. Nobody likes a jerk. In Jail or not.

2) The Military Industrial Complex is another story for the present instance of data collection. The Government (NSA) and Silicon Valley are arguing with each other over how wide their respective lanes of the Data Collection Superhighway ought to be and meanwhile promising to be very very careful not to hit and kill an unacceptable number of toddlers and kittens (that would be the rest of us) playing by the roadside. That's a problem of reckless jerks who don't much care if they are liked or not. There has been some success with Hung, Drawn and Quartered in the past, but it should be noted that in 2013 the "Drawn and Quartered" would probably be perceived as Security Theater ... sigh, bureaucrats!, eye roll.

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US senator asks: Will Bitcoin replace Swiss bank accounts?

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Here's your upvote

In full, the citation reads "For meritorious overlay of gratuitous, opaque acronyms on dodgy Central Banking Practices which already had duplicate opaque homonyms. " Congrats, from the PUBLIC.

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Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an ANOMALY, now over'. And it's no secret I think that

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Re: Vint Cerf is a "silver tongued Devil"...

Good point, but much too kind ...

Had Goebbels survived the war he would have been in the docket at Nuremberg where many of his colleagues got theirs for crimes committed before war broke out.

It turns out that whatever is being said in the Chocolate Factory Executive Suite bubble, "planning an aggressive war" is not an ANOMALY at all, Vint.

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Google shows off scanned-in Gettysburg Address drafts

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Re: My favorite version of the Gettysburg Address ...

http://www.edwardtufte.com/tufte/powerpoint

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IBM. HUMAN-crushing SUPERCOMPUTER Watson. The Cloud. You know where THIS is going

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Re: First Question : Where is the blue fairy ?

You mean the Big Blue Fairy ? Ask Siri, she'll probably say Mamaroneck.

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Apple faces €1bn tax probe in Italy, claim legal eagle insiders

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Wait ...

It makes perfect sense if you pay off corrupt US officials in Euros and corrupt Italian officials in Dollars.

Poor Apple, so misunderstood.

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Web giants cry foul over US gov's refusal to budge on NSA spy gag orders

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Re: I feel sorry for the CIA and NSA

"they have only just realised they have been using black highlighters on documents for years…"

Every Parent can sympathize ... but apparently the NSA and the CIA did not even know they had a two year old in the House (let alone 435 of them), a hundred more in the Senate and one in the White House.

You didn't see Mary Poppins letting the little monsters play with black highlighters, did you ? A spoonful of sugar makes the Laudanum go down, sing it with me ....

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How d'ya make a JP Morgan banker cry? Ask him questions on Twitter

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What were they thinking ?

Sorry, answered my own question. Carry on.

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Google: The Man RUMMAGED all your data (and a load MORE that's SECRET)

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Off topic:

IG Farben claimed Auschwitz was a 1) Death Camp and 2) Labor Camp.

Which one works for you ?

On topic:

In the event Google paid you heavily for that FUD bomb; Enjoy, I wish you well.

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Europe, SAVE US! Patriot Act author begs for help to curb NSA spying

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Re: USA FREEDOM Act.

... it will take me a while to stop laughing ...

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... ok, I'm better. Good one.

What I was going to say is ...

I don't know what you pay MP's, but affording a "team" of matriculants from the London School of Acronomics is entirely out of question on a legislator's salary.

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Re: USA FREEDOM Act.

... it will take me a while to stop laughing ...

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... ok, I'm better. Good one.

What I was going to say is ...

I don't know what you pay MP's, but affording a "team" of matriculants from the London School of Acronomics is entirely out of question on a legislator's salary.

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Re: Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

"Surely you don't think he cares about American citizens?"

Well there's the thing, in the bizzaro world of US Politics, you can't prohibit the NSA from listening in on Chancellor Merkel because that would cast doubt on the efficacy of Silicon Valley's unlimited tracking of the buying habits of 7 year old Angie Merkellino of Cozad, Nebraska.

By weeding out noise from misspellings and Foreign Heads of State many of whom act like 7 year olds the NSA performs a valuable free service for Big Data.

I know you hate Capitalism, are you a Communist or a Muslim ? Oh, never mind.

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Lavabit, secure email? Hardly, says infosec wizard Moxie Marlinspike

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Re: Trust and Security

"I'm not suggested it can be uninvented."

Un-invention benefits from the additional delusion that invention will be more difficult the next go around. Rather like Chemical Weapons; some of which are distressingly easy to make.

The earth is not flat, but neither is the universe hollow.

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OK, maths wonks: PRIME TIME has arrived

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Re: Unix time

43+ years of continuous clock time. They just don't make Operating Systems like they used to.

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Brit spymasters: Cheers, Snowden. Terrorists are overhauling their comms

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Stop

Thanks a lot, El Reg.

I'm flashing on 'Q' perusing apps at the iPhone Store.

At long last you have killed Bond and changed Moneypenny from an object of desire to an accurate assessment of my financial position once I pay to have the nightmares treated.

Thanks again.

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The Schmidt hits the Man: NSA spying on Google servers? 'OUTRAGEOUS!'

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Thanks for the tip Moiety

Actually I asked Google, and they said you already did the research.

So I asked where I send the cubic fucktonne and they couldn't say where you lived ... that would be wrong.

Long story short, you can pick it up at their place. They will withhold taxes, naturally, but they assure me there will be a substantial portion of the fucktonne, perhaps as much as a suntan left for you to spend as you please.

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