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Look out, bankers! It's Lily Cole and her (Brit taxpayer-funded) WISH-PRINTING ATM

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Someone vomited hashtags all over impossible.com

Just a hint for users of this terrible impossible.com website.

#if #you put #hashtag before #every other #word, #it becomes #unreadable and the #whole #purpose of the #hashtags is #lost.

Hashtags are to help denote the keywords for searching/indexing. If practically every word is a keyword, then no word is any more key than any other. The hashes are therefore pointless and you may as well index every word.

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

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Is there a problem with that?

It's quite simple. If you don't agree on the extent of the interception, you are not being reasonable*, and your regard of what is significant* is irrelevant.

* We decide what is reasonable and what is significant.

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Re: well personally

And where is this magic setup application? Any installation of an FTP server would require configuration of your router. Your mythical "for dummies" setup isn't going to do that for you.

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WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

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Retweet: OMG

And I'm literally going to re-comment it. John G Imrie

I'm literally going to write OMG in a comment about twitter on another web site's comment system.

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Schoolkids given WORLD'S CHEAPEST TABLETS: Is it really that hard to swallow?

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Re: Surely India has bigger problems...

Education is an answer to all these things. Anything that improves education is to be encouraged.

Telling a country to "have a hard look at itself" doesn't really accomplish anything.

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Turkey's farcical Twitter ban leads to SPIKE in tweets

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"The volume of messages sent Turkish Twitter users"

"The volume of messages sent Turkish Twitter users..."

Lead sentence is missing a "by"

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Microsoft frisked blogger's Hotmail inbox, IM chat to hunt Windows 8 leaker, court told

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Wrong way around

The owner of the Hotmail account was the blogger, not the Microsoft employee.

Probably not a good idea to receive Microsoft secrets in a hotmail account, but the Microsoft employee wasn't "accessing" hotmail to send them.

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I think there is a very effective measure that can prevent someone awaiting trail not fleeing.

It's called not granting bail. It is quite common and straight-forward.

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WTF?

Eh?

I have no idea what you are talking about, or how it is in any way relevant.

Either this is someone's idea of satire, or it's just a long series of names being dropped. If the former - it's impenetrable, if the latter - it's not credible.

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

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Comparison - how they work

"are you comparing being a women to being handicapped and wheelchair bound?"

God how I hate this dishonest discussion tactic. Rife on the interwebs, of course.

Let me explain how comparisons work. You take too things (say A and B) that are similar in a few key ways, and you explain this. In doing this you hope that the point you are wanting to get across is easier to understand in B, than it may be in A.

This is not the same as saying that A = B. If A = B in all things, then B would be A and any comparison would be totally pointless. What is meant is that in certain limited and relevant aspects you can draw parallels between the two.

Extrapolating this out, by implying that what was intended was all features of B apply to A, is a shoddy debating trick that third rate politicians and other scoundrels employ.

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Google slams Play Store password window shut after sueball hits

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Re: The App Store Con

Everyone is to blame here.

The app makers, for following a nasty business model that is specifically designed to get children hooked on a free game, then charging for buying necessary "extras". It's a model copied directly from "the first hit is free" drug pushers.

The parents, for leaving their children with access to web accounts connected directly to their credit card.

Google, for allowing it all to happen.

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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Re: Wan side access to the router

What I can't fathom is why any home router would ever have a need to provide admin access over WAN.

What possible circumstances would anyone have where they need to reconfigure their home router remotely?

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Five unbelievable headlines that claim Tim Berners-Lee 'INVENTED the INTERNET'

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Re: Sort of like...

Most people who use email use it from a browser; i.e. the web

And the ones who use email most aren't people, they're spambots.

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Fee fie Firefox: Mozilla's lawyers probe Dell over browser install charge

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Re: Are they blonde?

Wrong. What is against the software licence is charging for distribution.

Installing it on a computer is exactly what Mozilla want people to do. Deciding that their licence forbids people to install it is exactly what they do not want. What they don't want is people selling Firefox, either on its own or as part of some package. Charging someone to install the application is neither of these.

Movies and open source/free software are two entirely different things licensed in entirely different ways. Their distribution cannot be compared in any sensible manner.

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Are they a business?

Installation <> Distribution.

If I was charging you to download Firefox from my website, then that would be distribution.

Going through the process of installing it on your computer is not distribution.

Whether the cost they charge for their installation is excessive or not is a matter for the customer to decide. If they don't feel they are getting work worth that, then they are free to go elsewhere. Certainly I wouldn't pay them a penny for doing this. But maybe some would.

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Women! You too can be 'cool' and 'fun' if you work in tech!

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And insert bugs in your code. They certainly weren't there when you wrote it!

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Re: Wow this new monitor is the coolest

See. Took a woman to invent it. No wonder she's delighted with herself.

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Speaking as one of the few

What's the best way to encourage people into an industry? How about insulting all those already there?

"ICT is no longer for the geeky few – it is cool, and it is the future!"

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Newsweek knocks on door of dad-of-six, tells him he invented Bitcoin

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Values

He's got $400M in bitcoins and any attempt to convert that to dollars or property would almost certainly reveal his identity.

He may value his privacy/security higher than that. Some people aren't cash driven.

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German freemail firms defend AdBlock-nobbling campaign

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Re: "Merely...make money"

"a breach of copyright as you are creating a derivative work of the page"

So if I rip a newspaper page in two, I've breached copyright? Or if I clip an article out of a magazine, for my own use, I've breached copyright?

How about if I take a black marker and score out the bits in a newspaper I don't want to read ? Or how about if I hold my hand over those bits so I don't see them?

You've got a fair point regarding ads, but the "breach of copyright" angle just isn't going to fly.

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How a Facebook post by blabbermouth daughter cost her parents $80,000

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Re: Something doesn't add up here...

Yup. The point here is that he would probably have been fine if he'd told his daughter, and told her to keep her mouth shut. He also didn't need to tell his daughter any actual figures or details.

But he didn't. He told her, and most importantly forgot to impress on her about it being a secret. And she then went and broadcast it to many of the people the school explicitly did not want to know (other pupils, parents, teachers).

It sucks, but totally his fault. Should have been more careful.

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Two in five Brits cough up for CryptoLocker ransomware's demands

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Re: Bad Headline Writer! Bad! Down boy!

"Around two in five who were willing to admit it, from a sample of 48 people who fell victim, have coughed up to CryptoLocker ransomware's demands"

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Candy Crush King stops trying to trademark CANDY in the US

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Re: So, for once, sanity prevails...

Because they asked, it was available, and they had the cash.

You don't have to make something called "Candy Crusher" to trademark it.

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Candy in America

They may as well tried to trademark "Mom's Apple Pie", "Cookie Dough" or "Pizza".

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Official FACT: Gadgets are giving YOU a wrinkly 'Tech Neck'

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Re: I'm surprised nobody gets the same thing from reading books and so forth

Or indeed from reading newspapers.

In the case of the Daily Hate it would be neck winkles, frown lines, arthritic fingers from the constant fist clenching, and saggy stretched lips from all the sneering.

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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Very rare

Not a grocer's apostrophe. Actually a missing word and reference to the hen's teeth that are used to count the number of times google moves swiftly to remove adverts that earn them money.

Though that would actually be hens' teeth. So never mind... getting coat --->

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Where the line lies

This is the problem. Why should legitimate businesses be punished by google, and why should it be up to google to do the punishing?

There are legitimate businesses. Some people hate form filling. Some people have serious difficulties with form filling (like literacy problems, English as a second language, etc). Some forms are complicated, and getting a person who's correctly filled out hundreds of them already could save you a lot of time and hassle.

What should be happening is that government agencies should refuse to deal with applications that have come through companies that are not adding any value to the process, or are misleading people into believe that they have an official capacity. And the most blatant of those should be charged with fraud.

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UK citizens to Microsoft: Oi. We WANT ODF as our doc standard

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Re: Thanks

"If a company provided no benefit to anyone, it would go out of business rapidly."

Unless it is operating in a monopoly position. There it can pretty much do what it likes, including crushing all possible competition. This is sound policy for the company, but not good for the market, progress or society.

I don't think anyone is saying that Microsoft is entirely evil. But in regards to file formats it is clearly intent on protecting its position by restricting people's ability to migrate away from Microsoft products. Making this easy (as adoption of open standards do) will damage its monopoly position. Microsoft's reaction to the proposed official adoption of ODF is as predictable as the sun rising. It's what monopolies do.

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Facebook pays $19bn for WhatsApp. Yep. $45 for YOUR phone book

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Re: A beelion users can't be wrong (can they?)

"OH MY GOD!!!! They know my phone number"

You need to look a bit further than the obvious to see the implications of this. The fact that you don't is exactly what the likes of Facebook rely on.

They don't just know your phone number. They know your phone, and by extension where your phone has been. They know who you know. They know where they've been. They know what you've shown an interest in, they know what your friends/colleges/relatives are interested in.

They are then going to sell that to any company who wants it. From that point onwards, each of these company you contact, for any reason, knows way more about you than you've actually chosen to divulge. They know just how good a customer you may or may not turn out to be. They have a pretty good idea of what you might pay for things, and just how likely you are to go to a competitor. When it comes to your relationship with that company, and any negotiations involved, the balance is skewed way over in their favour. Because they already know everything and you know nothing.

Don't really want you as a customer? Quote higher prices. Do want you? Lower. Reckon you're loaded? Higher. Know you're already likely to go elsewhere? Lower. Likely to influence a lot of friends' purchases? Lower. Billy no-mates? Higher.

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Magnets to stick stuff to tablets: Yup, there's an Apple patent application for that

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Re: "augment the functionality of usefulness"

It's not just anyone that's allowed to wield the power of such expressions.

There are extended periods of structured knowledge reception, followed by formal evidencing of your acquired skillset, before you are allowed to publish on a open platform this level of corporate bovine waste product.

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Facebook gobbles WhatsApp for SIXTEEN BILLION DOLLARS

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"Autonomous", yeah right.

If you don't think that the harvested data from WhatsApp isn't going to get cross indexed to the harvested data from Facebook, then you are living in a fairy land.

Once that's done, everything in WhatsApp will be about leveraging that information and connection. That's guaranteed.

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Official: British music punter still loves plastic

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Signal corruption.

There are no apostrophes in CDs or MP3s.

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Re: Any explanation

Because enough people will pay 15 quid for it, making it the optimal sale price for manufacturer.

Stop confusing the cost of producing something with its market price. That's not how the entire capitalist system works. Cost of production is only where you start pricing something.

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American Idol host's keyboard firm smacks back against BlackBerry in patent spat

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Joke

Well I suppose that you can pick up job lots of Blackberries quite cheaply these days. Cannibalising them may turn a profit.

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Google warns Glass wearers: Quit being 'CREEPY GLASSHOLES'

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Re: Hmmm..

Yup. Cos being a glasshole is all about a shallow evaluation of how you look. And they all look the same, don't they? Ugly.

That was sarcasm.

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New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

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Re: Variant of features on a photo

And the reason why the "draw on an image" password method was rubbish was because people would be very unimaginative and pick out the things practically everyone would.

No matter what you do, if you are going to leave it to people to self select their method of identification you will always have people who pick bad/obvious identifiers.

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Where you look tells everyone what your location is

The only way this could work is if each computer has one massive atlas database stored locally. Otherwise each time someone logs in, it's going to have to fetch the atlas data from a central server. That central server therefore contains very a big clues to what all password locations are, and the security of the system relies on one unencrypted point of failure/attack.

Imagine; each morning user Alice logs in, hitting the atlas server for an image of the postcode area SW1A 1AA. Not going to take much to guess what the password location is.

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No, pesky lawyers, particle colliders WON'T destroy the Earth

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Re: if it could have happened

So you've managed to look out across the whole universe and tell that nothing has gone wrong, and this sort have thing has never happened before? From the point of view of sustaining life, there are a great many places in the universe where things have gone very, very "wrong".

Which isn't to say that this lawyer nonsense isn't total bunk, but your logic is flawed.

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Facebook adds 50+ gender options: Stalking your 'Friends' just got more LGBT-friendly

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Re: WTF!

You've forgotten;

None of your business

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You’re NOT fired: The story of Amstrad’s amazing CPC 464

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Time you went home

"most families went for the green screen"

This sounds suspiciously like a "fact I made up". I don't think I even ever saw a 464 with a green screen.

"His mum asked me what I thought and I said "It's crap"."

I hope that was the last time you were invited around, as you were a rude little oik.

I loved my 464. It was a step up from the Spectrum in all regards. In hindsight maybe not as big a step up as it could/should have been, but it was great having a proper keyboard and a tape deck that wasn't constantly needing the volume and audio out cable fiddled with. And not having to always work around attribute clash was a dream.

Yes, it had nothing new that you couldn't find on other computers. But the overall package and price was spot on. Sugar was a business man who knew what he was doing, while Sir Clive was still fumbling around failing to deliver.

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Friends don't do tech support for friends running Windows XP

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Re: But a big trusted partner like Microsoft....

"In other words, Redmond and Cupertino are only interested in money. They develop things as a way to get money."

And this is different from every other private company on the planet because.... ?

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Crafty French hackers tweak 'My Account' page, slurp 800,000 Orange users' details

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Re: Tweak page?

Dear Orange,

Sorry, I accidentally stumbled into details 3% of your entire customer base. Tweaking a page at a time, that means I've been stumbling for 192 straight hours. This is all your fault, not mine. Mon Dieu, m'aider!

Yours exhausted,

Hacker.

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Developer's rare $50,000 Twitter account @N stolen in web shakedown

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What proof?

How would he prove to GoDaddy who he was?

All GoDaddy know about him is what it said on his account, and the hacker had already changed all that.

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Troll-hunting cases SPIKED in 2012... but remain high

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Re: A nest of men who co-ordinate attacks on women

She "knew" they were men because many of them identified as such, mainly through the threat of rape. It turns out one of the nutters was a woman, but she was certainly in the minority.

I find your taken offence bizarre. She was the victim and under an intolerable amount of abuse and pressure. Yet you, on behalf of men everywhere, are picking holes on what she said at the time. As a man, I didn't feel offended by her statement in any way. Mostly because I feel absolutely no connection with the trolls, and our (possibly) shared gender is utterly irrelevant.

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Vile Twitter trolls thrown in the cooler for rape abuse tweet spree

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Re: Less time for the real thing

Well that's the point. Had they harassed in person, the victim would be better able to determine these individuals for what they are; pathetic, distant sad-sacks, who don't really know you and are very unlikely to do you any harm.

But while they are anonymous and online you can't tell that. They could be crazed psychos that live just down the street, that work in your local shop, that walk past you every day on your way to work. You don't know where the threat is coming from and how credible it may be. That's very worrying.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Re: Stupidity

Precisely. This study is looking at the wrong question. It's not whether the BBC would be richer under subscriptions, it is; would the programming be better or worse? I don't care if the BBC could be loaded with cash, if it means the programmes are crap.

The TV quality, of course, is a matter of opinion. But from my viewpoint subscription means that the BBC just becomes another TV company producing lowest-common-denominator TV in search of the largest possible number of subscribers. It also means that the UK market becomes entirely a fight for maximum viewers. Essentially a race to the bottom. Whether you like the BBC or not, I believe its presence in the market sets a benchmark. Other TV companies can't just pump out rubbish and adverts, because the BBC is always there as an alternative to the viewers.

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Windows 8.1 update 'screenshots' leak: Metro apps popped into classic desktop taskbar

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Re: Serial...

Settings. Yeah.

Had to add an account to a Win8 laptop the other day. All the options for editing and configuring the user accounts are on the Control Panel. Much like Win7, and every other Windows since forever. But the option for creating a user account? In an entirely different place that took me half an hour to hunt down. Of course.

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Google pulls Chrome extensions after new owners subvert web tools

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Correction

" Another offered a cash deal to replace Google ads on the extension with similar looking faux ads from the Chocolate Factory"

Isn't this sentence missing a "not"? They are faux ads *not* from Google. Unless we're saying that the Chocolate Factory produces similar looking faux ads that can replace their real ones?

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Staffs Police face data protection probe over 'drink drivers named' Twitter campaign

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"shaming"

I don't care if it's an open and shut case or not. There is such a thing as due process, and the law needs to follow it. Even when the outcome is almost certain.

The very fact this was termed a "name & shame" campaign tells you all you need to know. "Shaming" is punishment. So here we have the police taking on themselves all three roles of arresting, convicting & punishment. That's not how it works.

No-one has sympathy for drink drivers. But once you start this kind of trial and conviction by social media nonsense, we might not be quite so happy about where it ends.

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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Ral Name

But they don't have your real name. They have the name you gave Google when you signed up. If that's your real name then you can appreciate your first mistake.

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