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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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"Not required to" != "Prohibited from..."

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US Supreme Court declines to hear NSA mass phone-slurp case

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Section 215 of the PATRIOT act (which is what is being ruled on here) expires June 1st.

Odds on it being extended no later than May 30th?

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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Re: fudging numbers

As an exchange-only subscriber, the "Superfast Cymru" BB project has assured me that they WILL be connecting EO lines in a timely manner.

They have described 3 ways to do this:-

1: Install new street or pole cabinet on my street

2: Install new street cabinet in exchange car park

3: FTTH

I'd like 3, but my money is on 2

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Get ready for software-defined RADAR: Jam, eavesdrop, talk and target ... simultaneously

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"So bringing artificial intelligence to the battlefield might be the best way to bring an end to conflicts...."

yeah, that turned out real well in "The Terminator", didn't it?

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MtGox boss Karpeles ordered to Dallas to face bankruptcy probe

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Dilbert is right on the case today.

http://www.dilbert.com/strips/comic/2014-04-02/

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Intentional confusion of TLAs?

Infringing Websites List - list of sites deemed nasty by MAFIAA*

Internet Watch List - list of sites deemed nasty by Mumsnet & Daily Fail

* (Music And Film Industry Associations of America)

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Fee! Fi! Foe! Fums!

I can smell a Net of Mums!

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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FAIL

Politicians fail to understand rules for "Whack-A-Mole"

Film at eleven.

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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Wouldn't work in the UK

Where withholding passwords is a criminal offense.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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You forgot the third option - sales are going down because current music is complete & utter Cowell (pronounced cr@p).

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Bletchley boffins go to battle again: You said WHAT about Colossus?

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I haz an idea!

Bletchley Park sounds like the ideal place to be compulsory purchased to house the new Alan Turing Institute.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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"Another reason to choose a phone from a company who refuses to pollute or downgrade their product at the instance of the phone operator."

No longer applies - even my "direct from Google" Nexus 5 came with an unwanted/unremovable HP printer driver app.

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Romanian 'ransomware victim' hangs self and 4-year-old son – report

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Next steps

1: Locate scum who wrote malware

2: Arrest same

3: File murder charges

4: Everybody profits!

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Malaysia Airlines mystery: Click here for the TRUTH

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Re: So what is going on?

"Why is there a need to have the functionality to allow an identification beacon on a civil aircraft be switched off in flight?"

All the electrics are protected by circuit breakers on the flight deck. Sadly it's equally possible to use these to deactivate a functioning transponder as well as kick one back into life after a power spike.

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Re: It's obvious!

I disagree.

It's obviously the first episode of Lost - from the outside!

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eBay boss tells workers to ignore 'noisy' Icahn's PayPal sale campaign

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PayPal sale?

It'd be ironic if a bank bought it.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Re: Your all up your own arse

'They are called "normal people"'

I thought they were called ATMs.

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Show more CANADIAN-MADE PORN, insists Canadian government

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Re: Closed captions?

I suspect the subtitles are intended to fill Quebecóis language requirements.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Backdoor fundraising?

Perhaps the Beeb are doing this to make a TV license necessary for using the interwebs.

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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Re: Tail wagging the dog.

"The most troubling thing to me is that we know some of what goes on in the US but have no idea who is running the UK. The elected government, however ineffective, or the likes of MI5 and GCHQ."

I take it you've never watched "Yes, Prime Minister" then?

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Ever get the impression a telesales op was being held prisoner?

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Re: Really bad idea actually...

"if they sound UK based I just put the phone down"

My favourite response is to say (in my best BBC accent):-

"I'm terribly sorry old chap, but I don't speak a word of English. Good day." - THEN put the phone down.

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Crack Euro banker team to probe whether virtual currencies should be regulated

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Of course BT should be regulated...

How else will they be able to tax it?

</sarcasm>

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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I have just the place...

Site it straddling the San Andreas Fault... and wait.

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US Senator lobbies feds to BAN BITCOIN

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Re: You missed the real story

No.

A US Senator is _claiming_ something facilitates criminal activity on the orders of his corporate backers.

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'G-WIZ like' object doing 40,000 MPH CRASHES on the MOON

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Alien

To state the obvious...

We now know where the next lunar lander should be targeted.

Training videos: Apollo 18, Moontrap.

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WhatsApp founder: Believe us, internet! 'Twas a DODGY network router WOT DONE IT

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Tinfoil Hattery...

The servers were taken down to update the NSA packet sniffer software.

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Amazon fuses LoveFilm, subs service, calls it Prime Instant Video

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Prime without Lovefilm?

Can't see any option for this.

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Big Beardie's watching: Gaze into the screen... it shall gaze also into you

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Screens in the shop?

Use the card reader on the pump.

Seriously? What part of "DO NOT WANT!" do adbots not get?

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Samsung flings sueball at Dyson for 'intolerable' IP copycat claim

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Actually no.

Back in the 1960, Hoover produced a spherical model without any wheels at all.

The "Hoover Constellation" floated around on its exhaust like a hovercraft.

It's still available in the USA:- http://hoover.com/products/details/s3345/constellation-bagged-canister/

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North Korea to switch on the interwebs

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Re: "[N]othing is ever straightforward"

If the South were to delay the exercises were until after the scheduled "reunion", even money says that the Norks would delay the reunion until it once again coincided with the military exercises.

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US feds want cars conversing by 2017

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Me wonders...

If this is related to the EU Commission wanting remote vehicle kill switches by 2020?

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Chaps propose free global WiFi delivered FROM SPAAAACE

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Oxymoron?

"subset of the Internet" & "Bypass censorship" in the same sentence?

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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Re: If there was any doubt

"he has dispelled it. Well, there is still doubt: is Cameron a stupid piece of shit or an evil piece of shit?"

Yes.

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And the winner of the most reliable disk drive award is ...

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Re: Wot not Samsung Drives?

Seagate bought Samsung's HDD business a few years ago.

http://www.seagate.com/gb/en/about/newsroom/press-releases/seagate-completes-aquisition-samsungs-hdd-business-pr/

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Chinese Moon rover, lander duo wake up after two-week snooze

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Re: A lot of risk was taken for the Moon landings

The tricky part of the return to Mike Collins in the Command Module was due it being impossible to test-fire the ascent engine without destroying it due to the highly corrosive hypergolic fuel used.

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THOUSANDS of UK.gov Win XP PCs to face April hacker storm... including boxes at TAXMAN, NHS

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@Neil Alexander

"Because beancounters are lazy and rely too much on the "If it ain't broke, we ain't paying for it." mantra."

FTFY

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Microsoft tries to trademark 'Mod' in the US

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/me rushes to trademark "Microsoft steaming pile of *&^T"

Because "Truth in Advertising"

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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Re: Censorship is alive and well in Britian

@AC10:31 " It does have an on/off switch."

@AC11:21 "Until enough of us insist on switching it off."

FTFY

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Steelie Neelie: EU biz can use YOUR private data WITHOUT PERMISSION

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Note to self

Change all online usernames to "Neelie Kroes".

Paris, because she makes more sense these days.

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

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TL;DR

Won't somebody think of the grownups?

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Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping

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Single point of failure?

Obviously, the GCHQ./NSA email-snarfing box has had an ouchie.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Wait a week

The logo won't be on the 3D Bluray.

"Whatever it really thinks about Doctor Who, the BBC certainly isn’t keen on 3D."

Since they decline to inform viewers how to find the 3D programs, viewing figures will of course justify cancellation of their efforts.

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Doctor Who: From Edwardian grump to Malcolm Tucker and back again

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Agreed. It was nice for McGann to list the companions he's had while working for Big Finish.

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Doctor Who Episode One: Through a glass. Darkly

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Tonight's "Adventures in Space and Time"...

...is the "Making of..." this very episode.

If its star, Dave Bradley is convincing as Hartnell, I believe the Beeb should engage his services full time, to remake the missing episodes.

When Hartnell stories run out, they merely need to find a Pat Troughton lookalike, and continue with his stories.

I commend this idea to the house.

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Samsung prepping smartphone with curvy three-sided display

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Three-sided?

Samsung have invented the Tobleronophone?

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How Google paved the way for NSA's intercepts - just as The Register predicted 9 YEARS AGO

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Re: I expect to get a zillion downvotes but...

"No one ticked the box that says the NSA can read my mail."

It's beginning to look like Google did.

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Mobe-makers' BLOATWARE is Android's Achilles heel

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Re: Why all the exitement?

Thanks for reminding me about this.

Just used it to kill the HP printer software supplied on my brand-new Nexus 5 direct from Google.

Devs please note:- Unless an app is an _essential_ part of the OS, it _must_ be deletable.

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Big Beardie's watching: Alan Sugar robots spy on Tesco petrol queue

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Easy to avoid...

From what I've read elsewhere, these are installed inside the shop, targeting people queueing to pay.

All the Tesco garages I've visited have "Pay@Pump" at _every_ pump. Why go into the shop?

If you absolutely have to enter the shop, the webcam controlling this seems like the perfect place to park that used gum.

Besides, the Asda next door is usually a few pence cheaper anyway.

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EU tsars rubbish Brit PM over attempt to delay beefed-up privacy rules

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Re: "Cameron's Conservative party have promised...

2015 is after 2010, but then so is 2030.

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