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2190 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Spotted: Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

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Re: Using Nexus 10 as USB drive from XP

I don't know if it is anything more than coincidence, but I was checking for updates on my Galaxy Note 1 yesterday using Kies on my Vista-equipped* machine , and the MTP driver crapped out twice. A search and download seemed to cure the problem.

* I know, I know - I haven't got round to changing it yet! I can't make my mind up what to put on instead.

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Tesla's Elon Musk v The New York Times, Round 2

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Re: Foolish response.

Nope - this make Musk come across as a defensive twat who you wouldn't trust to run a fairground ride. I don't see from this how he is different from Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, or that objectionable individual at Oracle whose name I've forgotten. I don't have anything to do with any company being run by psychopaths that stand out from the rest of the psychopaths running big companies.

It's a shame, because I really like what Musk is doing with SpaceX.

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Re: The Balance Of Evidence @ Psyx

In the article, the journo says that the wheels were the wrong size. This might affect the data if the rolling diameter was altered, but which way depends on whether the diameter was increased or decreased, and how much by how great the difference is. However, the car would probably have had to have been on 10" Mini rims to have made the difference claimed!!

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BBC Vision and Audio tossed on bonfire, replaced by 'TV', 'Radio'

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Re: No i?

I like the idea of BBC calling its visual broadcasting iTV - how deliciously confusing!!

(For those not in the know, for many years the choice of channels in the UK was "BBC" (state owned and no adverts) and "ITV" ("Independent Television", with adverts). I still refer to the local broadcast on Channel 3 (Freeview) as ITV ...)

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Ask Google this impossible question, get web filth as a reward

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Re: according to my parsing... @Ralph B

Well done that man! Almost cost me a keyboard, but the cup wasn't quite tilted enough!

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Atomic Weapons Establishment ditches 2e2 in funding row

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Re: Disaster Recovery

That was my thought - there is at least one of 2e2's customers that thought about the possibility of it all going titsup. Perhaps not unexpected, given the nature of their work ...

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The business mullet: Cool or tool?

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Re: How not to impress

Used to have a professor that did exactly that. The looks on the faces of the local dignitaries at a reception in a certain Scandinavian city we had organised the conference in was priceless!!

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Re: I'm useless with fashion...

It's not just me, then!

I do have a suit that was made to measure well over a decade ago (probably closer to two now) and still fits, but my wife keeps telling me that I should have a new one because it looks dated. Why that should matter for the two times a year (maximum) that I wear it is beyond me! I also have a wool jacket in a warm shade of rusty reddy brown that is slightly older than the suit, but I'm not allowed to wear it because it is "so 1980s". It still has another three decades of wear in it, at least, so I don't understand the issue. What is the point of buying quality when someone randomly decides it isn't "cool" to wear that any more?

That reminds me - the twenty-year-old pair of dress shoes I have need repairing ...

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BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed

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Re: All programs?

"News - is 24 hour anyway.

"As for Phone-ins and live voting....If it means an end to those types of programmes all the better."

Agreed - I'd be happy for the news to stop being an all-day "show" and go back to regular, but intermittent, reports too.

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Google exec defends search snooping, location tracking

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Re: "These are not corrupt organizations, these are nice people trying to serve you."

It all depends on your definitions of "corrupt", "nice", and "serve". For instance, "serve" can mean "doing something for you" or "giving you to someone else without your consent" ...

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'Online sex abuse of children is growing trend', warn Brit net cops

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Re: Frankly don't believe a word of it

Desk Jockey - I know this might not be a popular thing to say, but in the whole harm debate, someone having a bunch of photos which they wank over from a distance is actually trivial. The whole mess started with grooming for meetings leading to physical sexual encounters - something that is probably on most people's radar as undesirable. Personally, I see this long-distance grooming to be infinitely more acceptable, and to be honest, I don't care if someone gets their jollies from a photo, however obtained, of my kids, my wife, my cats, or me, in any state of dress or undress, as long as I don't know about it (because in the first two cases, I would be made to care about it by society and my wife).

Hopefully, eventually it will become so common to have photos of skin and sex that it will not be death of a career if they come out, and blackmail as a result will become impossible.

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Re: Isn't it :) @Anton Channing

That's a very moralistic statement. Remember, each to their own unless it involves involuntary coercion.*

* No, that isn't a tautology - some people like to be coerced, so it isn't involuntary and therefore causes no actionable harm - despite what their Lordships decided in R v Brown.

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@Titus

"General thinking is that until children reach about 15 they aren’t capable of reasoning as an adult." That could be true, but see a later post about the infantilising effect of our current society. However, one thing is certainly true: if they can't reason as adults, then they are not adults, and should not have rights. That does not mean that adults do not have duties towards them - we most certainly do - but the entire concept of "Rights of the Child" is utter nonsense.* Once that is realised more widely, we can start to make society better (though it isn't going to happen - our society has all the hallmarks of terminal decadence).

* Even if you accept that rights themselves are not "nonsense on stilts".

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Samsung: Never mind Steve Jobs, let's snap off a piece of stylus biz

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Re: Stylus and Galaxy Camera?

Thanks, AC - all good information!

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Re: Stylus and Galaxy Camera?

Thanks! I'll do some digging to find some more info on that.

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Stylus and Galaxy Camera?

I've got a Galaxy Note mainly because of the stylus. I just bought a Galaxy camera (which is absolutely wonderful but I seem to be the only person in the country with one!), but can't find out if I can get a stylus to work with it (the Note's stylus doesn't). Does anyone know if the Galaxy Camera will work with some other stylus?

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Sea Launch comsat rocket goes titsup 40 seconds into launch

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Re: Genuine question here.

I've replied to this below - thanks, PsychoHippy.

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Thanks, PsychoHippy ...

... I hadn't thought of that, so I went to look it up, using the two terms for the search, and I found the answer to my question. Most useful is Basics of the Geostationary Orbit" By Dr. T.S. Kelso, which shows that a geostationary orbit (which you correctly identify as what I described) is a special kind of geosynchronous orbit. A geosynchronous orbit can have movement relative to a point on the planet (for instance, describing a figure-of-eight). It now makes sense how a satellite could have a geosynchronous orbit over Europe and the Americas. Thank you!! It is always good to learn something new! :-)

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Genuine question here.

The article says "The Intelsat 27 communications satellite was intended for geosynchronous orbit over the Americas and Europe." As I understand it, "geosynchronous" means the satellite remains over a given point on the planet, motionless with respect to that point (i.e. turning at exactly the same speed as the planet). How, therefore, could this have been geosynchronous over both the Americas and Europe? Was it going to be placed somewhere over the Atlantic to serve both?

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Wikileaks reveals Icelandic FBI shenanigans

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Re: Well...

"Never attribute to malice what can adequately be explained by incompetence." If that was the case, then malice would never be attributed - I can't think of a case of institutional malice where incompetence couldn't be an explanation (individual cases are more divisible).

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Space Shuttle Columbia disaster remembered 10 years on

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Re: Some More Disasters, Old And FRESH

This isn't the place for a political screed. Downvoted, Mr Monsters.

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Re: Bah!

Steve is clearly an expert - someone who can always tell you why something can't be done.

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Re: Nice one

Bean-counting that cost lives - I don't know how the bastards live with themselves.

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We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: Anybody read the application?

I read it, and it still seems incredible that anyone can trademark this sort of thing. How can something so broad be protected in law? At least there should be definition of colours and proportions in order to make it specific to the brand. Are there any previous examples of such action on the part of any retailer anywhere in the world?

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Re: It's over between us

Best post for a long, long time! Thank you, AC!

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Re: @Philip Lewis -@AC

Brilliant answer, AC! I can only upvote once, but have a beer on me!

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WORLD temporarily FREED from BURDEN of TWITTER!

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Re: Why ... Why not?

Maybe I didn't use it right when I was persuaded to open an account, but I just don't see what Twitter is for. All I would get was notifications in my inbox that someoneconnected with my area of interest (e.g. Gary Slapper) had retweeted something from someone else. Big deal! Also, the format didn't allow for sufficient detail - I'd have to trail off and find the real information somewhere else: not useful.

Twitter seems like the tool of choice for attention-deficient attention-seekers, hence I do refer to its users as Twats.

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NHS IT bods 'walk out' in pay row with crashed UK tech giant 2e2

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Re: Stop Outsourcing things! @Chris Miller

NHS catering shouldn't be outsourced, either. Nor should NHS cleaning, nor probably the security. The biggest sources of complaints are from these areas, which the hospital has very little control over because of outsourcing - there are different priorities for the contractor than the health-care provider.

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Hacker faces 105 years inside after FBI 'sexploitation' arrest

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Re: For those with such saucy snaps, the solution is straightforward:

Old-fashioned and repressed.

There is nothing wrong with skin - we just live in a very curious social construct that says covering up is somehow morally better than nakedness, rather than being something purely practical that should be done in response to environmental conditions.

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Re: Eh?

A replay of the situation that led to the saying "Might as well be hanged for a sheep as a lamb". Disproportionate sentencing helps no-one except a few people who have used serious personality disorders to get into positions of power.

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Reg Hardware Awards 2012: The Winners...

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Galaxy Note 2 is a tablet?

Seriously, guys and gals - as an owner of a Galaxy Note 1, there is no way it is a tablet. It is a big smartphone. The test is - will it fit on a clip on my belt? If yes, it is a phone. If no, it is a tablet. My Note lives in a very nice Otterbox cover that clips to my belt just over my right hip, so it is a phone.

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Re: The Apple what? - @ Philip Lewis

Philip - why do you care so much about this? You are clearly far too involved in a really trivial thing. Perhaps you are a little obsessed yourself?

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Microsoft Office 2013 vs. Office 365: Is either right for you?

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I have to agree with the AC - neither OpenOffice nor LibreOffice are any good when working in an educational establishment. The fact that word-counts in the open-source packages are different from the de facto MS Word standard is a serious problem. Worse yet is that pagination, bulleted and numbered lists, and tables will often end up completely screwed in the transfer from open-source to MS Word. I know that this is because MS doesn't implement standards properly, but at the sharp end, when a publication needs to be submitted, these things count.

It pains me to say that I shall keep my venerable Office XP suite going as long as I can, and then bite the bullet and get another version of MS Office when I can no longer continue to do so - unless there is a step-change in the compatibility of the open-source suites with the real industry standard - MS Office.

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LOHAN teases with quick flash of spaceplane

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Re: Mmmmm.....

Thanks, Lester - I was wondering where the vertical control surfaces were going to be (I *had* read the Bootnote, but was still going to ask much the same question as Vulch!)

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YouTube's hilarious cat videos could soon cost you $5 a month

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Re: Read the article

Isn't the remaining one? What do we get?

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Re: It's not entirely unreasonable - Turtle

That was strange - I just agreed with you. I don't think that has happened before!

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US retail kingpins swoon: Nobody bonks like Google does

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Re: Moar!

It is, of course, your privilege to think that, but single-factor security is multi-factor breach for anyone that gets hold of it. I'll keep multiple cards, the "lack of ease" of putting in a PIN every time, and a keyring with many keys (some of which don't fit anything I still own - I don't know that it would actually baffle a thief, but it doesn't help them) and carkeys that don't easily identify the make of car I drive.

I'll not be using NFC anytime soon, thanks.

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Hackers squeeze through DVR hole, break into CCTV cameras

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Re: How do I do a port scan to see what ports my uPNP router has exposed?

I agree with Peter Gathercole - "Shields Up!" is a good place to go. The site isn't intuitive, but it tests comprehensively. I have just used it, because I changed broadband providers just before Christmas (no cable at the new house, so had to go to DSL) and hadn't thought to check the default security of the router other than a quick run through the setup options. Delighted to find that I am effectively invisible on the internet (except for when I post here!)

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The Death of Voice: Mobile phone calls now 50 per cent shorter

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Basically the same.

My nephews always laugh at me writing a text, because I always write in full sentences, no text-abbreviations, and I often go back and re-write something to make sure it is grammatically correct. I also always sign the text. They once showed me that they could convey the same information with a quarter of the characters, but I'm old-fashioned enough to think it is rude not to write properly. (Though I bet there is a grammar a spelling mistake in here somewhere!)

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Yay for iOS 6.1, grey Wi-Fi iPhone bug is fix- AWW, SNAP

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FAIL

After all, it isn't like people move from one country to another for work, education, or other purposes, is it? These people were *of course* stupid not to rebuy all new kit from the country they are going to be in for the next few months ...

Sorry, you fail hard on this one.

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Patch often: Cyber-crim toolkits love stinky old gaping holes

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Re: is it only AV producers that are singled out?

Interesting - thanks for taking the time to reply. As I said, I'm happy with my security-in-depth (it seems to work), and I'll keep my AV as part of that.

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Re: how much are the AV companies paying you to thumb down my posts

I am not paid by any AV companies - it would be nice though!

My experience is different from yours - AV works well enough alongside all the other precautions I take.

Out of interest, do you have the same hatred for firewall and anti-spyware manufacturers, or is it only AV producers that are singled out?

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Naked intruder cracks one off in Florida rampage drama

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Re: Intractable "a little more careful murdering people under the Stand Your Ground law "

Thanks Matt - that clears up the confusion about where you hail from at the moment.

I know about the gun-clubs, and there seem to be a couple within my new area in Scotland. Indeed, there are at least two clay-pigeon ranges (is that the correct term) within hearing of my study - I might even go and try my hand at it one of these days).

Regarding people being reluctant to admit gun-ownership, I was recently marshalling on a rally with a chap I've met several times. After a ?accidental statement about getting frostbite whilst hunting animals in some part of central Europe, and not getting a negative response, it turned out that he is member of a gun-club who has a sideline to his main job culling wild animals. He used to be a sniper in the Forces, and feels naked without a gun nearby! In the past, I also had friends who made specialist ammunition, and had all sorts of interesting handguns in the house. No doubt, if Hungerford and Dunblane hadn't happened, I would be an owner of handguns myself - I'm not particularly interested in long-guns.

However, I'm not sure we are comparing like with like. Legal gun-owners with proper supervision and training (which should be *much* more than 12 hours, as it seems a CC licence requires in the USA) are hardly the problem anywhere. However, as I said in the post to Rampant Spaniel, if I lived in the US, I would want a gun - there are too many bad people with them, and arguably good ones like JEDIDIAH might decide to set his dogs or his weapons on me for looking different. One of the reasons I won't visit the US is because I would be at a disadvantage compared to the locals.

Most countries in the (Western) world demonstrate that gun-ownership does not equate to mass-murder (if I recall, Canada has a similar percentage of gun ownership and very small gun-death rates). The US has special problems, and such a horror of regulation that no control is practical, and avoidable deaths by both will keep happening purely because of that cultural trait.

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Re: @Psyx - @ JEDIDIAH

I'm sure you genuinely believe what you wrote. However having you, with those attitudes, as my neighbour, would not "help" me or make me feel reassured, nor feel that my family are safe.

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Re: "a little more careful murdering people under the Stand Your Ground law "

@ Rampant Spaniel: Good points well made. The reality is that there are umpteen million guns owned by the public in the US. A reasonable percentage are in the hands of bad people. No gun-control law is going to alter those facts, at least not for decades. If I lived in the US, I would want a gun, and I would want my wife etc to have one too, purely because there are so many other people with guns.

@ Matt Bryant: I know we have had our disagreements in the past, but you have confused me. I always though that you were American and living in the US. It seems now that, regardless of nationality, you are are in the UK. From what you have written in the past, does this mean you think large-scale gun-ownership and strong self-protection laws should be introduced in the UK? If so, why?

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Dead Steve Jobs tried to KILL Ashton Kutcher from beyond the grave

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Re: Article Title Out of Whack

stefajn - Welcome! New here, aren't you?

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Re: Method Acting

"Laurence Olivier (An actor some consider one of the greatest in the world)". True, but I've never understood it. I don't think he can act for toffee. As an example of how not to act, just watch "The Prince and the Showgirl" - neither "star" does anything even remotely close to acting well, in the sense of making the characters believable.

However, I may be somewhat out of step with the rest of the world, because I don't think Denzel Washington can act either ...

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Twitter must unmask racist French twits or face $1,300-a-DAY fine

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Re: The Right to Free Speech @ Velv

There is a long and noble tradition of anonymous pamphleteering in most European countries going back to just about the invention of the printing press. For more recent examples, look up "Samizdat" sometime - something you might well decide is acceptable use of anonymous use of the written word.

The danger with saying "This speech is acceptable and this isn't" is that minority views cannot get air, and therefore cannot be dealt with by discussion. I can understand the pov of the Jews - discussion of their minority views has never really got them anywhere (there have been too many pogroms for them not to have learned that), but I still don't agree with banning free speech about any group.

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Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Re: idTGV

We used idTGV to book tickets from Paris to Toulouse and back last summer. Both sets of first class tickets for less than second class London to Edinburgh, and very comfortable. I'd recommend it to anyone with the option travelling long distances in France.

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Cautious Brits less likely than US firms to puff on clouds - survey

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Re: "Uncle Sam has enough computing power to crack and encryption"

"Anyway, what would be his motive for going to such lengths to look at your e-mails and accounts data?" And that's the point - from a UK-centric p.o.v., there seems to be neither rhyme nor reason to why the US legal system does anything, and the shamefully uneven extradition process with it's highly-publicised lack of anything approaching proportionality does not help to shed any light.

The US legal system seems capricious and spiteful - more so than our own, which is not something to be proud of sometimes. At least UK judges seem to be independent, which can't always be said for their colleagues in the US.

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