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Redmond resists order to hand over overseas email

David 45

Re: Watch This Space

I too am pretty much ambivalent about MS. They're BIG CORP, after all with all BIG CORP'S tendencies, foibles and alleged ruthlessness. However, this situation needs resisting and who better do do it? As they seem so inclined, good luck on this one, even if it is a PR exercise.

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

David 45

Re: Another 'could be' law?

Having closely followed many cases where police (and others) have illegally ordered people to stop videoing or taking photographs in a public place, followed up with an equally illegal confiscation of equipment and/or wiping of a memory card, it's my understanding that if GCHQ staff are on the public highway, then it is perfectly legal to photograph them. Of course, police may trump up other charges to try and justify an arrest but photography is not a crime.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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Mushroom

Ghosts in the machine

Don't cross the beams!

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

David 45

Do not adjust your set

I can't understand why ANYBODY would want to watch a version of a film obtained by cam-cording a cinema screen. The picture quality must be absolutely foul, not to mention extraneous noises on the soundtrack made by other patrons (crunching popcorn perhaps?). I'm guessing that the sort of person who would watch something like that would possess very little in the brain-power department.

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BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled

David 45

Troubles

My super-dooper internet-connected so-called smart telly was still having intermittent problems getting to the Beeb player as of yesterday (Sunday) evening. Endless rotating circle and odd messages. Sometimes worked but most times not.

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MPs wave through Blighty's 'EMERGENCY' surveillance laws

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FAIL

Desicable

As I am fond of saying, these jokers aren't in the real world. I'm sure they would be only too pleased to let me have sight of all the meta data of their own mails, so I could deduce what skeletons they have in their closets or what dirty washing they would like aired in public. This brazen abuse of the parliamentary process is totally despicable and just why did so many MP's vote for it? Can we please have a role of shame?

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

David 45

P*ss*d off with politicians

When will these clowns learn that they are supposed to be in office to serve us, the people and not the other way round? They seem to merrily go about their own agendas without so much as a by-your-leave or a nod to Joe public who might just possibly want some sort of say in what's happening to the country and where the taxes are being spent. I have no faith in the b*gg*rs whatsoever, having had a load of boiler plate waffle come back to me on the only two occasions I have contacted my MP on issues that I felt were important. Nest-featherers all, methinks, not to mention this paranoia about terrorists, who would probably use some sort of closed communication system or encryption anyway. It's just an excuse to spy on the populace at large for anything that the government doesn't like.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

David 45

Re: Improving your reproduction

Agree entirely, especially where radio is concerned. The compression and jiggery-pokery that is applied these days sounds almost painful to my ears. DAB was supposed to be the be-all and end-all with the promise of "near-CD quality" and user-adjustable compression (THAT fell by the wayside), and what do we get? More and more stations shoe-horned in at ever-decreasing bit-rates, hideous audio processing to boot (with Radio 4 Extra in glorious MONO, for pity's sake!) with the resultant sound as flat as the proverbial pancake. Why stations also find the need to compress their satellite feeds is beyond me, although they seem to be the best quality available at the moment (for what it's worth). I complained bitterly to to the late Radio Authority about excessive compression and processing some years ago and got back some waffle about catering for the majority of people who would be listening on portable radios or in the car. Poppycock, I say! I have some very old analogue reel-to-reel recordings of good old Alan Freeman doing "Pick of the Pops" on a Sunday afternoon, pre Optimod (or what ever they use now) and and they sound fine. Likewise, very early Capital Radio stuff. Put current offerings into an audio editing program like Audacity and all you get from the waveform is virtually a straight line! No dynamics at all. Absolutely appalling sound. So-called "re-mastered" re-issues seem to have suffered the same fate of heavy-handed compression. Nothing like the originals. Why should classical music be singled out for the non-compression treatment? This all makes a mockery of using high-end audio equipment if the input has been trashed to start off with.

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

David 45
FAIL

Lies or just terribly naive?

Just who, exactly, is she trying to kid? Must think we were all born yesterday!

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

David 45

Re: jail sentence

Hardly the same, is it? Chalk and cheese come to mind. Next time, make sure there is a valid comparison. I won't waste my time explaining if you can't see the difference. Doesn't take much intelligence.

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Congress passes crackdown on NSA surveillance

David 45

Hopeful

It's a very small start I suppose. It that might show the NSA and politicians that they are supposed to be serving the populace and not going about their own agenda for their own ends.

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

David 45
FAIL

Unsurprising

Well - what did they expect? Seems the most logical outcome to me!

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Chap builds rotary dial mobile phone

David 45
Happy

Re: Dialling 999

Er, speaking as an ex-BT engineer........try "Finger-stop" !!!

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UK govt 'tearing up road laws' for Google's self-driving cars: THE TRUTH

David 45

Spies in the cab

I expect GCHQ (not to mention the local plod) would be jolly interested in all this shenanigans. They would probably spy just because they can.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

David 45

Re: TRAITORS

Satire, sarcasm - or what? Difficult to tell.

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Snowden never blew a whistle, US spy boss claims

David 45
FAIL

Hmm

Well - they WOULD say that, wouldn't they! Surprised they even attempted that angle after all the devious shenanigans and antics they've allegedly been up to in the past. Who's going to believe anything they say now?

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ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

David 45
Flame

Due process

As per. my title - just who the hell do the police think they are? There's a little thing called due process which, strangely enough, appears to involve judges and courts, which I believe are supposed to decide what is, or is not, legal. Has this age-old tradition suddenly gone out of the window? Has there been some super-secret law made that now facilitates the police arbitrarily deciding the legality of people's actions? Obviously the police think they have no need of such niceties as a court order and are deciding to go it alone, without any decision from a judge. Is this, in itself, legal? Looks like the first run-up to a police state here.

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SMASH AND GRAB iThieves run car through front of Berkeley's Apple Store

David 45

Re: Hasn't El Reg heard of ramraiding before?

Oi reckons we had it in the UK first! So there - with brass knobs on! The latest wheeze is to find a building site with a digger stored there that just happens to be near an ATM. Bloody great stolen JCB comes along and virtually demolishes front of building to get at ATM, which lends a new meaning to the phrase "hole in the wall". They normally have a get-away car or pick-up truck stashed nearby but recent attempts near me have failed due to the somewhat unusual sound and sight of a digger trundling around at about two in the morning, which does seem to attract some attention from residents and the local constabulary.

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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

David 45

Client

Thank goodness I only use the web-mail page to check the junk folder. Everything else arrives via Thunderbird.

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Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

David 45

Won't catch on methinks

Can't see this "deja vu" happening.......er........happening. How many so-called super high quality formats have been tried in the past and failed? The majority of folk are not audio buffs - hence their apparent satisfaction with the foul, highly compressed processed sound emerging from most radio stations these days - even digital ones that mutilate the sound beyond belief. Painful. Even so-called re-mastered CD's are manipulated to iron out a lot of the dynamics and sound pretty flat, instead of actually producing a sound more like the original master tape, or whatever medium was used. Can't see even the most dyed-in-the-wool audio enthusiast forking out for yet another system that can maybe live up to Philips' original inflated claim of "perfect sound for ever".

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Brit boffins use TARDIS to re-route data flows through time and space

David 45

Dodgy copyright ground!

I can see a "cease and desist" popping up in fairly short order here!

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US taxman blows Win XP deadline, must now spend millions on custom support

David 45
FAIL

Re: Incompetant

Agreed. You were ahead of me there! Typical of anything IT-connected that has anything remotely to do with government or politicians. Haven't got a clue have they?

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Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'

David 45

Bon voyage and happy landings

This could prove interesting, bearing in mind that Russia's soft landing record on other planets is not exactly spectacular. I wonder if they really have the technology to pull this off or have THEY been spying on the Yanks?

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UK regulators: We will be CHECKING UP on banks' IT systems

David 45

Antiquated?

Bring back the quill pen, parchment and abacus, I say!

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Australia's opposition backs warrantless metadata collection

David 45
FAIL

Save us all

And this will, of course, save all Australians from the same number of forestalled terrorist attacks as has happened in the USA - probably a grand total of nil. Governments are elected by the populace at large to serve those who actually took the trouble to vote, NOT to go around conjuring up half-baked laws which either don't work or serve their own interests. All the recent Snowden spying reports show, without a shadow of a doubt, that so-called democratically elected representatives are just working to their own agenda, with absolutely no consultation with the people who put them in power. Depressing, ain't it?

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

David 45

Deemed illegal?

By whom, I might ask? Is this the police acting as judge and jury again, as per. the City Of London police not too long ago? Due process, anyone? On the face of it, looks like an attempt to by-pass the courts yet again.

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

David 45

Great achievement

This is obviously what 3D printing is REALLY for! Great stuff to use it to save a life. Presumably the scalp, complete with hair is somehow reinstated? It would have been good to have a bit more in-depth information in a separate article or video, as this type of pioneering work (though possibly a tad gruesome in parts!) fascinates me.

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Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

David 45

Same for UK?

Is GCHQ going to be cut back as well?

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

David 45

Rent

I expect the rent is calculated in groats (look it up!).

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ROBO-SNOWDEN: Iraq, the internet – two places the US govt invaded that weren't a threat

David 45

Re: Stay tuned...

Short-sighted attitude, my good man. Keeping a steady trickle going keeps a bit of public interest going in the case. People (and I include myself in this) just would not want to wade through a huge data dump released in one enormous pile. I would suggest that folks would rapidly lose interest and the publicity value would be lost. At least this inspires interest from non-nerds/geeks and keeps the general public informed about the devious NSA/GCHQ antics that they might not otherwise have known about.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

David 45

Re: So...

Oh no - they couldn't possibly implement a simple plan that requires more than a couple of brain cells. Besides, then they couldn't exert any control or censorship over the net itself, which is what it's REALLY all about! Nothing to do with kiddie protection in the long run, methinks.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

David 45

Encrypt everything?

As has been inferred (and I have posted a similar thought elsewhere in the past) encryption has to be somehow seamless. I've played around with it for e-mail, and it's too complicated at present for the average user in my opinion. This is always assuming that world governments don't promptly pass laws making encryption, VPN's, etc. illegal! Nothing would surprise me, looking at the antics of the NSA and GCHQ of late.

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166 days later: Space Station astronauts return to Earth

David 45

Re: that man-made dot in space

"Dim, moving star"?

Must disagree there! I also signed up for the alerts and have seen it loads of times here in SE UK and on every occasion it's been extremely bright. Goes across very rapidly, so have to be quick! Must just have been lucky that it reflected so much light.

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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

David 45

Re: Translation:

Yup - their boiler-plate statement in response to virtually anything and everything that's thrown at them is getting more than a little tiresome. We need a UK equivalent of Snowden here to get the real deal as to what they're actually up to, although it doesn't take too much guesswork to fathom.

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Apple investors fall for CEO Cook's product-presentation prank

David 45

Re: Thank You Tim Cook!

"Apple has become the biggest, most important technology company on the planet".

Can't make up my mind whether this is for real. My sarcasm antennae are twitching but, knowing the attitude of dyed-in-the-wool, poor misguided and brainwashed Apple fanbois, nothing would surprise me!

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

David 45

Novel angles now available

Will this be used for the conventional overhead or face shot, or is there an ulterior motive for some......er.......ground level vertical titillation?

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Self-forming liquid metal just like a TERMINATOR emerges from China lab

David 45
WTF?

Re: Chick @ unknown time and date stamp

Huh? Can somebody translate this into recognisable English? Sounds like some ostentatious and pompous art critic!

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

David 45

ICO has put its teeth in

Blimey - the ICO actually producing something useful for a change. I have queried things with them in the past that I thought were clear-cut (e.g. a company that I used to drive for passing on my personal details to a third party, namely one of those nasty so-called private parking enforcement outfits) and got pretty well nowhere. Perhaps they have got a new set of teeth at last.

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Just like Elvis, dead Steve Jobs to appear all over America in 2015

David 45

Some sort of god was he?

Oh, for goodness' sake! Not only is his former boyhood home being turned into some sort of shrine, but now his face on a stamp? Blimey - the bloke was only the boss of a company, not some sort of messiah who (allegedly) saved the world! This really will get the fanbois' hearts a-fluttering.

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Snowden documents show British digital spies use viruses and 'honey traps'

David 45

Statement

Their boiler-plate comment is getting a little tedious and more than a little wearing by now. How can any of their cyber-shenanigans (if true) possibly be legal? A head or two needs to roll but who's going to do the rolling if all the powers-that-be are all in this together? Seems that certain judges have deemed some recent nefarious acts legal and the question has to be......... whose pockets are they are in?

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

David 45
Alert

Could be useful.......but.......

Hmm. I'm dubious about this, bearing in mind the exposed nefarious activities of the NSA and GCHQ. This facility won't get abused, presumably - oh no, not much! Could be I'm getting a tad cynical, I suppose but I would imagine they would love to get their hot sticky hands on an easy way of bricking phones!

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California takes a shot at mobile 'killswitch' mandate

David 45
Alert

Just for stolen phones?

And this "feature" won't be abused, of course - oh no!

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Unmanned, autonomous ROBOT TRUCK CONVOY 'drives though town'

David 45

Location?

And just WHERE, exactly, did this take place, I wonder? Pictures, also, please.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

David 45
FAIL

First-rate cattle excrement

More indications that Cameron is not in the real world.

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UK internet filtering shouldn't rely on knee tappers, says Tory MP

David 45
FAIL

Evening TV viewing

Surprised she hasn't got her teeth into the late evening, so-called "adult" free channels on Freeview and Freesat that show considerably more than the copies of "Parade" that were floating around my local gents' hairdressers when I were a mere stripling. I felt quite cheated when I had to actually get up for the haircut but I seem to have escaped unscathed and I've no doubt that current tech-savvy youth, who can easily find their way around the likes of a VPN or other ways to by-pass the filters, will also emerge into adulthood untouched. Grandstanding politicians trying to disguise internet censorship (as that's all it is, basically) as child protection is the worst form of government, especially when they quite obviously haven't got the foggiest notion as to how the net works. They are, putting it bluntly, talking out of their collective arses.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

David 45
Thumb Down

Heartless move

Sounds like a theme park with no soul is the idea. WRONG!

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

David 45

Re: Filters are folly.

Here, here, sir! Cracking good comment and I couldn't have put it better myself!

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MPAA spots a Google Glass guy in cinema, calls HOMELAND SECURITY

David 45

Heavy-handed

Surprised he wasn't stood up against the nearest wall and summarily executed!

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Plusnet is working on a network-level filter to block pirate sites

David 45

Re: Court Orders.

Surely if they're doing it off their own backs with no court order, a suing would be in order!

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David 45

Re: So instead of "We'll do you proud."

Me too. Happy up until now. If they block so much as one iota of my service (or even a mega-iota!) then I shall be considering my options, as the saying goes.

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