* Posts by Mark 65

2365 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009

Invisible app ads slug smartmobes with 2GB of daily downloads

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Re: @Mark

But if you're correct and online ads put off more people than they encourage to buy a product, they will eventually stop.

Couple of points:

1. There will always be people that cannot fathom AdBlock et al and will thus be forced to view ads. Most advertisers will work on the basis that a percentage of viewers will follow ads. Trouble is there is a lot of subterfuge going on with the online ads market - ads that inflate to cover your phone screen as you were about to follow a link thus generating a false statistic.

2. Google has a nice little trick whereby, when searching, a shitload of paid results come up first in the list. If the company or service you were after appears in that section then why scroll down to the real results for the link? Google would proclaim the advertising worked whereas I would state that in the absence of the paid results I'd still have gone with the same provider as they were high in the actual search results. With their tailored search results nearly every time I search these days (unless anonymising) the service/store I'm after is in both the paid and the real results. Google is just there to optimise the payoff from search and advertising however this can be achieved. PHBs will always play ball for fear of missing out.

Personally I don't care about typical page-filler ads as I block them all.

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Re: @bazza

Why do businesses spend money on advertising? It's not because they like to reduce their profits by throwing money away, it's because advertising, like it or not, has been demonstrated to increase sales volumes and hence revenues.

In the online world, not so much. Most adverts irritate the shit out of the end user. That's not conducive to business activity.

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Automattic says spooks asked for something it can't reveal

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Re: Exposing Enemy Action?

With http all over the site save for only the sending of username and password not the actual receiving of the form etc I doubt they'd need to ask for anything. It would seem about as open as could possibly be.

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Australia to tax ALL international online purchases

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Re: Having been hit with GST on overseas purchases

The convenience is the much lower price. When local is still 20+% dearer after GST added there's still a whole load more convenience headroom in that purchase. Books alone are normally double the price here compared to Book Depository. 10% on an $11 book vs $27 locally as one recent example.

Someone in AusPost would likely create a facility where you could pay the GST online with a couple of % ticket-clip. No queueing. Money still saved.

The writing is on the wall for local retailers.

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Re: Hidden agenda?

Now restating the value might, but without reasonable evidence the ATO might decide that you paid Australian RRP.

Can't see that one standing up in court. "Your honour, the defendant bought item X from overseas at the full Australian RRP and paid for international delivery". WTF?

Also don't forget the ATO can access your credit card and paypal transactions.

Dude, seriously? Just about everywhere has prepaid credit cards these days. I just love all the bullshit trotted out about "department X can access all your transactions/records on Y etc". It's all horseshit. They can do that sort of thing for targetted individuals for major crimes - think "organised" - but they have neither the equipment nor the manpower to piss around finding online purchases on credit cards that were to an overseas company (hint: I've had Australian based companies charge via an overseas entity as I had to unlock my CC to make payment) that may or may not even have come into the country (overseas relatives?). Please stop believing the bullshit you've been spoonfed.

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Re: Hidden agenda?

Considering that GST (and other applicable charges) are levied on goods that travellers bring in from overseas I would doubt that the ATO woudl agree.

But there's a point - it'd be interesting if you get a $900 allowance at customs but a $0 allowance via online purchasing. They'd have to then drop the customs allowance to $0. The whole system then disappears up its own arse as it becomes totally unworkable.

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Nuts

Last figures I saw stated that it would cost 5 times as much to administer as it would raise. There must really be hope beyond reality that their will be a commensurate pick up from local retailers to break even. Admittedly that was for an "at the border" administered scheme - i.e. the only one that would work. Asking Amazon et al to collect your taxes is pie in the sky. They have zero incentive and Hockey has zero ability to pressure them. They know that if they did then everyone just moves on to the next retailer that doesn't.

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

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Re: Therin lies the problem

2 year sentence to think of a better workflow seems a fair enough punishment. As pointed out, 12-15 is longer than for rape or murder - are you f*cking nuts?

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Re: OK but how did they track him down?

There's several problems with the dark web and the dealing of dodgey merchandise:

1. Physical delivery leaves traces all over the place.

2. BitCoin can be reasonably anonymous but your customers aren't necessarily the brightest people out there.

3. The numb-nut customer caught out with one parcel is the weak link for a dealer who has made 444 transactions.

4. and more besides

As an example for (1) - inadvertent police discovery of a parcel or a client with a delivery will likely yield a postmark. For sparsely populated areas of the country this can likely be narrowed down quite quickly to a post office. Given a username and a sales platform - the collared client will be singing for their freedom - it most likely didn't take long to narrow down a search area and patterns of behaviour (POs used on certain days/times of day etc).

Dealing on the dark web for goods that don't require physical delivery such as CC numbers I would guess is a lot harder to nail down.

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Are you a Tory-voting IT contractor? Congrats! Osborne is hiking your taxes

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Re: Annoys me sooo much

@patrick_bateman: You sir are an arseclown. If all of those contractors know less than you, are completely inattentive to their work and yet earn more than you then you must be a complete simpleton for not joining them. According to you, you have the skills, work ethic, and would like to be on their pay.

In short, quit fucking whining and do something about it.

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Re: Upvote from me as well

However, why should sole contractors be able to undercut us because - whether or not they account/budget/provide for all those other things - ALSO get the ability to pay less tax?

Today's one man show is tomorrow's small company is later's medium company etc etc. Everyone has to start somewhere and thus it would be quite difficult to arbitrarily single out a ltd company because it has only one full-time employee. Although a sizable chunk will always be one man shows not all will. Why should they get punished just to appease you?

Large companies get to avoid all sorts so the burden has to fall somewhere. Sadly politicians seem to feel small and medium businesses fit the bill.

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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Re: Moving bitcoins out

My problem is with the statement that...

This does also mean that one can make a transfer into an alt-coin exchange within the country. That can then, in turn, be moved to another alt-coin exchange anywhere in the world: a pretty handy way of getting your money out of Greece.

So, you want to move your money from your bank account to that of an alt-coin exchange in the country (as only intra-country transfers are still permitted) in order to purchase digi coins and move the money overseas. This is because, presumably, you don't want to be the one without a chair when the music stops.

However, does the exchange not also have the same issue? They now have an account full of immovable currency in place of bitcoins. Sure, they may have seriously haircut you on the purchase but then they now have a much bigger issue when the music stops. Currency controls affect everyone so how are they magically mitigating this? Buying gold, diamonds?

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Android Wear 5.1: A more enduring wristjob for your pleasure

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Re: Has the wearables market matured already?

I think the word "wanker" would better apply to someone who was so self-centric that they believe that something they don't have a need for must be for wankers.

Nah, they're definitely for wankers.

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Re: Has the wearables market matured already?

What's special about smartwatches that many people feel the need to declare their disinterest?

They're for wankers?

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Thanks for open sourcing .NET say Point of Sale villains

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Re: How the fuck?

Yep, I'd expect it to be locked down, segregated, running signed code only etc but alas not everyone sees it that way, going for simplicity above all else.

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Europe a step closer to keeping records on all passengers flying in and out of the Continent

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Email address?

Why bother collecting an email address? Just use a temporary one. Every single online transaction I make uses a temporary email address for that particular vendor and none whatsoever are linked to my normal email account. What's the point anyhow, is somebody out there going to be using a [email protected] address?

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Telstra vid downloads getting SLOWER says new Netflix speed test

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Re: Time for testing

I cannot say whether it will improve your Netflix but I can tell you my mobile browsing/streaming/download speeds rocket when I use a VPN to avoid carrier interference. There was a recent story highlighting how Optus and Telstra perform packet injection on mobile traffic so that makes sense. Wouldn't surprise me if they were performing similar scams on wired traffic - they inject packets carrying your personal details to "select partner sites". Search for "http header enrichment" if you're interested.

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Apple's chip'n'firmware security demands behind HomeKit delays

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Hmmm

"all data from HomeKit products runs through Apple's iCloud"

No thanks.

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Trebles all round: The BBC's won this licence fee showdown

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Re: 55% more?

Adjust those modern day volumes by some quality factor as there's far too much nauseating reality shite on TV.

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

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Re: @DaveDaveDave - The majority of UK Tax burden is not being paid by companies...

Amazon et al need a functioning legal/policing system and all its associated costs to keep people from just looting their warehouses and stealing whatever they feel like, breaching copyright etc etc. Best they contribute towards that at least.

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So does that mean that the Tories capping benefits acts to reduce wages? Does that then necessitate that they will try raising the minimum wage to compensate, putting a higher floor under the unit cost of labour, and thus reducing the number of jobs at the bottom?

I'm guessing benefits cause wage increases as you need to pay more money to entice someone away from their Sky TV subscription.

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Oz Defence Dept 'not punitive' with crypto export controls

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So, what I'm getting from this is that: the World has moved on; everyone has access to crypto; and the act is in essence bloody pointless.

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Unions call for strike action over 'unusable' Universal Credit IT

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Unfortunately these jobs do not attract the smarter more useful members of society. I shudder to think just how unintelligent you would have to be in order to ask such questions in such circumstances. I'm surprised they can even make it to work they must be that shit-thick.

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iiNet warns NBN circuits too expensive in the Netflix era

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Re: Entirely their own fault

QoS it.

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Re: Fast speeds or high quotas?

Whereas if the AVC is too high then people will simply opt for 4G.

Yeah, because 4G works really well for high speed data. Sure, on occasion you can get good speeds if you are near a tower with good backhaul and there aren't a lot of other devices connected to it. Raise the uptake and that soon goes to shit.

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VPNs are so insecure you might as well wear a KICK ME sign

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Re: Broken or badly configured

I read this:

Most importantly we find that the small amount of IPv6 traffic leaking outside of the VPN tunnel has the potential to actually expose the whole user browsing history even on IPv4 only websites," they wrote in the paper. Here's the paper's explanation of the IPv6 mess

and thought "what about if you've configured it at an openwrt router thereby stopping client software leakages"? Am I missing the point?

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Apple gets around to fixing those 77 security holes in OS X Yosemite

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Graphics driver

Perhaps they'd be so kind as to fix their fucked up graphics driver for the 5750 cards installed in iMacs. I've just rolled back to Mavericks as I just got so pissed off by the continual lock-ups and random visual barfing all over the monitor and could take it no more.

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Supreme Court ignores Google's whinging in Java copyright suit

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That's just stupid. Who's got the copyright on Math.Sin, Math.Cos, Math.Rand etc? See how dumb it is now. Creative work? Muppet.

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The slow strangulation of telework in Australia

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First, Labor runs roughshod over the free market - which arguably could have delivered higher bandwidth services to the nation’s homes by now - with their poorly-thought-out, poorly-sold, and even-more-poorly-implemented NBNCo.

Sorry dude but Telstra has never shown any indication of wanting to do anything and neither has anyone else in the market. When I got here there were still plenty of sub GB/mth plans at higher cost than anything in the UK. It was a deeply uncompetitive market with nowt but shite on offer. Why innovate when you can gouge on sunk capital? The regulatory environment seems a bit poxy also - no wholesale and retail divisions here. Why enforce separation when you're in the pocket of the corporation? The threat of the NBN is the only thing that has gotten these lazy shits to make a move.

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

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Re: Regulator??

@YAAC: Unfortunately the market normally offers the solution long after some poor bastard has lost the shirt off of his back. I would argue that major shareholders (UK Gov etc) have an interest in forcing their hand from the port of diminishing shareholder value as does the regulator from the point of ensuring the continuance and stability of the retail banking sector. Having this bunch of arse-clowns regularly fuck up because of their pound shop IT setup is completely unacceptable.

You may also wish to note the article mentions that switch forms cannot be processed.

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Mum fails to nuke killer spider nest from orbit

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Re: She could always have taken the offending banana and throne it in the freezer....

I'd have just taken it back to Tesco. Let them deal with it.

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Re: He's got a point.

"Equal pay for the same work" is a great soundbite but unfortunately it falls short where the rubber meets the road. Sure, if you're both on a factory production line putting widgets X in boxes Y and operate at the same rate then it's reasonably straightforward. However, once you get out into the general workforce it becomes a lot harder to discern "the same". One person could meet the minimal standard, the other exceed it. One may go beyond the call of duty whereas the other may work to rule. So on and so forth.

I've also realised that, no matter what role you do, a lot comes down to how good a salesman you are - i.e. can you bullshit and self-congratulate or arse kiss yourself to a pay rise or do you say it like it is and invariably get whatever is deemed appropriate. Perhaps men are also better bullshitters.

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'Snowden risked lives' fearfest story prompts sceptical sneers

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Re: Too late was the cry

I'd say by shooting him 9 times there'd be a fair sized channel for subsequent rounds to travel through unimpeded and hence the choice of round would become largely irrelevant after about shot number 6 given they're unlikely to carefully distribute the shots.

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Chancellor Merkel 'was patient zero' in German govt network hack

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Re: Hooooooooooowl...

Makes you wonder why they don't make key people run a locked down distribution like a Government TAILS or similar.

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Nude celeb iCloud hack: Feds seize Chicago man's computers

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Re: Someone else?

Maybe he runs a Tor exit node.

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Top Eurocop: People are OK with us snooping on their phone calls

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Re: Until I find out how

Certainly can, he's likely scooped up that comment upon submission.

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Config file wipe blunder caused deadly Airbus A400M crash – claim

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Re: Shouldn't such a life-important software..

That would be a change to the initial spec and cause the project to greatly overrun in terms of time and cost. /sarc

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Has marketing grabbed the IT reins at your company?

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Media schmedia

I do wish this whole "you need to have a social media presence" bullshit would just up and die already. Sounds like siren calls from a department like HR that just seeks to support its own existence.

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Undetectable NSA-linked hybrid malware hits Intel Security radar

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Re: If it was truly firmware?

Until you find you have do repeat this job several thousand times or several thousand miles away, in which case the cure is worse than the disease.

No, it really isn't. If you value convenience then set all your switches to write enabled and foresake any security. The rest of us can sit there with them in write protect mode given few home users update firmware and we can have the security.

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Life in prison not appealing to Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht – appeal filed

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Re: He doesn't want life in prison? Shocker.

If he doesn't want to serve life in prison he should sack the useless twat representing him - it's getting more like a poor sitcom every week.

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Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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Re: Where's capitalism when you need it?

@ gnasher729: Psystar advertised theirs as such a machine which was their mistake. I merely stated that Dell could make a fine XPS windows box that just oh so conveniently happened to play nicely with OSX. They don't even need to market or advertise it as such, which would leave them in the clear, and let user forums and word of mouth do the rest. That way a user can by a fine machine and use whichever operating system they desire on it. Dell are in the business of selling hardware aren't they?

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Where's capitalism when you need it?

I'd have thought that if this is truly overpriced - I believe it is but am not entirely sure to what extent - then surely there is an opportunity for someone like Dell to make a nice XPS ultrabook that is configured so that it could operate easily as a Hackintosh should the purchaser so wish to walk that path. That is what is needed to keep the bastards honest.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Re: Wonderful pieces of engineering

The years when it seems things were really made to last. Can't help but think a modern one would have had it's batteries fail by now and bits starting falling off.

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Co-op Bank's creaky IT should be flogged off, growls UK.gov

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Hope so. They've reached such a level of cluelessness that they've brought in Big Blue to save the day - now that really is clueless.

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Unmasking hidden Tor service users is too easy, say infosec bods

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Curious

There are ways for site operators to protect against this, however. Hidden service providers are advised to be very wary of young HSDir nodes – or even better, to run their own HSDir nodes, which has the benefit of also providing a warning if other HSDir nodes try to attach themselves to the service.

I'm not sure I'd like the idea of Facebook running its own HSDIR nodes as, given their compliance in Prism, they'd likely just be NSA nodes anyhow. I couldn't give a shit about Facebook but it serves as a valid example. It's that age old trust issue surfacing again.

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Silk Road boss Ross Ulbricht to spend LIFE in PRISON without parole

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Re: Not a Victim, He's a Volunteer

I believe he thought he was smart enough to not get caught and his complacency was his undoing. If you get away with something like that for several years I'd imagine you start to think quite highly of yourself.

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Re: Death by Drugs

I think that one possible outcome that people aren't considering is that by legalising drugs you very definitely have to fund the medical treatment of the issues. After all you have explicitly sanctioned their use. Good thing or bad? Well, you could argue that we are doing so currently and that by legalising and taking a cut the Government could better fund the outcomes much like it can keep upping the tax on cigarettes. But, oh no, that leads to smuggling and we are almost back to square one.

I'm interested in knowing where all these cartels would go to? They cannot possibly compete with the pharmaceutical giants so does that mean they'd monopolise the supply of raw product to the them being the processors or what? Do they become Government tax avoiding smugglers given that is already part of their skill-set?

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I'd say there's certainly an argument that if he didn't wish to sell illegal shit then why setup a hidden Tor site? If you want to be an eBay or Amazon alternative then surely you want to operate in the mass market? I'm pretty confident he knew exactly what he was doing at every stage, was not a complete bastard as evidenced by his setting up something to do with the welfare of participants, lost the plot when it came to the alleged hits, and is only really remorseful because he got caught. In my opinion anyone who sets up an online anything-goes bizarre as a hidden Tor site knows what they're doing and thinks they won't get caught. Further support of this comes from the actual setup of the site as referred to in previous articles. But, as they say, complacency breeds contempt and his op-sec got somewhat sloppy.

This aside I believe your assertion of 10-20 is on the money for the crimes considered. If you can destroy the financial system through utter greed and receive billions if not trillions in taxpayer bailouts whilst all the time keeping your job and a clean sheet and get fuck all in the way of punishment then I don't see a valid reason why you get a never to be seen again jail term for selling willing participants the shit they desire.

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Google spins up 'FREE, unlimited' cloud photo storage 4 years before ad giant nixes it

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Once the first 15GB of free Drive space is full, users must pay Google $10 a month for a terabyte of extra capacity.

So, in other words, you can have free unlimited storage space for photos and videos if they are compressed

Err, no you cannot have free unlimited storage as you've contradicted yourself in the space of two sentences.

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: Well...

As techies we need to educate (but not lecture or hector) the rest of our society on why this is such a bad idea, something we do badly currently - because we know it so instinctively that we dont provide good examples to that the general public care about.

Oh, you'd like to think that wouldn't you? However, I had an interesting conversation just after the start of the Snowden revelations with a Gen Y who shall remain nameless. They were and are your stereotypical Facebook centric Twitterati. When I tried to explain just how much data is being captured and stored forever and the level of invasiveness involved their answer was, and remained, that they didn't have anything to hide (a bold statement indeed) and didn't care. Unfortunately there is that level of stupidity indoctrination present in the masses that I can honestly believe the "think of the children" approach coupled with a laissez faire attitude would get a majority public support. There are those that are fully ignorant of entities like the Stazi, have no concept of the Orwellian nightmare we approach, or simply couldn't give less of a shit provided everyone gets their selfie at bar X update.

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