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Lego is the TOOL OF SATAN, thunders Polish priest

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Well that's just silly

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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One thing seems certain. If you consistently say "No, grazie" to any kind of enforcement

We do this in the hope that one day someone will put forward a kind of enforcement that is proportionate, convienient for the end user, and not used as a way to restrict fair use.

Such a measure would benefit the consumer, the publisher (because the lawful product would no longer be less valuable than the unlawful copy), and the artist. (*)

Still waiting.

(*) to the extent that the publisher bothers to pay the artist

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Re: Translation

> When at school I practised French by translating Asterix into French

But...wasn't it like that already?

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Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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Re: If you think that placebos for humans are bad enough

The placebo effect does work on animals, so these remedies are equally effective across species.

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Re: What do we do for those for whom it works?

> I was diagnosed at 13 with an undefined skin disease

swhen I was 13 I was 4 feet tall - in today's society this has many disadvantages - short people tend to earn less, hae greater difficulties meeting partners, and on average report less satisfaction with life. Then I looked at a cow. Now, decades later, i am 5'11".

Looking at cows makes you taller.

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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"I think there's an amazing arrogance to the idea that [Snowden] knows better than the framers of the Constitution how the government should be designed to work in terms of separation of powers,"

I can't confidently compare the legal expertise of some blokes from 2 centuries ago to Snowden's, but I'm pretty sure he knows more about the sort of surveilance that has only become possible in the last few years than a bunch of revered skeletons.

"Ledgett said that the documents Snowden was responsible for leaking were full of "half-truths and distortions." "

Well, that's one of the things we are complaining about...

"The capabilities [of the NSA] are applied in very discreet, measured, controlled ways," the deputy director said."

'everything' is, of course, a discrete measurement

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Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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Re: "Savers"???

But...but...but now you can put more money in an account that gives a derISAry interest rate.

The bank are giving savers so little interest because they don't need the money - they just get it from Funding For Lending, which is being extended, so the situation isn't likely to improve.

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WTF is … the multiverse?

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Re: The trouble with an infinite number of possible parallel universes

It depends on what you mean by universe.

Max Tegmark's type I and type II parallel universes consider the area we can observe (the Hubble Bubble, things withing 13billionish light years) as our universe, and anything outside that is in another universe

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Top UK e-commerce sites fail to protect 'password' password-havers from selves

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Re: limiting passwords

Verified by visa wasn't implemented to increase your security.

(If I kept going, the rest of this post would be functionally equivalent to booing in the direction of the Visa headquarters)

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Plusnet shunts blame for dodgy DNS traffic onto customers' routers

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Re: I know it's contentious in a free internet

The governments requirements are "filter things well enough that Mumsnet will leave us alone", backed up by the threat of legislation

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Twin GEEKS: NASA studies identical brothers – one on Earth, one IN SPAAAACE

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...and moustache differential makes four.

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

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Repeats

Wasn't this story around a while ago, just with a slightly bigger number? And a while before that with a still bigger number and the word radio?

BBC4 and Radio 6 are still around. I suspect Little Lord Fondleboys will still have a place to Badly Educate or the foreseeable future.

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Re: And nothing of value was lost...

There's a few shows in there I really enjoy, interspersed with a large amount of feculence. If someone saw me watch BBC3 for a whole night they'd probably think I was a frequently bemused manic depressive.

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Hey, MoJ, we're not your Buddi: Brit firm abandons 'frustrating' crim-tagging contract

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Phrasing

"the development of a product which does not yet exist".

I know what they mean, and based on the article I probably agree with them, but that could have been phrased a lot better.

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Care Bears... share: NHS England promises to heal careless data-sharing plans

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(N)HSCIC

The HSCIC work from the same offices as the NHSCIC, and have most of the same personnel. Why are they being allowed to pretend they are a different body?

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Well done on the privacy lawsuit. Now NSA will keep your phone records INDEFINITELY

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They could store the old data in a not-readily-readable form

That way it is available for the lawsuit, but not available for day-to-day overspying.

Of course they won't, but it was a nice thought. (And takes away the victim blaming - the lawsuits meanthey have to keep a copy of their records, but in no way compel the NSA to be a dick about it)

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

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Christopher Soghoian, a principal technologist at the ACLU

Did anyone else read this as "a principled technologist at the ACLU"?

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Re: Or

or both...

It's possible an agency could reenable devices - I believe there was news recently of a cam that could be turned on without your lnowlege - so the software fix isn't perfect.

EDIT: why both? Why not just the masking tape? Well, I don't want GCHQ knowing what masking tape I use, do I? Or maybe I just didn't think things through before posting

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

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25.3 million brits have paid for ransomware? Bloody hell

Maybe your headline writer shouldn't get a raise this year.

Also a sample size of 48 people doesn't tell us much.

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Appeals court decides Dotcom warrant was legal after all

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Re: @bigtimehustler When Big Brother Is After You

'"take (another person's property) without permission or legal right and without intending to return it".'

"take"

Dotcom isn't accused of taking - he is accused of helping others to copy things. But copying isn't the same as taking

"another person's property"

Copyright isn't property. 'Intellectual property' is a horseshit phrase used to justify overreaction

"without intending to return it"

You can't return something that you haven't taken

"without permission or legal right"

Well, at least you got one thing right.

Stealing and copyright infringement are different things. I appreciate "I see, so there is a difference between copyright infringement [...], and the crime of theft." was supposed to be saracstic, but it really shouldn't have been

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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Re: So, the outcome of this, so far means that...

you should consider wearing a thicker mask, not one of them flimsy Guy Fawkes things.

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Mathematicians spark debate with 13 GB proof for Erdős problem

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nine gigabytes = 13 GB

If you hide the corrections link then pedants will put corrections(*) in the comments.

(*) If I have screwed up please read 'corrections' as 'requests for clarification'

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Re: Where did they get the numbers?

Empirical testing? As in run a test on a random selection of data and assume if it gives a decent p value then the hypothesis can be considered correct?

That sort of thing doesn't cut it as mathemetical proof.

It might be good enough for sciences less pure than maths (e.g. sociology, physics, all other sciences), but even a a statistical proof - the probability of this being wrong is 0 - isn't enough for a mathematician.

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

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The 1980s called, they said "screeeeeeeeeeeeeeee be-jeeeeee eeeeeeeee"

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Steelie Neelie: ICANN think of more 'credible' rules for internet. (Cough *NSA* cough)

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Re: Matt Bryant is good for a laugh!

It's VDay tomorrow, I could do with some red tape

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'Demon Killer' who tied SD card to cat pleads not guilty

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"Prosecutors have as many as 637 pieces of circumstantial evidence"

And hopefully some pieces of actual evidence? Circumstantial evidence doesn't seem to have served them very well in this case so far.

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A simple fit of pique. It was his was of saying "f--- you, woolly jumpers"

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Ganymede map helps reveal satellite's secrets

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Bah

I was hoping to see the traditional crudely drawn phalus, like there is on mars, but I'll have to settle for a confused-looking fish called Nicholson (25-55W, 31-49S) and a cartoon man's head called Borsippa (1E, 52S)

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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Eventually

I got the leaflet, but not before I had read about it repeatedly on the register and social media, and already printed of the medconfidential.org opt-out

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Getting documents all too easy for Snowden

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Re: It's not exactly Mission: Impossible is it?

Mission: Inevitable?

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

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"What can you do though when it's one of your parents...? :/"

Is it definitely too late to have yourself adopted?

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

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Addressing your concerns in the order they were listed:

So's your face; so does your face; your operating system is *made* or poo.

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Cameron: UK public is fine with domestic spying

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Re: I'm On A Rant!

"The fact that it would be totally illegal and if caught they would face a very substantial custodial sentence......"

Your argument seems to be that people won't do something if it is against the law. If that were the case we wouldn't need security services.

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Re: [I]s Cameron a stupid piece of shit or an evil piece of shit?

"Never attribute to malice..."

When you are as stupid as Cameron, making decsions that affect millions of people is a form of malice.

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Language-mangling Germans fling open Handygate to selfie-snapping whistleblowers

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Re: "Handy" - WTF

In typical German fashion, 'handy' was originally a long composite noun. The word is short for Handapparat-GerätfürdieKommunikationmitMenschendieweitweg-wieBarry-HalloBarry-ohnedieNotwendigkeitvonSchreiensind, which roughly translates to "Handset-based device for communicating with people who are far away-like Barry-Hello Barry-without the necessity of shouting"

So who gave the true definition of 'Handy'? - it's got to be there somewhere...

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NatWest 'spam' email cockup got me slapped with late payment fee, says angry Reg reader

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Re: Prat

Personal experience tells me that sometimes a company - perhaps a catalogue retailer - will cancel a direct debit and not tell you. And then charge late fees because they didn't take the payment.

If only Holly Willoughby knew what was being done in her name.

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

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Re: Not every household

Write to them and tell them you are removing the implied right of access. It won't stop the letters, but should stop the visits

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Missing the point

The point of the BBC isn't to enrich itself, it's to provide quality TV.

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

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Its a bit different when some of the words are "I am going to harm you"

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'I don't understand why they feel like they own the word CANDY'

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Re: Trademarking words FTW

Or make the background image be an upper-middle class oven and market the game as Sweety Smash Aga

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Re: A little sympathy

Candy Crush combines 2 of the worst things to happen to gaming in recent years

Free to play (pay to play well)

and

Fun cockblocking (play a certain number of times, then pay or sod off)

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Spam drops as legit biz dumps mass email ads: Only the dodgy remain

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Re: biz dumps mass email ads

"It beats me how it was *ever* effective"

(Virtually) No costs; Some morons.

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Hey, G20. Please knock it off with the whole tax loophole thing - we're good guys, really

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Misquote

"Enterprises that employ digital communications models operate in all sectors of the global economy," the group argued. "That we claim to do almost all of our business in certain areas is neither here nor there"

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

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Re: Seeing the password

It's a lot easier to read a password from a screen, than from someone's finger presses (source: I can only do one of these things)

Showing *s for everything but the last character seems to be becoming more popular, and provides a compromise between the two

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Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

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unless there's a real government need for secrecy.

Or, more accurately, a claim that there's a government need for secrecy.

Which there always will be.

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Fine! We'll keep updating WinXP's malware sniffer after April, says Microsoft

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"hackers descending upon XP's final, never-to-be-patched vulnerabilities "

Is there any reason to think this will actually happen (I don't remember a post-2000 apocalypse, but mayebe I wasn't paying attention)

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

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Re: The EA Car Sales System

I think you may have just described buses

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"doesn't work, 1 star"

Seems like a reasonable review to me

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

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"cyber streetwise"

Who came up with that name? Are they hiring funky vicars for PR duties now?

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Judge orders Yelp.com to unmask anonymous critics who tore into biz

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The thing I like about this comment is how easily it could be astroturfing by a yelp employee

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