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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

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Re: Question

No, the standard of proof, and degree of misconduct, is much higher for the CPS.

A court/tribunal would back you if, on balance of probabilities, you were justified in dismissing someone (i.e. if there is at least a 50% chance they committed gross misconduct, or other fireable offence)

The CPS shouldn't take action unless there is a 50% chance they can convince a jury beyound reasonable doubt that a crime was committed (i.e. if there's a 50% chance you can conince a jury there is a 98%(*) chance they committed a crime)

(*) ish

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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"We will switch your account within the next 28 days, but please bear in mind that, in the meantime, you won't be legally considered to be a person."

I'd rather my identity not be determined by a company that claims that verified by visa enhances my security.

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True fact: 1 in 4 Brits are now TERRORISTS

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Re: Twisted their words.

But it isn't an offence - they are unable to give any single offence that viewing the video would constitute. So they are lying about what the law is. It would be better if they refrained from doing so.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: hypothetical

The copyright for the film belongs to the company that owns the film.

The copyright won't be transfered to the dog because:-

It's a dog, and dogs can't copyright things

Copyright doesn't transfer to you when you make a copy of a work.

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Re: Too Late Now

Except the decision doesn't relate in any way to pictures taken by movement detection.

It's perfectly reasonable to say that setting up a camera to fire on movement detection (or even setting a timer) constitutes "taking the photo". The Copyright Office hasn't said anything that would disagree with this.

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'This doesn't put Slater's image "in the public domain" at all.'

No, but it does seem to put the monkey's image in the public domain.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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So the boss of the company that has a co-branding deal with Yahoo isn't very keen on Google? How strange.

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Dodgy payday loan ads make up 83% of cases probed by UK's FCA

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Re: there is a legitimate use for these...

I was talking to someone about how it was entirely possibly for a payday loans company to be run ethically, and in a way that benefits society as a whole (e.g. in the broken down car example). He pointed out I had just described a credit union.

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Windows 8 market share stalls, XP at record low

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Netmarketshare's graph is far more colourblindness friendly than StatCounter's

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METRE-LONG DINOSAUR POO going under the hammer

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Re: El Reg {rolls eyes up}!

"Playground humour is both childish and annoying"

So's your face!

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Police declined to explain how they "snared" the suspects

...because they don't want anyone to think about Operation Ore, where they arrested hundreds of people, most of whose only 'crime' was to have their credit cards nicked.

If they actually *have* arrested the right people this time then congratulations, but based on past form I suspect they ahve arrested more passers-by that paedos

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British data cops: We need greater powers and more money

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Re: FUCK OFF

"pussy"

Surely it depends on the reason for non-collection - if you just don't bother to collect then, yes, people you later fine are more likely to not bother paying. But it's different if there are concrete reasons, such as, say, early payment reductions, appeals and impairments.

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Re: Meaningless research

So the share price reflects whether investors think other investors think the torrent will affect the films' sucess.

Assuming the investors are all holywood insiders, does this study give us an insight that the film industry doesn't really believe that torrents affect their revenue? Or am I stretching too far?

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Re: Cause or effect

"So the implication is that studios should be paying the filesharers for the benefit they confer?"

No

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In space no one can hear you scream, but Voyager 1 can hear A ROAR

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I was made shortly before 1977, and I also often fail to receive commands.

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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"she questioned why it had taken the government so long to act [...] Cooper warned that there was a lack of time for proper debate to take place in Parliament."

Presumably her next words were "Oh, sorry, I answered my own question"

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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Re: Turn off the computer, then turn it on again...

"A user is complaining that he can't reconcile the figures"

"find out what's going wrong"

[...]

"He's trying to get a report from our system, but he can't"

"What happens when he tries?"

[...]

"Yeah, he had forgotten his password"

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Qualcomm fires DMCA shotgun at alleged code thieves on GitHub – including itself

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"Well I have as much right to the code as you do"

"I am you"

"Shut up"

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Re: These are getting too much

"Yes you have to knowingly be lying to the court."

That is the law as written, but the argument that EFF made (when Hotfile countersued against Warner) that "[...]Any company could sidestep accountability for improper takedowns by simply outsourcing the process to a computer.[...]" *might* stand up in court (The Warner/Hotfile case was settled out of court)

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Use Tor or 'extremist' Tails Linux? Congrats, you're on an NSA list

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"Where was the NSA when those two brothers were bombing Boston during the marathon?"

On Reddit posting "Hey guys, does anyone think america should be destroyed? Let me know! ;)" in the hope of getting easy leads.

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"'ll' gives you the hidden files as well."

Goddamnit, don't teach us linux commands. Now we are all on a list for "receiving training in terrorism"

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Re: they're a spy agency

"People who are looking into ways to hide their online communication are more likely than the average netizen to be doing something of interest."

And yet still the overwhelming majority of them aren't interested in committing acts of terrorism

Increasing the amount of noise you collect doesn't help you refine the signal.

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You CAN'T bust into our login app's password vault, insists Roboform

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Re: Roboform not 'on form'

"We are investigating the report, and will issue a statement when our tecnhical staff have fully evaluated it. In the meantime, to avoid embarrassment, we have distracted our VP of marketing and business development with a number of shiny objects, hidden his PC and changed his twitter password"

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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Re: Happy Snapper

"In that scenairo you'd hope the police and the courts would exercise some common sense."

Good luck with that.

The law should be based on "I'm sure everyone in the legal system will behave themselves". Just ask Paul Chambers, or Andrew Robert Holland (the tiger video) or the lawyer dragged through the courts for owning perfectly legal fisting pornography, or...

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

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Oh, it's "automated"

That's ok then. Because computers are magic and will fix all of our problems.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

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Re: OMG Mirrors!

"did our forebears have to go through this farce when printing was developed"

There was a hgue 'home printing is killing calligraphy' campaign

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Urinating teen polluted 57 Olympic-sized swimming pools - cops

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I think a certain water bureau might not be very good at their job

So, 1 manwee (500ml) of pee in 140 million litres of water - around 3 parts per billion (ppb) is unacceptable.

But the level of arsenic allowed in the water by the Portland Water bureau is 10(ppb) - over 3 manwees per reservoir.

So they would have been happier if the guy was peeing arsenic?

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NHS chiefs' claims exposed: GP-data-grab boss claimed fattest expenses of the lot

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Dr Foster

I can only hope he steps into a puddle right up to his middle.

(head first)

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Tick-tock, Jock: Dock schlock for mock-stock in ad-hoc shop squawk

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Stop

Grocers apo'strophe

I recall a tale of a grocer who would deliberately misplace apostrophes on their signs so that people would come in to the shop to provide corrections, and often buy something whe they are in there.

I recount this only to show I'm aware that, by clicking the article to make this comment, I have fallen for the trap I am complaining about.

That headline is awful.

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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"That duck's already dead, we might as well leave the landmine it's perched on where it is"

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TalkTalk's catch-up telly fib silenced by ad watchdog

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"The regulator told TalkTalk that the advert must not appear again in its current form"

That will teach them.

My mistake, that will make no difference to them whatsoever.

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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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