* Posts by scrubber

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

scrubber

Re: freedom is nice to have, until it gets taken by a criminal who can not be found

> Surely that was better than the modern approach which seems to be shake the tree and see what falls out.

That wouldn't be the tree of liberty, would it? It seems to be in need of refreshment. (A bit like me).

btw. Here's a pro-tip for all you crims and terrorists out there - use online banking to communicate using small amounts of money as words or page.word amounts for a given reference book. The spooks won't be interfering with the security of online banking lest the banks lobby the govt. to take away the spooks' toys.

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Black Helicopters

While we're at it...

...let's ban talking quietly. If we can't tell what two people are saying to each other they might be talking about terroristic plots...

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Flame

"the most dangerous people that are abusing the internet"

Say what you want about (potential) terrorists, but I'm pretty sure they are not the ones who are abusing the internet...

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Pre-Snowden NSA grunts wanted to nix phone spying: report

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Facepalm

Hang on

Did someone suggest the purpose of mass surveillance was to stop terrorism?

That's the best laugh I've had all week.

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BACK OFF, spooks: UK legal hacking code should be 'resisted at all costs' says lawyer

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Unhappy

safety first

Is this shit keeping us safe? And even if it is, is it a price worth paying?

In a democracy we should be able to ask these questions and get honest answers. Unfortunately the consent of the governed isn't required anymore.

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Quantum computers have failed. So now for the science

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Paris Hilton

I came for the bouncing silicon...

But stayed for the science.

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GRUNTY CHIMPS 'blend in among locals' after moving to Scotland

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Flame

Bloody whiny foreigners...

...coming over here, taking our apples.

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Who's come to fix your broadband? It may be a Fed in disguise. Without a search warrant

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Holmes

What you're forgetting...

... is that this is a casino in Nevada.

The casino staff informed authorities who couldn't get a warrant so lied their way to get enough evidence/probable cause for a warrant, then lied on said warrant about how the evidence was obtained.

So the Nevada court is OK with all of that, except the bit where the judge was butthurt by (the concept of a judge) being lied to when signing the warrant.

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Pirate Bay data now tugged by IP-address-tracking current

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Pirate

Re: a pool for police to fish

Copyright infringement is a civil offence, when it's not done on an industrial scale, so the police should not be involved.

http://www.findlaw.co.uk/law/small_business/intellectual_property/copyrights/500585.html

However, civil cases are much easier to prosecute, being based on balance of probabilities rather than beyond reasonable doubt, so many defences are less likely to be acceptable. But, assuming you're not uploading then the damages should be fairly small too.

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Big Brother

Illegal content missing

There is no illegal content on TPB, or the majority of torrent sites.

Torrent sites should not host any of the data their users/members are sharing regardless of legality as it should be based on a P2P network where users share data themselves.

Uploaders are responsible for the legality/copyright of the material they upload in the jurisdiction they upload from.

Downloaders are only legally responsible when the whole file(s) is(are) downloaded and if they feel the material is potentially illegal OR copyright protected they should remove it forthwith from their machines and possibly inform the relevant authorities in the jurisdiction they download to.

Or you can assume that everyone on TPB knows the legal status of every file before they have downloaded it and treat them all as criminals.

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Drunk on Friday night? Then YOU probably DIDN'T spot Facebook's privacy tweak

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Coat

Is this racist...

Can Germany be trusted with privacy?

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YouTube flushes Flash for future flicks

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Headmaster

D'Oh!

" at least as functional – or more so –"

That's what 'at least' means...

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Snoopers' Charter amendments withdrawn – FOR NOW ...

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Re: What the Lords is for

3rd way - random selection, like jury duty.

4th way - direct, online democracy. Let the people represent themselves.

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I hate the Lords, but...

I remember the Lords used to stop the reactionary government of the day doing some crazy knee jerk reaction to some temporary threat by screwing with the people's civil liberties, even when the public are temporarily in favour of it (e.g. Sarah's law).

Of course Blair was head of the Met and was involved in all kinds of controversies (no IPCC access to the de Menezes shooting, lobbied for holding people for 90 days without charge etc.)

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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Black Helicopters

Sounds suspiciously sensible...

Where's the catch?

Got it - roaming mobile data charges.

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FBI has its fingers deep in NSA surveillance pie, declassified report shows

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Constitutional Shredder

So ... The FBI gets access to illegally obtained NSA data on law abiding Americans in order to investigate the hacking of a Japanese company by (cough) North Korea?

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

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Cameron: "Do we allow terrorists the safe spaces to talk to each other? I say 'no we don't."

Dear David,

1. They're not terrorists until they are convicted in a court of law of doing something terror-y. Until then they're citizens.

2. The only way to deny possible-future-terrorists safe spaces to talk to each other, is to deny EVERYONE safe spaces to talk to each other.

3. Your duty in government is not to protect us, please stop repeating that falsehood. Drug wars and the nanny state that way lie.

SIgned,

Subject Under Surveillance

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US kills EU watchdog's probe into EU cops sharing EU citizens' data

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Black Helicopters

Democratic oversight?

So, a supra-state unelected body (A) cannot perform oversight on a supra-state unelected body (B) because an unelected body (C) with limited oversight within a different state denies them access to B's internal documents.

Who do we vote for to change this situation? Oh...

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Stop

Re: Good Poodle!

The Ukrainians actually overthrew their democratically elected government, but why let facts get in the way of a good story?

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Sardine fishing in Kerala: Who benefits from mobile phones?

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Re: "Absolute" poverty

Not exactly Tim. Absolute poverty is based on an arbitrary dollar income that is judged to be insufficient to maintain a living standard that someone has decided constitutes poverty. That we currently include lack of basic requirements for survival is a political choice and should we ever get beyond people not being able to meet their basic needs the dollar value will increase to include refrigeration, or lighting, or internet access etc.

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Headmaster

"Absolute" poverty

I know exactly what you're trying to say, but in economics poverty is definitionally a relative term, ergo we literally cannot raise people out of poverty, (Except by some strange finagling of the figures, but assuming any kind of Bell curve then no.)

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Google's plan to become your phone company

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Headmaster

Econ 101 - Fail

"All of those sums will eventually find their way back to consumers through their cell phone bills."

Sorry, but the costs of buying the bandwidth in a govt. auction are called sunk costs, and are fixed. Companies (want to) produce at profit maximising levels, i.e. where marginal cost = marginal revenue. Fixed costs play no part in determining where this level is and hence the amount the phone company pays has absolutely no bearing on the ultimate cost to the consumer.

Which isn't to say a company splurging their money on a license won't likely provide a worse service, money is in limited supply and money spent on licence means money not spent elsewhere (or given back to shareholders).

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Analysts claim itty bitty iPhone Mini to land next year

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Big Brother

Re: Miniature iPhone about to launch, says Reuters

Mobile phones will be carried by corporate/state provided drones that watch over everything we do. It seems weird to us now to accept such intrusion but the added convenience of having your entire life recorded and available for upload to Facebook.gov is just too large to ignore. It also takes snippets of your conversations and posts them to twitter. As the algorithm only takes the most pithy or intelligent bits it makes you look great and have loads of followers and likes. You may recoil at the thought now, but that's because you're one of those luddite millenials.

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El Reg tests portable breathalyzers: Getting drunk so you don't have to

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Re: cheap fun BAC readers too inaccurate

I want my nanobots to be able to soak up the alcohol on command so I can drive home from the pub, then release it back into my bloodstream when I am back home.

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Tor de farce: NSA fails to decrypt anonymised network

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Mushroom

Wtf?

Why is a service I pay for (govt.) Spending my money to see what I do online rather than spending money to ensure other people/countries can't see what I do online?

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Norks blame U.S. for TITSUP internet, unleash racist rant against Obama

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Headmaster

Re: It is now racist to call someone a monkey?

Except he was referred to as acting as out of control as a monkey in a tropical forest, not as a monkey (never mind an ape) and may have been intended as racist or not, but there is no need for our media outlets to state it as fact that it was racist.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Re: @annihilator

BT was subsidised.

The 3g auction was an increase in fixed costs, it had literally zero impact on customer prices.

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Re: @annihilator

Plus the £22.5bn raised from 3G auctions that wouldn't have happened had we had a single state owned operator. And the many billions gained from the sale of BT. And the corporation tax from its profits.

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Give nerds their own PRIVATE TRAIN CARRIAGES, say boffins

scrubber

Re: passenger density

I always think of this advert when I hear people complaining about the cattle trucks they endure to get to their sickness-inducing desks for the 9 hour (if you're lucky) grind to be able to afford their overpriced rent and £5 beers:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX9h558Tz1E

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Mom and daughter SUE Comcast for 'smuggling' public Wi-Fi hotspot into their home

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Angel

Re: BT Home Hub

I quite like it - gives me wiggle room for reasonable doubt when I get the court case I so richly deserve.

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Mushroom

Paramedics prioritise accidents by fuel type?

My nuclear powered car should elicit a pretty swift response.

DeLorean DMC-12.

Okay, it's technically an electric car, but it uses nuclear fuel to generate the 1.21 gigawatts needed to run.

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

scrubber

What goes around...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sony_BMG_copy_protection_rootkit_scandal

Sweet, sweet karma.

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Five-eyes partners dilute UN resolution criticising metadata collection

scrubber

When this were all fields...

I remember when we were considered the good guys, was that just a naive child, or did we actually behave better than other countries back in the day?

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SanDisk vows: We'll have a 16TB SSD WHOPPER by 2016

scrubber

Never mind the enterprise...

Stick one of these little beauties in a home NAS for all your HD films, then stream a different movie to each room if you want.

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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Re: How many clues did they need?

The basic argument goes: "we didn't spot this needle in a massive haystack, so we need access to loads more hay to spot needles in future."

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WTF?

Pre-Crime

If you've pondered nothing wrong you have nothing to fear.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Extremist material

such as: Cameron shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Yep, I'm an extremist.

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ZZZAP! Climate change means getting HIT BY LIGHTNING is likelier

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Not in big cities...

...where lightning rarely reaches ground level due to the big tall metal things.

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Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals

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"Net neutrality law ... rolls out the red carpet for the American giant"

Just like roads roll out the red carpet for Tesco (or did!) or running water does for Radox.

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Planning to fly? Pour out your shampoo, toss your scissors, RENAME TERRORIST WI-FI!

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Flame

TSA

When will people realise the TSA are NOT there to keep you safe:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPqSmpMsm1g&list=UU1yBKRuGpC1tSM73A0ZjYjQ

And the cops are the modern mob:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-texas-profiling_wittmar10-story.html#page=1

And the IRS likes the look of that:

http://reason.com/blog/2014/10/27/irs-doesnt-care-that-you-havent-committe

Government of the people, by the people, for the people.

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Jeff Bezos rolls up another $437m, lights Amazon's cigar with it

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Trollface

"with an Irish accent"

Their training costs must be astronomical - it must take ages to get an Indian to talk with an Irish accent.

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Meet Mr Gamification: He's got a NUDGE or two for you

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free money?

There is no free money. Money is backed by the ability of those in power issuing said money to obtain, by force or threat thereof, the wealth and/or labour of others.

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France to draft blacklist banning alleged piracy websites – what could POSSIBLY go wrong?

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Pirate

Theft/Piracy

There is no copyright theft and definitely no piracy, there is only copyright infringement which is, or should be, a civil matter. By using taxpayer funds to investigate taxpayers and other companies the French government is subsidising large, multinational companies. I would have thought the French had more pressing matters to deal with than splurging cash to save companies paying lawyers going to court to protect their copyright, but what do I know...

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

scrubber

UK based global policy?

"If revenge pornography were clearly illegal, they would, I am sure, ensure that such sites could not be promoted through their search engines."

So just because you make someone in the UK doing something illegal you want Google et al. to stop including sites in other countries where this is perfectly legal (like the UK currently) in their results?

Idiot.

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Inequality increasing? BOLLOCKS! You heard me: 'Screw the 1%'

scrubber

Fine up until the last point...

"What happens to the one per cent is of course trivia"

Except the rich happen to run the political discourse that affects everyone: they write the laws and set the policies that the rest of us have to abide by. Their wealth alone is not important but the rules/barriers they put in place to maintain their, and their offspring's, wealth and political influence actively harm the rest of us.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

scrubber

In other news...

Google deny reading people's Gmail emails because they are automatically scanned by a computer in order to serve up related ads and never seen by human eyes.

Unless the computers see some dodgy pics (or terroristic text?) and they alert the authorities, in which case plod certainly gets eyeballs on your emails.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Big Brother

Re: Human Nature

Well, I for one, am particularly grateful that we have someone as benevolent and wise as Robert Long 1 to tell us what can, and should, be tolerated in a tolerant society. There was me worrying that we might overstep the mark and stifle debate and curtail the presentation of ideas, new and old, but that was silly - we have ROBERT LONG 1 to tell us what we can and can't think, say, do and tolerate.

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Pint

A reasonable compromise for socialists...

Would be for them to suggest central planning for the necessities: housing, food, medicine, clean water, heat/power.

I wouldn't want that, but the resources required to provide these things, and information required to attempt to provide them centrally, would be orders of magnitude less than trying to work out an average utility function for the country.

Or, worse yet, deciding what the 'correct' utility function is so that we have Opera Houses on every second street and no pubs.

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Naughty NSA was so drunk on data it forgot collection rules

scrubber

Re: "collect" as in "collect" or Clapper-"collect"?

It's like that script I wrote at my bank that skims 0.1% off all transactions and puts it in my account. I only steal the money when I spend it.

Still, this was Google's argument in the first place when it claims it doesn't read your mail (because no human looks at it) but simply has a computer scan it to serve up ads relevant to the content of your mail. Unintended consequences of, and for, the "do no evil" company.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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@streaky

They take away your IT equipment for 'forensic analysis' - hey, you might be downloading child terrorism copyright infringement porn - and if that's your main tool for work you're screwed. They keep/destroy your equipment, you can't earn, so lose your house. Once you're destitute they drop all charges and everything's hunky dory, no misconduct, nothing to see here, move along.

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