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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

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But can it run ...

Never mind.

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Are you a god?

Thor came down and used his hammer to split the original into 2 new species.

How is that against Odin's marvelous creationism?

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Are you from the future?

"The inclusion of a USB 3.0 may prove more of a stumbling block than the graphical requirements. GPUs that support DirectX 12 date back to around 2014, while USB 3.0 is more recent, only becoming commonplace in the last two to three years."

You are aware that it is November in 2016? These dates almost entirely align.

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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"Criminal"?

The law is arbitrary, changeable and often capricious. In country A(merica) I may not be a criminal because there is no law against (say) free speech but in country C(hina) I would be a criminal. Pretty sure my head shape doesn't change between the two countries.

Perhaps the head shape of the lawmakers is a better guide to the criminality of the people?

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Memories

Spend $300 to reminisce about the good old days when I didn't have to spend $100 to have an unsightly dongle hanging out the side of my computer in order to connect the most basic of peripherals.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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Re: Freecycle

Lord Elpuss: ”For all you know, I work for the government and have classified data that must be securely destroyed."

Or left unencrypted on public transport.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Re: we can all move on

Except his SC appointment(s) will still be there (Napolitano, Judge Judy?) And any executive action he takes and is approved by his SC will be there and available for any future president to use and abuse until a better SC comes along to overturn it.

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Re: You don't have to look that far for examples of Torture

Ah tazers. Introduced as non-lethal firearm alternatives. We were promised they, and pepper spray, would only ever be used in situations where the only alternative would be a potentially deadly firearm. Like when teenagers get mouthy or students need some reeducation about who's in charge or when black males ... ah no, they still go straight to deadly force in that situation.

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Torture isn't even the biggest problem

He wants to murder the families of (alleged) terrorists.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Je suis Charlie

I seem to recall some procession in favour of freedom of expression after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, was that just political posturing?

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Anoying Horn

Like an LRAD?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQuF1T6f21g

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Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

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Collateral Damage

This is just an incidental outcome of a system that has been set up to normalise the constant and intrusive surveillance of the population by so-called security services.

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

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Re: They have enough

Staying under the radar is a new offence under RIPA 2.

Maybe I shouldn't give them ideas...

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OTOH

At least all this data slurping meant there were no terrorist attacks in the UK during those years.

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Hey! spies! Get! in! here! and! explain! this! Yahoo! email-scanning! 'kernel! module!'

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Dear Congress,

Let me explain:

After 9/11 your black ops agencies saw an opportunity to use the fear and panic of the American people and politicians to engage in a wholly illegal operation of mass surveillance of the people of this planet. With the support of the administration and quiescence of the public, opposition, judiciary and, worst of all, the media, the constitution as we know it was ignored, torture performed, rendition, surveillance etc.

Since then all your agencies have been using 'national security' as a way to gather info from corporations and to get courts to allow blatantly unconstitutional practices. One of those is to get them to install software with backdoors that allow so-called law enforcement to access data without a court order. The result of back doors is that not only those we 'want' can use it to get in. Hence data, including that of honorable members, was stolen by parties unknown (ignoring the fact it was also collected by agencies known!)

Think of that next time you vote on a bill.

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That UK law that'll share Brits' private info among govt departments? Yeah, that'll need oversight

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New World (dis)Order

If you have nothing to hide sell, you have nothing to fear.

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Queen Lizzie awarded good behaviour medal

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Re: Commander in chief

"I would force her to step down immediately"

You and whose army?

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Re: republicans

If she's so fucking good, and the institution so wonderful, how come no country not already brainwashed into it is looking to have Liz adopt them?

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Re: Commander in chief

No, I am suggesting, among other things, that she has never undertaken this constitutional rile that she was trained from childhood to fulfil. Others are suggesting that should she ever do so it would trigger a constitutional crisis that would take down the monarchy. I am then left asking: if she won't, and can't, perform her supposed duty, then what is the fucking point of the position of monarch? And perhaps some oil chosen by lottery would be less deferential.to the political classes, especially since their position, and that of their family, is not dependent on the largess of the already privileged using public money.

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Re: Commander in chief

"What's the alternative?" [to an hereditary head of state]

Why are people so bloody unimaginative?

Selection at random, like jury duty.

A TV show called I'm a monarch get me out of here.

A cage fight.

Pistols at dawn.

Musical chairs.

A bake off.

Who cares? But it would be nice if the public has some say in, you know, a democracy.

It would also be nice if they could exercise their constitutionally granted powers without creating a constitutional crisis. Then perhaps Blair's massive mandate to smash our rights with 40% of the vote would not have happened.

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Commander in chief

As head of the armed forces hasn't she sent "our boys" off to illegal wars to commit war crimes without so much as a frown?

And in nonmilitary terms why hasn't she ever stood up for her subjects and refused to sign any bill that stripped our historic rights?

She's a waste of space and the institution is a national embarrassment for a so called modern democracy.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Re: Buzzword fail

No you didn't.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Terminator

If I spend $60k on a personal Uber I'd rather it didn't try to kill me when it mistakes a cat on the road for a baby.

But this is a very temporary problem, roads will not be accessible to people soon and automated will be the only, and safest, way to travel.

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Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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Re: Oxymoron

Security and freedom are not fungible. Neither should they be negotiable.

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Missing the point

The cops should not be following anyone without good reason. Just because I drive on public roads does not mean the cops should constantly monitor my whereabouts and be able to track where I've been over time.

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Confirmed: UK police forces own IMSI grabbers, but keeping schtum on use

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Blinded by safety

I forget, who are the bad guys again...?

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Doxxing

Theresa May,

10 Downing Street,

London

What now, bitches...

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Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot

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Market saturation

Netflix has reached the point where it plays by the usual.rules, no more double digit growth as is. They need exclusive, live content to keep growing, but sports are really expensive. They will eventually do it (games on phone, tablet, PC and TV is the ideal for consumers) but the pricing model is not easy to do for a company that says £X gets you everything we have. They have to start demarcating their customers (other than by legally enforced geography) and that won't sit well initially. But Netflix seem to be progressing to the point of being bigger than Disney, star wars be damned, pretty soon.

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CEO of shady ad site Backpage and owners arrested on human trafficking suspicions

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Re: I can't believe some of you do not understand this!

"Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple enlisted the Centre for Democracy and Technology to co-ordinate its defence of Backpage. “Digital rights” activist groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology filed briefs in support of Backpage."

Do you think these groups are all in it because they want to advertise kids for sale? Or do you think they recognise that the government will always begin an assault on our rights by using terrorism, sex trafficking and/or children?

If people are openly advertising kids for rent on this site then surely that makes life easy for the cops?

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"aiding and abetting criminal conduct makes one "punishable as a principal"

Like roads for bank robbers? Google maps for ... any number of criminals from burglars to terrorists? VPNs for anyone from 'pirates' to dissidents to Manning and Snowden.

There are criminals and victims here and justice should be served, but the 1st Amendment doesn't exist just so we can say uncontroversial things, and this is an extension of the right of people to allow people to speak without being held liable for what they say.

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US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

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At least in the arms race during the cold war there were obvious reasons for not using the weapons, in the tech war they deploy these weapons as soon as they have them, often against their own citizens. Farewell sweet privacy, we barely knew you and now you're gone.

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Probe cops' Stingray phone masts, senators tell US comms watchdog

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Protect and Serve

"the ability of minority communities to use ... emergency services"

Given what invariably happens when police show up to a situation involving minorities this is not necessarily a bad thing.

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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Re: Fun at conferences

But "horse porn" IS my unlock phrase. And my homepage.

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Inside a smoky room...

"Okay, we have access to their communications online, but these sneaky citizens can still communicate privately in their homes. Any ideas?"

"What if we make our listening devices have some kind of utility and people will then willingly buy them and put them in their houses?"

"I know smart phones had enough features to make people carry around our bugs, but what would we have to offer to get people to have this constantly on in their homes?"

"How about we let them look up the weather and start and stop music, by talking to it?"

And that's how the west was lost.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

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Facebook of all companies ...

... should know the danger of going all in on one leading company in an unproven, immature market.

OK, having written that I'm now thinking of Google and Nest.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Re: Judge Wendell Holmes

I think you'll find shouting fire will cause a rush of people whipping out their camera phones...

Or a bunch of smart arses to go over and see what all the fuss is about and whether they can sort it out.

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Judge Wendell Holmes

"There is a good reason why "shouting fire in a crowded theater" is often held up as an example of the limits on freedom of speech."

To stop people speaking out against the draft?

If your theatre/home has Nest devices and can't evacuate safely during a fire, drill or false alarm then the fault is entirely yours, not the annoying person/device shouting "Fire!"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3Hg-Y7MugU - Hitchens

http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/11/its-time-to-stop-using-the-fire-in-a-crowded-theater-quote/264449/

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Mastercard rolls out pay-by-selfie across Europe

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Re: "You use HSBC, don't you?”

Do I look like a Mexican drug cartel?

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Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?

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Big Banks

So when HSBC are complicit in money laundering for Mexican drug cartels and groups on the terrorist list then where do the officials get tried?

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jul/11/hsbc-us-money-laundering-george-osborne-report

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Complaints against cops down 93% thanks to bodycams – study

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Double edged sword

So, let me get this straight, because (some of) the cops are violent, law breaking scum, people are actually pushing for them to travel about scanning the public at large, feeding into a central database allowing them to add it into the face recognition and license plate scanning systems so that they can monitor us not just from static CCTV cameras, but mobile monitoring units (police)?

Seems to me we're actively asking for a panopticon because the people who really want it are misbehaving, i.e. we're rewarding their bad behaviour.

For those who say it will be a locally stored unit, only viewable under review when a complaint or court case requires it, well, tasers, RIPA, pepper spray, FISA courts, civil asset forfeiture, RICO etc. etc.

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

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Dear commentards

I recall a vast number of comments being down voted vigorously and repeatedly for saying this was possible and being ridiculed. Could you all go back and update your comments and votes?

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Nvidia: Eight bits ought to be enough for anybody ... doing AI

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Jackpot?

Is that prolog course I did back in the day, along with the fuzzy logic maths, finally gonna be useful and marketable?

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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OK, so they now know that you have food with some number X, see that you travel with number Y and you have issues with the council (and probably which department). If the other people have location on then they know where you probably live, can see locations you may have visited. Using those other numbers they can find your possible extended group (true or not) and given your lack of communication you are a suspicious character and perhaps the police or other security services should be notified.

Allah help you if any of those 3 hop relationships happen to be on some watchlist. How's the weather in Cuba this time of year?

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Re: Numbers which have been collected without their holders' approval

"someone who has your number uses it"

I can only hope that I'm a big enough PITA that they have me in as some epithet rather than my real name.

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but but but ...

I recall Facebook and Whatsapp promise there would be no cross sharing of user info and anyone who thought otherwise was a paranoid freak

A bit like how tasers were only ever going to be used in situations where officers would otherwise have had to use firearms.

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HSBC: How will we verify business banking customers? Selfies!

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Re: Simplify the process?

"*not my real name"

No wonder they wouldn't let you open an account. Try again with your real name.

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It's OK to fine someone for repeating a historical fact, says Russian Supreme Court

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Re: But not as bizarre as ...

Whine about that post all you like, but we have an unelected head of state and second chamber yet call ourselves a democracy. We also assisted in illegal renditions of innocent people for the Americans when we knew they were gonna torture them. And spy on people with no oversight. Democracy my arse.

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BBC vans are coming for you

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Re: Regressive tax

Not at all like the national lottery. If I wanted to gamble in the casino but I had to pay a lottery tax to do so (to fund athletes and the opera and other nonsense) then it would be the same. The fact is that in order to watch advertiser funded live broadcasts, even online, I have to pay for the behemoth BBC.

If you want my opinion on other regressive taxes, or ones where they ostensibly take money for A but spend it on B then wait until there's an article about those but this one happens to be about the BBC.

The majority of people who don't like paying so much to the BBC are those who get little out of it and aren't won over by the same patriotic bullshit that makes people in the UK proud of the also Jimmy Saville-enabling NHS.

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Regressive tax

Regardless of your view of the BBC, as a national treasure or a state goliath destroying the free market for media, can we at least agree that it disproportionately costs the poor while benefitting the rich?

If I buy a TV (as a large screen monitor) in order to watch Netflix and Amazon Prime, why do I have to tell some spotty oik in Currys my address? Why does some public employee then use that address to check if I have a BBC license (let's not call it a TV license, eh?) and send me threatening letters non-stop and then try to use legally dubious tactics to access my property to see if I'm 'stealing' the BBC?

And, while I"m on a rant, why do BBC radio listeners get a free ride? Those free-loading pirates living it large off the back of artists and TV watchers. Seen from afar one could call this class warfare where the poor pay for the rich...

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