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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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Windows

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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Big Brother

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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Notting Hill Carnival spycams: Met Police rolls out real-time live face-spotting tech

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Re: Forbidden

"Wonder what someone had to do to achieve that?"

Be accused of a crime, found not guilty then stitched up by plod and a friendly judge because they know, in their heart of hearts, that you're a wrong 'un.

O Justice, Justice, wherefore art thou Justice?

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Radicalisation? UK.gov gets itself in cluster-muddle over 'terrorism'

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Re: Nice recommendations

'30 to 40 years ago, you could have said "extremist Irish Catholics represent the most likely source of terrorist activity in the UK."'

And I would have. They seemed to have gone a bit quiet of late, so the most likely source of deadly terrorist behaviour in the UK is fundamentalist reading of religion, esp. the Qu'ran, at this exact time. Come talk to me in 20 years and we'll discuss the rise of extreme nationalism as non-English nationals start to become the dominant population in schools and some people take that as a call to arms to get rid of 'the other'.

Now what you make of these facts is up to you. Some might take a Donald Trump attitude and try to ban everyone who's slightly different from the country, and some might take a SJW attitude and try to jail anyone who thinks diversity might have gone too far. Personally I don't care, as long as some form of liberal justice system is in place I couldn't care less who I share this crappy island with.

Sadly our government seem intent on punishing those who criticise multiculturalism while persecuting Muslims and Afro-Carribeans. Go figure.

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Nice recommendations

The press shouldn't report any of the West's disgraceful actions in the middle east and they shouldn't report that extremist Muslims represent the most likely source of terrorist activity in the UK. They should just report whatever the Ministry of Truth tells them to.

What could possibly go wrong here?

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French, German ministers demand new encryption backdoor law

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Re: Dream On

"I'd love to have a contract providing bath soap to politicians.'

The problem is that when they drop the soap in the shower it's the rest of us who have to pick it up.

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Sex ban IT man loses appeal – but judge labels order 'unpoliceable'

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East Germany called and want their playbook back

Stick him on the 'Sex Offenders Register'* without the trouble of him being, ya know, an actual offender. What could possibly go wrong?

* alongside drunk people pissing in the street.

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Snowden files confirm Shadow Brokers spilled NSA's Equation Group spy tools over the web

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Facepalm

Is Security Agency now an oxymoron?

Maybe now they'll see that by focusing on spying on semi-honest people like us they have actually reduced our security.

Imagine they actually cared about our security and fixed these exploits as soon as they found them, imagine how little the Chinese or the Russians would know about us, imagine how secure our online banking and commerce could be. But no, they'd rather hack the webcams of yahoo users and intercept US troops emails to family back home.

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UK's mass-surveillance draft law grants spies incredible powers for no real reason – review

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"Privacy built in"

Because we're not allowed to know what they're up to.

I remember reading about some subjects of the Crown being irked by this type of General Warrant some years ago, seems to have led to a war of independence or some such. Shame the UK is too busy tugging forelocks to actually do anything about it. (So are the descendants of those brave colonists...)

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London cops waste £2.1m on thought crime unit – and they want volunteer informers

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Please, please, please can I be the manager ...

... I'd just set my autoreply to be: "That's not a crime, you imbecile" and collect the 50k.

Incidentally, if telling a Labour MP to "go into the sea" is a death threat then is telling them to go fuck themselves a rape threat? Because they really should all go fuck themselves. And the tories. And any libs still around. But especially the SNP.

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Linux security backfires: Flaw lets hackers inject malware into downloads, disrupt Tor users, etc

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Re: Won't you think of the children?

Jesus, like Santa, is white!

I know this because they said so on a news channel...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XYlJqf4dLI

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London's 'automatic' Tube trains suffered 750 computer failures last year

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Re: Fail v fail safe

Not entirely true. Each life has a value. Each commuter minute wasted has a value. At some point holding up (or being fined) for a delay exceeds the lives lost number and then we let people die. This is usually done at the inception of a project, but also applies to upgrades and ongoing maintenance.

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Skyscape rebrands to UKCloud following legal challenge by Sky

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SkySkySky

Dear Sky,

Skyfuck Skyoff you Skyfucking Skybastards.

But I do like the sound if Skycunts.

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Alleged skipper of pirate site KickAss Torrents keel-hauled in Poland

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What first amendment?

Why is hosting a link to illegal material illegal? NB. Not only should the links not be illegal, the stuff they link to is at best copyrighted which should be a civil offence and is not actually illegal or copyrightable in every country.

If I have a directory of local fences* is that illegal even if I never buy or sell stolen goods? Are Yell (is that still a thing) breaking the law by listing gun stores?

When does knowledge, and the dissemination of it, become so dangerous that our betters have to make it illegal? When is it better for us to not know facts 'for our own good'? This is not about piracy, this is about the state's (and the State's) ability to stop their citizens from accessing knowledge. Government of the people, by the people, for the people.

* The people who buy and sell stolen goods, not the 'keep out my yard' type.

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Re: Skyfall

Ah Skyfall, the one where the villain has a preposterous plot that somehow comes off in spite of hundreds of unforeseeable events having to come off in the right order at the right time and he actually gets everything he wants yet viewers still see it as a win for Bond?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xmoIDKqfY44

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Facebook deleted my post and made me confirm pics of my kids weren't sexually explicit

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FAIL

"the age of Facebook-approved censorship"

I think I see the problem here - you're mistaking a bulletin board with a news site run by journalists.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Terminator

Do we even need cops anymore?

As long as the robot can tell black from white, and I don't mean morally, then surely the US police are redundant?

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

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Big Brother

The Great British Firewall

So a prospective Conservative leader wants to regulate what adults can see? Who'd've thunk it?

Whatever happened to small government?

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5 years, 2,300 data breaches. What'll police do with our Internet Connection Records?

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"prompting concerns about the increasing amount of data they're holding"

Even if there were no breaches, I'd still be extremely concerned about the increasing amount of data they're holding.

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Get ready for mandatory porn site age checks, Brits. You read that right

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It's not porn

It's all adult material.

Then all potentially subversive material.

Then all politically contentious material.

Then anything critical of plod or our betters in Parliament.

Then, wait - now! - anything politically incorrect.

Then anything contrary to the official party line.

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Fancy hacking Man City? Happy days: Footy club to host hackathon

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Joe Hart

For Joe Hart the only stat that matters is: Iceland 2

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Gun-jumping French pols demand rapid end to English in EU

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Re: "GPS is often of little help finding an address much outside Dublin"

Is it true when you enter an Irish address into GPS it says, "Well, I wouldn't start from here."

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Ericsson: 5G migration won't be a terrifying slog. No. We have ‘plug-ins’

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Cell vs Beam

Will our former colonists have to stop calling it a cell phone now?

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Judge rules FBI can hack any time, any, place, anywhere

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Team America

So once again "won't someone think of the [pictures of] kiddies" outweighs the rights that the country was founded upon. How very British of you.

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Deploying software every day is... actually... OK – what devs tell their real-life friends

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FAIL

I can vouch for this...

'They found that those “high performing companies” typically spent much less time fixing mistakes'

As I explain to customers why they shouldn't care about the bugs they raised because: look, shiny new features...

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Snoopers' Charter 'goes too far' says retired Met assistant commish

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I know that but...

> “I am not approaching this from a one-sided idealistic libertarian standpoint..."

No one representing people or in power is. The question is why the hell not?

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Bill Gates cooks up poultry recipe for Africans' paltry existence

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correlation != causation

Gates said he'd met “many poor people” in Africa and discovered, “just about anyone who’s living in extreme poverty is better off if they have money”.

FTFY.

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

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Big Brother

Real har[d]core hackers use...

...undersea fibre optic taps.

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

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Re: Next Step...

Seems to me the cops and security services have infinitely more power, and incentive, to terrorise me than any group of religious or political nut jobs ever could.

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

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Re: Power Mad

@Lost all faith...

Have we reached the point yet where, absent personal details such as address, such threats are meaningless and can be treated as fiction by reasonable people?

What are the actual instances of people following through on such threats? When does it become as frightening as people putting a curse on you? Anyone got any stats? Am I being too cavalier about the threat posed by fat guys in their underpants sitting in their mom's basement?

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Politician claims porn tabs a malware experiment, then finds God

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Joke

Finally...

A politician gets out in front of the NSA's blackmail threats in order to try to bring them to heel.

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Spied upon by GCHQ? You'll need proof before a court will hear you...

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Catch-22

The only way to prove they were illegally spying on you is to illegally hack them, thus giving perfect justification for them spying on you as you are the type of person that will hack into secret government servers.

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Radiohead vid prompts Trumpton rumpus

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Joke

I wonder...

Is The Donald the mayor?

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GCHQ's Twitter move: Wants to be 'accessible', people to 'understand'

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Terminator

According to the NSA via Google...

"apparently they still get read"

They're not read if they're just stored or automatically opened and scanned by a machine, it's only read if a person eyeballs it.

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Congress calls for change to NSA spying law

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ZZZZzzzz....

That's all well and good, but until people high up the food chain start going to jail for these blatant constitutional abuses then this is nothing more than a temporary reprieve on the road to the panopticon.

"Grassley on the other hand referred to recent atrocities including the Paris, Brussels and San Bernardino shootings and insisted that "the Intelligence Community have the tools to keep us safe.""

So the Intelligence Community's recent abject failures to keep "us" safe is given as evidence of why they have to be allowed to keep breaking the law? That is some level 10 spinning right there.

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The Lonely Pirate MEP's Holocaust copyright stunt backfires

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Re: "when actually allowed to say anything at all by the mods"

Dear Andrew,

Contrary to your limited view of me through the medium of the internet I am neither angry nor especially persecuted. I have a much more nuanced view of copyright than either yourself or the pirate party and am open to persuasion from either side. However, what I see is governments pandering to corporations so that individual copyright is apparently optional but individuals breaking corporate copyright are to be hammered by the law.

Your view that only industrial infringers will be hit is naive in the extreme. I seem to recall people with different coloured ties telling us RIPA would only be used for terrorism and then another tie mob asking for people's internet access to be revoked should they download a few films or songs. I also recall the same corporations trying to ban cassette recorders and VHS recorders as they would completely ruin the music and film and TV industry and to make saving a TV show for your own personal viewing illegal. They have managed to ruin companies like Aereo and block various technology startups through legislation and regulation to preserve an oligopoly.

But sure, paint me as a freetard, ignore the points and attack the strawman. Ignore history and trust to the benevolence of courts, politicians, police and corporations.

But just for fun, could you please inform us what "industrial scale" means? I can find no definition and since the music biz seemed to go after uploaders with claims for damages in the hundreds of thousands, and if that ain't "industrial scale" what is, doesn't that actually put regular people who share copyrighted material in the crosshairs of a 10 year sentence? If not, why not?

http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2009/jul/27/filesharing-music-industry

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"when actually allowed to say anything at all by the mods"

Ain't that the truth. To the line or be rejected. All because I suggested that perhaps based on http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/04/22/ten_years_for_filesharing/ a persecution complex is not entirely unjustified.

Now, will I be rejected for having a link to a Reg article in a Reg comment?

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Engineer uses binary on voting bumpf to flag up Cali election flaws

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The Rise And Rise of Michael Rimmer

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066302/

Under-rated film.

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Michigan electricity utility downed by ransomware attack

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Headmaster

Compromised?

"We also want to reassure everyone customer and employee data was not compromised."

Yes it was...

"to expose or make vulnerable to danger, suspicion, scandal, etc.; jeopardize:"

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Google AI gains access to 1.2m confidential NHS patient records

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Anonymous my arse

Your google search history for symptoms matches your anonymous medical history in the same timeframe, but they'd never be able to put those two things together, would they?

Let alone the illegal, sorry, accidental, data slurp their street view cars were doing.

Fucktards.

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