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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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Carl Icahn: Will someone rid my portfolio of this rotten Apple?

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Coffee/keyboard

"13 per cent drop in turnover to $50.6m"

If that were true the stock would be a heck of a lot lower than $95.

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Apple man found dead at Cupertino HQ, gun discovered nearby

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Apple man found dead

Are they questioning Bananaman?

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CERN publishes massive data set

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Free analysis

If I download it won't GCHQ have to analyse it to work out what it is? Won't that save lots of scientists a load of work and finally put the Orwellian Panopticon to some good use for once?

Of course, 300TB will be the proverbial needle in the pron haystack that is my download history. And not just any haystack, a Barn-sized haystack.

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FBI ends second iPhone fight after someone, um, 'remembers' the PIN

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Re: Q: How is the government ever going to convict bad guys without access to encryption?

In the UK the government not having 'access to [un]encrypt' is enough to convict.

While some of my former teachers would probably agree with forgetting being a crime, it seems a bit much to me.

Why don't the FBI say to Ford that they need a way to remotely lock any vehicle and have it drive itself to the nearest police station? By their logic they can force any company to do anything, right?

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Jaron Lanier: Big Tech is worse than Big Oil

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Copyright

Industry has convinced government that a potential economic detriment to them should be dealt with not by their lawyers and civil courts, but by criminal courts and state lawyers. That means you and I are paying through tax to pay for the state to investigate, prosecute and punish infringers (i.e. our fellow citizens) whereas in most other situations the supposedly wronged party has to pony up for their own lawyers, initially at least, court costs are paid by the loser and an economic redress is made if the party is found to have done wrong.

Of course, as with everything, there are two sides here - industry has also convinced government that our information should be free for their use, from Facebook's claims of ownership of everything you upload to Google scanning all books ever written with no recompense or permission.

I may be naive, but these seems to be two completely opposite views on copyright that the state seems happy to play along with and they both screw the little guy. If we had only one at least we'd know where we stood, but currently industry copyright is protected by the state and personal copyright isn't worth a damn.

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Ten years in the clink, file-sharing monsters! (If UK govt gets its way)

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Her priorities are all wrong. Maybe this will help...

If I rob her of a DVD using minimal violence I'll get 1-3 years. But if I upload that DVD I'll get up to 10 years.

Is she sure it's the upload part she wants to deter here?

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How innocent people 'of no security interest' are mere keystrokes away in UK's spy databases

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WTF?

"not of interest"?

You don't get it, do you? We're all of interest. The purpose of these things is not to see patterns and stop terrorism* it is to spot the patterns of people who do terrorism so they can use those patterns to target people who are not keen on the govt of the day or the security apparatus in place.

Everyone matches some part of the some terrorists' (or drug smugglers' or paedos' or whatever the bogeyman of the day is) profiles, so it's trivial to have people escorted away for several months and their equipment forensically analysed for any infringement then prosecuted for that.

As long as the people know the government/security services are spying on us then, as per the panopticon, we'll be too afraid of being caught to step out of line or criticise the status quo. We're not there yet, but it's only a matter of time before a comment like this gets me an interview with my local friendly plod for not being pro-establishment enough and possibly a bit subversive and maybe some re-education is in order.

* maybe it will do that sometimes, but that's just a nice PR story to keep people onside.

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FBI's PRISM slurping is 'unconstitutional' – and America's secret spy court is OK with that

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Holmes

What's the worst that could happen?

Secret courts, private rulings, no appeals, state interest overriding the public's rights, appointed judges...

Who could ever imagine anything would go wrong?

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Woz says wearables – even Apple Watch – aren't 'compelling'

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Charging

I carry around 20 KWh* of unused, unwanted energy. Why can't a wearable tap into that and stay charged forever as well as improving my health and looks? We could even incorporate a USB port and I could charge all my devices from my abundant energy reserves**.

* 2 kg fat * 35KJ/gram / 3600 (secs->hours)

** Should be careful how I phrase that or the US might invade me.

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How much faster is a quantum computer than your laptop?

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Quantum computers

Assuming Quantum computers are thousands of times faster than the best supercomputer for problem X, how do you go about checking the machine got the right answer if it takes a several hours to run the program? It would take years on a regular supercomputer. Do we check the simple ones then take its word on anything that takes over a few minutes? Seems like a great way to sell a modern Mechanical Turk.

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I do not believe these numbers

This is obvious bullshit.

If the system works as a quantum computer, and isn't just a regular machine heavily overclocked and set up to excel in quantum-type problems, then I'm sure it is orders of magnitudes better. But we'd have real numbers and not 100 million+ or the sniff test-failing seconds to hours magic number of 3,600.

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Drive for Lyft or Uber in SF? Your wallet is about to get lighter

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Re: Facking over-governance

Several points to be made here, let's start with your 'discovery' - it is in fact more than a decade old view that the left/right line of politics is more accurately a horseshoe where the further you traverse towards either end of the spectrum the more alike they become:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe_theory

(But I'm sure it's actually much older than that. I recall making a similar observation 20 years ago thinking about the similarities between fascism and communism)

As for your multi-dimensional political view, there is already a much better political compass that separates out the economic freedom from personal/social freedom:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Political_compass

Now just because Uber don't want regulation in one particular market segment does not mean they don't want regulation in any segment, e.g. if cars are allowed on the road, untaxed and uninsured, with no traffic rules and regulations then people are less likely to use Uber (drivers and passengers) because the roads would be incredibly unsafe - this is NOT what Uber would want. They likely also quite like the regulation of the financial markets that enables them to get such large sums of money to cripple the opposition continue growing their business.

As for "Somalia", what makes you think there is no regulation there? It is about as over-regulated as it gets. Men with guns come and ensure you are doing things they like and take your money, then other men with guns come to ensure you're doing something different and take your money. Just because there is no coordination between the groups with guns does not make you 'free' from regulation.

And all these western clowns who keep going on about how great government regulation is and how restaurants would poison you every chance they had without some bureaucrat with a clipboard form the local council coming down and taking bribes every other month, where the hell do you eat and stay when you're on holiday? The bloke with the clipboard doesn't go to Mexico or the Canaries ahead of you to check that restaurant or hotel in advance of your arrival, so it seems the world does actually manage to function without poisoning everyone without the bloke from your local council checking standards.

Speaking of which, when you're abroad how do you decide which restaurants/hotels are clean? You use tripadvisor or some non-government site that collates customer reviews. But that would never work here, right? We definitely need the bloke with the clipboard who earns bugger all and definitely can't be bribed, amirite?

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Re: Fucking over-governance

Dear AC, let me state this once again, you clearly missed the title first time: over-governance.

Everyone wants somebody to be looking out for their interests (even paleo-libertarians believe a market in advice/recommendations would spring up to keep companies mostly honest) but there is a limit. Regulating kids' lemonade stands seems way, way over that limit.

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/11/politics/lemonade-stand-shut-down-texas/index.html

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/03/19/bloomberg-strikes-again-nyc-bans-food-donations-to-the-homeless/

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Fucking over-governance

Hey there Peanuts kids, got a lemonade stand? That's $91 for every year you've been running it. Thanks.

Hey Peanuts kids, nice legal business you got there. Now here's the health and safety certificates you need to obtain to sell food or drink to the public.

We're from the government and we're here to help.

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Canny Canadian PM schools snarky hack on quantum computing

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He's technically wrong on everything but...

Bloody close enough to be almost right, and as lies to children go, pretty damn good.

He'll be burned as a witch on his next visit to the US.

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Flying Spaghetti Monster is not God, rules mortal judge

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WTF?

Re: Excellent

Living inside a giant fish, talking snakes, walking on water, rising from the dead, travelling on a magic flying horse.

Yep, he's got a point. No real religion would be based on a work of fiction.

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Lauri Love backdoor forced-decryption case goes to court in UK

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Re: Question

"if I could prove my innocence"

Not my job. Cops have to prove non-innoncence otherwise they can fuck right off.

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Spinning rust fans reckon we'll have 18TB disk drives in two years

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Re: what a great use of our helium reserves...

...he said with a really high pitched voice.

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FBI, Apple continue cat-and-mouse game over iPhones in New York

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Holmes

If at first you don't succeed...

They tried the terrorist angle.

Now they're going for drug dealer/gang banger.

I guarantee the next one is an alleged paedophile's phone.

That's the big 3 they always try to scare you with to give up your freedoms meekly and unquestioningly.

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Tesla books over $8bn in overnight sales claims Elon Musk

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Re: The elephant in the room...

$35k car, 5 year lifecycle, $7k pa. 7 year lifecyle $5k pa. You're not gonna fuck about with repairs and replacements on the hideously expensive battery pack - treat it as a hire purchase and accept the limitations.

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That one phone the FBI wanted unlocked? Here are 63 more, says ACLU

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Re: Involuntary servitude

The 14th Amendment applies as the government is using the All Writs Act (1789) to force, under penalty of law, the company, contrary to its commercial well-being, and its employees, against their will and conscience, to create new software.

The argument that code is speech would relate to the 1st Amendment argument, but the fact their labour is being forced against their will is what puts it at odds with the 14th. The government is effectively conscripting Apple employees, which is not really constitutional.

This time it's code, but what's next? Who can say, but as long as the government can claim it's somehow related to something it is concerned with then a sympathetic (bought) judge will sign off on it and if you have pockets less deep than Apple's you may not be able to go toe-to-toe with the FBI.

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Involuntary servitude

As soon as the government can force you to do whatever they want they cease to be your public servants and become your owners. Apple's 14th amendment defence really doesn't seem so silly now.

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Microsoft's Brad Smith on encryption: Let the politicians decide

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WTF?

Fuck the fuck off.

Every time anyone wants to talk to another person they should have to register the fact with the government so it can be recorded and searched in future if necessary.

What, too far?

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EU ministers to demand more data access after Brussels attacks

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Re: Known risks

Maybe we should monitor the authorities to ensure they act?

Make a nice change from them actually benefitting (assuming they want more powers and access) from their own failures.

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Re: Priorities...

Locks on cockpit doors.

That was all that was needed in response to 9/11.

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Police create mega crime database to rule them all. Is your numberplate in it? Could be

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It's not enough

We should also have face recognition cameras everywhere so we know who's where in public. And infrared cameras too so we can see what people are up to indoors, lest they be doing something illegal, and we need to have a way to listen in lest they be plotting.

C'mon, we all know all people are up to no good and the fine upstanding plod need every assistance going to catch the filthy law breaking scum who make up the 'public'.

This has been a public service announcement for the BBC. It all started with their scanners.

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Reposting 8-second sports clips infringes copyright

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It's a wonder how sport survived before TV.

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Pornography, violence and JG Ballard: High Rise, the 1970s' internet

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Re: Gotta love Ballard.

"What's wrong with dying in a head-on collision with Elizabeth Taylor?"

Depends whether it's in a car or not.

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Domino's trials trundling four-wheeled pizza delivery bot

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Re: What am I missing?

"assuming that none of its battery power is used to power a heated compartment"

Not bloody likely in Australia, mate.

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Re: First they came for the sky...

"sugary carbonated products through our water pipes"

So the nanny state could "sugar tax" me every time I flush the toilet or take a shower, no thanks.

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Google tries to run from flailing robotics arm

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Re: Amazon vs Big Dog

Would certainly make a dog's life more difficult. Imagine trying to chase that thing away from your letterbox.

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Labour: We want the Snoopers' Charter because of Snowden

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Voting

So, who are you voting for to be our gaolers at the next election?

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Subjects! Speek your branes to Parliament on the Snoopers' Charter

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Re: OK I admit it - I was wrong...

@cynic, you were "in May" last year?

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Lessons from history for UK Home Sec Theresa May's Investigatory Powers Bill

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Re: "Security Camera" term needs to be dropped.

Indiscriminate, non consensual, compulsory public monitoring and recording device.

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A typo stopped hackers siphoning nearly $1bn out of Bangladesh

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Re: Spelling mistake didn't prevent it.

I see what you did there...

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UN rapporteur: 'Bad example' UK should bin the Snoopers' Charter

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Re: Low information commentards

Pretty small number of children, the majority would be looking for work not benefits. Which is why seeing a massive influx of low wage seeking people in certain areas would lead the low skilled in those areas to resent the immigrants, regardless of the actual impact on jobs and wages in those areas.

From the ONS:

"Of those immigrating for work-related reasons in the year ending September 2014, 62% (167,000) came with a definite job to go to and 38% (104,000) came to look for work."

"Or are you erroneously assuming that everyone who does not have a job is claiming benefits?"

I guess not. Seems your perception of my point is what is erroneous.

OTOH a small number are coming for medical treatment and are disproportionately expensive, but that's nothing to do with the issue at hand.

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Re: Low information commentards

"Given that net migration within the EU is probably a lot less than you actually think"

Ignoring what I think, let's see what net migration actually is:

330,000 in year ending March 2015 (BBC) approx. 200k had jobs, meaning 130k did not.

If you're looking for work, or a better job, and see this influx of people, bearing in mind they are not evenly spread across the country, then it is easy to see this as a major issue if they're coming into the same segment of the job market as you are in. But if you're a middle class programmer it's probably easier to dismiss such claims as Murdoch hysteria and right wing Tory propaganda.

There are 850k Polish people in the UK, more than Indians, which I don't care about, but I can see the same resentment towards the Eastern Europeans among many people that I recall people having towards Indians and Pakistanis in the early 80s. And it's working, and not-working, class people that mainly have this issue as it's easy to blame 'the other' for your low wages, poor prospects and lack of success, regardless of where the fault actually lies.

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Low information commentards

So all those traditional Labour supporters who think the EU has led to mass migration from Eastern Europe leading to native unemployment, benefits abuse and lower low-skilled wages are what, told what to think by Murdoch rather than what they see down the local job centre? People being offered jobs at wages they can barely live on but told that someone will take it if they don't are not actually hearing that but simply being confused by the Murdoch media?

Large states -> large bureaucracies -> centralisation of power -> wielding of power -> war or totalitarianism or both

Small states -> petty bureaucracies -> decentralisation of power -> very little power to wield -> parochial squabbles over putting your bins out and keeping your garden tidy

Over-simplified? Maybe. But it makes a kind of intuitive sense.

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Bleeding heart liberal...

"The report also voices another serious concern that the impact of this extreme legislation will be felt around the world, and copied by other countries."

Next they'll be telling us we can't invade countries without good reason, abduct people and hold them without a trial, or torture people because "it might set a bad example".

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GCHQ: Crypto's great, we're your mate, don't be like that and hate

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Big Brother

Re: The importance of encryption for the economy and for the individual.

The government are mandating permanently connected devices be installed in every house in the country, capable of monitoring temperature, energy use ... and sound? ... and reporting back to some centralised server somewhere. Why? To save the planet, of course, and stop looking too closely, it saves you money too. Squirrel.

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Californian tycoons stole my sharing economy, says Lily Cole

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Re: Lily Who?

The Doctor's daughter?

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Norman Conquest, King Edward, cyber pathogen and illegal gambling all emerge in Apple v FBI

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Re: Correction

Anyone who believes that criminals should not be protected by the same laws as the rest of us is on a slippery slope to torture, barbarism, totalitarianism. It's something the far right in the US say. I'm pretty sure most UK citizens would not be terribly keen on waterboarding shoplifters, or ramming bamboo shoots under the fingernails of speeding motorists - no matter how affected our families had been by motorists and light fingered miscreants.

it's fair to say that the majority of law-abiding citizens would want prosecutors to be able to access evidence that could help convict someone of a serious crime, regardless of how strongly they feel about their own personal privacy.

No, it's not fair at all. If the government said it should go house to house searching any they fancied on the basis that there may be smuggled goods or persons of interest within then there may be a bit of an outcry, a revolution one might even say: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writ_of_assistance

the court order breaks the Thirteenth Amendment (1865) – that's right, the one abolishing slavery. How does that work exactly?

Is the author so dull that he can't see the argument, bogus or not, that forcing a company (and its staff) to work and create something against their will and under threat of punishment is a pretty good example of "involuntary servitude"?

It is worth noting, however, that Lavabit does not actually exist any more

Yes it is, but not for the reasons the author thinks! Lavabit was ordered to hand over all its private keys so the government could see not only Snowden's emails, but also everyone else's.

Was this written by a government shill?

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'$5bn for Slack?! I refuse to pay!' You don't pay – and that's its biggest problem

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Re: a brave new world

You misunderstand the new market. You no longer have a marginal cost (aws apart) so once you cover fixed costs each sale is almost all profit. This leads to VC heads to spin with the almost infinite potential profits and share price increases, hence astronomical valuations. At some point economics comes back into play and you have to monetise, cf. Twitter, but the dream can be ridden on the backs of unicorn hunters for a good while.

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Snowden is a hero to the security biz – but not for the reason you'd expect

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Wtf?

Yeah, but weren't GCHQ spying on Americans as a US proxy?

Wasn't that the point of the Five Eyes, "I'll bypass your laws for you if you bypass my laws for me".

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Uncle Sam's boffins stumble upon battery storage holy grail

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Re: Green Prince of Darkness....the "sustainable" fraud....

"This assertion tells me who is the faux scientist in one sentence."

Agreed, but to play devil's advocate for a second, there is probably a much higher amount of radioactivity in the mantle than in a lab, so the decay rate may be different due to nuclear bombardment (at which point you could legitimately say that it's a different isotope so his entire 4.5 billion year comment is guff anyway). But I'm taking his comment out of context because I'd rather read the comments here than read his article.

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Investigatory Powers Bill to be rushed into Parliament on Tuesday

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Democracy? Constitutional Monarchy!

Maybe the Queen will fulfil her constitutional role and refuse to give the bill royal assent.

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Terrified robots will take middle class jobs? Look in a mirror

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Re: The End of Work

"These questions don't need answers for us to make better decisions. Look to the Finns and the proposal to just "give money" to everyone so they can subsist."

A proposal shared by some libertarians as well as some very left leaning people. It has a lot of merit and would increase the wages for many tedious and unpleasant jobs while decreasing the cost of roles where career/skills advancement is the aim. Can we afford it? Can we afford not to do it? I'm glad someone is trying it, but it does require a strong immigration policy.

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Virgin Atlantic co-pilot dazzled by laser

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Re: Filters or just control

"If you can come up with any legitimate reason for someone to be walking around the streets with a high-powered laser on them then I'd be interested to hear it."

Yeah, that's not how freedom works, I believe the burden is on you to come up with a compelling reason why people shouldn't be allowed to walk around with high powered lasers.

But, since you're looking for reasons: A portable metal cutter/welder; a way to mark objects that are otherwise fairly immune to permanent marking; a long-distance, highly accurate measuring device; a portable signal if you're even lost in the wilderness; a cool balloon burster; a firelighter; a way to check for, and possibly clear, blockages in long, straight pipes; and a million other things that people might want to use it for that are not dangerous.

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