* Posts by scrubber

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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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Flame

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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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%'

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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

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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

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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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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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Boffin

Re: Maybe we could get a consensus

Scientist: Extreme weather is caused by global warming.

Skeptic: There has been little/no warming for 15 years.

Scientist: Don't you see? That proves it. All the energy that should have gone to heating is being used up in making more energetic storms and weather.

Skeptic: But that's not what you said...

Scientist: I have adapted the model to allow for the data not matching my previous model.

Skeptic: And tomorrow you'll adapt it again when new data arrives?

Scientist: That's [climate] science.

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Yorkshire cops fail to grasp principle behind BT Fon Wi-Fi network

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Black Helicopters

Re: On the contrary, it's up to the police to prove it WAS you, if the shit hits the fan.

It's up to the CPS to do the proving. However, the cops do the investigation and charging and leaking to the press which means you have the inconvenience of having your IT equipment taken away to be forensically investigated, the hassle of going to court, getting a lawyer, being banged up for a few hours, lots of questioning and then named in the paper as an internet kid-flik watcher - before being proven innocent in court.

And all that's before they bang you up for the bit of your hard disk with the old TrueCrypt area that you did when trying out TrueCrypt originally and have long ago forgotten the password for. Let alone that ancient USB key that's password protected but you never used more than once because it's more hassle than it's worth. Plus they want the passwords of all your online accounts because, well, children.

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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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sensible laws

Won't someone think of the cartoon children?

Ban all manga now.

And burn all copies of lolita.

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Carlos: Slim your working week to just three days of toil

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Re: Double yer pleasure, double yer pain

Methinks you don't understand how expensive pension liabilities are...

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Re: Eek!

Game of Thrones?

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Dude, you're getting a Dell – with BITCOIN: IT giant slurps cryptocash

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Re: Perpetual money machine

Step 4 is unreachable as any decent compiler will tell you

1-3 is an infinite loop.

Goddam code review on el reg comments. Should be getting paid for this shit.

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UN to Five Eyes nations: Your mass surveillance is breaking the law

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Re: Big deal

There is no moral authority if we do bad shit at home. It becomes do as I say, not as I do, which invalidates every sentiment we send out. Human rights are cajoled on other nations through embarrassment more than anything else and if we're 1984 what the heck place do we have telling anyone else anything. Plus the US executes minors and the mentally incompetent, so, ya know...

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Programming languages in economics: Cool research, bro, but what about, er, economics?

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Economists

I got out of economics when I realised that when an economist tests their model against the real world, it isn't their model they think has the problem.

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crazed models of how macroeconomists think the real world works

models of how crazed macroeconomists think the real world works

FTFY

No word on optimisations, multithreading, support, maintainability, interoperability, ease of modification, ability to strap it to a pretty GUI or anything else that in the real world should determine which code should be used to do models that could, push come to shove, be done with a frigging glassblower having a coughing fit in the 40's.

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

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May: UK data slurp law is fine, but I still need EMERGENCY powers

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I am spartacus

I am not The fucking Truman Show! Mind your own fucking business.

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The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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Re: Time for some truly revolutionary GUIs?

Not B.O.B. from B.A.T.?

http://www.mobygames.com/game/bat

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Dotcom crypto keys not for the FBI: NZ High Court

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Re: Getting desperate?

Don't understand how one can go to jail for (what should be) a civil offence.

Seems the lawmakers have been bought by big business to do their dirty work for them when they should be trying to sue each individual copyright breach(er) themselves. Making the taxpayer pick up the tab AND impose much harsher penalties seems a bit cheeky.

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Today's get-rich-quick scheme: Build your own bank

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Pint

Re: Im in.

Absolute doddle. People have two accounts, one safer than houses deposits, the other available to be used for credit for other account holders.

People wishing to use short term, small credit facilities, can do so under similar conditions to Wonga (better because they've built up a history with us) and only the funds depositors wish to put at risk are ever used to give credit.

This is much easier than people realise. Have a beer.

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Snowden's Big Brother isn't as Orwellian as you'd think

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Re: "Orwellian" isn't an absolute

Rights are taken, not given.

This is why civil rights disputes end up in civil war or civil violence, usually perpetrated by those in possession of those rights who don't want to see others granted them.

It is also why the might of state has to be fought at every turn because even when they claim new powers/rights in order to help us they will always, eventually, turn that round against us.

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