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Google tries putting an NFC ring on it: Bonking will keep you SAFE

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Re: Flawed

Of course you are still vulnerable to being tapped by Man In The Middle attacks but thats not the fault of the key generator

Assuming they can perform a MITM attack on SSL, in which case it doesn't matter whether the user types in the 2nd factor, or it is read from a NFC chip or even assembled by firing photons from a massive space gun at your phone.

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PEAK APP: After 2013, you'll NEVER again install as many – Gartner

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When is Peak Gartner?

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Boffins: Earth will be habitable for only 1.75 BEEELLION more years

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Re: Can you be more specific as to when the end will come...

The planet will still be around for another 3 billion years afterwards, will be as dry as Venus though.

Is Venus particularly dry? I It has insanely thick clouds of carbon dioxide and nitrogen, with a tiny percentage of water vapour, but the thickness of its atmosphere is so much I wouldn't describe it as dry.

Mercury is pretty dry.

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Open ZFS wielders kick off 'truly open source' dev group

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Re: Lets see a Windows version of ZFS which you can boot off, not just as an extension.

I wish I could simply use ZFS as a standard between all my boxes instead of having to resort to FAT32 or weird VM skipping to stuff files on NTFS. Currently I can do so with ZFS with everything except Windows.

That's nuts, you still put hard disks in your windows machines? Spin up a zvol on one of your storage boxes and serve it up over iscsi, install windows on that. The FS windows sees will still be NTFS, but you can take snapshots of the underlying zvol, shrink/expand the zvol, etc.

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Re: CDDL and GPL not compatible

ZFS is not patent encumbered. GPL is incompatible with CDDL, not vice versa. CDDL works can be happily combined with BSD works.

It's funny when a Linux fanboy resorts to FUD about superior software.

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Rotten Apple iOS 7 fury: Glitchy audio or is today's music really that bad?

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Like finally being able to tap the wake button, then poke the screen to force the mp3 player to skip ahead / back... 'Course it only works if you sleep the machine while the player is the foreground app, but there you are

What do you mean, finally? You've been able to do this for several years now, even with replacement audio apps like spotify. Double tap home button whilst locked, audio controls appear on lock screen, it's been like that since ios 3 or 4.

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There's a special kind of person who installs .0 software and then jumps up and down when there is a bug. If you don't want bugs, wait for .1

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iPhone 5S, iOS 7 misery: Only JORDAN HATCH, 19, can SAVE APPLE NOW

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Bong just makes me sad (heh)

Bong is all about how fucked up the world is these days, where as BOFH is all about how stupid users are and how IT outsmart everyone... I think I just gave away my bias. They are both funny series, but Bong is all "haha, that's true, oh wait, this shit is real, that's not funny", where as BOFH is all "haha, that's true, stupid users/accountants/security guards/vendors/Head of IT".

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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Re: How to make a big company pay their debts on time

…sending a statutory demand to the likes of BT is not unreasonable. The idea is to get the attention of people who can actually make things move

If your business is about to fail due to poor cash flow due to a single large client like BT paying late, then sure, hassling them with every legal avenue at your disposal is useful. However, if you are doing 'ok', then I wouldn't bother hassling BT immediately. A company like BT will always pay a valid invoice, and having you scamper around trying all kinds of tricks to get payment is counter-productive to actually running your business.

If you have a choice of spending the day getting new business, or spending all day chasing a client who is very likely to pay in the next 20 days anyway, chasing new business will probably pay more.

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London Underground cleaners to refuse fingerprint clock-on

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Re: Privatisation...

Why do folk trying to improve their lot, or at least not see a decline, by collective action get dissed by so many of their fellow wage slaves.

Because their demands are nonsense, completely alien to similar jobs in the same location. They have everything that they can think of (45 days holiday, £45k starting salary, 35 hr working week), and all they've had to do to get it is to repeatedly strike at the most opportune moments in order to force TFL to back down.

When the union has all the power, and the company has none, the end result is that the company goes bust in the wake of never ending strikes and wage demands. When the union has all the power, and it's a government body that has no power, the end result is that the public service is provided at an extraordinarily disproportionate cost, paid for by the end user.

Tube tickets have gone up almost 50% in less than 10 years, partly due to Ken running it into the ground during boom years (he signed off on ridiculous PFI, he didn't raise prices - even by inflation - and did raise wages, and so TFL ran out of funds to upgrade the network), and partly due to yearly strikes and threatened strikes over pay. In 2010, when everyone in the public sector got pay freezes, and those in the private sector got pay freezes and pay cuts, RMT were offered a 2% pay raise, and went on strike, saying they were "offended" - they wanted 5%.

tl;dr: if your job that involves holding a lever and not falling asleep for 35 hours a week makes you a higher rate tax payer, stop whining.

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Re: punch card?

…networked to a central T&A database…

Who came up with that acronym for (I assume) Ticketing and Auditing? T&A has another, quite distinct meaning… I'd STFW, but there's no way I'm sticking "t&a acronym" into Google at work.

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Re: lolwut?

There are way more stupid people that work/contract for TFL, I guarantee you that. Thousands of em.

Bob Crow for starters.

Bob Crow works for Bob Crow, not TFL. He made it so that tube drivers (prime skill: ability to hold a deadman's switch) earn more than school teachers, and so he lives (quite well) off a little of each of their salaries.

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Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it

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Re: Storagebod working for BBC watchdog?

Do you get pissed off when you go to the cinema and see smug gits without any popcorn?. Do you run over, shake your fist and wail at them You cheapskate bastards, siting here without any popcorn whilst I subsidize your ticket with buttery goodness. I bet you do.

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Stop raging, the choice is yours

You can use 99% of the disk, or even 100% if you don't want to write anything else to it, but performance will be degraded. Those are the choices. The advice to only use at most 80-90% is based upon the idea that you will have tested the performance of the server at 0-10% capacity, when it is easy to find continuous sectors, and so performance at the raggedy end might be so bad that your server becomes unusable due to lack of IO. If IO isn't your concern, and mainly you just need to store lots and lots of bits, have at it. If IO is your concern, buy more/bigger disks.

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How to get a Raspberry Pi to take over your Robot House

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WTF?

…all written in C, … no easy way to hitch it to a Python app

OHRLY?

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

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Re: Should have called it iPhone5TDS

More to the point, what were these 'revolutionary' features in the previous releases?

iPhone 1 had a touch interface that didn't remind you of windows 3.1 (hi WP6!)

3G had apps, that was pretty revolutionary.

3GS had a compass. Err…

4 had a 'retina' screen. Err…

4S had Siri. Err…

5 had 'slightly higher resolution'. Err…

5C has a plastic back. Err…

5S has a fingerprint scanner for identification. Err…

Each newer model is significantly faster than its predecessor, has better network connectivity, and is usually a little thinner. I think it's pretty amazing how much computing power you can walk around with in your pocket these days to be honest, where as you think its 'meh' and tedious.

TBH the people most upset that phones are now just getting faster and smaller without anything 'magic' are the journos, who now have to make a story out of it..

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'Who knew in 1984 that Steve Jobs would be Big Brother?'

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Apple have already said that the biometric sensor is connected to a separate chip with it's own storage, and all the OS can do is read validation results from the chip, and request that new identifiers are added to the on-die storage. Your fingerprint is never in any memory addressable by the main processor.

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Top UK billionaires considerably richer than Chinese ones ... for now

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Re: British or not British

You are describing the difference between short scale and long scale. Short scale, a billion is a 1000 millions, in long scale a billion is a million millions.

Anyway, it's funny that you call it a "British billion", since historically long scale has been used by the French, the Spanish, the Dutch and the Portuguese (and hence, their colonies), who all call 10⁹ a "millard" (miljard/milhar/millardo) and 10¹² a billion. The British use the short scale.

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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Re: Overpopulation

You can get a longer sentence for theft or destruction of property than for murder.

Bollocks.

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Should Nominet ban .uk domains that use paedo and crim-friendly words?

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Grubby little hands

rubbing grubby little gears, all churning away at a "non profit" to increase revenue. If only they would concentrate on doing their job, which is to not fuck up .uk

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Amazon DENIES launch of iPhone-killing freebie smartphone

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Re: OTT? WTF?

Did you also have to look up who Amazon are?

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Don't tell the D-G! BBC-funded study says Beeb is 'too right wing'

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Re: Baffles Me

what the hell organization appoints its own outside auditor?

Who the fuck else would appoint an external auditor, their competitors? Do you think ITV might commission an audit of the BBC? Having an audit is a self examination process

Engage brain, then post.

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Penguins, prepare to get SPACED OUT: Ubuntu 13.10's Mir has docked

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Entire article is full of FUD bullshit

no more Xorg.conf to spend long hours wrestling with.

Awesome! Except, no-one has needed an xorg.conf for five years now, unless they have peculiar needs. And if they do have peculiar needs, they will still need to register those needs in some configuration file in this new world order. Except now it is not xorg.conf, the configuration will be a different file with a different syntax.

Mir is a huge change. It enables all the various flavours of Ubuntu to run unmodified on a single graphics stack. That means the same code running across phones, tablets, desktops, TVs, cars, toasters and so on.

The same code means faster development, which is a huge win on its own,

It also means that software has to be explicitly written for Mir, a stack that runs on a single distribution of Linux, and software written for Mir will not work on any other Linux distro, nor any UNIX, BSD or Mac, all of which software written for X will do so easily. Fuck Ubuntu and it's "embrace, extend, extinguish" approach to development of FOSS.

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Panasonic whips out MONSTER fondleslab for serious S&M sessions

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Re: Pros & Cons

I cant see a CAD driver wanting this, but I could see his engineer using it to check and sign off drawings.

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The Solar System's second-largest volcano found hiding on Earth

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Re: British Isles?

Last time I checked, the Republic of Ireland (Southern Ireland) was independent of Britain, and doesn't fall under the term "British Isles".

You must have checked in the Big Retard's Book of Geography then. Geography has very little to do with politics.

The British Isles are a group of islands off the north-western coast of continental Europe that include the islands of Great Britain, Ireland and over six thousand smaller isles

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Forget Mars: Let's get someone on the Moon – NASA veteran

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Re: A leetle question

Do those who suggested cables even humorously; realise the moon orbits the Earth?

Yes Chris, yes they do.

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: Hershey giveaways

How do you know?

Roman cook books, probably Apicius.

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Re: How about

Nutella isn't chocolate, its hazelnut. Well, OK, mainly it is palm oil and sugar. In Italy, you can't even describe is a "chocolate cream" because it has so little chocolate in it.

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Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.

I bought into all that crap as a student. Now I've grown, I eat KitKats.

Me too. But each year, hundreds of thousands of new students pop off to UK universities where a good proportion also buy into all that crap, and Google are willingly associating their brand with them. Surely having militant students saying "down with that" to your products would be a bad thing?

My uni didn't have a Nestle ban when I went there, but each year I was there there were votes to have it banned from various places, and the vending machines with Nestle stuff in them often had stickers or posters on them to shame you if you bought Nestle.

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Re: I would have been very surprised if either company had objected.

I'm astonished by Google on this. Since 1977, Nestle has been aggressively boycotted by action groups on milk powder. In the UK, the boycott is largely implemented by university students who ban Nestle products from sale in student run facilities and promote the issue amongst freshers. Google have willingly associated with this company, seemingly on a whim.

Most people won't care one iota about this, but some people vehemently will. "Key Lime Pie" offends no-one..

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'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

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Re: AC 'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

Leave your wonderful transliteration and what not to one side, the guy sitting next to me at the minute is called Abdul, and he has just confirmed that his name is real.

Here is a list of all cricketers called Abdul. I'm sure they will be glad you are correcting their chosen transliteration of their own names for them.

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'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

I'm guessing Mohammed, perhaps Abdul, possibly Ali?

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10,000 app devs SLEEP together in four-day code-chat-drink tech orgy camp

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Re: Oh for a steam roller..

Have you read the precis for the "Developer" track at this conference? Developers who are passionate about coding would not be attending this, it is all fluff no stuff. I'm sure it would be a great place to network, make contacts, get an internship as a "digital research assistant", but personally I'd rather be coding than spend time in "Developer 101" sessions. Here's a few gems:

"Ben currently runs European Marketing for cloud-communications startup Twilio. He will talk about the importance of seeing the world as a ‘software person’ and how we are halfway there" - Welcome to the "developer" track.

Keith is an award-winning mobile application developer. He will explain the first steps of iOS development in order to get to app store as an Apple OS developer - crikey, all that secret information - oh no, that's all on the ADC.

To Infinity And Beyond - The Story Of An Infinite Scroll with Liz Rice - wonder what Liz will talk about in the other 59 minutes of the talk.

Putting the entire slam on the "Developer" track is the description of it:

Creating a world out of ones and zeros, developers are the architects and designers of our online arenas. We will present the opportunity for coders and designers to gain skills from expert tutors in some of the world’s most renowned platforms, such as HTML5 and Javascript, as well as the chance to exercise their own talents. What is more, it will be possible to understand how anyone could learn the methods and skills needed to create these web-environments for themselves and thereby, essentially, build your own opportunities. This isn't an opportunity you can pass up.

So there you have it, this isn't an event for developers, it's an event for media/marketing types to dabble a bit in programming and "entrepreneur" their ridiculous ideas without involving actual developers.

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US gov preps sale of TOP SECRET disease research island

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Numpty, I think you've missed the joke.

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Dopey dope-growing dope smoked out by own dope dope-growing vid

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Re: "manufacturing a controlled drug".

Eating 'raw' cannabis will do very very little, you need to dissolve the cannabinoids into an oil based solution so that it can be ingested, usually by grinding to a fine powder and heating in oil.

Even if you take a massive quantity of cannabis like this, the effects aren't going to be noticeably different from having a large amount of cannabis, most effects will wear off within 2-3 hours. The idea that you can be totally tripping for days is comical.

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Nintendo is FLATLY UNHINGED: New 2DS is a handful of game

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Re: who says "Ninty"?

Never heard 'Ninty' before, surely the abbreviation is 'tendo? Certainly we used to refer to 'tendo 64.

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UK gov dials 999 over Serco prison escort fraud claims

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"I am deeply saddened and appalled at the getting caught misreporting of data by a small number of employees on the contract. This is a very serious matter for the customer police and for us," said Serco boss Chris HymanInmate #33de4db33f17.

FTFY

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Three axes data-roaming fees in SEVEN countries

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Yep, I was all like "wooo!", and then quickly realized that France Telecom/Orange would evidently not be one of the co-operating operators. Get it in France, PDQ please, and I'll easily convince the rest of my family to join me on Three.

Three is magic. OK, there are on occasions times when you will get no signal at all, but they will be very very rare. More often than not, particularly if you live/travel in rural areas, your phone/tablet will have lovely 3G, and your friends on O2, Vodafone and Orange have close to nothing. I spent the bank holiday weekend in a field in Norfolk, streaming the cricket over 3G to my tablet - no-one else in our field could even send a text without walking half a mile.

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Come and get it: Feedly Pro hits general availability

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Re: Come on....

Or is pointing out the absurdity of their funding model news worthy?

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iCloud outage outrage: Look, iPhoto friends, kitty just learned to... NOOO

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Re: Fanbois vs. Troll authors - jeez, grow up

(I have 3 Windows devices, 3 Android devices, and 3 Apple devices, it just so happens)

Do you juggle them or something?

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Re: Not that daft

There is no evidence he had any secret or encrypted documents or that he handed over any password other than the login for his PC and PIN for his phone.

Actually we do. The QC for the government said this in court today:

Material taken from the claimant includes material the unauthorised disclosure of which would endanger national security of the UK and put lives at risk.

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Be careful Chris

This is close to material that is useful to a terrorist.

Actually not much of a joke is it :(

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Hundreds of dead dolphins? NOAA says that it is an infection of morbillivirus.

However, the thing you are really missing is that "Mainstream media" do want this covered. The BBC has an "independent consultant" who is saying things like:

"The quantities of water they are dealing with are absolutely gigantic, What is the worse is the water leakage everywhere else - not just from the tanks. It is leaking out from the basements, it is leaking out from the cracks all over the place. Nobody can measure that.

Apart from him, clearly, who has measured it as "absolutely gigantic".

"It is much worse than we have been led to believe, much worse,"

"The Japanese have a problem asking for help. It is a big mistake; they badly need it." aka "Why haven't I been contracted yet".

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Apple's iTunes Radio to launch next month with abundant ads

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Re: iTunes Radio To Launch With Abundant Ads

Did you even read the article? A precis:

Cupertino plans to serve up an audio ad about once every 15 minutes and no more than one video ad per hour.

By comparison, Pandora now serves [...] eight to 12 ads per hour [...]"

Traditional commercial radio stations [...] around 13 minutes per hour

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Re: No....

You can't say that leaking classified documents is always wrong. There have to be times when leaking classified documents is right.....for instance when containing evidence of grievous crimes. After all, many of these documents were only classified in the first place to hide the wholesale breaking of laws, the Geneva convention etc. going on, so making it impossible to reveal classified documents for any reason just gives them a simple and easy way of hiding crimes.

I expect the judge may have agreed with you, if that is what he leaked. He didn't do this, he leaked as much of everything that he could, and trusted Assange to filter out what is sensitive, like names of translators working for the military, from what is 'newsworthy', like video of civilians being massacred.

Manning's job for his country was to protect that sensitive information from being disclosed, which he really failed at.

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'BLING BLING, BLING BLING' 'Hello, yes, my iPhone is made of GOLD'

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A good number of iPhone users see themselves as classy, educated and simply better because they have chosen a material object that they perceive as better - Apple products.

It's funny, because a lot of Android users see themselves as classy, educated and simply better because they haven't bought an iPhone. What's the difference?

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Re: They do this everywhere

I recall back from the dawn of the internet a Netscape engineer post AOL takeover who had a script at login that would tell him how much his shares were worth, and how long he had to keep working for AOL before he could cash them in.

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

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So where's your proof that prior to the NSA related leaks that you, or anyone you know, was having their email intercepted?

Well, my proof is that the security services in Britain have routinely been listening in to the worlds communications ever since world communications were invented (and largely routed through the UK). It is no coincidence that GCHQ have an outpost in Bude where a lot of the transatlantic internet (and before that, telegraph) cables come ashore. Here's a quote from a book on this topic:

Additionally, it read all cable traffic entering and leaving Britain. At first, this was arranged on a private basis. At the time, there were only three cable companies operating in Britain: C&W, which was owned by the British government so presented no problem, and the two American cable companies, the Commercial Cable Postal Telegraph Company and Western Union, who did not acquiesce so easily. The tacit threat of having their operating licenses removed was required before they agreed to cooperate with GCCS and and let it see their messages each day.

In December 1920, during a US Senate Sub-Committee hearing … one of the cable companies publicly revealed the duress under which it had been placed by the British Government. Acutely embarrassed by this unexpected disclosure, the British government hastily added a clause to the 1911 Official Secrets Act giving it the right to see copies of all cables if an emergency existed. (excerpt from The Intelligence Game by James Rusbridger)

This stuff has always gone on. With optical cables being trivial to tap and email being trivial to intercept from a tapped feed, what kind of naïf must you be to consider that the security services aren't looking at them?

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Re: "working quantum computers"

Horizon stopped being made in the 90s. Now it's just a bunch of twats who talk down to us, and repeat the same thing over and over again for indoctrination effects - tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them it, tell them what you just told them.

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