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'Weev' appeals AT&T iPad hack conviction

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Re: Insecure server makes it OK?

Not random, sequential IDs.

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Google 'disappoints' US congressman over Glass privacy controls

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Re: Scary

3. It is harder to use for surreptitious recording, since a stock phone needs to be placed in line of sight, which is not necessarily the optimal position for common personal usage;

What a load of bollocks. For you to record someone with google glasses, first off, you'll be wearing google glasses and looking right at them. Secondly, you then need to say "glasses, record". Probably twice.

If you wanted to surreptitiously record with a mobile, you simply hold it in your hands, entire phone hidden apart from the lens, and angle it towards the subject. No voice command, no facing the subject, no fuck off obvious glasses.

However, and this is the main issue, if you wanted to record really surreptitiously, you would use any one of hundreds of covert cameras, button hole cameras, watch cameras, pen cameras, even cameras in glasses that look like real glasses. All of which are legal, all of which have been readily available for many years without requiring over-the-top-arsehole-driven legislation to save society.

Not being able to perceive nuance in real life situations is the mark of a basement-dwelling nerd. So, take your self-involve, anti-social, Aspergers view of the world elsewhere.

Dear me, try knocking yourself out of your paedo-terrorist daily mail fantasy for a moment and read the drivel you are spouting.

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Crimelords: Stolen credit cards... keep 'em. It's all about banking logins now

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Re: Lazy users,Lazy politicians

90% of ALL cyber crime could be eradicated by using commercial-grade OS - ie FREE open-source UX systems. That is a fact that has NOTHING to do with with the lower use of UX but is due to the INHERENT security in UX.

Open source user experience?

Lazy users can't be bothered…

…to put the "NI" in "UNIX"?

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The future of cinema and TV: It’s game over for the hi-res hype

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Re: Good article, but does the punter care?

Apple products are pants when it comes to what subset of the h264 standard they support.

Nonsense, they are in fact extremely clear about what H264 profiles each device supports. I've never seen one claim support for a feature that it doesn't support. What it doesn't do...

If you are interested in any other video encoding or different container formats then you might as well forget about it.

…is support arbitrary containers that they don't care about. You won't find good (any) mkv support on an ipad, but re-mux to mp4 and it will work perfectly.

If you care about what a particular device supports, the tech spec page lists it, eg the ipad mini supports "H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4 and .mov file formats;"

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Ex-inmate at Chinese prison: We made airline headsets

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If instead of paying £35k per year per convict to keep them locked up, we offered them the choice of working on selected infrastructure projects for £20k a year, then they've got a job (and probably a job that otherwise wouldn't exist, or would cost a lot more), they're picking up a skill, paying tax, and nationally we get the benefit of the infrastructure, as well as saving £15 k per head.

Would we actually save 15k per head? Have you taken into account each lag on £20k/year is taking the £35k/year job of someone who hasn't broken the law.

The only jobs you can reliably in mass sell prison labour for are manual labour jobs, building and so forth. People who currently work in those sectors probably do so because they have been unable to get jobs working with their minds¹, and so there are no alternative jobs for them - the prisons have taken them all.

This could lead these former hard working, tax paying, law abiding citizens in to poverty. What comes after poverty? Crime. Ah well, at least we're keeping the prison population up, otherwise we wouldn't be able to build all them lovely infrastructure projects on the cheap for the rich white man.

¹ Massive generalisation.

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PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD inside

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Re: Some people need a life

Stuff that ran on a BSD box 10 years ago stands a VERY good chance of running on a BSD box today (after a recompile, granted)

In fact, most FreeBSD 1.0 static binaries will still run on FreeBSD 10-CURRENT, as long as you flick some sysctls to allow slightly old behaviour!

One of the main distinctions I like is that all the BSDs consist of an operating system plus third party packages, where as all Linux distros I've come across consist of a set of packages. So, why the hell does that matter?

In BSD, the OS lives in / and /usr, and your third party software all lives in /usr/local. To configure the OS, you change text files in /etc, to configure 3rd party software, it's text files in /usr/local/etc. All the source code for the OS lives in /usr/src, and you can update and rebuild the entire OS with three commands.

Another massive benefit is the kernel. The Linux kernel has literally thousands of options. In fact, even picking a linux kernel has masses of options, what with all the different patchsets. Unless making a very particular kernel, like ARM or a memory restricted platform, with BSD you usually just run stock GENERIC.

Next up, how BSD does development - I'm concentrating on FreeBSD here, as I know that development cycle best. BSD has an in-development branch called CURRENT. New features and bug fixes go into CURRENT, and once they've bedded down in CURRENT, the bug fixes and some of the features are merged back to release engineering branches of the previous releases, which eventually become the next point release. Therefore you can track the RELENG branch, and get all the bug fixes and newly supported hardware.

I used to run Linux on a few boxes, since BSD lacked support for most TV tuners. Then a clever Danish chappy spent a weekend writing a driver that allows BSD to run Linux usb device drivers in userspace on FreeBSD, using FreeBSD's excellent Linux syscall mapping. This in fact works even better than on Linux, where when a driver or device crashed, there was a good chance you need to reboot the machine. With BSD running the driver in an unprivileged userspace process, resetting the device just requires restarting the process.

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Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

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Re: Organic?

What is all this fascination with peanut butter, one of the most fatty and energy dense foodstuffs you can lay your hands on. Of all the foodstuffs you could be munching on, peanut butter is probably about the worst.

I had crunchy peanut butter a couple of years ago, and haven't bought peanut butter since.

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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

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Re: Names

'Spiral In to Hell Line' is more accurate.

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Re: Too cheap

In London, it still costs £4.50 (WTF!?!) cash or £2.10 (still not good) on an Oyster for a journey on zone one…

The price of a cash fare is deliberate, it is to maximise the revenue from tourists and visitors to London without affecting the residents.

…a journey on zone one, even if that's from Leicester Square to Covent Garden

That one stop route keeps TFL in gravy.

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Apple: If you find us guilty in ebook price-fix trial, EVERYONE suffers

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Re: Amazon cornered the market all right...

Amazon cornered the ebook market by selling books on the best sellers list at a loss, cross subsidising from other parts of the business.

Best sellers wholesale at $11 a title, Amazon sell them for $9.99, Apple wanted to sell them for $12.99 and not be undercut by anyone.

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Nominet sacks freshly-hired exec implicated in hospital 'cover-up' scandal

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Re: Tried...

Roll: A cylinder formed by winding flexible material around a tube or by turning it over and over on itself.

Rôle The function assumed or part played by a person or thing in a particular situation.

If I see one more "roll account" I may scream.

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India's outsourcers fume over new US immigration bill

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Re: Yes but

You assume there are $75 billion worth of latent IT talent in the US ($15bn in taxes at an average rate of 20%, actual rate is irrelevant) to replace these outsourcers.

Presumably you are also upset that outsourcers/near-shoring cost less than hiring American workers, so you are must also be happy with American industry being less efficient if the practise was removed.

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Thousands of fingered crims, informants spaffed in web security COCK-UP

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Re: Hire peanuts, paid monkeys

I bet it happened like this:

They hired a developer for X weeks

He set up SSL, with self signed certs, intending to replace with signed certs laters.

Management refused to spring for real cert.

Developer leaves

SSL site forgotten about

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Profit

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When Apple needs speed and security in Mac OS X, it turns to Microsoft

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Hey Maharg, didn't know you worked here too!

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Julian Assange: I'm quite happy to sleep on Ecuador's sofa FOREVER

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Re: Bah

What worries me more is the evident level of corruption and manipulation of our own governments. That is frightening.

Evidence for your "evident corruption and manipulation"? Thought so.

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UK telcos chuck another £1m at online child abuse watchdog

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The one positive thing that is coming out of this is that the IWF will no longer be allowed to silently block content any more. If a resource is blocked, your ISP should now insert an error page indicating the IWF have restricted the content, instead of just giving a 404.

PS: I have Blind Faith on my spotify playlists, does this make me a paedo? When I play the album, some geezer in Sweden sends a picture banned by IWF (on wikipedia) to my phone.

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Latest NASA ASTRONAUT class is HALF FEMALE

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There should be more women in space. Since the average woman weigh significantly less than the average man, it makes much more logical sense to send a female astronaut than a male, unless there are tasks that physically a fit woman cannot do. They will also use less food and oxygen than your typical "Right Stuff" candidate.

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STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: Difficult enough to believe Apple on any legal claim!

In any case, these days can't people self-publish ebooks, and take all the wholesale price, assuming they can sort out things like editing for themselves?

Yes, they can, however..

The biggest market for ebooks is Amazon, and unless you are a publishing house or best selling author, self publishing on Amazon means that Amazon can set your price and determine your cut. If Amazon decide to give your book away for free - and they can - then you get nothing.

This isn't necessarily a problem, you can sell your books wherever you like, however .... Amazon are slowly destroying all other market places by systematically undercutting competitors on bestsellers - and only on bestsellers - using a cross-subsidy from their other departments in order to destroy competition. Is it cool to just have one market place, that entices you in with one hand and gouges you with the other?

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Re: So

(*unless people think that the legal system is scared to go up against Big Business Amazon while simultaneously keen to go after Apple.)

Yes. Lots of people think this. DoJ was extremely happy with Amazon fucking over businesses and consumers left, right and centre. See this article, which came out when DoJ initiated this storm.

http://www.ilsr.org/dojs-lawsuit/

The authors of this report are no Apple fans, but they really dislike what Amazon were allowed to do.

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Re: So

The point of having 'competition' isn't to provide money for uncompetitive competing companies, it is to provide better value for end users

In fact, it isn't. The purpose of competition is that it promotes healthy markets, where everyone from producer to distributor to consumer is getting a fair deal. Since Amazon launched the kindle, they have been massively manipulating the ebook market, using predatory pricing to pick up users and forcing the producers (authors) to bear the cost.

At the point the agency pricing model in around 2010, Amazon had 90% of the ebook market, and were buying bestsellers for around $12-14 and retailing them at $9.99, subsidizing the sales with profits from everything else Amazon does. The purpose of this undercutting was to drive B&N out of the ebook market, and seriously damage their book market. By offering predatory pricing only on the bestsellers, and only on their device, they were hooking the end user into a kindle world, with all your books coming from Amazon.

That's just the 'prime' books from major publishers. The smaller publishers have an even rawer deal with Amazon, Amazon tell them how much they get for a sale. If you've priced your book at $5, and Amazon decide to sell it for $1, you get a cut of that dollar, that's all.

Whilst all that was going on, consumers were getting a great deal on bestsellers. In fact, when iBooks launched - with the agency model - most people were distinctly unimpressed with Apple's prices. Apple refused to sell books for less than they paid for them, whilst Amazon was perfectly happy to do so.

The DoJ lawsuit against Apple simply confirms Amazon's book monopoly.

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Swedish watchdog: Google's chocolate cloud? Nej, not private

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Re: LolCat training camps

Are they training the cats or the people taking the photos?

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MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

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Re: Slight EU problem

The trick is hiring "customer support staff" in the UK, who do everything that an account manager used to do apart from receiving the signed P.O., which goes to the 'sales' staff in Ireland, who do everything that accounts used to do.

When the papers say "the service industry rebounded this quarter", that's what they are talking about.

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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First a kill switch in your phone

Then in your brain.

How long till TSA fit all foreigners with one on entry?

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Jailed LulzSec hacker Cleary coughs to child porn images, will be freed soon

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Re: The Asperger's Syndrome sufferer

The thing is, the story goes like this:

Hacker picked up for shenanigans (DDoS, botnets, dodgy friends).

Hacker's kit confiscated by plod.

Oh my, plod find such a small quantity of CP that it could fit on a novelty sized CD.

Hacker reputation ruined, already in jail for shenanigans, pleads guilty to CP in order to reduce eventual sentence and not be placed in gen pop.

I'm not saying in this case that Cleary was set up, just that each time a hacker gets double slammed with CP after they tried everything else, it just seems strange.

PS: I'm a hacker, although not like Mr Cleary, I write my own software and investigate my own hardware. I don't have any CP, and have no intention of getting any.

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Probe into Autonomy allegations could take years - report

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Re: "of high profile law firm Steptoe & Johnson"

For US readers, Steptoe & Son is the UK show Sanford & Son was based on.

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Facebook, Microsoft beg Feds: Let us tell users what YOU asked for...

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Re: Don't get too excited

So, it's a trade-off - higher taxes or more dead civilians...or making use of the resources that are sitting right there for the reading.

How long do you think people will continue to give their data to US companies if the US government treats it like it's own data store?

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Asus FonePad: You may feel a bit of a spanner

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If you go with a real 3G network like 3, they have considerably more 3G coverage than other providers. You can actually use it out and about, rather than providers like O2 or Vodafone, where 3G really does just drop out as soon as you leave the town.

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This phone supports HSPA+, which is a 3G technology. I think in the US, you are told this is a 4G technology and pay more for it.

HSPA+ UL:5.76 Mbps/DL:21 Mbps

3G :

WCDMA :

850/900/1900/2100

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

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And I don't know of a single employer who would care what your answers would be to the EdExel GCSE ICT exams that I (and others, independently) have linked above, from 2011.

You're still quoting from the C-G range exam.

This exam is designed for idiots. If you do astonishingly well in the idiot exam, you can just scrape a passing grade of C. If you do less than astonishingly well in the idiot exam, then you fail - D or less. Most people who take the idiot exam fail.

The vast majority of pupils do not take the idiot exam, since who wants to take an exam where even if you do brilliantly, you're still an idiot. Instead, they take the A-C exam.

Still, it is funny to WATCH YOU get all DAILY MAIL AND SHOUTY.

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Re: Making web pages...

HTML is a computer language for describing how to layout elements on a canvas. It's not a Turing complete language, but it is still a language with specific syntax and grammar, and writing something in that language is an activity I would describe as coding.

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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You're so perturbed by all this Apple talk that you came on to the register, read a story on it, read the comments, and then replied to someone about it. Frothy.

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Chewbacca held up by TSA stormtroopers for having light sabre

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Last time I came back in to the UK, I didn't even have to interact with UK border agency personnel, just one of their robotic friends.

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Boffins hide cute kitty behind invisibility shield

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Re: Whatever. @Kake

I dunno, I was expecting jake to come on and tell us this is nothing new, he made the first ones of these back in the 80s and can make his ranch disappear.

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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Re: Oh god.

He's not dead, but he's pretty gone now, which is very very sad. Diseases which affect the mind are the most horrific of all.

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NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

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Re: Nothing to fear?

I doubt it. The law is extremely clear hear, it does not depend upon interpretation or who is doing the collecting, if (UK) intelligence agencies need to see the data for a (UK) resident, they must have ministerial approval.

I'd imagine that in most scenarios the approval would be forthcoming though.

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Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

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Re: Sad day

I remember when your programs came on listings you typed in from the magazine. I think the new way is better.

Users want features. We give them features. This makes the programs bigger.

The easiest way to make features is to build re-usable layers of components. This makes all the programs much bigger.

The way to make the programs smaller with all the features that the users still want is to remove all the encapsulation from all layers of the program. This makes the program buggier.

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Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig

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Try that argument with parents you know and see how they react then try again

Most breeders become insanely illogical when it comes to their precious little booboo.

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Students outraged: Computer refuses to do any work for entire week

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Re: The real problem is...

40%-50%... ARE YOU FUCKING INSANE???

I pulled the stats out of my arse. Tony Blair's target was 100% in FE/HE, so I halved that.

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Re: The real problem is...

The problem is too many people go to university. It should be just the top, brightest 40-50% who go to university, regardless of wealth or ability to pay. This is skewed by the richer parents paying the way for their less able spawn, which leads to a mis-representation of the classes at universities.

This mis-representation is seen by certain types as an outrage to equality. Tony Blair definitely saw it like that, and made it his aim to have every one go to university (whilst simultaneously crippling them in debt - hmm...)

A much better system would be to make university fees solely dependent upon academic success or lack thereof. If you're smart enough, full ride. If you're actually quite thick and still want to go, £50,000 a year please. Of course, this could never happen, as the traditional leftist view is that the rich can buy an education for their children, and therefore the grades achieved by them are not comparable to more 'worthy' candidates.

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Re: Load of bollocks

Did you miss the part where A level exam results come out on 15th of August (7th in Scotland)?

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Load of bollocks

It's not like you even need to use a computer to use UCAS, everything can be handled by mail. It's not even (yet) peak time for UCAS, so downtime to a non essential computer system in the slow period is not news worthy, people don't need to lose jobs.

The level of entitlement people feel towards IT systems is astonishing, this is not a mission critical system that must be available 24x7x52, and saying that people should be sacked for not making it such, or that we should spend even more money on it is just crazy.

If the system is still down on August 1st, then sure, maybe a problem. Until then, it's just blah, you can confirm your firm/insurance offers in several ways.

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CIA-funded upstart: THE TRUTH about Prism and NSA's web snooping

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FAIL

It's hard to verify what "you" said at any point, hiding as you are behind your lovely cloak of anonymity. Going solely from this post, positing a massive bunch of kook like conspiracy theories and then jumping up and down when one of them is validated.

You: P, Q, R!

USA: P...

You: Therefore Q, R!

It's an obvious logical fallacy, and since you don't spot it, it makes it hard to trust your logic.

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Spotify and Pandora to FACE THE MUSIC as iRadio inks Sony deal

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Re: Apple lockdown

On the other hand, I only use Spotify from my phone and tablet, and the Spotify ios clients are "not great". I have absolutely no loyalty to Spotify, they don't have some of my favourite artists, if a competing service can offer me the same features with any of a) a better interface, b) more of my artists or c) cheaper monthly costs, then bye bye Spotify.

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Police 'stumped' by car thefts using electronic skeleton key

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Re: About a billion years ago ...

jake, its a big bad world out there, and, despite what your politicians tell you, different countries around the world have different laws to you.

For instance, walking around with a set of lock picks, and not being a locksmith, is called "Going equipped for stealing" and is an offence in most common law countries.

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Forget phones, PRISM plan shows internet firms give NSA everything

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Re: Any terrorist not a total retard will use a VPN

Any right minded terrorist would also get their maths right and make bombs that worked properly, rather than go 'PFFFT' and run away with Chapati flour dribbling down the legs, or turn your underpants on fire.

Any right minded terrorist would use a VPN, and 512 bit AES encrpytion, rather than using a substitution cipher in Excel.

Turns out, being a terrorist is an occupation that doesn't appeal to many right minded people, and as such, they often do stupid ass daft stuff.

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Gourmet chemists sniff out ultimate cheese on toast

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Re: You dodged the issue of where you're from nicely there..

You can get real meat kebabs in the UK, used to go to a place in Sheffield that did amazing lamb kebabs with big chunks of lamb, mmmmmm.

You can get quality meat kebabs in almost every single kebab house in the UK, just stop ordering doner, get yourself a nice shish kebab.

The Greek gyros is good, but is commonly pork, where as in the UK most kebab shops are run by Muslims and so tend to offer lamb/chicken instead of pork/chicken. If anyone knows a good greek gyros place in London...

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Put two slices of bread into one slice of the toaster to toast the underside.

Crack two eggs in a bowl and beat until mixed

Add:

lots of Lee & Perrins

grated cheese

ketchup

black pepper.

Mix ingredients well in bowl

Spread thin layer of whole grain mustard on the untoasted side of the toast

Cover liberally with the cheese

Grill until bubbly

More black pepper

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Leaks point to new mystery Macs 'with Jony Ive's fingerprints on'

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FAIL

Phoronix is the open source equivalent of News of the World, they couldn't put together a competent benchmark to save their lives. If you believe 30% of what you read on that site, you're trusting them too much.

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Snappers binned, mobe-armed hacks drafted at Chicago paper

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Re: Cue Content Infringement lawsuits from Apple?

2008 called, they want their gag back.

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EMC inks deal to take Brit F1 racer Lotus to the clouds

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Re: Lotus in name only

I still call em Renault

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