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WHY did Sunday Mirror stoop to slurping selfies for smut sting?

Marcus Aurelius

Re: Public Interest Macintyre V Associated Newspapers (Boris Johnson/ Daily Mail)

The Macintyre case did not really involve Boris Johnson; it was the mother attempting to get an injunction.

However the courts took the view that Boris Johnson sexual proclivities and behaviour were of sufficient public interest to override the privacy rights of third parties; in other words bad behaviour in public office is not a private matter.

What I am attempting to say is that this case gives newspapers wide latitude in the reporting of the private lives of public individuals. Also the paper will no doubt argue that he has used the fact he is "happily married in a great relationship" to get elected and therefore it is a matter of interest if he's been lying.

The Mirror does appear to have been behaving in a bad way, but legally they have a strong case and may be in the clear in terms of any criminal or private actions against them.

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Holmes

Public Interest Re: Macintyre V Associated Newspapers (Boris Johnson/ Daily Mail)

I would be interested to know if the paper published any of the photos sent by the MP and whether that is a breach of his copyright. However, I think the paper has a reasonable Public Interest defence, simply by quoting from the ruling in the above case.

In a ruling that could redraw the privacy rights of public figures in England and Wales, the court of appeal said: "It is not in dispute that the legitimate public interest in the father's character is an important factor to be weighed in the balance against the claimant's expectation of privacy.

"The core information in this story, namely that the father had an adulterous affair with the mother, deceiving both his wife and the mother's partner and that the claimant, born about nine months later, was likely to be the father's child, was a public interest matter which the electorate was entitled to know when considering his fitness for high public office."

They'll have to go to the Supreme Court to overturn this, so it's going to be long winded and expensive.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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Re: "cancer ruining internet journalism" (@Bill Gray)

The difference is that whilst "extra-marital sex" may be a reality, "extra marital sex" is a complete fantasy

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Joke

Re: Nirvana

Isn't that when your connector smells like teen spirit?

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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Flame

This is a poorly disguised lynching party

.. by its failed competitors.

Even if Google has a monopoly, it has no obligation to direct traffic to its competitors. For example, IBM has never had an obligation to recommend you buy HP.

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Google grand fromage Eric Schmidt: Backing climate denier lobby a 'mistake'

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Devil

I'm a little puzzled

Given Google is a high tech company which tries (not always successfully) not to be Evil, how did it support these guys in the first place? Similarly Microsoft.

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Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen

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Re: take my hat off to those crews

Well actually being alongside a Tiger tank is relatively good, especially if they don't have any infantry support.

It's being in front of one that requires lashings of vodka....

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Re: Panther IVs were the workhorse of the German army

The only reason the Panzer III wins is if you include the Stug-III self-propelled gun/tank-destroyer.

The Panzer-III in basic form was the most numerous German tank in 1941 but by 1943 was out of the front line. Also numerically less were produced (5,000 than the Pzkw IV or Panther. The original idea of the Panzer III being the lead tank backed up by IVs didn't last for a long time in the face of opposition by Grants, Shermans and T-34s

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Re: Picking the nit...

The figures I quoted were for 1941-45 T-34 production only. The Russians also had about 800 T-34s before the start of the war, but lost virtually all of them in the first six months.

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Re: Scotland

I wish them lots of luck when it meets a Challenger 2 or M1 Abrams at the border....

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Re: Picking the nit...

Yes but having the fuel tanks blow up is not a problem. As long as an engineer platoon can pick the tank up and repair it or use it for salvage everyone is happy

What you're really trying to protect in a tank is the crew, so you're trying to prevent crew compartment fires and explosions, and spalling (lumps of metal flying round the crew compartment killing everyone)

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Go

Re: Picking the nit...

The T-34 was a good enough tank, but its abilities were over-rated. The primary advantage of the T-34 was the fact that the Russians made lots of them, but they also lost a lot too. The previous poster mentioned an 8-1 advantage, which was also approximately the kill ratio that the Germans scored against Russian tanks through the war.

Shermans, on the other hand were a much better tank than reported. They were one of the first tanks able to fire accurately on the move. They were a good compromise of speed, gun, armour, reliability and mobility. Their early tendency to blow up was mainly due to ammunition storage issues, which was solved by storing the ammo in the bottom of the tank in water/anti-freeze filled boxes. The Israelis were still using variants of the Sherman up to the 1980s.

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Joke

Re: Scotland

Judging by the reports on how big the Scottish army will be after independence, one tank will be all it needs or can afford.

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Mushroom

Re: Picking the nit...

Panther IVs were the workhorse of the German army through the middle of the war and an adaptable capable vehicle.

Every man and his dog claimed to be fighting Tiger tanks when most of the time it would be Panzer IV or Panthers. Tigers also broke down if you looked at them funny.

Panzer IV: 8,500 approx

Panther: 5-6,000 approx

Tiger I: 1,500 approx

Tiger II: 500 approx

Against this we have

T-34: 35000

T-34/85: 30000

Sherman: 40000-45,000

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Bank IT bod accused of stealing $40 MEEELLION from employer

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Devil

Re: Pffft, Amateurs!

I think he used to work for RBS and his name is Sir^H^H^H Fred something or other...

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Microsoft buys Minecraft for $2.5bn. Notch: I'm getting the block outta here

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Re: I'm old, I can't see the point in Minecraft

Kids love it and it has cross gender appeal. My 13 year old daughter and her friends spend hours on it.

As an entry point to get a new generation hooked on Microsoft opium, it's perfect provided MS don't screw it up.

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Devil

Re: 0x10c

The question is whether it will ever be completed, assuming Notch has several hundred million to use on more uselful things like yachts and women.....

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

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Re: The key point

That would mean some enterprising chappie could buy the assets of phones4u, do a deal with Vodaphone/EE as they wouldn't have the debt albatross to prevent them, and go back into business...

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Lenovorola TRIPLE-ola: New Moto G, Moto X and 360 wristputer UNZIPPED

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I bought a Moto G LTE because it was not a monster phone but good value for the price. I have a Samsung Note and a Tablet anytime size matters (I'm probably going to combine the Note and Tablet into a single device).

What really matters so far as I'm concerned is battery life. Most phones seem to be trying to get very thin. Personally I would be happy with double the thickness if I could get a battery that got me through a working week without trying.

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Evil mining firms? Please. Obeying profit motive is KINDER to the environment

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Re: environmental cost

It was an interesting read, but what he's saying is that if no "easy" mineral deposits are found then the price will go back up and they can merrily start reopening Cornish and Czech tin mines.

He's also saying that there are huge resources that probably dwarf anything previously extracted because the real issue was transportation, not ease of extraction, and therefore there is no end of resources for the foreseeable future.

The only place where this may be different is oil/gas and here technologies such as fracking and improved drilling have so far come to help out. The problem with oil and gas of course is that its products are not going to help the environment unless you want a suntan whilst your cruise ship is floating round the drowned cities of London and New York.

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Slough isn't fit for humans now, says Amazon. We're going to Shoreditch

Marcus Aurelius
Devil

Slough

Whenever I hear the name, I am reminded of the Doom level - The Slough of Despair

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iPhone 6: Advanced features? Pah! Nexus 4 had most of them in 2012

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Paris Hilton

Re: nearly $1000

My girlfriends wouldn't be impressed if they were f***ing in a car that cheap :-)

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TROUT and EELS in SINISTER PACT to RULE the oceans

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Re: I smell something fishy ...

I think it's an eely good idea.

If the fish doesn't get any food, does it have a trout pout?

I just thought I would add another slippery pun or two...

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Qualcomm pumps LTE into quad-core CPU for sub-$100 mobes

Marcus Aurelius

Re: Step in the right direction - BUT

They're unlikely to have any option because otherwise every eBay trader and his dog will enter the phone import business otherwise.

The mobile phone market may be sewn up between a few manufacturers, but it is a very fickle market. HTC are declining rapidly, Nokia are certainly no longer the dominant power, Samsung are having difficulties against Chinese competition which is nimble and getting closer to offering competive products at good prices etc.

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Re: Beer AND Flesh?

What do you think those "Steak/Curry and Beer" deals are then? ;-)

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

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Joke

LOHAN?!?!?!?

If double entendres are an issue, then this project should get a rocket!

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4th Century GOBLET could REVIVE CORPSE of holographic storage

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I'm afraid

He's dead Jim!

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DREADNOUGHTUS: The 65-TON DINO that could crumple up a T-Rex like a paper cup

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Re: Dreadnoughtexceptafloodus surely?

The problem with large meat eaters is that they require a lot of ground to survive on each.

I would have suggested that this thing would be much more vulnerable to a smaller pack animal; whatever the dinosaur equivalent of a hyena is. Sure there would be a few injuries taking it down, but all the smaller animals have to do is severely injure it and then wait for infection to do the rest.

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

Marcus Aurelius

So what skills are required to work on Lohans Crack team?

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Video: Dyson unveils ROBOTIC TANK that hoovers while you're out

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“I would not have minded but it was really wearing my rug out”

...resulted in a coffee explosion and a call to IT for a new keyboard.

Were you a News of the World journalist back in the day? ;-)

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Top beak: UK privacy law may be reconsidered because of social media

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Joke

Top Beak?

I thought that was The Register's hooked proboscis.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Not forgetting

Alien v Predator (its a film, a computer game....)

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If you think 3D printing is just firing blanks, just you wait

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Alien

Re: Re:get with the times

The original claim for Fermats Last Theorem was that he had produced a " I have discovered a truly marvellous proof of this, which this margin is too narrow to contain".

Andrew Wiles proof runs to around 150 pages of very complex math, and shows that Fermat was likely to have been incorrect in his statement, which I think is what the OP was was referrring to

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Show Mother Russia you love her: Click HERE and AHHH NYET!

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Mushroom

Re: Ukraine should be carefull..

I'm not convinced Ukraine is a shining beacon of light either. Politics in Ukraine appears to be a very dirty business.

I am of the view that Ukraines troubles stem from the fact that it has an East/West divide in its population, and the election of its leaders follows that divide. The Eastern population saw the "popular uprising" to remove a president who was from their faction as illegal, and personally I agree with them.

Whilst I think that Putin has some very unclean hands in the matter, I do think that Russia has a fair case that supporters of a close association with Russia have been treated unfairly. On the other hand, appropriating territory from the Ukraine is not the answer.

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Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000

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Happy

Re: Spaceport Fees

Last time I tried to dock my lasers accidentally discharged at the space station, and I had to leave the sector with a host of Viper patrol craft on my heels.

I wonder if my status is still "Fugitive"....

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WTF?

Why not somewhere else in Yurope?

I am in favour of you sending your probe into space, but it seems you were a little unclear as to why you have to go to the US for your junket^H^H^H spaceplane launch. You already stated that the French and Dutch had been helpful, so why not sip some Beaujolais or Moet as your spherical object takes your probe to places no one has been before?

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: Also there is apparently no law against

In the case you are quoting a very significant element of the case was that at least one of the people who she'd had an intimate relationship with was under 16 when she was 19. Also when initially arrested, it was assumed she was male and the actual arrest was for sexual assault on the assumption she was a guy.

In other words this was a sexual assault case and the gender of the offender had little to do with it.

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Re: Also there is apparently no law against

Or by virtue of fraud, raping women protesters and fathering children by them

I think if you accepted this one, you would be on a very slippery slope indeed. It would mean that every white lie anyone ever tells to have sex could be brought up against you later, ranging from shaving or adding a few years here and there, to exaggerating the size of your penis, job importance, wealth or whatever. You consent to sex if you like the person you are with, regardless of his/her job title.

Your cynical points about all the others have validity though

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

Marcus Aurelius

CCTV pics are simple

The person who set the camera up has framed the area that is taken and in addition starts and stops the taking of pictures. There is however legislation about what CCTV can and can't be used for though. e.g. if it is for security in a private venue, you can't see the pictures of a supermodel having a passionate snog with a random bloke in there.

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Alien

Being the author is critical

...a human did press the shutter in the sense that he guided the satellite camera to the exact location and circumstances where the shot was taken.

Author is a strange word but the intent is to convey how much control you had over the circumstances of the production of the work. The photographer had little to none in this case.

The monkey selfie one could probably have been solved by leaving the camera taking frames at 30 or 60fps and then passing it to the monkey instead of having the monkey control the exact circumstances of when the shutter button was pressed.

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Re: It's the Economy, Stupid!

There are plenty of ways around this minor inconvenience. For example, give a monkey a camera and have the photographer take the photo remotely and your work here is done.

Also people will do this for fun and not profit.

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Marcus Aurelius

Nice try

...but the copyright office also states that basic polishing (i.e photoshoppery) of an image does not make it a completely new work eligible for copyright.

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Marcus Aurelius
Happy

Oooh ooh oooh!

I'd like a banana and a job as Official Legal Counsel to The Register please!

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2265376

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2266466

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2266470

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2266569

http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/containing/2267528

I'm now off the The Torygraph and The Daily Hate to express my smugness there too.

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Isn't this sort of thing

...what MPs and Foreign Office chappies are for?

There's surely a lot of them right now staring at suntanned senoritas in Spain, so surely one can be found to sort your dilemma

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The Register to boldly go where no Vulture has gone before: The WEEKEND

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Childcatcher

by Rolf Harris

I forgot to mention that "in-house" was "in the Big House"

(ref http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/big%20house)

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Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio

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It can't be any worse than...

Doom

Mortal Kombat

etc etc

or can it?

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AMD slaps 'Radeon' label on Tosh flash: >Beard stroke< Hmm, cunning ...

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Flame

Pricing in dollars?

Is this site a UK site or not? Take your steenking greenbacks to Scotland where they may soon use them as their new currency....

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Microsoft Azure goes TITSUP (Total Inability To Support Usual Performance)

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What have the Romans done for us?

The problem with building (and system) failures is that they most often occur when the architect has secured a new job before the failure is discovered.

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Some people interpret upvotes as cheers and downvotes as boos.

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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Joke

Sixty grand may be a bargain

There's an adage about someone ha d a car breakdown, and a mechanic came out, worked out the symptoms and then said to the owner "that'll be £200, please".

"£200" goes the owner. "Thats ridiculous!". I want an invoice in writing with a breakdown of why I'm being charged so much.

So later he gets the breakdown:

Labour charge: 10 mins - £20

Knowing where to deploy hammer - £180

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