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Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it

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No surprise there then

"And then there's Microsoft, which has outlined its own vision of a "cloud OS" – naturally, powered 100 per cent by its own, proprietary software."

Well what do you expect?

As far as I can see MS has a couple of problems.

1) Greed and a desire for control. Though they take second place in that to Apple.

2) A deep seated sense that the stuff that they turn out is not as good as stuff offered by their rivals.

It probably never occurs to the people at the top of MS that there are benefits to working cooperatively and that trying to grab everything for yourself is not always going to work in your favour.

So of course they are going for a total "own brand" proprietary route. That seems to be the only way they know how to work.

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

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Thank you Neil McAllister

"... rather than caving in"

At last, thank you.

No more speleology.

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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm an Apple guy and I COULD CARE LESS about the iWatch'

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Re: How much do you care?

Note to El Reg.

Write out 100 times.

"I couldn't care less."

Otherwise it just makes you out to be a drooling Apple fanboi.

Please don't join out trans Atlantic cousins and turn English on its head.

See also "Cave" instead of "Cave in".

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Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched

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Re: Religion...

This is not the only corporation also functioning as a quasi religion. You just have to look at the likes of Coca Cola to see that. At least with Apple their devotion is focused on a dead human. For Coke it's the "Dynamic Curve". You know the shape of the side of the Coca Cola bottle.

I kid not.

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Fedora gets new partition manager

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Re: Is there an option to have more than one partition?

See you've made my point.

Diskdrake handles things like separate partitions with ease. It's just a case of working out what space is needed for each partiiton and than using the GUI to split up the disc. Its easy because you have a graphic representation of what the partitions are and you can manipulate them to your hearts content.

Personally I have separate partitions for /, boot, usr, var, opt, and tmp. I prefer to use a second HDD for /home so that when I re-install the OS I don't have to worry about deleting any of my data. I could of course just have another partition on the first drive but with two I don't have to worry about fat-finger syndrome.

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Why?

Why all the scratching around for a new partition manager when Diskdrake has been about for years?

I've never understood why it has been confined to Mandrake derived distros like Mageia and PCLinuxOS. Its GUI, very easy to use and does the job in a fraction of the time it takes with other managers.

After all NetworkManager is GUI, is easy to use and just works, it got where it is by merit so the Darwinian principle worked there.

Why Diskdrake isn't the same is one of the great unsolved mysteries as far as I'm concerned.

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Amazon hiring in Australia for 'new and confidential Amazon Fresh initiative'

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No pay?

One thing is almost certain.

If Amazon does set up a grocery shop in Oz it will do its best to avoid paying any taxes.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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As Yogi Berra said "It's deja-vu all over again.

Netbook anyone?

Now if you can ditch Windows and install Linux I might have a place for one of these as a backup for my Asus eee701.

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Australia deflates Valve with Steam sueball

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Quick!

The Australian authorities had better get their skates on.

When the TPP is finally unveiled to its victims it may contain clauses enforcing Valve's stance on refunds. Who knows?

After all Valve is, by the way the negotiations have been conducted, in a far better position to know what TPP contains than most people, probably even sections of the government.

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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Re: In its way, a good sign

"I do wonder whether Android tablets slow down, PC-like, as the level of user cruft goes up. Perhaps the absence of spinning disks makes that slowdown less painful."

Or it could be that Android has a more efficient design and does not suffer from this problem, unlike another well known OS.

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Boffins attempt to prove the UNIVERSE IS JUST A HOLOGRAM

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What?

Holograms! Holograms! We're all holograms?

God I hope that means that we are really not all like Rimmer!

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

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Re: Does a lack of search=lack of interest?

"Agreed ... A far better metric would the bandwidth stats of the various distribution repo server + mirrors"

Don't forget BitTorrent, I haven't used a distro's mirror for ages so by your metric I would not be counted.

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Re: If it just works

A good point and it may be the explanation as to why we have had the likes of Unity, Gnome3 and TIFKAM foisted on us.

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Re: Awww, the good old days...

"... but I'm kind of afraid of wiping out something that's working"

That's what VMs are for.

Just install Virtualbox and experiment to your hearts content.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Arghhh!

" ... and make us petition our government to (hopefully) cave to the terrorist demands in order to make it stop."

That's right, let's all head for the nearest hole in the ground.

I'm getting tired of correcting this ridiculous error.

It should be: cave into

Speleology has nothing to do with it.

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The "LAW"

Enforce the law = make the law.

The police must have been reading Judge Dredd's book on law enforcement.

" I am the law."

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Why?

"It's possible the poster is referring to the original Mini Cooper S

You are of course quite right. It IS an original Cooper S and it doesn't have a cigar lighter or an ODBII. The last real Minis were made in 2000, mine is a '98 vintage multi point model. It does have an ECU for the engine and an ECU for the airbag, hence me saying that a spontaneous inflation of the airbag would not be appreciated.

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Re: Why?

Oh well, that's me out of luck then.

My Mini Cooper S has neither the 12volt adaptor mentioned in the article nor any visible connection to the car's electronics.

Which is probably a good thing as I do not relish the thought of unwanted ads and things appearing in my line of sight nor do I think that a vector whereby any hacker could get into my car's electronics is a very good idea. The thought of being blinded by the airbag suddenly inflating is not a happy one.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: IPv6 like OSI is far more complex than necessary

rather than a few engineers pouring over code and packet dumps...."

Would they be pouring gravy or custard do you think?

I imagine that you meant to say poring.

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UK mobile coverage is BETTER than EVER, networks tell Ofcom

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Hope not.

"testing them across a range of services (voice, text, data), in different use cases (indoor, outdoor and while driving"

I certainly hope that it should have been whilst in a car.

Using a mobile whilst driving is illegal.

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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Re: Aviation geeks

"I was buzzed by either a Beaufighter or a Mosquito"

If it was a Beaufighter that really would be talking about.

As far as I know, I may be wrong here, are no Beaufighters currently airworthy.

Let me know if I am wrong as I would love to see one in its true element.

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Re: de Havilland Mosquito

"And, as is usual with British engineering success stories, nearly didn't happen due to lack of imagination at the War Office."

You are probably right. I don't suppose that the War Office had any idea what to do with a Mosquito, not because they lacked imagination but because they were responsible for the Army. What you should have said and probably meant was that there was a lack of imagination in the Air Ministry. Yes the AM was woefully short of imagination in respect to the Mossie, they didn't believe that a wooden aircraft had any chance in an era of all-metal airframes. Good job they changed their minds as the Mossie became one of the most versatile aircraft of the Second World War.

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Amazon 'adware' laden Ubuntu passes ICO's data smell test

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Not at any price.

" De Souza wrote: "I rest my case. I am still happy to use Ubuntu..."

It just goes to show, you can fool some of the people all the time.

Personally I wouldn't touch Ubuntu with a bargepole, with or without that lens nonsense. If you want to use Ubuntu like it should have been, use Linux Mint. Just look at the Distrowatch rankings, Mint is way ahead of Ubuntu or any of its derivatives.

They must be doing something right.

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Microsoft blasts sueball at Samsung over Android patent royalties

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WTF?

Oh, really?

"The chaebol has apparently asked South Korean courts to reduce or eliminate the sums it must make to Microsoft – even though, as Microsoft points out, most of those were granted by countries other than South Korea and they're based on products sold outside South Korea."

So what? If the US courts think that it is OK to pry into databases held in a foreign jurisdiction then surely it must be OK that agreements signed outside South Korea can be nullified by a South Korean court. Or the clauses in the DRIP Act in the UK which purportedly give the UK government rights to interfere with companies of other counties who do business with the UK.

Sauce for the goose etc.

Or would it be better if countries refrained from trying to impose their legal systems on others and instead abide by the bi-lateral and international treaties supposed to govern this sort of situation?

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CIA super-spy so sorry spies spied on Senate's torture scrutiny PCs

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Re: oh, sorry!

What do you expect? Spies spy, it's in their mental makeup to do so. This does point to the fact that these characters need to be held on a short lead at all times. Otherwise you get what has happened.

But I agree, the hypocrisy shown in this case is stunning.

It just shows you, one rule for them, another for the rest of us.

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US Social Security 'wasted $300 million on an IT BOONDOGGLE'

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No contest

Only $300 million wasted? Pah! Rank amateurs.

See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-28464002

Now that's how to waste public money.

Good to see that the UK can still beat the US at something.

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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Up to a point.

"They are prepared to bet reputation, goodwill and market share..."

Ok, I'll go along with you on most of what you say but not the quote above.

MS managed to destroy any reputation and goodwill long ago in pursuit of the market share bit.

The roll call of the companies Ms has screwed is long, Netscape, Novell, IBM, Digital Research etc.

The dubious practices used to ensure MS's dominance in the market, see:

http://www.justice.gov/atr/cases/f3800/msjudgex.htm.

Not to mention TIFKAM

All this and more has ensured that MS is held in contempt by many people in this business for the way in which they have abused the the trust in and reliance on Microsoft.

So yes, MS might have market share, but at what cost both to itself and all those relying on it.

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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Re: For security - consider BlackBerry

"...a summary of several instances of government pressure and varying degrees of caving."

What's speleology got to do with this?

If you are going to use a cliche, at least get it right.

It should be "... a summary of several instances of government pressure and varying degrees of caving in"

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Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN

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I should be so lucky!

"Nederkoorn has posted a video that first shows a Netflix stream running at 375kbps on what he says is his regular internet connection and configuration. He then connects through a VPN service and reloads the video, which promptly increases to speeds of up to 3,000kbps."

375kbps? Good God if I got that speed I'd think that I had died and gone to heaven.

Still we have that nice Mr. Cameron's word for it that most of the denizens of these sceptic isles will soon get "superfast" broadband of up to 2 Mbps.

Can't wait.

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Will GCHQ furtle this El Reg readers' poll? Team Snowden suggests: Yes

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The real world versus fiction

A humorous article with a joke poll but with a very serious point.

You are the enemy as far as the security services are concerned, we all are. It's just the way that the people drawn to this sort of organisation think.

Unfortunately James Bond is a fictional character so what he does does not matter. What GCHQ does, does matter and it matters a lot. They are for real and the peculiar mind-set means that whatever they can think up to subvert the security of your most personal and private conversations and other things you might want to keep private is acceptable. At least it is to them and their masters in Whitehall.

Sadly the vast majority of users of the internet have no interest in what is being done with their personal data, how else would the likes of Google and Facebook flourish otherwise? For those who do care, take all the steps you can to protect yourself. It may not be much but we must try and hang on to any vestiges of privacy that we have left.

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Global protest calls for canning SOPA-by-stealth treaty's IP bits

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Bah!

"Thankfully, US President Obama recently suggested that the TPP's text will be released to the public in November."

Ah! a pointer to when the various negotiators think that the treaty will be signed. Before November.

Keep everything under wraps until it's too late to do anything about it, then release the treaty to the victims and claim that the negotiations were in good faith and that they are living up to the much vaunted "openness and transparency"

More like smoke and mirrors to me.

Greedy, unethical bastards, but then that's politicians and big business for you.

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NHS delivers swift kick to Microsoft's wallet over fee demands

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OK

Dyke said "...will allow us to work together with Microsoft to deliver best value to the NHS".

The only way that will work is if the NHS persuades MS to help it migrate to Linux or another FOSS O/S, and that ain't going to happen.

So keep spending chaps, it's not your money you are wasting anyway!

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Linux turns the crank on code for cars

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With added Google?

If it's got anything to do with Google then I'm glad that my Mini is of the old school and relies on conventional instruments to tell me whats going on.

Using a proprietary application in a Linux based OS is not the way to go. OpenStreetMap might be a better way of finding out where you are.

The thought of Google tracking me, knowing what I'm doing and attempting to shove adverts down my throat whilst I'm driving just turns me off the whole idea.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

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"but LG's and Samsung's don't start shipping to the general public until early July"

The first are shipping in 3 days time..."

So that makes it until the 3rd July then. So what's that if it's not "early July"?

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Help!

The Labour Party recently indicated that it was likely to resurrect the twice-shelved reworking of existing surveillance powers...

I'd never thought I'd say this but "Help us Nick Clegg, you're our only hope."

So if we vote Tory we get a "Snooper's Charter" and if we vote Labour we get a "Snooper's Charter." Looks like this piece of nonsense is a shoo in, so much for democracy. The Lib Dems are heading for a wipe-out, so not much hope of any salvation from them.

I despair.

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Chromebook Pixel owners' promised free data plans being prematurely axed

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Re: It is what it is ...

"These are deceptions and baldfaced lies and anybody who expects promises made in an advertising sales pitch to actually be honored is seriously maladjusted."

Unfortunately for your theory there's the law of contracts getting in the way.

Yes, an advert might be "an invitation to treat" and the vendor can impose other conditions if you want to buy; when the vendor takes your money then that's a contract and they can't unilaterally go back on the content of that contract. Imagine if you decided not to pay the rent on a property after having signed a contract, the law would come down on you for breach of that contract and this is no different. It also doesn't matter whether the contract was agreed verbally, in writing or a "click through" It's still a contract. They have taken your money and must live up to the terms agreed to.

Just because it involves two, dominant players in the sector does not mean that they are above the law. It does mean that you might have a fight on your hands given that they probably have a lot more money to buy good lawyers. A class action might even things up if one can be arranged.

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Tor is '90 per cent of the net' claims City of London Police Commish – and he's dead wrong

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Re: Maybe...

"You can tell them from the Met by their hats: Met have the famous blue chequer pattern. CoLP have the same pattern, but in red."

And if you look very closely you might notice that their buttons and badges etc. are gold not silver.

Sorry, just getting my anorak.

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NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

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I bet

... and added that he wanted to "draw a line under the past"

I bet he does.

"Nothing to see here, move along."

Then when no-one is looking, bam,

"Psst.. want some nice juicy patient data, going cheap!"

The NHS run by accountants, who'd a thunk it?

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Tom Hanks NICKED my COPYRIGHTED PIC, claims Brit photog

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Re: Humbug

"Gussie Fink-Nottle, after whom you no doubt have taken your nom de plume, was a nice character. I suggest you change your online name to 'Spode'".

Yeah, stick to the newts and leave thinking to others better equipped for it.

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When will Microsoft next run out of US IPv4 addresses for Azure?

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Re: Personally....

No, to the average US punter the world outside the US is a big, scary place full of foreigners and their non-American ways. Having your stuff hosted in the US is, for them, like a security blanket. It might not be of any practical use but it keeps the bogeyman at bay.

For the rest of the world NOT having your stuff hosted in the US is a plus, probably as equally illusory, as who knows what the "security services" have got their fangs into?

Although having said that having a host located in Brazil is probably as good as it gets just now. Ask Dilma Rouseff why that should be.

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Silent, spacious and... well, insipid: Citroën's electric C-Zero car

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Re: What?

"Have you seen the "new" Mini Countryman? I've seen smaller Jeeps."

Yes I have. That's why I posted that my "original" Mini is small. I wasn't talking about the "new" one, those great lumps dwarf my car.

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What?

"There is 1,120kg to haul around, which is par for the small car course."

Small? My Mini Cooper S (original type) weighs 715 kg kerbside, now that's small.

That Citroen is like all the other "small" cars presently produced. A big fat dumpling.

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Microsoft's NEW OS now runs on HALF of ALL desktop PCs

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Re: Cue...

Nope, Linux is the kernel. The rest is just support often provided by the GNU project , hence Gnu/Linux. Usually wrapped up in a distro.

So strictly speaking, with Android running the kernel that it does, it IS Linux, it's the other stuff that is different.

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Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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" Microsoft does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, reliability, availability or timeliness..."

Sounds pretty much to me the description of everything that Microsoft throws our way.

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Privacy International probes GCHQ's mouse fetish

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Re: @ obnoxiousGit

"Going back to the subject of what GCHQ has asked the Gruaniad to destroy, it may just be nothing more than them being over zealous and ordering the destruction of *anything* that might have cached even part of the data."

That reminds me of a story I heard about the actions of some people when electricity was replacing gas used for lighting. I was told that some people kept dead light bulbs in the sockets, "To stop the electricity leaking out". Seems to be on a par with this latest nonsense.

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Re: This is very puzzling

Now we know that the lunatics have taken over the asylum.

I know that the NHS is short of beds mental health beds so why don't they just change the signs at GCHQ and re-label it as a hospital? That is where most of the lunatics seem to be.

This is a pathetic demonstration of rigid following of "procedures" without any thought getting in the way. As has been said here, most of these components have no storage or processing capability, or if they do, were probably put there by the likes of GCHQ at the behest of NSA.

No, this is a power play to let everyone know who is in charge here. In this case GCHQ. Who knows, maybe the people supposed to be in charge . i.e. the democratically elected government, were keep in the dark about this, in the interest of "security" of course. They can't all be so stupid, can they?

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CERN and MIT chaps' secure webmail stalled by stampede of users

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Re: Anybody who is 'sophisticated' enough to use this ...

I agree that PGP is within the grasp of most people on this site but that's missing the point. This looks like it is aimed at those who regard computers as a tool and want the quickest and easiest way of getting their job done. If this encourages the widespread uptake of this technology we will be approaching a state of "herd immunity"

Definition from Wordnik:

herd immunity

n. The protection given to a community against an epidemic of a contagious disease when a sufficient number of the population are immunised or otherwise develop immunity to it.

I think that we can all agree that the threat posed by the activities of NSA and GCHQ comes close to a definition of "contagious disease" So anything that helps us fight off such threats is to be welcomed and this development is giving us the chance to keep such threats at bay.

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The price is right.

Now I'm a tight-fisted bastard and need a lot of persuading that paying for something IT is justified but this looks like it might just prise open my wallet.

If this proves to be what it claims to be then paying such a paltry amount to stick it to the man is money well spent. As soon as they re-open the site I'm going to have a look.

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Son of ACTA pours fuel on IP trade fire

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No!

"On investor-state dispute provisions, it states that countries can still pass their own legislation: “at most, it can lead to compensation being paid”"

Looks to me like this might be the chance the multinationals have been after. A looters charter. The right to get their way no matter what the people want. Why the hell should we have to pay these organisations for the right to decide what we want in our own countries? Is this why it's all kept so secret?

This only gives a hostage to people who don't give a damn and are only interested in lining their own pockets. They have no national interest just self-interest.

The real mystery is why our representatives are so keen on all this. Do they honestly believe that it is in the interest of the people? Or are they really only interested in what they, personally, can get out if such a treaty. Either one is deeply worrying, on one hand naivety, on the other greed and cynicism.

A bad idea and one we should oppose with everything we have.

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