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'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator

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A year and a half ago, who knew ...

what GCHQ or the NSA were up to? That's why Edward Snowden's revelations have so shocked the world.

Southern Cross might be exercising poetic licence to it's limits.

There are cable systems in the USA where, at the landing station, certain staff are 'indoctrinated' and perform duties for the NSA. Remember that picture of a small room in a AT&T facility that the leaker exposed?

Only a couple of staff were permitted to enter that room, yet more company staff indoctrinated and acting on behalf of the NSA

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Massachusetts shoots down car dealers' Tesla-busting sueball

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America - Home of Free Enterprise?

How things have changed.

At one time enterprise, unfettered, brought us so many good things - remember what Hewlett Packard made - all those great pieces of test equipment. The crazy innovators at Wavetek of California, gobbled up by that staid outfit Wandel and Goltermann of Germany.

Since then the lawyers have taken over and companies have put their wagons in a circle and slowly real innovation is fading.

Luckily, today's generation is recapturing the spirit and hopefully they will get rid of the lawyers and the daring be set free to experiment once again.

Look at Volkswagen, they deliver straight to the customer with great success. Tesla could be the same. Why do we dealerships these days? Click away on a web site, put your dream whatever together, computers in the manufacturers test it for feasibility and then, another click, the order is entered and the JIT system looks after the rest with a delivery date almost cast in concrete.

Tesla vehicles have far less 'mechanics' and, as a certain New York Times reporter discovered, it's on-board computer, chatting away with the factory, can alert the owner or Tesla to potential problems.

Likely a 'repair' could be made by a shipping/freight company delivering parts one day and calling back if there are parts to return.

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

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Bracknell ... Isn't that where ....

Microsoft and/or Bracknell are?

Bracknell was so bad even the Met Office moved.

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SLOUGH - if despond - easily the worst place in Buckinghamshire ... or anywhere?

Back in the day when I used to fly-in via Heathrow, the bus I took used to terminate at Slough Bus Station where I had to catch a bus that went in to the bowels of Buckinghamshire.

I have never experienced such a depressing place as Slough Bus Station - even makes High Wycombe Bus Station look good. Slough is easily on a par with the worst parts of Kolkata (of Black Hole fame).

Why would anyone, even Amazon, settle in Slough in the first place?

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SanDisk's record-busting 512GB SD CARD will fit perfectly in your empty wallet

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A SD chip made for David Miranda

David Miranda likely wouldn't have spent 9 hours as Her Majesty's government in Heathrow had he used one of these.

The 'waterproof' feature would have allowed safe passage in, or through, any body orifice.

Freedom: 1; Border Plod: 0

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Found inside ISIS terror chap's laptop: CELINE DION tunes

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Celine Dion ...

that scrawny Quebec female who supports separation is enough to drive anyone to terrorism.

Terrible 'singer'.

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Yet another invasion of privacy for GCHQ and Plod to peep into your life

A 'smartmeter' benefits, in the main, power utilities as they can lay off thousands of meter readers.

Since these damn things can take readings every minute, Plod could determine every time you take an overnight 'tinkle', get up and boil the kettle and anything else that sucks power.

Worst of all, there is no permanent record of consumption - unless the supplier chooses the mechanical meter option - with the use consumption being held in memory. Of course, memory is unreliable and do you really trust a utility company to tell you the truth in case of device failure?

Think about 'estimated' bills and how inaccurate they are. NOT!

Had one in a rental property I own in Ontario, Canada, but with a little Faraday engineering the power company surrendered and returned to a good old mechanical meter. Some meters transmit/forward up to 10,000 bursts a minute if located near a system terminal.

Still, the meter MESH system can be hacked and used for unofficial transmission purposes.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Fairhead also defended criminal penalties for non-payers - and over 70 sent to jail.

My late Mother lost much of her sight and aged 90 she was long without a TV set when a Thug from the TV licence gang banged on her door.

He stated she was stealing TV signals and she should pay or go to court. Extremely upset and overwrought, being alone, she shut the door in this guys face.

Sure enough, it proceeds to court. The only evidence in her defence was a video showing every corner of her house. No TV!

Case dismissed.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates says BBC

Well, I plead Guilty, on behalf of my employer to being a heavy VPN user. Very heavy, at least two or three running concurrently.

Why? Because we transmit material to our customers overseas. It minimises 'oversight' from our authoritarian government. And others.

But we do run a BitTorrent terminal - hooked to the regular InterNet.

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

There's another type of iPhan?

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Doubts cast over FBI 'leaky CAPTCHA' Silk Road rapture

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More fairy stories from the official US Liars

Remember a secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit that funnels information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans?

And the documents that showed that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin - not only from defence lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges?

The documents showed that federal agents are trained to "recreate" the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant's Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don't know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence - information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.

Sounds just like the modus operandi used by the FBI is this case.

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Warrantless phone snooping HAPPENS ALL THE TIME in Blighty

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Remember, RIPA was yet another bLIAR / Blunket law

Every time I hear of the latest intrusions in to the lives of ordinary Brits, I thank the day I got Canadian citizenship, not that Canada is perfect.

But it does have a Bill of Rights and a Constitution which is way more than what England has. And there is more transparency in some of the oversight of these privacy-intruding institutions.

Britain, at least what's left of it, will never get a Constitution because of the entrenched 'them and us' attitude of politicians. Even the women who joined the Tories last election are quitting because nothing has changed.

The judiciary is so inbred you need not expect much help from them. What has to happen is a groundswell from the citizens to topple all these entrenched interests so the elected people actually represent the interests of the citizens.

And good luck with that.

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We give Panasonic's new 5-inch Toughpad phablets a kicking

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Water / splash proofing is so handy in so many countries

where rain 'showers' really are like standing under a shower.

It's amusing to watch iSheep using their favourite iThingy wrapped up in a sandwich bag to help them survive a little bit if water.

Sony has models with similar features at a lower price.

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Finally, a USEFUL smart device: Intel boffins cook up gyro-magneto-'puter bike helmet

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In some countries use of headphones is illegal; on motorcycles and bicycles

and some, like Cambodia, ban the use of headlights during daylight hours.

Two-wheeled travellers know the safety value of being able to hear the sounds of other road users apart from horns.

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Go on, corporate drone, log in... We'd recognise your VEINS anywhere – Barclays

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Re: vein

Depends on the 'appendages' size ... and length ... unless the scanner is adjustable.

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What could possibly go wrong? Banks could provide ID assurance for Gov.UK – report

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Banks have long been the holders and 'guardians' of personal information ...

of 'their millions of customers such as name, address, phone numbers, financial history, etc.' Furthermore banks aren't immune to on-line attacks - as HSBC, and others, know.

I haven't been in any of my home bank branches for years, in one case over 20 years. And none know my telephone number.

If their security is so good, how come they don't know I'm married or in which country I actually reside in. Not only that, my wife has a copy of my bank card and can use it on one part of the world whilst I can use the original in another 10-12 time zones apart a few minutes later.

Obviously they don't know aircraft don't travel at the speed of light.

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Data entry REAR-END SNAFU: Weighty ballsup leads to plane take-off flap

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Wouldn't happen in the States ...

so many kids look like mini-Michelin men from all the McBarfs and other super-sized and saturated fat products they eat.

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Never heard of OnStar?

That can perform several remote functions including tracking a vehicle and even slowing it down and bringing it to a stop.

I guess ACPO wants their own custom version.

Car rental companies and Repo(ssession) men also have remote stop features although they tend to use cell systems.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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Who uses Google for alternate media resources?

There are so many dedicated media search engines for locating 'discounted' that are far better than Google, etc.

So why waste Google's talents for pointless political pursuits?

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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Apple and our customers place a high value on simple ... interfaces.

Simple things for simple minds.

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Not even CRIMINALS want your tablets, Blighty - but if that's an iPhone you're waving...

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It would help if companies built in...

security such as a hole where the hand strap could be looped.

Even the damn Samsung Note 3 didn't have provision for a loop. And they have all sorts of real estate.

What I did was to X-ray my Note 3, figure out a location where I could safely drill a hole and NOW I HAVE SECURITY!

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Apple, FBI: YES we're, er, looking into the NAKED CELEBRITY PICS. Aren't you?

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This is IOMPOSSIBLE ...

Apple says it is infallible. Mmmm ...

At least Android users can encrypt their stuff.

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Europol picks Brit to lead new international cybercrime taskforce

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Just how much more success than the ...

US version will it have ... which is running near zero?

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HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

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Ho, Hum - Just more of the daily Apple Tosh we have to put up with

This is Apple PR's way of keeping the name in the public eye.

What's an upgrade in an iThingy is a standard offering in the competition.

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Raspberry Pi B+: PHWOAR, get a load of those pins

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"Board layout issues", kind of tame expression for what they did

Our company was going to try these out for an education product line we developed for low income families.

The problems were the paucity of mounting holes and the fact that one connector was offset to the 0.1 inch matrix.

Now we have switched to a TI product. What a pity.

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China building SUPERSONIC SUBMARINE that travels in a BUBBLE

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Big Market for this Technology in South America.

This would really get the drugs market hopping. And the US DEA!

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Ex US cybersecurity czar guilty in child sex abuse website case

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Reminds me of Scott Ritter and the FBI SOP

Ritter was a UN weapons inspector in Iraq from 1991 to 1998, and later a critic of US foreign policy. Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, Ritter stated that Iraq possessed no significant weapons of mass destruction (WMD) capabilities.

This upset the Bush regime.

In 2001, Ritter was detained and arrested on charges of soliciting minors for sex on the InterNet that were both dismissed. The FBI worked it's 'magic' and Ritter was arrested on similar charges in 2010 that led to a conviction and sentence of one and a half to five and a half years.

It's amazing what Photoshop and other software can be used for.

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: So sugar and match heads or sugar and chicken droppings are illegal, too, Plod?

Quote: "neither the matchstick bomb nor the napalm recipes worked."

My match recipes work, we use it in military robot demonstrations. You must have got a decoy copy that was put out to stop people 'trying it at home'.

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So sugar and match heads or sugar and chicken droppings are illegal, too, Plod?

Agencies of the US government have published recipes for devices that use these materials. In fact they can be downloaded this very day.

So is it Plod's position that downloading these recipes is illegal? How about from Cryptome or the table magazine Inspire?

No wonder people think they are a joke.

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Galileo can't do the fandango: Two Euro GPS nav sats sent into WRONG ORBIT

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Could they be GCHQ ElInt satellites disguised as Galileo?

Perhaps these are actually GCHQ electronic intelligence gathering satellites, busy doing what GCHQ does?

Do they have permission to occupy these slots in the firmament? Wonder what the ITU is going to have them do?

Or was it yet another case of mixing Metric up with Imperial measurements?

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

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Surprise! So Malaysia is a somebody ... with things to hide

They should feel honoured, joining the ranks of the UK and the USA along with many other 'advanced' nations.

Malaysia is a major cable tapping station for the GCHQ, too, along with Singapore.

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Top money men face up to 2 YEARS in slammer for neglecting to spot crim-cash activity

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If this is the case, why didn't HM Revenue & Customs fix ...

HSBC?

Or was it because HSBC keeps all it's world clients account info on computers on the USA and HMRC couldn't see the proof?

And it's headquartered in the UK?

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Just Murdoch's ...

senility showing again, last time he ditched Wendi.

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Seven Apple Store staff cuffed in alleged $500k stolen iPhone scam bust

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Is this strategy part of ...

Apples training courses on improving sales techniques taught at Apple University?

Almost in line with Job's 'morals' in his teens and twenties when he sold Blue Boxes to steal from telephone companies.

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Cisco prepares to take $700m hit to make 6,000 layoffs

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Payback time for lying to Congress and using Obama to lie about the competition?

I don't really feel to sorry about these people, they worked for an American company that used American business rules.

CISCO made a statement to Congress that was filled with lies, then they had Obama go around the world persuading gullible governments such as Australia, Canada and the UK that the competition was building back-doors in their products (unproven).

How can ANY American manufacturer after what we all learned about NSA cooperation from Edward Snowden?

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Snowden leaks show that terrorists are JUST LIKE US

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Most everything cell depends on IMEI

I travel both regionally and internationally frequently and Border Plod/ICE people having taken on an obscene interest in cell handset usage.

At first I simply travelled without a SIM, which defeats many of the simpler customs inspections techniques. Later, I was advised, they don't need a SIM as they can use the IMEI (serial number) with an on-line connected computer.

The GSM Association is the issuing authority for IMEI numbers and now governments access it's database for IMEI information.

Since I acquired a smartphone I have used an App that can change/re-install IMEI numbers, which I do weekly. Or before international travel. NOTE that it is essential you use a cell handset with a modified IMEI in the COUNTRY THAT ISSUED THE SIM as ROAMING CALLS are checked against that Cellco's database. I never use a SIM in my smartphone - only buffered WiFi.

Now that Border Plod/ICE men are getting smarter an 'inappropriate' IMEI number (using a Samsung IMEI number on a Motorola handset) will be kicked out, raising their hackles a notch or two.

On my Android device I refuse to use 'included' software opting for Third Party software that is less, or even non-responsive, to these intrusions. This means by keeping all my data on an SD card, removed and secreted on my person during travel, there is precious little to interest them. My ever trusty 'diversionary' but ancient Mitsubishi Trium handset, lacking even GSM ability, is usually sufficient to distract the inquisitors. A film or two also helps quell interest.

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Snowden on NSA's MonsterMind TERROR: It may trigger cyberwar

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The Snowden Effect Continues ... some '15 minutes in the spotlight'!

Her Majesty the Queen had her 'Annus horribilis' now the GCHQ and NSA are in to their 'Decas horribilis'.

Couldn't happen to more appropriate people.

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Cisco revenue dip means 6,000 staff to be de-assimilated

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So Supersalesman Obama fired blanks?

In 2011 Obama travelled on an international tour preaching the Buy American-Buy Security-Buy CISCO networking products, BUT before Edward Snowden released his library of documents.

Slavishly, Australia declared Chinese products banned from governmental networks, as did sheep-led UK.

Now that Snowden has outed the truth it is amusing to watch how the US manufacturers who sponsored Obama's thought process (a presentation of lies made to Congress) are failing.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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The Only Thing Missing is 'Parental Control'

In VietNam and Cambodia parents give children far more latitude to 'do their thing', as is used to be before Nannies took over governing Britain or the USA. When I was young, I and my brothers roamed all over the area centred on the BBC transmitter at Brookmans Park and was measured in miles.

We often left the house early in the day only to return late in the afternoon when our stomachs were calling.

So it is today in Indochina. My daughter is free to go wherever she wishes in Ban Ma Thuot, Central Highlands, VietNam, a city of 1-million souls, with her Mother and I completely free of worry.

The secret is the cell handset. She can call when she wishes as can we.

The problem with today's handsets is the ease of dialling long distance/international calls. Providing a short, owner-entered, authorised calling numbers would add enormously to the value of this Nokia product.

Remember, in a country where the minimum wage is USD$50 per month, even a $25 Nokia dumb-phone represents a sizeable hit on a families budget.

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It's time for PGP to die, says ... no, not the NSA – a US crypto prof

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Because Ford built the Edsel, the Concept of the Automobile should scrapped?

Quote: "Many PGP-enabled mail clients make it ridiculously easy to send confidential messages with encryption turned off".

This statement is the equivalent of saying the Ford Edsel was so bad (Unsafe at Any Speed - Nader), or any other clunker car design, that the concept of the car should be scrapped.

PGP, written and initially distributed by Phil Zimmerman, has proved it's worth over the years that so much so the GCHQ and NSA are still gnashing their teeth whenever Zimmerman's name is invoked. So many people in physically risky positions or employment have staked their lives on PGP.

PGP is NOT the problem, people who are strangers to Command Line entries ARE. LONG LIVE PGP!

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World's only flyable WWII Lancaster bombers meet in Lincs

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I was amazed at how SMALL these aircraft were

I read all the usual rah-rah British books on the feats achieved by the Lancasters and their crews.

Then, after moving to Canada, I passed by what is now ONTARIO PLACE on the :Lakeshore Boulevard where for many, many years a Lancaster was mounted atop a pedestal right next to the downtown direction traffic lanes.

Unfortunately it was removed and replaced by more politically acceptable objects.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Welcome to Britain, land of the free! NOT!

How many people will turn out to attend political meetings and demand answers from politicians for all the authoritarian legislation they pass?

NOW is the OPPORTUNITY. Go out and get commitments from these people, it's the only time they listen to you.

How can they arrest someone where there is no law? Conspiracy is two or more people, sometimes three depending on which country, soon it will be reduced to ONE - even thinking about it will be illegal. I'm glad I don't live in the UK!

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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I thought ...

secret courts aka 'star chambers' had been done away with a few hundred years ago.

Wikipedia says:

"The Star Chamber was an English court of law that sat at the royal Palace of Westminster from the late 15th century until 1641. It was made up of Privy Councillors, as well as common-law judges and supplemented the activities of the common-law and equity courts in both civil and criminal matters. The court was set up to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against prominent people, those so powerful that ordinary courts would never convict them of their crimes.

Court sessions were held in secret, with no indictments, and no witnesses. Evidence was presented in writing. Over time it evolved into a political weapon, a symbol of the misuse and abuse of power by the English monarchy and courts.

Of course, with today's super-injunctions both in the UK and other countries, it looks like it's back to the future.

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Plane grounded so cops can cuff semi-legless passenger

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Thompson ...

another word for Ryanair and poor service.

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Pentagon hacker McKinnon can't visit sick dad for fear of extradition

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I didn't know Scotland ...

was a signatory to the international agreement that bLIAR signed (remember Blunkett).

And I thought Scotland was presently part of the United Kingdom.

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Apple ebook price-fix row: Stiffed readers inch closer to $450m windfall

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Will iSheep Never Learn?

This is Apples business model exposed - 30% of everything - except their equipment profit which is around 50%.

AND they don't pay (much)(any) tax.

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Twitter: Hey. Remember us? Hello, yes. Govts want to spy on us too!

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And Twitter wonders why ...

I don't sign up!

Away with 'social' networking - or if you must, sign up using a VPN from a distant country and a different name. And include a comment you are a US citizen in the sign up.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Married or Sharing? Just tell them you are moving overseas.

In Ontario, Canada, the local gas outfit screws people for a monthly charge for a 'connection' during the hot summer months. This is a 'standing charge'.

So every March, when the weather warmed up, we would call the gas company and ask for a final account. The following Fall we would call and ask for a connection using my wife's name.

Being 'smart', the gas company never billed for those intervening months.

So do this with your tardy InterNet connection, using your wife's maiden name.

Or sue them in Small Claims Court for poor service.

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Microsoft's Euro cloud darkens: US FEDS can dig into foreign servers

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If the US Government wants to nose around any HSBC account - no sweat - they are all on US Servers

If you do a Traceroute on your HSBC InterNet banking account you will discover the traffic flows across US Government-friendly AT&T cables and thence to the HSBC facilities. Of course, we all know that a simple Letter will let the FBI share your secrets - no judge needed.

So of you want to limit US access to your privates SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL BANK and NOT the WORLD'S 'LOCAL' BANK.

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Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

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And the Edward J Snowden effect continues ...

and the NSA said it was a small, passing matter!

Wrong again, CLAPPER!

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