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RIP net neutrality? FCC mulls FAST LANES for info superhighway

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BT uses speed throttling ...

by using dodgy cables and cheap fibre optic gear.

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OnePlus One equals 'killer' new mobe running CyanogenMod

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Can you ...

reprogram the IMEI from the standard menu - or do we still have to use a programmer?

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Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

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Who Is Ripping Whom, RIAA?

"Pandora's conduct also is unfair to the recording artists and musicians whose performances are embodied in Pre-72 Recordings, but who do not get paid for Pandora's exploitation of Pre-72 Recordings."

The real thieves in this is the RIAA who claim to represent artists who, in those early days of R & R, were ripped off left, right and centre by the recording companies. They even made artists compensate them when records (round flack, black things with holes in the middle), etc., were screwed up in production by misplaced labels, deformed moulded tracks [mould too hot] which were the result of sloppy production workers.

So tell me, RIAA, who is going to get the money for Rock Around The Clock - certainly NOT Bill Haley.

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Leaked photos may indicate slimmer next-generation iPad

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No screws- more glue?

The Cupertino gang have only managed thin by eliminating screws, and serviceability, and using glue.

Not exactly Green.

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Judge halts spread of zombie Nortel patents to Texas in Google trial

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Security for Costs

would nail the Troll - about USD$10,000,000 deposited IN CASH with the court.

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Google shuts Glass store and nixes Video Call feature

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Google might be the leader, plenty more on the way!

Visitors to this years CES were treated to, on several stands, different VR glass concepts.

Epson, Lumus, Optinvent, and Sony all were showing off their prowess in the field.

Some are Glass designs whilst others totally obscure the eyes. Evena Glasses combine the two formats but hardly make them acceptable for social occasions.

Corrective eyewear users know many things have to be considered when purchasing - things that ordinary non-users overlook. Balance - will all the elctronics concentrated on one arm cause the glasses to tilt?

Can regular opticians cut lenses at reasonable cost? See: < http://www.wired.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/20140124-GOOGLE-GLASS-FRAMES-0098-660x495.jpg >.

Samsung has a patent filing for a device hung on an ear - in my experience ear mounted devices as simple as a microphone can be a real pain in use.

For Plod, cable free units using Bluetooth are a security weakness - Bluetooth jammers, even 'smart' jammers with channel skipping (for the channel you use) only cost a few Pounds/Dollars/Dong in GuangZhou.

With the rash of cell handset 'grab and run' thefts, the present Google Glass just presents another opportunity for neardowell's to enrich themselves.

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Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

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Re: Was it in doubt?

"Mounties Getting Their Man" is more myth than fact as many of their failed investigations prove.

What they DO have is large budgets - by local police standards - and the fact that provincial boundaries don't limit their activities as they do local, city or provincial, cops.

They love having cars without antennae - these cars have a dual cavity antenna mounted under the rear window parcel shelf and in the trunk (aka 'boot'). After a few months on the road the outline of the antennae can be seen as the road dust becomes ingrained in the cloth material covering the shelf!

And they are big in red uniforms, riding horses, at community fairs and exhibitions.

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Samsung claims it still plans to ship Tizen phones in Q2

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A regional release usually means less costly products

Many cell handset manufacturers make geographically limited cell handsets available at substantial discounts compared to world-releases.

The release of the Samsung 3 demonstrated just how effective it was at limiting 'gray' markets and holding the initial release price high.

The cellco's in the Far East are particularly adventurous and seem to promote handset products from multiple sources.

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Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers

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Judges protecting judges ... and the administration

Judges always like to protect their own, unless there is an egregious error in law. And, after all, their future promotions depends on keeping the administration happy.

Given the plethora of encrypted communication Apps, along with TOR and TAILS, etc., there are plenty of alternatives which can provide more than adequate protection against the long snouts of the Peeping Toms in GCHQ and the NSA.

Should be reaching 'dusk' in Gloucestershire and Maryland as more and more people adopt privacy practices. The Freedom-Fighters/Criminals/Crazies are already well on their way to making things more difficult.

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US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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I don't understand the fuss

When the FCC dictated that all US-bound handsets had to have GPS modules - that actually cost hard cash - there were no complaints.

The big difference, I suspect, is that anti-theft software will affect their sales - something GPS didn't do.

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APPLE FAILS to ditch class action suit over ebook PRICE-FIX fiasco

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Useful ruling for the new Apple price fixing racket

Hopefully the final determination of this price fixing scam by Apple, where all their co-conspirators have pled no contest and paid the penalty, will make Apple rethink it's partnership policies.

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Canadian taxman says hundreds pierced by Heartbleed SSL skewer

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Well, I'm safe then ...

as I haven't paid Canadian taxes for over 22 years. And before that I filed on paper - to keep people employed as they transcribe the figures into computer terminals.

I feel comforted in the knowledge that the RCMP, repleat in red uniforms and riding trusty steads, is on the job. Guaranteed to lose the trail, like Sergeant Preston of the Yukon.

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

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Does Apple have a short memory, or what?

I guess Apple has forgotten they were nailed for price fixing e-books.

It seems to me the only difference between the earlier price fixing and the new scheme is they are now fixing iThingy prices.

Price fixing is illegal in many countries.

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MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling

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Whay the need to travel to the USA when ...

the alphabet soup agencies are all around overseas.

In Phnom Penh, Cambodia, there are the FBI, the DEA, the CIA, NSA and other characters driving around in darkened SUV's with satellite antennae sprouting forth (actually they look like air intakes on the old military Austin Champ). The IRS is even here, checking on wayward Americans who might have forgotten to declare their non-US income.

Should a Mark Karpeles be reluctant to check in with the embassy, then the US can send out JSOC troops to show them the way.

And Japan, Karpeles present home from home, has even more US 'assets'.

Little wonder the US is bankrupt.

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Alphadex fires back at British Gas with overcharging allegation

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Think this bad - just wait until you get 'soft' Smartmeters along with Hotwater metering

Smartmeters come in many flavours - some have mechanical meters which are held to be the end-all of disputes whereas many others have 'soft' meters which can be reset by supply company computers!

Which would YOU choose!

Hot water metering is creeping in - most systems just measure water consumption and NOT whether the water is hot, cold or meets a minimum criteria.

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

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Who, amongst us, can resist the temptation to ...

store old data, or old software?

Same with Plod, or GCHQ, they have empty drives and simply want to fill it up. And they, like us, keep it 'in case'.

I found an ex-wife's Social Insurance number on an old drive recently - and when applied to a pension equalisation application for the period of our marriage resulted in a few tens of thousands of dollars flowing to my benefit.

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Report mash-up: Apple to sell 65 million $269 iWatches in first year

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iSheep - they need their weekly adrenaline rush

Apple simply thrives on news column inches - good or bad - and iSheep need it weekly, if not more.

Of course, by announcing vapour ware, Apple hopes to cut in to sales of existing products. And the 'analysts' are hoping for their free samples.

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Singapore decides 'three strikes' laws are too intrusive

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There must be an ulterior reason ...

for the ever dictatorial Singapore to do this.

Singapore has newspaper censorship; radio & TV censorship, movie censorship; it monitors all domestic InterNet connections ruthlessly; telephone calls are monitored voice + metadata. An really oppressive system. And their are limits on chewing gum!

An Three Strikes is right down the single governments alley.

So, the question is, Why?

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Apple execs: 'Consumers want what we don't have'

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Apple ...

it loves the free publicity.

If they aren't making what their public wants, they should get their monster PR machine in to gear to persuade the public they want the wrong thing.

If Apple managed to persuade their iSheep to buy a bad Antennagate handset, surely they can change peoples minds over size, etc.

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Apple sued in Texas troll territory for iMovie patent infringement

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Apple-stealing IP? Hard to believe NOT!

This continuing abuse of the public by the US P.O. has to stop - it's more damaging than most anything.

Patents should have a limited life of 5 years and only extended if the patent owner can demonstrate a good reason.

Patent holders should be required to produce a viable patent that is used in production within two years of filing, otherwise they lose it and it becomes prior art.

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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This is totally adverse to the Mad May and GCHQ policy ...

which is to locate and store every bit of information.

And another reason for May to resent the EU.

Did you hear that the GCHQ has recorded the serial numbers and associated information for every storage system presently in use?

Why do they do all these things? Just because they can?

They seem to forget they are spending UK tax dollars - or forcing ISPs to increase charges.

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Bruce Schneier sneers at IBM's NSA denials

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Lawyer letters are written to say whatever you want to read into them

A while back a senior executive once asked me if I had ever had legal training. I said no, but I know how to use the English language.

His question came about because I had written a report that had split the board members who read the report - they couldn't agree precisely what the conclusions were.

Lawyers, too, are trained to write truthful lies, which can be read either way.

To my eye, this statement reeks of avoidance - somewhat clumsily - and as a result anyone dissecting it will come up with a different conclusion.

IBM should have simply said that it complies with all laws on privacy and disclosure in all the jurisdictions where it operates and they are prevented it from giving a more forthright response.

End of question.

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Google teases more modular smartphone details in run-up to dev meet-up

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Type approval might be interesting ...

with some officious regulators thinking any change is bad.

Great concept, though, should do well so South Paws (l/handers) can have cell handsets that fit their needs precisely.

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Why ever leave home? Amazon wants to turn your kitchen into a shop

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And people complain about the ...

NSA/GCHQ? Why would anyone want to share this sort of stuff with Amazon, the outfit that steals underpaid employees wages, makes them wait - in their own time - to use the toilet or get security checked out of the building?

Amazon is evil. Period.

Until now I have found a pencil and paper, stuck on the fridge door, quite sufficient technology to make a shopping list.

Here in SaiGon we have it even better. When I drive down to the local cho (peoples market) I pull up at my favourite store and the assistants immediately recognise me and remember what my usual needs are - no technology needed. Nearby merchants, whose eyes never stop roving, call out and try to do a deal, which is immediately bettered by my favourite store!

The only drag with buying really fresh food is that the fish won't lie still, so the fishmonger whacks them across the head to keep them still until I get home.

So away with your privacy invading technology, Amazon - and start paying your workers the proper rates.

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Judge strikes down Apple attempt to bar Samsung's 'untrue' patent comments

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When the going gets tough ...

the losers start suing.

When will this stupidity end?

At least KOH shows she has the guts to tell either party where to go.

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

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"As a rule, the White House objects to ..."

Who is this guy? He still visits the toilet.

As a rule the White house ... doesn't murder American citizens without a trial;

As a rule the White house ... doesn't tap everyone's telephones (except Nixon);

As a rule the White house ... doesn't seek revenge on Whistleblowers;

As a rule the White house ... doesn't lie as egregiously as this one has.

The people own the White House, the occupants are temporary tenants. Landlords set the rules of Tenancy.

There wouldn't be a problem if it was Apple, Boeing or Lockheed, et al.

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Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

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Just another blatant ...

money grab from a country in financial trouble.

How can anyone miss one of those weird looking Google cars - so many people are aware of them these days - even in developing countries.

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David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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BT ... GCGQ's silent partner

BT is a good buddy to GCHQ, making all those party lines to Gloucestershire work so well.

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Asia's internet in peril as cable network breaks in TWO places

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Re: cut in two places?

These cables don't just lie on the sea bed, they are ploughed under but currents can remove the covering.

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Twas the Friday before Christmas when ...

the Malaysia / Singapore / VietNam undersea fibre optic cable was cut by NSA / GCHQ / or a fishing boat trawling (at 400 feet?).

Since all 3 cable repair ships were tied up in Manila for the Christmas/New Years break we suffered from international InterNet speeds resembling molasses on a winters day.

Sometime in January they 'patched' it intending to do a full repair in March - which undoubtedly explains the intermittent service we have been experiencing recently.

Never ones to miss an opportunity, Vietnamese fisher people managed to damage the spur feed from the aforementioned cable to Da Nang in the centre of the country.

VietNam has a 5 terrabyte land link from Ha Noi, through LangSon, across the Chinese border terminating in HongKong but, due to differences between VietNam and China over the Spratly Islands, this link has been down 'for repairs'.

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Snowden leaks made us look twice at cloud suppliers – biz bods

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Edward Snowden ...

a force for good (except if you are a US cloud vendor).

Where's his Nobel Prize?

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Huawei rakes in £2 BEEELLION in profits

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NSA and GCHQ - HuaWei's ...

best marketing / sales scheme ever devised!

Mind you Obama shouldn't be forgotten for all the lies he spouted on his world tour last year, either.

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Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Re: well personally

@Anonymous Coward 101

Dropbox, just another NSA/GCHQ compliant web site.

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New Sammy patent trial: Apple seeks $40 PER 'infringing' handset

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Historically, the market leader has been the ...

victim of copying.

In this case, second-placed Apple is accusing first-placed Samsung of copying.

Theoretically, copying a less favoured second place holder would drag the first placed holder down.

Apple is always trying to change laws of physics and history. Better they spent time improving their products like making an SD socket standard. Next they will be patenting electromagnetic communications, especially now Marconi isn't around to explain what he was doing in Newfoundland a century ago.

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No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Unconstitutional? No Britain will never have a Constitution

The much vaunted US Constitution has been shredded in recent years but it still has utility as toilet paper.

The Canadian Constitution, fought for by the late Pierre Trudeau, is alive, and well, and biting. Anyone observing what can happen if a country adopts a strong Constitution, will use Canada as a fine reason never to do it.

Our Constitution is so strong our version of NSA is complaining they can't spy on Canadians - in or out of the country.

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Paper books might be in trouble, but e-books?

The paper book market, hard or soft cover, might be in trouble but the e-book business is doing fine.

Jobs tried price-fixing the market and the US 'justice' system quickly knocked him down, witnessed by the number of book companies who signed settlements with US government. The big stiff was wrong again.

Ever since MS started 'renting; the software you bought, more and more vendors got the impression they could do this for all manner of things. Apple does it with cell handsets.

As others have stated, when I pay money to receive a 'good', regardless of what anyone or anything thing says, as far as I am concerned that 'good' is my property. Why doesn't MS demand the return of all the millions of floppies and CD's it has 'rented' out?

Likewise with e-books, what is the end difference if I read a 'Kindle' book in it's original format or use one of those format changers to adapt the 'good' in to a format convenient for me.

In Canada, the rent-an-ebook scheme run by many libraries is so convenient and 'green'. Using my library card on the other side of the world I can download/reserve thousands of titles. If my work schedule prevents me from finishing reading, a simple pass through software converts the format and another library user can read it.

Of course, in the UK, libraries are being shut down as Cameron's cut and slash policy takes hold, but titles could be offered in many formats without harming the author, or the greedy publisher.

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The government has bungled so many things ...

such as the famous Osborne U-turns, building two incompatible aircraft carriers, etc., etc., yet another makes little difference.

Roll on the election.

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Google 'Transparency Report' shows rise in government groping

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I find it humourous that ...

all the 'freedom' loving countries are also the leading the government requests stakes.

Of course, the biggest hypocrite of all is the USA who is always lecturing others on Human Rights, Freedoms, etc., whilst it kills hundreds of innocents using drones.

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

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No problem: Do what the USA does with trade agreements - ignore the WTO & NAFTA

When the US is on the losing side of a trade arbitration it simply ignores the decision.

Witness the argument with Canada over hardwood shingles (wooden roofing tiles) and softwood lumber (2x4's) - they simply blackmailed Canada into doing a quickie bilateral agreement - Britain has signed those, ask Blunkett, so UK perps (alleged) can get deported to the US for trial.

GM had a rare metals operation once, but it sold it off - with US government blessing - to /drumroll/ the Chinese!

Don't know why the Japanese are complaining - they have an exclusive on a mining hole in Northern VietNam whereby they ship all their rare stuff back to Japan for refining.

At this very moment the US is bashing VietNam over the head with threats to block the ever popular Tiger Shrimp business with a surcharge ... unless the VNese bend over and submit to yet another bilateral agreement.

I think we should block McBarf and Starbuck (where the hookers hang out) operations until the States gets the message. Back off, Bully!

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

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Apple is simply bloody minded - and is out to shaft it's Customers

Whether it's using non-standard screws, copying Japanese rice cooker connectors, messing with head phone cable standards, adding resistors to make charging iThingies difficult, using non-standard connectors, glueing cases together or whatever, Apple is simply demonstrating it cares about nobody, other than shareholders,

Jobs was a petty minded individual and Cook is emulating him.

And filling garbage pits up with their discarded unrepairable trash.

Still, the iSheep must like it, they come back every time and bend over so Apple can screw them all over again.

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Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

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Not me: I use Tor, PGP and air-gapped MS Office

No longer can the cops and Plod demand things ad nauseum, the general public has learned much since World Hero Snowden released his NSA library.

It seems only just that if they want to see my stuff, they have to work their buns off for it. Somewhat of a self-defeating exercise, though.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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If media companies remunerated artists ...

equitably, I might have some sympathy. Performance money theft is rife in the business.

These media companies only seek to maintain their excessive income, so I have no sympathy with them or qualms in 24/7 downloading via commercial fibre optics.

That's ignoring the fact few originals are available here.

Given the rampant lieing as to 'successes' by the software industries, I doubt these figures are accurate, especially since the new encrypted downloading became available.

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Blinking good: LG launches smart light bulb for Android/iOS

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My wife's new hotel uses only LED lights ...

and to determine if there was any benefit between the brands we carefully numbered each 'light' and it's location.

After a year of use we found the 'Dutch Masters' products were WORSE than cheaper OEM/No Name Chinese knock offs that have a 5-year warranty.

The Phillips mini-fluorescents also have a high fail rate BUT the difference is we can get them refurbished for a $1 (including a one year warranty) from a hole-in-the-wall entrepreneur.

All our lights are tied into our computer controlled fire alarm system which uses lighting to indicate the nearest exit.

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

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What about Boeing's super glued, super secure ...

cell handset that self-destructs when opened?

A bargain at $650!

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US saves self from Huawei spying by spying on Huawei spying

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We expect better from El Reg

QUOTE: "The New York Times and Der Spiegel have reported another communiqué from their source-in-exile"

Read: https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/23/facts-nsa-stories-reported/ for the FACTS.

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China demands answers from US after 'I spy on one little Huawei' report

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Nothing better demonstrates the convoluted US idea of security

The US, through Obama and Mike 'Mouthy' Rogers, claims that the Chinese government is linked to Huawei through former military CEO Ren Zhengfei, but that CISCO is different notwithstanding it hired Lt. Gen. Steven W. Boutelle upon retirement as the Army's chief information officer and appointed vice president of the Global Government Solutions Group at Cisco Systems.

Typical two-faced hypocrisy from the US Government.

ALSO, Edward Snowden HAS NOT LEAKED ANY DOCUMENTS SUBSEQUENT TO HIS SOJOURN IN RUSSIA - journalists are responsible for the timing of disclosures at this time. See https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/03/23/facts-nsa-stories-reported/.

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Fear not, ancient standards of measurement prevail in today's electronics ...

I give you the 0.1 inch hole matrix and dual-in-line pin spacing.

Not even the decimal gang have overcome that!

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Symantec fires CEO Steve Bennett: To lose 1 chief is unfortunate, to lose 2 is OK, apparently

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Symantec? I thought they had ...

folded?

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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Faced with a choice of the NSA or Edward Snowden ...

being the more trustworthy, my vote is overwhelmingly Edward Snowden.

No one has proved he has lied, to date, whereas Jug-eared Clapper and his pal Keith Alexander have consistently lied, wittingly or unwittingly.

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Scotland Yard defends single supplier IT gig with Insight

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Open, advertised purchasing can't be beaten for value

Given the Yard's new notoriety for accepting bribes and payoff's, this type of contract has to be viewed with the greatest suspicion.

Widely promoted, open Requests for Tender against properly specified equipment demands that allow many tenders to be made are by far the best way to go.

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