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Robot wars break out on poker sites

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The Mafia are virgin angels compared to this mob

I seem to remember reading a story about one of these gambling sites was sold and the former owner had a back door to rip off players.

The guys really do make casinos look like heaven and the Mafia like virgin angels.

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iPhone users are sad and mentally unfocused

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iPhans+wandering mind = sad; sad+Lemon 4 = happy?

Could this research lead to the answer as to why millions of supposedly sane people go out and buy products that even Jobs admits are less than perfect, which to others are simply defective?

Very thought provoking research.

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MoD battles copycat hackers

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What we really need to know is ...

(1) Who authored the web site;

(2) Who was supposed to maintain the web site;

(3) How much were they paid;

(4) When are they being terminated?

Forget about the announced £650m in new funding for cyber security, this is simple incompetence/breach of contract.

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HP pays off investigators

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Motorola lands 16-patent countersuit on Microsoft

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What the US needs is a dedicated Patents Court with judges ...

qualified in the engineering professions.

They could determine the merits of the claim and then hand the natter over to a law judge for the penalty awards.

Good to see Motorola, the U.S. radio industry pioneer, standing up against all the Johnny Come Lately's who think they invented the wheel and the flame.

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Content producers should chip in for mobile internet costs

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Sounds fair but the devil is in the detail.

It's a bit like road taxes, trucks pay more.

But there again, the biggies in the media transmission do pay the freight. Imagine just how much governments load the system with, do they pay the full rate?

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US Marine hover-jeep to get robotic hands-off controls

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What bureaucrat let this slip by?

The US governments, state, local and federal are broke and they still throw money away.

One well placed bullet would likely down this wet dream.

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Google sacks Eric Schmidt memo leaker

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(Now has) "The brightest, most capable group of this size ever assembled." ...

after firing the leaker.

I wonder if he used his Gmail to send the memo?

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Apache threatens Oracle with Java exit

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Living with Larry, the Prima Donna

Prima Donna's such as Ellison require TLC, patience and a lot of ego stroking.

At this moment he is feeling real good what with getting SAP to admit theft and HP's Frog playing hide and seek.

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Government abandons benefit-cheat lie detectors

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Yet another Labour technological failure

There are simply too many signal degradations over any telephone carrier system to make these detectors accurate.

Whether 'landline' or cell all systems introduce phase distortion, flutter, audio frequency changes, etc. which are readily recognisable by telephone users.

Many countries have tossed out lie detector equipment, except for the U.S.A., as most courts recognise they are not accurate and their output requires 'interpretation' which can introduce bias.

These voice stress systems use similar principles. A pathological liar will always show 'true' readings as they believe their lies.

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Microsoft waves Frand at Motorola

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Motorola only mimicking MS - screw the competition!

I guess Motorola is no 'frand' of Microsoft.

Motorola is simply returning the MS' compliment after it was sued. The hypocrisy is amazing to behold.

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iPhones make calls without permission, researcher warns

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Yet another undocumented Lemon 5 feature revealed. I am running out of fingers counting!

Increasingly people must question Apple's poor code verification as well as what they laughingly call :quality control".

Some of the faults should have been caught before Lemon 4 hit the stores. The pressure to deliver must have been great but as Ford proudly boasts: "Quality is Job 1".

Jobs' attitude that he and Apple are better than anyone (sic) invites criticism. If Jobs' spent less time sticking his prowess in the face of others, he might garner some sympathy.

He can spend untold hours fruitlessly (no pun intended) locking up his little toy but what's the point if it's so dysfunctional? The 'free calling' when locked and remote web site calling are major flaws that should have been caught months ago.

Even iPhans patience has limits, it's reaching the point of abuse now.

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Tracking website eyeballs SpyEye

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The UK should hire Hüssy to have street creds for their war on 'cybercrime'

Hüssy sounds just the right guy to hire, for a decent salary, to aid THE UK's 'cybercrime' initiative.

You need the right mindset for this type of work, not some career civil servant or 'establishment' fellah.

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Oracle enlists private dick to sniff out HP boss

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So if Apotheker ran a crooked enterprise, how come the US gave him a visa?

Ellison should acquire a 'friendly' senator to have an inquiry into whether Apotheker is an appropriate person to whom a visa should be issued.

At least they will be able to ascertain if Apotheker is in the US or not.

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Garmin Nüvi 3790T satnav

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Garmin: Accuracy long way to go & Warranty - OK if you like a fight

Sorry, I've a number of different products and Garmin has poor accuracy.

A good GPS needs a good antenna - not something subverted for the primacy of appearance or form. Good GPS have external antennae, power and data connections.

As for Garmin's warranty, it's pathetic. If you travel to different regions of the world you will only get free warranty support from the regional office where you bought the unit.

Maps are so critical to GPS usability. As an earlier poster implied, Android using Google Maps, is a very hard combo to beat for accuracy, completeness - especially in less travelled countries.

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Kingston Technology DataTraveler Ultimate 3.0 32GB

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From my experience they seem to have low count read/write lives

Although Kingston is one of the better ones, they all seem to low total read/write totals whereas SD memory is much more long-lived and more reliable overall.

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French go after Google for brand grab

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So much for Entente Cordial

I thought EU countries were supposed to go along with EU decisions.

Now the French have caught the Non! Non! disease again.

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Hacker unshackles Kinect from Xbox

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Don't wind people up: U.S. law only good in the U,S.A.

MS, et al, know hackers are going to nobble their products.

Once again hackers demonstrate how good they are whilst MS loses face that they poor coders.

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Don't let China hold rare-earths to ransom again

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It's called 'Added Value' - done everywhere for everything

Instead of simply digging up the stuff, China opted to Add Value to their RE exports, a process that is done by many countries, as it increases the worth of the export.

If you want to complain to anyone, try the U.S. Government and GM Motors, the sleepy government that let the deal go through and the vendor of the US RE operation the Chinese bought, respectively.

The Chinese plan ahead, the U.S. government clearly doesn't.

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GCHQ goes Google

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Any old software? Any old software?

Why use last years model? I am sure Google would have been happy to sell the UK Government the latest and greatest given the nature of the software usage.

Bet Google could help them design efficient database centres, too.

P.S. Note that Google donated this software which is another example of it's public generosity.

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Cameron promises a 'right to data'

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About bloody time. Done by other governments for years

Apart from the fact the public has a right to see where it's money goes, it also assists in locating where 'bent' RFQ's favour a selected vendor target.

This can result in cost-savings for everyone. It could not have happened under Labour as so much IT work went to favoured supporters.

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Government will shred ID card data

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Blunkett, Blair, Brown dreams all gone: How they wasted money

To think of all the pounds that will end up in the car crushers!

Government destruction means just that. A squaddy of security types accompany the discarded equipment to a favourite metal shredding outfit, featured on Discovery Channel, where their humongous metal shredder does it's evil to millions of pounds of equipment.

Enough to make a technician cry.

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Hacker sinks Royal Navy website

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So when do they propose extraditing the offender and keel-hauling him?

If this had happened to a Pentagon website, again, they would be screaming terrorism, loss of secrets, etc. and demanding the alleged whiz behind this attack be handed over immediately.

Won't happen because Romania has balls and would tell them to get stuffed.< www.sheepscreek.com/recipe.html > unlike a certain island nation we know of..

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UK.gov plans net surveillance by 2015

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Another dumb, easily circumvented scheme

Who dreams up these things?

The e-mail one is easily circumvented (think intelligent mail forwarding).

And I though they were trying to save money!

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Australia claims it invented cutting-edge tech before rest of world

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The Aboriginals may be, but not Australia

Since Australia wasn't around then he means the Aboriginal tribes.

Chances are they were brought in from China by their wandering explorers. And the truly unique item of technology from the other side was the Aboriginal boomerang.

Next they'll be claiming they invented wind instruments starting with the Didgeridoo.

But they did invent Vegemite!

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How to improve productivity in the workplace

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How to improve productivity in the workplace? Monitor InterNet use.

The number of paid hours squandered idling on the InterNet is universal and only limited by access.

My employers instituted announced InterNet usage monitoring about 2 years ago and after 6 months it announced a policy of blocking all non-business URL's during paid work hours and wide open at all other times.

Works well and has improved timekeeping and productivity.

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Harrods blings up Android tablet, quintuples price

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Wrong marketing target: Android users are smart

If Harrods was smart they would have gussied up an Apple tablet.

iPhans have a track record of buying form over functionality.

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Apple’s iPad lead will face pressure from Google and Nokia

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Knock off Apple phones multiplying like rabbits in China

The real Apple products cost way too much for a typical Chinese discretionary spending budget.

APPLE Lemon 4 knock-offs are selling at around $90 a piece and difficult to spot the visual differences. Performance is definitely different - no Grip of Death! Available at any electronics market across the country and HongKong.

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The 99p mobile phone: What's the catch?

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What's with the fake incoming call function?

Could this be for people who are lonely and have no friends or people with an ego problem ans want to sound important by the number of calls they get?

Or is the phone for outgoing calls only?

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Google snips Facebook's Gmail line

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Facebook has what Google wants; shouldn't be a problem given Facebook's 'security'

It's only a matter of time until Facebook's data is outed again.

I guess this means My Space is worth little, too?

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Ex-actress 'accused Hurd of leaking HP's EDS buy'

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Gloria Allred! 'Nuff said

Wherever this aged excuse for a lawyer shows, you know there's going to be a rumble, justified or not.

And what of EDS? Hurd hired a PR person to handle the arrangements. It would be difficult to know just what she should prepare for unless she knew the nature of the business. Where stock prices affected? (No); Was there insider trading? (None reported)

I simply cannot believe how low HP has gone with this. They are not only in the gutter but they are under the slime, they are so low. And this is America's flas ship technology company? No wonder the country's down the drain.

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Researcher outs Android exploit code

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Let's hope Google gets the message and makes Android watertight

These security outings are good - it will either prioritize these shortcomings or shame others into fixing the problems.

Coders shouldn't complain, it's free QC.

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Disguised impostor clears international flight

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Air Canada flights usually make you age

Air Canada, arguably Canada's worst carrier, should make this a feature of their Asian advertising to fill all those empty seats. I wonder why their cabin crew look so old, though?

Unfortunately I fly the carrier with the best service, Eva Air, who don't offer this age shedding service. (But they have more space between seats in economy.)

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Boffins devise early-warning bot spotter

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Very handy research ... for bot network operators

The problem with some scientists is that they just want to publish research papers, no doubt not fully comprehending who the potential audience is or what it can be applied to.

Happened way back when Touchtone was designed as well as when new coin phone boxes were improved against theft. They gave birth to the Blue and Red Boxes that cost Bell systems millions of dollars in losses, as well as BT and Euro telco's!

Let's drink to 2600 Hettz, too!

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Dell dumps RIM, saves fortune

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Re: Have you got some kind of pathological MS hatred complex?

This condition is naturally acquired by using Windows 2000 or Vista - although not necessarily pathological.

BTW, what do we call the Win7 equivalents of iPhans?

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Samsung: we'll sell a million-plus Android tablets this year

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Re: Costs as much as an iPad

Even if it did, discounts haven't been announced yet by retailers, this unit still has more features than Jobs' toy.

You'll have to buy next years Apple offering to get what most other pads are offering this year. That's how Jobs' keeps the money coming in as well as charging for OS upgrades.

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We need The Registers assistance in sorting out this plethora of pads

With the ever increasing count of pads/tablets, The Reg would really help if it had a chart comparing all the attributes of these devices so we can make informed buying decisions.

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Cellphone tower data protected by US Constitution

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Some judges take time to get up to speed with technology

This is good news.

A cell base communications links contains far more customer data than do telephone switches/exchanges which require search warrants.

US police have, for years, been sticking recording GPS receivers on their clients cars for years without seeking court approval.Now they will either have to get approval or follow suspects in the old fashioned way.

Still not ruled on are the use of miniature spy planes.

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US Cyber Command becomes 'fully operational'

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I think the Pentagon is 'FOC'ed up

What a crazy bunch.

Guess they will have massive wall displays showing threats from around the world, as is usually depicted for NORAD's Boulder hideaway.

We should contribute to a prize fund to the first guys to knock their web site down.

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Brussels blocks UK from biometric superdatabase

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Britain: Neither quite 'in' or quite 'out' of Schengen or the EU

Britain has only itself to blame. The word is 'commitment'. It never has been fully committed to the EU, whatever the shade of the government.

No doubt it will purloin a password and then rummage around for the information.

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Apple vs Nokia not as wrapped up as it appears

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The fact that the ITC has invalidated ...

some of Apple's patents is likely indicative of the quality of the rest.

Patently Apple < http://www.patentlyapple.com/ > makes interesting reading for those idle moments in the toilet.

Comparing their 'quality' to other titans in the electronics industries show to be more of a 'wish' type patent rather than a been there, done that type.

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Macs get USB 3.0 thanks to LaCie

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Jobs' 'thin' laptop fetish renders USB3 too big to fit

The bare-bones USB3 socket < http://www.geekstreamonline.com/Images/CES%20images/usb3_socket_dia.jpg > is essentially precluded from being built in to an Apple laptop.

Still, the potentially offers Jobs' yet another revenue stream - more adapter cables!

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Apple coughs to time zone problems

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There must be an App for this?

Since Apple (Jobs' name must never be associated with failure) can't the time right and every time they open up iOS more bad things develop, someone should write an App.

Must be quicker and more reliable than iOS 4, whatever. Alternatively, Apple's software guys could review iOS 3 and see what changed.

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Old PCs: When it's time to die

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Today's Western brats are too picky, only fast, free PC's needed

In a Canadian city there was a drive to get corporations to donate computers to a charity whose volunteer members would recondition them and install free Linux OS and operating suite and they would BE GIVEN AWAY to underprivileged kids whose parents had little money to spend on computers.

After a while there was a considerable stack of unwanted, fully working computers. A friend, who was one of the refurbishing volunteers, told me the computers 'weren't acceptable' to these ungrateful brats 'because they were too slow for games.'

Junking them was considered, so I said rather than waste everyone's energy how about donating them to overseas students. Now there is a 40 foot container standing in a yard, which when when filled with working 3-4 year old computers, is transported here to VietNam where they are distributed to the more remote areas of this country so children can gain knowledge similar to those resident in the cities.

We have now placed over 3,100 computers in small, remote villages and recently a national drive has enabled many of them to be connected to the InterNet at no cost by a national communications company here.

We are now looking at Laos and Cambodia.

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Pesky weather grounds Discovery

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Better safe than sorry: Too many lives have been lost already

At take off the shuttle is extremely vulnerable and the chances of minimising insulating foam damage is dependent on ideal weather conditions and so critical in preventing loss of insulating tiles essential for a safe return.

The whole assembly is a flying bomb and either lightning or severe winds could bring it down.

I still have vivid memories of teacher Christa McAuliffe who died in the Challenger disaster on 1986 January 28. See: < http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_Challenger_disaster >.

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National Rail tweaks departure board API, 'orders' coder to kill site

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Retarded Railways - change site name slightly, move to non-UK host then tell then to get stuffed

This so very typical of British business - any other operator in another country would welcome the free customer service.

You ought to see what sites have spawned from Chinese rail data.

The railways are a public utility and therefore the government must amend the law to allow not-for-profit use of this data. Maybe the Transport Minister should have a little chat with Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) and straighten them out.

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'Pervy' private chat case springs back into life

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Can it be the CPS has nothing better to do?

Obviously some uptight Plod or persecutor have their knickers in a twist over the initial court decision.

Why are they wasting their resources on such a petty matter whilst others await there days in court. often denied bail?

Accept the initial finding at leave the matter be.

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Oracle 'friend' fails crucial Java leadership test

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Oracle and Apple have one thing in common

Public companies both run by wing-nuts.

American corporate practice hits new lows. HP is little better. They both make Gates look like an angel.

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DDoS attacks take out Asian nation

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Everyone hates the military Junta except the Chinese (oil and minerals)

Governments have a duty to protect their citizens. the dumb military rulers have another use for them - target practice.

It;s high time the US deployed a couple of drones over the military capital and had some target practice on the military.

P.S. If you go to Burma don't take GPS or cell phones - they are seized at the border.

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First data fines on the way, says ICO

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Heaven help the ICO's first victims

To prove his office isn't a wuss < http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=wuss >, this guy is really going to hit a few targets hard.

Then he will shut all his critics up and he can go back to sleep

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