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Google dismisses engineer who violated privacy policy

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Good to know Google runs a tight ship BUT ....

it would have created more confidence in it's handling had the news come from Google itself rather through a delayed report in the technical press.

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Zuck buffs image ahead of Facebook movie

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He's gone one better than ...

Jobs, which is surprising as he has got to be at least a bigger prick than this guy.

P.S. What's Facebook?

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Dell readies flip-screen tablet-cum-netbook

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A Panasonic or Fujitsu knockoff

Both Panasonic and Fujitsu have products in this format. The Fujitsu was called the iPad, before Jobs copied the name and had to buy the rights.

I'd rather buy a Panasonic or Fujitsu than Dell - better quality and more experience in the format.

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Linus Torvalds outs himself as US citizen

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Not many countries OK killing their cirizens ...

without trial.

The U.S. has and the orders are currently in effect.

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For business and tax reasons, of course

Since he's living in the country he might as well go the whole hog as it makes life a little less complicated.

Of course, many of the Japanese interned during WW2 were actually born in the U.S. and having citizenship didn't do them much good.

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Yahoo! economist rebuilds ad empire with 'Magic Formula'

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There goes another patent

Jobs must be kicking himself. At one cent per transaction ...

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ID fraudsters sell stolen Aus house

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Not in Ontario

This couldn't happen in Ontario, Canada as married couples have to both participate in all transactions, even if there is a single name on the property title.

It came about since on occasion, one spouse abandoning the marriage would load the property up with a mortgage, realise the value in cash, then abandon the other spouse and the property.

Therefore, both spouses with ILA (independent legal advice - separate lawyers) have to participate.

I have two questions: (a) Why does the original owner lose ownership as he received no money; (b) Why weren't the funds frozen in the Chinese account?

Give it to the Nigerians to find holes in a system. Guess Australia will review it's procedures.

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Steve Jobs carried 'ninja throwing stars' in hand luggage

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You answered your own question

Because he is a narcissistic TWIT!

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School worker jailed for abuse images

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Guilty of having graphics files, not paedophilia

Another conviction under a stupid law. He was a support worker and no doubt had little, in any, interaction with children.

Pity "The equipment set-up contained within his bedroom would put many professional IT systems to shame" didn't include TrueCrypt.

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Voice of America chap ejaculates over Paris Hilton

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VOA is no BBC International

VOA is stultifying, boring, broadcasting by committee. It is only bettered by the commercial religious transmissions for power wastage.

These religious types are running 500,000 watt transmitters in the AM band in the Philippines to China and VietNam where the most popular receivers are FM! Same with VOA, except they use shortwave.

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Coalition pledges free appeals for filesharers

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"... will benefit OUR creative economy by some £200m per year ..." Huh?

When they claim: "We expect the measures will benefit OUR creative economy by some £200m per year ..." are they actually doing it to help British artists and companies OR continue to collect damages for America business?

Let other countries do their own thing and not use British procedures to shaft the British public.

Of course, the new ACTA Trade Agreement, designed to help Hollywood, remains under wraps although some information can be seen here: < http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4829/125/ >. This Trade Agreement will no doubt come into play along with this new tribunal.

It is essential to ensure that 'evidence' be of the highest calibre and not some mouthpiece 'expert' financed by the U.S. record industry trotting out the party line.

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Craigslist to tell Congress why it cut adult ads

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Craigslist behaved responsibly

IMO, Craigslist behaved responsibly in trying to isolate the controversial advertisements.

The real problem is that present incumbents holding office seek some controversy on which to base their next election drive. This includes some judges, in the U.S.A.

These incumbents ignore more scattered targets both on the InterNet and in other media as Craigslist provides an easy target.

Of course, the Washington politicians are more interested in constitutionally protected freedom of speech.

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Crypto weakness leaves online banking apps open to attack

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Naturally the customers will get to pay for the banks weaknesses

The banks continue, mistakenly, to think very highly of their on-line systems security but when it comes to undoing fraud they get offensive and accuse their clients of various misdeeds.

My bank has part of the solution. I was able, using a branch terminal, to adjust my profile do the countries my Debit Card will work in, together with disabling the ability to transfer money other than to my other accounts.

I always use portable-versions of software so the risk of using public computers is minimised. I also only transfer cash from my main account to the ATM account minutes before I access the money. It is a pity that smart-phone Apps have not been developed by banks as additional verification would be possible.

The last technique I use to identify my withdrawals is NOT use round numbers, such as GBP1000, instead I would withdraw GBP990, habitually, whereas fraud artists usually go for the highest amounts.

Another weakness are the 'independent' ATM's - I always use a bank ATM after making sure it has no suspicious attachments to the card slot or the face of the machine.

Until banks accept they are not infallible they remain part of the fraud equation.

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Action gamers make better drivers, soldiers, surgeons

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The military know this and target them for recruiting

I noticed advertisements posted by the Canadian armed forces were targeting joystick games players to use some of the more modern equipment.

The Arizona-based desk-jockey pilots who fly the Pakistan drones knocking off unsavoury characters were also selected on their joystick skills.

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Whitehall signs MoU with Atos

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Why are government contracts confidential?

In many countries the whole tendering, opening and awarding process is open including Canada and the States.

Government contracts awarded for routine supplies are published and this allows suppliers not listed to get on a bidding list which increases the competition and, often, decreases costs.

Therefore the British government should adopt these practices so that the Cameron Heinz 57 government can achieve it's fiscal goals.

The Blair/Brown government's seemingly cosy relationships with suppliers no doubt cost British taxpayers plenty although undoubtedly providing a source of funds during elections or jobs following parliamentary retirement for politicians involved in these transactions.

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Naturist club objects to erection of five storey tower block

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I am going to set up a star-gazing telescope shop

Everyone in the new high-rise overlooking the sun worshipper club should take up astrology.

I think I will set up a stand as soon as people move in. Come to think of it, sales might not be so great as likely the first two floors won't see much, which would reduce my potential profits by two-filths. Mmmmm

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Ex-IBM heir apparent gets six months in the slammer

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A sad end to his career because of greed

One thing will likely never change in businesspeople all over the world….Greed!

It seems to be a key element in their psyche. Recently a bunch if them have come a cropper - Madoff, Wall Street entrepreneurs, Ebbers, the 'victims' of Nigerian 419 scams, Clemens and Woods in sports, the list is endless.

Greed (from the Latin: avaritia) is an alternative expression of avarice or covetousness, is a very excessive or rapacious desire and pursuit of power, status and wealth. For those of the Christian faith, one of the Seven Deadly Sins.

Moffat will be but a footnote in the history of technology. Now he will have the time to slow down and smell the roses.

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Software re-sale restricted by US Court of Appeals

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Sorry, Beak, What I buy, I own

Apart from not being subject to U.S. law, whatever I buy, I own.

Nothing on my software says I am renting it, a principle I understand as I have rented vehicles and tools. The transaction is recorded on a form entitled Rental Agreement. The terms of the rental agreement usually state the longer I use whatever is the subject of the Rental Agreement will cost me.

When I give money over for software I get a receipt, there is no rental agreement. In fact the receipt I get for handing over money for software is no more different, other than the figures, for a bar of chocolate or a book. Therefore it must be a sale.

This is why I would never buy a Lemon 4 (or 3 or 2) as Job's gives me the impression he is actually only lending me the device as I don't have total control over it.

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IP address-tracing software breached data protection law

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Judges getting smarter.

Looks like this Swiss judge is on the ball and understands the nitty-gritty detail.

Good for him (her?)

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Celeb pics row shows ACPO in frame for shake-up

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IBM sees £50m sliced from fingerprinting deal

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Correction: This is reaching disturbing levels

all UK passport renewals IN CANADA will be handled in the U.S.A.

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This is reaching disturbing levels

This new British Heinz 57 government must be setting some sort of record with the numbers of election commitments it is honouring.

Gathering fingerprints for passport renewals was a stretch anyway, particularly since the number of offices actually issuing passports has been reduced. For example, all UK passport renewals will be handled in the U.S.A. This consolidation is being replicated across the world.

How would they be able to get clear prints at remote offices? The skin of older peoples hands are difficult to print as it is so soft, as are hands kept in rubber gloves filled with skin softener for 24 hours, for those reluctant to donate to the governments data collections. The removal of skin hardened by arsenic and similar chemicals using abrasion often results in a very satisfying print formed of 'criss crossed' lines - totally frustrating for comparison. ;-)

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Windows malware dwarfs other viral threats

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Facebook doesn't need any Trojans! (They do it themselves)

Given the lousy record of privacy protection from Facebook, it is obvious Trojan writers can save themselves time by concentrating on other social networks.

Although Facebook holds first place, many other websites need to tighten their security and make sure their server software is fully patched to current updates.

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Police legal advice gives spam RIPA protection

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Poetic Justice!

TEN years of Labour rule demonstrate how worthless their plethora of legislation, much more than previous governments, really is.

Now the British Law books are cluttered with meaningless, police time wasting, legislation. How fitting it is that all these Members of Parliament become the victims, many of whom are actually lawyers, and really didn't bother to read the legislation they voted for rather they acted like sheep following Blair and Brown where ever they would lead them.

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Jailbreaker iPhone app store snaffles up competitor

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iPhans voting with their pocket books on Walled Gardens

In reality the success of these alternate Apple App markets by people who obviously favour Apple electronic products, is a vote against Jobs Walled Garden.

Will Jobs even learn from Apple's previous attempts at exclusivity?

Viva the competition!

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US Special Ops robot whispercopter crashes in Belize

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Are they wonder if Boeing ...

gives a warranty that these things will fly or whether these crashes will simply lead to further orders.

Imagine this aircraft's vulnerability if it was operating in a theatre of war! I guess helicopters are a little more complex to fly than six when it roams are in Pakistan.

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Burglars used social network status updates to select victims

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This reminds me of the BA check-in guy

I remember years ago, I think it was at Gatwick, a BA check-in counter man used to figure out whose houses were worth a visit whilst his customer passengers were away on vacation.

When will people learn putting information on public notice boards, such as Facebook, make them vulnerable to many comprising uses the day employers looking for background information, or nosy neighbours wanting to know the latest gossip and, obviously, be ever vigilant criminal community.

Remember the old maxim, " Talk is dangerous"? Still good today.

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Post Office complaints: Write to M.BARRASS

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Technology catches the technologist

Just shows how unintelligent some people connected with technology can get.

No doubt the fake signature writer will be identified in short order - then let's hope he learns his lesson. 7 days sitting in a park, without pay, should do it.

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Playboy centrefold freaks out at 10,000 feet

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Why worry, no one can open a passenger aircraft door - not even Arny

Passenger cabin doors, even if on 'local', cannot be opened as the pressure differential between internal and external air atmospheres makes it absolutely impossible, let alone the fact that even to open them in proper circumstances is difficult.

The regular exit doors have to be pulled inwards, rotated, then pushed out.

The only doors that open in flight with any regularity are cargo doors, some of which only need swing out - Boeing aircraft have had several instances where their cargo doors opened because the safety mechanisms were poorly designed and manufactured. In one case a coffin dropped in to Ontario!

So let the big breasted air-heads try their best, they won't make it.

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Ofcom begins mobile broadband study

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Sounds like handy software, where can we get a copy?

Most network operators have various staff driving around do their normal duties with test sets in their trunks that auto-dial calls on everyone's networks so they can assess coverage.

Why can't Ofcom start with this data? Dam sight cheaper than having a paid outfit cover the same ground. They can cover the less frequented areas.

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Netizens now Facebook more than they Google

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Numbers distort the truth

How many dead FB accounts are there? How many are accessed monthly/weekly/daily?

One group finds FB useful - drug dealers and smugglers, who also use Lonely Planet as few countries block it.

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No wonder America is failing - everyone's staring at a screen

There are possible, logical, answer to this.

Maybe the mass of unemployed Americans are using FB to look for work / employment connections or, having nothing to do, just hang around FB.

Some companies are now blocking FB as their employees also spend hours on FB, whilst getting paid, and doing nothing productive.

Interestingly, some of the booming Asian economies, where so much of the West's stuff gets manufactured, actually block access to FB.

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In American English anything goes

You shouldn't be so fastidious, we're talking about the States here and in their variant of the English language anything goes!

It's like saying they even have 'culture'.

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Is US prudishness ruining the internet?

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The U.S. is rife with prurient bible-thumpers and do-gooders

As readers can see from newspapers or Google. the latest being the self-proclaimed Qu'ran burning preacher, a long list of narrow-minded hypocrites - so long that it would fill several Register web pages - who also gather unto themselves like-minded politicians who are usually looking for funding or following the latest public opinion poles to gather votes, are often the rabble-rowsers who drive public opinion.

Then you get people like Jobs who use their positions to force their concepts of morals on to their followers.

Unfortunately these like-minded people are good at organising public groups such as The Tea Party or the Anti-Immigrant movement and then they start a witch-hunt using search engines followed by a search of government grants.

Yet the often under-aged, multi-wife, faiths of Utah and parts of Western Canada go about their polygamy even though it is contrary to the laws of both countries. Older readers will remember when the singer Jerry Lee Lewis came to the UK to do a tour, accompanied by his then, legal, 14-year old wife, who was also his first cousin. This was in 1957! He didn't last long as UK public opinion was violently against him.

The problem lies in culture. The InterNet is culturally insensitive; one persons idea of normal is another's insult or offence. Look at Greece: naked breasts all over the beaches with few tops; Vietnamese women dress, to Westerners, provocatively, yet this is no indicator of their conservative views; many African women are topless but this is their custom. It doesn't mean they either promiscuous or flaunting their wares.

InterNet content providers should put a warning screen between regular and more 'extreme' content, much as movie theatres or the TV advise that the following material is not suitable for certain audiences. But you'll find these do-gooders carry on clicking, and then complain about content that offends them.

Personally pornography bores me but IMO it is a useful, harmless, victimless, outlet for those who have a predilection for that type of activity and might even prevent an attack on a child or female. Yet the politicians have criminalised such viewing which only drives the practices, which are obviously flourishing notwithstanding, underground.

The U.S. should look after it's 'culture' first before trying to make the rest of the world toe their line.

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Now SEC piles into HP bribery probe

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Why pay the SEC?

Very simple, because the U.S. and other countries have laws that make the paying of bribes illegal.

Also, since Madoff, the SEC has new vigour..

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Corporate Betrayal. 'Nuff said.

"Since HP was founded in 1939, we have fostered a culture built on trust, respect and dignity for all. Our shared values and objectives guide our work. We adhere to laws and regulations that apply to our business wherever we operate, and our stringent internal standards, policies and processes often go beyond these requirements. Our ethics and compliance office provides the oversight, support and resources to maintain our culture of integrity, and is reinforced by numerous compliance functions across the business, including the privacy office, U.S. public sector compliance, global trade, anti-corruption and environmental functions."

From "Ethics and compliance" < http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/globalcitizenship/society/ethics/index.html >

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Wikileaks will soon post biggest military leak ever

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True Freedom of Information - Couldn't happen to a better source

The military rate almost every piece of paper, other than toilet paper, 'Secret", or above, which really detracts from the ratings worth.

Given the numerous illegal acts committed by U.S. Forces, including killing British and Canadian forces, as well as other coalition forces this information needs outing.

A previous leak showed the murder of Reuters reporters with a sound track that sounded more like game hunting talk rather than the pre-planned, deliberate murder of innocent civilians.

The Pentagon isn't entitled to any secrecy in a pathetic attempt to hide their crimes, crimes which violate civilian, military and war rules. These Wikileaks are justified as anyone who has viewed the helicopter video of the reporters murders would no doubt support.

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Adobe reignites Flash on iOS

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There's cracks in the walls of the Garden of Job and getting bigger

Looks like between the FCC and Google, and inadvertently aided by AT&T, the much vaunted Wall of Job is going the same way as all walls - be they Jericho, Hadrian's, Great [China] or Berlin - they all collapse.

The technical innovation unleashed by the introduction of the smart-phone was only being inhibited by the personal prejudice of one man who betrayed his duty to Apple shareholders in the process.

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Beeb creates new global iPlayer post

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BBC living in another world

The BBC seems not to understand that there is a new government in town and that their mantra is Cut, Cut, Cut.

Given that the BBC is, in a fashion, a government entity, why is it not following along instead of creating all these high-fallutin' positions with multiple layers of bureaucratic desk jockeys and applying a higher percentage of the budget to the technology part of their business.

Possibly the government should introduce a scheme, used presently in other countries, of listing all people employed through salary or contract of payments that exceed, say, £150,000 per annum. At least the public could adjudge value for the licence fee.

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Second SMS Android Trojan targets smut-seeking Russians

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Ha Noi has the answer?

The civil government of Ha Noi, VietNam, has a problem with illegal advertisers painting advertisements, with telephone numbers, on buildings walls and on the sidewalks, etc.

Asking them to stop proved fruitless.

Then they got smart. All numbers found illegally on public areas are simply disconnected, rendering the adverts worthless. A total success in less than 9 months.

Why can't numbers used for fraudulent activities also be either blocked or disconnected, this should be particularly easy given that telephone switches (exchanges) are essentially computers that operate switches?

An alternative would be require all subscribers to these fee collecting lines be required to accept payment 60 days after a call was made and deposit a sizable, cash, security bond.

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US military builds laser backpack for 3D indoor mapping

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The Ontario, Canada has this already!

Many building interiors in Ontario are already extant on many computer systems used by the fire services, building departments and TAX departments.

Whether or not the value-for-money of this research is proven, just how many tunnels do the military investigate?

Seems to me there are better ways to spend taxpayer money.

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Bollywood 'recruits DDoS hired guns to fight movie pirates'

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Two illegal acts don't make it right!

So when will the Indian InterNet authorities cut off Aiplex Software because Indian InterNet resources are already strained and have some do-gooder outfit won't improve things.

I'm not surprised Murdoch's gang is also up to this business - it's in line with his business morals and practices.

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BT preps nationwide TV network

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Srange how BT can do this, yet not improve broafband speeds?

Given the trashy TV programming that fills our screens these days, often junk from the U.S.of A., is it a wise investment to implement steaming anything rather than improving consumer data flow?

A confusing choice, indeed.

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MEPs try again to force ACTA transparency

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Psssst! Want to see what this ACTA secrecy is about?

Have a look at: < http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/4829/125/ >, then contact your MP.

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BT's onshoring call centres scheme continues

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"The move was not about customer service because standards were very similar around the world"

Too damn true, we know this.

Slow, slow transmission rates, deceptive advertising (how many BITS per second), excessive charges, unresponsive service support, etc.

Why does it take so long to plough in fibre optic cable in the UK? Could it be the wrong type of soil?

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US government recruits Paris Hilton

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Very inappropriate choice

Even Paris' grandfather disowned some of her antics and said he was going to re-write his Will.

Guess the U.S. government is impervious to yet further embarrassment after killing Reuters reporters, imprisoning people without trial for years and extra-judicial kidnapping. This is addition to illegally tapping American's communications without warrant and using presidential orders to kill American citizens without trial.

Come to think of it, the government and Hilton are perfect bedmates.

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ACPO defuses impending photo row with police forces

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Why is ACPO allowed to rule and what happened to government participation?

In most countries governments not only write the rules, but they also direct the police most having some independence.

The courts interpret the legislation to set precedents for other courts AND the police to follow.

So why is this biased bunch of senior Plods allowed to usurp the function of government?

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Robots capable of 'deceiving humans' built by crazed boffins

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Robots capable of 'deceiving humans'

Two customers come to mind: The Pentagon and Apple.

The Pentagon could deploy these, alongside their fleets of drones, to deny what happened, actually happened. 100% deniability!

As for Apple both the PR crowd could use them to create believable illusions and Customer Service section to deny defects that exist in fact, are actually the customer suffering from delusions.

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iPhone finds its Google Voice

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Just levelling the playing field

Perhaps Apple is finally acknowledging that Android is giving them a run for their money and is offering iPhans a more Android-like experience with free calling. Or could it be the government?

It's amazing what happens when the elephant, in the form of the FCC, stirs so perhaps Jobs chose to cut his losses and avoid having the entrails of his plans being examined in the brightness of daylight.

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Rackspace claims credit for shushing Koran-burning 'pastor'

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Unacceptable use policy - Rackspace is the hypocrite

The American Constitution presents a challenge to anyone trying to shut down web sites, even those with a U.S. domain - witness the Al Quaida web sites.

However Wikileaks and PirateBay have demonstrated how to configure servers to make them U.S. proof - which this nutty preacher should study. The other remedy is to run your own servers, so the Rackspaces of this world can't express their content opinions.

Whilst I agree with the general displeasure of what the nut-bar preaches, Rackspace demonstrates the weakness in the system - if ISP's want the protection of telco's vis-a-vis immunity from hosted web site content liability, they should also have a hands off policy - not trying to talk out of both sides of their mouths.

Who knows, Rackspace might decide to block The Register!

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