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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

John Lilburne

If a company is tax dodging it getting cute with accountants, it is most likely to also getting cute with your privacy, and dodging its way around other regulations too.

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

John Lilburne

Compulsory voting ...

... yeah we'll give that a try just as long as they have "None" box to tick. Lets vote them all out constituency by constituency.

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

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Re: Unrelated question

I think you'll find that Gubmint perverts wear Gannex raincoats not some lowbrow Macintosh affair. Also the sweets they have on offer are better than Quality Street and not bought from some Pick-n-Mix stall.

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John Lilburne

Re: Please specify the nature of your menace

If you know the places someone frequents, the things they do, and the things they like, you can groom them better.

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John Lilburne

So what evilness of yours are you trying to distract us from?

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Spammer uses innocent hacked blogs to punt NAKED PICS of JLaw, McKayla Maroney

John Lilburne

"plumbing the depths"

"The crook involved in the celeb naked snap offer is plumbing the depths to exploit the event for his or her own gain."

I'm having real difficulty here contemplating any depth lower than reddit and 4chan.

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Labour outsources digital policy, Tories turn up to finish it

John Lilburne

Sometime ...

... we should hoist all 650 of them up on their and drop em on their heads. Think of it was a factory reset.

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Stanford Uni: Google cash leaves us entirely impartial and unbiased

John Lilburne

Re: It can be voted down. So ?

[After all, concerning Google, in El Reg forums the general attitude is Google is Evil.]

You might think so ...

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John Lilburne

Keeping shtumm

If I say anything here it will either get rejected or heavily voted down by the Google fan bois.

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They have been inserting little memes in everybody's mind. So Google's shills can shriek there whenever they're inclined

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

John Lilburne

I still buy CDs

and for all the reasons outlined in this article. I still play entire albums too, none of this hoping from one song/artist to another. I see people on sites like last.fm with 1000s of artists that they've listened too, I don't believe you can do that in any meaningful way.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

John Lilburne

Big boxen big bucks

For me my 1972 KEF speakers beat anything modern, probably because its what I'm used to after 40 years. I recall back in the late 80s one 'audophile' mate groaning that I didn't have a CD player and one day came round to give me his old one. A few weeks later he was round and some music was playing and he said "See how much betterCD is!" What was playing was some 8 yo vinyl. A couple of years ago I was looking to bring the KEFs back into use having been persuaded to put them in the attic and try modern gear. I looked about for a solution and got amplification suggestions ranging in the several $100, a sound engineer relative recommended Classe http://www.martinshifi.co.uk/brand/4/classe/

Someone else said you can always extract money from people with big box and recommended another solution. A few weeks later the relative came over and said "Nice sound but where is the Amp" the rest of the weekend he stared at the thing and muttered but ... but ... but... but

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Freeshipping-Lepai-LP-2020A-digital-power-amplifier-small-power-amplifier/1670027524.html

as the other guy said (Trent Reznor has one of his guitar amps) the technology that went into computers in the last 40 years also went into audio.

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What TODO with open source: Google, Facebook and Twitter launch collab project

John Lilburne

Ain't that a shame ...

... if your business is premised on getting a load of people to do stuff for free, and those people start waking up to the fact of their exploitation by $billion corporation then said $billion corporations are screwed. I guess their next move would be to get some senate / congress committee, or Californian judge to declare that the SA clause in the GNU licenses doesn't apply if you're a $billion corporation. Then they can take the whole development in house and commercialize it properly.

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Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians

John Lilburne

Apparently its sacred work

[Our officers and soldiers are doing sacred work which saves many lives and they deserve our gratitude.]

Which is pretty good work if you can get it

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge95aGcth7k

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Leak of '5 MEELLLION Gmail passwords' creates security flap

John Lilburne

Given the amount of spammer accounts on Google

5 million probably equates to 50 real users.

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Jimbo tells Wikipedians: You CAN'T vote to disable 'key software features'

John Lilburne

Re: There's a simple solution - fork Wikipedia

There are 1000s of pages like this on WP

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buprestis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euclidia

What, other than the image is copyrightable? Seems to be exactly the same as the US phonebook case.

How about this of which there are 100,000s similar all ripped from zoology databases:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burnet_Companion_Moth

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coccotremataceae

Or pages like this of which there are again 100,000s similar all of which are straight rips from geographic databases:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maghraoua,_Morocco

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenberg,_Saxony

Then there are 100,000s of pages like this ripped from sporting almacks:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yordanis_Borrero

what is copyrightable here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Heyward_Academy

The fact is that out of its 5 million pages the number of pages that are actually susceptible to copyright are few and far between. Then there is all the stuff that is derived from the 1911 EB and the catholic encyclopedia and other public domain sources. What would make those page copyrightable now?

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John Lilburne

Re: There's a simple solution - fork Wikipedia

They use a BY-SA license. Thus unless they've set the old content in stone any modification is also BY-SA. Of course that presupposes that anything on wp is copyrightable facts aren't and I doubt the spelling and grammar corrections of the plagiarisms are either. In fact its probably only the hoaxes that are copyrightable,

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John Lilburne

Re: There's a simple solution - fork Wikipedia

Works both ways. If every content writer* left WP all the WMF needs to do suck up their content from wherever they happen put it. WP has the Google juice which the new site won't have. In any case unless some big tecj company muscles its way in, the clowns bitching on WP don't have the resources to fork WP anyway. I also think its the case that the last time anyone attempted an actual content fork it all fell apart.

*only 17.5% of the actual changes on WP are content at this time. Another 45% are bot edits doing useless format changes, then there is another 25% of talkpage arguing. 6% edit warring and 4% vandalism.

http://wikipediocracy.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=5083&p=110002#p110002

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

John Lilburne

Re: "Copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple"

Hmm the property in question is consumption of the content by way of copying. The value of the property is in the right to control the consumption of the content by way of making copies. By making unauthorized copies you are permanently removing the value that the rights holder had in control of copying.

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Google has spaffed more cash on lobbying this year than Big Cable

John Lilburne

As the late Mel Smith would have said ...

... "cut off their Goolies".

www.youtube.com/watch?v=04clpd7h0b0

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

John Lilburne

Sensitive little flowers aren't they!

[Google contacted the Register to deny making “any suggestions” to CodeClub or its supporters in government not to criticise sponsors and invited us to read CodeClub’s blog entry. Codeclub has also been in touch with us to ask us to do the latter.]

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Crypto Daddy Phil Zimmerman says surveillance society is DOOMED

John Lilburne

It aint the State we need to be worried about.

Its the search engines, email providers, social networks that are mining our private data and selling it on to 3rd parties.

For that we need the State to step up to the plate and protect its citizens.

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HTTP-Yes! Google boosts SSL-encrypted sites in search results

John Lilburne

Re: On balance...

Ha if Google are pushing it then they and their friends in gubmint probably have a backdoor.

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'Things' on the Internet-of-things have 25 vulnerabilities apiece

John Lilburne

Re: Not surprised, but...

Or we could stand on the bank and laugh as you drown.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

John Lilburne

You are wrong in law

Firstly the Theft Act 1968 s1(1) is NOT teh be all and end all of the Theft act it is simply s1(1). Secondly you have misquoted it as it also says 'with the intention of permanently depriving '. Thirdly you need to account for "taking a motor vehicle without the owners consent - TWOC" is covered by section 12 of Theft Act 1968, even though there might be no intent to "permanently deprive"

Copyright infringement is an act of dishonesty that in the past was carried out by Publishers, people that weren't usually associated with the criminal classes. However, the law has no problems seeing it as theft when it wants to sanction the hoi polloi rather than the MacMillians and the HarperCollins of the world.

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John Lilburne

Re: re: John Lilburne

Firstly bullshit copy IP is a crime. From the UK government who know about the laws they pass

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Unauthorised use of someone's IP can be classed as IP crime and may lead to prosecution.

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http://www.ipo.gov.uk/ipenforce/ipenforce-crime.htm

[Deliberate infringement of copyright on a commercial scale may be a criminal offence.]

http://www.ipo.gov.uk/types/copy/c-manage/c-useenforce/c-infringe.htm

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John Lilburne

Wrong copyright violation is theft, as a large number of judges and courts. But here is a recent case where a person convicted under anti-piracy laws was deported because they were convicted of a “theft offense (including receipt of stolen property)". The appeals court ruled "It is not unreasonable to deem piracy closely related to both counterfeiting and theft. See, e.g., World Copyright Law 2.29 (3d ed. 2007) (identifying piracy as a form of theft)"

http://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=7434762040949534857

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Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s

John Lilburne

New opportunities ...

... for 5yo Asian kids them.

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Banning handheld phone use by drivers had NO effect on accident rate - study

John Lilburne

And yet ...

... the car that was straddling two lanes of the dual carriage way on Thursday, whose speed was alternating between 40 mph to 60 mph. When it eventually pulled into the lefthand lane had a driver with phone in one hand held to his ear and glancing at paper work on passenger seat.

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PICS: Nokia Lumia 930 – We reveal its ONE unique selling point

John Lilburne

Re: It weighs in at 167g, and it's a very heavy 167g.

Hmm 167g is quite heavy for a dope dealer's 8 ounces.

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John Lilburne

Lack of USP?

It won't be full of snoop ware like an Android, and it won't make you seem like a hipster fanboi like an Apple. That has to count for something.

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Barclays Bank counter staff to become iPad-toting 'community bankers'

John Lilburne

They were doing that late February.

I said I preferred NOT to use the machines because not using them would annoy their management.

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

John Lilburne

SOPA was never defeated

Since 2012 the payment processors have steadily withdrawn from servicing pirate sites, the advertisers have steadily pulled out, Google has been forced to service 6 million DMCA requests a week up from 200K. Every provision of SOPA has been implemented just not via oversights by court orders.

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What's your game, Google? Giant collared by UK civil lib minister on 'right to be forgotten'

John Lilburne

"Google wants the law changed as quickly possible, and we will collaborate with them to achieve that. But we have to be careful - Google are an important company, but they're not the only company we have to look after,"

And he wonders why people aren't voting for him and hos other idiot mates. He needs to have his head bashed on the table a few times.

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Five arrested over money-grubbing fake UK.gov shocker

John Lilburne

Given that is three words ...

... not one. I'll take it that you can't count, have little concept of number and are most likely being ripped off by everyone.

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John Lilburne

Its damned easy to get caught by this stuff if you are momentarily distracted. When I was getting a new passport I was on a site that looked like a gubmint one. It was only at the end when they charged £40 (I was expecting to pay £80+ for the passport), that I realised that it wasn't what I thought it was. It was simply generating a prefilled in application form (which the gubmint site does for free). Anyway I emailed the payment processor and got refunded.

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Google YouTube U-turn: Indie music doomsday 'postponed'

John Lilburne

Ditch YT

I've not posted a link to a YT video for the last 18months. Probably won't ever again either. Not missed doing so. Nothing aweful has happened. Just move on.

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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John Lilburne

Re: ... and yet...

Too true.If I say anything critical of Google on this site it gets a bunch of thumb downs. Personally I've not clicked a YT video link in the last 18 months. I've posted anything to YT in about 5 years. When I wanted to upload a video of a band I record live recently I hosted the damn thing myself.

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They have been inserting little memes in everybody's mind. So Google's shills can shriek there whenever they're inclined

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

John Lilburne

They can block Google

When a French ISP did that Google whined all the way to the top of the French government. Personally I think we should give this quasi-criminal* company the finger, and block it entirely from the EU.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertlenzner/2014/01/17/how-a-500-million-fine-paid-by-google-for-selling-illegal-drugs-on-the-web-is-used-for-retiremernt-benefits-rhode-island-police/

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They have been inserting little memes in everybody's mind. So Google's shills can shriek there whenever they're inclined

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John Lilburne

20 million a month

They remove over 20 million links to pirated content from search alone each month.

This is just another cost of doing business, and I likewise have no sympathy when a $100 billion company, that pays no taxes, whines about the cost of anything.

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They have been inserting little memes in everybody's mind. So Google's shills can shriek there whenever they're inclined

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EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

John Lilburne

Re: I don't get it

"So what are they doing wrong?"

Whining like a spoiled brats. Getting their shills like Jimmy Wales to run from news outlet to news outlet crying about censorship (there is none) and how some 200 year old parchment wouldn't allow this to happen. Except it does and he's probably so misinformed on the issues 'cos he's reading handouts from Google along with hies shite wikipedia. In the US they have the Fair Credit Reporting Act which penalizes anyone that regulates credit-reporting agencies from disclosing 10 year old data.

There are costs associated with any business activity. Google thinks that those costs should be borne by society, individuals, minority groups, hell fuck anyone but Google.

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They have been inserting little memes in everybody's mind. So Google's shills can shriek there whenever they're inclined

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John Lilburne

Can they not deport that damn idiot Wales that has been running around everywhere whining on behalf of Google?

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They have been inserting little memes in everybody's mind. So Google's shills can shriek there whenever they're inclined

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FORGET OUR PAST, 12,000 Europeans implore Google

John Lilburne

Exactly. Google knows that scrawling though decades old databases is going to fetch up irrelevant data. It knows that trawling through 4chan isn't going to result in accurate data about someone either. It chooses to do both and collate the results because it is cheaper than not doing so. Either that or its search algorithms are so crap that it can't tell shite from bull.

Now its playing the EVUL politician/criminal card. It its algorithms are any good it knows all about them too. Why does this $billion company always want someone else to foot the bill for its business?

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They have been inserting little memes in everybody's mind. So Google's shills can shriek there whenever they're inclined

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Google: Grab our TOOL if you want your search query quashed

John Lilburne

Data processing

Because the original websites do not collate, process and publish personal data. Example there are credit reference agencies that collate someone's credit history, and court judgements. They then supply a report of such to paying clients and remove material after a certain length of time according to law. Just because a Google search engine does the same by trawling websites. How it obtains the data does not make it any less of a data processor than the credit reference agencies.

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They're inserting little memes in everybody's mind

So Google's shills can shriek there whenever they're inclined

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Google hit by class action lawsuit over claimed AdSense fraud

John Lilburne

There are hundreds of millions of web pages that Google can put ads on. The company earns billions by scrapings fractions of pennies from a vast number of webpages. If they don't have to pay the web page creators then they get to keep a bit more of a fraction of a penny, and thus make millions extra.

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Surprise! Google chairman blasts EU's privacy ruling

John Lilburne

It applies to all data controllers and Google are no exception.

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UK's pirate-nagging VCAP scheme WON'T have penalties – report

John Lilburne

Hmmm. Why is it that forums like this are so ignorant?

IP is 37% of the UK economy and employs over 7.7 million people.

https://oami.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/web/observatory/ip-in-europe

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Google in NOT EVIL shocker: Bins student email ad scanning

John Lilburne

Re: @Uncle Ron - Targeted Advertising?

It ain't about your secrets its about selling you to advertisers the better to push crap on you. Its about selling your activities to insurance companies, mortgage brokers, and others.

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Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

John Lilburne

Not saying you are wrong there but how would one distinguish it from the usual Google smell?

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Whoever you vote for, Google gets in

John Lilburne

Buffett analogy

Say you are part of a group that are shipwrecked on a desert island, would you give the biggest rewards to those that nail adverts on to everyone's hut, eavesdrop on everyone's conversations and subsequently shove fliers through your hut's door. Or would you reward the builders of huts, and the growers of food, and the makers of clothes?

On the internet we seem to have our priorities completely skewed.

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