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Five-eyes partners dilute UN resolution criticising metadata collection

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That old chestnut again???

An Australian delegate is quoted by Reuters as calling metadata collection “an important element of the investigation” of “criminal or terrorist threats”.

Manure. Your nure. And everybody else's nure!

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Guess which US tech giant was just hit with a $137m tax bill in China?

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What? Nothing from Eadon?!?

Can't believe he'd pass on a chance to weigh in on this...

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: People won't know who to hate in this one...

That could be an inclusive OR...

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EU-Canada airline passenger data-sharing is not a done deal

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Could this be the beginning of the end of Security Theater? The MEPs' comments are encouraging....

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Two driverless cars stuffed with passengers are ABOUT TO CRASH - who should take the hit?

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@ Goldmember -- Re: What I want to know is...

Is it really? I'm sure all the railroads (railways, if you're a Brit) in the country don't seem to thinks it's such a stupid argument, as a variation of that (we'll get to that in the next paragraph) is the premise of managing rail traffic, and has been for, oh, say a century-and-a-half or so.

And besides, if you'd spend a little time reading my post with the reading comprehension lamp lit, you'd notice that nowhere did I postulate the concept of every car having to know the whereabouts of any car in anyplace. A car has to only know the state of the road it's about to embark on. Any driverless car system would have to know if a segment of road was passable before it merrily entered it, or cars would haplessly pile into I-90/94 at rush hour well beyond that strip of road's capability to handle the load (kinda like what happens now, under the control of "human" drivers). It becomes an exercise in network management, and has fuck-all with "every driverless car supposed to know the whereabouts of every other driverless car in the world, at all times", numpty.

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@ Dr Who -- Re: Expeliamus!

That is a very neat way of describing what most of my customers marketing types think. Being a developer of custom business applicationssoftware, something I hear all too often is "shoudn't it just do that?". The "it" in the sentence is the key word. I will forever be amazed at how hard it is to explain that "it" does nothing except that which we tell "it" to do.

There, Fixed it for ya.

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What I want to know is...

...what damfool, braindead, script-kiddie program allowed both these vehicles onto a single-lane mountain road going in opposite directions at the same time?

Perhaps the "ethical" thing to do would be to "sacrifice" the programmer, and the CEO of the corporation that hired him/her.

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Options, options...Hmmmm

Asked Reger: should one vehicle “sacrifice itself” on the basis of who was in each car? What if one contained children, and one didn’t? And what, he suggested, if one vehicle was a motorbike whose rider wasn’t wearing a helmet. Should the cars be allowed to “punish” the helmetless driver?

Well, both vehicles could, of course, apply their brakes. (May not eliminate the collision, but would make it a bit less...er...devastating...) Or are brakes not covered by the ethicists?

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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@ Alistair Dabbs -- Re: Sorry

Comfy cars but the dashboard layout was designed by a lunaticFrenchman (probably the same moron who designed the dash layout for Peugeot).

There, Fixed it for ya!

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@ Jack of Shadows -- Re: windscreen wipers?

Engineers are known for caring about kewlness, every once in a while.

Actually, engineers are known for caring about making the damn thing work. K3wlness is the provenance of Marketing types....

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Dear Alistair-

That was fun!

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All ABOARD! Furious Facebook bus drivers join Teamsters union

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I see you missed the comment above detailing the "2 people for every job" aspect of the current "free market". Dig your nose out of the Ayn Rand pulp fiction, and do try to keep up.

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@gerryg -- Re: Strawbs

A thumb up to you for noticing. I hoped I wasn't the only one with that LP

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NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators

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@ Big John -- Re: Do I care enough to comment???

Starting next year Obama won't have Harry 'stone wall' Reid to shelter behind, and a lot of those Dem senators will have to start going on record with actual votes.

No, they won't. They'll do the same thing the Republicans did for the last 6 years....they'll filibuster every whackadoodle bill that Yertle The Turtle brings to the floor.

Democrats have learned from the Masters.

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To paraphrase John Boner (R-Braindead Red State)

"Let's be clear about this. A Keystone pipeline vetovote against the USA FREEDOM act would send the signal that this presidentCongress has no interest in listening to the American people," Boehner said. "VetoingFilibustering an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn'twe don't care about the American people's priorities. It would be equivalent of calling the American people stupid."

There...fixed it for you. (Although it doesn't really need that much fixing; it is pretty much bog-standard Republicon blatherskitery, which can be easily adapted to any situation where one has no reason to track hypocrisy.)

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Quebec's latest bid to break away from Canada HALTED by a single dot

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Re: Bienvenue to Soviet Quebekistan (home of the "Gouvernemaman")

So over time the "Department of Energy" becomes the "Department of Energy, Wind Turbines, Sustainable Development and Abandoned Kittens" (OK, I'm exaggerating a bit, but only a bit!)

Which is the exaggeration; the "Sustainable Development" part?

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@ Bloakey1 -- Re: Petty cash

Zut alors!!

Isn't that Quebecois for "Bloody 'ell!"?

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

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Re: @ Yet Another Anonymous coward -- or...

And the cap that causes said explosion?

IIRC C4 takes a cap that vaguely resembles a quarter-stick to get it lit, and IIalsoRC, that required atmospheric O2 to get that lit.

(Course, this was back in the early seventies, and like they say, anybody who remembers the seventies wasn't there. I was there, so...er.....what was I saying?)

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@ Yet Another Anonymous coward -- Re: or...

A block of C4, some ball-bearings and a proximity fuse and the other side loses a $$Bn space plane.

Oh, and oxygen...don't forget the oxygen, or your block of C4 is nothing but a bad imitation of Silly Putty up there.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: KKK= arseholes

I've never met an original Black Panther as far as I know. But there is one who is the current Congressman from the 1st district in Illinois...the Hon. Bobby Rush.

Which, I'm sure, just burns in the hole in the craw of any Grand Dragon that thinks about it (assuming, of course, that a Grand Dragon can think).

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@ Elmer Phud -- Re: "Hacking"?

I'd suggest "KayKayKay", but that presupposes that any clansmen can spell...

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Dear Anonymous

--->

That is all.

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'Open source just means big companies can steal your code.' O RLY?

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@ Andrew Norton

NOBODY is allowed to go that long without the ignominy of a downvote...so welcome to the club!

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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@ JustaKOS -- Re: A bright future

Fuck that!

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Ooooh, Mommy! Make hin stop!

Cameron said [PDF] poverty and foreign policy are not the source of terror. “The root cause of the challenge we face is the extremist narrative,” he said, before suggesting bans on extremist preachers, an effort to “root out” extremism from institutions and continuing to “celebrate Islam as a great world religion of peace.” [emphasis added]

In other words: "Oooohh, Mommy! Make them stop! They're talking to me!!!"

David Cameron, the disciple at the right hand of Cheney.

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What kind of generation doesn't stick it to the Man, but to Taylor Swift instead?

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@Trevor_Pott -- Re: @Someone Else

Very clearly and well said. For you, sir. >>>>

And for the downvoters: Did you get your li'l undies all in a wad because somebody irrefutably pointed out your Emperor has no clothes?

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@heyrick

Say "Hi!" to Ayn when you meet her. And ask why it was that she needed, and took, government subsidies to aid in her healthcare at the end of her life.

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@ Anonymous Blowhard -- Re: market value

Very insightful (and accurate, IMHO) comments. Have a Thumbs Up from me!

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I asked the audience if they really wanted to live in a country that does this to its fellow citizens to benefit a few very wealthy corporations.

The answer is quite obvious: Of course they do. Ref. last week's elections.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Re: Wot - No LP12?

Slightly off track, has anyone heard of a source for the drive belt for the Connoisseur (SP?) BD1 ?

or...for that matter, a B&O 4001?

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@ Jan 0 -- Re: how to give your Vinyl a "deep clean" using wood glue

Is that the "standard" Zerostat, or the bigger, more dangerous one?

(Anybody who knows about the Zerostat gets a thumbs-up from me....)

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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@ gnasher729 -- Re: WTF?

Fortunately we know Apple's attitude to shareholders: If you don't like what we are doing, sell your shares and buy something else.

I can't tell you how much that improved Apple's standing in my eyes. Really...I don't know why more companies tell troublesome shareholders to bugger off if they don't like how the company's being run. If the company's profitable, the share price will take care of itself, and if the greedy fat-asses don't like that, well...I don't remember seeing a law that says you have to by Company X's stock.

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@ g e -- Re: WTF?

Makes you wonder if gov't operatives are canvassing major vc's and shareholders to seed the idea that their investment will wither if they don't demand unencrypted data pipelines from their vested interests..

Shirley, said vc's and shareholders aren't that brain-dead stupid, are they?

Oh, wait....

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Well...There you go again....

"Blackberry pioneered the same business model that Google and Apple are doing now - that has not ended well for Blackberry," Baker was quoted as saying.

Which pretty much shows you how much the NSA knows about business...or models.

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Antares apocalypse: Orbital points finger at turbopump FAIL

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@ Nigel 11

The difference is that if 1/4 of the engines on a 747 blows up, the damage is contained, and the plane will be able to continue in flight -- or from point of no abort during takeoff -- and land again safely(*). Same is true of 1/2 engines on a twinjet.

But I guess it's 100% untrue for a tri-jet; remember the crash at O'Hare in the late 70's when a wing engine fell off a DC-10? Sucker flew like a rock.

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Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'

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@ Stern Fenster -- Re: OK so let me get this straight.

NO intelligent user of ANY OS supposes it to be "magically" completely secure (the ones who do don't count).

Yes they do...but only to 10.

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Curious to know if the UK's Tory-led government is a MEGA SPY? Answer: Yes

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@ phil dude -- Re: I say good

I want to give you 2 upvotes: One for the general content, and a second special one for "War or Trrr". That's just too perfect!

Can I use it?

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Samaritans 'suicide Twitter-sniffer' BACKFIRES over privacy concerns

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@Martin-73 -- Re: With all due respect

"Well-respected charities"...indeed, well-respected anythings...don't do things that that are so patently un-respectworthy. They so crossed the line here, and it appears that you (and the other 14 or so down-voters) don't think they should be called out on it. Why is that? Is it because they are so "well-respected"? Is it because they call themselves "Samaritans? Is it because they're British? I may be having a particularly dense week, but I guess I'm just not seeing it.

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Re: Desperate attention-seeking behavior

The downvote probably came from a "Samaratan"

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Trolls pop malformed heads above bridge to sling abuse at Tim Cook

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I think Dr.mohammed alhakeem should learn to write a coherent English sentence...

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Words fail

A homophobic Russian politician also called for Cook to be banned from entering the country. Vitaly Milonov asked: “What could he bring us? The Ebola virus, Aids, gonorrhoea? They all have unseemly ties over there. Ban him for life."

Every time I think I have seen the pinnacle of humanity's stupidity, someone like this stupid fuck opens his/her mouth, and lowers the bar even further.

Comrade Milonov, to call you a moron degrades the term moron.

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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@ James Micallef -- Re: Soon you will be able to connect your own PC to your smart meter

Yes, it will take 30-odd years, but what's the rush?

Profits for the meter makers, of course. Do you think these yutzes want to amortize their profits across 30 years, when they can get them in 2?

You'd make a really bad Republican...

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FCC boss Wheeler clears way for internet TV and cable unbundling

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Re: for the more popular networks to subsidize the less popular channels

Don't say "tea party"...

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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

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There's that throwaway line again

"[...] We take the security of our users’ information extremely seriously."

Although not really, because, even if this is only a "pilot", you'd think that security in a process that handles actual users' money would have had security built in at the git-go, not something that "we'll get to in version 2.3.0".

CurrentC, the Walmart of electronic pay schemes.

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Feds seek potential 'second Snowden' gov doc leaker – report

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But...but...but....

We don't use a net in football...we have goalposts.

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KRAKKOOOM! Space Station supply mission in PODULE PRANG EXPLOSION CHAOS

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Along with "an abundance of caution"...

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Re: So it wasn't supposed to do that then?

Perhaps when you translate from CYA-marketing-speak to English, that would come out as:

There has been an epic fail

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