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China's CERT blames US for a THIRD of all attacks on Middle Kingdom PCs

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Thanks, Phil,

for reminding us that the Chinese government is capable of «massaging» figures and of attribution difficulties when it comes to foreign attacks. I don't remember you making the same reflections on US government claims about Chinese hackers - very well publicised her on the Reg - but on the other hand, you, with your unique linguistic and cultural qualifications, only comment on matters Chinese (and rarely, Japanese, for which you also possess unique qualifications)....

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China shutters Windows ‘rival’ Red Flag Linux

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Way to go, Phil !

«Glorious free operating system of the people» You may not know the language, Phil, and you make up things out of the whole cloth - but you really have a sharp sense of humour !...

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China confirms Jade Rabbit lunar rover has conked out

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The drama doesn't seem to be over quite yet ...

as signals seem to have been received which indicate that the Rabbit has awakened. Our moon may be rather closer than the stars, but Seneca's dictum still holds : non est ad astra mollis e terris via. Kudos to all those working on the programme !...

Henri

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CERN outlines plan for new 100km circumference supercollider

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Re: Is that really the best place to build these things?

Thanks, Fraz, for that detailed run-through ! May I point out, however, that in cases like these, the pedantic grammar-nazi ikon is hardly appropriate ; from your vantage point there at CERN, you should rather have chosen «May contain highly technical content ...», an example of which I've appended hereto.... ;-)

Henri

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CERN boffins fire ANTI-HYDROGEN BEAM

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Thumb Up

Very important work,

Richard - kudos to the ASACUSA experimenters and many thanks to you for posting !...

Henri

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Huawei dismisses NSA backdoor claims as profits soar

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Obviously, one should not use Huawei kit -

that is, if the NSA has been anywhere near it, since, according to der Spiegel, that delightful organisation («Defending our Nation. Securing the Future.» attempts to install backdoors on it. Actually, what the article in question had to say was the following

ANT [Advanced Network Technology ?] offers malware and hardware for use on computers made by Cisco, Dell, Juniper, Hewlett-Packard and Chinese company Huawei.
which would seem to greatly restrict the kit that the security-interested user can safely install. Better break out that old soldering iron !...

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Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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«If this limited amount of access ...

... constitutes “irreparable harm” to Apple then the standard for irreparable harm is low indeed.» Judge Cote obviously fails to understand that looking cross-eyed at Apple subjects that frail entity to «irreparable harm»....

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'Toothless' environment protections in secretive global trade pact TPP leaked all over the web

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Yet another secret treaty for the benefit of the megacorporations ?

And which tramples the rights of consumers ? Who'd have thought it ?...

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China ALSO building encryption-cracking quantum computer

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Boffin

Zheziang university ?

«"The value of the quantum computer to the military and government is so great, its cost has never been considered," Zheziang university professor Wang Haohua told the paper.»

Phil, you wouldn't want to consider telling interested - or bemused - readers just where «Zheziang university» is located, would you ?...

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I want NSA chief's head on a plate for Merkelgate, storms Senator McCain

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Holmes

Given Mr McCain's distinguished flying record,

he might be advised to refrain from metaphors about pigs flying....

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Furious Google techie on NSA snooping: 'F*CK THESE GUYS'

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Re: Pot, kettle, black?

MostlyCommonSense, have you ever heard of NoScript ? DoNotTrackMe ? I presume you do not run a Windows OS on your computer....

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Re: "...laws are for the little people..."

Don Jefe, I suggest that if you look more closely, you will find that the US Constitution was designed mainly to keep the «little people» from getting out of hand. (Some of) the big people in the colonies did, of course, want the British off their backs, but they certainly didn't want the little people to have too much to say in running the government, which is why the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union (sounds grand, doesn't it ?), which didn't reserve sufficient power to the central government to make its writ felt throughout the country, in particular in circumstances like Shay's Rebellion, were abandoned and a new constitution adopted....

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Big Brother

«I've even seen oppressive governments ...

use state sponsored hacking to target dissidents.» Indeed - but then, why is Mr Downey so surprised to see US government agencies snooping on everyone and everybody ? Or does he define «oppressive government» in such a way as to exclude the US government ? Isn't that sort of linguistic legerdemain known as special pleading ?...

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PC rivals weep while Lenovo dazzles with Q2 box-shifting numbers

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Holmes

Let me get this straight -

Lenovo ups «year-on-year revenues 13 per cent to $9.8bn, with pre-tax and net profit up 30 and 36 per cent respectively to $265m and $220m» and HP's Jos Brenkel claims that they've been «low-balling prices» ? After Mr Brenkel stops gazing at those high-hanging grapes, which no doubt are very sour, indeed, he might want to consider «low-balling» prices on some of HP's products....

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From Russia with Code: Edward Snowden gets job on website helldesk

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Would, Mr Fiveash,

that we had more people with the guts to be «blabbermouths» of the Edward Joseph Snowden type ! Alas, they seem to be few and far between. Kudos to Mr Snowden for what he's done and best wishes for his future !...

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China softens duty-free stance to revive global IT trade talks

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Boffin

Looks to me as if the Chinese government,

seeing the parlous situation in which world trade finds itself amid worries about a possible US default, which would really throw the cat among the pigeons, has decided to do what it can to give IT trade a boost. The problem is that in the best of cases, negotiatiing a new agreement is going to take quite some time, while the US default is staring us in the face....

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Brit boson boffin Higgs bags Nobel with eponymous deiton

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Pint

Quite a lift

when Vetenskapsakademien finally got around to announcing its choice an hour later than the customary time. Kudos to Professors Englert and Higgs !...

Henri

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So sad about the NSA web-spying bombshells - but think of the MONEY!

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Boffin

«It just means that your local government grabs your data first.»

And then turns it over to the NSA, as our FRA, whose motto should be : «At the service of the US government since 1943 [under other names]», does here in Sweden....

Henri

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Oracle sued over $33,000 bill for SaaS: STRIPPERS as a SERVICE

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Trollface

Rumour has it

that Oracle has filed a motion to have the venue changed to the Superior Court of Hawaii, conveniently located on the charming island of Lanai. Strippers are welcome on day- night-trips....

Henri

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Boffins explain bizarre here-one-month-gone-the-next 'third Van Allen belt'

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Boffin

«High Voltage Orbiting Long Tether,

or HiVOLT, is a concept proposed by Russian physicist V.V. Danilov and further refined by Robert P. Hoyt and Robert L. Forward for draining and removing the radiation fields of the Van Allen radiation belts that surround the Earth....»

What could ever go wrong with geo NEO engineering ?!!...

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Re: Wzrdly comment on «Unfulfilled Purpose»

Have you ever considered that Don Jefe might, as is his wont, have been waxing sarcastic ? Or perhaps wizards Wzrds don't do - or grasp - sarcasm ?...

Henri

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

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FAIL

«It just flies !»

Think I'll copyright that before Apple's lawyers get 'round to doing so....

Henri

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Disk-pushers, get reel: Even GOOGLE relies on tape

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Big Brother

Any information you'd care to share, Chris,

on what sort of storage techniques are being used out Camp Williams-way ?...

Henri

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Google tentacle slips over YouTube comments: Now YOUR MUM is at the top

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Boffin

Agreed, but you seem to neglect, MrXavia, the not irrelevant fact that Google and Facebook, at least, quite happily cooperate with entities like the NSA and the GCHQ, while, of course, protesting loudly, when this collaboration is revealed to the public, that they really don't want to do it but are being forced to for legal reasons. One doesn't have to use Google (which I do) or Facebook (which I do not), but try using the web at all without one's data being snapped up by the state entities mentioned above (and here at home in Sweden, the FRA, which gladly shares them with the NSA and the GCHQ) ! Of course, all this data mining is done solely to keep us safe and protect us from «terrorists», so everything is just hunky-dory....

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Re : «Soon to be integrated into The Register forums!»

I fear you've chosen the wrong temporal adverbial and verbal tense, rcorrect ; «already integrated ...» would far more adequately describe the current situation at the Reg. Try responding to a column by the journal's beloved «Executive Editor» with less than abject approval of his exalted point of view and see what happens to your posts to his threads !...

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Space truck Cygnus left idling outside ISS after data format snafu borks docking

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«BTW the S/W glitch seems to be that Orbital are using the 13 bit week counter

in the updated GPS spec and ISS uses the the older 10 bit week counter, that rolled over in 1999.»

Rather the other way round according to NASA :

«The issue that led to the Cygnus-ISS GPS communication issue is that Orbital interpreted that that ISS PROX system was transmitting GPS times based on the 1980 ephemeris, and thus used the 1980 ephemeris in Cygnus’ on-board SIGI units too.

In reality however, the ISS PROX system uses the 1999 ephemeris for its GPS time data, which meant Cygnus could not understand the GPS time data being transmitted to it from the ISS, hence the reason for the aborted rendezvous attempt.

In all of the integrated Cygnus rendezvous tests that were performed on the ground, the incorrect 1980 ephemeris was used, and thus it was not until the JEM PROX receivers were put into the loop that the discrepancy was discovered.»

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«I'm sorry, I can't do that Dave.»

Was that «Dave» as in David William Donald Cameron ?...

Henri

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THE TRUTH about beaver arse milk in your cakes: There's nothing vanilla about vanilla

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Boffin

Re: Clue's in the name, isn't it?

«Not to mention the perfumiers' favourite narwhal retchings and excrescence, or ambergris as it's also known.»

Surely, Richard, you mean «sperm whales» (cachalots)....

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Boffin

Re: Nominative determinism strikes again

«Sund is Swedish for sound (healthy), with a silent 'h' added to make it obvious (to a Swede at least) that it is a name.»

Fru Sundh's surname is a typical soldier name from the period when the royal government made groups of peasants responsible for supporting a soldier and his family while he was off to the (continual) wars. Either she or her husband has such a progenitor....

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Re: Vanillin

«... guiacol, which as far as I'm aware is extracted mostly from petrochemicals.»

I understand that guaicol is usually produced from wood tar, i e, is derived from wood (usually pine) products, rather than coal tar, which is derived from coal or petroleum....

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Boffin

Wel, Jasper, no one has ever considered the Reg a paragon of accuracy in reporting,

but I beg leave to correct the following statement : «Sweden's beaver population was wiped out by hunters about 200 years ago when the creatures' backside juice was used in medicines.» The native beaver (Castor fiber) in Sweden died out in 1871, but beavers from Norway were implanted in 1922 and the species now seems to be thriving here ; in 2000 the population was estimated to be some 100 000 animals....

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Want to sit in Picard's chair while spying on THE WORLD? We can make it so – ex-NSA man

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Re: This is the best they can come up with?

Mr Bryant's intelligence and maturity are adequately reflected in his orthographical skills, as evinced in his post above. Quelle surprise !...

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Re: Tax Dollars Hard at Work

But consider : every dollar that is spent on this boyhood dream writ large means one less dollar being spent on spying on you and everybody else 'round the world. Couldn't they have made that chair of solid gold or platinum or something of the sort ?...

Henri

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European Commission plans net neutrality push

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Kudos !

Every so often - admittedly rarely - the European Commission does do something that actually benefits us European consumers. This is a case in point....

Henri

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Manning's lawyer plans presidential pardon campaign, says client will appeal

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What I'd liked to know is

whether it was article author, Iain Thomsom, himself, who penned that witty (by Reg standards) «Ecuadorian broom closet» comment, or was it a Reg local editor, under the guidance of the journals «Executive Editor», that contributed this particular jewel. The Reg's unrelenting campaign against Mr Assange long ago passed its best-before date....

Henri

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Mind-reading MRI reads letters in the brain

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Big Brother

Re: The cynic in me

Let me correct that for you, Chris : The cynic in me can see this technology eventually being used in conjunction with waterboarding. No pain (for the tortured), no gain (for the torturers) !...

Henri

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US highway agency awards Tesla Model S RECORD safety score

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Big Brother

Does this mean

that if Michael Hastings had been driving a Tesla S, he wouldn't have died in a single «accident» in which his vehicle hit a tree and burst into fire ? CIA-proof, in other words ?...

Henri

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Assange washes hands in election row

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WTF?

I note that a lot of Anonymous Cowards

don't care for Mr Assange. Hardly surprising - but it's sad to see Mr Chirgwin encouraging that sort of thing with his ««You don't think I run this party I'm standing for, do you?» and «the embassy-dwelling one». I'd have thought better of him....

Henri

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Getting worried, Assange? WikiLeaks spaffs out 'insurance' info

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Re: A really, really pedantic correction

Excellent, Maty, but you used the wrong icon ; the academic-cap icon is for grammar nazis. Those seeking to correct factual errors in other fields would be advised to use the technical-warning icon. Here, however, I'll be using the cheers icon, as I think your contribution deserves it....

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Re: No charges have been filed

A quick google would also show, «Vociferous», that Swedish law permits the taking of depositions abroad, a procedure which has been carried out previously. Mr Assange has offered to be be subjected to an interview in his refuge at the Ecuadorean embassy in the UK, after which charges could be filed if sufficient evidence were forthcoming, but the Prosecutor's Office in Göteborg (which, by the way, is not the jurisdiction in which the alleged offenses took place) has refused. My conclusion is that the case, which was dismissed by a Chief Prosecutor in Stockholm, where, in contradistinction to Göteborg, the offenses are alleged to have taken place, is simply a means for our (in)justice system here to get its hands on Mr Assange, in order to send him to the United States, thereby demonstrating once again our total loyalty to the Empire....

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Re: Julian should have been reading El Reg...

In the event that Mr Assange feels the need for lessons in self-promotion, he'd be advised to contact one Ian Michael Gumby....

Henri

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1,100 haiku heading to Mars on next NASA mission

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Re: 1,100 *haikus heading to Mars on next NASA mission

勿論、«耳»の法が良い、けど。。。

Henri

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Former CIA and NSA head says Huawei spies for China

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WTF?

Ironic - but hardly surprising -

to hear a former spymaster for a regime that demonstrably snoops on everyone and everybody, both inside and outside the country, point the finger at someone else and claim that they are (gasp !) spying. Thief crying «Stop thief !» ?...

Huawei's response to these rather vague accusations by Mr Hayden, who perhaps not so incidentally currently sits on the Board of Directors of Motorola Solutions, is the following :

«This is tired nonsense we've been hearing for years, trotted out anew as a flimsy bright and shiny object to distract attention from the very real compromising of global networks and information that has been exposed in recent weeks. Misdirecting and slandering Huawei may feel okay because the company is Chinese-based - no harm, no foul, right? Wrong. Huawei is a world-proven multinational across 150 global markets that supports scores and scores of American livelihoods, and thousands more, indirectly, through $6 billion a year in procurements from American suppliers. Someone says they got some proof of some sort of threat? Okay. Then put up. Or shut up. Lacking proof in terms of the former, which seems clearly the case, this is politically-inspired and racist corporate defamation, nothing more.»

I can only agree....

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

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Boffin

Two comments, Iain :

«... Assange gives every impression of being a vainglorious martyr with very dodgy attitudes towards women and an overinflated sense of self importance.» Just the impression those affected by the leaks wish you to have, Iain - they are to be congratulated on the efficacy of their work, given that a normally perceptive person like yourself seems to be taking it at face value - and moreover, chooses to talk about «the silver-haired Aussie» rather than about what we have learned from the efforts of WikiLeaks....

«After Snowden fled to Hong Kong he told the Chinese authorities about the efforts of the NSA to hack not just Middle Kingdom military servers, but also civilian networks such as mobile providers. There was a listening station not too far from his hotel room he said.» Fail, Iain - Mr Snowden didn't «tell «the Chinese authorities» ; he released this information to a journalist who published it in a newspaper. Quite a different kettle of fish....

Admittedly, it's difficult to avoid be ensnared in the traps that organisations like the NSA and the GCHQ and their PR experts - also known, rather inaccurately, as journalists leave for us - that is why it's so important to pay attention to the details....

Henri

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Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

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Re: I hope Snowden gets whacked

Is it permitted to hope that you, AC, take the bullet for him ?...

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Big Brother

Re: The man is a hero

Because they are all playing footsie with the USA/UK, so that they can spy on their own citizens/residents and claim they aren't doing so. But maybe, just maybe, as a result of Mr Snowden's revelations, the US government will become a tad more circumspect at pointing its big fat - and rather sooty - finger at others and claiming that they are hacking into peoples' messages. That would reduce the degree of tribute paid by vice to virtue by at least half....

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'New' document shows how US forces carriers to allow snooping

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Big Brother

If, Indeed, it is true that

«if you're not doing anything wrong, you've nothing to worry about», then why, pray tell, are the NSA, GCHQ, etc, etc, ad nauseam so eschauffés about the fact that their snooping on us all has been revealed - hardly for the first time of course, but now in an incontrovertible manner - and why are they so determined to get their tender little paws on Edward Joseph Snowden ? A guilty conscience, perhaps ? - although that seems unlikely in the case of people utterly without that mental quality. Rather, I suspect, that they wish to continue their spying without the problems caused by a (slightly more) aware public....

Henri

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Star bosses name asteroid to honor author Iain Banks

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Re: Why it couldn't be named IainMbanks

Thanks for the explanation, M Galuche ! But given Mr Bank's own proclivities with regard to nomenclature, would it not have been still more apt to give the asteroid a name like Couldn't help stopping in for a drink on the way to ... ?...

Henri

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Patriot hacker 'The Jester' attacks nations offering Snowden help

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Boffin

Re: This guy has done loads of stuff.

Hardly «in the best interests of America [read : USA]» h3 ; rather in the best interests of the military-industiral-(in)security complex that runs that country....

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Bolivian president's jet grounded so officials can look for Snowden

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Re: Matt Bryant's comment om James Micallef

«You might at least read and understand what I'm writing before shooting.» Now, now James, please don't make demands of Mr Bryant which he is congenitally incapable of fulfilling. As he so often has demonstrated on this forum, reading and understanding are quite beyond him - as is the correct orthography of the names of those whom he dislikes and with whom he disagrees, despite - or because of - his failure to understand them....

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