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Insurer tells hospitals: You let hackers in, we're not bailing you out

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Re: Good

But they now require the hospital to "provide adequate security " - presumably "adequate" means they never get hacked, so any hack proves it was inadequate, so they never have to pay = win

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WTF is going on with the zombie NSA-friendly Patriot Act? Let us help

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>that they should therefore listen to the people

I think their intention IS to listen to the people

All the people, all the time, every phone call

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: there's plenty of people willing to see ads

> I actually went out of my way not to buy Intel just ion the back of that.

I avoided United Airlines for years because they had to put "fly the freindly skies" into every fscking announcement - it was like being in a cult.

Hint to all the marketing people out there; your regular customers, the ones who fly several times a week, are very valuable - they are the ones who get pissed off at this sort of thing.

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Skype hauled into court after refusing to hand call records to cops

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If you were on a German voip line owned and administered by a German company in Germany then the Belgium authorities would have to ask the Germans for access.

If you were in Germany then the Germans would have to ask the Germans for the data.

If you are on Skype in Belgium then the Americans are tapping it because they own Microsoft, the Germans are tapping it because the data almost certain goes through CDX, the Brits are tapping it as a backup for the Americans, the Chinese are tapping it because they can.

About the only people not tapping it are the Belgian government and that's because they can't find the Belgian government.

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Re: Good for them

"I'm not even going to attempt to imagine a situation where a search of someone's drawers or underwear is likely to save life or limb..."

If you didn't let them in they would have to hit you with a baton, therefore letting them in saves life and limb - simple really

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Re: Good for them

Microsoft Ireland isn't a USA based company, it is entirely separate but wholly owned company that abides by EU law.

Skype luxemburg also obeys Eu law and Belgium can get a warrant in Luxemburg if it wants stored data handed over. If it wants live data in Belgium handed over then it needs to prove that the law applies to Skype in Belgium.

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

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Re: Who is using the computer?

>how does the ISP know which member of the household is using the connection?

Obviously we add chip'n'pin to the kids.

A simple zigbee device implanted in the child at birth ...

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Re: What has Network Neutrality got to do with this

> If one doesn't want it then its a 30 second operation to turn it off. What is the problem ?

Because this isn't a government porn filter - it's left upto the individual companies to choose what they want to block, even the actual "porn list" comes from a private organisation, want to know what political, environmental or religous organisations are on the block list? You can't, its commercial confidential information.

So your ISP can block whatever it chooses, news stories that are unfavourable to it's owner, sites that are a business rival and can choose to change anything they want

So if BA buy enough advertising on a Murdoch paper then this eu law would make it illegal for your News corp owned ISP to block or change any Ryanair page you visited.

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Re: Oh dear

By pointing out that the UK's "block porn by default unless you opt out" could also allow a "Newscorp owned sites only by default - you can always choose another cable provider if you want"

Of course this is an entirely accidental side effect of the drafting of the law and wasn't intended by the party supported by a certain Australian media baron.

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: Time to leave

Canada would spy on you - but the government doesn't have any computers so they can't

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Geofencing: The ultra-low power frontier for the Internet of Things

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Re: Why does this stuff need to update ?

Yes every lawnmower, toothbrush and toilet to have a unique IPv6 address and be individually accessible from t'internet with only a perfectly configured free modem from crap-cable-provider(tm) to secure it.

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Land Rover's return: Last orders and leather seats for Defender nerds

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Re: The downsides of Landy ownership...

But without the tray it would just soak back into the ground where it could be pumped out by future generations - recycling at its best

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SAVE THE PLANKTON: So much more than whale food

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Then you should be thinking of a way to economically harvest the plankton and either extract metals from it (Tim) or weaponise it (Lewis)

Either way; we need to kill a few whales to save a trillion plankton...

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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

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The BBC's response

Was to change the casting of the CEO to the fine English actor Mr J Clarkson

And add a nude sauna scene.......

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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Re: The Pi needs windows

Pi was introduced because school CS classes became "a click on icon in Word" exercise

Microsoft offer a windows environment for Pi, backed by lots of marketing, glossy lesson plans etc.

Teachers who know nothing about computers think "computers = windows = good"

Schools scared of mumsnet stories about terrorist hackers want locked down computers

School CS lessons become a "click on link in web page from embedded IE" exercise

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Airbus warns of software bug in A400M transport planes

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Re: "The project ran late and over budget. "

>That could be the corporate motto of Airbus

Boeing's was not only late and overbudget but they deliberatly built the first aircraft with non-approved rivets in order to meet Wall St expectations. Then had to drill every single one out and replace it before they could start tests.

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Re: Under "wraps"? Seems odd....

So where does the black box go ?

To Airbus - so they can prove that it wasn't their fault

The spanish air force, the spanish civil aviation authority.

The turkish, since it was their plane.

The airbus member country who wrote the software

Who decides if it was the software

Having a judge decide this after some deiberation seems a better idea than first to the site grabs it.

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Get off the phone!! Seven out of ten US drivers put theirs and your lives at risk

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Re: equivalent

Using a mobile phone distracted driving = $250 fine

Using a new car's buitl in touch screen 48 zone climate control integrated radio panel in the wife's Prius that I can't understand even with the manual = ok

Using my phone's sat nav = $250 fine

Using a window mounted after market sat nav = illegal in the next state over

Using a new cars integrated sat nav = ok

It's almost as if the car makers and the legislators were working together somehow

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Amazon cloud to BEND TIME, exist in own time zone for 24 hours

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That was the proposal a couple of years ago - it was vetoed by the UK

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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Re: Fractional reserve

because if you ring fence 7% then your competitor ring fences 6%, makes a profit on the 1% and undercuts you. So you ring fence 5%, and they ring fence 4% ........

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Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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>Call me cynical, but a Republican candidate wants to place an electronic tagging device on every >citizen?

Of course not - that would be a stinkin commie plot.

They want everybody to buy their own tagging device and pay a monthly service fee to receive ads - that's the American way.

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Next-gen Freeview telly won't be another disruptive 4Ker

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Confused

Which of the "prime time" TV offerings shown on that TV image would be improved by 4K ?

Most of them would only be improved by being shown in Ascii art on a ZX81

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Re: More than 4 catup services...

Dave has a catchup service ???????

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: Please could somebody tell me...

Because it couldn't be used against people who weren't assisting a crime.

There are lots of things people do that the tory's bosses don't like which aren't a crime (yet)

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BUZZKILL. Honeybees are dying in DROVES - and here's a reason why

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Perhaps the department of pirates stole the 'r'

aarrghh me hearties

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EU wants a panel o'boffins to replace solo science advisor

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Re: So

Yes but since everyone else will ignore the panel's reports it doesn't really matter

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$19 billion made from dumped e-waste every year, says UN

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Re: @Alan Brown

The problem is that one letter about this to the local council can have your cement operations shut down while a dozen levels of government all cover their arses with the voters by demanding inquiries and permits.

Burning waste is a huge commercial risk - even if you can do it safely and economically. Much better to ship it West Africa to be burned on bonfires.

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Eco good

The local lying weasels here are running radio ads claiming how their e-waste recycling initiative fee (Google Translate=tax) has kept 1M tons of waste out of local land fills ... by shipping it to China.

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An even more Keynesian solution. Employ people to dig big holes in the ground and bury the metals in layers in the rock. Then if labor ever win they can pay people to mine them.

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Epson joins Microsoft in underwhelming 3D glasses

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Our company's careers page shows a bunch of slim attractive men and women in neat shirts all intently studying a powerpoint slide. An actual picture of our dev team would probably be banned under some sort of video-nasty law.

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re: looks somewhat reasonable from the review.

For anybody that services pumps or military vehicles in an environment where 3d glasses and touch pads will survive.

That is any area where it isn't desert sun, or 40deg below, where you aren't wearing safety goggles or a helmet or gloves and your hands aren't covered in oil

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Sprint and Verizon to pay $158 MILLION over bogus 'cramming' fees

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Re: @ ASDF

They were fined $65M including $50M refunds = a $15M fine.

So the real risk is just paying interest on the money you stole if you ever get caught.

Interesting to know how many times bigger than this was the profit they made from the scheme.

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Pinning a value on big tech's top names. Not as easy as it looks

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Re: You forgot an important market-distorting factor...

A measure of closely the market matches the efficient market model tells you how honest it is.

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Re: Be a random monkey

That's why we charge more - we only employ the best monkeys to pick stocks.

The costs in pianos and cups of PG tips alone are staggering.

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Re: Amazon: not making any money at all

Amazon's model is to not make a profit until there is only Amazon. Any money it does happen to make from selling the latest Harry Potter is spent on building new business areas. In this way it should be worth more than Apple.

Think Honda when they first started out making mopeds vs Rolls Royce - who would you rather have invested in in the 1950s?

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: caused by human error and inattention

Like swerving your 4ton SUV into lanes of oncoming traffic to avoid a squirrel

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So what would the economic effect of leaving the EU be?

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Re: Eire

But the island of ireland which the state of Ireland inhabits is also called ireland which can be a bit confusing.

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Re: All the foreign companies...

That would explain why Microsoft, Goolge, Apple, Facebook, HP all have Eu headoffices in Ireland, Amazon.co.uk is in Luxembourg

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Re: impact of uncertainty

The companies would move to the Eu, ie move their HQ to a brass plaque in Ireland or Luxemburg.

But the workers of banks and software companies would stay - after all they speak English and the wives of visiting US VPs need to visit Harrods - and employment law would become more US friendly.

Manufacturing where you need to ship real stuff to europe would be fscked. Even if you do manage to lower workers pay and conditions in the UK to compete with Ukraine and the Eu don't stick 100% duty on everything and don't demand that your salesman and lorry driver get a visa for each visit. It isn't going to make sense for a Japanese car company to build cars for the Eu, outside the Eu, at UK wages when they can make them outside the Eu in Mexico.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Re: It's still true.....

A free press is one which can print all prejudices of the proprietor that don't upset the advertisers

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Re: I read somewhere...

>If they don't have that then they have to negotiate and that means the more extreme stuff gets watered down.

Or the extreme stuff gets through. We had tory governments kept in power by the Ulster Unionists - that didn't lead to a watering down of the political situation over there.

Imagine a tory minority government needing UKIP (or BNP) support to get a bill through, or Labour needing to keep SNP sweet on every deal.

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Re: Utopias?

I thought that was due to the policy of putting all the political leaders in prison as soon as they were elected?

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Re: @AC

>I would suggest to start that any person claiming Job Seekers Allowance must work between 1+ days a week

Only an economics professor or the chancellor of the exchequer could possibly understand so little about the labour market.

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How do you "just report the news"?

You could just print corporate press releases, or governmet statements without comments - but that is hardy news.

You could state facts, "the rainfall in southern sudan was x mm" without any analysis if that will mean a famine or prosperity.

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Canada passes controversial spook-powers law

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Re: Reality check

The world has evolved to be vastly safer than it was in the past.

Unless what UKIP says about europe is true, they aren't currently dropping bombs on London.

The IRA/QLF/RAF/BM/SLA/MMB aren't currently blowing up shopping centers

But now we need to take various German acronymed security services as a role model to protect us from "threats"

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Re: following the first terror attack on Canadian soil last October

Christians can't be terrorists - see Northern Ireland

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Going up hills past blokes with coke-bottle legs: The Smart E-bike

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People with a long commute, biking 30km each way is fine if you have the thighs of a coke bottle but it's a bit much for humans.

People just starting to bike to work who don't (yet) have THOFACB and want some confidence.

People who are rich in years and have a big hill involved.

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Google's 'stale pale males' to be replaced by crack black chick pack

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Re: Racism

Presumably discriminating against Jews has been patented

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Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

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Re: No representation without taxation

By which logic only the unemployed and elderly should pay for social services

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