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Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media

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Re: Run away!

And you are posting this on a social media/networking site aimed largely at old fart computer geeks ?

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Re: And the point is?

Remember the Steven Lawrence case, where after the police got a wrist slap they sent undercover agents to befriend the family of the victim in the hope of digging some dirt to get revenge after the enquiry?

Might have made somebody a little touchy

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Re: Shocker

Given that the disciplinary punishment for shooting a suspect while in custody is generally not being allowed to choose the chocolate biscuit with you tea for a week - the dismissals are a bit of a shock

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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Re: Call me cynical...

Thefts of more than x100quid get counted as major thefts in their statistics

So they halve the number of burglaries by diligent policing but a 1000 people get their iPhone nicked and the local paper runs a story about 1000% increase in major crime and the Chief Constable feels embarrassed down the lodge.

Stop people nicking phones and it doesn't matter how many burglaries there are - your stats go down.

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Re: hello? hi, hello, is that tech support?

0000? that's the sort of password an idiot would have on their luggage (or their nukes)

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Tor-rorists get sneaky Aphex Twin album peek in dance guru hypegasm

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In my day

Serious bands with real lyrical and musical ability didn't go in for these sort of publicity stunts.

They just released an inflatable pig from a powerstation

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TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button

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Re: Interesting terminology...

They were doing our corporate video last week on a Canon 5D

They still shout "cut"

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Malaria - the world's most popular disease

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: low reynolds number...

The issue is that you can't drop something from the ISS to earth.

The ISS is in orbit doing 7km/s 'sideways' if you drop something it is also doing 7km/s sideways.

Everything going 7km/s sideways is going to stay in the same orbit.

If you want it to go down you need to reduce its sideways-speed

You could just halt yourself and then fall gently (assuming you had a parachute) but to do this you need to get rid of the 7km/s. One way to do this is to have an engine capable of reaching 7km/s the other way. However a moments thought will realise that this is the same size as the rocket that it took to do the original 7km/s - which you would have to carry with you.

This is the reason for doing the spectacular "re-entry", it is to use the Earth's atmosphere to burn off that extra speed rather than carry the fuel and engines needed

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The real question

Do they have to separate recyclables and organics into different coloured spacecraft?

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: Aww that's just unlucky

They both use the same password - F***OBAMA

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: Dragone

Would dragons be repatriated to an independent Scotland?

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Re: I think it's best to err on the side of caution...

If it's the aircraft carriers that can't have a catapult to launch planes and can't land VTOL ones - we have all heard it.

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Re: Haha, amusing yes..

Another clever trick is to release the FOI data to everyone - I mean you can't have too much openness and transparency can you?

This means that a real investigative journalist that spends time tracking down a story and finding out what information to request, is then scooped by red-tops running out a quick story of the scandal - before the detailed story can be written.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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Re: Why?

>Why does this need to connect with the car systems?

Tricky to show the information from the dash without asking the car for it.

>just cut out all the other crap.

Like speed, engine warning lights, fuel ?

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>So how is this different from BMW incorporating a HUD i

This doesn't automatically award points for each red light you run and each Audi you overtake.

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Re: So many things to consider.

>Neither do they have the potential for a facebook app to interface with their HUDs.

Not yet, but for $WTF million each on a F35 you expect some options package

And they need to recruit a new generation of younger recruits

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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Re: In Amerika

The obvious answer is to call in an airstrike

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US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo

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Re: Not all supercomputers are created equal

But if you were trying to find which of 1024 cups had chicken feed under it - then 1024 chickens are probably more effective than a single elephant

- Brought to you by the department of pointless analogies

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Intel teams up with rap chap 50 Cent on heartbeat headphones

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Re: Apple paid 3 Billion for just a brand of regular headphones. LOL

Apple paid 3Bn for an online music catalogue that had a much better deal with certain record companies than they could get. And a whole new segment of the music buying market that thought Apple was too white, middle aged and middle class

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Uber alles.. NOT: Berlin bans taxi ride app over 'safety' fears

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Re: Uber banned in Berlin

Berlin spends half its money promoting the city as the startup capital of europe.

And then warn that next year they might kick in your door if they decide that your blogging app qualifies you as a broadcaster and there is a 250K Eur fine for being an unlicensed TV network.

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SpiderOak says you'll know it's secure because a little bird told you

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Re: Nice legal argument

So you raid the US office and with a super-secret ninja court order force them to tell the other offices that everything is OK

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Nice legal argument

>The service provider can't tell you that a secret warrant exists. But it can stop telling you that >everything's OK

But if a SWAT team are pointing assault rifles at your head and getting the orange jump suits ready for a long stay in gitmo - you are going to click the everything is OK button.

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A-level results: Before you smile at that jump-for-joy snap...

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Re: Bad news for the AMMU (Association of Mickey Mouse Universities)

When I were a lad the only way you could get experience on a computer (other than a ZX81) was to go to university or get hired by someone like ICL. Now I can hire kids with experience on industrial grade OS/ database/ languages that they gained in their bedroom.

They can also prove it to me by showing actual code in the world rather than a pointless certificate from nowhere I have heard of.

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Re: Bad news for the AMMU (Association of Mickey Mouse Universities)

That's the cynical reason behind the free online courses from MIT/Stanford/etc

Who would you hire, somebody that had contributed to a bunch of opensource projects, had some apps on the app store and completed a set of MIT/Stanford CS courses on their own - or an ICT graduate from the Noweheresville State

So why would you run up a 50K student dept going to Noweheresville State - returning IVY league to its original monopoly position.

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Visual Studio Online goes titsup as Microsoft wrestles with database

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Opportunity

I heard of a startup near Seattle that is selling something called a microcomputer which will be small enough that you can have an actual computer in your own office

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What happens in Europe, doesn't stay in Europe: US giants accused of breaking EU privacy pact

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The point of safeharbour wasn't to protect your data from the CIA/MI5/KGB it was that in the Eu your medical records can't be sold to insurance companies or tabloid newspapers. But a foreign company could claim that this was legal in Liberia or Panama or where ever it is registered and do this legally.

The safe harbour provision was to show that the US company followed the same rules as an Eu one. In the same way that we have joint agreements to allow the US to claim that a US airline is safe to land at an Eu airport and v.v.

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Dead Steve Jobs sued by own shareholders in no-poach pact brouhaha

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Re: One argument would be

Given the pitifully small fines for most corporate naughtiness compared to the payoff for breaking the law you could claim that any director that stayed within the law violated their duty to the shareholders and so acted illegally.

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Re: How does this make sense??

Sorry that should have been "class-action".

The "clash-action suit" was an ill fated attempt by the seminal punk band to launch their own range of fitness wear

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Re: How does this make sense??

You own $x of stock,you hope the payout to you is $x+y

The company has a lot of cash in the bank and could afford to pay off a few troublesome small shareholders to avoid a clash action suit if the big institutional investors agreed

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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Re: Each year we get the 'new words' announcement...

What if you are reading a story from the 19C and need to know what a wiffleplonk is ? Removign it from the dictionary because it is no longer in everyday use rather defeats the purpose of having a book explaining words you don't use everyday.

The reason for including binge-watch is so that in 100years when we have the plot for TV series automatically downloaded into our iBrain we can understand archaic blog entries from the early C21

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Five Totally Believable Things Car Makers Must Do To Thwart Hackers

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Re: God luck hacking my wagon...

But if you were to load a malicious paper roll into the onboard player-piano couldn't it be compromised ?

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Stanford boffin is first woman to bag 'math Nobel Prize'

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Re: Are we sure...

Speaking as a topologist - a women and a donut are identical

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: Well I am not happy with Cook.

It's called RPN because it was invented by Jan Łukasiewicz.

IVY league colleges have already been accused of having an 'asian quota' just like they had a Jewish quota in the 30s - in the name of equality.

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Chinese Bitcoin farms: From scuzzy to sci-fi

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Re: Isn't this

exactly the sort of thing that could bring gold down??

When nearly all the mining is done by a small number of professional outfits and average Joe looses interest in it all because there's nothing really in it for him anymore.

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Microsoft: Just what the world needs – a $25 Nokia dumbphone

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Re: Yes please

Make it black and white so the battery lasts a week

Make it with real buttons where the printing doesn't wear off

Make it from the same material that aircraft black-boxes and children's shoes following hurricanes are made of

Print Nokia 3310 on the front

Profit

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Re: if they focus on romance...

Teenage girls who dig quantum vacuum fluctuations ?

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Re: Hollywood Doesn't Understand

But in this movie he is American and is made bionic so he can walk again and save the world from evil steady-state theorists following a race through Cambridge in a jet powered punt.

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NIST wants better SCADA security

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Do we get stickers?

"Stuxnet Inside!"

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Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM

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pretty much by-passes the receiving network’s billing systems

Not in bloody Canada it doesn't. You pay to receive a ****ing message most of which are spam from the network operator.

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Can't touch this! Microsoft joins OpenGL 3D graphics group

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Re: Bad News

No their new OpenGL standard is completely open, it just happens to fire up a copy of Excel to do any calculations and the display uses XPS.

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US 911 service needs emergency upgrade and some basic security against scumbags

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But if you put the handcuffs away and go home you look like an idiot.

If you arrest them you might find something else incriminating,

If not - well you got an arrest - not your fault if the DPP/prosecutor didn't make a case

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Nuts to your poncey hipster coffees, I want a TESLA ELECTRO-CAFE

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Re: more proof of the decline of the West

Since all Australian bar-persons moved to London obviosuly all the coffee makers stayed at home.

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Re: Free WiFi?

Is it actually a customer service or is their security just crap?

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Re: Large soya latte?

A white one with no froth?

I want a cup of coffee not wash me socks in it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXRLoJQK8f0

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But they require you to wear hi-vis jackets to sit outside ?

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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>Ah, so he was black then?

The one good thing you can say about the City of London police is that they don't care about your race, creed or colour - anyone who isn't a giant corporation is equally guilty.

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