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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

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Re: Different needs

Same reason for having a Queen - you need somebody to wave and distract the proles.

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Re: Best intentions != right

"Granted I would rather the US have these capabilities than the North Koreans, but I would much rather no one had them."

Actually I would much rather it WAS the North Korean's spying on all my communications - they can't do anything with it.

Instead i have to wonder if everything I store on sharepoint or Office365 is immediately being copied to my US competitors, if visits to US customers or collaborators are tracked.

Do I have to worry that my cell phone walking past the mosque on the way to the lab or my holiday visits to Egypt or Cuba are going to get me stopped from attending the next US held conference.

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Google cleared to land in private terminal at Silicon Valley airport

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Re: Mystery...

>Why don't they just use Hangouts?

More people have corporate jets than have Google+ accounts?

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Do cops need a warrant to search your phone? US Supreme Court will rule

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Re: broad implications

Same apparently applies if you are within 100miles of the coast of the Mexican/Canadian borders

The constitution still counts in small section of Montana and Utah apparently

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Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

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Re: If you're not a terrorist, you have nothing to worry about

5. Person who unrolls a banner lettered with glitter outside an Oil company

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Re: "Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism"

If it weren't for the involvement of the USSR in WW II, most of Europe might be speaking German today,

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Intel confirms it will axe 5,400 workers in 2014

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Merger

Intel, HP, Dell merge and share their core competency in reducing headcount

Eventually they reduce it to only 3 - all joint CEOs - and still aren't profitable

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Intel treads water despite drowning PC biz clinging to Chipzilla's legs

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That suggests some "imaginative accounting" - chip fabs do not make 60% profit margins

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Signs of stabilization in the PC segment

There is also stabilization in the Pyramid building and Flint Axe making sectors.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Re: Neat trick!

1, Country A and B have laws against torturing suspects

2, So you ship them to country C and have them apply the electrodes

2, You stand outside the door asking the questions.

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Or don't know enough Clash lyrics (http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/06/03/text_punk/)

I suppose back in 2004 they could eavesdrop on ALL messages

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Clink! Terrorist jailed for refusing to tell police his encryption password

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>is this another "incite idiots to talk stupid, then arrest them under terrorist offences"

After the pub you don't want to say "EEh I could murder an Indian" if you don't want to become a terrorist suspect

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re: gofsckyourselfmate

That's why the same law was ruled unconstitutional in the US

If you had a password of "IwantToKillThePresident" then revealing the password would be self-incrimination.

But they have a constitution and a supreme court and all sorts of weird stuff in the Land of the Free.

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Re: and another thing ...

We asked this when the police computer guy gave a talk to our high energy physics group.

How can we prove that background noise in the LHC data isn't an encrypted message?

Do we have to keep the data in Switzerland, if we access it remotely does that come under UK law ?

We were told not to worry because the laws were only for terrorists - so that's a relief then !

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Re: If loose lips, sink ships ......

> if you "can't remember" who was driving when the car got flashed

Unless you are a chief constable, then you can claim that all records of who was driving have been destroyed - and get off

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Re: IronKey

But calling up Ironkey and asking for the backdoor password does

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Microsoft buries Sinofsky Era... then jumps on the coffin lid

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Re: Henry Ford

But Ford did at least improve on the horse.

Microsoft have ignored the "faster horse" request and instead replaced it with a slower zebra where you have to press all the stripes to find the one to make the horse go.

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Re: A common API is definitely a must.

But it's hard for Microsoft to do this.

It's not like they 10,000s programmers, complete control over the critical app and server infrastructure and a common language runtime that insulates the apps from the details of the machine

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Amazon workers in Delaware reject trade union membership

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Re: no sane person would want anyone like that to have any claim to represent them

Anyone remember the massive safety improvements Scargill and the NUM brought in - or do we only have the Daily Mail history of the 80s?

Unions were effectively banned off-shore in the 80s, every worker was officially an independent consultant and so there were no rules preventing anybody who mentioned safety breaches being NRBed (blacklisted). The HSE wasn't allowed any oversight of rigs because the DTI was in charge of both promoting the business and enforcing safety. After Piper Alpha we got unions, and the HSE, and safety and we haven't blown a rig up since.

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Re: Propaganda wins

Looking forward to the day when you can only sell a computer to an accredited member of the BCS ;-)

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Re: Seems they're getting less and less popular

>And why do tube drivers get so much?

Because they have the most ability to shut down the city by striking for a day.

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Re: It all boils down to Morality

That was the point - it wasn't the oppressed shop floor workers that were given the choice.

The presumably better paid and more secure sysadmins were asked if they wanted to join the union, they said no and this means that another union can't ask the regular workers for a vote for another year.

At that point Amazon ask the accountants if they want to join the accountants union, they say no and the warehouse workers are blocked for another year.

It's a common technique in the US, at least in states where you can't just automatically fire anyone who joins a union

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Boffins hampered by the ampere hanker for a quantum answer

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Re: Is this the 21st Century equivalent

Except that people are being charged for the number of angles delivered

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Optical filters head to Germany for Solar Orbiter build

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Hope they didn't

Send it with DHL

(i'm still missing a xmas prezzy)

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Tales from an expert witness: Prior art and patent trolls

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Re: Naming patent trolls

The problem USED to be patent monopolies. The development of the steam engine was held back for a generation because James Watt held a near monopoly with patents and had strong views about high pressure boilers. But these were people who wanted to build something - it's just that they wanted to be the only ones to build it.

The business model of buying patents purely to sue someone with no intention of developing a product is new = patent trolling.

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Re: I know how to fix it!

Who pays?

If the applicant has to pay for 1000s of hours of world class expert consulting - it's going to be difficult for the small inventor to get a patent.

If it's tax-payer funded then within a few years we drop back to the USPTO as more cuts/efficiency gains hit.

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Re: I have a problem with the last sentence

Was there a demand for an intermittent wiper - yes

Was it possible with state of the art technology - yes

Had anyone else thought to make one - no

The wiper case is one of the classic rip-offs of a small inventor, it took him most of his life to collect on the patent which was stolen by all the big auto makers. Their tactics (legal and illegal) make a classic story

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Re: @Evil Auditor

During the first year after filing a provisional patent it is kept secret by the patent office and you have time to improve it before final submission. There is a reasonable case that any other patents filed during this year should all be granted equally rather than first to file takes all.

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DOOMSDAY still just MINUTES AWAY: As it has been since 1947

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Re: Forgetful?

I'm more worried about Microsoft or Google getting the bomb (I think Apple already have one)

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Re: But what if 1 state has no desire to win, it does'nt care about losing

So one side believes it gets 72 virgins (or sherbet depending on the translation) and the other lot believes they will be reincarnated as something better - could be a bit tricky that.

Far better to have all the nukes in the hands of people who beleive the rapture will lift them up if they kill non-beleivers and will burn in hell fire for all eternity if they don't do what the man in the big hat tells them to.

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Re: Only 5 minutes before the hour?

>you've got pakistan and india pointing nukes at each-other

Isn't that a good thing?

When nice white people both have nukes it's detente and has brought safety to europe for 50years

Just because both sides are bit mocha shouldn't that mean the same thing?

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So the problem is

A spread of civil nuclear power and climate inaction?

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Yet another pricey Olympics' exec drafted in by UK.gov - this time for broadband spending

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Re: Scargill tried to buy council flat

At least he was bravely defending the country against the commies

But since Thatcher won we are now dependent on Moscow 's LNG for all our energy needs.

Obvious proof that Maggie was a KGB agent and Scargil was a CIA plant.

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Google is developing flight 'price comparison thing' with us, claims Ryanair boss O'Leary

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Re: How to do flight comparison

And don't forget to clear the cookies - many airline sites offer higher prices if you go back after a previous search. Obviously if you return to them after they offered X then X was the best deal you could get, so they now offer X+Y

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>I would pay extra to stand on a flight personally.

Standing on the flight was cheap - it was more expensive if you wanted to stand inside.

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Re: what about taxes?

In the US you are allowed to advertise fairs not including "government fees/taxes" - in the Eu you are supposed to advertise the full fair.

One major US airline got sent to the naughty step for including the cost of the crew in the fees/taxes because the government set the number of crew required.

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Re: They don't want to have a limited or biased search

Ryanair famously sued other flight price comparison sites - claiming that Ryanair's prices were copyright.

The other sites also tended to show the real price, including the booking/credit card fees and the 50quid breathing-on-board surcharge

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Army spaffed MILLIONS up the wall on flawed Capita online recruiting system - report

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Re: 1.3 billion?????

Or the army should be allowed a free day to do whatever they want to the Capita managers

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Re: A better recruitment tool to buy

Not sure about the women - if you are trying to recruit sailors

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Re: 1.3 billion?????

Have they thougth of just using Craigslist?

kandaharen.craigslist.af/soldiers/

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Woz backs Chinese 'Apple of Far East' in play for US hardware market

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Re: Who is Woz?

So the savior of Apple is either Andy Hertzfeld or Jonathon Ives

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Re: How about some originality for a change?

It only produces facsimiles of Apple products in the sense that they don't look like 1980s IBM designs

You could say that Apple just produced facsimiles of Sony designs

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Hubble 'scope snaps 600-LIGHT-YEAR-wide pic of star-spawning nebula

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Re: Tarantula Nebula, the magnificent

The world was created 44 years agon on 1 Jan 1970 - just check your computer's time() function

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Re: Stunning photo

> to get out there and take a closer look ourselves?

Not if there are Tarantulas

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Apple-hungry thieves defy sinking New York City crime stats

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Redine theft of an Apple device

As community service and suddenly NY looks like a nice town

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Re: Bring back Aero too

And XP support expires in April

We want Windows9 to have more XP like features

What about just re-launch XP?

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Dell staffers react to news of 1-in-3 axe dangling overhead

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Re: Fatboy Dell

Yes if you are equipping an entire data center or a school or a new office - then you need help.

But if you choose the supplier's sales team as your source of help for exactly what you need to buy - then you probably have bigger problems than even Dell have

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Re: Fatboy Dell

The joy of Dell - as opposed to HP/IBM - you checked out the specs on the website, ordered the machine on the website, it arrived.

Then we got a bit bigger and we got a sales number to call in Ireland. If you missed the deadline on a deal, or you wanted a slightly different config they would 'help you out'

Then we got big enough to be a "preferred customer" and had to deal with Dell salesdroids.

If you wanted a machine you had to call your particular salesman and leave a message, hoping he would get back to you to "discuss a quote". The quote was always more than the web price and then when you finally ordered the machine and got the invoice they had always added a few extras like MS-Office or a printer.

Dell - when your preferred customers are ordering stuff on your website with their personal credit cards to avoid dealing with your sales team - it's time for a rethink

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Why 2014 might just be the year of the Google Chromebook

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Re: HUGE flaw in these stats that people keep missing

Except the "full educational software" consists of student version of MS-office

Assuming the school (or next generation technology achievement facilitation academy) just wants to teach kids how to make bold text in Word - that's great

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