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Luxembourgeois data protection watchdog probes Microsoft in Skype PRISM complaint

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Re: Simple rule, US company || US staff || US servers == *insecure*

Not just the USA. If I were ARM, BAe, BP - I would be asking the government if GCHQ spied on me and passed information to the NSA knowing that it would be handed over to Intel, Lockheed Martin and Exxon.

I don't think the NSA funds as many tory MPs as British industry does.

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Re: Skype joined PRISM in 2011

Or to unrecap. A US general who believes he is the last line of defence between homeland, mon and apple pie is given the technical means to spy on all those potential terrorists.

He chooses to give up this power because it just wouldn't be cricket to potentially also spy on some innocent citizens along with the godless fundamentalist commie muslim hoards waiting to overthrow the USA

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Re: A hyperthetical question...

Piece of p*** to enforce. Break the law and the eu levies unlimited fines, seizes all Google and Microsoft assets in europe, bans them from operating in europe, prosecutes anyone who advertises with them etc etc

All those nice new blanket "anti-terrorist" laws they introduced to deal with file-sharing sites might come in useful

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Laptops Snowden took to Hong Kong and Russia 'just a decoy'

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Re: Data mules

But you don't have to worry because they promised that the aw would only be used against terrorist

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Control panel backdoor found in D-Link home routers

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Re: It would be nice to think

/yes on the router with the deliberate back door the same firmware says the remote admin is off

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Google: Now your mom will try to sell you toilet paper

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cue viral spoof review in 3 2 1 ...

I'm assuming an army of Goolgeplex umpa-lumpas aren't choosing these personally

So there will be some sort of algorithm that just picks the most popular linked reviews - can't see any way in which will people will game this for their own amusement

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Aereo finds new way to ENRAGE TV barons: An app for Android things

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Re: Idiots

That would be like the railway companies getting a law passed requiring somebody to walk in front of buses and cars waving a red flag - a completely ridiculous idea

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Payday loans firm rapped for failing to register with Info Commissioner

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Re: Payday loan companies......

Borrow £100 over the weekend, payback £110 = OMG 2000% interest

Go overdrawn £10 at the bank, pay £120 unauthorized overdraft fee and £25 for the letter telling you.

But you only paid 15% interest !

No wonder the responsible high street banks and their pet politicians want these people outlawed

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Re: Payday loan companies......

Unlike the high street banks who are all models of moral rectitude and very rarely destroy the economy or demand billions in taxpayer handouts

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Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee: DRMed HTML least of all evils

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Re: A reason for a standard

At the moment adding DRM is a cost to the distributor so they think before using it. When DRM is part of the standard it will be easier to DRM everything than not. Any commercial web site from el'reg to the NYT will be DRMed .

I only hope the standard works and we aren't back to the days when site X would only work on one browser and so we need to carry an iPad, Android, WinRT tablets and a VMS system around to match the various half-baked DRM implementations to read each site.

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MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

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Re: I don't understand something...

That's the problem with such widespread surveillance.

If you have every Muslim and Catholic in the country listed as a potential terrorist and every Chinese/Russian listed as a potential spy then inevitably whenever anything happens you will have been "watching them" and missed the signs. And so you need more surveillance.

You could of course just round up everybody of the appropriate religion and put them in camps - but I think that was patented.

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Re: Vikings my dear boy

0-1000AD: no CCTV, lot of vikings

1000-1999AD: invention of CCTV, reduction in viking raids

2000AD- : widespread CCTV, no viking raids

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Re: WMD's

It's the secret of British Cuisine.

You can't trust vegetables - the only way to be sure is to pressure cook them for a week.

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Re: The problem is

Do you wear your underpants over your trousers?

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True - but how many of these are planned on facebook?

How does the GCHQ havign a list of which library books I take out or which netflix movies I watch, stop the PIRA?

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First we shoot an innocent Brazilian student, then we hack their oil companies. Thank god somebody is protecting is from the imminent threat of Brazilian invasion

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Re: The problem is

He has a point, when i was a lad we had bombs blowing up city centres regularly and no internet surveillance. Now t'internet is monitored so comprehensively we only have the occasional IRA killing.

I believe CCTV has reduced the incidence of viking raids by a similar amount

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

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Re: It Should be Mandatory

Graphing calculators are required here (which is why they still cost the same $150 that they did 20 years ago)

Odd to require a tool which stops you thinking over one that makes you think

No I'm not saying calculators are bad, but if you are doing maths you should know what 1/x looks like without having the calculator draw it

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Re: Whose idea was it anyway?

>The problem, as it has always been, is the lack of suitable teaching staff

But we have unfortunately gone from: you once saw a computer in college = you're the new CS teacher.

Which at least allowed kids to run rings around them.

Now we have: these computers were very expensive and are managed by G4S, I don't know anything about computers, I just know my job is on the lien if you do anything to them, so my job is to stop you kids touching the computers.

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Re: Pointless Sarcasm

>technology primary school kids will be sitting in front of when they enter the workplace,

Powerpoint - it will be @#$%$ing Powerpoint

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Re: Article of the Straw variety?

Another vote for the Pi is that teaching computer science/programming in schools is a disaster, it has always been a disaster and always will be a disaster.

We (40something 1st gen of BBC in schools/Vic20 at home) didn't learn anything in O level CS, we learnt by playing with the machines. The same will happen with the Pi - there will be an a official curriculum meeting the standards of "keystage Pi, subsection e, attainment level log(2)" with suitable gender neutral and culturally sensitive pictures on the cover - and it will be ignored by anyoen with a real itnerest.

The big win of the Pi, any why it isn't equivalent to just having a VM or online JS environment - is that it allows kids to play with a computer themselves, without being bound to classrooms rules or school access policies.

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Microsoft store staff to hold all night vigil for Surface 2

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Re: Who would queue up at midnight for this?

The lenovo Yoga just dropped to $299 here - semi tempted.

Just for a machine at work to run Outlook as a dashboard and for travelling.

Main worry is that it won't get any RT updates and will become a brick when IE version.whatever requires RT8.2

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Meg Whitman asks HPers to drag their asses into the office

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Re: re: in other words... hp announce that "the cloud" doesn't work

HP has (or had) 300,000 employees world-wide.

Either they have a fscking big office or they will have to develop mechanisms to allow these people to work together without being in the same cube farm. If you can work together int he same company with people in Mumbai, Tokyo, Frankfurt and Palo Alto you should be able to manage North London.

Perhaps they could find a company with a background in some of this ITC stuff to advise them?

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

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Re: An overdue change

Where I grew up Scouts were CofE only.

Kids from the Catholic school didn't go to scouts - for pretty much the same reason that kids from Eaton didn't go to watch Celtic

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The potential problem is that people who believe in the bible aren't allowed to swear on it - it says so in the bible.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

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Re: Mmmm.... ChromeBooks!

There is nothing in the Samsung one stopping you doing a Linux install to the SD card. You can even do a software-reset to recover the original chromeOS.

As chrome is a Linux kernel you can even run a chroot linux environment at the same time and hot key between them. https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton

But since most of us here already have more PCs/laptops around the house than we have pairs of shoes. I leave mine as a nice lightweight instant-on web browsing machine - it's what its built for.

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Why?

It's $80 more than the Samsung, a year later and doesn't have the USB3 port

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Space boffins boycott Kepler 'scope talks after US bans Chinese guests

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Re: The last time a country introduced this sort of discrimination...

It's not very different from how Nasa treated Europeans when we were building Hubble,

At least they had the excuse that Hubble was basically a demilitarized spy satellite and there was a cold war on.

I know a lot of bio types have abandoned having conferences in the US because of the difficulty of getting visas for non-blonde people and the weirder outpourings of the various anti-science, anti-stem cell, anti-evolution politicians.

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> why not let the Chinese boffins attend

Because then you would have to let the Germans, and the Hungarians, and the Indians and the rest - and what sort of state would US science be in if you let foreigners in?

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>the last thing we need is reds getting hold of space technology.

The Rooskies will never get into space so long as our Germans are smarter than their Germans!

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Young? Been online five years? Congrats, you are the ELITE MINORITY

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Bah youngsters

So being able to like Justin Beiber using only your thumbs ranks you as computer literate - while us old farts who were programming machine code at their age.

Of course if they make any breakthroughs in computers that don't need to understand logic, algebra, memory, networking, storage, filesystems, databases etc then the new kids might have a distinct advantage.

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Billionaire dumps Apple stock because Steve Jobs was 'really awful' guy

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Re: Nice Touch

Is he keeping his Oracle shares?

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A14 to become UK's first internet-connected ROAD

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Re: No need for wireless

A whole new meaning to static ip?

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Re: It will also be handy for

South Cambs is flat, your SUV has 4 wheel drive = where we are commuting we don't need no roads !

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Robot WildCat slips its leash and bounds around parking lot

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Re: Value?

>That is an unfair comparison.

So modern comparison - single crop duster filled with Sarin vs bunch of Al Queda/anybody brown skinned who happened to be in the country.

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Re: Value?

>organized military forces never do well against plain clothes enemies no matter their superior numbers or firepower.

The case of a single B29 vs Hiroshima disagrees with you.

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Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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Re: May work if pople want high quality

That's why we need to crack down now.

Look what home recording studios did to the record industry, if we allow people to make their own movies without studio backing what are the coke and merc dealers in LA going to do?

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You're either mighty brave or mighty stupid. So which is it, Twitter?

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Lose money on every customer but make up for it in volume - that's the iWeb2.0 way

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Re: They don't seem to be asking for enough money.

If that includes delivery and installation I'm interested.

The simplest replacement highway bridge here seems to cost >$1bn.

And all the ticketing/toll systems end up costing more to run than they collect.

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Chip, Chip hooray at Samsung outweighs slack gadget numbers

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Then Samsung will be fabbing all the chips in those 'competitors' handsets and still laughing all the way to the bank.

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Obamacare goes LIVE, and so do the survey-spewing spambots

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Bad guys

I thought the bad guys in America already had all your information, all your emails, all your phone call and all your website visits anyway - why would they need to spam you ?

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Snowden's email provider gave crypto keys to FBI – on paper printouts

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"has" become?

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Re: Outrageous

How can it be illegal when the NSA demanded it ?

They are part of the government and everything the government does is legal by definition.

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Iranian cyberwar chief shot dead. Revolutionary Guard: Assassination? Don't 'speculate'

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Turn him off and on again ?

Maybe he got stuck and they were just trying to fix him

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Re: terrorism, not war

War is just terrorism with a bigger budget

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The life of Pi: Intel to give away Arduino-friendly 'Galileo' tiny-puter

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Re: Intel didn't seem to know what they were building

At least it doesn't need a fan ;-)

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US spy court says internet firms can't report surveillance requests

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Re: In which case ...

Or more effective - a ruling from the eu that using a US cloud provider means you violated eu data protection laws. Closely followed by one banning using American software products in confidential eg. medical or government applications.

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Re: R.I.P. First Amendment

Yes but "those people" were the Nazi's the Japanese empire and the USSR - they had no ability to do any harm to the government.

Those people now are American citizens - they can do real harm to a government by not voting for them - these are the enemy you have to watch

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US.gov - including NASA et al - quits internet. Is the UN running it now?

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Re: Who knows...

If it was Capita the page wouldn't have been delivered yet, would be misspelled and be a couple of billion over budget

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Hackers just POURING through unpatched Internet Explorer zero-day hole

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Re: Shit browser gets hacked

Good job people are using this modern supported version of the OS rather than the doom laden unsupported XP

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