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NSA admits slurping thousands of domestic emails with no terror connection

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Re: How about 20 million quaries a month

Remember these are high security government systems.

So each query is "select * from ..." and the resulting data is put on a thumb drive, copied to a laptop to be analysed in Excel and then left in a cab

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Re: EFF or CYA?

Remember the good old days when the president told the CIA/FBI/NSA what to do

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Re: sooo...

But it was only a few 1000 out of millions (which we also collect) , and we didn't launch a drone at any of the people (yet) and it's an abandoned program (to be replaced by a bigger one) - so nothing to worry about and aren't we good for reporting it.

Mistakes were made (although not by identifiable people) and improvements will be made (which we can't tell you about)

= Standard govt excuse template for everything from late buses to genocide

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No signal in Seascale? Countryside Alliance wants to hook you up

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Re: So would this be the same Greenie arseholes?

Weren't CPRE are the ones who oppose wind farms and in a totally unrelated matter received funding from GE's nuclear energy division ?

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Re: Veggie

It's political correctness gone mad.

I mean the peasants have to die sometime - but when I run over a flock of them in my Range Rover there is all sorts of nastiness. I had to call the Chief Constable to get it all sorted out.

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Re: A wrong assumption

You presumably use a Trojan on a rubber-hose for extra protection ?

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This was done by activists when the law was introduced - they email a block of random numbers to the home secretary and demanded that the police arrest him.

We had a lecture from the police when this was introduced and asked how we could prove that the random background noise recorded by our detectors at CERN wasn't an encrypted message. Apparently we didn't have to worry because the laws were only for use against terrorists not nuclear physicists.

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Re: We need Plausible Deniability (i.e. What No TrueCrypt?)

The outer container reports the full size of the volume, the inner container is written to the unused blocks. You can fill the outer container in which case the hidden area will simply be overwritten and lost.

You can set the outer container not to overwrite the "unused" blocks but then this will reveal that there is hidden data.

You can also have an unlimited number of containers within containers - there is no way to prove there isn't another hidden one inside the keys they have beaten out of you

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Oh noes! New 'CRISIS DISASTER' at Fukushima! Oh wait, it's nothing. Again

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Re: How many people do you think were killed at Chernobyl?

The costs are largely due to an over reaction to the danger

Suppose the reaction to Aberfan (slag heap slipped onto a school killed 150) had been to build a concrete box to contain every slag heap in Britain and the shutting down of every coal mine in wales - the cost would have been a fair % of GDP.

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Re: "They always have a back-up"

Including 2500 people who were killed when their train was hit by a Tsunami.

I hope the UK government learns from this and cancels HS2.

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Beta?

I think you might be getting Alpha and Beta confused.

Alpha doesn't go through skin and can be stopped by a piece of paper. Beta although much lower mass and therefore lower 'energy' (for some definitions of energy) can burn skin directly.

The bigger concern is that the beta emitters in question from a reactor are probably Strontium and Iodine which are biologically a bit unpleasant because they accumulate in bits of your body which you would prefer not to be spewing out radiation. Ingesting water full of radioactive Sr or I is rather worse than standing next to a much more active lump of an alpha emitter like Uranium or Plutonium.

Probably best not to drink large amounts of water from a waste pond at any large industrial facility then.

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'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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Re: It wasn't about putting the data beyond use

We are going to walk into the offices of the major anti-government newspaper and give it a story that makes the government look bad and puts the Guardian onto front page news everywhere in the world - at the cost of a couple of bits of old hardware.

There are only two possible explanations:

1, The government and the intelligence agencies REALLY ARE that stupid

2, The secret intelligence service is still being run by KGB agents. But being British Intelligence they don't know they cold war is over and think the Guardian is still a hot bed of lefty radicalism - and are trying to help their fellow Trotsky-ites stick it to the Tory government.

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Re: Don't forget the lying bit.

Never believe anything until it's been officially denied

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Re: Even better

Email back the copy when you have finished reading it?

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Bradley Manning sentenced to 35 years in prison

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Re: AC aware of world beyond their borders

Also, until very recently, USAsians didn't need a passport to go to Mexico, Canada or most of the Caribbean.

Suppose Brits didn't need passports to go to Europe or the USA - how many would have them ?

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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The university removed all the admin staff to leave the profs to do their own grant applications, travel, equipement ordering etc.

Saved a moderate amount of money in salaries. Cost a fortune in lost grants, wasted time, unpaid and multiply paid invoices, overpriced and wrong equipement bought etc - but nobody noticed that

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Brazilians tear strip off NSA in wake of Snowden, mull anti-US-spook law

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Re: mirrored

At which point Microsoft/Apple/Google/Facebook/etc Brazil inc is charged under local laws, its executives are imprisoned and it's banned from operating in that country.

Keeping in with the NSA is fine with Apple - right upto the point where it is banned in the BRIC economies. Remember the US had no political power over most of these countries, unlike Britain or Ireland. It can hardly threaten a boycott of China or to invade Russia !

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MYSTERY of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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Re: Colour me old fashioned, but...

And in your world a bobby still tells people the time, crimes are solved by little old ladies and the government doesn't kidnap political opponents fly them to secret prisons and torture them

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Re: Clever or stupid?

There are also long and involved procedures for disposing of partially detonated, degraded or suspect explosives.

Yet every airport in the world confiscates millions of suspect explosives from passengers and throw them into a big plastic bin.

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Mighty multi-scope snaps stunning STARBIRTH image

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Re: Supersonic speeds

"euro" news - surely not.?

The BBC covered it under "foreign"

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Greenland - isn't

It's rather white - on account of all the snow falling, from clouds

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US highway agency awards Tesla Model S RECORD safety score

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Re: Plus this was an American "test"

>Testing methodology used by the NHTSA is no secret,

Stereo loud enough for other cars to hear it at freeway speeds - check

Ability to drift across 4 lanes of a freeway without indicating - check

Can fit into McDs drive thru - check

At least 4x 196oz super-duper-slurp compatible cupholders per person - check

Equivalent turning circle to a super tanker - check

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Oh wonderfull

A silent car owned by rich people who think they are invulnerable

Time to fit that RPG to my bike

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Windows NT: Remember Microsoft's almost perfect 20-year-old?

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Re: "they got rid of that login method later on"

The fake login prompt was the first thing we did on Unix machines when we learned to put the terminal into no-echo mode

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Guardian lets UK spooks trash 'Snowden files' PCs to make them feel better

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re: if I were the Queen

I would certainly be worried about my security - what with Brazillian terrorists being released into the country and such.

At my next weekly meeting with the PM I would make sure I had a couple of beefy members of the Scots and Irish guards standing behind him with their sabres drawn.

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Re: Are we sure they were UK spooks?

Half the journalists had been at Eton and Cambridge with them?

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Re: Just when I thought....

Remember for 40 years while we faced imminent thermonuclear annihilation from the USSR - MI5 was mostly being run by KGB agents.

So we can only assume that GCHQ is now being run by 4chan, Kevin Mitnick and lolcats

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Operational Inteligence

Duncan Campbell described something similar 25years ago when the police came and seized the computer he was using when investigating something.

They proudly carried the monitor of the PCW out of the house but left all the boxes of floppy disks.

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Amazon DISAPPEARS from internet

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Re: Homonym hell

Let's not be homophonic - and don't call me shirley

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Not worried

We got rid of 90% of our sysadmins for security reasons and put everythign in the cloud

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

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Re: New Synonym?

So long as they ban the terrorist TV network "Dave" we will all be happy

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Re: Journalism is dead, long live the Queen

Really? I was almost convinced that the whole thing was arranged by an evil genius mastermind at the gruniad (can't you picture Alan Rusbridger with a white cat?)

I stopped reading the paper when Neue Labour came to power but I have started again on the back of this investigation.

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Legal bible Groklaw pulls plug in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm

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Re: Politics is only broken if you believe it is

No it's a 1.5 party state.

You vote for a 3rd party to avoid either of the liars and they do a deal with one of the liars

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Bug-finder chucked for posting to Zuck

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Re: Pay the guy!

Isn't this actually stupid enough to feature on the "Evil Overlord List"?

101: If a minion points out an obvious flaw in my plan which would allow an enemy into my inner sanctum i will listen to him and not have him shot for his impertinence.

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Amazon's cloud dwarfs all others, Gartner finds

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Rackspace Switzerland AG

Could pick up a lot of customers right now

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Snowden's email provider may face court rap after closing service

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Re: Secret justice

He wasn't even being coerced into giving information.

He was being coerced into re-writing his service to store the email un-encrypted or grab the encryption details of all his customers - that goes a long way beyond cooperating with the court

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

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Re: No need for a third runway at Heathrow

I fly through schipol just to avoid Heathrow anyway

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Re: Interesting ...

Since the US no-fly list still contains the names of journalists who were investigating Nixon - I think it's more a matter of anyone who doesn't support us is an enemy for life

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Re: Gibraltar border

It seems that Spanish efficiency allows immigration officers to stop anyone crossing from Gibraltar for 9 hours

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Re: who I should vote for? Plaid Cymru?

The only party with consistent strong opposition to the security forces is probably Sinn Fein

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World cup and Olympics

I wouldn't plan on visiting if I was a copper

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Re: But

He is a documentary film maker who was travelling from Germany where he had been discussing making a film about Snowdon. So hopefully everything was encrypted or a few more people are going to be getting a 4 am call from the Geheime Staatspolizei

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Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

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Re: Why...

Because Dre is a lot easier to spell than sennheiser?

I blame the schools

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

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Re: back to Bing then

All the cool kids use duckduckgo

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Wikileaks Party scrambles to explain election decisions

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Re: You can give the man a seat

IIRC in Australian politics it's normal to put the leader in prison after voting for him - so having Assange already locked up would save a lot of effort

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Facebook's flush Sheryl Sandberg savaged over UNPAID intern advert

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Opportunities in the cotton picking industry

Make no money fast, opportunities for all, immigrants from Africa welcome

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Microsoft warns of post-April zero day hack bonanza on Windows XP

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Re: Wait, hear that? @Ben Tasker

So roughly the equivalent of some gentlemen in dark glasses walking around your shop saying "nice place you've got here be a shame if it burned down ! Now can I interest you in one of our fire alarms ?"

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Google goes dark for 2 minutes, kills 40% of world's net traffic

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Re: See, you keep telling them but they don't listen

The NSA might use hamsters but GCHQ uses gerbils

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/1415469.stm

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Card-cloning crooks use 3D printers to make ever-better skimmers

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Everywhere still uses magstripe aswell - that's the 'genius' of the banks security.

You get everyone to type their top-secret pin into the terminal at Honest Ahmed's Kebab House and Management consultancy, then have ATM's that still read the magstripe instead of the chip and use the same pin.

It's like broadcasting the identical weather report every day in your top secret enigma code to U-boats and in Captain America decoder ring code.

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