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Telly psychics fail to foresee £12k fine for peddling nonsense

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Re: Does this mean....

No - but economic forecasts do

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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

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Not an 'entirely' stupid concept

There was a series of fonts developed at the computer lab in Cambridge to stop electronic eavesdropping on monitors http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/teaching/0910/R08/work/slides-ykrt2-videorf.pdf

Of course it doesn't help if the evil boffins at the milk marketing board are tapping your internet rather than hiding in the bushes

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Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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Should have flown to Britain

Then Aeroflot could have refused the police permission to enter the plane to arrest him and Jack Straw would have apologised to them for trying

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Media phone-hacking? Tip of the iceberg, says leaked police report

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Re: New Laws

Can we have new laws to control the police then?

And what about insisting that juries in police corruption trials consist only of ex-miners and black teenagers - that should add some unpredicatability to the normal "medical leave on full pay" outcome of any investigation.

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The classics are the best.

Captain Renault: I'm shocked, shocked to find that phone-hacking is going on in here!

[a croupier hands Renault a pile of disks]

Croupier: Your IMP records sir

Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.

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That enough, folks? Starbucks tosses £5m into UK taxman's coffers

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Re: Hard to get excited

Since they are vital to the nation's economy ( the city would grind to a halt if people couldn't get their espresso) and yet they lose money they should be nationalised

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The shop in the Caymans doesn't even need to sell you the bananas - it can just hold the trademark on your greengrocer's misuse of the apostrophe.

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Re: I never pay at Starbucks

They claim a net outflow of money from the country - I claim a net outflow of liquid at Starbucks.

The amount I take in from a cup is less than the amount I flush down their toilet.

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I never pay at Starbucks

By also having a pee every time I go in I make a net loss and so don't have to pay for the coffee.

Shoplifiting is illegal but "advantageous purchase planning" is all part of my duty as a Yorkshireman to pay nowt.

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'The Decider' quits Twitter to become White House deputy CTO

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A lawyer as chief TECHNOLOGY officer?

Well at least it's an improvement on putting Baptist preachers in charge of the science and technology committee

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Google erases G8 venue from Earth: Microsoft doesn't

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Re: Google lightens the image to reduce detail

Further complicated by the fact that Scotland only appears once every 100years

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Leaked docs: GCHQ spooks secretly haul in more data than NSA

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Re: Uses of intelligence data ..

Presumably, one who can read, one who can write and 848,998 to keep an eye on the two dangerous intellectuals.

Nice to have an opportunity to recycle an old stasi joke.

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Re: TL;DR

Nice Botticelli alterpecee you've got there - you're knicked you perv

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Re: No bureaucracy

But they do keep us safe from tigers.

Since the introduction of this program there have been very few tiger attacks on Britain's streets

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Cuba bound? Edward Snowden leaves Hong Kong

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Re: Obama is due to meet Mandela soon

That's a ridiculous comparison to draw.

Mandela was actually the leader of a genuine terrorist/freedom organisation, he had a civil trial in public for and wasn't tortured.

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Re: Don't want to be in Ed Snowden's position, right now...

It will be interesting to see how the US responds to China's request for en. Keith Alexander's extradition

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El Reg rocket squad poised to select Ultimate Cuppa teabag

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Re: Yorkshire Gold! - Hard or Soft blend of bags?

But do they do a version for soft-southerner water?

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Tesla unveils battery-swapping tech for fast car charging

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Re: In other electric car news...

Almost every other car company only makes a profit on their investment arm and car financing deals.

Others like GM have only ever made money by threatening to go bust if the government doesn't bail them out regularly.

Just about every airline has been in chapter11 since it was founded - that doesn't mean flying is impractical

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Nissan to enter 300 kmh electric car in Le Mans endurance race

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Re: Knee-Jerking...

No they have ernie - the fastest milkman in the west

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US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

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Re: Death? Pffft. 10 years isn't death,,,,

There is also the small print that says we can just send a drone round to kill you if we don't like you.

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Not all data encryption is created equal

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The guarantee is inter-service rivalry.

The CIA wouldn't use an encryption that the NSA could break - the secret service wouldn't use something the CIA could read and so on.

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NORKS harbouring 3,000-strong cyber army, claims Seoul

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That's the problem with starting an war on the interwebitubes.

If everything in S Korea is wired up and internetted it's rather easier to do some damage.

However many times more skilled hackers the south has - it's unlikely that the N Koreans have very much vital equipement connected to the internet waiting to be attacked.

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Google staffing boss: Our old hiring procedures were 'worthless'

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Re: An obvious statistical mistake

Yes that's the problem, they are only comparing people who already had the qualifications and passed the tests. Within that group people who scored 90% and had a PhD from MIT didn't necessarily do the job any better than somebody with a PhD from NYU who only got 70% on the test.

To show that education and test scores are uncorrelated you would also have had to hire some people who failed all the tests and didn't have qualifications and see if they did as well in the job

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An obvious statistical mistake

> employees' performance and compared it to how the same employees scored in interviews, there was no correlation.

But it has already selected from a highly correlated subset of people with high qualifications who did well in quizzes, so it's saying that within that uniform set there is no correlation. They aren't comparing with all the people they didn't hire.

It's like saying, I tested a bunch of Nobel prize winning physicists on their knowledge of physics and found they were all pretty similar - therefore there is no correlation between physics knowledge and a Noble prize. This does not mean it's just random.

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Kim Dotcom victim of 'largest data MASSACRE in history'

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Re: If you think data on a server you don't own is safe....

Leaving aside the case of the (alleged) millionaire copyright thief This should be a wake up for a lot of organisations.

If you are the sort of domestic terrorist that might mean the DoJ has a quiet word with Visa and your account gets dropped, then any hosted email list, website, any evidence etc is destroyed, no warrant, no crime, no charges, probably not even an apology from visa - it's just the T&C

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Re: "Reliable hosting"

According to other stories they deleted it in February, 2weeks after his account lapsed.

It's just hitting the publicity fan now

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Oracle's Ellison outlines plans for Hawaiian Electriclarryland

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Re: With volcano?

Yes but somehow I can't picture Balmer as a suave Bond-type secret agent slipping into Ellison's lair

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With volcano?

I always have the image of him in a collar-less jacket saying " No Mr Torvalds - I expect you to die ......"

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Latest NASA ASTRONAUT class is HALF FEMALE

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Re: Parallel parking in space

That's because men do more miles on nice safe motorways and women do more miles on the school run and around town. Per mile the space shuttle is a very very safe form of transport - just not very safe per passenger.

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>Astronauts used to be the pick of the bunch, the right stuff,

50% of them are still fighter pilots.

So if the ISS ever needs to skim along a trench into the death star before firing into it's unshielded exhaust port.....

That's why space is cooler than high energy physics. If CERN only picked special forces commandos to work on the LHC it would be as cool as the ISS - and produce as much science

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Re: Congratulations to the New Astronauts

> NASA needs to develop its own again. To bad to lose US Space leadership.

They are trying:

Step 1, hyperinflation in Germany

Step 2, rise of a far right party

Step 3, World war

Step 4, develop new weapons

Step 5, pinch enemy scientists that developed those weapons.

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IT mercenaries and buy-to-let landlords are my HEROES - here's why

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Re: Interesting article

That was always the belief why the tories wanted home ownership in the 80s

If you can't move to get a better paid job the employer has you, you can't strike you can't get a raise

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Nuke plants to rely on PDP-11 code UNTIL 2050!

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Re: Do they have spare parts?

There are a couple of companies making PDP11 addin boards for PCs that emulate a PDP11.

The green roadside boxes running traffic lights were PDP11s until recently

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Soylent days and soylent nights

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Re: Obviously, you need to combine....

> Imagine "lunch" as a warm, wheat-coloured oily liquid that has grainy stuff in it that sticks in the back of your throat, and you're there.

They still make Watneys Red Barrel ?

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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

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Re: Titanic meet PNC

No this is a sample of those that got caught by journalists and the news got out.

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how many were arrested?

Of those found breaking the public trust in the most serious way - how many are now in prison?

If due to their actions the public now distrusts the noble guardians of our safety - isn't this a rather more serious crime than fiddling expenses?

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UK telcos chuck another £1m at online child abuse watchdog

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Re: Mary Whitehouse would be spinning in her grave

One alleged side effect of this in Australia is that porn must now involve massive breasts.

Any pictures of ladies with a more svelt physique now risk tagging as being underage - or appearing underage, (apparently a grandma in a school uniform is considered child porn).

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Apple's screw-up leaves tethered iPhones easily crackable

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Re: RE: MrXavia

I'm surprised the defualt password list isn't just: "steve","jobs", "turtleneck", "shiny","rounded","corners"

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Ask Trevor Pott ANYTHING about Office 365

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Can we use "ize" and "re"

Or does that confuse the NSA filters?

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Robbing a bank? Carberp toolkit now available for just $5k

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Can I buy online

Just put my bank details into their site

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NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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Re: I call BS on this

Funnily enough those are also the main reasons for drone flights in the US.

The main reason for the use of hellfire missiles remains "kittens in trees"

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Re: another attempt to diffuse the ongoing row

Actually I think they are hoping to DIFFUSE the ongoing row into a lot of narrow arguments about which companies did what and who knew when

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Re: Really?

I suppose you could beat them with logic.

Ask Google, "if I asked Amazon were they being forced to lie about national security letters, would they say yes?"

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New material enables 1,000-meter super-skyscrapers

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Any rope is the problem

The limit on skyscrapers is how many lifts you have and how long people are prepared to wait for them.

If you have a rope, however ultra, you are limited to one lift per shaft.

A shaft takes up floor space, adding shafts means less tenants.

The solution is maglev lifts than run on rails in the walls of the shaft so you can have multiple lifts in the same shaft. You can also queue them like tube trains on the circle line. So in the morning rush, after the first lift leaves the ground floor there is another one that was parked in the basement which can follow it up a few seconds later.

You do need a bit of software to make sure that destination for lift 1 is > destination for lift 2 but even VB programmers should be able to manage that.

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NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'

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Re: A modern hero

>because you can vet it for spyware

You are qualified to vet if the PRNG in the RSA impementation is correct or if it has a little weakness put in by some mathematician at the NSA?

>. If such malicious code does get in somehow, it is quickly weeded out

Except when this happened accidentally and nobody noticed for 3years

Yes it's fairly easy to spot send(password,nsa.gov) but that doesn't mean that even opensource is automatically safe

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Swedish watchdog: Google's chocolate cloud? Nej, not private

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Re: Closed Source Software == security risk of espionage (confidentiality violation)

Obviously under an open source model we would all contribute to renovating the politicians home and taking them on holiday.

Anybody know where I can get a bulldozer and Theresa May's address?

Then Richard Stallman can take Margaret Beckett on a caravan holiday

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Bjarne Again: Hallelujah for C++

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Re: The usual non-USA cost bias.

Funnily enough for most textbooks it's the opposite way around, they are $200 in the USA and £40 in the UK

Based on, if your are paying $50k in tuition you won't mind a few $100 on books

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Google flings another £1m at online child sex abuse vid CRACKDOWN

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Re: Eh?

I want some official government authority with judicial review and a known political agenda - not some "charity"/religous group/think-tank to have quasi-government power to ban anything that they don't like.

Won't somebdoy think of the children is not a valid reason.

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Re: Eh?

The problem is that - even if this were possible - the list is supplied by a "charity" with unknown political aims, unknown backers, and no review process.

They already blocked wikipedia over an album cover you can buy in HMV, their counterparts in other countries have blocked gay marriage and breastfeeding sites.

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