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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

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Re: Show them you mean it

Or the more paranoid, cynical and probably accurate conspiracy

The NSA wanted this information out there because it has a chilling effect. You might think twice about clicking on the EFF/Peta/GreenPeace link if you think it's going to get logged by the government.

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Pot kettle?

Didn't Maggie brag about how MI5 had bugged the Eu commisioner Mr Fischler when they were negotiating some UK deal on agriculture or something tedious?

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A short, sharp tool kit to get you to the top in financial IT

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Re: BA?

A Bullshit Artist is always useful aren't they?

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Brit fantasy artist sues James Cameron over Avatar world

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Re: Good artists copy; great artists steal.

However the cover artist seems to have stolen the idea for a world encompassing tree from Norse myth. If you thought Apple's lawyers were bad you haven't been up against Odin

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3-2-1... BOOM: Russian rocket launches, explodes into TOXIC FIREBALL

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Re: No auto destruct ?

The rocket holds a hundred tons of kerosene - exactly what sort of auto destruct could destroy that quicker than it burning?

Presumably the former USSR has a few 1000 such devices lying around but putting them onto rockets might seem unfriendly

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What's the most secure desktop operating system?

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Re: The one built by a competent admin

>Windows 8 because it has built in on-by-default AV and firewall.

And it has free automatic cloud backup of all your emails/website visits and IMs

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Dubya: I introduced PRISM and I think it's pretty swell

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Re: erm

The difference is that Americans thought they had a Constitution prohibiting this sort of thing. Brits just assumed that they have always lived under fascism - albeit it one that couldn't make the trains run on time.

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Re: Come on you lot...

In which case there are a lot of people in the West due to be shipped back to the USSR - who were merely criminals for spying on it.

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REVEALED: Google's GINORMOUS £650m London Choc Factory

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Inspired by the coffee cart on platform 3 of St Pancras

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Re: If they are clever...

Unless you are renting the building from yourself and billing the UK operations $1000/day for each of the staff who are actually employed by Google-Venus, their new off-planet tax haven.

It was one of the few tax scams for small businesses. You were allowed to invest in real estate tax free as part of your pension. So you built a factory and rented it to your own company for well above market rates. The company paid less tax because it made less profit and all the extra money went into your real estate company which you got tax back on because it was a pension fund investment

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Re: Oh well...

Although it may appear to be in Camden, for tax purposes the building is actually in another dimension.

Also due to Google's advanced inter-dimensional engineering, the interior of the building is actually smaller than the outside - so they will only be liable for tax on the 1sq ft inside space

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Yorkshire plods LOSE 9,000 GUNS in rogue BOFH database blunder

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Re: Actually there *is* a use for this register.

You're think of chair legs

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Re: “We are in a situation not of our making,” said Chf Supt Odell

Well they fired the one with glasses who could read.

Since then they have tried kicking, punching, truncheoning and even dropping the machine down the stairs but can't get it to say anything.

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HP Enterprise scores major win with $3.5bn Navy network contract

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Re: Interesting

They will fill the desktop, start menu and icon tray with so many add-ins to; order supplies, connect your HP whatever to facebook and download updates that a user will never be able to find any classified documents

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Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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Re: Hollywood sucks

Friends in the industry claim it's due to the death of DVD.

To approve funding on a film you need guaranteed money upfront. DVD sales with a 50% (to the studio) margin were enough to cover the cost, cinema audience with 5% profit are really just advertising.

With no DVD on the spreadsheet the only upfront money is foreign sales. So Hollywood is green-lighting pictures on what they know will sell to Australian TV or S.E Asian theatres - which means familiar titles/franchises/stars

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Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

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Re: Windows 7?

"If I made what my customers wanted, I'd be making faster horses.""

Instead he makes a car but only 2% of them have wheels

And the only way to buy a horse is to buy a wheel-less car and then trade it in

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Live or let dial - phones ain’t what they used to be

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Re: 999

The dial came first, 999 was selected because it sent 9 pulses so was unlikely to be sent by a short

If the phone dials went the other way 111 would be the emergency number

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Obama says US won't scramble jets or twist arms for Snowden

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Re: Note:

So any Brits or Canadians called Snowden better watch

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Re: Normal

If it really was Obama's volunteer IT ninjas that won it over the Republicans disasterous big business consultants. Then after Aaron Schwartz and Snowden he's going to have a hard job finding developers to help the democrats next time - in fact he may have a hard job paying anybody who is any good

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Re: empathy and feelings of a cold blooded lizard

That's a very hurtful thing to say.

Just because some of choose to be environmentally sensitive and use the sun's heat to naturally warm our bodies - rather than waste 90% of our food trying to heat our surroundings to 37C all you mammals get all superior

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re: What’s gone wrong with my country?

At least you started with Ben Franklin and honorable intentions

We started worse than we are now and need the Germans to force us to obey a human rights act - and half our 'leaders' are campaigning to get out of that

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

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Re: But, but, but....

If you look at the map, most of it is well above sea level -except for Lincolnshire .

A petrochemical rich independant Yorkshire and a rising sea level flooded south east doesn't look to bad.

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Re: Sinking houses

Nothing

Coal is what we call a rock. Remove rock and the roof falls in. Especially with the mining techniques used in shallow coal mines. Gas is a gas, most of the rock isn't held up by pressure - remove the gas and the rock doesn't change much.

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Sounds familiar

Didn't we used to have 300years reserve of fossil fuels under the north before?

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Labels to get, count them, 0.13 cents per play on Apple iRadio

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RIAA are you listening?

0.13c per track for Apple - $250,000 per track for pirates

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First quartet of low-latency broadband satellites now in space

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Re: Also...

Those are all in GSO so are also over the equator. You can put a geo-synchronous orbit at any other inclinition but then it only passes over a fixed point once per day

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

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Re: Yet Another Anonymous coward Pen-y-gors I would be very worried...

I meant if the UK decided to force down a civil Russian airline.

We might have jet fighters but we don't have any coal mines

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Re: Pen-y-gors I would be very worried...

In which case Moscow just turns a tap and all the lights and heat go off in Britain

We might be a US client state politically - but the USSR (sorry Gasprom) owns our energy.

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Re: Airspace

Yes, and in addition the US doesn't have transit lounges - so if your plane needs to refuel in Miami going from S America to Europe you need to have a US visa.

It's one of the selling points of the new Boeing 7E7 that it can do most of S America to europe/middle east without going through the US.

It's had to consider yourself part of the new BRIC economy if you have to ask the old economy's permission to travel.

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LEO, the British computer that roared

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But

HR still wanted 5years experience of LEO55 before hiring them

They were managed by somebody who couldn't work a slide rule and kept asking them for help to change a typewriter ribbon

The whole project was cancelled by a board that couldn't see any future in this computer stuff and were putting their money into a new Broccoli flavoured cream cake that marketing said would be a hit with the children

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Barnes & Noble sheds Nook tablet albatross, will focus on ebooks

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Re: NST

Advertisers like colour.

Magazine publishing is all about ads.

Magazine publishing is where the money is (what little there is left of it)

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Microsoft: Half of all organizations will use 'Facebook-like' tools

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Re: I call bullshit .

Well now everytime I go to download and expenses claim from our sharepoint site I get little popups asking if I want to join/share/fondle this site with all my friends.

The only explanations I have is that they know filling in expense claims is boring and they believe Facebook is fun - so they want to make filing an expense claim more like Facebook.

Or they are "a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes,

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Microsoft: Someone gave us shot in the ARM by swallowing Surface tabs

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We made lots of money in the past with a monopoly on desktop OS and Office.

So if we don't change we will continue to make lots of money with a monopoly on desktop OS and Office.

After all, the same logic worked for DEC, Tandem, SGI, IBM ....

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Freed LulzSec hacker banned from contacting Anons, wiping data

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Good job he wasn't Japanese and wasn't guilty of "several MILLION counts of conspiracy to do an unauthorised act with intent to impair the operation of a computer" - then he would have faced ... nothing

Or perhaps a fine that could be paid in vouchers to buy more stuff from Sony

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PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD inside

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Re: FFS - It's a development kit, not a prototype or manufacturing sample

Yes, The years of development going into openGL were mostly comittees trying to balance the needs of CAD makers on existing Unix workstations with games makers.

It's quite easy to produce libs that are faster for a typical 2d shooter on your own custom hardware than a general purpose graphics library.

Most games engines will spit out whatever you want on the back end anyway.

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PRISM leaker strands hacks on booze-free flight

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International law?

" we have transferred seven prisoners to Russia that they wanted"

And 1245 flights to Pakistan, Egypt, Syria, Algeria and Uzbekistan and other countries

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Re: the press had to endure a long flight with no alcohol

No booze - on an Aeroflot flight?

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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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