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KEEP CALM and Carry On: PRISM itself is not a big deal

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Re: The scary thing...

Similarly with the companies involved =ie. The NSA doesn't have direct access to Google's server

No, It only has access to the switches feeding Google's servers.

But the servers are owned by Google data center inc - a wholly owned subsidiary, which the has NSA access

So we have a department of deniability that handles NSA requests and they are careful that the CEO doesn't know about it.

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Re: You're not as special as you think you are.

You are special now - you pay tax.

And you file to pay the extra sales tax on anything bought out of state, and you declare any souvenirs you bring back from a foreign trip, and pay income tax and social security on anything you sell on ebay?

I hope so because the IRS now have a copy of all your internet traffic and all your credit card slips

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Microsoft announces $499 price tag, new games for Xbox One

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Re: including VAT/Sales taxes?

It's illegal to advertise consumer products without VAT.

You have to claim that you are a trade supplier most of your customers are VAT registered to get away with it (cough ebyuer cough)

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Tim Cook: Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers'

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Nobody got fired for buying IBM

There is no fragmentation in the MVS world

If everyone sticks to running IBM software on IBM mainframes we can ignore all this PC business

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NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

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Re: Breaking EU law?

Perhaps we are being unfair to these companies?

Perhaps they didn't know the NSA was spying on their data.

Perhaps Goole/Microsoft/Amazon/Facebook/Twitter/etc/etc security is so poor that anybody can walk into their data centers with a reel of fibre under their arm and a splitter and just patch into any of their systems.

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Re: Breaking EU law?

Google should be safe - we know that they don't do any business in the Eu outside Ireland.

So only Irish citizens need to worry

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Re: Nothing to fear?

> they must have ministerial approval.

The question is do they need ministerial approval for each email/person logged or just a blanket - "we approve you to do whatever you want in the name of national security"

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Re: I'm glad a politician has told us everything is ok.

He didn't lie - he said they operate within the law, the law is to do whatever they want.

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Re: People use gmail.

The difference being that gmail doesn't, currently), operate off-shore prison camps where you get tortured (if you believe in a certain prophet) or have their own special regiment that come round and shoot you (if you believe in transubstantiation)

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Singing astronaut Chris Hadfield resigns from Canadian Space Agency

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he still needs to rehabilitate

Following many months in a sterile, airless, weightless vacuum with no atmosphere he will be moving to Ottowa/Toronto/Mississauga (delete as applicable)

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Author Iain (M) Banks falls to cancer at 59

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a committed atheist – a position he held until his death.

I think he would have liked the joke in that

And Tom Sharpe today as well

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NSA Prism: Why I'm boycotting US cloud tech - and you should too

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Commercial liability

Imagine that the US intelligence agencies considered it their patriotic duty to pass on any useful info to American companies vital to US national security, or that possibility that somebody in the US intelligence agencies might be susceptible to a bit of bribery to pass on that info.

If i'm a shareholder in Rolls Royce/Thales/BAe/Airbus/etc and i find that they have been using US email/software/operating. systems/cell phones/cloud providers and any of that commercial data leaked - I think i would have a reasonable case for a shareholder lawsuit against their negligence.

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Re: Hello pot, this is kettle.

>There are no dragnet style snooping operations in Canada

There doesn't need to be, unless you are calling Nunavut from the Norther Territories your data is going to go through an American cable and American servers

The CICS has also shown that it puts "national security" ie being nice to the Americans, ahead of the interests of Canadian companies and citizens

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Re: Let's start askin our "multi" national hosting providers

Even if they are subject to local laws you can assume that the UK and US inteligence communities consider themselves above the law.

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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

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Re: Menwith Hill...

Ahh the gold old days - when we spied on the enemy (at least officially)

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Re: Counterterror fail

If the purpose of this was to catch terrorists that would be true.

If the purpose of this is to have some dirt on everybody - just in case - then the more data the better

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Re: And for non-US citizens?

>But spying on the citizens of your allies OK then?

That was the origin of the UKUSA agreement.

US president Hoover's swore that he wouldn't spy on Americans "Gentlemen don't read other gentlemen's mail.". Unlike Mr Obama didn't have his fingers crossed. So he got the Brits to intercept US mail and read it and he did the same for them.

A more refined form of lying for a more civilized age.

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Re: GCHQ

Better idea.

GCHQ can only spy on Americans / NSA can only spy on Brits

And they hate each other and don't share any info

A bit like when we used to have actual real enemies

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Re: GCHQ

Damn good thing too - if we don't spy on all those Americans how can the counter revolution succeed?

Long live King George and the defeat of the North American rebels

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Re: A wide variety of threats

Here it's the "threat to national security from the misguided activities of citizens manipulated by foreign interests" ie people who object to running a crude oil pipeline through a seal sanctuary

The government hasn't started calling them terrorists yet....

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“The unauthorised disclosure of a top-secret US court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation,”

No it doesn't - it tells potential terrorists that they will be immediately detected by the all seeing eye of the NSA and so they shouldn't try anything.

It's like claiming that leaking the existence of American nuclear weapons to the USSR put America at risk.

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Reseller Computacenter LITERALLY smokes out squatters from offices

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Re: Boo

Check your small print - it used to be that if the DSS decided that a claim was invalid/fraudulent they came after you for all the rent you had been paid. If you didn't pay up they seized the property.

So you had full retrospective liability for a benefit claim that you weren't allowed to know any details of - try getting insurance against that!

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All major UK ISPs prepping network-level porn 'n' violence filters

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Re: Paul Crawford

"That would be for a court to decide. They're the only people empowered to make decisions on what is or isn't legal."

They would do the ASBO trick. The material on the list wouldn't have to be proved illegal - circumventing the list to access these sites would itself be illegal, even if the site was on the list by accident

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Re: Babbit55

"The national comittee of people who know best" - you aren't allowed to know who is on the comittee because they know best, and you can't see the list because then you might be exposed to naughty stuff - so just keep calm and carry on.

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Leaked docs show NSA collects data on all Verizon customers

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One of the first prosecution under the UK's data protection act was a senior police officer who saw a car parked outside his house had the owner traced and then beat up the man who was knocking off his wife. He got off because he didn't know how to use the computer so had a WPC do the actual typing.

We then had our own PATRIOT act to stop international terrorism. One of it's first uses was by local councils asking fro cell phone location tracking so they could detect people not picking up dog crap. Then they launched total surveilance programs on people who were living outside the catchement area trying to send their kids to a good school.

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Culture Sec: You - Google. Where's the off switch for all this filth?

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Re: Illegal content is already illegal

But it worked so well for Australia

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Why aren't knife makers doing more to ensure their knives are' used illegally?

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Jobs' 'incredibly stupid' prattlings prove ebook price-fix plot, claim Feds

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Re: Costs

>, I imagine a large chunk of the cost of production is in the skill and knowledge of the creator(s), not in the distribution?

Yes that's why authors typically get 95% of the cover price of the book

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

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Re: Green screen

I was picturing Stephen Fry as a sort of clippy.

"i see you are trying to make a comedy program" just drop a Stephen Fry in

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Websites to 'close' for China's 'Internet maintenance day'

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So what is microsoft covering up?

Hosted TFS on VisualStudio.com has been stuffed all day

According to wiki it's the anniversary of Emily Davison throwing herself under a horse for womens' votes and the anniversary of a non-Windows software cockup with the ArianeV.

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Microsoft: Our clouds don't bleed you to death

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Re: One word. Licensing

Unlikely - monopolies will really hammer them for charging themselves less than a competitor for the same "product".

Especially when they claim that the Azure is a wholely separate business in Timbuktu and doesn't pay any tax anywhere else.

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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

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Re: Users already have fingerprints

>2. Your password can't be changed.

It can, a drastic bit of surgery to revoke one I'll admit

But you do get 10 chances

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Re: But 666 is a wonderful number!!

>I thought it was 616 other than in films

666 the typo of the beast

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Elon Musk pledges transcontinental car juicers by end of year

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Re: Musk obviously has staff to pay his bills and thus never actually sees them ...

Electric cars could be the savior of the electricity grid - especially in developing countries with poor infrastructure (like the USA).

You have coal plants which you can't adjust and a massive demand during the day for AC (which you can't meet) and no demand at night (which destabilises your grid).

Having a million UPS distributed across California hooked up to smart meters could save billions on having to build super high capacity DC links like Germany is having to do now it got rid of its nukes.

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TSA: Perv scanners now fully banished from US airports

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Re: Hmmm...

You don't even need to spend the money on roads. There was a study that claimed the increase in driving due to hijack fears/security hassles already upped the death toll significantly.

The more worrying one is the increase in food contamination/poisoning since the food safety inspectors came under DHS and were reassigned from checking food plants to searching for terrorists.

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I'm reassured

So they fitted software that they claim will stop the operators viewing nude images - unless you press the test button.

To the same machines that they claimed had software which couldn't save images - unless you pressed the test button.

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'Syrian Electronic Army' fails to crack Israeli water system

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Re: Let me get this straight

Sorry got the of/and confused in the post

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Let me get this straight

Syrian government groups attack Israel (allegedly)

Because Israel blew up a convoy (allegedly)

Carrying weapons to the terrorists/freedom-fighters/rebels attacking the Syrian government (allegedly)

Are they putting something in the water?

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Kettle 'which looks like HITLER' brews up sturm in a teacup

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Re: People are stupid as a whole.

> My comment is based on the fact that it's annoying not being able to make a cup of tea in a hotel room. And I'm British, dammit.

I believe that this is a major part of the US defence (no spellchecker it shouldn't be "s") against a British counter revolution. The right to bear arms and the requirement to drink coffee.

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Re: People are stupid as a whole.

Post and wire is great, it allows you to find a live connection without all that tedious removing of insulation

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Re: People are stupid as a whole.

Who would have thought that an article about Hitler would have descended into such a flame war !

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Re: People are stupid as a whole.

Actually a combination of wussy little girly 110v and no ring mains so you can only pull about 15Amps from an entire circuit means kettles that take 10mins to make a cup of tea, no electric showers and washing machines that need their own dual phase supply.

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UN to call for 'pre-emptive' ban on soulless robot bomber assassins

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Re: Not sure I get this

Sinking merchant shipping without warning was one of the war crimes Admiral Dönitz was charged with at Nuremberg. So unless your homing torpedoes can stop, put up their country's flag, wait for the crew to get into lifeboats and then sink the ship - you might be in trouble.

Unless of course you are on the winning side!

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Re: Not sure I get this

Exactly - a cruise missile is just a naval bombardment on steroids

This is a remote install minefield.

Send a drone to loiter over an enemy camp (or wedding party, or village in Gaza). It's programmed to shoot/missile/bomb any target (or women collecting water) that appears on the street

At the end of the news cycle you move the drones to the next village.

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EMC inks deal to take Brit F1 racer Lotus to the clouds

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Logo

Is it printed backward so that the other drivers can see it in their rear view mirrors?

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Australia's de-facto net filter has ZERO regulation

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Re: 313 and secrecy..

The civil servants have a choice, publish each banned site along with the reasons and be prepared to justify it in court, or at least in the media when you 'accidentally' ban a breastfeeding site or a rape survivors charity.

Or keep everything secret and face no risk whatsoever

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China announces giant military hackathon at SECRET Mongolian base

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Re: The USA can't care really...

The navy has been doing rather badly in the war on terror.

It's difficult to show that building another 12 carrier battle fleets will substantially reduce the risk form Al Queda

They really need a distant enemy - and a pacific one is best for the publicity photos.

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

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Re: Pro-Freedom

So completely unlike our own government process then ?

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