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

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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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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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Re: Really?

Or to put it in a British context;

How many Brazillians has the met shot this year?

The majority of calls to the police are to deal with lost kittens or asking a local bobby the time.

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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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Not just telcos, THOUSANDS of companies share data with US spies

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Re: My apologies to everyone I thought was a paranoid fool.

Use security software with links to the shadier end of the Russian government ?

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CIA spooks picked Amazon's 'superior' cloud over IBM

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Re: Correct choice

> Smart choice CIA

Of course negotiating is easier if you are recording all the calls of your supplier !

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The big difference is that IBM normally has enough lobbyists to ensure that government contacts don't go to anyone else.

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US Supremes: Human genes can't be patented

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Re: Hmmm

So how is rearranging naturally occurring DNA into a new pattern to do something new any different from rearranging naturally occurring iron ore into a new shape to do something new?

If I can manufacture a bit of DNA to make a bacteria produce diet coke how is that any less patentable than me inventing a machine to make diet coke?

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DHS warns of vulns in hospital medical equipment

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Updates and FDA regs

Most machines in hospitals run Windows, most are connected to the network and almost all have the auto update turned off - is anyone surprised?

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Confidence in US Congress sinks to lowest level ever recorded

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Re: Dumb voters want someone to blame

Actually the electoral colleges choose the politicians

And the existing politicians choose the electoral college, and set the election boundaries decide who gets the broken voting machines and decide who gets to count the votes

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Re: So why the %$#@! do we keep re-electing the same politicians?

Things have changed:

You used to have a choice between, a southern baptist millionaire lawyer backed by the oil industry, or a southern baptist millionaire lawyer backed by the entertainment industry.

Now you have the same choice but one is half-black.

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PM Cameron calls for modern, programmable computers! (We think)

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Re: Just asked someone who did GCSE IT last year

I did O'level CS in the early 1980s probably soon after it was introduced.

It was a joke then, we wrote an "ask 20 questions" app in BBC basic and had an exam that asked you to do little more than circle the picture of a mainframe. I remember the exam took about 15mins - we were all looking around confused as if they had missed some pages out.

Now don't get me started on the differences between maths/physics O level 30years ago and what we teach today .....

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NSA: 'Dozens of attacks' prevented by snooping

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Re: "NSA's "intent" to get specific figures on the number of attacks prevent out in the next week."

>If a bomber goes on a mission and gets run over by a car,

That would explain America's appaling road safety record. If those 30-40,000 deaths were all actually CIA hits on terrorists

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My dog prevented hundreds of attacks

Although none of the operations led to any arrests, drones attacks or anything that could be mistaken for evidence - rest assured that in his own top secret and unidentifiable way, spot prevented 100s of terrorist incidents

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Facebook turns on frigid Swedish ice-maidens in new data centre

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It's sweden why bother?

I mean unless you are going to round up the people you spy on and put them in offshore camps to tortue them - what's the point in spying on them? It's a complete waste of time and money.

Swedish taxpayers should demand that some small visible minority are rounded up (possibly people that don't like meatballs or can't assemble IKEA furniture) - it's the only way to get value for money.

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Light goes down a fibre at 200,000km/s so it takes 1/20 s to go half way around the world.

what to people do on facebook that makes a 10ms ping a problem?

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Scientists investigate 'dark lightning' threat to aircraft passengers

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Re: Compare to Dental X-Ray

>No proof of course but lots of hosties in their 40's, 50's and 60's have developed lots of nasty cancers that friends in their peer group have not.

Presumably STDs are also caused by altitude then ?

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What did the Lehman Brothers implosion look like to a techie?

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Re: Not quite...

RBS needed bailing out because it had retail customers whose savings you were guaranteeing anyway - plus allowing a high st bank to fail would cause a run on all the others.

Bailing out a merchant bank's trading business is very different.

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Re: Banking failure

There needs to be better protection for retail banking from their merchant arms but it's not as simple as that.

Presumably you want your savings to pay interest, so you need your retail bank to invest the money - just buying US government securities isn't going to pay for all those branches and pens on chains.

In the days when you had to talk to a bank manager somebody had to pay for that, either you paid bank charges or the bank only allowed accounts from people with plenty of money and paid pathetic interest. We don't go back to women not being allowed accounts without their husband but we do go to women only being allowed an account if they have a BMW

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Google donates £1m to child abuse charity ahead of Whitehall meeting

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Re: IWF

That's the really clever part.

They aren't official so there is no official process or review.

An ISP gets told to block an entire website (like wikipedia, or akamai) because of a single complaint from an unknown person. The ISP doesn't have to do this of course - it can explain to the Daily Mail why it is a fan of child porn.

It's secret censorship by "concerned citizens" - exactly the same problem of official response to an unofficial body that you have with ACPO.

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