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Kiwis consider new spy laws in wake of Dotcom debacle

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Re: It's pretty obvious...

> a known con artists and criminal,

And a great saving if you allow the secret services to investigate known con artists and criminals - without bothering with judges, warrants and police. In fact you could abolish the police altogether and just buy a job lot of black raincoats and rubber truncheons

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How did something so small and pink cause so much trouble?

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Re: Lack of direction

Yes it did - it wanted a way of having control over people.

It tied all the credit card, internet history, oyster card usage together for that "total law enforcement" policy

It was a way of stopping and searching random (non-white male youth) and then nipping them down to the station for a quick DNA sample if they had forgotten theirs.

It was a way for local councils to be able to pull up something suspicous about your internet history or mobile phone usage if you went to complain about the bins.

It was a way of checking if you were a striking miner on their way to a picket ( well it does take a while to implement these things)

It was of checking if this was a nice middle class boy at a demo whose daddy may cause a row, or a chav scum that can be given a good kicking.

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US Navy builds master control for military drone ops

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Science fiction

"Sailor controlling an Air Force unit's ... or a Marine controlling an Army "

I think you are more likely to have a joint Royal Navy / French Navy nuclear deterrent. Or a joint US/Russian infantry unit in Afghanistan - than you are having the Navy cooperate with the USAF or the Marines with the Army.

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Google formally recognises Palestine: Puts it on the virtual map

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Re: There is no such thing as Palestine!

Pretty much the same argument could be made about Great Britain

Or Roman-Scandanavian-Anglo-Saxon-Norman-Hanover Land (incorpoarating Wales, Scotland and Ireland (sometimes)) land - but that is rather a lot to put on a passport

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NORKS powers down whole towns to find pirates

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Re: Surely that's untrue?

>I think it's way more likely that this is simply propaganda

Or a leaked lobbying document by the MPAA

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Dept o' Labor says US created more jobs than it thought this spring

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Lies, damn lies and unemployment statistics

So 1000s of people on unpaid leave from Nasa don't count as unemployed.

But if one of them gives in and gets a job as a Walmart greeter that's a job 'created'

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Suspected Chinese NASA spy smuggled smut not state secrets

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Chinese rockets

Don't worry if you kick out all the Chinese there are still lots of Russian physics grad students.

Failing that - you can kidnap a few Nazi's

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Well he was right

Senator Wolf 's press release (before the discovery) said:

"I am particularly concerned that (the) information (on Jiang's laptop) may pertain to the source code for high-tech imaging technology that Jiang has been working on with NASA. This information could have significant military applications for the Chinese Peoples Liberation Army."

Assuming a digital camera is a high-tech imaging device and Chinese squadies like jazz mags then he was technically correct.

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: unintended f*c*i*g consequences.

Guns are noble defenders of America's freedom - she was using science.

Science is only one step from godless commie atheism

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Re: unintended f*c*i*g consequences.

Mentos and coke would be a weapon of mass destruction and a war crime

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Fraudster gets ten years after selling fake 'ionic charge' bomb detectors

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Re: 27k Golf ball finder anyone...?

Same way that somebody got a $bn contract for perve scanners at airports

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Re: I disagree with most people here.

Presumably the people who sold Nimrod and Chinooks to the UK and Exocets to the Argentinians will get a rather longer sentance.

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Move over Radeon, GeForce – Intel has a new graphics brand: Iris

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Re: Promises, promises

> Why is this?

Because the drivers are written by the guy sweeping up after those working on bleeding edge CPU's, NAND, lithography and so forth

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Forget choice: 50% of firms will demand you BYOD by 2017

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Re: but what about....

Then you buy it yourself, only use it for work and claim it back on tax.

If you are really clever (or an MP) you buy it yourself from a cheap chinese site, lease it to yourself at 100x the cost (using your offshore holding company) and claim the lease costs back against tax

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'Chinese' attack sucks secrets from US defence contractor

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Congratualtions

On getting any useful information out of qinetiq - we never managed to while working on a joint project with them.

Not that we wanted to work with them, but anybody doing any sort of high-tech defence project in the UK is 'encouraged' to partner with them. It's fantastic, all the red tape and inefficiency of Soviet era bureaucracy but you get to pay them lots of money.

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NASA boffins: Space 'scope JUST missed dead Cold War spy sat

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In other overblown hysteria

I was travelling to work this morning when I recieved an automated signal from the TRAFFIC (will think of contrived acronym later) light which suggested that 30tons of truck would be intercepting my orbit off the sliproad which would have resulted in a massive collision.

Fortunately my car was equipped with a kinetic energy to heat transferal system intended to reduce my orbital velocity into the parking space at the end of the mission/commute

The decision was taken to initiate a BRAKE (acronym to follow) manouver and the truck passed ahead of me missing by mere meters (a gnats hair on a canadian scale)

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Brit horologist hammers out ‘first’ ATOMIC-POWERED watch

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Re: I happen to have experience transporting radioactive material across international borders.

>My Tritium keyring from El Reg never so much as raised an eyebrow.

Was it under 2oz and did you put it in the magic terrorist-proof clear plastic bag?

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Barnes & Noble bungs Raspberry Pi-priced Nook on shelves

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Re: So, they're making a loss ...

They don't even have to make a profit on the books - they may just be trying to postpone the day that an all powerful Amazon crushes them.

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Google 'will be pulled back in front of MPs' on its UK tax affairs

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In the blue corner ....

MPs are going to 'name and shame' Google by publishing the details of it's tax avoidance in a parliamentary committee reported in Hansard paragraph2, subsection3, clause 4.....

In the red corner :

Google are going to splash details of MPs (perfectly legitimate) tax avoidance and creative expenses claims all over ... the internet.

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Feds want to fine companies that refuse wiretap requests

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Re: Dangerous thinking ..

Ironically the safest place to put your data would now be on a cloud server owned by a Cuban/Iranian/Russian company

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Surprise! Republican bill adds politics to science funding

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Re: Mixed feelings

Sorry that should have been "grey suit "(auto-complete on the phone)

I hope none of the downvotes were due to people who despair of the great leader's tailoring.

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Re: A poor anaysis from Reg readers (sorry).

The problem is the science and technology committee in US politics.

Science has zero public interest, it also has very little commercial input (except for defense) - this means that a member of the science and technology committee cannot raise enough financial support from the public or corporations to fund their re-election campaign. Being on the committee is electoral death.

As a result the comittee is the dumping ground for lunatics that couldn't get on any other comittee and people with an inherited seat (generally from the bible belt) who don't need to raise money because they have captive voters.

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Mixed feelings

As a scientist who has worked in the Eu and US I would naturally be against this.

However, the idea of a USA without any technology does have a certain comfort factor.

The idea that the next little adventure in overseas democracy will consist of Southern baptist preachers standing around a cruise missile (without an engine or warhead) commanding "the power of Christ compels you to fly" while on the other side a short fat guy in a great suit is photoshopping extra tanks - does have an appeal

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Re: American credibility?

Given Ms. Palin's opinions on " fruit fly research in Paris, France.”" I can't see NSF funds being used for many more international projects.

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Re: Separation of church and state

No it should just be treated like any mental illness.

If during your driving test you continually ask the invisble elfs on the steering wheel if you should stop for pedestrians - you generally fail the test. In politics you fail if you don't claim to listen to them.

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Re: As one who at one time did benefit from NSF funding...

Surely, armies of researchers looking for evidence that Jesus rode a dinosaur will produce something useful !

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Is this the first ever web page? If not, CERN would like to know

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Obviosuly a British invention

When your tag line for the world changing invention = "don't be disappointed"

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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

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Re: Is this really a bad thing?

That's the problem - these images are marked otherwise.

But certain organisations (the BBC) have been taking images - either sent in by viewers or copied form websites, stripping the EXIF data and then they become orphan works. Just like if I tore the cover form a book and claimed it was now mine because the author wasn't identifiable

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A licence to print money

I did a diligent search on "who did the picture of the queen on a fiver" and it returned nothing.

So I'm assuming the 5 pound note is an orphan work and will be doing my own copies of it.

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NATO proclaimed winner of Locked Shield online wargame

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Be suspicious of the losers

No Mr NATAO - here under very public conditions we were totally unable to hack your wonderfully secure systems. We recommend you make no changes to your procedures.

Спасибо

Your Russian friends

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Opera sues designer for leaking trade secrets to Mozilla

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Re: Hate to say this... but...

Perhaps in the USA - but Europe occasionally has worker's rights.

Some places in the US (Massachusetts especially) lean so heavily toward the corporation that if you worked on software at company A then any use of a computer at company B is regarded as infringement.

It got so bad that many silicon valley firms wouldn't hire anyone who had ever worked in Ma.

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Ten ancestors of the netbook

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Because Microsoft, fearful for canabilising their OS sales on laptops, mandated 1 Gb Ram and 1024x600 limit on the machines to be allowed to run the cheap / low power versions of the OS.

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Chinese cyber-spook crew back in business, say security watchers

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Re: The obvious .... to those in states of denial

But it's not fair - we used to be the only ones spying on commercial rivals in other countries because you had to spend billions on Echelon. Now any kid with PC in an internet cafe can do it - it's just not cricket

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Re: Ban this UNIX malware !

No simply hand control over English language over to the RIAA/MPAA - then anybody attempting to hack a system by using commands based on English words will be violating copyright and they will come down on them like a ton of pirate DVDs

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Review: Nokia Lumia 520

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Re: No Gorilla glass

hmmm ?

Why would the manufacturer not fit something that would prevent you having to buy a new phone the first time you put it in the same pocket as your keys?

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Can't find your motor? Apple patents solve car park conundrums

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Re: Already exists!

Or if you have an original Nokia phone you could just throw it as hard as possible at random until it hit your car and set off the alarm which you recognise - and with a old Nokia the phone would still work

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Re: Wouldnt it be simpler

Literary alternatives - just leave a trail of breadcrumbs, or unwind a thread from your cloak

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Master Beats: Why doesn't audio quality matter these days?

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A revelation

So Dr Dre's PhD isn't in acoustics then ?

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Re: Beats vs. BeyerDynamic

And then somebody else to turn the loudness up to 11

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Student falsely IDed by Reddit as Boston bomber found dead

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Re: I'll get my baseball bat

Crowdsourcing works perfectly well with emotive subject like terrorism or murders.

The problem is that to train a neural net (human or artificial) you need to be able to classify the inputs.

Since in this case nobody knew what the crowd was looking for - it became a "find somebody young/brown/male" system

Which in fairness it was very good at,

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Court orders Visa partner to allow donations to WikiLeaks

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VISA can simply terminate it's operations in Iceland if it doesn't like the local laws there.

If Saudi airlines in Britain decided to refuse to employ women or gays or jews then the British court would have a perfect right to send them to the naughty step - whatever the rules were at home. They then have the choice to obey or go home.

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Cameron: Get those saucy websites off Blighty's public Wi-Fi

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Re: Missing the point.

But how can you possibly argue with the "Children's Charities Coalition on Internet Safety" ?

It's got children, charity AND safety in it's name!

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Bogus gov online test tells people on dole they're just SO employable

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Re: Applied Placebo Effect?

"If everyone takes the "test" and everyone has their self esteem raised...."

But if some people took it again - their esteem would be doubled each time

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Re: Again?

Those are great fun.

You just ask, very loudly in front of HR and other applicants.

Oh I understand - you use the handwriting on the form to check if I'm a women and the colour selection to test my racial background?

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"I have taken frequent stands in the face of strong opposition."

I tried it at Chelsea once, I thought their new stand would look good for our school sports field.

They didn't like it.

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Arbeit macht Frei

Wasn't perhaps the best mission slogan for the new department

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Re: Gov't tests

>The test is designed to find out if you can recognize a geometric series.

But disqualifies all those that know that rainfall doesn't follow a geometric series.

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Got a Windows XP end-of-life plan? Neither does anyone else

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Re: Installation easier with Linux

It's now quicker and easier to install Linux even on modern computers than it is to install Windows.

Apart from the "a gnat has farted near your computer - reboot" messages

I don't miss trawling dozens of manufacturer's sites trying to find drivers.

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My plan?

To shout - excellent, I have a proven OS that my users are very familiar with, that runs great on that 5year old HW and which MSFT is going to stop trying to break with updates every week.

So I don't get security updates - most of which fix the security flaws that were introduced by last week's update. Or that new IE feature to allow my phone to share cat photos with my car through facebook (or my cat share car photos - I'm never sure)

So I firewall my XP machines (and funnily enough my vista/7/8 machines)

I have rules to stop people opening attachments (in fact since most of my XP machines are doing real work - they don't even have outlook installed)

And basically breath a big sigh of relief and wonder how long I can put off the Windows9 upgrade

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