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Only 1 in 5 Americans believe in pure evolution – and that's an upswing

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Re: Perhaps given the wording...

My cat would argue over the "less advanced" part

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US Marine Corps misses target, finds and bombs Nemo

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>Just for reference British troops and special forces are far better trained....

And yet they haven't managed to retake Australia!

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Re: New procedure.

The boats might have had Americans onboard

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Re: Quash it, don't pardon it

We already did by quashing all the WWI shell-chock victims executed for cowardice.

For some reason the government seemed to think WWI veterans played better to the Daily Mail crowd that dirty filthy mathematicians.

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Re: Guy Fawkes too

Instead we allowed the Dutch to invade and our king ran away without fighting ?

Certainly peaceful - but not necessarily a model for government

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LG, Sanyo, fined for price-fixing laptop batteries

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Re: m

Not if they had the same friends as Wall St

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FCC votes to bring faster internet to US schools

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Re: My plan for success in the US government

I'm afraid CISCO has a patent on that.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/02/why-a-one-room-west-virginia-library-runs-a-20000-cisco-router/

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Re: More Obama and his meaningless bullshit.

But by 2017 100% of Americans will be employed in surveillance of other Americans -

and since these are jobs that, for reasons of security, can't be offshored the future is looking good for the guardians of the nation's freedoms.

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US secret court renews government telephone snooping

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Re: Let's be honest

Yes the US surveillance of NORAID kept us safe from IRA terrorism for decades - thanks NSA

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Worldwide tax crackdown planned against tech globocorps

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Re: Hmmm... loot!

Yes 50% of GDP generated by a government owned profitable nuclear power industry, a profitable government owned aerospace business, a profitable government owned space program even.

Far better to have 50% of GDP be a bailout to crooked gamblers in the city.

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

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Re: A lot of noise over nothing

Or it was the installation, or the new revolutionary ligthweight wiring, or the power connections or some other cause that happened to be in the same place

6000 of the units are in service without exploding - it's suspicous that a brand new delivery of a brand new model suddenly suffers from it

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>I'll go for the aluminium. As we all know, early adopters are exposed to all the undiscovered faults.

I'm sticking with wood

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Re: Plastic Vs Aluminium

Insulation - we don't need no insulation. This is an American aircraft, post-and-wire was good enough for our houses it should be good enough for airplanes (*)

(note: come the counter-revolution this word will be banned)

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Re: He could not rule out alien involvement

To be fair - he couldn't

I think this is going to be my new favourite phrase for bug reports

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Re: What are audits for? How should they be conducted?

The system mostly works because Boeing has quite a strong incentive not to build the next DC-10.

And the alternative is that aircraft engineers inspectors who weren't good enough to get a job at Boeing and went to work for the government do it instead.

Picture the staff at the DMV - would you rather have these guys specifying the design of your anti-lock brakes or an engineer at BMW?

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Re: Echoes of the DC-10

> Everything on that plane is checked by the FAA before it's given a certificate of air worthyness.

Nothing on the plane is checked by the FAA - that's not how certification works, not a single FAA engineer touches the aircraft.

They check that Boeing has procedures in place to test the aircraft and check that Boeing follow those procedures. Boeing then does the same for its sub-contractors.

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Ex-prez Carter: 'America has no functioning democracy' with PRISM

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Re: 'Greatest Country in the World' or 'The Fall of Rome'...... On Today's News:

Although wearing black polyester suits only speaking English and eating a Big Mac while in Rome probably tipped somebody off.

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Re: When it comes to the direction of America 'The Simpsons' say it best :-

"Four things we do best: music, movies,microcode (software), high-speed pizza delivery”

Well one out of four ain't bad

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Re: He's right

Almost like the "Decree of the Reich President for the Protection of the People and the State" who could oppose protection of the people and the state?

Sometimes you have to read beyond the title

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Re: He's right

How do you support term limits in a democracy?

" I demand that I not be allowed to vote for this candidate next time !"

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Re: "they don't give you the Nobel Peace Prize for nothing"`

>Remind me, what did Obama get it for?

He reminded them of Kissenger

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Five bods wrongly cuffed thanks to bungled comms snooping in UK

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Re: It's not about the truth

> everyone is guilty of something.

Even if it's only being Irish.

Although presumably the police's job is easier now you just have to prove they have sufficiently good enough tans that they might be muslim

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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Re: Seriously??

No, once a Catholic always a Catholic.

You could join the Taliban and you would just be a bad catholic

Dara O'Brian

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Re: Phibible

Odd strategy from God really.

You let the Jews get it wrong for 1300 years, then send the kid along to tell them how to do it but they are wrong for 1500 years until a monk comes along to say they were doing it wrong ...

A bit like patch-Tuesdays

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ACLU warns of mass tracking of US drivers by government spycams

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Re: Why do they do it? Because they *can*

>The UK has had ANPR in many sites with data retention for up to five years but WTF for?

To protect the children

A police patrol car out in a residential area one evening got a message that a car with no road tax had been detected by the ANPR in his patrol car - so set off in hot pursuit. At 94mph through a pedestrian crossing - killing a school girl.

Fortunately it turned out to be a false alarm - the potential terrorist road tax evader had paid.

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Water, sunshine or pig s***: How will YOU power your data centre?

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Re: Easy answer.

Most of downtown Toronto's AC now uses a big pipe of cold deep lake water from whichever great Lake is next to the city.

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PRISM scandal: Brit spooks operated within the law, say politicos

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re: GCHQ circumvented UK legislation

That is true they didn't - because they didn't have to. The existing legislation lets them do anything they want.

They may have allowed the NSA to circumvent US legislation, but that's because the US doesn't have as much control over it's subjects as we do.

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Now you can be the NSA: Snoop on a Google Glass hipster with a QR code

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Why

Would anyone bother spying on a Hipster?

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Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

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I feel sorry for Richard Nixon

If only he had thought to have a secret court declare what he was doing perfectly legal there wouldn't have been a problem

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Ad man: Mozilla 'radicals' and 'extremists' want to wreck internet economy

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Business friendly solution

Mozilla should charge him the same rate for his ads appearing in their internets as Fox charge for advertising on their network.

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PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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Re: Why is regulation a bad thing?

Because there won't be an official regulated government list created by sane (or at least accountable ) people - that would be Big Brother.

There will be an order to "use a list" but the ISPs are free to pick any "unaccountable opaque censorship restriction" list they choose.

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Re: Is it a national blocklist ?

I'm sure the government will leave it open for the ISP's to choose a list and they will choose the list that they are already using "to protect the children".

It doesn't cost them anything, everyone else is doing it and if you object you are obviously a peado

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Re: Is it a national blocklist ?

The "Internet Watch Foundation" produce the list, they are a charity so they are independant of government (snigger) but also don't have any official oversight - they ban what they want and you have no appeal.

you also have no idea who their backers are, who is funding them or what their political/economic/religious motives are - but you can't possibly have a problem with this because they are protecting the children

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Not any more - unless you want the reg on the banned list

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Microsoft's next device could be a Surface Watch

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Re: Memories........

Alarms are fine - you can set the time that it reboots to install updates everyday

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

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Re: Typical knee jerk reaction

Burger kings attempt at in flight "flame grilled whoppers" not a success

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Analyst: Tests showing Intel smartphones beating ARM were rigged

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It is too easy to pick on benchmarks.

Would this be from the same processor maker whose performance library and compiler famously "improves" benchmarks when run on it's own "genuine" processor family and disables optimizations when run on competing CPUs with the same instruction set ?

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Sysadmins: Everything they told you about backup WAS A LIE

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Re: Some extra points

You need to backup the working environment not just the data.

Our data is totally backed up and we can restore it instantly to our server farm which is currently;

a, underwater after we were flooded

b, in the middle of an area of the city that is cordoned off because of the bomb threat

c, working perfectly but inaccesible to all of our staff because of the above

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Screw it, says NSA leaker Snowden: I'm applying for asylum in Russia

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Re: I wonder

An arrest warrant was issued for an Israeli general flying through Heathrow

The police (definitely not acting under instructions from number 10) declared that they had no authority to board a civil commercial airliner parked at Heathrow and let him depart.

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Chromebooks now the fastest-growing segment of PC market

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Re: dedicated button for dualbooting

You don't even need to reboot. Since Chrome is running a Linux kernel you can also run "real" Linux at the same time and just hot key between the two.

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So they were less use than a phone at being a phone?

Would a $3000 alienware, multi-core i7 with a TB disk and Windows8 been any better?

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Forget Snowden: What have we learned about the NSA?

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Re: DEFCON

This could have the biggest effect:

The FEDS are going to go to DEFCON this year, they are going to be sitting outside photographing everyone

Next year they are going to "suggest" that anyone who goes to DEFCON is a terrorist.

Major companies are going to stop sending their people to an event associated with terrorist criminals

Then anyone who has been to DEFCON is not going to get approval to work for the government / defense contractor / bank.

So in a few years we are going to be protecting our vital infrastructure from criminal gangs / foreign intelligence agencies with civil servant programmers who have no idea about hacking.

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Re: What we learned

In the words of the philosopher:

"give them Rule Britannia / gassy beer / page 3, three weeks in Espania and sunday striptease"

It does seem unfair that Americans only get the gassy beer

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Re: Secret laws

> It goes against all sense of what we have been told our country is all about.

You country was founded by a bunch of religous nutjobs who wanted to persecute others and execute dangerous radical Quakers.

It then turned terrorist to overthrow the legitimate government

It then started a program of genocide against the indigenous population

It then built it's wealth on slavery

Exactly what were you told your country was all about ?

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Re: How are they using the data?

Do they pass it on to companies vital to the US national interest ?

Do they assist other federal departments ?

Is there scope creep so that the Arkansas office of fishing licenses eventually get access ?

Do large ursine mammals defecate in a the siviculture ?

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Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

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Re: Risky Stretegy

So is doing the opposite. How is the English Electric Valve company EEV doing these days?

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Re: The good news is...

Leaving Apple / Google / Facebook ?

I predict that in 10years we will be doing nostalgia pieces about the times when any kid in their bedroom could write an application and run it or sell it on any computer without having to have a deal with a publisher that is approved by one of the 2 companies that control access to all the computers and take 40% cut

Ironic that we have thrown off record companies, book publishers and movie studios and the same technology that allowed that is going to be locked up tighter than any robber baron ever dreamed of.

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