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Indian MOM just LOVES it on Mars, tweets fave holiday snap

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Re: Do you get what you pay for?

The imager isn't a main science instrument it's just to confirm where the science instruments were pointing and to provide a check of any odd conditions. There are enough high res imaging surveys of Mars from much better orbits to make adding a massive camera pointless and expensive in payload, power and bandwidth.

In reality it's actually there to provide some PR friendly images to show the public - like the cameras fitted to the boosters by Nasa/SpaceX.

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Re: Indian cheapskates!

A lot of it is accounting differences.

This doesn't count salaries of most university and governemnt staff working on the project. We would count the entire grant and the 150% overhead the university charges. We would have to sub contract all the actual manufacturing and generally to a defense contractor who was the single bidder.The design would also have to be to a number of conflicting Nasa/DoD standards adding more cost.

Also this is the cost of the payload - the cost of Hubble included things like operating the Space Telescope Sceince Facility for 25years and the salaries (+ university overhead) for all the grad students and post-docs working on the data.

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Re: Congratulations India.

When I first visited India in 1990 you could book an international phone call from a single city post office with 24hours notice. 10 years later in 2000 it had more Internet cafes and better cell service than I had in Silicon valley. 10 years after that it owns the international outsourcing/programming industry

If it had spent all that telecoms money on rice handouts it would be the same as Africa is today

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

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Re: "Oh and it comes in black and white."

There will be a special blinged "Ealing comedy" edition for the UK market

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Sea-Me-We 5 construction starts

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GCHQ proof

Alcatel-Lucent have insisted that all messages on the cable are in French rendering them completely unintelligible to British intelligence

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Feds: Cheeky scammers are impersonating us in criminal capers

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Realism

If you really want the authentic touch the email would force you to register for an online tax paying account on a site that only worked on IE6, and insisted on posting you a password 2 weeks later.

It would then require you to enter your bank details to transfer the money and not accept credit cards or paypal.

For extra verisimilitude it would keep firing popups asking you if - You are not claiming a foreign tax credit, except as a 'foreign' tax credit. (Warning: claiming a foreign tax credit for a foreign 'tax' credit, except where a foreign 'tax credit' is involved, may result in a fine of $125,000 and 25 years' imprisonment.)

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4chan outraged by Emma Watson nudie photo leak SCAM

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I don't like radical Egalitarians.

They just want a world where eagles are in charge and can oppress non-eagles in exactly the same way

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Fake tape detectors, 'from the stands' footie and UGH! Internet of Things in my set-top box

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Re: Law abiding Mongolians

Polar bears are big consumers of pirate Paddington

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Re: BBC documentaries Or Channel 4's Grand Designs

The stonehenge show was a co-prodcution shown as a 50min broadcast in Canada and 2x1 hours in the UK. Even more remarkable it was braodcast as part of an environmental program in Canada

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: But will it make a difference?

Why do they always choose actors for this sort of campaign, their job is to stand up and tell made-up stories convincingly.

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Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

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Re: Simple solution

Difficult to use Office365 if all the data is encrypted.

It's very easy to keep data safe if you don't want to read or write it.

A pile of disk drives and some thermite is generally acceptable.

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Re: European data protection

The US government can make a request to the Eu company holding the data and try and get an Eu warrant. Them being a US citizen doesn't trump local law any more than being a Russian citizen gives Putin the right to send someone to visit you with a polonium tipped brolly.

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Re: @ Robert Long 1

Microsoft Ireland is created solely for to allow them to run cloud services for Eu customers. Obeying local laws like data protection.

How would US consumers feel if US Toyota had refused to pay up for their American car troubles by claiming that they were a Japanese company and US rules and courts didn't apply to them?

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Re: @Test Man: Welcome to planet Earth

>If Microsoft US ultimately loses its appeal

Then Microsoft / Oracle / HP / Amazon etc will effectively be banned from any cloud business in Europe that involves medical, financial, HR or other sensitvie data.

That means a lot of congressmen are going to go without their campaign funds come election time.

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Re: Will the German government be sensible?

> Both trump US law in Ireland!

I think you will find that the only thing likely to trump US law in Ireland is US money

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Re: Will the German government be sensible?

>or to comply with legal requirements."

But you generally assume the legal requirements to be those of the country you are doing business in - especially when you specify that the data is to remain in the Eu.

If I'm allowed to choose which countries laws I apply to all my contracts then life is going to get very easy. Product safety tests in Liberia are a lot easier to pass then TuV's

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Tripadvisor site coughs to card data breach for a potential 800k users

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Re: Sigh...

They choose to process the credit cards themselves rather than send you to paypal or a card processor - to keep more of the commission. So long as the fines are less than the extra 0.5% they will keep doing it themselves and keep losing your data.

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EU dangles $6bn threat over Google in endless search abuse probe

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>I still don't fully understand what it is that the EC expect Google to do...

Make it clear which results are being paid for, make it clear if Google has a business relationship with any of the results. make it clear if Google has removed results because of a competing business relationship.

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Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone

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Re: Good Stuff

Same with NewEgg, they have actually got my business because they fight trolls

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone movie: report

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Re: One to miss...

You took her on a date to see a political conspiracy about an assassination?

Smooth operator aren't you ?

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Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone

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Re: Passive resistance @Gene Cash

@Desk Jockey - it's a common police technique in the US to arrest people for drugs.

Possession of soft drugs here isn't necessarily arrestable offence, So people were stopped and asked their name, they couldn't be searched but they could be asked to empty their pockets - ostensibly for police safety in case they had a weapon. If they took a joint out of their pocket they then had drugs on display on the street which meant they were dealing and could be arrested as dealers.

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Re: Passive resistance

In the UK they can stop and search you anyway.

It used to be they could do it with no reason, now they have to suspect you may have been involved in a crime - since they believe everyone is a criminal this isn't much of a barrier

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Apple's warrant canary riddle: Cock-up, conspiracy, or anti-Google point-scoring

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Re: Bulk Data

>I wouldn't equate 250 with a large number.

Although in a previous case it was revealed that a single warrant had covered ALL communications of a certain cell carrier

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Re: How to win friends...

>Apple can in no way challenge the U.S. government on this AND come out on top.

1, Apple announce they are now a Swiss corporation - their money is all offshore anyway to avoid tax.

2, They very publicly close the cupertino office and move their whizzkids to some nice offices in Monoco - the kit is made in china anyway

3, They run a series of TV ads saying they have been forced to do this by oppresive laws introduced by the current president, and the following list of local politicians who are up for re-election soon.

4, Californian governor being doorstepped by media asking how democrats allowed secret US military agencies to force their beloved Apple to move abroad.

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ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee

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Re: What the ISP's have been doing is NOT bribery! its flat out BLACKMAIL!

>I don't believe this happened.

Right upto the point where the Netflix exec demonstrated on camera that if you accessed Netflix over a VPN, so the cable company didn't know what you were downloading, it suddenly went back to full speed.

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Re: On paper OK, but

Netflix already offer "Netflix in a Box" edge servers to ISPs for free.

The trouble is that ISPs are generally cable companies

Cable companies like to charge you $100/month to watch their TV with ads

They don't like you using your cable modem to watch Netflix shows without ads for $8/month

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Re: "We're retiring the software on your computer"

Well obviously skype had to change between being owned by a dubious internet company with no revenue stream to being owned by the premier supplier of business IT systems.

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Re: Microssoft obviously missed a track

So microsoft launches a media box that plays lots of <ahem >"download optimised" movie formats to fight a console company that owns a movie studio. Lets see who owns most lawmakers.

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Re: buy physical gold, bitchez...

Buy Uzis

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MS will be quite happy for other people to run MineCraft servers - You will just need buy a CAL for each player

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Weekend reads: Tales of Madchester in Chapter and Verse plus Shark and Ring of Steel

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Same way everyone gets into art college

Failed all my exams and applied

- Lister the Great

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India vs America: Earthling invaders in race to MARS

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Re: Not sure it is that big of an accomblishement

No it's the French building a monoplane and flying across the channel after the Americans built a plane and flew across a field

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Depends how you bill the internal costs.

But if you have government/universities doing all the work and you don't account for them at 200% overhead how much would the actual parts/raw materials cost you ?

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Lumia rebrand begins: Nokia's new UK web home is Microsoft.com

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Finally

Free from the mobile world's terrible associations of the name Nokia the phones will be able to soar with the huge snuggly fluffy love that everyone feels for the Microsoft brand.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

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Re: What are your predictions?

That's why the pols are probably over estimating the Yes.

People tend to say they will vote for the generally popular side when asked by the nice young lady.

So in election polls they say they will vote green/lib/snp but then think of their wallet and vote tory

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Re: No law against asking somone a question is there?

Although presumably no law on posting the results of the polls on your website if the servers are in poland?

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Scotland wins WORLD RECORD as voters head to referendum polls

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Re: Big decision in Scotland tonight...

Such a momentous decision without a referendum ?

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Re: Really?

And you missed a perfect opportunity to suggest a vegetable oil cooled cluster could be used to deep fry Mars bars

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Apple flops out 2FA for iCloud in bid to stop future nude selfie leaks

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Re: Apple update servers now overloaded

> I've just got off the phone with my mum

Your mum have a lot of problems with her nude selfies being released to the tabloids?

Enquiring minds want to know ?

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Jihadi terrorists DIDN'T encrypt their comms 'cos of Snowden leaks

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Re: Bah!

Except for Apple - which Tim assures us is safe.

So the peoples central committee for keeping people safe will have to stick to monitoring counter revolutionary threats from the unwashed masses of Android users

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>They are on a serious power trip and believe nobody can stop them or if they do try it will trigger the final >Judgement Day, which is what they really want to do

And I think some muslims are almost as bad - fortunately they don't have nukes or strategic bombers

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Re: Daft

>fact that you *have* communicated with someone of interest is still useful information

Which is why you would hide the message in a bunch of markov chain generated gibberish, add an ad for viagra/pornwangler extenders and email it to 1000s of people who weren't your contacts as well.

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Re: GCHQ Lied?

political opponents = terrorists

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Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

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Re: Glorious news

>Round of applause to Sir Tim,,,,,,, if any of this is real.

If this is real then all enemy agents/terrorists/drug dealers/child prostitution ring operators and even double-glazing salesmen need to do is buy an iShiny and they will be completely immune from the $Bns spent by the CIA/FBI/NSA/Police ?

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Re: Err, actually, he cannot deliver that promise.

1, He doesn't need to. Apple doesn't own the mobile network his phones are on and the networks have been more than happy to bend over to offer access.

2, He doesn't need to install a backdoor if he hands over copies of the keys as required by the patriot act in the US and RIPA in the UK

3, Add in all the same "truths" we got from other cloud suppliers. Technically they aren't OUR servers, we lease them or they are owned by a subsiduary. We don't allow access to our servers - but they do have a copy of the feed. We don't allow access to the feds, but we do supply them with anything they want through their own web portal

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China hacked US Army transport orgs TWENTY TIMES in ONE YEAR

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Re: Unbelievable

As head of the ARMED services committee I'm shocked to find aggression going on here.

Your tanks monsieur

Thank you ...

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Amazon rekindles e-readers and Fire OS without weeks of whack-a-leak fun

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Children's one available in yellow?

We used to use a HP Windows CE device in construction but it cost > 1000 quid so we gave up and bought job lots of cheap Dell somethings (?).

An android tablet that gets replaced everytime you drop it would be nice

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Huawei: Our sales in Europe and US are TINY, admits red-faced exec

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CISCO's home voip phones are also shit - doesn't mean you shouldn't buy their enterprise grade switches

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