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New NSA boss plays down impact of Snowden leaks

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Re: Something else to think about.

>Do you, as an individual, care about respect from Americans or other countries?

Do you as an individual propose to stop using American software, American email providers and American search engines ? Do you as an IT professional intend to stop doing the same for your company?

>I think most Americans don't care about respect from the rest of the world, they just want the same as everyone else - a health family, a roof over their heads, food on the table, and a vacation once in a while.

Which might be tricky if every other country starts boycotting their only successful global export.

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Zero-knowledge proof crypto scheme divines truths from nothing

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Re: If you bombard the warhead with enough neutrons

Or you can simply invade the country.

If they use their nuclear weapons against you - then they previously had them and now don't

If they don't use them then they had them before the invasion and are now hiding them

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Re: No E-Voting cannot be democratic

There are obviously huge losses to the media/legal/newspaper and late night chat show comedian industries as everybody gets up the next day sees who has won and continues going to work.

Compared to the useful billions spent on lawyers deciding whose chad was hanging - it does nothing to increase German GDP.

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Amazon offers Blighty's publishing industry 'assisted suicide'

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Re: Grow a pair

> What are you going to do when a single retailer preorders 500,000 copies of a book?

If I'm selling an ebook - nothing

If I'm selling a physical book - let Amazon worry about it

At the moment - nothing I can do. Springer won't sell to them unless they are also buying and stocking a whole set of other Springer titles. They make my library buy 'packages' of journals nobody wants in order to get the few I and my colleagues need and write/review/edit for free.

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Re: Grow a pair

It's not their product it's the authors product.

At least in the textbook world the publishers commision is about 2x the authors.

300 years the booksellers (stationers guild) had a monopoly on printing and deal with authors directly. Publishers only appeared, as in the music industry, when it was industrialised and you needed somebody to "own the means of production" - today they are just an extra layer of market inefficency

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REVEALED: The sites blocked by Great Firewall of Iraq

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> I think I'd rather remote in from quite a distance away.

I heard their internet links can be a bit dodgy

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Re: God is great and Frank Herbert is his prophet.

"Don't forget the first step, Invade and make sure they have nothing resembling a competent government left"

And the last step; wait for a genuine democracy to break out, stage a coup, put your own dictator in charge and help him kill those democrat terrorists. Then rinse and repeat

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Re: Domain level Blocking

>some of these people think genocide and suicide bombing is a good idea :/

The inventors of the computer thought climbing out of your trenches and walking toward German machine guns waving a stick was a brilliant military strategy !

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Iraq civil war: You can fight with an AK-47 ... or a HOME-COOKED Trojan

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Time to update

The obvious solution is to encourage the various millitants to abandon soviet era weapons and start their own weapons program

That way there would be no further attacks because the Jihadist fighter would be stalled while 6 nations can't agree on how many wheels the Toyota pickup should have (inviting the French into the consortium is always good here).

There would be no IEDs because the committee to decide if it is the red or green wire would still be in preliminary inter-government discussions about where the first meeting would be held and the freedom-fighter-2000 platform on which all new terrorists armaments are to be based is delayed until 2025.

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GCSE Computing teachers cry victory as board decides NOT to bin tech teens' work

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Re: Kids, parents: don't worry

Does a teapot attract VAT?

Selling them as cookware rather than sweets could be a smart move

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Re: Assessment methods

6, Vaguely defined goals set 6months in advance.

Everybody in planning and management of the project changed after 3 months

Hardware platform supplied after 5months

Project deliverable changed the day before the exam

All candidates outsourced to India for the actual exam

Might as well make the subject realistic and appropriate to the workplace

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Walmart in iPhone 5s, 5c price slash – gotta make room for that 'iPhone 6', right?

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Economic logic?

If you are signing up for a 3year contract at $100/month (all cell+data plans end up costing $100/month whatever the ad says - it's a law of nature)

Are you really going to be persuaded to buy with a $20 drop in the price you pay at the till?

Do Walmart really think that their customers don't understand basic market economic theory ?

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French Senate passes anti-Amazon amendment

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Re: I live in France and I'm happy with this

I applaud this protecting of small local companies and hope that other Eu countries will do the same.

They could also pass laws preventing French cars being sold in Germany, French wine in Britain and stop French workers being able to travel to those countries.

Is there a process for just kicking France out of the Eu? Then they could form their own union with Scotland.

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Germany dumps Verizon for Deutsche Telekom over NSA spying

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Yeah right ....

>"The US government cannot compel us to produce our customers' data stored in data centres outside the US, "

Really? The US government can't request a US company's help in getting data on potential foreign enemies? So the US government only uses Verison to spy on US citizen's data held in US data centers !

>and if it attempts to do so, we would challenge that attempt in a court.

That would be a secret court where the government doesn't have to provide any evidence before it makes a ruling on you.

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DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

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Re: Chromebooks are for consumption

Since when was showing a powerpoint presentation "being productive" ?

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US Supreme Court: Duh, obviously cops need a warrant to search mobes

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Re: Whereas in Blighty...

Or even if you aren't arrested if the police have reason to believe you might have something naughty.

The met have considerably more power to search you if they believe you have stolen govt property.

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Re: Two seconds of sanity

Remember that this law doesn't apply at border crossings or in the special security zones within 100mi of a border or coast.

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Re: Supreme Court finds common sense again!

What about the people who were threatened that they would be put on the no-fly list unless they cooperated in a completely unrelated investigation?

For many Americans no-fly means no-job unless you can persuade an employer to give you a couple of weeks to drive to each sales meeting on the other coast.

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You are ALL Americans now: Europeans offered same rights as US folks in data slurp leaks

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Re: Human rights are non-negotiable

With this new framework US companies are again free to run cloud services for Eu customers.

The data will be slurped by the US govt legally, and US corporations illegally.

There is nothing you can do about the US govt, but that hasn't changed.

With the new law you can, as a foreign/pinko/liberal, go up against an honest god fearing American corporation in front of an East Texas judge.

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Verizon to turn LTE faucet back on for Chromebook Pixel users

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Fail 101

Piss off both Google and a bunch of high-spending early-adopters/flash-bastards to save no money.

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US Supremes just blew Aereo out of the water

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Re: Bad Decision

There was a service (also shutdown IIRC) which offered a Netflix-like service from a set of DVD jukeboxes. Since they only streamed a single physical DVD to a signal customer at once, they claimed that they were just a DVD rental store where you happened to physically play the DVD remotely.

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Re: Minority Report

So what if you bought your own individual antenna at Aereo?

Alternately what if you rented the one on your roof or paid somebody else to install and service the HW - would that make you illegal?

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Microsoft's Online Exchange fixed after going titsup for NINE HOURS

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re: why should I move from an on premesis solution to a more expensive cloud offering?

You think you can manage a Microsoft server better than the people who created it ?

- at least that was their pitch to us .

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Re: Microsoft 101

2.5 Remember to have no way of knowing if the service is down, other than the volume of posts on Reddit. Have no official site or dashboard to check status.

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Own goal as World Cup Wi-Fi passwords spilled in newspaper snap

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Re: How many users over the years...

Sounds like a good idea.

You are trying to protect your online banking from a hacker on the other side of the world, not a family member looking over your shoulder. So a long complex password written down is better than a short memorable password that you never change.

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Oculus seeks partners in drive to get a billion people into virtual reality

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The same occulus

That had a kickstarter campaign to get the first units built and to "build a community of developers" then sold themselves to Google.

So you get to build your innovative product around Occulus - so long as it benefits Google, fits Google's plans, gives 40% to the play store and will be cancelled with no notice if Google feel like it

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FAA shoots down delivery by drone plans

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An opportunity for the supergun ?

WWII era guns could 'deliver' a 7ton package at least 25mi and there would be no need for the delivery driver to leave a note if you weren't in.

Obviously some work would have to be done on the packaging - but anything that can survive Puralator should be OK

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F1 racing ace Michael Schumacher's medical records were pinched

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Re: Good news

Haven't been following the F1 this season - must have missed the BBC coverage.

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Good news

Didn't know he was out of the coma and on the way to being better until I read this.

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Microsoft is still touting Android smartphones – meet the new Nokia X2

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Re: Target Market ?

>Which market is it coming out it in

The 'next billion" those lesser developed regions with more primitive telecommunications infrastructure and less access to modern fibre optic telecommunications.

So pretty much anywhere more than 1/2 mi from a BT exchange

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Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

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Re: Willing to Pay the Price?

Still waiting for Blair and Bush to turn up at the Hague.

Funny that in 70years the international criminal court had convicted 2 world leaders; Donitz for ending WWII and some guy from a little tin pot African country that forget to sign minerals for weapons deals with a superpower.

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Re: jail sentence

Suppose the government in the 1930s had been gathering holiday photos so it had evidence of you kissing somebody in public.

Just so that if you said anything nasty about the Germans ( and so compromised the chances of British industry getting the contracts for those new shower blocks) it would have something to leak to the tabloids.

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Chromebook Pixel owners' promised free data plans being prematurely axed

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Re: A bundled option of 100MB is not "free"

Sounds like a great deal for consumers.

Google changed the contract and I assume the owners can choose not to agree to the new conditions and can return their year old chromebook for a full refund.

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Search, done. Ads, done. What next for Google? Domain registration

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Why bother with domain names

If you find the site through Goolge then DNS, and the silly new set of top level domains, are pointless.

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Foxconn to take on 100 THOUSAND workers prior to iPhone 6 launch

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Re: So Hang on

The hard bits are built by Samsung and then assembled by a bunch of Siemens pick-place machines.

The peasants are just putting them in boxes

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Re: seriously!

And coincidently started building everything in Alabama, or somewhere with no auto unions, instead of in Germany.

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Glastonbury debuts festival wide Wi-Fi network - fitted to COWS

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Re: Why fibreglass cows?

And then the crowds of humans will run after the cows waving their iPads.

At worst, both the cows and festival goers get some exercise - at best, some performance theatre that everyone else can enjoy

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Re: Why fibreglass cows?

I suppose there is an issue with the smell and 'manure' problem

- but the cows could get used to it.

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Why fibreglass cows?

Wouldn't real cows be just as effective?

They could roam the festival site with WIFI stripped to their backs.

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'Heartbleed-based BYOD hack' pwns insurance giant Aviva's iPhones

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Re: Admin Access from outside.

It was on in the default and nobody read the manual ?

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Re: Good to know

MobileIron claims that it offers a full management system for data on your mobile devices.

Unless they can prove that this hack was somehow able to post messages, send email and wipe the devices but somehow wasn't able to "fully manage" the data - you should assume that they slurped everything.

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Good to know

That wiping every employees mobile phone after extracting all the data from it represented no financial loss to the company and no risk to customers.

Normaly if some hacker merely gets onto their web server he is accused of causing millions in damamges

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Re: This whole thing is idiotic

Suppose the only result that came up when an employer Googled your name was the conviction for nicking booze 20years ago - because Google gives more weight to a "real" newspaper than your blog about your work rescuing kittens. The conviction is spent and doesn't appear on a police record, but does appear on the HR manager's phone.

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Congress passes crackdown on NSA surveillance

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Re: @Marketing Hack

>They can't find some e-mails because a hard drive was destroyed.

Presumably this is where an all-seeing National Security Agency that even spies on the government could come in handy?

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Re: Sheeple'd again?

I'd like a warrant to tap phones looking for terrorists Mr Judge

Where does it apply and for how long.

Everywhere in the world for the next 1000years.

Approved - stamp

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FCC to spend $2 BEEELLION to install Wi-Fi in US schools

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Re: Odd that this annoucement came so soon after Cisco's latest bad news

Obviously there won't be any $20,000 routers this time.

Now that we know that we need to avoid any HW made in china for security reasons, and any routers used in schools need to be terrorist proof they will need to cost a little more - but we have to be safe

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

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Re: And what's the real subtext here...?

They already have a kill switch for that - it's called the phone system.

You don't need to build a secret kill switch into all TV sets to stop them hearing anti-government messages on Fox news, you just have a word with Fox news.

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

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Re: Rockets use liquid fuel?

Safe rockets use liquid fuel.

The Apollo era Saturn V rockets used liquid fuel as did the Shuttle main engines because Nasa only allowed liquid fuel for man rated missions. But the shuttle got a bit heavy and so they added a couple of solid fuel boosters.

They were perfectly safe because Nasa changed the rules to allow solid fueled manned flights

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