* Posts by Matt Bryant

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China tackles vital strippers-at-funeral problem

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Re: Dan Paul Re: Seriously speaking, why is this any different...

In the Gulf Kingdoms the funerals often are more than social affairs, they're yet another occasion that one family can show loyalty and reverence to or slight a rival. The sheikhs like to think they are loved so it's not unusual for family members to try and boost funeral attendances by bribing and even threatening employees and clan members to attend. I've even heard of gift bags being given out at really "highbrow" Saudi funerals.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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".....you are going for the bellend award here, aren't you?....." No chance of winning that award whilst you're still breathing!

".....I keep pointing out that you've confused nicknames that were common for different units....." No, you flat out insisted that no-one very called them anything but what you called them because you knew everything. Quote: "....Ok - just to confirm then, you made this up and have decided that because you and your mate(s?) called them the Specials it must mean something. And dont try to imply that this was the name they were called on the ground in NI either cos that is bollocks....."

"....It kind of points to your knowledge of the era/region being a bit, erm, "booklearned" more than anything else...." Seeing as it is you that does not seem to recognise their different nicknames (and denies that HMG did anything other than smile kindly throughout the Troubles), it would seem you need to look in the mirror for a better case of lack of knowledge.

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".....Squints weren't 14 Int...." Really? You mean you were magically party to EVERY conversation by EVERYONE in ALL the military and civil services involved in the Troubles, from start to finish? I don't even think the GCHQ would try to claim to have overheard that many conversations! Try not failing so hard with your next post.

Just to "amuse" you further, an old mate from the PSNI says a common slur amongst the RUC was to call the 14IC "the guano" - no idea why, maybe you could provide the background, what with you having such an unquestionable of EVERYTHING to do with NI.

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Re: x 7 Re: If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

"....no you can't- unless "The Anarchists Cookbook" was on your reading list." Well, TBH, in my day we actually made minute quantities of nitroglycerine in Chem class (and discussed how to make gunpowder)!

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"....Ok - just to confirm then, you made this up and have decided that because you and your mate(s?) called them the Specials it must mean something...." Oh no, I mean actual people on the ground. True, there are other nicknames for the 14IC and the Special Recce Unit ("Squints", "Dets", "Sroos"), probably ones I don't know, but "Specials" is one I do know even if you do not. Please do feel free to pretend you know everything, it will amuse.

".....And dont try to imply that this was the name they were called on the ground in NI either cos that is bollocks....." Please do try and insist you have spoken to every member of the various services that were involved, it will only make your hysterical denials all the funnier.

"....If you call the SAS the specials...." I didn't, so stop trying to pretend I did.

"....then you probably learned most of what you know from Andy McNab books....." Ah, I begin to see the source of your "expertise"......

"....and say "hey, back in the day we used to listen to that suspected terrorist so it is all good."" All of which shows you comprehended nothing from my original post - the ability I mentioned was to intercept ANY landline call in the UK at will, with automatic monitoring for keywords on AT LEAST the majority of city exchanges. At the same time, the NSA and GCHQ already had automatic scanning and intercept of non-landline communications such as radio in the UK (and it seems most of the World - http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/09/dag-hammarskjold-1961-death-inquiry), with British capability going back to manual intercept technology in WW1 (such as the Admiralty Room 40 OB department). Which was a far, far cry from the bullshit "we used to listen to that suspected terrorist" you are pushing. Indeed, it seems the UK authorities had the capability to eavesdrop on the UK public for pretty much all of the last century. Maybe you should do a lot more reading other than just Andy McNab, mmmkay?

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".....The Det wasnt called the specials and even the "Special Reconnaissance Unit" wasnt called the Specials....." Oh, they were, just obviously not by people that you had any contact with.

".....telephone interception was on a much smaller scale (almost targeted you might say) so isnt comparable with modern approaches....." Gee, you think! Forty-plus years of tech development and its use hasn't stood still, what a surprise! Have you got any more hairs you want to split before you just admit eavesdropping has been around a lot longer than Ma Snowden's boy?

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Re: Loopy Re: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

"Ah! GCHQ's Matt-the-TWAT-Bryant pokes his idiotic head above the parapet again. It must be justify-mass-spying-prevents-terrorism time again." Once again it seems one of The Faithful just has to post, despite having zero ability to actually argue any point raised. Thanks, I found your shrieking hysterics quite amusing. Please do post again in the same vein, it's a quiet week so far and I could do with a good chuckle at your mindless and childish prattling.

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First thought when this story broke?

"Crap, Mark Thomas has finally gone too far!"

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Re: AC Re: @Matt Bryasnt: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

"....Not sure how this relates to the police reaction to the Manchester bombing...." Due to their large number of the population with both Irish roots and revolutionary tendencies, both Manchester and Birmingham received special attention during the Troubles. Manchester was viewed as both a gateway to the UK and launching point for many IRA sympathisers and activists coming over from Belfast and Eire. Instructions to the coppers were pretty minimal and "being Irish" was enough to get an extra check coming off the ferries. Any Manc copper would know that.

"....And how good was this in reducing the terrorist threat?...." The point has nothing to do with effectiveness, simply it goes to show that we had a very violent reaction and not the "kumbyah" attitude claimed by the original poster. Indeed, the Bloody Sunday events may have been kicked off by a British Army sniper - such snipers regularly shot IRA gunmen during daylight and at night throughout the Troubles, just one of the many facts most of the UK population are unaware of.

".....Not the same thing...." ??? Are you confusing the Specials (14IC) with the old police "Specials"? Yes, not the same thing, the former being an Army special services unit tasked with undercover surveillance of IRA suspects, formerly convicted IRA members, and suspected sympathisers. Oh, and supposedly the Loyalists as well for balance, though I'm reliably informed that was more for appearances. Again, an unit very few in the UK are aware of.

"....The Irish Repuplican terrorist threat most certainly has NOT gone away....." Not totally, but it is much reduced, Especially as much of the old IRA has decided drug dealing is more lucrative.

"....Just to be clear though - how much privacy has the general public had to surrender in this battle?...." Phone interception was in place throughout the Troubles, with automatic recording upon keyword available on exchanges in the Eighties at least, and possibly earlier, across the major UK cities. Anyone that came into contact with a "person of interest" was investigated, a process which could involve quite in-depth digging into your private affairs. I know that as I knew someone that lost his clearance over a girlfriend because she had come in contact with IRA sympathisers via her uni student union.

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Re: boltar Re: @Matt Bryasnt: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

"....Apparently you don't know the difference between the police and the army....." Apart from the fact I most certainly do, probably knowing more people from both services than you ever will, the majority of Army actions in NI were not only co-ordinated with local police, but when the Army was working on security in the UK (such as around public events, barracks, etc.) they did so in conjunction with the local police, and a lot of intelligence on IRA threats was shared. To claim to have been a serving policeman during the Troubles, as the original poster did, yet not know that is - frankly - highly unbelievable.

"....Deliberatly provoked by IRA gunmen firing into the air....." Either way, you do recall the large military presence, all well-armed, ready to go to-to-toe with any IRA that showed up? Not exactly the "we was benign and unchanged" approach claimed by the original poster. Indeed, I used to drink an Irish pub in London back in the day, and Irish pubs in London were divided along sectarian lines, all the ones having drinkers from the "wrong side" of the Shankill Road having the pleasure of a pair of plain-clothed coppers in attendance most evenings. This was doubly amusing seeing as I knew a few of the coppers involved, but does point out the "paranoia"/"prejudice"/precautions taken by the authorities of the day.

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Re: @Matt Bryasnt: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

"The "nastiness" was required and deserved...." Oh, I certainly agree. I was just trying to point out the fallacy in the idea the campaign was whiter-than-white. Anyone that thinks you can fight such determined terrorism with kind thoughts alone is a danger to themselves.

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Re: @Matt Bryasnt: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

".....I worked in two police forces in different countries, including England during the IRA times...the great thing to me was that we did not demonise all Irishmen and we did not indulge in paranoia that turned society into a closed, restricted system...." Yeah, and I call male bovine manure on that story! Your "memories" seem to have forgotten such measures as the armed soldiers manning roadblocks and conducting sweeps in Northern Ireland - Bloody Sunday ring any bells? Or the extensive and often deadly work of the SAS (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoot-to-kill_policy_in_Northern_Ireland) and the clandestine monitoring of whole Northern Irish neighbourhood by such Army units at The Specials (14 Intelligence Company), let alone the spooks. We Brits spent plenty of time and effort defeating the IRA and it wasn't without a large chunk of nastiness. Please come back when your "memory" has stopped being so selective.

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Re: I Blame Your Parents Re: JustWiz If only the NSA protected MY information.....

"....and they managed to keep us safe using genuine, old school trade-craft for years without the ability or requirement to scan all our communications....." So you didn't know that government-sanctioned eavesdropping has been going since almost directly after the telephone was invented? - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiretapping#History - Longer if you include censorship of telegrams.

"....Your attitude is both shocking and depressing." Really? But I find the willingness with which you and your like-minded ilk proclaim your ignorance on the matter quite amusing! Yes, that does mean I am laughing at you.

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Re: Directive 10-289 Re: Too soon

".....As for slavery, that was another European cultural gift....." Please fill in the holes in your education - slavery was common amongst both North and South American tribes long before the Europeans arrived:

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_among_Native_Americans_in_the_United_States

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aztec_slavery

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totonac_people#Geography_and_lifestyle

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Re: Dan Paul Re: Too soon @Directive 10-289

"I too tire of the Apologists and the Nannies here who blame present day people for the ills of their ancestors. We need to stop living in the past and move on. People need to stop playing the role of the poor "Victim" and take responsibility for their own actions in the present......" Agreed.

"......The Slavery industry was created by Europeans....." Er, no. The slave industry was around long before the modern countries in Europe evolved, and even the European introduction of slaves into the Americas was built on the massive Arab and African slave industries.

"......The fact that Europe helped bankroll the Confederacy during the civil war is all the proof needed to put the blame back where it belongs." Bollocks. The English largely put an end to slavery and enforced that on the rest of the World through the Royal Navy ( http://abolition.e2bn.org/slavery_155.html, http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Wilberforce, http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slave_Trade_Act_1807 and http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_Abolition_Act_1833) long before the U.S. Civil War.

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JustWiz Re: If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

".....The hard fact is that the chance of a civilian located in the US being murdered as a result of terrorism is vanishingly small....." That's because of the work by the spooks, the armed services, and those a lot more informed than you.

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FBI alert: Get these motherf'king hackers off this motherf'king plane

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Re: AC Re: To be fair...

"....The bigger problem is that 99.9999% of the time it will just be a joke and the public fear of a BadThing happening means that resources will be diverted to investigate said joke....." In your rush to righteous rage you seem to have overlooked the deterrent effect - by slapping this idiot hard they dissuade other idiots from following in his footsteps, actually saving time, resources and money in the long run.

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Re: VinceH Re: I'm confuzzled

"If his gear was all seized, how did he tweet a photograph of it to say so? Wouldn't they have taken his phone as well?" Which suggests the pic was taken in advance of what was a big baiting exercise to draw publicity. He probably had one of his mates send an anonymous tip about his "joke" just to make sure he got arrested. TBH, the sooner all the airlines blacklist and ban such idiots the better.

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Yay, we're all European (Irish) now on Twitter (except Americans)

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"......It's against that law to provide access to someone who does not require it for their job, and also to allow that data to cross international borders....." it's Twatter, anyone can look. All the Yank TLAs need to do is get someone in the US to look at the public data and - bingo! - it is in the US courts' jurisdiction. You can imagine how it works - Bob at the NSA calls up Fred at the DEA; "Fred, we need to have legal grounds to keep tabs on what Annie The Anarchist is tryping in Dublin, can you ask an intern to go look at her FB/Twatter/Instragram/Pinterest/etc pages, maybe send a friend request?" Once the data has traversed the US borders and is on a system in the US the NSA will legally have the right to analyse and monitor that data. Think your data is staying only in Europe? Ever heard of VPNs? All the NSA needs is a system in Europe to use as a gateway.

Anyway, I wouldn't be surprised if the NSA wasn't keeping tabs on tools like Google's web crawlers - once Google has indexed a website it is in a US datacenter on US soil, and fair game for the NSA. Writing their own web crawler to sit on a server in Europe at the end of a VPN would be childsplay. The Twatter announcement is just another example of a commercial company trying to promote their services by playing to the paranoia of the tinfoil-attired.

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".... Nobody in the EU can assist the US in obtaining, or even provide access to, that data without breaking the law....." Cough* The GCHQ *cough. Or any number of other European spook agencies which co-operate with the NSA's ECHELON system, including Ireland's own Directorate of Intelligence (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Directorate_of_Intelligence_(Ireland)#Electronic_surveillance). If the Yanks have a reason to want to look at your Twattering, they will.

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Evil Wi-Fi kills iPhones, iPods in range – 'No iOS Zone' SSL bug revealed

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Blocking annoying Apple users trying to hog your Wifi for iTunes?

There's an app for that!

(Well, that's if you don't already block them by MAC address range already.)

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Because the server room is certainly no place for pets

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Re: Lodgie Re: Remember the old motto

"....a dash of alpha and beta testing is done and then the app (in the modern parlance) is slung screaming and writhing at the user who unknowingly runs the live test...." Welcome to the World of "agile"! The real worry is that people have become so blase about "the underlying platform" that they think they can develop a system the same way as they now try to rush through coding, with quite hilarious (and foreseeable) hardware interoperability issues. It's always fun when the truth dawns - whilst modern OSs have great virtualisation tech, not everything will run in a VM the same way as it does on it's own bit of tin!

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Lapider les corneilles! French Patriot Act faces growing opposition

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Re: Warm Braw Re: We refuse to legalise the right ...

"Your average state used to be perfectly happy to do all this stuff illegally and use "national security" powers to prevent the illegal acts ever being prosecuted...." Yes, it does appear to be just legal cover for the already-existing FRENCHELON (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frenchelon).

Oh, sorry shrieking Europeans, I didn't mean to let some light shine under those anti-Yank blinkers! Please do go back to mindlessly assuming your governments are all trop blanche and only The Big Satan is doing the naughty.

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

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Re: Uffish Re: gut reaction

".....Does that make me a leftie?" Only if you assume compassion is not possible to those in the Center or on the Right, which is kinda disproven by the fact charity is still very popular with the rich. However, you'd be a true Leftie if you slapped him and insisted all property is theft anyway.

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Re: Hollerith 1 Re: nice one tim....

"Adam Smith himself said....." Ah, the faith of Smithism! Often blindly followed by those that are quick to denigrate anyone else that quotes from a religious tome. Sure, Smith was a genius, but that doesn't make him either infallible or omnipotent. After all, he did rather consider the poor victims of their own lack of spirit - "The real tragedy of the poor is the poverty of their aspirations" - whilst at the same time castigating society in general for there being poor people - "No society can surely be flourishing and happy, of which the far greater part of the members are poor and miserable". So, Smithist, is it society's fault there are poor or just the poor's fault for being stupid?

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Re: Hollerith 1 Re: jonathan keith Must be like Quantum Mechanics

".....fact-filled...." Oh, the facts regarding the inability of Lefties to process beyond a certain point were copiously supplied by Lefty posters.

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Re: jonathan keith Re: Must be like Quantum Mechanics

".....but my lefty gut reaction....." And therein lies the problem in trying to debate anything with Lefties - at a certain point in the discussion, logic ceases to hold sway and their faculties are swamped by a wave of righteous indignation. No matter what facts you put before them, they autonomically switch to denial: "But, but, but, it must be bad because my sociology lecturer at the LSE said so!"

And so it goes against their deeply engrained baaaaaahlief that "capitalism is the root of all evil" to understand that lower taxation is used by 3rd World countries to actually encourage investment and improve the lot of the workers (aka "The People" to Lefties), because your mindset cannot see beyond "evil Capitalists always exploit The People".

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Re: Red Bren Re: To put it simply....

"....so you produce the same number of widgets, using less staff....." That assumes two things - firstly, that efficiency drives don't happen unless there is a glut, whereas modern management techniques have been pushing efficiency drives in good times and bad for decades; secondly, that you can still produce the same number of widgets with less staff. In a glutted market it is far more likely that you cut production, producing less widgets, until the glut has cleared. If your staff are highly trained and hard to find then you will not just throw them away either, otherwise you risk being unable to ramp production (and profits) back up when the market improves. If your market is doomed (think Welsh coal mining) you're pretty much screwed either way, so better start praying your government starts throwing out tax incentives and grants to attract those Nasty Capitalists so some of you can get retrained (as happened in Wales).

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Re: theodore Re: Andorgenous Cupboard Must be like Quantum Mechanics

"..... Why did you pick a natural resource that who's demand in the developed world is shrinking?...." I picked coal because, like just about all types of mining, it requires a substantial investment in both assets and people. So the idea you can just transfer production to another country at the drop of a hat is shown to actually be excruciatingly expensive. It's also a good example because it illustrates the problem is not just in the Third World but in developed countries (for example, the glut of coal affects many European countries too). I could have done copper in Zambia but there's not much copper mining to compare in Europe or the US.

"......And does that make any difference?" Well, it kind of destroys the whole idea that the workers are going to be objecting to the Nasty Capitalists using tax dodges - at the moment, anyone anywhere working in producing a commodity (oil, copper, coal, etc.) is just hoping their government can keep the Nasty Capitalists and their investments around. If you are coal miner in the Appalachian Mountains you're probably really hoping your State's government or the Federal government cough up some more tax incentives to keep the coal mining companies from going bankrupt, not chasing them for legally avoiding corporation tax. Same goes for a coal miner in any other part of the World.

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Re: Phil dude Re: nice one tim....

".....that does not exist for Scenario A...." Not true. Whilst you may not be in a position to earn enough to investigate tax deductibles, many of the rest of us do. A simple example would be tax-relief on pensions - am I "aggressively avoiding" tax on the "corporation of me" if I stash away the maximum permissible annual amount? How about tax relief on charitable contributions, or my personal expenses used for business, or just for being married with kids?

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Re: Andorgenous Cupboard Re: Must be like Quantum Mechanics

"......If it becomes available elsewhere and cheaper to extract, they will shift production......." It's not that easy nor as cheap as you want to think. Before they can ditch their investment in country A, they have to buy the rights to extract in country B, paying the rent TW mentioned (and probably a whole load of bribes as well). They also have to write-off the investment already made in country A including bribes paid there). Not all as cheap or easy as you want to believe. This is the problem facing North American coal mining companies - they have paid for rights, sunk money into mines and processing plants, yet are faced with a Worldwide glut of cheap coal. In their case they cannot just close their US plants (called idling a plant) and go elsewhere, they have to pay more to maintain closed mines than they would gain in moving their operations to Africa or China. Hence they are all producing at a loss as it is less of a loss than simply moving as you suggested (http://finance.yahoo.com/news/appalachia-miners-wiped-coal-glut-041524050.html). This has an effect on investment in such coal-mining companies, which have seen massive drops in share price, and their ability to raise loans to tide them over to when they hope the coal glut eases. This all puts pressure on the actual workers at those coal plants - less investment means no wage rises (probably wage cuts), less opportunities (no-one is employing more miners or training ones to move up the career ladder), and less long term job security. No-one is creating new coal-mining or processing companies and moving into the market because the cost of entry (mining rights, equipment, staff, etc.) is so high when the returns are actually negative.

And before you shriek "The US is not a 3rd World country", the commodities market (commodities being the majority of what 3rd World countries produce) is in such a bad state it's even been effecting cheap-as-chips African mining operations (http://africanbusinessmagazine.com/sector-reports/mining/why-are-mining-companies-losing-money/). That your 3rd World country B is slightly cheaper than country A has been made largely irrelevant as an investment argument by the macro-economics. Most 3rd World governments are trying to retain their current foreign investors, tax wheezes being one means by which they do, which in turn assures their people of jobs at all. Their chances of attracting additional new investment (getting a company to move their facilities) is actually close to zero.

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Soil and sand harden as SPEEDING MISSILES and METEORS SLAM into GROUND – boffins

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Re: AC Re: Research

"Otto makes a new type of chemical>kinetic engine....." He did nothing of the sort, all he did was try and patent it everywhere. Diesel's work was an improvement on other designs, he in no way at all invented a brand new type of engine.

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Chelsea Manning sets up low-tech Twitter account from prison

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Re: AC Re: x 7 Dear sir or madam

"....Him and her aren't as rigidly defined as you would like to pretend they are...." Oh yes they are, both legally and in biological science. There are also very well-defined legal and biological steps Manning can take to attain female status, which he has yet to complete. It is you that is insisting all that be ignored simply because you view political-correctness as more important than law or science.

".... I'm not censoring you....." Yes you are! Worse, you're berating anyone that disagrees with you with the slander that they must be "transphobic". I have nothing against homosexuals, transsexuals, nor non-sexuals, but it doesn't make me blind to either the law or science. Your political-correctness does.

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Re: This will probably be my last post here for a good while…

3) Patreus had a long and distinguished career to balance against his alleged crimes, and his alleged crimes were select and careful leaking of material to someone he knew would not use it to attack America or her allies. Manning had a very undistinguished career, including physically assaulting a female soldier, and then he leaked everything he could get his hands on indiscriminately to someone he knew had the worst intentions.

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Re: x 7 Re: Dear sir or madam

".....So that explains why he has a penis ????" More to the point, whilst Manning has managed to get his/her name legally changed to Chelsea, he/she hasn't got her birth certificate changed to female yet, so legally he/him/his still applies. And that's just a legal fact, Sarah Balfour, before you start making any hysterical and slanderous accusations of "transphobia"

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Re: x 7 Re: Mr Dogshit He's sick in the head as well as a traitor

"Do you not feel though that by his actions, Manning has abrogated any responsibility the military has for his health?....." Not quite that simple, unfortunately. Whilst Manning has broken his oath, he is still enlisted until his dishonorable discharge, so he still gets his right to medical treatment just like any other soldier also serving a sentence before discharge. He could be a convicted rapist, murderer, or child-molester, it makes no difference to his basic rights. He has taken that argument to court and won. On the medical side it seems it was considered the most effective and less costly than other forms of long term psychiatric care. I suppose the only good news is that real vets that have actually served their country now also have the precedent.

".....He's now a convicted criminal, a spy. Any social contract is broken....." Broken social contract or not, Manning still has the right as an enlisted soldier to healthcare. As regards his conviction, a court has decided his crimes and their punishment - incarceration and dishonorable discharge. I don't remember seeing withholding the right to healthcare in the military code of justice. If Manning were to be diagnosed with cancer during his/her incarceration the military would still have to pay for those healthcare costs, and that could be many, many times the cost of gender reassignment surgery and hormone treatment. True, it would have been a lot cheaper to have just put him/her out of her misery, but we can't just go bending the law any way we like (well, unless you're a Clinton, allegedly).

"....He's just another prisoner....." Whilst civilian convicts do have the right to healthcare, Manning is actually still an enlisted soldier until his discharge. As such, his rights are slightly different to those of a civilian prisoner, but he is still entitled to healthcare.

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Re: Mr Dogshit Re: He's sick in the head as well as a traitor

"If I were to go to my doctor and say "I think I'm a cat", would they sort me out with whiskers and a tail? No, I'd be treated as a mental patient......" Well, yes and no. Personally, I think there is a lot more screwed up inside Manning's noggin than just a bit of gender confusion, but then we should let the actual trained and qualified medical bods make such diagnosis and recommend treatment. Personally, I'd be quite happy if the qualified doctors confirmed that Manning should be sent to a loony-bin for the rest of his life, but they haven't made such a prognosis yet, so until they do Manning should get whatever treatment he is legally entitled to. The actual cost of such treatment is not that prohibitive (http://www.howmuchisit.org/gender-reassign-surgery-cost/), but the really hilarious bit is Manning could be refused such treatment if the physicians involved decide he is not mentally fit enough to undergo treatment!

"......Quisling Manning betrayed his country and his colleagues. "Oh boo hoo, I'm sick of keeping secrets."....." Agreed, he's a traitor and has been convicted for his crimes, but that does not exempt his country from providing medical treatment whilst he serves his time. Whilst you and I may certainly consider other vets as far, far more deserving of priority, it has not been shown that Manning's treatment is actually in priority over more deserving vets, nor that it is somehow removing medical resources from more deserving vets. The general and scandalous lack of funds for treating vets existed before Manning was convicted.

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Re: x 7 Re: He's sick in the head as well as a traitor

".....If he doesn't want to be punished, he should have considered the consequences before he started on his crime spree". But Manning is being punished by being locked up for at least eight years (hopefully much longer) and then dishonorably discharged. That is what he owes society, as decided in court. His punishment does not include the removal of his legal right to medical treatment. Personally, I'd consider his being hung, drawn and quartered as the fitting sentence for his crimes. But, seeing as I am in no way empowered to make such a decision, I have to accept the legal decision that he should receive appropriate medical treatment in the hope she may eventually return to society as a more productive citizen than the traitorous piece of scum (IMHO) he was before entering prison.

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Re: AC Re: more characters

".....why not dictate a full letter's worth and publish it blog-like form." Well, Manning isn't exactly famous for releasing original works, a Tweet-per-day is probably the limit of his/her creative capabilities.

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ISIS: You bomb us, we’ll interrupt your TV transmissions

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Fair enough.

We bomb the Islamists' miserable Caliphate to bits, the Islamists block Fwench TV broadcasts. Personally, I see no problem with that arrangement.

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A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

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Re: theodore Re: you forgot to mention...

"That you have to design and build the CPU (and the rest of the device as well)" Hmmm, that could be a problem, working with the PSU when he's wrapped up in all that conductive foil......

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Don't be stiffed by spies, stand up to Uncle Sam with your proud d**k pics – says Snowden

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Re: Marketing Hack Its smart to put the NSA's surveillance in a context....

"I'm quite confident that the NSA/Five Eyes don't have the eyeballs needed to check out everyone's boudoir photography...." So, in your desperate backpeddling, you're admitting you were talking male genitals in suggesting it, as well as Snowjoke in pushing the idea in the first place.

"......my argument is that the NSA shouldn't be staring at ANY adult communications that don't represent a genuine threat to national security......" They don't stare at any communication unless it is flagged by automatic systems, so again you are talking just more bollocks by claiming the NSA are just willy-nilly checking conversations at random. Were you paying any attention when Snowjoke was describing how the NSA works on metadata and filtering before anything actually gets read by a human? Fail!

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Re: Marketing Hack Re: Its smart to put the NSA's surveillance in a context that people understand

"....Putting the issue in terms of whether the government should have the right to intercept intimate pictures that are sent between lovers and spouses boils the issue down to its core privacy principles....." No it doesn't because it makes the false assumption the NSA et al are even vaguely interested in the majority, let alone have the capability to do so. They simply don't have the resources to stare at every nudie/sext even if they wanted to, so the whole claim is just more of the typical Snowjoke manure.

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Re: JummyPage Re: Just occurred to me ...

"....that prompted them to insist on such a newsworthy destruction...." Allegedly, the GCHQ is full of Linux fanbois, and when they were told it was a Mac.....

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Cisco posts kit to empty houses to dodge NSA chop shops

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Re: Pottie Re: Don't buy US kit

"......China isn't a threat to everyone. Only to the biggest players....." LMAO @ your blind naïveté:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/31/github_attack_day_4_activists_point_fingers_at_china/

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

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Re: "Yawndeyawn... professional hot-air generator... grant wasting watermelon... twonk"

"Climate scientists tell us that burning fossil fuels is leading to catastrophic climate change...." No, they have not. Oh, but I do like how you and the rest of the flock have moved onto AGW2.0 - "catastrophic climate change" - now that your global warming claptrap has ben thoroughly debunked.

".....Economists tell us about things like goodwill and support levels and market impact....." You mean the crayon-eaters at The Guardian? They're not economists either.

".....A person is not "a twonk" if they listen to the experts and put 2 and 2 together...." Your problem is you have zero interest in actually looking for either two, nor in doing the sums for yourself, as you have been spoonfed an "answer" and now you are desperately looking for any justification for it. Newsflash - there will be no revolution, get over it.

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Re: Mike Yawndeyawn Re: "ignorant... dumb... egregious buffoon... dunderheads..."

".....he studied political science at the University of Calgary, and in 2009 he moved to Vancouver to earn a master's in urban studies...." So a professional hot-air generator and grant wasting watermelon. Please do point to any bit of his accreditations that in any way qualifies him as either an economist or climate scientist. Would you accept brain surgery from a twonk who had studied Medieval History? Well, then again it seems you probably would if he wore a Greenpeace T-shirt to your consultation.

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LulzSec supersnitch led attacks on UK, Australia – report

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Re: MrMeme Re: Correction.

"..... the hackers themselves aren't guilty unless you can show they "made any use of the data...." Nope, because their crime was the actual hacking, not what they did with the data (though what they planned to do with it could be criminal in intent alone). Maybe you should leave the conversation to those with some actual understanding of how the law works, mmmkay?

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IS 'hackers' urge US-based jihadis: 'Wipe yourselves out trying to kill 0.00005 of US forces'

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Re: Marsbarbrain Re: @x 7 - Clarification Please

".....and remove even more of our freedoms....." Usual rejoinder to that male bovine manure - please do give a single example of how you personally have in any way at all been "harmed" or had any freedom "lost", as you so hysterically claim at every opportunity? As we have all seen before in previous threads, you are completely unable to provide any such detail.

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