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What do you mean, I have to POST a PHYSICAL CHEQUE to get my gun licence?

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Re: Hud Dunlap Re: Why have a license at all?

".....At some point England became afraid of its citizens....." Not all it's citizens, just returning 'Red' soldiers in 1918-20. The difference between the end of the Great War and previous wars was the very common incidents of agitation by Communists and Socialists who were upset that Britain was still involved in an undeclared war against Red Russia. The greater ease of communication - newspapers, reliable and functional postal system, and the easy availability of printing for pamphlets - made the agitators quite effective at spreading discontent amongst British troops just wanting to go home. There were mutinies amongst the Royal Navy and in British Army camps in France, especially when the soldiers were told they might have to stay in Europe to enforce the Armistace for another two years. The Government of the day was worried at the idea of the conscripted masses, now well-trained in soldiery, returning home to face the unarmed Police and much reduced peacetime forces. As the bitter revolutionary fighting escalated in European countries like Germany the UK Government decided it would be a good idea to introduce control of firearms. Having seen the chaos of the Spartacus revolution in Germany, the Red threat was taken so seriously it resulted in the one occasion tanks were deployed on British soil to threaten protestors (the short-lived but violent 'Glasgow Soviet' of January 1919). After that, the firearms controls gradually escalated until we get to today's very controlled system.

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Re: Anon John Re: Rich toffs?

"Is £10 a year really beyond the means of the most impoverished gun owner?...." The majority of shotguns in the UK are owned by small-hold farmers and a lot of them are under intense financial pressure.

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".....Firearm = AR-15, not some dual tube device to shoot fowl." It's a popular misconception that firearms in the UK are limited to BB guns and .22 target rifles and only fowl have anything to fear. Whist handguns are effectively banned (unless you want to mess around with black powder muzzle-loaders) shotguns are definitely not restricted to the classic double-barrel. Semi-auto rifles are supposedly banned in the UK, though there are some loopholes around 'historic' weapons (one collector I know shoots a WW2 Garrand rifle). Non-sport shooting also includes pest reduction, which includes foxes, badgers, rabbits, rats, and some bird species (crows, magpies, etc.). You can even go to specialist ranges and fire large-calibre rifles such as the Barrett .50s, a weapon that would reduce any fowl to mush. More practical calibres are used for legal deer stalking where the law sets a minimum calibre and muzzle velocity to reduce the chances of only wounding the animal. As a rule of thumb, any rifle that is judged suitable for killing a deer would be very capable of killing a person.

Which does bring us to an interesting point. One copper told me years ago the reason they had not implemented a computerized system was because paper is tangible - it's simply harder to lose a piece of paper - whereas computers seemed quite good to him at losing data. It's the old 'a filing cabinet does not have downtime' argument. Having the ability to find the owner of every potentially lethal firearm was what they wanted, not a system that could do it fast but only 99% of the time. He believed that, even if the system was to be computerized, it would only be as a back-up to the same paper forms, so adding the computerized system might actually require additional cost and therefore an increase in license fees.

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FIRST LOOK: Gartner gurus present all-flash prognostications

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Ho-hum.

Whilst it's all interesting stuff, I'm more interested in knowing the market trends of all-flash vs hybrid arrays and whether people are doing anything revolutionary with their flash or just treating it as fast disk.

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'Stop dissing Google or quit': OK, I quit, says Code Club co-founder

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Re: Andrew Orlowski Re: @Joseph Haig:

".....We'll have a centralised scheme working in a few days in England and Wales, taught with reluctance, by exhausted non-experts. Any guesses how it'll turn out?" Bit of a presumption. I learnt my (now very out of date) coding skills from one of your 'exhausted non-experts' (who was actually very enthusiastic and experienced, having twenty-plus years experience in the industry before he 'retired' to education), at a British state secondary school, decades before Ms Sandvik even came to the UK. Ms Sandvik is simply talking male bovine manure with her claim "Teaching kids how to program because the government isn't."

The essence of the issue seems to be Sandvik is not an industry big-hitter, has little to no experience of actually running an Internet business, and seems to have an obsession with 'digital art' rather than what companies (such as Google) actually want or expect from future coders. Her BSc in Philosophy (!) & Comp Sci does not seem to have included any modules on teaching, so if anyone is a 'non-expert' at teaching kids it would seem to be Ms Sandvik. Which begs the question of whether the articles is just Google-bashing.

Whilst Ms Sandvik may be the Einstein of 'interface development' (is that the new, posh name for 'web designer'?), I would suggest Google would rate a massive amount higher in actually knowing about building and running in-house coded business platforms.

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Why has the web gone to hell? Market chaos and HUMAN NATURE

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Re: roselan Re: Human Nature

".....Let's admit for a minute that army is a refuge for fascists....." Let's not. Instead, I suggest you go do some actual reading, such as Mike Curtis's book "CQB: Close Quarter Battle", for an insight into how a quite Leftie, non-Fascist from the 'Little Moscow' of the Rhonda Valley ended up in the SAS and then the private security sector.

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HP: We're still running the ARM race with Moonshot servers

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Re: AC Re: Geez

"......unless anyone can dig up any articles on Intel paying Dell a small fortune to not use AMD....." If only you had bothered to do some research before falling back on the anti-Intel froth - hp heavily backed AMD, especially Opteron, and offered AMD-flavored servers, PCs and laptops from the word go. They still do. They also had Linux offerings across their server and workstation lines waaaaay back before it became fashionable.

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Re: Gordon Re: Rhetoric vs. Delivery

".....yet it is impossible to actually buy one as a regular buyer like you can buy their x86 servers. There has certainly been plenty of rhetoric, but so far in terms of availability and delivery this has been pure vaporware...." Gosh, those guys at Inkabinka must be really smart, then, seeing as you insist they are running their news service on 'vapor':

http://www.enterprisetech.com/2014/06/23/inkabinka-moves-cloud-moonshot-launch/

Personally, I wouldn't know about buying a unit, but hp have been trying to get us to take a demo system for months, we just can't agree on what we would do with it. Which is part of the whole ARM problem - despite it being supposedly cheaper to operate, it has to displace established x64 solutions. As I have pointed out before, whilst SUN's CMT design was pretty poor for most enterprise cases, it was probably a better platform for web serving than x64, yet the industry chose to stay with x64. ARM faces the same problem. It seems x64, whilst not perfect, is pretty good for the majority of cases, trusted and cheap enough that it may still fight off ARM, especially if Intel and AMD can get reasonable energy-savings and still allow respectable performance with current x64 applications. Maybe someone will come up with a 'killer app' for ARM, otherwise it looks like a tough sell.

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VMware's MARVIN emerges as 'EVO' for branch offices and web-scale rigs

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Re: Obvious question: Where's the C in VCE?

"Looks like VCE's future may be in jeopardy as the new EVO solution has the V+E......" Well, it is an appliance, not a cluster of systems, so no real need for networking. I suspect CISCO might be introduced in the part of the conversation relating to connecting the field office appliance back to the central vCentre instance.

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IT blokes: would you say that LEWD comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman

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Re: Corinne

"Not quite sure what you're getting at here AC?...." I suspect he is suggesting YMMV, that simply tarring all male IT workers as predatory sex-pests is more than a bit female chauvinistic. One thing we can probably agree on is the IT industry is not the career path that attracts lots of confidant, attractive, smooth-talking men, instead it usually attracts the socially-awkward geeks. If Phoummala has been in the industry as long as she suggest then why is she surprised?

".....1: The gay guys I've met in IT don't act like sexual predators and make crude suggestive comments to the other men....." I have had a gay colleague that has had to raise two sexual harassment complaints during his career. The first was from another gay male colleague and did occur at a drink-fueled company 'social'. As his team leader at the time I had to take the complaint to an unsympathetic HR. More on that below.

"......2: Objectionable women I have met. But women who make crude suggestive comments to all the reasonably attractive men (illegal), sexually harass them (illegal), grab their crotches (also illegal), denigrate their intelligence & suggest they can't know anything tech because they are men? Nope not met any of those......" The second was scary to witness and involved a hetero female co-worker who somehow translated his friendliness into a desire to be 'straightened'. She simply would not take no for an answer, stalked him for months, tried several times to force herself on him at company socials, and on one occasion I witnessed, in the prep for a business meeting, she sat uninvited in his lap in front of fellow workers and management. The harassment culminated in her turning up at his front door one evening, drunk, in a coat and nothing else! He still has no idea how she got his home address. His biggest surprise was how useless HR were on the matter, the HR Queen and her female drones simply refusing to take it seriously - as far as they were concerned, sexual harassment was a one-way street. I was not too surprised to overhear one of the drones remark to another "Well, I definitely would!" Sorry, but chauvinism and 'bad behaviour' are not confined to men, especially in areas where women are dominant.

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VMware to release own version of OpenStack

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If you can't beat them....

....Borg them!

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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Re: NumptyScrub Re: corestore

Your post translates as the Worldy equivalent of "me, me, me!" Wake up, there are more important thing to get rage about than your imagined 'censorship' by The Man.

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Re: Lapun Wankinmasta Re: the crucifixion scene

".....there goes my copy of Guernica!....." But your example, the painting Guernica, is in itself another propaganda piece and an example of the supposedly unquestionability of a viewpoint of an historical act. If propaganda is not challenged then it can soon grow into being accepted as 'fact', and sympathisers in the UK will soon start repeating the myth that ISIS were 'justified' in the act due to the American intervention.

The story behind the propaganda myth of Geurnica is a good example. The Republicans in the Spanish Civil War had a very active propaganda arm that co-operated with sympathetic Communist, Socialist and Anarchist groups all over the World, in hyping such events. Guernica represents one of their most successful efforts, so much so it has completely obscured both the fact that both sides routinely bombed Spanish civilians, but also their propagandizing of other acts of aerial bombing from the period. A similar propaganda effort was made around the earlier bombing of Getafe near Madrid (which spawned the immortal line "If you tolerate this then your children will be next" on a propaganda poster which included a photo of a dead child who was not killed at Getafe - http://airminded.org/2009/10/11/the-non-atrocity-of-getafe/). The hysterics around Geurnica reflected the Republic's and their allies' frustrations and desperation at how the fighting in the Cantabrian pocket had turned against them, mainly due to the Nationalist's more effective use of air power. They wanted international popular opinion to turn against the Nationalists, and they especially wanted some form of international intervention to curtail the activities of the Italian and German 'volunteers' manning the bombers that were pounding Republican ground forces. This was more than hypocritical given that the Republicans were happily using Russian crews in SB-2 bombers against Nationalist towns and cities, and had been the first in the War to employ modern bombers (in the shape of French-supplied Potez 540 aircraft) to attack civilian areas under Nationalist control.

So, you have merely and unwittingly supplied a good reason to block such propaganda before it becomes 'fact'.

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Re: corestore

"'1984' was a WARNING. Not a bloody INSTRUCTION MANUAL." So you have the barbaric and totally unjustified beheading of a reporter by an Islamist, simply because the reporter was a Yank, in a propaganda video that the Islamists want to have distributed as widely as possible, and your immediate response is to criticise the government's efforts to block their propaganda? You are seriously in need of a reality check.

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Renegade NSA, GCHQ spies help fix Tor vulns, claims project boss

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Really? He seriously thinks the GCHQ/NSA types are dropping anonymous tops into his in-box? He even admits he has no way of knowing. TBH, he sounds like a kid that wants to believe in Santa Claus. Did he stop for one moment to think that such teams at the TLAs are going to be monitored, and they're hardly stupid enough to want to risk their jobs for TOR. Then also consider that, when a hole is found, the list of people at either agency that would know about it would be very small - the minute a hole was plugged shortly after having been found by The Man then the people on that small list would be under a spotlight, which would leave very little wriggle room for a leaker to hide behind.

There is one possibility that either the GCHQ or NSA would let the TOR project know of a hole, and that's if they already knew it was in use by an opposing group such as the Russians or Chinese. There is, unfortunately, the possibility the tips are coming either from the Russians or Chinese to block Western spying efforts, or (worse) they are coming from black hats working for nastier groups such as paedo rings and drug gangs.

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Object storage bods Exablox: RAID is dead, baby. RAID is dead

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Re: Myself-NZ Re: 10x premium relative to retail pricing

"So you just buy some spares and swap them in when needed...." Hmmmm, so how good are the tools bundled with the OneBlox to help you identify the problem disk (or disks) and help you rebuild the storage pool(s)? What happens if you have used any old disk (as in the demo), can you just plug in any old replacement or does it need to be an identical replacement? Do you then need to keep several stacks of replacement drives? Can they support you at 2am on a Sunday morning if the bundled tools don't find and fix the fault? Does it guarantee to recover data, can you replace disks online, and does such changes interfere with replication to other OneBlox devices (do you have to take the storage pool offline to change or add disks)? Which disks have Exablox actually tested with and are willing to support, and which ones does that mean I am on my own with if not? Exablox may have answers to all those queries but they are not obvious from the demo vid.

".....Hard drive = commodity item." Yeah, I used to think that. Then I built a Linux server a while back with a (cheap) SCSI card and some off-the-shelf disks, saving myself a few hundred quid. All went fine until I updated the SCSI card driver as part of the OS upgrade, at which point half the disks went dead. Luckily, before just dumping them, I plugged them into a different system and they worked fine - it turned out my 'identical' disks had different firmware. I then spent several days trying to track down the 'good' firmware and flash it into the 'dead' disks as the flashing process was not supported with the SCSI card I had bought. Finally, having flashed the disk firmware, I found out the flash had somehow destroyed the inode tables on the disks and my data was unreadable (the disk manufacturer first said that was 'not possible', then finally admitted it had happened before). Cue a re-install from backups, luckily without data loss. After that I was much more wary of the idea of 'commodity'.

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Re: Joerg Re: RAID is dead? What a silly joke!

"....So they aren't using any RAID algorithms to create and manage redundancy on the drives arrays ? Really? I doubt that!...." I suppose it depends on your definition of RAID. If they are simply storing files in a NAS-manner, and simply make an on-write copy of the file to a different disk pool in the system (software mirroring), then it is what some people call RAID1, but a high-end array designer that uses dispersed blocks across multiple disks might consider too parochial to call 'real RAID1'. It also doesn't address the performance issues of mixing disks - real arrays like identical disks as then your RAID operations don't get held up by a slow disk taking longer to acknowledge the write than a fast disk. Performance is also more predictable. I assume some form of storage pool is used to allow the to write across disks without having to worry about the different sizes of disk. The 'ooh look, straight onto the network' feature just looks like DHCP, only with no security over who on the network can then store or copy stuff - if the marketing guy beats you to it he can stuff all his massive slide sets on there before the CIO gets a chance to store his more important docs.

OneBlox would seem of interest as a cheap NAS solution for the unstructured adding of storage, but then there are already plenty of those on the market. Indeed, a Windows Storage Server with a few installation scripts could do pretty much the same, on an OS with 24x7 support on an international scale.

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

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Re: TheDullinquent Re: Don't feed the trolls

"I do hope that HMG are not going to pay this ridiculous 'fine', its well past time these globocorps were put back in their box and shown who's the boss." The matter has been examined in a court of law, so to now refuse would be an illegal act. It would be rather hard for the Government to insist private companies follow the law if it very blatantly refuses to do so itself.

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Re: Alan Brown Re: Tears roll down my cheeks

".....The civil servants responsible for this will learn to hide their tracks more effectively so that only juniors get thrown under the bus....." I have sat in a scoping meeting where an unelected politician's aid has over-ruled his civil-servant staff with the classic quote: "Let's not get too tight on definitions just now as we're still working on how we want the final project to develop." Needless to say that project did not go well from a taxpayer's PoV, but it was not the fault of the civil servants involved.

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Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy

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Re: isaacdavid (yeah, right!) Re: What a sensationalist headline

"Looks like some pseudo-journalist is trying to disrupt the high opinion Assange and Snowden have about one another...." I assume that your mind had so little room that, after they had crammed in your socio-political views, there was simply no space left for a sense of humour? And as for A$$nut's and Snowjob's 'love' for each other, it is a biological fact that parasitical organisms prefer the 'company' of others of their breed, why should it not be the same for social parasites? Snowjob needs to keep onside with The Faithful, they are his future meal ticket.

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Re: Desidero Re: DeLuDeD Meanwhile...

"He's an Australian citizen....." You must be new here, either that or easily confused. Or both. 'Snowjob' refers to Snowden, who is an US citizen and very liable for treason even if he subsequently gains citizenship in another country. 'A$$nut' refers to Assange, who is the Australian. Please do try and keep up.

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Re: PongoJoe He needs the attention, but still...

"You can smell all you like but that was pure fact...." The only thing that smells around here is your story. What, you saw a picture, presumably in a paper (Socialist Worker, perchance?), and immediately assumed 'that copper is doing wrong' rather than considering that the copper might have been legally justified in raising his baton? Despite what a large section of the ill-informed public (and some journos) believe, journos do not get some freedom to act outside the law as they wish. A copper is just as legally within proper rules and law to move a journo that is part of a crowd illegally gathered as an ordinary member of said crowd. If a copper says you are interfering with a police activity (of which dispersing a violent mob that is illegally interfering with the delivery of coal to a British Steel plant is one example) then a 'journo' is just as bound to move on or be physically forced to move on as any other member of the public so involved. It sounds like you would have been very poor material for a copper, and it sounds like your 'ex-copper' dad had forgotten a lot of the law he should have been able to explain to you. Especially seeing as Lesley Boulton was no journalist anyway. Oh, yes, that is a hint of your imminent come-uppance.

Not only that, but in those pre-Internet days you managed to keep track of the one picture, presumably because it so 'scarred' you, that you could instantly retrieve it almost forty years later at the drop of a hat? Gosh, that doesn't at all sound like you went to one of the staple anti-police websites and got it from there..... It's not like Lesley Boulton, the member of Women Against Pit Closures (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_Against_Pit_Closures) in the pic (and not a journalist as often claimed), had a political reason to smear the police involved. Oh, didn't you realise there were those of us on the other side of the political divide that might know a thing or two about the Leftie propaganda surrounding the so-called Battle of Ogreave? Like the fact it happened in 1984, a bit late to effect your choice of studying IT in the 'late Seventies'.

Pull the other one, it's got bells on it.

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Re: DeLuDeD

"....There is no arrest warrant issued in Sweden because he HASN'T BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING THERE....." That's because the Swedish legal system works differently to that of the US or UK in that a suspect is charged a lot later in the proceedings. A$$nut skipped the country before the Swedes could charge him and has refused to go back since. Once again, all you are doing is rebleat in outdated A$$nut propaganda - have you been asleep for the last two years?

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Re: DeLuDeD Re: Meanwhile...

".....In law, there's actually no defence you can offer at all." Complete cobblers. Snowjob could legally argue he was exposing a criminal act by revealing secrets, but seeing as the US legal system has already looked at the revelations and said 'no crime here, all covered by FISC warrants', Snowjob would not get very far with that excuse. The reality is Snowjob has no legal grounds for his calculated treachery. That is why Snowjob will not return to face the music, because he knows what he did was not just illegal but traitorous too.

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Re: Desidero Re: Does the court case matter?

If the accusations against A$$nut are 'such clear fabrications', why is he so scared to go face a Swedish court over them then?

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Re: DeLuDeD Re: Logic fail

"....sex by surprise in Sweden, and this is the offence with which he MAY be charged after any interview with the Swedish authorities. Unfortunately, sex by surprise (fairly literal translation) is not a crime anywhere else in the EU...." Geez, are The Faithfull still repeating that load of baloney? As was explained, by an UK judge in an UK court during A$$nuts weaselly attempts to avoid extradition, what A$$nut is accused of doing would be considered rape under UK law. If you don't know even the most basic facts about the case then please go do a lot more reading before you embarrass yourself here with your infatuated hero-worship again.

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Re: PongoJoe Re: He needs the attention, but still...

"I was contemplating a career in the police until the miners' strike started

This picture http://www.defendtherighttoprotest.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/miners-strike-orgreave.jpg was the reason that I changed my mind." I call male bovine manure. What, are you scared of horses?

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Re: AC Re: I know why Assange's waiting..

"....It's all explained here....." Hmmm, my first thoughts are that must be a late submission for the April 1st edition, but them again it is St Jules, Patron Saint of Egotists.....

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: AC Re: Marsbarbrain JeffyDoh Aww that's just unlucky

"....USA is behind most of the nastier political problems of the rest of the world...." Really? And you have some form of evidence to show that? Is the US somehow to blame for the continued Chinese occupation of Tibet, did the US somehow force Mao into that act and how are they forcing the current Chinese government's actions? Did the US somehow force the Chinese into their current dispute with every single neighbouring country with their landgrab in the South China Sea? How about the alleged damage done to Venezuela's economy by people smuggling subsidised goods and petrol into Colombia, did The Man put a gun to Hugo Chavez's head when he came up with that vote-grabbing economic policy? Did the US somehow fire the HAMAS rockets from Gaza that punctured the last ceasefire and negotiations between Israel and the PNA? How about the abduction of girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria, how was that an US-inspired act? Or is it more of the usual Leftie autonomic response when confronted with someone else doing wrong - "ignore that because I have been told American evil is the real evil" - how open-minded! I have met in-duh-visuals like you before, they always have some clumsy and illogical reason for blaming all the World's ills on 'Evil America', even down to some truly hilarious justifications for people like Stalin and Pol Pot.

"....for the USA, USA interests come first ...." Wow, how blinkered you are! I think you'll find that EVERY government in the World tends to put their concerns first, it's kind of what their citizens expect. You are obviously too busy hating to actually have anything even close to an original opinion.

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Re: AC Re: James 51

"....They should apologise to their fellow citizens if they were not monitoring USA and other countries. That's their job, for security." Merkel in particular should apologise for making political hay out of her faux indignation at possible eavesdropping when her own spooks were doing exactly what she criticised. Or do your socio-political blinkers not allow you to see the hypocrisy?

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Re: Marsbarbrain Re: JeffyDoh Aww that's just unlucky

"Oh dear, Matt, and you were doing *SO* well, right up until the last paragraph where you had to get in a dig at *someone* on the Left..." <Yawn> I'd be upset if I didn't already know Michael Moore's docuganda is about the limit of your capabilities. I assume from the complete lack of relevance your post bears to the thread that you haven't been spoonfed any thoughts on the Germany doing that 'nasty' eavesdropping thing yet?

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Re: JeffyDoh Re: Aww that's just unlucky

"It's like the horrible Bruce Willis movie, Diehard, where everyone, and I mean everyone, was sharing the same frequency. Police, Fire, Rescue, ATC, CB, Aliens, everyone." I would suggest you go watch the movie again. Willis's character switches to the police emergency frequency to make his first attempt to contact the police from the rooftop. The dispatcher even warns him that he is using a restricted frequency for emergency use only, to which Willis replies something along the lines of "No shit, lady, does it sound like I'm ordering a pizza?" The unexplained bit is how Hans Gruber hears that transmission as he is not seen switching to the police bands, though you could excuse that by saying it was part of his plan to monitor police bands all along. Willis then uses the normal police bands to talk to the other cops as 'Roy'. As a cop it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that he would know the regular and emergency police frequencies.

And Diehard 'horrible'?!? Seriously? I take it your preferred viewing is more along the lines of 'serious cinematic efforts' by people like Michael Moore? No wonder Diehard was a bit tough for you to follow....

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Re: James 51

"Would be interesting to know if they really did delete it once they realised it was irrelevant to the case they were investigating. If so their moral authority isn't that badly dented." WTF? So, if the NSA and chums capture innocent conversations and delete them then the sheeple say they are worse than Satan, but if the Germans do it then they're 'morally OK'?!? Sorry, but there's no chance of letting the sheeple get away with that selective bias! And Angela Merkel needs to be making a really big apology.

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Time to ditch HTTP – govt malware injection kit thrust into spotlight

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Re: The Dupe Re: diodesign Missing information

"....do they have a VALID reason?" You seem to have slept through the 9/11 events, the London Tube bombings, the Madrid bombing, and countless other terror events alone. Or maybe you assumed Islamic terror died when bin-bag Laden got his just desserts? You probably missed that even RT, not exactly a fan of The Establishment, is posting articles on a direct and current threat to the UK, one where the security services most definitely do have a very good reason to be watching the coms of such loons: http://rt.com/uk/166128-isis-jihadists-threaten-britain/

And that's an easy one for you - I wouldn't even try to explain anything more complex like tracking international criminals, agit-prop groups and threats from non-state players. I suggest you stick to small steps for now, build up slowly, and maybe you'll actually reach a state of relative awareness some time this decade.

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Re: diodesign Re: Missing information

"You name it, your government can own it." If they have a REASON to, not just because you wear tinfoil.

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Munich considers dumping Linux for ... GULP ... Windows!

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Re: Jamie Jones Re: Lack of integrated email/contacts/calendar?

".....paying someone to write software, or tweak existing software would be far cheaper than paying for MS licenses...." And lead to a requirement for specialized support and uncertain support costs compared to a commercial offering.

".....And then to be bound again by a company that tried to force metro big blobby buttons onto it's customers..... WTF?...." Your opinion of the GUI design of Win8 has nothing to do with the chief complaint of the lack of features from competing products. The fact that MS Outlook has such features is undisputed. You would do better to concentrate on the matter at hand rather than simply repeating MS-bashing soundbites, customers kind of prefer that.

".....The thing is, none of the staff that are complaining have to foot the bill....." Your blatant disregard for the users would be very counter-productive if you ever had to deal with such a situation. And, seeing as they are probably also Munich taxpayers, in the end they probably do foot the bill. The issue is they are complaining - as users - that the lack of features and integration is making it harder to do there task, to such a degree that they would consider the additional cost the lesser of two evils. Simply disparaging them by saying "dumb lusers, what would they know" is not a good tactic.

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Know what Ferguson city needs right now? It's not Anonymous doxing random people

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Postmortem shows killing shot could not have been delivered from behind.

The two bullets that hit Brown's head both entered his head almost parallel to the plane of his face, with the killing shot going through the upper brow into his brain. So there is no way Brown was killed running away, not unless he had some form of physically-impossible running technique that included running with his head tilted right back. Brown was a football player, an athelete, so his running posture would be very orthodox. People running from being shot tend to hunch their shoulders and keep down, so the killing shot is impossible from behind. If his head had been turned to look over the shoulder then the shot that hit his eye socket would have traversed his face, but instead it travelled down his cheek and into his upper chest, and the shot that entered the top of his head would have smashed a trench across the top of his skull but not made a right-angled turn down into his brain.

If the killing shot was made whilst the officer was standing and Brown was on his knees at twenty-odd feet then the posture again doesn't fit, he would need to be kneeling and leaning forward with his chin tucked down into his chest to get close to the right angle. Some of the witnesses claim he was on his knees and had his hands and head up and was saying "don't shoot", in which case the shot would have entered the front of his head/face and travelled at a slight downward angle, almost horizontally. If the cop was six foot tall he would have been holding the gun at a level of roughly five-and-a-half feet, Brown on his knees would put his brow at four-and-a-half to five feet above the level street, so the shot would drop about a foot at most in twenty-plus feet - a relatively shallow angle. This did not happen, not with either headshot, the angle of penetration was almost parallel to the plane of his face. If Brown was on his knees and the cop walked up to close range and 'executed' Brown then the angle would be much steeper, but still not the almost vertical angle of the shots if Brown had his head up as claimed.

If the killing shot had been fired with Brown already face-down on the road, the so-called 'execution' claim, then the angle of the shots would actually penetrate the top of his head and travel forward in his head in relation to the plane of his face - this did not happen, both bullets that hit his head travelled at an angle slightly backwards from the plane of his face. If Brown was hit with both headshots when falling forward onto the ground then the two shots would have to have been fired in very rapid fire and at a distinctly different time to the shots that hit his right side and arm more horizontally, yet some of the witnesses claim the shots were all fired "pow-pow-pow-pow" when Brown was on his knees. Such 'witness' statements are beginning to look a bit unclear, being generous.

Rapid fire would fit with the idea the cop was being rushed, not with the more deliberate and aimed fire that a trained shooter (such as a cop) would use against a stationary target. Even if the cop was using double-taps there would be two 'pows' with a pause to adjust aim before the second set of shots - 'pow-pow....pow-pow' - and not the string of rapid shots.

But, if Brown had his shoulders hunched and head down and was rushing the cop in the manner of an American football forward, something Brown was accustomed to doing, then the impact angles are possible, and the rapid fire is more likely as the cop switches to trying to stop the attacker in the short space between them. Therefore it appears to me that the autopsy report adds more weight to the cop's side of the story than those of the 'witnesses'.

As to why an highschool graduate would be stupid enough to try rushing an armed cop, you have to ask why an highschool grad would be stupid enough to rough-up a store clerk and steal a box of cigars in front if a video camera, or attack a cop in his car, which suggests Brown may have been less than lucid. Obvious suggestions would be drink or drugs, both of which should show up on the full autopsy report in the bloodwork.

If posters wish to propose otherwise then please do so without relying on JFK-style 'magic bullets' that defy the rules of physics. The more 'Libertarian' might also want to ponder the idea that the Tasers they so hate might have stopped Brown without the need for lethal force.

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Moving forward?

The problem seems to be that the two groups doing the majority of the shouting (selectively amplified by an eager press corp) are so polarised. That the local police released the footage of the robbery, whether under pressure from the press (who just want a good story), hasn't helped with the case as it seems the officer involved did not know Brown was a suspect in a robbery when the confrontation started. In effect, what we have is a police stop for jaywalking that escalated into a man being shot. The rest is just trigger points for selective bias, unfortunately spurred by a lack of clarity as to how events unfolded.

So, how did it get from a police stop to a shooting, and - possibly more importantly - how can it be prevented from happening again, especially as it may actually have been a 'righteous' shooting? The first step I would suggest should be implementing cameras on all street cops, dashcams, and guncams. If needed, the money should come from the US Government rather than individual state police funds and be enforced by a national law. That would be the first step to rebuilding trust in the police, and it would also help in stopping these type of events escalate into uninformed rioting because it would remove a lot of the doubt (and sometimes purposeful misinformation) surrounding events.

Secondly, I would have to suggest a change in the local/state law. It seems bizarre that it could actually be legal for a cop to shoot an unarmed suspect if they do not pose a direct threat to the officer or a byestander, just because they committed a felony offence. I do not understand enough about US national vs state law setting to know if the Government can impose laws on acceptable force across the whole country, but it would seem the Missouri law needs addressing as a major step in stopping a similar event happening again.

And thirdly, it has to be made clear (with tightening of laws if required) that groups that threaten IT infrastructure, as done by the Anonyputzs, and incite violence with their half-arsed doxings, are committing crimes and will be investigated and prosecuted. I don't care how 'good' or 'righteous' they think they were being, the simple truth is they added nothing of any value to the situation.

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This is the Missouri law I think needs tightening up.

https://mobile.twitter.com/seanmdav/status/500286071801126912/photo/1

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Re: Beta Version Re: In Amerika

"Over here the police see themselves as The Law...." Seeing as you could not possibly have met and interacted with every law enforcement officer in the land, not even a majority, your 'assessment' is obviously based on groundless prejudice. I have been stopped on three occasions in the Southern states over the years and have never felt threatened in the slightest. On the most recent occasion I was stopped in downtown Atlanta last August when I got lost in a friend's car (no satnav, dead mobile battery) at 5am. The cop involved was very professional and - after he had confirmed I wasn't a DUI - sent me on my way with good directions. I didn't know that there had been a shooting only an hour before and the cops were hunting for the presumably still armed killer, an event which would have given the cop involved reason to be overly assertive, yet he was anything but.

".....That's not a racist statement, that's simply the way it is in the USA." No, you're just astynomiaphobic. You should probably listen to less rap records and watch more news (I wouldn't suggest reading more until you get out of Beta).

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Re: Jake Re: One wonders ...

"... why so many are up in arms over statistically[1] meaningless police shootings...." Whilst you could go further and say that more Yanks die every minute on the highways, isn't that greater loss more important, the problems here appear twofold (and I say 'appear' as there is yet to be a legal examination of the events) - firstly, the cop involved appears to have shot the victim whilst he was trying to surrender; secondly, the altercation seems to have been partially triggered by racial attitudes on the part of the cop. Both are behaviour we do cannot condone in police actions. Whilst you could argue that the youths involved probably had plenty of racial attitude of their own that does not excuse the cop's attitude, and definitely does not justify shooting a wounded and surrendering 'criminal'. Whilst Michael Brown or the other youth involved may have posed a lethal threat when (allegedly) wrestling with the officer, he does not seem to have posed such a threat if he was actually trying to surrender, which makes the subsequent shots (IMHO) a criminal act and possibly murder. So the 'up in arms' concern is how people do not want cops that are (allegedly) racist and (allegedly) illegally execute people.

Whilst there do seem to be a lot of the usual 'civil rights' bandwagon-humpers that have jumped on this event (surprise, surprise, Al Sharpton was there before the gun smoke cleared - did he even get out of bed for Sandy Hook?), and the looting and vandalism haven't helped, the local police seem to have done a very, very bad job of dealing with the situation. The Anonyputzs have jumped in with their usual level of stupidity, doxing random people being just being the equivalent of pouring gas on the settling fire. TBH, whilst I want to see the cop involved in the shooting in court, I would also want the Anonyputzs involved brought up on some form of incitement charges. Taking the policing and investigation out of the hands of the local cops and giving it to the State Highway Patrol was the only smart move the authorities have made.

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Re: AC

"White teen, riots? Hispanic teen, riots?...." There appear to be plenty of white youths/troublemakers involved in the riots and confronting the police.

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Revealed ... GCHQ's incredible hacking tool to sweep net for vulnerabilities: Nmap

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Re: Absolute Claptrap Re: So GCHQ is breaking the law

".....cough, cough[insert large nation here]cough, cough...." Qatar is not a large nation. And I suggest you also go look up the legal definition of genocide as the closest you would get is HAMAS's charter, which is more a declaration of intent than actual genocide.

Nmap has been around for a lot longer than five years, as has the alleged use of it by the 5i's agencies. Why people are surprised that such a common tool be used by the spooks is amusing - why not? It does what is needed and is such a common tool that detection by the target of its use would raise no suspicions of secret squirrel involvement.

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NASA's rock'n'roll shock: ROLLING STONE FOUND ON MARS

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This is why Martians have not visited Earth.

They're too lazy. Obviously, this was their sole attempt at making a stone circle sun calendar like Stonehenge, and they just gave up. Of course, it could be they just developed TV and sitcoms a lot earlier and us, hence why their civil action has disappeared.....

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Why your mum was WRONG about whiffy tattooed people

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Re: poopypants

"If only there was some more efficient way of harnessing the energy expended through all that pedalling." Ignoring the obvious, I'm guessing it would be more efficient even to just harvest the heat generated in producing the sweat. The whole idea seems a pretty pointless exercise in science for science's sake with little practical use even if you want to completely cover your body in tats - no thanks!

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LulzSec supergrass Sabu led attacks against Turkey – report

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Re: dan1980 Britt Release

".....We put things in boxes because it's a convenient shorthand for us but it leaves us vulnerable when someone does something 'outside the box' that we have put them into....." Gee, do you think maybe the FBI taking an interest in the actions of RedHack Nd related skiddies might just imply some authorities do take the possible threat from these skiddies seriously? And even a skiddie managing to pull off a sophisticated attack using downloaded scripts is still a skiddie by definition.

".....Many in 'The West', collectively, put Russia and Putin in a box....." Which has nothing to do with RedHack.

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Snowden latest: NSA targets Gaza, pumps intelligence to Israel

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Meanwhile, Angela has some explaining to do....

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-28819625

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