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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

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Re: Boring Bernie Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

"I note that you haven't refuted this yet, MB. Why not?...." El Mod seems to be having an issue accepting my laughing at your hypocritical use of the 'think of the children' argument you so habitually slate when used by 'The Man'. I assume it's just backlog, no bias. Strange that others' posts don't seem so affected....

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Re; boring Bernie Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

"Do you really think the CIA has no relationship with the NSA?...." Nope, but the original poster tried to claim that the NSA and GCHQ had directly killed thousands with drones, which is obviously wrong. Try again!

"....Naïve." Yes, you are.

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RE: AC Re: Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

".....when the CIA led a coup d'etat in Chile...." Fail! The CIA is a completely separate organization to the NSA, and SFA to do with the GCHQ.

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Re: antiRev RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

".....Does that mean you do have a problem with the real innocents being killed?...." Firstly, what 'innocents'? By the laws of The Hague Covention, civilian buildings used for a military purpose become legitimate military targets, including mosques and other normally protected buildings. Similarly, civilians giving aid or other support to armed fighters, be they uniformed soldiers or 'militants', also lose the protection of their civilian status whilst they are giving such support. A civilian worker in an factory that supplies military items or a military building is a legitimate target, and the definition of 'factory' is so lose legally it can cover an unarmed woman cooking food (a 'military supply') for 'militants' in a mud-brick compound (the 'factory'). Whilst she may have been forced by 'tradition' to do the cooking, it is highly unlikely she does not know what her 'guests' have done and intend to do in the future, and that her giving them shelter and sustenance enables the 'militants' to carry on their murderous tasks. Maybe you want to look at the real innocents killed daily by such 'militants' who expressly target civilians, with the approval of their supporters - http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks-2014.htm

".....I can't believe you are naive enough to believe innocent civilians aren't killed in drone strikes....." If civilians are killed by drone strikes then it is unintentional. That is the difference - the West and allies seek to minimize such 'collateral damage', whereas the terrorists seek it as their primary aim. Please do list the number of non-'innocents' killed on 9/11, or the London Tube bombing, or any number of other terrorist attacks. As far as I can ascertain, not one single serving member of the armed forces of any Western country was killed out of the 2753 people killed on 9/11 alone, which is more than HuffPo's inflated figure for 2400 'civilians' killed in five years of drone strikes under Obama. Oh, sorry, did your definition of 'innocent' not extend to non-'militant-friendly people?

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RE: SolidSquid Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

"Considering some of their targets have been in civilian housing blocks....." AQ (and the Taleban and IS and other Islamist terror groups) doesn't have any defined military installations because they do not have any conventional military force, therefore ALL their 'fighters' and support infrastrucure are in civilian buildings! Duh! Indeed, AQ (and similar Islamist terror groups) deliberately hide amongst civilians in an attempt to avoid being hit, relying on Western values when AQ and co have no compunction about massacring civilians. And military strikes against 'terrorists/guerrillas/freedom-fighters' and their 'support systems', including Auntie Mila making them brihani whilst sheltering them in civilian buildings, is legal under UN law. Even the UN Special Rapporteur for Dictators- sorry, I mean the UN Human Rights Council - was unable to show breaches of law, his best whine being to question whether 'self-defence' could be used to justify drone strikes on 'militants' setting roadside bombs (the roadside bomb represents a threat, therefore killing the 'militants' setting the bomb before they can detonate it is self-defence under US and UK rules of engagement).

The British MoD actually prohibits strikes, drone or otherwise, if it is clear beforehand that it will result in any civilian casualties, a zero-acceptance policy. The big difference is the West seeks to limit collateral damage and civilian deaths, even amongst those that openly support and assist Islamist terror groups, whereas the Islamist terror groups primary targets are civilians and they seek to maximize the number of civilian deaths they cause. If you want to pretend otherwise then please do go ahead and compare the number of civilians killed daily by Islamist suicide- and car- bombs against those killed by infrequent Western drone strikes. You can start here - http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/attacks-2014.htm - and then get the shrieking, 'liberal' figure for 'five years of drone strikes under Obama' here - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/23/obama-drone-program-anniversary_n_4654825.html. Please try to note that even the inflated figures used by HuffPo are about 10% of the people killed by Islamist terror groups in just 2014 so far alone.

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RE: AC Re: Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

".....they just use drones to do the dirty work....." Wrong! Neither the GCHQ nor NSA operate armed drones. The people that do are the respective armed forces of Britain and the U.S., and - allegedly - the CIA.

"......I guess that makes it more palatable for some people." When those drones are used they are striking at real terrorists and I have zero problem with killing them or the 'innocent bystanders' they are being assisted by. The drones are used when it is impractical or too risky to send special forces in to do the job. The virtual elimination of Al Quaeda has shown just how effective they are, which is probably what makes them unpalatable for some people.

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Re: Marsbarbran Re: @Matt Bryant - Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

"Of course *you* have never been personally affected by Ebola or the beheading of hostages....." Actually, I have travelled to parts of the a World where both occur. Avoiding Ebola was simpler and considered less of a risk (going by the insurance premiums).

"......so from *your* perspective you have nothing to worry about, do you?" The difference is I not only did my research but made a reasoned assessment of the risks based on real facts. You are simply still insisting that there are monsters under your bed because she celebutard told you so.

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Re: Suckerdog Re: Looking forward to seeing this

LOL at the paranoia!

".....far more horrifying and far-reaching than such things as ebola or IS....." So the NSA and/or GCHQ have killed thousands like the Ebola virus? Did I miss the reports of the NSA making vids of their operatives beheading hostages and burying executed Shias, Kurds and Christians in mass graves? Please do try to develop a sense of perspective.

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Whisper tracks its users. So we tracked down its LA office. This is what happened next

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Congratulations, you are now a market segment!

And that's the ironic crux of this issue - the tinfoil-attired have created such a storm of hot air that they have succeeded in growing their group size to the point where they are now actively being targeted by people selling products, services and conjobs tailored to them as a market segment. It's so amusing that their very paranoia about being 'exploited' and 'having their privacy invaded' is driving them into the arms of exploitative companies that are selling such services and products that they claim will 'protect' the paranoid. How many anti-capitalists blindly forked out cash for these proprietary, capitalist-driven services? It's all too funny for words!

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RE: Marsbarbrain Re: razorfishsl

".....No, the reflexive response of Matt is to miss the irony..." Wow, Marsbarbrain's backpedalling has become so reflexive he now automatically does it even for others! Or maybe he just missed the bit where people have been mocking the tinfoil-attired for months over their conspiracy theories claiming this or that social media tool/site "is a CIA front!"

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Re: Destroyed all Braincell's Re: razorfishsl

"....Yet another one who falls for CIA decoys hook, line and sinker." My point proven, right on cue.

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"Might be a CIA front…." There really are none so blind as those that do not want to see! Seriously, it seems obvious that the whole caper is a very amateur con job being run to exploit the paranoid, and the reflexive response of the paranoid is to blame the CIA?!?!?

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

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Re: DryBones

".....You need to be thinking like an end-user about this....." So, thinking like an end-luser, when the USB device stops working (which may not be noticed until an USB device is plugged in days after the update), the luser does one of three things.

In the first case, they just assume their cheap, eBay-sourced USB device has blown up because it is a cheap, eBay-sourced device, and they go order another. Should that not work out-of-the-box (because it has a one of the fake chips) then they may come to the conclusion that buying cheap, eBay-sourced devices is not a good idea, and then purchase a more expensive part which has a warranty and hopefully an FDTI part included. At some point the supply of fakes will dry up as they will not be able to sell them as 'Windows ready' without falling foul of Trading Standards.

Secondly, in the case they think they have a warranty they will reach out to the warranty-supplier's support, at which point it is up to the supplier to explain they have used a knock-off chip and need to supply a working replacement (ie, one with a proper FDTI part). Since the device is not 'broken' it could be rejected as a warranty replacement case, but that depends on whether they described it as 'Windows compatible' at the time of sale as it no longer is post-update. Supplying a replacement part that they know is not going to work after the update as 'Windows compatible', either as a warranty replacement or as a chargeable replacement, would be an illegal act in the UK, probably all EU countries, and most likely in the US too.

In the third case, the luser takes his unit to someone who actually has the skills to diagnose the problem. In the case it is someone really skilled then they will get the explanation and probably the offer of a replacement device with an FDTI part. If they go to a less skilled repairer, such as a PC chain store, then they will probably get an offer of a replacement part with the diagnosis of "dis part be broke, we sell new one, only $59.99", but it highly likely someone in the chain store's organization will know about the issue and will have made sure their stock of replacements are genuine FDTI-containing parts.

As it is FDTI has not irreversibly broken the 'fake' device, simply ensured they will not work with FDTI's Windows driver. FDTI is under no legal obligation to supply a driver that works with non-FDTI devices and could argue that, since it has no means of qualifying the design of 'fake' devices it cannot guarantee they will work safely and is therefore protecting the user. This is the Apple argument used to stop people using non-Apple PSUs and connectors.

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'Dancing Jesus' file-sharer found guilty

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Re: Marsbarbrain Re: Homeland security

"Don't you know? Copyright Theft funds Terrorism!...." I assume you were too riven by paranoid terror (self-terrorism?) to go and read the US DHS website and understand that they also cover such matters (along with immigration, customs, and natural disasters). In all, the DHS is an amalgamation of 22 previous US Gov agencies and departments and so has a pretty wide remit.

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IBM storage revenues sink: 'We are disappointed,' says CEO

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IBM sell their storage arm? Nah.

I suspect IBM will be lining up sacrificial scapegoats for the bad performance but I suspect they would hold off on ditching storage even if it was just breaking even. Storage is needed for IBM to claim they are a rounded enterprise player - no storage offering makes IBM vulnerable to competitors that can offer combined server and storage deals such as hp, Fujitsu or Lenovo. We might see a reduction in IBM's internal storage designs and an increase in badging of OEM products instead as that pushes a lot of the costs onto the OEM and allows the axe to be swung freely in IBM's internal storage teams.

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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

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Re: Mr ChriZ Re: Advanced Motoring

".....If you're not careful you'll have someone to close behind you running into you!" Why the down votes? This is exactly what happened to me - I used engine-braking and the Buy My Wares driver behind me, despite a good gap, hit my car hard enough to do £3k of damage and give my passenger and me whiplash, his excuse being "But I didn't see you brake."

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Edward Snowden documentary premieres across the UK

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Re: Rich 11 Re: Local films for local people

"....Obviously there's a conspiracy." Or just a lack of interest. This effort doesn't even have Cumberbatch to save it.

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Re: Vociferous Re: Whitewash.

Oh, some politically-sympathetic critics will laud it, it will be announced with much fanfare at 'cultural events' like Sundance, then sink to oblivion with a straight-to-bargain-bin-video release. Poitras has at least learned from the appeal (or lack of) of her earlier efforts and skipped further embarrassment at the boxoffice (The Oath staggered to a bad-even-by-political-documentary-standards U.S. total gross of $42,117). The good news is that means there is little likely chance of actually having your eyeballs assaulted by any of Poitras's trilogy.

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Want a customer's call records Mr Plod? No probs

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Re: dan1980 Re: dan1980 dan1980

"Because the way someone feels is irrelevant to their way of life, right?...." If someone cripples their own 'way of life' through unreasoning paranoia then that is their fault. Please do tell me why you think anyone, let alone the spooks or 'The Man', would have the slightest interest in you?

"....By that logic, verbal and psychological bullying and abuse cannot be considered a legitimate cause for grievance...." The only bullying is being done to you by yourself! You're like a child that insists there are monsters under your bed, only when you are told 'take a look to see there are none there' you insist you are what monsters consider really, really tasty, and the very idea that a monster wouldn't want to eat you is just bullying, and besides - ALL your friends insist they have monsters under their beds....

Your attempt to justify your paranoia by claiming anyone that doesn't think like you (i.e., have paranoid delusions) is just an uncaring monster is too funny for words! Seriously, get over yourself!

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Re: dan1980 Re: dan1980

"....It's the freedoms you have and the mental and emotional state that you have as well as the worries and concerns that afflict you....." So no real and actual affects other than the ones you create yourself with your paranoia.

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Re: dan1980 Re: dan1980

"To draw a parallel, think of someone who is subject to a 'peeping tom'....." The difference is your 'peeping Tom' is imaginary. All you have have demonstrated is that you have convinced yourself you have something to fear, not that there is anything that you yourself need to actually fear, and shown no actual affect other than the one you are creating yourself by your paranoia.

".....That is doesn't bother you, personally is utterly irrelevant." The fact you cannot show how it affects you through anything other than your self-induced fears is totally relevant. You cannot show a reason why you even need to be afraid, you just want to think someone would be 'watching you'.

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Re: Arnaut the Clueless Re: Backslash, Backlash!

".......when we're told there is no money for education or health....." Once again, you are talking complete male bovine manure, and I expect you will try excusing your failure with more desperate "I was trolling" whining. Both health and education get massively more of the budget than either defence or the tiny percentage of the budget spent on spying. Next time, please try at least the smallest bit of research before posting more of your groundless anti-'The Man' rubbish.

http://www.ukpublicspending.co.uk/breakdown

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Re: AC What Regulation of Powers?

"....More like not looking for him. A bit different." No. A few months after he went 'walkabout' his sister reported him as a missing person, even though he had told his family not to bother, and so the police and local rescue went out into the forest to look for him. Five weeks later he walked into a village pub and used their pay phone to call the police and tell them he was fine and did not need finding. After just over two years he decided he was able to deal with people again and returned to society. During his time in the woods, apart from the trip to the pub, he managed to avoid all human contact.

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Re: AC Re: What Regulation of Powers?

"....It's a shame we can't do it, the UK is just too small." Did you even try looking further than your local pub? Get off your paranoid arse and go look - there is plenty of remote countryside in the UK where you can go and get lost and not ever be found. I knew an ex-Royal Marine that went through a dodgy patch and spent two years living off the land in the Welsh forests, without the police being able to find him.

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Re: dan1980

"....What is at risk is not our safety - because we're not safe and never will be - but our way of life, and that is being traded away with the assumption that it is less important than safety." So you have some examples of how your 'way of life' (other than if you're a criminal, paedo or terrorist) is being affected one iota by these measures? Yeah, thought not.

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Re: Arnaut the Clueless Re: Perhaps...

"We should help crime enforcement in this country by copying the police in on all our emails. It will save them time." In your case, I suggest it would save a lot of time if you just copied all your emails to these chaps (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/index.aspx). I hear they also do research on the effects of long term drug abuse as well as clinical psychology.

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Re: AC Re: What Regulation of Powers?

".....The thought that random plod can stalk or spy on our comms habits without oversight and at whim is very....." Stupid. Any 'random plod' can't just make out a RIPA request, there is a formal process with safeguards that has to be followed. The telcos are simply saving money by automating their end as they know the Police's own system has far tighter controls than anything the telcos could put in place themselves.

".....Anon - natch" Not wanting to stoke your paranoid delusions, but I would suspect anyone could find you by looking for the immense tinfoil hat.

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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Re: Fatman Re: Aw, c'mon!

"....PS: Mr Nadela wants to see both you and Loverock Davidson in his office first thing tomorrow. Something about a new assignment." Does he want us to develop you a sense of humour?

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Aw, c'mon!

I can't believe no-one has commented on how SSL is continually dogged by security issues....

/ Baddum-dum-tush! Yeah, suck it up, I'm here all week!

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Re: AC Re: Destroyed all braincells Misleading Language

I believe the Porsche quote is from the Kernighan & Richie definitive textbooks (for C and UNIX gurus, also known as 'the White Bible'), IIRC. Anyone wishing to disagree will probably find that Mr Kernighan is famous for a biting sarcasm that would make moi look positively retiring.

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Re: Destroyed all braincells Re: Misleading Language

".....There are a couple of "languages" named according to the third letter of the alphabet, for starters....." The famous description of C is 'driving a Porsche along a mountain road with no safety barriers' - fine, fun and with great performance, if you know what you're doing, I take it you're just a bad 'driver'.

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City council thinks what we're all thinking: 'Comcast is terrible – and NOT welcome here'

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Re: Matt Piechota

"Just goes to show that the Brits that came over were wholly unimaginative when it comes to naming stuff...." Yeah, not at all like those wildly inventive American souls who renamed Vickery Creek in Gerogia as Big Creek.... They were in good company - there appear to be at least seven other Big Creeks in the States.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: The Indomitable Gall Re: it's an beta release

".....if you don't code them in from the ground up, they're unlikely to work...." Or, it could be the bones of the 'undo' routines are in the beta but not active because it's not yet ready for production. What, you've never released an alpha/beta with a feature commented out? So, how long have you worked with code....?

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Re: Terry 6

"....It sounds fun, and interesting...." Hmmmm, I think the intended market is the real "99%", as in the 99% of smartphone, tablet and PC users that aren't power-users, that don't want or know how to use PowerPoint or Photoshop, but want to quickly be able to put a 'slideset' together for a limited audience. I'm thinking the guy with his holiday snaps, the kids that that took a video with their phone of their mates falling off their skateboards, that kind of user. They just want to take some media items and quickly create a polished-looking article, using someone else's clever templates, that they can then stick on Facebook or the like, and have it look good on different types of devices without having to do any intelligent work up front. For that 99%, this is social media WYSIWYG-on-steroids, requiring minimal learning yet giving a quite pleasing output. It won't appeal to those photo-editor snobs that can spend half-an-hour discussing RGB values but they are the 1% that will pay out for a full Photoshop license. All in all it seems a quite interesting idea.

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Is HP riding the EVO: RAILs to oblivion?

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"....In the Vulture storage desk's view StoreVirtual competes with VMware's VSAN...."

Agreed (but then the VMware salesgrunts will tell you VSAN competes with all multi-node or clustered storage, even top-end arrays). Plus you can potentially bundle all your VMware licenses together and get one discount across them all! Yippee! But does the performance of VSAN compare to a proper array, let alone a clustered storage node solution like StoreVirtual....?

Where StoreVirtual will probably still be chosen over VSAN is anywhere not getting a 60% VMware discount ('cos VMware is still fscking expensive, IMHO), where the customers need more nodes (up to 32 with StoreVirtual, IIRC), and where customers have decided to build their own stack using Hyper-V or KVM instead of V(ery-expensive)Mware. That and the fact you don't need to throw bones to understand StoreVirtual licensing compared to the mess of VMware's licensing/gouging system. Do expect your vCenter admins to push VSAN as they see it as adding to their V-empire and HP will happily sell either option, so just make sure you get the option that is right for you (hint - competitive proof-of-concept using your stack and data in your environment).

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Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

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Re: Insufferable Pothead Re: sisk

"Innocent unless proven guilty...." I'm sure the FBI are laughing their asses off at just how willing they would be to help Ulbricht prove his 'innocence', just as soon as he admits the server in question is his. The fact is so desperate to deny admitting his ownership just rules how unlikely his innocence is. But you go on trying to baaaaaahlieve otherwise if it helps you cope with the 'unfairness' of it all.

".....I know you and the law enforcement agencies want to see that basic maxim of the Rule of Law become a thing of the past....." It is very clear the only thing you know is hatred of 'The Man', the rest is just your paranoid fantasies.

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Re: sisk

".....SOMEONE'S 4th Amendment rights were violated if the operator was an American....." Oh, that's terrible! You mean some worthless piece of criminal crap - sorry, 'innocent bystander' - had their rights impinged? OhEmGeez, we must get a ruling on such a serious accusation, it's the righteous thing to do! Now, just get the person concerned to own up to their ownership of the server allegedly full of evidence of criminal activities ranging from attempted murder through illegal drug dealing to child porn and we can get right on to upholding his or her rights. Right after we charge them with complicity in said crimes. What, no-one actually feels their rights were impinged enough to want to complain? What a surprise!

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LMAO, even harder!

"The server was hacked into, therefore the evidence should be disallowed!" This line is quite funny, and actually just what the FBI know will not be presented in court. Why? Well, it's simple - to show 'hacking' you have to show 'unauthorized access', and since the server in question is full of evidence of illegal activity, who do you think is going to put their hand up and say "I own it and did not authorize the FBI's access", because the very next thing that happens is the FBI then go get a warrant with the knowledge all the evidence is there and the 'owner' has just admitted their responsibility for the criminal activities the evidence displays.

In short, Ulbricht and co cannot call it 'hacking' without incriminating themselves.

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LMAO!

"Your Honor, that smoking gun that may have my prints all over it ain't my gun, but I'd like to say the cops invaded my privacy when they searched that gun.... which isn't mine.... your Honor."

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Prez Obama backs net neutrality – but can't do anything about it. Thanks, Obama

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Re: Daniel B Re: Dan Paul "He's got a pen"...

".....There's a good chance that a non-Net Neut internet will still see U.S. telco's not investing on infrastructure, instead sitting their asses while they rake in the big bucks they get from double-dipping subscribers and content providers alike....." And you come to this conclusion how? The cable companies have to keep innovating or they will be overtaken by the wireless telecoms. Imagine if the telcos had stuck with offering 56kbps dialup only when the wireless telcos were offering 3G speeds, do you really want to pretend the cable companies would have made any profit for long? Competition, even if only between backbone providers, ensures there will be continual development in services. Competition between wireless telcos has already taken us through GSM to 3G and 4G.

And here's the bit that really destroys the Net 'neutrality' rubbish - companies are willing to pay the extra for priority, which you call 'double-dipping' charges - because there is not enough current bandwidth to allow everyone the speeds they desire. No-one is twisting their arms and forcing them to pay for prioritisation, those companies are paying for that priority service to gain a competitive edge over other content providers. Should a new service be provided, say with '5G', that allows the wireless providers to offer the same speed of delivery as the cable companies 'double-dip' for, at a lower price, then the cable companies will lose their market in very short order. Just as no-one is twisting their arms now, no-one can stop those content providers moving to a new technology or service when it arrives. So the whole idea that the cable companies should not be allowed to sell prioritisation because it will "forever cripple the 'weak/poor'" and stop investment in cable is just the usual anti-capitalist FUD.

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Re: Dan Paul Re: "He's got a pen"...

".....but the backbone fiber is owned in some way by a telco." And that, right there, is exactly Obambi is going to do his Pontius Pilate impression, pretending he cares deeply but he just can't get involved. The cable is privately owned by companies that sank their money into building the telco infrastructure, and if Obambi wants them to keep investing their money so the US doesn't fall even further behind countries like South Korea, then he needs to let those companies make a profit by selling their cable bandwidth in the way the market will allow them to make best profit. That is what happens in a capitalistic democracy, get over it (as Obambi is having to). The only other option would be to nationalize the backbone, and such a move would deep-six the markets and the economy in a few hours. The best Obambi can do is force the telcos to offer a national minimum service to all subscribers, he can't stop the telcos offering those willing to pay for a better service without the telcos' investors taking their money somewhere else it can make a better profit.

And can we cut the crap with this Net 'Neutrality' misdirection? It has nothing to do with 'neutrality', it's just a word the anti-capitalists have seized on because Net 'socialism' wouldn't go down so well with the American public. They just hate the fact 'Wall Street' is going to make a profit, they actually don't give a hoot about the subscribers.

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To Russia With Love: Snowden's pole-dancer girlfriend is living with him in Moscow

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Re: Pottie

"Happy for them both. Nice to see good things still happen in this world." We'll have to see just how long she's going to be happy with his reduced income and circumstances - Hawaii and $150k contractor to, what? How much do helpdesk johnnies get paid in Moscow? Is Pootie giving him a KGB pension? I doubt it's much, she could probably make a few more rubles than him shaking her tail. Does she speak any Russian? Has she even visited Moscow before, let alone know anyone there? You only have to look at what happened to Kim Philby to see where that's going, especially considering how Philby was so disappointed to find 'the Workers paradise' was anything but that.

Meanwhile, I'm sure shepherds like Poitras and Greenwald want to portray the 'whistleblower'/traitor lifestyle in a positive light. They need to in order to make a parasitic living off it.

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Re: AC Re: Funding

"He's probably been paid quite well by the Russians". Kim Philby thought the Russians would look after him as well. They didn't.

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Get NAS-ty: Reg puts claws to eight four-bay data dumpsters

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Re: AC Re: DIY

".....Not so sure about the disk transfer speeds though....." That's probably because of the default, built-in SATA card. HP like to sell you the minimum by default and then sell you a proper SmartArray RAID card as an extra. The problem with FreeNAS after v7 was the inclusion of ZFS, which does not work with hardware RAID, hence a lot of FreeNAS users are just using the built-in card, and why I stopped using FreeNAS.

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Re: Annhilator Re: Or alternatively...

"....Do you lose one of the drives as a boot disk?" Just guessing, but I suspect he will have used a write-locked USB stick as the boot device so that all the drives could be used for storage.

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CONSUMERISM IS PAST ITS SELL-BY DATE: Die now, pay later

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Re: James Micallef Re: RE: AC alternative to petrol

".....The point is that if vegetable oil is not taxed when used to fry chips in, why should the exact same product be taxed if you choose to run your car on it?...." You are being taxed on the use you are putting the product to, not the oil itself. That use - automotive fuel - attracts the higher tax on the half-baked excuse that making fuel expensive reduces use and therefore pollutants.

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Re: AC Re: Naughtyhorse Re:current level of technical capability.

".....Changing the element in a kettle is a 60sec job....." Stop talking rot. Changing the element on a modern kettle, the main problem is finding an exactly matching element, otherwise you will have to reseal the plughole the element passes through in the side of the kettle. The chances of you finding an exact match for a kettle element the manufacturer probably bought as a bulk order are going to be close to nil, and the problem of resealing the kettle is too much for most owners. Instead of messing around with mastic they will go down the shop and buy a cheap replacement instead.

"..... I recently changed the element in my oven....." A much simpler job because you didn't have to then seal The repair against boiling water.....

".....The other that springs to my is my Dyson DC04 vacuum cleaner....." Duh - Dysons are designed to make servicing the filters easy.

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PEAK APPLE: iOS 8 SHUNNED by refusenik fanbois

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Re: Medixstiff

"....until MobileIron tells us it's OK to roll-out, it's not touching any devices that get email for our company....." IMHO, based on personal experience, MobileIron is not the best choice for mobile email. Save yourself a lot of trouble and go back to BES, even if you're using BES Connector with Apples rather than BBs.

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: sisk Re: The 'AR-15' myth.

"The thing's aren't even all that deadly...." If I were confronted by someone wielding one I'd most definitely not be thinking that.

"....Or dependable....." Hmmm, depends on the builder, the care given to the weapon and the situation. Personally, direct-action spewing hot gases into the mechanism (phnarr) does not appeal compared to a proper piston-operated action (phnarr again). Having said that, fifty-odd years of development have made the basic AR-15/M-16 family pretty dependable.

"....Or durable...." Again, depends. A bolt-action rifle has massively fewer parts, moving or otherwise, yet I have seen those fail and break. A poor workman blames his tools, but an even poorer one misuses them.

"....They're suitable for one thing and one thing only: paper targets....." TBH, the most commonly owned firearms I have seen in the States (my experience being limited mainly to the Southern States) are derivatives of the Colt 1911 .45 pistol, which is pretty useless for anything other than short range shooting and home-defence, and too big for effective concealed carry. You can at least go hunting and shoot varmints and medium game with an AR-15, but it's hard to claim the same with a 1911 clone.

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Sir Tim Berners-Lee defends decision not to bake security into www

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Re: 45RPM

"It’s a poor analogy because I own the house and its contents, and its my contents that I’m trying to protect....." And everyone owns a park?

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