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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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Re: AC Re: I assume this was their intention all along...

"Keep banging away until he runs out of money to pay his lawyers....." K.C could have saved his money (and that of the US and NZ taxpayers) if he had just manned up and gone to court, but he instead chose (just like Assange) to try every legal delaying trick in the book to avoid justice. He has only himself to blame, both due to his original criminal actions and his subsequent legal shenanigans.

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"Has he tried the Ecuadoran Embassy?" They're busy reinforcing their couch in the Auckland Consulate now....

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We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best

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Re: Salts Re: Fence Sitter...

"I can see the value in systemd, but also as a Linux old school user, don't like the 'we control the system' attitude of it....." Yeah, I like the old SysV init setup, it's just the people running around screaming "FEAR THE SYSTEMD, IT WILL EAT OUR CHILDREN!!" are really beginning to annoy. So far, AFAIKS, none of the GREAT AND HORRIBLE eventualities they insisted systemd would produce have come to pass.

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Re: Peter Campbell Re: asdf mousepads...

".....and one day... those pesky Chinese Seagates all decided to give up in unison....." Yup, I've seen that problem before (in a proper test environment using servers, thanks), and it is ZFS marking the disks bad when there is nothing wrong with them. The issue was ZFS signaling/timing incompatibility with the disk firmware, the subsequent fun was that - because ZFS can't work with hardware RAID - we had to install SLES on a partition so we could use a supported RAID card driver to upgrade the disk firmware before we could go back to testing with ZFS. Just one of the many reasons (including corruption, data loss, continual downtime, hogging masses of RAM that was needed by the apps, and week-long disk resilvering) we rejected ZFS in favour of BTRFS for production.

".....is BTRFS STILL not production ready by the way?....." That very rare SSD issue you linked to is not a problem for us, and neither is the possible software RAID5/6 issue since we have hardware RAID5 and use the BTRFS for RAID10 between nodes, in production, with full hardware and software vendor support, thanks - https://www.suse.com/releasenotes/x86_64/SUSE-SLES/11-SP2/#fate-306585

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Re: asdf Re: mousepads...

"....if you use ZFS for even a single weekend you will soon find it is the only filesystem you will ever use again...." HAHAHAHA! What, you're serious? Have the ZFS bods fixed their incompatibility problem with the hardware RAID built-into most good PC motherboards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ZFS#ZFS_and_hardware_RAID) or do you suggest only buying those mobos that can handle ECC RAM (http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/269606-32-hardware-raid)? Are you lot still recommending eight disks for a ZFS pool when most mobos top out at four SATA ports? Thanks for the Sunshine, but I suggest you go look at how BTRFS has been beating ZFS since at least 2009 (http://www.linux-mag.com/id/7308/).

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World of Warcraft then and now: From Orcs and Humans to Warlords of Draenor

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Peons? Pfft!

My fave was the Orc grunts - "Who you wan' me kill?"

I reckon a good reboot (and reasonably simple one) would be a Warcraft RTS for iPhone/iPad.

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Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts

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Re: Elmer Phud Re: Are Ofcom a complete waste of space?

".....so they get a cuppa....." I find offering a cuppa and biccies and not approaching the techie/engineer with the attitude "you're just some cretin with a screwdriver sent to screw me over" does wonders, whether it be IT installers or washing-machine repairmen.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: incarnis Re: Blind leading the blind

".....this still doesn't meet the touted aim of "mapping an IP address to an individual"......" Think of it as prep work for IPv6, when the individual device comes with a fixed IP address. Until then, IPv4 still allows the coppers to at least track back to a firewall or router, which is a lot better than nothing. And as for logging DHCP that is childishly easy and would require trivial amounts of storage, so to say it is 'impossible' is simply untrue. Indeed, I'd be amazed if the ISPs weren't already logging all DHCP requests and IP addresses so issued.

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The 'fun-nification' of computer education – good idea?

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Re: P.Lee Re: Woodwork

"....It's worth making it compulsory in the lower age brackets because it teaches methodical thinking, solution approaches (object-orientation/procedural/functional) and a little bit of coding/scripting gives people tools to do things, even if they don't want to go into CS....." No! Please, stop right there! if anything, ramming OOD down kids throats is guaranteed to turn them off programming. We don't need more mechanical Java or C++ coders, we need enthused programmers. Yes, logic is important, but what you suggest is like the straight-jacket approach that produces mediocre coders - all mechanical process, no creativity and no enthusiasm. Instead, I would suggest teaching it as a creative process, let the kids get quick 'wow' results from simple programs. The accepted first step is the old 'Hello World!' program, except it is taught in Java or C++, whereas I would suggest using HTML as a first language. HTML is simple and gives immediate, visual results. And it works with those that assume they can't code because they don't have a Maths degree.

Years ago I had an artist friend who was convinced she could not do anything with computers because (a) she was female and (b) she hated maths, both assumptions being the result of years of schooling. During her school years she had been forced to plug away on set code on a BBC Micro, doing structured programs to calculate the volume of spheres and the like, which held zero interest to her, and hated it. As far as she was concerned she 'simply was not mentally equipped to code'. But she asked me, a 'computer nerd', because she wanted a website to act as an online gallery for her and her friends and assumed you needed the equivalent of a PhD in Physics to produce such. She was amazed and genuinely interested with the immediate visual results of simple HTML. Within a few hours, stirred by the creative side of the colour palette in HTML and the way she could use images on webpages, she was coding webpages in HTML. After the fun stuff had taken hold, I introduced her to CGI and the more process-orientated back-end bits. She was so interested she took an evening course in webdesign and started creating websites for friends and family as a side-line to her art. She and her husband now run their own webdesign business because she was not taught boring, straight-jacket process material like OOD, because the structured part came later after the spark was lit with a bit of creative 'wow' in 'simple' HTML.

I have used that approach when teaching mine and other kids to code because HTML gives them that quick and easy 'wow' confidence boost which Java and C++ take much longer to create and which OOD can never do. It is easy to learn and there they can quickly compare 'cool' webpages with their friends on topics that interest them. I doubt if any of them would have been as enthused with a dry, stuffy lecture on OOD and logic.

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Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned

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Re: dan1980 @Mark 85

"....that he believes these things...." Then you and him are choosing to believe against all the presented evidence - that is more akin to faith than reason.

"....I am saying that he does fear it...." I'm saying - as did the English Courts and the Swedish Government - that he is talking bollocks and it is not a legal reason for him not tor eturn to Sweden and face charges. It is simply an excuse.

"....Does that mean I didn't read your post? No. Does that mean I am living in a fantasy world? No....." If you read the post, read the link, even Googled the Swedish laws involved, and still believed his baloney then you are, IMHO, very much living in denial of reality.

"....stop calling people "sheep". It weakens your argument every single time....." Stop acting like one of Orwell's sheep and I won't need to make the accusation. And - for once - actually answer an argument with a verifiable fact rather than denial, that would seriously strengthen what you seem to think is an 'argument'. All these points have been debated in these forums before so stop pretending they are either new or not thoroughly debunked.

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Re: dan1980

"....I think they need to MOVE IT FORWARD. But the only way to do that at this point is to interview him in the UK....." Assange has deliberately made that impossible. He has asked for and been granted asylum by Ecuador, hence he is under their law now. Ecuador does not have an extradition treaty with Sweden, so if he is formally interviewed by the Swedes in the Embassy then the Swedes will not be able to arrest him (no jurisdiction) or request that the Ecuadoreans do so, and the Swedish prosecutor has already said Assange is due to be arrested at the end of his formal interview as a designated suspect - ".... On 18 November 2010, Marianne Ny ordered the detention of Julian Assange on suspicion of rape, three cases of sexual molestation and unlawful coercion. The Stockholm District Court acceded to the order and issued a European Arrest Warrant to execute it...." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assange_v_Swedish_Prosecution_Authority#Arrest_warrant - so Assange knows he will be arrested and formally charged at his formal questioning. That is why Assange is deliberately not letting things move forward by surrendering himself to British or Swedish custody.

"....But he DID do those things and the Swedish police have to accept that and deal with the situation at hand now...." They did, just as they would deal with any other suspected rapist fleeing justice - they issued an European Arrest Warrant.

"....To broaden so it might apply to Assange, the police need to look at each situation as it is and figure out the best way to do their jobs and accomplish the goal....." So far, Assange has declined his peaceful and rightful day in court in Sweden, and pursued his case against the EAW in the English courts as far as he could. He has thrown away all peaceful options by jumping bail and fleeing again to the Ecuadorean Embassy, and is now going to be dragged back to Sweden in handcuffs the minute he steps out of the Ecuadorean Embassy, just like any other fugitive from the law would and should be.

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Re: AC Re: "select markets"

"....Bzzzzt, the prosecutors are free to do the interview anywhere, and have indeed done interviews abroad in other cases...." So you have details on one of these prior cases where the Swedes have made the formal interview of a named suspect - not preliminary investigation interviews - anywhere other than on Swedish soil? No, I didn't think you did.

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Re: pffut Re: dan1980

".... It's not like they haven't done interviews abroad previously, in other cases...." If you wish to make that claim, please do provide a case where the Swedish police and/or prosecutor have agreed to carry out the formal questioning (not a preliminary interview, but questioning as a named suspect) of anyone.

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Re: dan1980 Re: @Mark 85

"......he is convinced that if he goes to Sweden he will end up in a US prison for charges utterly unrelated to the matter at hand....." That paranoid legal mumbo-jumbo has long-since been debunked - the Swedes cannot extradite anyone for military or political crimes, it's in their laws. It would actually be far easier to extradite A$$nut from the UK. This was all included in the very first link I posted, which you obviously didn't read because it was too likely to upset your carefully constructed fantasy world of hero-worship. None of this is new, the only new bit is the amazing lengths you sheep will go to in avoiding acknowledging the fact A$$nut created this issue and has run from facing it ever since.

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Re: dan1980 Re: "select markets"

".....Actually no, that's not correct. The interviews CAN take place in the UK....." Male bovine manure. It is not an 'interview', it is formal questioning and precedes his being charged and arrested for the Swedish crime of 'sex by surprise'. As part of the Swedish legal process, Assange has to undergo formal questioning before he can be charged - think of it as a chance to enter a plea before going to trial - and the Swedish prosecutor, Ny, has already stated that Assange will be charged after the questioning on the evidence already uncovered during the investigation. Assange knows this, it is the reason why he fled Sweden because he knows he can only be charged and arrested under Swedish jurisdiction. As long as he stays outside of Swedish jurisdiction the process cannot proceed and the European Arrest Warrant remains valid.

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Re: dan1980 Re: dan1980

".....the question again comes back to: "why can't they question him in the UK"? Even the Judge is basically now asking the same thing....." Nope, the judge is saying Assange should surrender himself back to Swedish authorities - that is what upholding the EAW means. The reason the Swedes will not question him where they do not have jurisdiction is because, as Assange was warned by his lawyer, it is almost certain the Swedes will want to arrest him at the end of the formal questioning, as is their due process. Assange has deliberately attempted to make that impossible by fleeing (twice) to places he thought would be safe from the Swedes. His first attempt was to the UK, which failed due to his legal team not predicting the Swedes issuing an EAW - bad legal advice. He then thought his legal team could defeat the EAW in the English courts - more bad legal advice. What he should have done is flee straight to a country with no extradition agreement with Sweden or the EU, but his ego (and probably more bad legal advice) got in the way. Assange created this issue and has succeeded in making it worse for himself at every turn, avoiding jail by incarcerating himself in a jail of his own egotistical stupidity's making. The Ecuadoreans have only made it worse (and made themselves look politically naive) by farcically declaring they are 'safeguarding freedom of the press' by harboring a suspected rapist whom is not even legally a journalist, which has only drawn attention to the Ecuadorean regime's dubious record with their own journalists (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/06/27/1219389/-Ecuador-According-To-Human-Rights-Watch-And-Amnesty-International).

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Re: Tom 7 Re: Since we're paying £7000 a day for some police officers to lurk around the embassy

The UK pays millions every year to provide policing around the embassies based in London, as they are obliged to under international law, it is simply that the policing around the Ecuadorean Embassy has been made more overt to underline to Assange that he will be arrested should he leave the Embassy. HMG are probably quite happy to pay £7k-a-day to help Assange keep on discrediting himself.

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Re: dan1980

".....In this case, the detention order is counter-productive because they want to detain him - in Sweden - for questioning....." The 'counter-productive' bit in this affair was Assange's jumping bail after losing his appeal against the EAW and extradition to Sweden, after his earlier 'counter-productive' action of fleeing Sweden when he was tipped off he was going to be formally questioned and likely charged. That bail-jumping in itself is a crime in England and makes him a fugitive and criminal (to go along with his Australian criminal record). Your selectve amnesia is amusing.

".....oh right - he's not been charged with anything." As has been pointed out many times in these forums, Swedish law requires formal questioning before charges can be made, and it is that formal questioning that Assange fled from. Your continued denial of the facts is simply hilarious.

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"It is definitely dodgy....." The only dodgy bit was A$$nut declaring he wanted a 'fair hearing' in the UK courts, getting one and losing, and then him suddenly deciding a 'fair hearing' wasn't enough and jumping bail to hide in the Ecuadorean Embassy.

".....They should have dealt with it whilst he was in the country (They had the opportunity)...." No, Assange was tipped off by his lawyer that he was going to be formally questioned and probably charged and promptly fled Sweden. Assange had the opportunity to stay and clear his name but chose to flee, and also chose not to go back to Sweden when asked to, hence the EAW.

".....Sex by surprise is a stupid concept." Do you think rape is a 'stupid concept'? Because, as part of his failed appeal, the judge stated that what Assange is accused of would constitute rape under English law.

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Re: dan1980

"......If you want to interview him then you can. Otherwise charge him...." As has been discussed here many, many, many times, A$$nut fled before being formally questioned and refused to return to Sweden for questioning. The Swedish criminal system requires the formal questioning before charges can be laid. And A$$nut's bleating about extradition to the U.S. has long since been debunked - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/04/assange_extradition_unlikely/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-19426382

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GCHQ and Cable and Wireless teamed as Masters of the Internet™

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Re: Uffish Re: 'the banks'

"....Anyone who knowingly dealt with sub-prime lending...." The Democrats made it illegal for the banks not to offer subprime mortgages, against the objections of the financial and economic experts, with Clinton's Community Reinvestment Act. Indeed, it is always amusing to point out to people that ridicule Bush Jr's intellectual capabilities, that Bush Jr repeatedly warned the Democrat-dominated Congress of the day of the impending chaos in the financial markets where the Freddie and Fannie GSEs (Government Sponsored Enterprises that bought 'bad' mortgages with public funds) were massively exposed due to buying up subprime mortgages. The Democrats blocked all efforts to modify Freddie's and Fannie's operations even when the alarm bells were clearly ringing in 2007 and long before the crash of September 2008.

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Re: Version 0.1 Re: which particular terrorist are you equating with Jesus?

"At the time both the Jews and the Romans considered Jesus a terrorist - these days a "terrorist" is simply someone who opposes Government policy or fails to believe Government statements." Which has nothing to do with the previous poster's bizarre statement. Or are you claiming someone like Mohammad Sidique Khan and his - IMHO - cowardly and murderous act fits your definition of 'holy prophet'?

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Re: AC Re: wondered why vodafone were let off their £6 billion tax bill

"wonder how many pieces of silver they bought with that lot?" So - just for comedy value - which particular terrorist are you equating with Jesus? You seem to have missed the fact that the vast majority of Islamist terrorists in caught in the UK have been of the Indian subcontinent ethnic group and often in contact with terror groups in the Indian subcontinent, so tapping lines to India and Pakistan would seem both logical and probably productive.

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Beware Brit cops bearing battering rams. Four nabbed over Trojan claims

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Re: AlbertH Re: Good work officers, keep it up.

"They haven't scratched the surface......" Looks like there are at least four crooks that would disagree.

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After USA FREEDOM Act's failure, what's next for mass surveillance?

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Has anyone asked A$$nut?

His latest attempt to wriggle out of extradition to Sweden has just failed (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-30129453) so he should be due to pop up and make another 'rousing speech' for the sheep soon (otherwise they'll forget all about him).

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Caterham Seven 160 review: The Raspberry Pi of motoring

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Re:AC Re: How do I get one in the states?!

"....your roads are too straight and wide." The US has a much lower population density than the UK, a lot more countryside, and even real mountains with suitably snaking mountain roads. You might have known this if you had actually been to the States.

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Re: Getriebe Re: Super Fast Jellyfish Max height?

".....they are made in The Black Country....." TBH, anything north of Watford = 'The North'.

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Re: Super Fast Jellyfish Re: Max height?

Well, Jeremy Clarkson used to own a bog-standard Classic Seven with the 1.4 K-series, and he wasn't exactly small then. If width rather than height is the issue there are wider cockpit models and competitors, the Westfield actually being the better wide-cockpit option (presumably because of the Northern deep-fried Mars bar diet).

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Assassin's Creed bugs shift setting to LSD-drenched 1960s Paris

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Re: Fibbles Re: EddieD It's catching

"I guess you haven't been following the WoD release fiasco Matt?...." Nope, I stopped playing WoW before Mists came out because it looked like (and turned out to be) exactly what Germans would call 'mist'. That and the fact that success meant the European servers were packed with newbs that didn't want to play the game and level up by effort, but just wanted to buy their way to top level and run raids (and sit in town bragging about their paid for items). The first crack was the introduction of Deathknights which started at level 55. IMHO, it would have been so much more interesting if Blizz had included an expansion pack that allowed you to level a DK up from 1 as a minion of the Lich King, through a separate pre-Burning timeline, then plugged your level 55 DK into the full game world through some form of 'portal' after the Lich King's control was broken.

".....Two days after release and the servers are still so unstable you'll be lucky to get 20 minutes of gameplay before finding some progression breaking bug, getting stuck on a loading screen or plain old booted from the server....." Not sure how much of that is a Blizz issue and how much is due to the lame antics of losers like the Lizard Squad and their DDoS attacks (http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30079037 - about half way down the article). But, if anyone can fix it I would expect Blizzard to, they are usually pretty good with the tech stuff.

As for Assassin's Creed, it seems they have a fundamental code problem and not such an easy one to fix.

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Re: EddieD Re: It's catching

"The devs should go work for Blizzard...they'd fit in well" TBH, Blizz's biggest fault is not their development but their relentless drive to take good games and tarnish them with pay-to-boost systems. OK in 'freemium' games maybe, but in games where you're already p2p'ing?

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'Net Neut' activists: Are you just POSEURS, or do you want to Get Something Done?

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Re:.Charles aged 9? Re: Charles 9, Aedile and chums.

"That would be funny...if I got the joke....." Maybe your tinfoil hat got in the way?

"....The point being if 10-30% of the general American population suddenly vanished, I doubt the ones in power would care for more than 24 hours....." That's just moronic. If even ten percent of the U.S. population disappeared overnight you would have a national emergency. 30% would trigger a catastrophic decline in the U.S. economy.

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Re: booming.noom Re: I'll play the game with you Andrew

"......It is not at all far fetched to think that here in the U.S. a company will decide that they would block anything that conflicted with their beliefs. From abortion to sex to religion to rock and roll to whatever....." So what you're saying is you object to something that might happen, even though you have zero actual evidence that any of the players intends implementing any such censoring of your Net?

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Re: Charles 9, Aedile and chums.

Going by your whin- I mean, posts, it would seem am excellent time to invest in Frito-Lays shares (they make Doritos).

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FCC: You, AT&T. Get over here and explain this 'no more gigabit fiber' threat

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Re: Uncle Ron Re: The Credo of the Monopolist

""Create Artificial Scarcity." That's the credo of the monopolist....." It may well be, but the credo of the investor is "Invest your money where it will make the best return", and the current dicking around with 'Net Neutrality' is generating uncertainty and putting off investors, as shown by the drop in AT&T's share price after Obambi stuck his oar in last week. AT&T (and the market) needs the clarity to reassure the investors because AT&T needs investment to build out the new network, otherwise it reduces the potential profit to a point where investors will simply take their money elsewhere. And no-one will build high-speed networks if their is no guaranteed return. The people driving the Net Neutrality bandwagon, the people that actually want high-speed networks built out to everywhere, are cutting off their own noses to spite Wall Street. Big business, if they have to, will fund private networks from the likes of Google, and only the public consumer on the street will be left wondering why they're stuck in Slowville.

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US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

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Re: earl grey Re: remove battery

Or just don't be a criminal evading the law?

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Re: corestore

".....People are no longer willing to stand for this kind of thing....." What, catching escaped criminals? Seems quite popular with the majority of voters, TBH.

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Re: BernardL

".....it's logging location data for every phone within range....." And where in the article does it say it is logging every phone? Oh, it doesn't.

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Re: Paula Re: Dirtboxes being used by dirtbags!!

".....For now / That we know of (delete according to naivety)...." Sorry, but could you please add an option for those not wearing tinfoil hats?

If the U.S. Marshals Service are looking for you then you are already a convicted criminal and have escaped custody, are a bail-jumper, or are an immediate physical threat to a member of the judiciary or other employee of the courts. The Marshals have a very narrow remit under which they act and general surveillance is not included - http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Marshals_Service.

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Brussels' transport chief demands a single European sky to end 'air traffic gridlock'

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Re: Thoughtless Re: Chauvinism

".....It probably doesn't help that we privatised ours, so can't tell them to share their duties with the rest of Europe, and UKIP and their like minded colleagues in the Tory party are hardly likely to agree to Johnny Foreigner controlling our airspace....." Yes, because UK airspace is right in the centre of Europe and every flight has to pass through it to get anywhere, right? Oh, no it doesn't, we're actually geographically on the periphery of Europe, which makes your Leftie whining about privatisation completely irrelevant. It also ignores that the British MoD does co-operate with NATO for control of military airspace across the UK and Europe. You need to go look to Brussels for the cause of the problem, not the British political Right.

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Bloke, 26, accused of running drug souk Silk Road 2.0 cuffed by Feds

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can I suggest a chill pill? Not one illegally sourced from SR2.0, obviously.

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Re: AC Re: Mmm...

".....because dicks like you insist that drugs should be banned." That would be the majority of voters. Deal with it. If you want to change the minds of the majority I would suggest you try something more intelligent than calling us 'dicks'.

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Re Mark 85 Re: Moral?

"Would one of the lessons learned here be to NOT name your trafficking site "Silk Road"?....." Well, remember, you'd be dealing with junkies, you need to keep it really simple to attract that kind. Chances are the majority of their 'customers' really were so thick they never thought the FBI would make the connection.

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TORpedo'd dev dumps Doxbin files after police raids

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Re: Fibbles

"So why was it seized?....." Not sure exactly what material was cited as evidence but Doxbin was a dumping-ground/bragging site for hackers, so I expect there was a lot of incriminating evidenc of other e-crime, especially as an in-duh-vidual going by the handle 'Intangir', who also claims to be an admin/owner of Doxbin, seems to have 'security-checked'/hacked the Hidden Wiki site (http://motherboard.vice.com/read/a-hacker-scrubbed-child-porn-links-from-the-dark-webs-most-popular-site). Hoisted by his/her own petard, it seems.

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Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Re: WTF?

<Sigh> Why is it some people are always going with the tinfoil first? Blackberry's business was strong in commercial, weak in the consumer market. They took their eye off the ball in the commercial market chasing after the consumer one (especially with the silly tablet effort). That started their problems, but what killed them was the problems in the commercial sector not with encryption but the refusal to open up the Blackberry backend servers to governments other than the U.S. and Europeans.

Certain countries wanted the same access to the centralized Blackberry Internet Service (BIS) and backend Enterprise Service (BES) servers that the U.S. And Europe had (there are centralized Blackberry servers that control and provide services to individual BES and BIS systems). This was reported on here at El Reg - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/08/indian_blackberry_crackdown/ - and stymied Blackberry's attempts to grow into the booming Indian, Middle Eastern, Eurasian and Asian markets and outside of the saturated US and European markets. In short, Blackberry were penalized in their crucial commercial market by their dedication to security and customer privacy, not encryption.

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Got a STRAP-ON? Remember to TAKE IT OFF at WORK

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Re: Aliatair Dabbs Re: Try looking at the real world ...

"I also used to break my watches easily....." I'm sure it's a techie thing. I always have two watches - my 'dress' watch, which is for use when suited-and-booted in the office and when out and about with SWMBO, and my 'work' watch which is for crawling around under the cars, swimming, training and poking around in cabling cabinets and racks. The 'dress' watch is usually a gift from SWMBO, which means it is slim and 'presentable' and therefore has no protection for the glass, meaning I manage to break them about once a year. The 'work' watch is always a G-Shock and always outlives the 'dress' ones despite the G-Shock regularly takes a beating. My best G-Shock lasted five-and-a-half years.

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Brit cops nab six in Silk Road 2.0 drugs sting

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"All your TOR nodes are belong to us!"

Can we have a "Toldyaso" icon, plz?

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HP gives StoreServ a speed boost with flashy cachey spit'n'polish

Matt Bryant
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WTF?

Re: AC Re: Avoid at all costs

The idea of complaining about chunklets implies to me that you haven't a clue as to what your are talking about. I would suggest the majority of your PEBKAS issues could be solved by your boss paying out for the right training:

http://www.hp.com/education/courses/hk902s.html

http://www.hp.com/education/courses/hk904s.html

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Brazil greenlights $200m internet cable to Europe in bid to outfox NSA

Matt Bryant
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Hmmmm.

After the endemic corruption revealed by the Petrobas scandal, I can only wonder if one of Dimmy Rousseff's friends and/or family has just bought an undesea cabling company.....

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Schneier, Diffie, ex-MI5 bod, privacy advocates team up on Code Red

Matt Bryant
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Re: AC Re: BROWN....

"...Code BROWN, surely?" Yeah, unfortunately any name with 'Code <colour>' is going to be associated with ditzy wannabes like Code Pink. And sticking 'Red' in the name is just going to be a red flag to 'Patriots' who will accuse it of being 'the usual lot of pinkos and commies'. Much better if they had called their group something like Net Privacy Defenders.

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