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Click here to BEAT OFF David Cameron's web SMUT ban

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"Of course, it won't be long before producing or using software to circumvent the government approved filters will be made a criminal offence..." Sorry if it hurts your tinfoil-wrapped head, but it is already possible to byepass the filters just by opting out of the filtering, so why would that be made illegal?

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What is the difference between a drone, a model and a light plane?

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Re: Damnit, I'd just about decided not to renew my BMFA ticket...

"....model planes scare us....." Driving or flying, it is usually a good rule of thumb to assume every other road/air user is a suicidal fool and give them plenty of room.

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Silk Road 2.0 busted! At least two arrests as federal crackdown begins

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Re: Loser Re: Loser BIG difference between commercial and street drugs.....

".....sounded just like the kind of crap spread by conformist types like yourself to scare people off bad naughty wicked things....." Oh, sorry, I forgot you're a fully-paid-up baaaah-liever, one of those that has the knee-jerk response of bleating about "squares ruining their fun" because it's less effort than actually thinking for yourself. I suppose the two women in Ireland that nearly died of contaminated weed were an Irish folk tale from the local cearnóga, eh? http://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&usg=AFQjCNE_zIpedxLwooX-xeDhcOR_S1bblw&url=http://www.rte.ie/news/2013/0530/453502-two-in-intensive-care-over-contaminated-cannabis/

So you ignored the links to the pesticide threat and the damage done to the environment by weed farmers, you really want to pretend that "harmless" marijuana never harms anyone? Hey, it's just your body, so you're the only one affected, right? Ignoring the threat to themselves, what about the harm such dumb smokers do to others? Like Ashley Smith here in the UK, who killed a father when she crashed into his car whilst high on weed? Would you like to tell his kids that drugs are harmless? Whilst driving drunk is on the decline, driving whilst stoned is on the increase because of idiots that like to pretend the warnings are just "squares ruining their fun" (http://www.washingtondcinjuryattorneyblog.com/2010/12/drugged-drivers-increase-fatal.html). Shame none of those "squares" had a word with New Zealander Lance Hopping before he killed ten people and himself piloting a balloon whilst stoned (http://news.sky.com/story/1161997/balloon-crash-pilot-smoked-pot-before-flying?f=ob). But you go insisting it's your "right" to use whatever drugs you like.

See, it doesn't just effect you, but also idiots that put their trust in you. Like Lara Smith, who trusted Matthew Norcott, who bragged about how "wonderful" he felt when he was high, even AFTER he killed Lara when driving drugged up on ecstasy (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2185379/Facebook-post-driver-Matthew-Norcott-high-drugs-killed-beauty-therapist.html). Maybe you want to go and "like" his Facebook posts? Maybe before you do you should Yahoogle for "drugged driver killed" to get an idea of the hundreds of sheeple that, just like you, thought it was just the lying of kill-joy squares.

And whatever you do, don't go read about the kids trafficked as farm slaves to grow the stuff here in the UK, now that will really pop your bubble (you'll have to suspend your belief in joy-killing squares long enough to put down a subscription on this one.)

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/news/uk_news/britains_secret_slaves/article1304823.ece

Sorry, but before that last incredibly stupid post I used to just think your stupidity was amusing, but now I actually pity you.

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Re: Loser Re: BIG difference between commercial and street drugs. @plump & bleaty

"....ref please....." Sorry, it was a while back so I can't remember a name, but IIRC she studied at St Martins in London. I'll have a Yahoogle and see if I can find the news reports.

".....it's just an urban legend or something you invented....." LOL, I already had you pegged as a baaaaah-liever, but even an idiot as stupid as you surely doesn't want to pretend street drugs get cut with all kinds of harmful rubbish? Yes, even weed, often mixed with everything from grass cuttings to potential nasties such as stinkweed and oleander cuttings. Please do explain the extensive horticultural training and experience you have that allows you to identify everything in your backstreet purchase, especially when you're probably permanently half-cut going by your posts. I suggest you go Yahoogle "marijuana pesticides" and get an adult to read it to you. You could start here where it even talks to an attorney fighting for legalised medical weed (http://www.alternet.org/there-pesticide-weed-youre-smoking). What you buy from your dealer has NO quality control, and the drug dealers have NO responsibility to do any form of chemical control, they just want to make money. The only way you will know for sure is to grow your own or really get very close to the farmer (which would probably put you at greater danger of arrest as an accomplice). So not sorry to pop that bubble of ignorance you live and inhale in. Enjoy!

The tree-huggers puffing away on weed in California are even responsible for destroying the wildlife they proclaim to hold so dear (http://www.kcet.org/news/the_back_forty/commentary/golden-green/-rachel-carson-was-right.html).

".....Might say more about you than us." Don't worry, your previous posts have already exposed you as exactly the kind of stupid to think taking drugs is "rebellious" or "alternative". I just think of people like you as Darwinism in operation, removing potential competitors by their own silliness.

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BIG difference between commercial and street drugs.

To all those insisting they get "good gear", I am reminded of a case from not so many years ago. A delightful artist in her late twenties led the ideal tree-hunger lifestyle, treating her body like a temple and only eating organic food, etc., etc. problem was she was buying "organic weed" from a hippy dealer. Believing that modern medicine was just a tool of the drug companies, when she started to feel unwell she insisted on trying alternate medicine. Nothing worked, her pain grew, until some Chinese quack suggested she had multiple sclerosis and actually advised her to smoke more grass. Finally, when she collapsed, her family got her into a proper hospital, where they were horrified to find her body was riddled with cancerous tumours. Turns out her "hippy dealer" was anything but, and he was just another heartless crim out to make a buck. His so-called "organic weed" was actually being intensively cultivated in Morocco and the farmers hadn't wanted to worry about pests so had sprayed it with some pretty nasty and illegal pesticides. Smoking the grass has allowed the chemicals to quickly and easily enter her bloodstream, and she just happened to be more susceptible. By the time she was admitted to hospital it was already too late, her alternate lifestyle had seen to that.

Moral of the story is if you're stupid enough to do drugs don't assume they come with the same quality controls proper medicines (or even alcoholic drinks) come with. If you're stupid enough to smoke grass then probably best you grow your own.

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Re: AC Re: Blowhard It's all good

".....how many people have you seen ruin their lives with alcohol?...." Actually, in the IT industry, not that many, and certainly less than have gone overboard on weed. The problem for your argument is that the problems of "evil" alcohol have been known for years and IT people are usually above average intelligence, so they get and accept the "excessive drink is bad" concept, but they often fall for the fuzzy-feel-good "but weed is harmless" schpiel. But you go on trying to ignore the potential issues of being a pothead by trying to equate it with the "evils" of the legal drug alcohol if it helps you cope.

"......People who drop out of anything in such a manner frequently have more going on in their lives than weed smoking....." So you can see that "evil" alcohol can be used excessively by those trying to escape their lives, but you fail to see that the same applies, that excessive weed use could be for EXACTLY the same reasons - to escape their humdrum existence. All you have done is point out that the people that use weed heavily are more than likely compensating for problems in their lives, but you suggest it is fine for them to hide from their issues behind cannabis but not to do so with "evil" alcohol? Major fail!

".....Furthermore, I suffered from crippling anxiety and depression for years (at one point I couldn't leave the house for 2 years), weed helped me to cope with all of that when conventional medicines and psychiatrists struggled to help......" Gee, and no other medicine has any side effects? Please do go read up on Prozac and the long list of side effects, which doctors have to take into account when prescribing Prozac. Just about any drug, even Asprin, have negatives against which doctors have to balance the benefits of using it. The issue is Prozac and other similar drugs have been tested and approved, whereas weed has largely not. In cases of medicinal use I actually support medicinal marihuana, but only if it is first tested and approved, and not when it is skunk from some guy on the corner, and not when it is being passed off as "cool" for those with no medical requirement. I know people that take Prozac (and have side effects), that doesn't mean I would support the idea of everyone being told Prozac should be taken as a recreational drug just because it is OK for medical use. Another fail.

".....The amount of absolute horseshit....." So, what you're saying is that anyone that supports a view that doesn't agree 100% with yours is "horseshit"? How open-minded! I do not rule out either the future legalisation of cannabis or the possible medical benefits, but unlike you I'm not just going to accept it without some actual scientific evidence. Until then, I would suggest you try a more constructive argument rather than just accusing all your opponents of "horseshit" if you actually want to try convincing people being a pothead hasn't rendered you incapable of calm and reasoned discourse.

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Re: Jimboom Re: Blowhard It's all good

".....as they light up their umpteenth fag of the day." Whilst I support the way you demonstrate the hypocrisy of smokers that call potheads "hippies", you fail to realise that smoking was once not only socially acceptable but even praised for it's "healthy benefits"! You also fail to see that smoking has become unacceptable due to the realisation of its damage to the body and the addictive potential of nicotine, yet you fail to see that smoking cannabis is both addictive (if only psychologically) and ALSO that the smoking action presents many of the health threats of cigarette smoke. In short, you are pointing out one hypocrisy by illustrating your own.

Oh, and I don't smoke.

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Re: Blowhard Re: It's all good

".....Weed's only a problem if you're schizophrenic....." One of the "joys" of working in the IT industry is you get to meet plenty of potheads, and they all rebleat that "only if you're a schizo" line, do they print it not he Rizzla wrappers now? I am talking people I have known from secondary school right through to their middle-age. It's got to the point where I can spot the casual smokers, the ones that have a few joints a week as opposed to a few each day. Believe me, when you look at casual potheads that have done "just a few joints a week" after they have been doing it for thirty years you can really see the difference in levels of lucidity and reasoning capability compared to people that don't smoke weed. The ones that are smoking several joints a day usually drop out of the IT industry all together, they just can't hack the pace. And that's thirty years of the old "soft" weed, not the "hard" weed that seems to be becoming the vogue. Sorry, not a "formal study", just empirical observation, but if you really think that weed in the long term will have no effect then you're definitely smoking something.

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ROFLMAO!

Seriously, they were surprised the FBI had been supplied with what looks like eavesdropped info? We're they smoking something all through the Ed Snowdope "revelations"? Oh, come to think of it, they probably were.

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Snowden: 'I am still working for the NSA ... to improve it'

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Re: Jerry H. Appel

"....Once the NSA crosses on to our borders they should, by law, be subject to domestic jurisprudence." So, whilst readying yourself for your rant, you missed that whole bit about how the NSA's domestic activities WERE under the oversight of the FISC...?

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Re: Loopy Wankinmasta Re: So much for "If you've done nothing wrong.....

"It's obvious just who is the real crims here, then....." Yes, it is - the NSA and GCHQ are legally covered, whereas Snowope took restricted material (cybercrime) and distributed it to "journalists" that did not have clearance to have it (breach of the Espionage Act in the US and the Official Secrets Act in the UK). Yes, by his own admission, it is very clear that Snowdope is a criminal. Your wanting to baaaah-lieve otherwise is just LACKOFINT.

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"....so, knowing he would be flying through Russia, what might he have done with the files?...." He has already stated he gave everything to Poitras and Greenwald. That is why he can't now get anyone to give him asylum outside Russia, because he has no secrets to offer and only lots of diplomatic heat from the US. Snowdope was duped by Greenwald just as Manning was by A$$ange.

".....Whether Snowden's declaration that his mission is accomplished means he will continue to release documents isn't disclosed....." Hmmm, so leaving glorious, tropical Hawaii, poledancer girlfriend, and an allegedly $150K job, for winter in Moscow with a crappy helldesk job paying peanuts and only KGB goons for company? Yeah, what an accomplishment! ROFLMAO! Snowdope's unfounded narcissism is so beyond Walter Mitty it's simply tragic.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

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Re: Tom Welsh Re: frobnicate

".....However Stalin's motivation has nothing to do with the fact that the USSR did at least 75% of the fighting....." Apart from the fact Stalin did 0% of the fighting against Japan, you are simply wrong even if just looking at the fighting against German forces. Stalin did NONE of the fighting against the Nazis in the first 21-odd months of the War, when Britain (and to a lesser extent the Fwench) destroyed the core of his pre-War highly-trained forces. One of the biggest problems for the Germans - especially the Luftwaffe - was that they simply didn't have the training structure to replace those properly trained and experienced men. The Germans were happy to send poorly-trained recruits to fight the Soviets but tried to keep their more experienced units for fighting the Western Allies. If Hitler had been able to invade Russia in May rather than June 1941, without the delay caused by the British in Greece, without the thousands of highly-trained tank, bomber and fighter crews he had lost in the campaign in the West, without having to divert forces to prop up Mussolini in North Africa, without having to divert men and materials to fighting the Atlantic Campaign, and without having to worry about the West supplying the Russians, then he would most probably have defeated the Soviets. Especially if he could have persuaded the Japanese not to attack the US and UK and to attack Russia instead. Stalin was only able to resist the Germans because he could transfer forces from the East to defend Moscow, forces he could only move because the Japanese promised they would honour their Neutrality Pact. When the positions were reversed in 1945, when the US and Commonwealth had defeated the Japanese, and Stalin saw the chance to seize Mongolia, he didn't hesitate to tear up the Pact.

It was the industrial behemoth of the USA joining the war that sealed Hitler's fate, regardless of his attacking Russia. The manpower and resources of the Commonwealth along with the manpower and industrial power of the USA were far greater than that of the Soviets. Invading Russia without having defeated the British was a big mistake by Hitler, but a bigger mistake was declaring war on the British without an actual plan of how he could defeat the British Empire, and his BIGGEST mistake was declaring war on the USA when he could have left fighting the US to the Japanese. Hitler simply never had a strong enough navy to defeat Britain and the Commonwealth, but he could have had a strong enough army and airforce to defeat the Soviets alone.

"..... a lot more than that of the dying......" Again, the fact Stalin was happy to send untrained peasants on foot, even at times with one rifle to a pair of men, into human-wave attacks against mechanised German troops, just shows the callous disregard the Communists had for the very people they claimed to serve. Trying to show that more of your troops died as some sign of moral superiority doesn't exactly sound smart to me.

"..... In the week that the Normandy landings went in, the USSR launched Operation Bagration on a far bigger scale....." Apart from the fact Stalin could only make the attack because the West had kept him in business with supplies (especially the vast majority of the lorries that converted his peasent armies into a mobile force) when he was facing defeat in 1941 and 1942, the main reason Stalin could employ his massed wave attacks in 1944 was because the majority of the Luftwaffe's fighter force was engaged fighting the US bomber attacks. Goering always kept his best fighters in the West. Luftwaffe units returning from the relatively easy air war of the Eastern Front in 1943 and 1944 had to be completely retrained to face the much stiffer opposition of the West. If the Germans had been able to employ the full might of the Luftwaffe in the East without the losses made to defending against the USAAF bomber attacks in 1943 and 1944 then the Luftwaffe would have been easily able to retain air superiority in the East and would probably have destroyed Stalin's armies from the air, as they did in 1941.

"....If not for the German forces tied up (and chewed up) by Bagration, they would very likely have been able to repel and destroy the Allied forces in Normandy." Rubbish. The eventual success of the Soviet forces in the East was largely due to Hitler throwing away his strategic reserves on the pointless Ardennes Offensive in the West, leaving him nothing to patch the holes in the Eastern Front. If Hitler had been able to face just the Allies in the West then the Normandy campaign would probably have never been anything other than a distraction exercise to keep his forces in the wrong area and the Western Allies would probably have followed the far smarter British plan of invading via the Southern Front, through Italy and Greece, which would have also probably stopped the Russians occupying Eastern Europe for forty-odd years. Even if the Germans had only faced the Western Allies, and even if the Normandy landings went ahead, Hitler could have transferred all his forces to Calais (where he had been fooled into thinking the actual Invasion landing would have been by Operation Fortitude South) and it would have made SFA difference as he had lost control of the air. He simply would not have had the rail stock or fuel to move all his armies quickly to the Normandy area, and they would have been under continual air-attack the whole time. One of the great successes of Operation Overlord was that the Allies in Normandy DID NOT have to face all the available German forces BECAUSE control of the air had allowed the Allies to destroy the rail system the Germans depended on BEFORE the invasion, keep the Luftwaffe away from the invading beaches, and decimate the German forces in transit. Plenty of Panzers were abandoned in Normandy because Allied fighters had destroyed the fuel trucks before they could get to the front. By 1944 the Western Allies had such a superiority in the air they could have faced ALL the Luftwaffe over Normandy and still won. So, TBH, you are talking out of your rectum.

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Re: frobnicate

"....their Soviets allies, who did most of the fighting?" Some allies. The Soviets started their "fighting" in 1939 by signing the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact that effectively sealed Poland's fate, then invaded Poland on 17th September 1939 to help the Germans carve up Poland. Even before Poland had fallen the GRU and NKVD were meeting with the Gestapo to plan out which Polish intellectuals, politicians and trade unionists were likely to be troublemakers and needed to be eliminated or sent to concentration camps. This was despite Stalin having fought a four year proxy war against the Nazis and Fascists in the Spanish Civil War.

Even before that, Stalin was planning to use the Nazis to weaken the rest of Europe. He set the ground by using his "useful idiots" amongst Western socialists and communists, especially in France where - under the pretext of "anti-war" - they sabotaged the French arms industry and set about demoralising the French forces. French socialist politicians did their bit, either in cahoots or simply through immense stupidity, and just about destroyed the rest with the result that the French had half the working tanks and modern fighters or bombers they should have had by May 1940. You could argue Stalin really wanted to distract the West from his plans to rape the old Eastern European countries but he really didn't care, not as long as Communism (I.e., Stalin) came out the winner.

And even before that, the Soviets trained and rebuilt the German war machine, especially the Luftwaffe, when it was completely illegal to do so. The Soviets provided aircraft and facilities at Lipetsk that allowed the Germans to develop the "terror bombing" techniques the Communists would shriek in horror at when used at Geurnica in the Spanish Civil War.

Those Soviet "allies" then followed up on their niceness to the Poles by invading Finland and the Baltic States. At that point, France and the UK counted the Soviets as an enemy and sent aid to Finland. They even planned to invade neutral Norway to keep the Soviets from seizing the Norweigean iron mines and supplying the Nazis with the iron ore they needed for their war machine. Of course, ironically, after the Nazis turned on their Soviet chums the Fins sided with the Germans and became enemies of the UK and France.

Right up until June 21st 1941, Stalin was happily using his "useful idiots" in the UK (and US) to cripple the Allied war effort as much as he could. His sudden conversion to the Allies was when the Germans beat him to the punch and invaded Russia before Stalin could invade Germany. Even then, Stalin only managed to do "most of the fighting" against Germany because the Nazis simply couldn't fight elsewhere - the Kriegsmarine were too weak to contest the English Channel so he couldn't pursue his war with Britain by invading the UK or go to the assistance of the Japanese; German efforts in North Africa were very much as a prop to the war being fought between Italy and the Commonwealth; and the Luftwaffe was simply too constrained by their tactical design to fight a strategic bombing campaign against the UK or the USA.

In fact, it is arguable that the British effort to help the Greeks delayed the German invasion of Russia by the three weeks that made all the difference between Soviet defeat and eventual victory. It also ignores the fact that the Soviets had a treaty with Japan that meant they did SFA in fighting the Japanese until the very end of the Pacific War, when they tore up the Soviet-Japanese Neutrality Pact in order to try and grab as much of Mongolia and China as they could.

So, I suggest you go do a LOT more historical reading before you try and claim that load of baloney.

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Re: About time.....but

"...."We f*&ked up and killed one of the best minds we had in the field....." Go do some reading on his final days (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Turing#Death), he fucked up an hobbiest chemistry experiment and killed himself by accident. Even his mother has said she thought that at the time of his inquest. But that conclusion doesn't fit with the preferred gay fable, does it?

"..... we really, really should have treated him better in the first place"" Turing actually - and quite stupidly - told the Police he was having a gay relationship with an (alleged) rent boy that was suspected of the burglary of Turing's home. As Turing worked on sensitive projects he was shooting himself in both feet. BUT, if he had been an heterosexual male working on secret projects and had been picking up teenage girl prostitutes he would also have been in trouble with the law, and he would have been classed as a security risk (the KGB also used young prostitutes to ensnare lonely old men), and would have lost his security clearance.

Turing was also given the choice of imprisonment OR probation and chemical castration (injections of female hormones) and he chose the latter himself. If he had been a heterosexual male convicted of soliciting he would not have been given a choice, it would have just been jail time. Turing made bad choices and set the legal and security apparatus in motion with his own admission, but that legal and security apparatus would have swung into motion if he had admitted to the equivalent heterosexual crime. Yes, looking back the laws of the day criminalising homosexuality were wrong with today's value set, but he would have been convicted and lost his job if he had been the heterosexual equivalent. And many people today with today's value set question the illegality of heterosexual prostitution, so the homsoexual angle is just fluff and fanfare. And none of it would have made him no less likely to kill himself with a bit of bad lab practice.

Alan Turing's achievements in the field of computing and his service to his country should be applauded and upheld as both an example of intellect and how homosexuality should not be seen as a barrier to either loyalty or ability, but twisting the tale into gay propaganda is not going to do anyone any favours.

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Re: Mahatma Dolt Re: At last

"....They could make a start by having QEII make a public apology...." Why should the Queen apologise for the actions of politicians in which she played no part and had no say? You obviously do not understand how English Law is set - the people elect politicians, the politicians set the laws, the Police enforce the laws and the courts try those accused of breaking the law, so SFA to do with the Queen. In effect, this "Royal pardon" has SFA to do with the Queen, it is a political act.

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Snowden to warn Brits on Xmas telly: Your children will NEVER have privacy

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Re: Serge 2 Re: To: Matt Bryant

"You either are a troll or a complete idiot....." Gee, you provide such a detailed argument for either - not! It obviously really upsets the sheeple to hear a dissenting voice, you lot really prefer the idea of everyone bleating in unison.

".....Quick look through your post history reveals that you mostly get down-voted on your comments....." So what you're saying is you base your analysis of an argument not on the intrinsic points of the message contained, but instead you default your independent thought and only place value on the votes for or against and insist that everyone should do the same. In short, you are admitting you are the epitome of a sheep, just following the herd. That is just sad. Consider that most sites will contain a core of "like thinkers" that huddle together for the sense of belonging, that different sites will attract different core groups, and that if you desperately ignore those outside the core then all you will end up with is a bleating herd of sheeple, not actual debate, conversation or real discussion. But then I suspect sheeple like you just don't feel comfortable with real debate, it upsets you to think what you have been told is The Truth might actually not be so. You would prefer to hide away from any such discomfort, lest your fragile bubble be popped.

"....The things that you have said before (not just here) reek with ignorance of an overwhelming proportion and mostly lack intelligence....." Yet I note, whilst you most obviously disagree, you are unable to post any form of counter. In short, you have the unquestioning baaaaah-lieve of the typical sheeple. It does you zero favours to even try and discuss ignorance when your attempt at a response is so easily shown to be nothing more than spittle and bleating. After all, if we look at YOUR rather short list of posts, we find such delightful eloquence as this:

"Posted in US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

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I hope you get aids"

Such stunning eloquence, brimming with insight and rationality - not! I can only guess the target of your playground shrieking thought it was far funnier and illuminating as to your limited mental capacity to not complain about your obnoxious ranting, and instead leave it on record for everyone to laugh at. I suppose you can take some comfort from the thought that, despite your failings everywhere else, at least you managed to provide unintended humour.

"....Do us all a favour...." Who is "us"? Are you really so arrogant in your stupidity as to think you really speak for all the readers? I would suggest you do yourself a favour, get over yourself, and then try really hard to actually formulate some type of argument. For a real challenge, you could even forego your inevitable attempt to regurgitate something you have been told is "cool" to say. Then again, maybe that should wait - baby steps and all.

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Re: John Smith IQ of 19 Re: @Mattie Bryant

"....Many thanks for offering us so many opportunities to down vote you....." If it keeps you sheeple off the street and busy then it's a win-win.

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Re: Ledwhinger Re: @Matty B

"Actually he had this freedom before the "security" services were able to snoop all and everything...." A freedom that was guarded before by security services that simply used the means available to them. The NSA and GCHQ are just examples of those same services, only now they have far superior tech. Guess what, dumbie - spying existed long before the NSA or GCHQ or even before the existence of the USA. It is your inability to see that round your "cool" blinkers that is the really funny part of the tragedy. You are like a wind up toy - "today I want you to bark about the NSA" - and off you go. To be honest, the predictability of you and the other sheeple is getting pretty yawntastic.

".....All the attacks foiled in the UK....." Apart from the fact I seriously doubt you even know a fraction of what goes on, you are also desperate to deny the effectiveness of such work is in that it also STOPS nutters like Bin-bag Laden communicating easily and effectively with his followers.

"..... Look at the murder of Lee Rigby....." oh, you want to cherry pick the example where there was no external communication, just two sad jihadi nutters? Smart choice of example - not! Why don't you stop and ask yourself how the drones keep finding the AQ and Talebint leaders despite them trying to hide out in Pakistan, Yemen, Sudan and Somalia? Oh, sorry, that would require you to do some actual independent thought, obviously not your strong point. One can only hope they cover it on Oprah for sheeple like you.

".....But people like you Matt, you're a Christmas gift to SIS and the politicians...." Aw, does it hurt that not everyone shares your "enlightened POV"? We must all just be very stupid not to see "The Truth" like you do, right? Well, there must be a lot of us stupid people because every election shows you're just the tiny and tinny minority. But you can always take comfort in the fact you're probably keeping tinfoil companies afloat.

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Re: P.Pee Re: the end of common sense....

".....The next time the economy collapses and a group becomes a scapegoat for things that have gone wrong. It is going to be very ugly indeed." Aw, your paranoia was quite entertaining, right up to that bit of silliness. You really need to peel back the tinfoil and realise that the NSA and GCHQ have been doing this for decades, and long before the Dummicrats cooked the mortgage market and triggered the most recent economic crisis.

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Re: @chrisp1141

"..... I certainly don't get anything in return." You get the freedom to spout your tinfoil-attired claptrap. I just feel sorry for any NSA or GCHQ employee that has the misfortune to read your dribblings.

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Re: Gordon aged 10 Re: Kids DON'T WANT privacy

".....since twatbook is so new...." Someone too young to remember dialup bulletin boards?

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Re: codeusirae Re: Dear NomNomNom ..

".....Are you trying to discredit Snowden by associating him with David Icke?" Hmmm, I'm not sure even Mad Icke would want to be associated with Snowdope, but I suspect Icke was probably on the C4 list of people "out-there-enough" for their "alternate" (which actually just seems to be bad taste shock-jock) Christmas speech. I can almost imagine the discussions in the C4 Central Committee:

Controller: "OK, who can we get for the Alternate Chrimbo Speech after Ahm-mad-in-a-dinnerjacket?"

Producer1: "Er.... How about David Icke? We could spike his drink and hope he goes off on one about aliens invading and the end of the the World again."

Controller: "Hmmmm, not controversial enough, and half our audience are too young to remember him and the other half will be too stoned or drunk to. Anyway, we need to display our anti-Yank credentials. What do we have scheduled for the rest of Christmas Day?"

Producer2: "Cheap Yank sitcom repeats."

Producer3: "I know - Kim Chung- whatshisface, that guy from North Korea!"

Controller: "OK, fits the anti-Yank agenda and definitely scores high enough on the weirdo scale, but does anyone know if he's available? And cheap."

Producer1: "Could be a problem - last time his dad asked for thirty cases of Courvoisier and total dominion over Wales."

Producer3: "Ian Watkins? He could do a special message for the children?"

Controller: "No, we need someone that is going to at least appear lucid whilst talking complete bollocks, make us look hip'n'trendy, and be really cheap seeing as we blew the budget on Friends....."

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Ubuntu unleashes dual boot tool for Android mobes'n'slabs

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One word of warning....

Anyone that has rooted their mobile will know the fun and games of then trying to get it fixed under warranty. I'm pretty sure the cellular service providers will take a dim view (pun unintended) of anything that could loosen their control of the handset.

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Re: AC Re: Why the hell

"Would I want to dual boot my perfectly running Android and run a horrible slow vista mark 2 kludge exactly?" Because then you have greater control over the device and it won't spend half it's time reporting back to Google and the cellular provider everything you look at, download or do.

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It's CLOUD WAR says Larry Ellison: parachute in the sales team

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Re: Hit Snooze Re: Sales pitch

Ah, but Larry usually disses a company and then buys it.....

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Reduced scope for subsidisation.

Everyone knows Larry has subsidised his hardware biz by taking cash from the licence and support businesses, and it still hasn't bought him the $2bn-per-year hardware biz he claimed it would. Now he's going to subsidise a cloud biz as well? Yeah, that would work, only his licence revs are down again, which means Larry has had to make more money by screwing us customers over for more expensive support again. For Larry to keep the whole house of cards standing, he needs to keep the licence revenue increasing, otherwise Wall Street will look to invest elsewhere and us customers will look for cheaper software options.

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'F*** off, Google!' Protest blockades Google staff bus AGAIN – and Apple's

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Re: AC Re: AC

"But Texas is full of Rednecks who drive huge Pickups. Not the same as 'eco' friendly Califorians." If you had been to either you would know the pollution in California, especially the smog, is truly awful compared to Texas. I remember adding somewhere that the air over Texan oil refineries is actually cleaner than downtown LA.

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"California is a hellhole, the tech workers should consider moving to one of the more sane states. Move your money out of California and let them wallow in their misery." Unfortunately, I'd have to agree. Can I recommend Texas, not too far to move and a whole lot more hospitable, IMHO.

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First China banned Bitcoin. Now its crooks are using malware to steal traders' wallets

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Re: Mark Re: So, what got stolen?

"Or also no different to a car, house or gold......" No. A car, house or gold has a legally recognised value, Bitcoins do not. This will be shown the first time some numptie tries to claim on his insurance for Bitcoin "theft"

".....I don't see how not being legal tender means it doesn't count as theft." It's not, at most it would currently be a cybercrime for hacking.

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Oops!

Looks like there's no honour amongst thieves (or darknetters). That bubble will be popping real soon.

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US military's RAY-GUN truck BLASTS DRONES, mortars OUT OF THE SKY

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Re: Anon Cluetard Re: Evil Auditor Re incoming cruise missiles

"You're a grade a cnut, Bryant!" Thank you for your obviously heartfelt if limited feedback. Whilst others might decry its lack of intellectual or argumentative content, I feel that such efforts should be applauded if only in recognition of what must have been a superhuman effort on your part, no doubt taking up a considerable amount of your day, to manage to type any form of comment. Can I suggest you maybe take an additional week to try and formulate a critique of the military actions at the start of the campaigns mentioned seeing as you somehow seek to disagree with their efficiency or the stated success. Please don't strain yourself in the attempt, merely think of it as a growing process which will - hopefully - help you becoming an engaged and productive member of society.

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Re: Evil Auditor Re incoming cruise missiles

"....we seem to have quite a different definition of success (and quick)...." No, it is just YOU that insists the military action and the subsequent political mess are one and the same thing when they most clearly are not.

In the case of Iraq, Gulf War One had the US-led coalition given the task of evicting Saddams's quite sizeable forces from Kuwait and dagreading them to such a point that they would be a massively reduced threat to Iraq's neighbours. To achieve the objectives set, Bush Senior not only welded together a very disparate coalition (even including Arab dictators) but also mounted the largest airlift in history to get the allied forces to Saudi Arabia. Many so-called experts predicted a bloodbath for the Allies at the hands of Saddam's "elite" Republican Guards - yet it took less than a week for the Allied armour and airpower to carve Saddam's armies to pieces. Please do try and pretend that was anything but a crushing and amazingly efficient military success. The decision to stop at the Iraqi border and hope the Shia could rise and overthrow Saddam was a political mistake, not a military one.

Gulf War Two was an even more daunting task - invade Saddam's homeland, remove his regime from power in the face of possible chemical attacks and without the support of most of the Arab dictators, defeat the sizeable Iraqi ground and air forces, and do so across a much larger geographical area and with the added threat of jihadis flocking to support Saddam. Yet the invasion was completed in only forty-one days with the comprehensive defeat of the Iraqi conventional forces. The failure to predict or cope with the subsequent insurgency was again a political failing, not a military one.

Afghanistan in 2001 was another military action followed by political floundering. The objective was to remove Taleban domination of the 90% of Afghanistan under their control, destroy AQ facilities in the country and capture as many AQ as possible. Operation Enduring Freedom kicked off on October 7th 2001 and had driven the Taleban from power by 26th November, when the remnants of the Taleban fled to Pakistan. Post-invasion we had another political mess with the UN and ISAF and complete lack of a plan of how to keep the country peaceful.

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Re: Evil Auditor Re: Re incoming cruise missiles

You are confusing the post-action failures of politicians - especially Muslim ones - with the successful conclusion of the military action. Desert Storm was a fantastic military success, it's the politicians that have thrown it all away since. Same goes for Afghanistan, where the Allies (in co-ordination with Afghan groups that actually represented the MAJORITY of the Afghans) mounted a lightening campaign to remove the Pakistani-backed Taleban from power. You mention Libya but ignore the successful outcome of other actions such as the former Yugoslavia. The difference? Even despite the intense and historic hostility between the many factions fighting in the former Yugoslavia, the West persevered and the locals were intelligent enough to want peace. It seems the different Muslims sects just prefer endless wars. Just look at Somalia and the never-ending civil war. Or how Afghanistan had twenty years of civil war before the US-led invasion. Iraq was held together under Saddam Hussein by the ruthless eradication of any form of dissent, even by members of his own family.

TBH, my solution for Iraq would have been partition into separate Kurdish, Sunni and Shia autonomous regional states bound into one federated group of states and with the oil money shared. It would probably have led to ethnic cleansing and forced expulsions of those not willing to migrate to their new regions, but it would have allowed all the local politicians to get their snouts into a trough rather than letting the Shias use their advantage of numbers to stuff it all up. Melting pot solutions in the Mid East just don't seem to work, as shown by the Lebanon, so I would think it better to give them each a pot of their own. Afghanistan could go the same route, replacing crude borders drawn by colonialists with new tribal ones.

But any solution for Iraq or Afghanistan would still have required the subduing of the Iraqi and Taleban forces and their removal from power, which was quite quickly and competently completed by US-led forces in a very successful manner, it's just you don't want to admit it.

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Re: Destroyed All Braincells Re: Evil Auditor Re incoming cruise missiles

"....Woah this is beyond retarded....." Oh, did that immense socio-political chip on your shoulder stop you from switching over from the kiddies' channels to watch some news? Don't tell me, you're one of those "determined to baaaaah-lieve" types that just hates to admit Bush's surge worked. It's only since the drawdown, the handing over of policing to the Iraqis, and the subsequent score-settling of the Shias, that the violence has returned. But you go on hating if it helps you cope, mmmkay.

".......Probably thinks we should bomb Syria for freedom and stuff. Coz the rebels are all cuddly mockracy-loving Sunni and will pile into evil guy Bashar and kick some arse. Yeah." LOL, it is so ironic that the people who were all for intervention a few months back (when they knew SFA about the Mid East) have suddenly jumped to the fashionable conclusion that all the rebels are Sunni extremists (because they still know SFA about the Mid East). I'd explain some things to you about the country and its mix of people, but, going on your past posts, it really would be a complete waste of time. Maybe we can hope Oprah will do a special for sheep like you. The really tragic part of the current mess in Syria is that the carefully prepared political message that Assad is now the acceptable option is being so eagerly swallowed by sheeple like you, regardless of how the majority of Syrians seem to want neither Assad nor the Sunni extremists, they're just caught in the middle. Enjoy your stupidity, it's going to last all your life.

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Re: Evil Auditor Re: Re incoming cruise missiles

".....I can see the point of fighting mortars or even enemy drones. But in the hopeless and futile wars in which the USA currently and in the future engages....." What, like Iraq, where the Allies sorted the major insurgency and put a balanced political system in power, only for the Shia to get greedy and stuff it all up? You must have missed the news where the surge and the Anbar Awakening took care of the worst of the problems (that and kicking Moqtada Sadr's arse twice). Maybe you meant Afghanistan, where the Taleban and chums hide in caves in a minority of the country and the majority is under relatively stable and peaceful rule (well, until Kharzai screws it up again). You seem to be mistaking the inability of Muslims of difference sects to live peacefully together for a Yank military problem.

".....incoming cruise missiles etc are rather unlikely to happen....." Rubbish. for example, Iran and China are some of the largest suppliers of weapons to the terror groups the Yanks have been fighting, and the Iranians and Chinese have always given their latest weapons to those terror groups. Hezbollah is an example of how Iran has already given drone tech to a "partner", and during the Iraq insurgency the Iranians gave their latest IED and anti-tank missile tech to the Shias. To close your eyes to the chance of future "guerrilla" groups having cruise missiles, a tech Iran and China have been working on for years, is just to demonstrate how the chip on your shoulder blinds you to the obvious.

"......Are they still trying to fight guerrilla with cold war big army tactics?" Cold War tactics were major tank battles over Europe, not defending bases against "insurgent" mortar attacks. Please go borrow a clue.

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".....Except in Afghanistan, where they've been driving up the kill range to over 2Km......" This is not a defensive system for small positions but for major bases, which may be many miles across. If the enemy can already fire safely at you from 2km then he won't be bothering with mortars, he'll be machine-gunning you (which is what the Talebints have been doing, not sniping with anti-armour rifles). Moving any form of rifle or MG into range of a major US base is a suicide mission as they have radar and sound direction tracking gear (works on the supersonic soundwaves produced by the bullet) that will pinpoint the position of a sniper very quickly.

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Snowden: I'll swap you my anti-NSA knowhow for asylum ... Brazil says: Não

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Can't really blame him for trying.

After all, I wouldn't like to go from sunny Hawaii and a top-dollar job to working the helldesk in Moscow in mid-Winter! I'd certainly be hankering after some Rio beach time and some salsa action! Shame for Snowdope that actions have consequences....

His value expired when he admitted he had given all his docs and control of them to Miranda's sugar daddy, now Snowdope has nothing left to bargain with and offers nothing more than heat from the States for any country willing to shelter him. Silly boy!

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Resellers, distributors - your countdown to oblivion starts NOW

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Er, yes and no.

The cloud is not going to kill all the distributors and resellers for a few very simple reasons.

Firstly, whether company X has two-hundred employees in a private system or two-hundred in a cloud system, each still requires a whole lot of kit to be productive. Whether it's inhouse desktops or even tablets connected to the clouds, they still need at minimum a consumption device (tablet) or a production device (laptop or PC). And with such devices comes opportunities for device management, roll-outs, training and reconfiguration. Networking is still going to be required, probably even more so if you go for a cloud solution. And then you have the exchange of data between different classes of devices such as tablets and smartphones, all requiring clever software and hence skills most companies do not want to employ a full-timer for but want on an as-and-when basis.

Secondly, not every business will go 100% to the cloud anyway. Many are looking at hybrid public-private clouds, which still leaves many opportunities to sell kit, services and solutions for inhouse work. And then there are the services to help companies move in or out or between clouds - it's relatively easy to migrate an Exchange/Outlook instance to Office365, but what do you do if you're one of those suckers that bought Domino/Notes? If your core app is on an IBM mainframe how do you stick that on AWS? And what about the years of data you have stored away, do you even want to shift that archive into the cloud?

And thirdly, the cloud is made up of servers, networking and storage, just like ordinary companies' systems. If company X requires seventy Windows (or Linux) instances outside the cloud then they are likely to need the same amount of compute power in the cloud even if they are VMs. Cloud companies will still need to buy the kit to run that additional requirement, and whilst the big boys may go direct or build their own, plenty of other cloud service provides will still buy from resellers (and hence distributors) as it will still be the simplest, cheapest, surest and quickest solution. Sure, I could order twenty servers from Dell direct and wait weeks for them to arrive, or I can call a reseller and get them overnight from stock held at a distributor, and even pre configured with my special build. And not every company does have the inhouse skills to build every bit of the stack themselves, whether it is inhouse or in the cloud, meaning there will still be plenty of consulting opportunities.

And finally, because for exactly the same reasons the vendors started working with distributors in the first place - it costs the vendors to hold stock in different countries and run their own logistics, so they outsourced the problem to the distributors. And it cost the vendors to run large sales teams, so they outsourced that problem to the channel. And it cost the vendors to run large presales and consulting arms, so they outsourced that to the integrators and VARs. Sorry, but IMHO your prediction of the inevitable demise of resellers and distributors is more than a bit premature.

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IBM hid China's reaction to NSA spying 'cos it cost us BILLIONS, rages angry shareholder

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Que?

So, the fact that IBM shifted the lines it sold most units in to Lenovo, and other Chinese companies started making kit at prices much lower than IBM's, that had no bearing on the sales slump what so ever? I beg to differ. Then there's also the way Americans have questioned the use of Chinese products as "insecure" and liable to be backdoored - what, you think the Chinese would just take the insults lying down? The NSA line is just a convenient excuse for IBM's failings in the Chinese market. Have there been equivalent slumps in Dell and hp share?

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We MUST be told: How many Bitcoins do I need to kill a melon-head?

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Meh.

As I understand it, the maximum possible number of Bitcoins will be 21 million, and not that for a few years yet. That's simply not enough to run a digital economy, it will be just enough for the minorities (geeks and drug-dealers).

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Bitcoin cred boosted by $25m cash infusion into Coinbase

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Ah, venture capitalists....

.....never wrong with their Bubble 2.0 predictions, right? Er... Except with Pets.com..... Or Procket..... Or Amp'd..... Or Sun.....

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Bloke, 27, cuffed, charged over stolen selfie smut site UGotPosted

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Re: M7S Re: Nasty Blackmail @ rm -rf/

".....It's a bit like saying that if a burglar breaks into your garage....." Yes and no. Think of it more like when people advise you not too leave your car parked with valuables such as a mobile phone left inside and in view. Yes, it is still a crime for the thief to smash your car window and steal your phone, but it is COMMON SENSE to follow the advice and not leave your valuables on display. Prevention is often simply a better idea. Similarly, it is definitely a crime for using unauthorised access to someone's online estate to pinch their sexting pics, but surely it's common sense not to leave such pics in a place a hacker could get to them? I have no sympathy for people that get convicted for running such sites, but my sympathy for the victims is tempered a bit by the thought they were fudging stupid to have such pics in the first place.

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Sky broadband goes TITSUP ALL DAY, thwarts Brits' Xmas web shopping

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Re: Gordon 10 Re: My BE broadband has been crap on uploads for weeks

"....."Him - just logging onto your router"......" LOL, I would have just rode it out and claimed the iPad and printer were off earlier when you were investigating the error, then demand to know if they are saying their service is so poor it can't handle three devices.

Funniest overheard helldesk call ever? One of my mates several years ago use to do the switch installs for NTL on contract. Every site he went to he would setup the switches with the agreed admin logins which the NTL staff were supposed to remotely change later - apparently they never did. All these switch sites had a standbye landline with a modem for remote access if the main cable got sliced. One evening we were round a friend's and the NTL line was up and down like a yo-yo but the NTL support were insisting there was "no problem with the line, we can see your router". Cue my mate getting out his work laptop and GPRS card and being able to say to the support bod "Just logging into your switch...." It turned out someone had made some configuration edits and ballsed the switch configuration. The admin login had been left the same as it had been when my mate installed it a year earlier.

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Re: AC Re: I'm up

"Up for me, and my router has been up all day too. Maybe just a handful of exchanges?" Hmmmm, we're outside the M25 and I noticed it was very slow from about 10am until about 2pm. Quite strange performance as well - each time I loaded a new web page or downloaded a file, the download speed would start at 0.1Kbps and clock up in 0.1 increments every second until it got to about 160Kbps, then no higher. A bit after 2pm it went back to normal.

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French gov used fake Google certificate to read its workers' traffic

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Re: phil dude Re: how is this not illegal?

".....This behaviour is indistinguishable from the bad guys..." The difference is clear - the bad guys want to steal stuff or blow stuff up, whereas the Fwench authorities just want to intercept any coms from whistleblowers revealing how much treasury cash gets spent by Fwench treasury ministers and civil servants on their mistresses.

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Cheap 3D printer works with steel

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Re: M Blowhard Re: M Wail M Blowhard Now this is more like it.

ROFLMAO.

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Re: M Wail Re: M Blowhard Now this is more like it.

LOL, quit crying and just admit you didn't think it through. What does your zip gun fire, a .22? Not even a .22LR, I bet. Come back when you can 3D print a repeating weapon that fires a round actually more dangerous to the target than the firer, accurately and reliably, and for only a few hundred bucks. Until then you're just urinating into your namesake and trying to pretend it's smart being stinky and wet.

There are currently NO CONTROLS in the US or UK for purchasing the kind of lathes and drill presses that you could use to make a PROPER gun. I know because my Dad's old company used to have all the bits for making engine parts to order for out-of-production sports cars, and some of the machinery had previously been used during WW2 to make Sten guns. And that's the old, hand-controlled machinery, not modern CAD-driven lathes and presses. I know EXACTLY how hard and specialised the steels need to be used for such roles, and smelted kitchen cutlery is not going to do the job. Once again, you should have done a bit of research before posting.

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Re: Khaptain Re: Synthetic Polymers

"Let's see what happens when someone brings out a Synthetic Polymer printer. A la Glock.... Now that will be interesting." We'll, yes and no. If you mean for designing a "scanner-proof" gun it makes no difference in the West, airports and the like have switched to non-magnetic scanners to look for explosives hidden on the body, and those scanners will pick up a plastic gun just as quickly as a metal one. If you mean from the viewpoint of making guns easier to build, then you still need to fabricate a barrel and chamber out of a very strong material (usually steel) - the rest of the weapon can be made out of plastic mouldings or sheet tin folded into shape (receivers for AR-15s are commonly made from aluminium or plastic). I suppose you could make a low-pressure gun using plastic and black powder, but that's an expensive option in many countries when you can just go buy a commercial gun for a fraction of the price.

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To fel with you! There's an NSA spook in my World of Warcraft

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Re: Duffy Moon

".....Are they going to spy on every server? Every instance group? Impossible!....." You haven't been following how the NSA/GCHQ chaps work, have you? I bet there is either a back door built into WoW or their chat servers have been hacked to allow automated surveillance, so no need to have an actual warm body listening in to every conversation. I suspect the warm bods then get given target lists of guilds or individual players to get chummie with off the back of automated eavesdropping. For example, players joining European or US WoW servers from Pakistan probably go top of the list......

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