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Teen buys WikiLeaks server for $33,000 – with dad's eBay account

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Hypocrites

So, Dickileaks, a business that makes money out of encouraging others in stealing other peoples' copywrit and trademarked material and leaking it out (via a paywall), and from hyping secrets and conspiracy theories, but objects to others even knowing that they once used a box? And people like to think the only problem with Dickileaks is Assange.

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NSA slides reveal: iPhone users are all ZOMBIES

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Re: Синийeзеленый Dunce 55 Dan 55 Dan 55 The bottom line *so* far. @ Matt Bryant

".....No, you are Plump & Bleaty as you well know....." Oh, sorry, you and Dunce seemed so in-tune, I just assumed you were a couple, I should have seen it's just that you both get your spoonfeeding from the same sources. Maybe you're more familiar with a certain young chappie from Argentina (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-24089050)? Sounds like your kind of "liberty-loving" loser, as the BBC points out; ".....The young man lived with his father....." Congrats! You can go on a date with someone that doesn't live in their mom's basement, just their pop's hot tub. Hey, do you think maybe the big, nasty NSA had a hand in tracking down the little twa- sorry, "non-conformist"? Maybe some of your little friend's zombie farm - which I'm sure he was only using for high-minded and morally superior "non-conformism" - was on Petrobas's systems? Maybe Glen Greenwald could tell us if he wasn't running round in a fit of paranoia, throwing accusations Left and right in an attempt to ingratiate himself with the Brazilians to avoid any future Septic extradition request. Oh, what, you hadn't guessed that was why Glenny was suddenly revealing all these allegations of NSA spying in Brazil? Was no-one around to spoonfeed it to you?

"....The link works...." Sorry, but in Chrome, El Reg is not showing the whole link. I also checked in Firefox and the same. Oops, it looks like all your amazing knowledge of "interweb stuff" doesn't extend to cut 'n' paste.

"....Yes, that is true, you are correct. It just seems a great likelihood at the moment. At some point I expect some clear evidence to emerge....." So, we have the classic "you're right but I'm still going to live in denial" schpiel. Oh, sorry, I suppose you prefer to call it "living in hope" rather than denial, because you sooooooo want to baaaaah-lieve? I'll cut you a break - despite your inability to show any evidence to actually support your accusations, I would be surprised if the CIA, NSA and DEA and several other alphabet agencies in the US were not using espionage on their neighbours in Latin America. Thing is, I suspected so long before Glenny and Snowjob got busy trying to turn a dime out of it. Read on and you'll see why.

"..... I note you didn't dispute that your "Vigilance = NSA + GCHQ" admission of conformism...." Because it's not a admission of conformism, it's a statement of reality. Governments don't just spy on others for military information, but also for industrial information that can forecast economic behaviour. If we look at the alleged example of Petrobas, which currently props up the Brazilian economy with subsidised fuel, it is easy to see why the US might be keeping tabs on developments. Should Petrobas get into problems then it will lead to massive problems in the Brazilian economy, which is currently stumbling under the socialist pretensions so common in the region. Like Venezuela, Brazil has funded popularist socilaist programs - sorry, you probably prefer to call them high-minded, egalitarian, liberal reforms - through subsidisation based on oil. In Venezuela's case, they still have plenty of oil but still are seeing massive economic issues. Brazil does not have as big or easily exploited oil reserves. Should those socialist Latin American governments like Brazil slide into economic disarray then it has dramatic implications not just for US foreign policy but also directly for the US economy itself. Any collapse in the region's economies will reduce US exports, affect US companies' (and the US government's) investments in the area, and lead to an increase in migrants looking to flee to the US. Even worse, it could even lead to US involvement in possible Latin American wars. Frankly, I would consider it highly irresponsible of the US government if their agencies were not spying on those Latin American countries in an attempt to gauge the possible future impact on the States. In the same way as I would be actually annoyed if the UK's government were not keeping tabs on what our EU partners are planning (or hiding again, in the case of Greece's economic figures). Not all spying is for nasty, nefarious ends, some of it is just for better planning. Your problem is that you are so ingrained with the desire to baaaaah-lieve "US = evil" that you cannot grasp the realities of the global economy and political behaviour. Truly a sad, sad fail.

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Re: Синийeзеленый Re: Dunce 55 Dan 55 Dan 55 The bottom line *so* far. @ Matt Bryant

"Hey Plump & Bleaty...." Sorry, were you bleating to Dunce 55? Seriously, get a room.

"....,perhaps you would care to justify yourself to this gentleman ....." Well I would if you could put in a working link. But then again, what difference would that make, you pop up and deny reality with gusto wherever, so I will assume it is merely a post from an equally paranoid deluded, tinfoil-clad leftie, and dispatch it with the usual laughter. Don't worry, you get the link working and the debunking will commence.

".....And while you're at it, me too (same thread) cos it looks like Petrobras is getting tapped....." Correction - it is being claimed, nothing has been proven at all.

".....which of course is a commercial interest......." That received $2bn in 2009 from the US government, so it would be quite understandable if they might want to check if the money was being misspent even if it wasn't the buckling prop holding up the Brazilian economy (http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2013/09/09/of-course-the-nsa-should-be-spying-on-petrobras/) But, at this point, all we have is Glen Greenwald making a lot of noise and no meat at all. Even the Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/09/nsa-spying-brazil-oil-petrobras) admits there is no actual proof of anything other than Petrobas appearing on a slide alleged to be from the NSA. Please do try a lot harder, you're simply making this too easy.

".....conformism...." Always makes me laugh when those that blindly rebleat leftie blather and shrieking points then try and talk about conformism, especially when their bleats have been so thoroughly and regularly debunked.

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Re: Dunce 55 Re: Dunce 55 Dan 55 Dan 55 The bottom line *so* far.

"..... See icon......" Unfortunately, and despite many requests, El Reg has not seen fit to issue a Sheeple icon, of which you would be a shining example.

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Re: Dunce 55 Re: Dan 55 Dan 55 The bottom line *so* far.

".....The price of freedom is eternal vigilance and all that." Vigilance = NSA + GCHQ. End of.

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Re: Dan 55 Re: Dan 55 The bottom line *so* far.

Dan, all you are doing is stretching the limited evidence of IT COULD HAPPEN to say we should all run around like headless chcikens and insist IT IS HAPPENING. You have shown only one definitive case of it happening - Kim Dot Com - and not one single verifiable case otherwise, just capability. I have the capability to go out and murder everyone I meet, are you going to insist that it will happen simply because I have the capability? There is a massive difference between "could happen" and "is verifiably happening" - you, like all conspiracy junkies, have failed to prove the latter. Going by the statistical evidence of FISC warrants, I am more likely to be struck by lightning, win the lottery AND then be murdered than have my communications actually be listened to and analysed by the NSA.

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Re: Dan 55 Re: The bottom line *so* far.

"....show that the NSA's surveillance systems are monitoring the communications of American citizens...." They are not monitoring the coms of everyone, they are collecting, which is different. The data is then sifted to provide the eventual coms that are actually listened to and analysed. BIG difference.

".....The DEA has used this information to apprehend drug smugglers, then lied about it in court...." The DEA has been listening to Latin American drug gangs since the eighties at least, if you had to wait for Snowjob to tell you where the fudge have you been? And I'm not surprised the DEA would want to hide the details as doing so makes it harder for the drug gangs to counter them. DUH! Are you telling me you don't approve of drug gangs being caught?

".....The IRS has used this information....." Oh yes, the uber-boogeyman of the IRS, and Mr Schneir's proof of this claim is.... Oh, he doesn't have any!

And then we have the conspiracy junkies and vid pirates fave bleat, Kim Dot Com, which wasn't even a Yank case. So, in all that's one actual case, one possible case, and one unsubstantiated theory - so how many drug smugglers and copyright violators (and tax cheats) were arrested in the States last year WITHOUT the use of PRISM or any of the other NSA toys? The DEA made 30,476 arrests in 2012 (http://www.justice.gov/dea/resource-center/statistics.shtml#arrests), I suggest you consider the fact there is more than just a slight drugs problem and plenty of arrests not involving the NSA info happening, and you have been unable to provide conclusive proof of one instance. The IRS guestimates that about 18% of taxable income is not declared, which suggest there are a lot of people evading US taxs, but you are unable to provide one instance of one being caught through PRISM. The number of copyright infringements in the US involving the Internet probably was counted in the millions last year, yet you have one foreign case (who was of more interest due to his hosting info and apps linked to organised crime and malware groups). Five-plus billion people on the planet and you have less than three cases? LOL!

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Re: The bottom line *so* far.

Well, an upvote for at least paying enough attention in the article to make a sane technical judgement, but yo seem to have fallen asleep during the crucial part:

"....if the NSA wants to know everything you see and hear....." Trust me, the vast majority of you are of no interest to anyone.

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Shop-a-suspect web security system: 'We've helped cops nab 100 suspects'

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Re: Graypants Re: Graham Marsden Graham Marsden @Matt Bryant - MAtt 21 Wrong measure.

"Matt, do you really think such childishness adds anything to the (lack of) validity of your arguments?..." Well you sheeple only have yourselves to blame, your childish bleating insisting that Big Bruvva is watching you all the time, despite the evidence to the contrary, is - frankly - getting boring. Like I said, come back with some actual points rather than childish shrieking from under your tinfoil hat and you'll get an adult debunking. Until then it's just laughing and pointing.

"....I'll even let you get the last word in...." Ah, so - as expected - you failed to find anything actually relevant to contribute. Yeah, SL&P.

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Re: Graham Marsden Re: Graham Marsden @Matt Bryant - MAtt 21 Wrong measure.

"Oh dear, Matt, resorting to ad hominem attacks again....." Ooh, look, ickle Graypants has learnt some posh words! I wonder where he copied them from? Tell you what, you skip the pointless non-arguments and come back with something worth discussing and we can let you try conversing with the adults, mmmmmkay?

"....There are parts of London (and other cities) where it is virtually impossible to avoid being within range of CCTV cameras yet, astonishingly, crimes *still* happen in those areas!...." Yet the stats show crime has reduced in the areas with cameras, and not in the areas with cameras. Gee, I wonder if even a blinkered sheeple like you could come to a conclusion on that..... Guess not.

"....don't assume....you have the right to decide that we should be happy with it too." Don't worry, I'm not qualified to give psychiatric advice on how to treat paranoid delusions, which is the advice you really need.

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Re: Graham Marsden Re: @Matt Bryant - MAtt 21 Wrong measure.

Or could it be that crims are learning to avoid areas with CCTV... Gee, you can't think that, it would really put a massive hole in your bleating. Tell you what, since you have a hard time trying to think like a grown-up, go enjoy this other reason to keep CCTV cams running:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wT7zM8XgXQ

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Re: MAtt 21 Re: Wrong measure.

"We would know if cameras were a successful deterrent because crime would have dropped in areas which had cameras...." It has. Direct comparisons show criminals stopped commiting as many crimes in areas with CCTV and chose areas with less CCTV instead. This was proven waaaaay back as early as 2006, when crime rates in areas with CCTV showed dramatic declines - Berwick reported that burglaries fell by 69 percent; in Northampton overall crime decreased by 57 percent; and in Glasgow, Scotland, crime slumped by 68 percent. Please do try and explain those drops by any other factor.

"....This doesn't seem to be the case...." The Reg is using a very old report and set of stats (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/8219022.stm), and it does not refelct either the increase in effectiveness of police use of CCTV (70% of murderers identifed with the help of CCTV even back in the period mentioned). Sorry, it's just another irrellevant "fact" trotted out by the "anit-surveillance" sheeple at every opportunity, with no attempt to set the context or discuss the realities of the matter.

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Wrong measure.

".....Previous figures show that CCTV has so far been a spectacularly inefficient way to catch criminals, with one crime in London solved per 1,000 surveillance cameras....." But you'll never know how many criminals were deterred from committing a crimes by the presence of the very same cameras, and deterrence is still the best outcome for all involved.

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Amazon cloud goes down in Northern Virginia

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Re: Boo-boo?

"All Flickr members were informed over 24 hours ago...." It would seem, with so many jih-nah-lists queuing up to slate Big Cloud, maybe Amazon needs to start a PR exercise to also notify industry journos of downtime so they don't get overly excited in future.

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IETF floats plan to PRISM-proof the Internet

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IETF floats plan to PRISM-proof the Internet

Hahahahahaaaa! What, seriously? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!!

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That earth-shattering NSA crypto-cracking: Have spooks smashed RC4?

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Re: Duck Ar5h0le Re: Don Jefe OMG, the laziness!

".....Did it ever occur to you that the gubbermints have enormous libraries of digitized books at their disposal ?....." You obviously did not understand how a book cipher works. You have to have the exact edition of the book. You can have a library of millions of digitised texts, and even if you run the code by checking all the books, if you have the wrong edition of the book you still get back garbage. If the book is a translation of teh original you again get back garbage. The chances of the NSA having every edition of every book on earth in every possible language are simply silly, it would require more storage and computational power than even the PRISM project, many times over. Please try thinking before triping.

"....Mr Occam points to the last option." I suggest you stop talking to Mr Occam and loosen up the tinfoil.

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Re: Pottie Re: re: Why would we have known about it?

"...the NSA is is part of the American military...." Not quite. It is part of the Department of Defence and reports to the Director of Nation Intelligence, and has a military officer as head (the Director), but his deputy and the majority of staff are civillians, not enlisted soldiers, and do not hold military ranks. Indeed, the NSA is reputedly the largest recruiter of civillian mathematicians in the World. Legally, they are civil servants, not soldiers.

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Re: Don Jefe Re: OMG, the laziness!

"......So, what is wrong with a book cypher?" The first problem is letting people know which book you are using without telling those you don't want to know. That usually means you have to have some other form of secure coms first, such as a pre-arranged list of books for each date that is handed to you. The second is that your book "ages" - you only have so many options for many words in the average book, so you have to change books after a period to defeat statistical pattern analysis. Another problem is you really have to make sure you have identical books - even different editions from the same publisher could have different page layouts and wording. And the last big problem is if the listeners suspect you are using a book cipher and they capture a suspect with only one book in his possession then it's pretty much game over.

The availability of digital downloads of books on the Internet gets round most of the problems, especially as you can carry literally hundreds of e-books in one device or not even download the e-book until required, but does not get round the problem of the secure transfer of the initial list of books.

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Re: Otto is a bear re: Why would we have known about it?

"....Having been a liberal activist from the mid-seventies, and being at university during the three day week, I cannot think of any of my many friends of all political colours, and indeed serving military officers, of one who would have welcomed a military coup to solve the countries problems. In fact, I suspect it would have destroyed the country, and divided our military and police forces, as it would today....." Strangely, there were plenty of people that thought a military coup (and resultant civil war) couldn't happen in "moden" Spain in 1936, or even more modern Portugal in 1974, or the series of coups in the late Eighties and collapse into civil war in the Nineties in the much more modern former Yugoslavia. All involved splits in loyalty in the police and in the military. It may not have been welcomed, but if the course of events had led to a coup then it would not have been beyond belief that many serving officers and men would have followed orders in the hope of restoring order and a "better" economic solution.

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Re: Destroyed All Braincells Re: OMG, the laziness!

"..... I am disappoint." And your analysis of why a book cipher would be a bad option is..... Oh, you don't have one. This is my surprised face, honest.

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OMG, the laziness!

The anarchist skiddies these days are just too tied to their tech, they just don't have any imagination. Everything has to be done for them, preferably by some "clever" code. A simple look through history would show them a mere update of an ancient encoding technique would suit 99% of their needs as most of it is just sending their paranoid delusions in text. It's called a book cipher. Thousands of books are now available online in digital form meaning that they can still play with their computers, and with very large books you can usually find many possible options for each word you want to encode so you can avoid statistical and pattern analysis. You could encipher a whole website and only the readers with the source book to refer to could decipher it (in real-time if they have some "clever" browser code). The random nature of the enciphering means you can throw as much computing power as you like at it in vain. And with so many texts now available in digital form you can even change source books (keys) every message if required. The only problem for the anarchists is their reading is so limited they have so few options for source books. Just a quick warning for them - 300 copies of Mao's "The Little Red Book" being downloaded at once are going to ring a few alarm bells at the NSA.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

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Re: AC Re: Truth or consequences (Their rules DONT apply out of school!)

".....I'm QUITE sure what he did was illegal." You are wrong and seriously need to go read up on the rights of UK schools to exclude pupils for starters. You then also need to understand that the headmaster not only has the duty to protect his school's reputation from slander, he also has the duty to inform prospective universities of an applicant's behaviour. What the head did was completely legal. What Zaloom did was completely stupid. If you're going to play at little rebel then it's always best to learn the rules of the game before dropping your academic life in the toilet.

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Re: Pottie Re: @Ted Treen

All that ranting and all you basically said was "I baaaaaah-lieve left means automatically good, right automatically evil." Monumental fail.

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Re: Will Godfrey Re: Late to the party

".....How can anyone justify a deliberate attempt to ruin a youngster's life?....." How? Zaloom seems to be the one responsible for ruining his own life by (a) being stupid enough to thumb his nose at those with the power to make him suffer, and (b) being too much of an under-achiever to get the grades he needed anyway, and (c) by indulging in an ego-stroking vent online in the stupid belief that support from his fellow underachieving anarchists will somehow compensate for his own failings. But then the whole idea of taking responsibility for your own actions does seem quite foreign to many of the posters here.

"....The headmaster should not only be removed, but should undergo a medical examination....." Why? He was doing his job - protecting the reputation of his school and warning a uni of a potentially slanderous troublemaker. Going by your previous posts, it seems that you consider Zaloom automatically correct because he shares your failed ideologies. I'm betting you wouldn't be condemning the headmaster so quickly if the head had warned the uni that Zaloom was an EDL member and had a website full of criticism of the school for not implementing Fascist schooling doctrines.

".....He sounds dangerously psychopathic to me." I suspect you had problems of your own at school and blamed them on everyone else but yourself?

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Re: swissrobin Re: Truth or consequences

"Actually, the university is very unlikely to give a flying F word." Actually, not so. All unis in the UK operate in a sort of beauty contest to get students to apply to them, so do not want a "bad review". So for them it would be a risk taking on a known troublemaker with a history of dissing his previous places of education, especially as Zaloom's rantings seem completely unfounded.

And before you bleat on about "Fascist", etc., such bad reports from headmasters have been happening for decades. I myself was in a similar position to Zaloom - I was not the best behaved of pupils and twice came close to expulsion for "bringing the school into disrepute", and was told at one of my uni interviews that my old head had passed on a bad reference. In my case I got better grades than I required so it wasn't an issue, but looking back I can now understand why my old head passed on the bad report, and why my uni interviewer gave me a stern warning that such a bad reference could affect both my educational and business futures. I suspect the difference will be I learnt my lesson.

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Re: Dumb Paul Re: Actions speak even louder than words!!!

Thanks, I just emailed to congratulate them. Can you also post Zaloom's details so those that disagree with his point of view can pass on their disapproval (of course we won't harass him, not that you meant to harass the school, right?).

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Re: YAAC Re: Anarchist?

"....We spend billions on education to prevent individualism this school obviously failed to stamp it out." Has no-one else noticed the irony of the wannabe anarchists applauding the "individualism" of this dropout mindlessly rebleating the dribblings of other failures?

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US military: 'Help us build the ROBO-WARFIGHTER OF THE FUTURE'

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Re: Chris G Re: Skin

".....plus 100Kg of batteries half of which will be needed to power the motors to carry the batteries." Actually it's more likely to be some form of small combustion engine cum generator and probably hydrogen cells. Batteries are simply too heavy and don't provide enough power for long enough. A small stock of batteries for silent operation, but the rest of the time cruising on hydrogen.

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Meh, an armoured HUMVEE will be cheaper.

The problem with all these supersuits are they end up too bulky to be used in urban warfare, where we spend a lot of time on "peacekeeping" duties. It's no use having oodles of gadgets if they don't fit through a doorway, in which case you might as well just leave the gadgets in the HUMVEE you used to travel between urban targets, where the armour protects four or more soldiers at once, all with current vehicle tech. Same then goes for non-urban warfare - if you can stay inside the HUMVEE (or Bradley, or Abrams) and kill the enemy from a distance then why dismount? The real onbjective should be to send a better drone to look for the bad guys, no need to even put fleshies in harm's way. I know Spec Ops is seen as a having special needs (LOL!) but the SAS have shown for decades that the most important bit of kit is between the soldier's ears, not in his hands. Without the scale offered by general deployment, supersuits will stay an expensive dream, IMHO.

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Re: If I were a real spoilsport..

"....,Sun filtering glasses to allow the navigation stars to be seen during the day (not joking about this. Both the SR71 and B2 employ astro-nav systems good to, in theory, 6m)....." Both fly above cloud when using the astro-nav systems.

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Assange fails in bid for election to Australian Senate

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Re: Lars Re: A small miracle.

"Who wants to change a sofa for a seat, anyway." A$$nut, obviously, seeing as the sofa comes with no out-door walks and limited opportunities for ego-stroking chats how appearances.

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Re: Richard 26 Re: The best thing to Come out of the election

"So, ideally suited for a career in politics, then?" Not really as the key skill required is the ability to hide your flaws, not parade them out for all (voters) to see.

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EMC rolls out next generation of hot VNX models in Milan

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Re: AC Re: EMC Benchmarks: Always Read The Small Print

"The EMC Benchmark certainly does look impressive...." Nah, the boyos from one of the Nimble resellers are currently my fave benchers. They seriously confused a business manager by telling him that an array not being all flash was so last year, etc., and provided an all flash array benchmarks for a project that required iSCSI delivery to remote offices.....

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'Peeping while you're sleeping' NSA parody T-shirt ban BACKFIRES

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Re: BongoJoe Re: Bloody Nora!

"At thirty dollars postage to the United Kingdom, I think that I will give this cheeky item of merchandise a miss..." Well, you could always take a screenie of the shirt, edit it in Photoshop, then take it down your local printing shop and have them apply the text and logo bits to a t-shirt for you. It's not like the t-shirt company can claim trademark infringement if they're in infringement themselves.

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Thumbs-up.

"The only part of the government that actually listens" - now that is good!

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Tor traffic torrent: It ain't the Syrians, it's the BOTS

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Re: yakitoo

".....Can't think who would possibly want to do that though." How about China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, or even the Fwench? Oh, sorry, did that get in the way of your one-country fixation?

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It's the software, stupid: Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch bags big apps

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Re: AC Re: I must be too old

"because I think this new hype about smarwatches is just that - hype and....." Yeah, but I'm much more likely to use a smartwatchphone than be a Glasshole, especially if I'm doing something like jogging or cycling when I don't want my phone falling out of my pocket and breaking. Pair it with a (discrete) Bluetooth headset and enjoy not looking a total nerd.

Of course, one of the smaller Andorid phones, something the size of the old HTC Wildfire S, mounted in landscape mode on a wrist strap is even better and a whole lot cheaper, and has a far better screen.

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Barnes & Noble knock Nook slate down to £79

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Re: JimmyPage

"If only it had Bluetooth". It does, version 3.0 according to the spec. I have a friend that has played with Cyanogen a lot and I know he has rooted an HD Nook and uses a Bluetooth headset with his.

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AT&T helping US drug cops in 'vast, troubling' phone snoop scheme

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Re: @Matt Bryant - Smart move, splitting the opposition.

".... they should have included Kiddie Fiddlers and Terrorists because we "soft liberals" are so dumb...." They already did and you anarchists didn't bat an eyelid. This new tack is obviously aimed at soft liberals, not dumb anarchists.

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Smart move, splitting the opposition.

So, no-one noticed the timing on this leak? No-one noticed it wasn't a Greenwald-Snowden leak but came from "other" sources? This is a clever attempt to split the opposition to eavesdropping by showing it being used "for good". Many of the soft liberals that were upset by PRISM will hesitate to condemn the use of similar tech against drug dealers and their gangs. The anarchists will continue to shriek and bleat but they'll suddenly find themselves without as vocal support from the liberals.

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Snowden journalist's partner gave Brit spooks passwords to seized files

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Re: Judybleats

"....feel free to just skip over that sort of moral argument...." So, having lost all the legal arguments, having run out of dubious half-truths, and having had all your "factual" points thoroughly debunked, you retreat to the fact-free "moral" argument, the last stand of the discredited.

"....But basically, if lots of people complain that it is wrong, then , normally, it's wrong...." You mean just because you noisy 0.099% think you're right the rest of us should just go with what you say? Sorry, think again. TBH, get over yourself.

"....Keith Vaz, David Davis, Nick Clegg, Yvette Cooper...." AKA, Keith-Rentaquote-Vaz, David Not-fair-I-want-to-be-the-Tory-leader Davis, Nick No-I-want-to-be-the-Tory-leader-more-than-Davis Clegg, and Yvette We-couldn't-get-hold-of-Vaz Cooper? Wow, with those kinds of shining examples of heroism, you're a sure-fire for success - not. I'm quite comfortable in predicting the next election will be fought over real issues such as the economy, and not bleating points.

"....You appear to have ignored the fact that my argument has consistently been that they should have used appropriate laws, like the OSA, but chose not too because those don't allow for forced questioning....." You are ignoring the fact it matters not one jot. They could have stopped him under a Schedule 7 and - if they found half-a-kilo of coke up his rectum - still charged him with possession of drugs. The police do not have to ignore evidence of a crime that is different from the initial reason for a stop and search, be it an ordinary stop and search on the street or a Schedule 7. And, as already discussed, and completely ignored by you, it could be argued that the secrets would be of use to terrorists, therefore the original Schedule 7 stop was applicable. Keep denying it until you are blue in the face, it was all completely legal and very unlikely to change. Enjoy!

"....Well to some extent - they haven't even been charged with anything (yet), never mind convicted , so on the face of it why would you say they have Matt?...." Greenwald has in his possession secret material covered by the OSA, and whilst you may be so blind as to think he has done nothing wrong, it speaks volumes that Greenwald was too scared to go see Poitras himelf. Obviously he doesn't share your conviction that he wouldn't be arrested.

"....Has the little judge and jury inside of you already decided the sentence?...." It was you that was insisting they had not broken any laws despite it not going to court. I am pointing out that there are numerous articels on the Web from respected news sources (with legal teams, not bleating sheeple bloggers), that have pointed out that the stop was completely legal, and that Miranda was in breach of the OSA if he did have classified documents relating to GCHQ in his possession. Maybe you should try reading more than just IndyMedia?

"....What will you do if they never get charged, or get proven innocent?...." Well, seeing as the police are preparing a case, it looks like charges will be presented at least against Miranda shortly. At that point it will get interesting as Miranda is unlikely to volunteer to leave Brazil and return to the UK to face prosecution, so whilst he may never be convicted he will never be proven innocent, and will always be a fugitive from justice. Should the police find evidence in his data linking Patrois and Greenwald to the stolen docs then it gets real interesting - Greenwald spouting of about GCHQ is one thing, but Greenwald definitively linked to evidence is another matter. Again, Greenwald might not care too much from his Rio hideaway, but Poitras is in Europe and therefore vulnerable to an European arrest warrant. Whilst Merkel may be playing for votes in an election year, I doubt if she'll be willing to deny an extradition to the UK. But I bet you didn't want to consider any of that.

"....What about the spying on the embassies, UN and stuff Matt?...." Shall we wait to see if a case ever gets presented in any court? You know, with actual evidence presented. What was that about making yourself judge and jury? LOL, try again, lambikins.

".....So, unless David has dual nationality or handed over documents in the UK or associated crown territory, section 5 does not apply, he isn't an employee of the Guardian and is only handing documents over to Greenwald or Poitras, so the publication of the documents isn't directly connected to him...." All complete cobblers - he just has top be in possession of the material, full stop. And his couriering them between Poitras and Greenwald is definitely aiding in their illegal publication, so you fail again. The rest of your laughable attempt at rewriting the OSA is simply too stupid for words, but I have submitted it to the Plain English Campaign as an extreme case of complete gobbleydegook masquerading as an argument.

"....you might have a case if they hadn't taken all these documents off of him before letting him go...." That's like saying the police can't possibly re-arrest someone just because they had to release them before all the evidence was tested. Imagine if the police caught a known drug-dealer with a bag of pills, but couldn't get the lab results back on the pills before having to release him. By your argument, should the lab results later come back saying the tablets are Ecstacy the coppers would not be allowed to re-arrest and charge the dealer - what complete and utters bollocks! Please say you work in teh legal profession, for Bindmans maybe, and that you will be representing that other complete tosser Assange soon?

"....you show exactly part of one document...." Documents that prove my points. And you showed none at all. Face it, you lost again, Miranda got the lawyer of his arrangement if not personal choice (he delegated the choice to Greenwald). All your hairsplitting and denial does not change that simple fact, and does not stop me exposing the lie you continue to make when you claim the police did not let him have a lawyer.

"....The fact that one turned up would be hard to ignore once the diplomatic and legal thumbscrews come on...." What complete bollocks! Kendall was taken to Miranda within 40 minutes of having turned up unannounced and without the correct documentation, and "diplomatic and legal thumbscrews" had nothing to do with it. The Brazillians had been told politely and correctly of the legal matter and told to go through diplomatic channels (AKA, "go get stuffed"), and were busy sulking and huffing ineffectually, not even knowing who Kendall was! And Kendall's hilariously lackadaisical progress to Heathrow makes me wonder if Bindmans had employed thumbscrews upong themselves! ROFLMAO!

"....So, in this situation, someone as well connected as he is can't get a lawyer there for 8 out of 9 hours of the questioning, and the maximum is 9 hours, and according to you this is only to be expected on a Sunday, with the Airport being so far away etc...." That is what the facts show, and all you have are wild accusations and no facts to back up your bleatings. Fail! In fact, your whole diatribe and all your posts are simply fail throughout. At least you're consistant.

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Re: RobHib Re: @Matt Bryant - Re Andy Mc @Thomas 4 -- Does it actually matter?

"....there have been many martyrs throughout history....." Que? If you seriously believe Greenwald and co have any interest in martyrdom then I have some prime Florida river-side real estate to sell you! Greenwald's motivations are a lot more basic and monetary.

".....The fact remains that the security services are still left without the key....." So what? The prime aim is to stop the transfer of secret docs, so locking up all the people involved goes a long way towards that. It's also a powerful disincentive to others. You are forgetting that the NSA and GCHQ already know what's in the docs since they are their docs, what they want is to track down and arrest the people involved in stealing and distributing said docs. Tracking coms between them tells them all they need to know (conspirators' identities) without the need to decrypt docs. Once they then arrest (or stop under Schedule 7) a conspirator they can root through hiis or her data at their leisure. The ability to decrypt even a little of the docs for court evidence is a bonus, otherwise the authorities will settle for sending them to prison for several years at a time in repeat cycles until they do give up any keys. I bet the FBI are quite jealous of the UK police powers.

".....Even torture won't help them (expect to make them feel better of course)." Why do they need to torture anyone? It's kinda hard to be "an international journalist/film-maker/toyboy, tirelessly fighting the fight for the right" when you're locked up at HMG's pleasure.

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Re Andy Mc Re: @Thomas 4 -- Does it actually matter?

"The whole not knowing the encryption key thing doesn't help you if the security services believe otherwise...." Indeed, the law states you have to provide the key, and is not conditional that you are the originator or that you know it yourself, so if the encryption has been done by others you still have to convince those others to hand over the key or suffer the consequences yourself.

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"What does the UK charge him with?...." If he is in possession of material covered by the Official Secrets Act, regardless of how they came to be in his possession, then he is in breach of that law.

"....These files were not taken from any UK system, or within the UK, may not even be UK material, so I'm not sure how they can prosecute...." Go read the relevant Act, it matters not one jot how the material was stolen, just that you have it in your possession and are not authorised to have it in your possession. If you show intent to distribute it that makes it worse.

"....They can try some vague thing about making terrorism...." The terrorism angle was simply used to stop him, it will be the OSA used to prosecute. They could go the extra mile in court and, if they can show that Miranda and co knew the material would be of interest to terrorists and still distributed it, charge them with material support of terrorism, but they don't need to when they can go to town with the OSA charges.

"....Which might be why they didn't arrest him after their nine hours...." I would suggest that the volume of documentation meant they simply hadn't processed enough to charge Miranda with inside the nine hours, so they let him go whilst still examining the data. It seems they ahve found plenty since as they are preparing a criminal case.

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".....If you were mugged, would you be satisfied if your attacker escaped justice on the grounds that they only hit you, in some places they might have shot you?...." Yeah, so please show us on the doll where you were hit? Oh, you can't, becase no-one is interested in reading your delusional blatherings. You haven't been "mugged", you are just hapiilly living in some fantasy where you like to imagine you are just so gosh-darn cool and rebellious that the security services would consider you a top priority intercept target, when the reality is they have real fish to fry, not wannabes. Get over yourself.

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'Anonymous' to Reg hack: We know SEA leaders' names

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"....But nobody's actually named "Abdul"....." It's quite a common Muslim name, apparently it means "servant of the creator" (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Arabic_theophoric_names) and so would be the choice of the pious rather than ill-advised parent.

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Finally it happens: MAN BITES DOG - after stabbing himself

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"....we beat the yanks to it ..." I'm sure I read some article a few years back about a furious Swedish driver who was arrested for beating on a half-dead elk that he had driven into becasue "it had wrecked his car". True, I don't recall he was biting it, but as an exercise in stupid road rage it seems to have even the US example beat!

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".....Everybody I have ever known that took a swing at a cop....." It is becoming patently obvious that all your "opinions" on the police have been formed from mixing with the type of degenerate that regularly gets in trouble with the law. I bet those losers also had wonderful excuses for why they were commiting whatever crimes they were pursuing when the polcie caught them. My suggestion would be buy a clue and start mixing with a better type of person, there are plenty of them out there, the majority of people never having any cause to be arrested by the police.

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US gov preps sale of TOP SECRET disease research island

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"....Adrienne Esposito, executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment, warned: "It's most like riddled with contamination, and a thorough investigation needs to occur....." I'm almost tempted to ask whom exactly Ms Esposito considers "qualified" to investigate, but I suspect - going by her groups hysterical approach to fracking (http://www.citizenscampaign.org/campaigns/hydro-fracking.asp) - she'd have to loosen up the tin-foil a lot more to supply a coherent answer.

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United Nations to grill US over alleged NSA bugging of its HQ – report

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"....namely an article written by William Montgomery published online by the Jurist...." Which was not in your original post and you don't even provide a link to in your reply. Please try harder. Did you eman this article (http://jurist.law.pitt.edu/forumy/2008/08/arresting-radovan-karadzic-euphoria-and.php) which explains: "....The uniformed military and their civilian leaders were terrified that our troops would become targeted in a form of guerrilla warfare in Bosnia (pity that similar concerns weren't a factor several years later in the case of Iraq) and determined that there would be no "Mission Creep" which would keep them in Bosnia. This meant that the military narrowly defined its mission as only providing the overall security for Bosnia...." So US forces were not instructed to arrest Serb war criminals but to maintain the peace. Surely you should be celebrating that the Serbs eventually were presuaded to give up the criminals through diplomacy seeing as "blowing shit up" seems to upset your sooooo delicate sensibilities so much?

"....your posts suggest that you are awfully keen to have shit blown up...." Incorrect, I am railing against the built-in inefficiency and corruption that is the UN system. It is equivalent to having a street mugging where the police have to stop and ask the opinion of everyone on the street if they can arrest the mugger, with it only taking one friend of the mugger saying no to derail the whole affair and ensure the mugger escapes.

".... because you rail at length as to what's in the way of blowing shit up...." Again, incorrect, I am saying I don't belief the current suggestion of "blowing shit up" is actually going to benefit the Syrian people, it is simply you are too obtuse to understand that. The only way to completely ensure Assad does not use chemical weapons would be to destroy them all (technically very difficult, and possibly with dangerous collatoral damage and pollution threats to the Syrian civilians) or seize them by force (which would be a massive and costly military action). And that then leaves the question of whether any chemical weapons have fallen into rebel hands and do we do the same to them? None of which was being discussed in the UK motion, which was effectively asking for a "blank cheque" of military action (probably cruise missiles and bombing) to slap Assad with. The only other option I can see is getting Assad to allow UN monitors (probably Russian) to take over control of all his chemical weapons until the civil war is settled, with the threat of bombing if Assad doesn't agree. Shall we see if you can summon enough concentration to suggest anything other than more shrieking?

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