* Posts by Velv

1538 posts • joined 21 Jan 2010

So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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If you open offices/factories where white people tend to live then you'll tend to get white people applying for jobs.

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We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe

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"you cannot ask BBC to remove the actual news."

Yes, you can. You can ask them to remove anything. They are under no obligation to remove it unless you have a court order, but if you can provide a valid reason why something should be removed the BBC will consider your request.

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BT: Let us scrap ordinary phone lines. You've all got great internet, right?

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Legalese

I'm guessing the USO goes into more detail, but it is a Universal SERVICE Obligation to provide end users with a voice service.

Technologies have advanced and it may no longer be appropriate to restrict delivery of the service to a pair of copper of copper wires attached to a 50V battery.

Don't get me wrong, I have no desire to see BT get any more power than they already do. But at what point does it become advantageous to the country to update the USO. If, for example, BT we're going to provide the "voice" service to a new customer using a fibre connection at the same price instead of a copper connection, would we still be insisting on them laying copper too?

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US SaaS firm bows to Snowden concerns with UK-based datacentre

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Terminator

Like hosting it in Europe is going to make the slightest bit of difference to the Merkins rifling through it

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Privacy advocates descend on proposed domain name change

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Re: It's called DotCom for a bloody reason.

"I need to know you're a legit vendor whom has records on file where I can freely Copy+Paste them into the Police Report if need be"

I conduct commercial operations using a .com address. I only deal on referral, I don't advertise my services and I don't solicit new business from unknown parties. My business is registered with Companies House, there are several years of returns filed and on public record, and all contracts feature the company number of both my business and the client. There is ZERO requirement for anybody to use domain records to determine if I'm legitimate.

I can see a case where there needs to be able to trace the operation behind a domain, but that does not warrant the details being published openly to every malicious bandit out there.

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10 things you need to avoid SNAFUs in your data centre

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#11. Baseline before you make changes. Test it's working before you change it. Reboot, restart, power off/on or similar. You don't want the blame for a failed update because someone else has been messing with it before you.

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What is this river nonsense? Give .amazon to Bezos, says US Congress

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"...even though it is the world's longest and possibly most famous river and it runs through their territories."

General consensus is that The Nile is the longest, although there is no world governing body that performs the measurement. Peru and Brazil contest that the Amazon is longest using their own measurement criteria, but then we'd all have the longest if we could use our own measuring.

The Amazon is certainly the largest both by area drained and volume flow at its mouth.

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RBS sticks it to customers once again as IT woes continue

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Re: Consequence

Companies don't flag "missed" payments until you've had a reasonable opportunity to pay. Direct Debits (and other payments) fail on a daily basis for many reasons and it is widely accepted that the payer must be given opportunity to rectify any "failed" payment.

Typically a payment won't be flagged to Experian et al until it is at least 30 days overdue. There are exceptions (bad companies) who flag quicker, but the banks are generally not among them.

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Pirate captain blasts Google for its 'mystery' Chrome blob

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Re: So the problem seems to be that....

"People trust the open source lines because they can read them."

Which is great in principle, but everyone assumes someone else has read (and understood) the lines so nobody ever does. HeartBleed is a perfect example.

Open source *should* be more understood and less likely to be "malicious" than closed source. But the "trust" you place in open source software is only as good as the trust you place in the people who have peer reviewed the code. And you know who they are, don't you?

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Why is it that women are consistently paid less than men?

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Ask the wrong question and you will get the wrong answer. Or more specifically, ask a weighted question and you will get a weighted answer.

Comparing "jobs that men do" against "jobs that women do" and picking bricklayers against secretaries is clearly weighted by the different skills required. Why not compare bricklayers (men) with oil rig workers (men)? Skills are different so pay is different. Or Secretaries with nurses? Different skills, different pay rates. To get a fair comparison you can only do so if all other variables are eliminated, something almost impossible to achieve given the number of variables.

As an aside, here's an interesting article about comparing like for like:

http://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume1/v1i3/air-1-3-apples.html

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Re: He's got a point.

"now try getting a new mortgage. Freelancer? sorry, computer says nope."

That's not my experience. I had no trouble getting a mortgage from RBS having been freelance for only 5 months, the guy on the phone knew all about company dividends and just wanted to know my earnings as reported on my tax return. A friend had a similar experience with HSBC where they wanted the last three contract values. So I guess it's not just which bank, but which person in the bank you speak to, as its certainly not "computer says nope"

IPSE (the PCG of old) also have links with specialist providers who understand the freelance market.

Don't try ang get a mortgage the same week you quit your permanent job for freelance, but don't for one minute fear that being freelance will in any way restrict you.

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Would EU exit 'stuff' the UK? Tech policy boss gets diplomatic

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Re: “national measures” continue to entangle the single market

Ironically leaving the European Union and joining the European Economic Area would require the UK to join the Schengen Agreement, thus removing the border controls we currently enjoy as part of our opt out of our membership of the EU.

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'Right to be forgotten' applies WORLDWIDE, thunders Parisian court

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No no no no no no.

You only have to remove the SOURCE information (each instance of which will be in one country) and ALL the search engines will instantly comply (since the source has gone and the link is broken).

Had the Spaniard removed the mortgage default notice from the newspaper website then all of Google in all countries would no longer return the article (and the same for every other search engine).

If we believe people should have a right to have outdated information removed then it is that outdated information that should be removed, not some fudging of a search result. Or are we suggesting that just by throwing a cloak of invisibility over it the elephant is no longer in the fucking room?

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Re: rewriting history

The clue is in the question...

" who's court gets to decide something is libellous? "

A court. In a country. For that country. Now I get that not all courts around the world are equal, but given its 800 years of the Magna Carta today, it's vitally important to point out that in most civilised jurisdictions it is the people who make the decision based on the evidence presented, and nobody is above the determination of that court. It's not perfect, but it is generally fair.

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Unless you specifically request not to be redirected (/ncr (no country redirect)) then googles default behaviour is to work out which country you are in and direct you to the local service.

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Uber petitions page p0wned, thanks to textbook code

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The Bigger Picture

Its easy to laugh at simple screw-ups like this. And what's the harm. So some links were redirected to a different service, big deal.

Well it is a big deal. If Uber (and more importantly its parent) can't get the basics in place, have you really got confidence in how they handle your personal information, name, address, dob, CREDIT CARD. Or their "we verify every driver" claims...

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Fire, fire! Just move your data centre onto my lawn ... Oh rats!

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Power of Three

Exactly why anything mission critical needs multiple elements of resilience.

When your primary service fails and you kick into Business Continuity, your BC is now your Primary, so what's your new Businss Continuity plan?

The vast majority of businesses don't need to stand up that third data centre. But at the very least the plan must be written down and tested.

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Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims

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Re: A matter of trust

If only it were as simple as trusting everyone...

Trust is something that is built in levels, so it's not for employers to trust employees whole heartedly, it is to treat them with respect. Shops have obviously suffered from employees taking their staff discount to the extreme otherwise searching would never have started in the first place.

If searching is necessary, then it should be a formal part of the paid employee time and should be completed in a discrete and respectful manner. History has proven that not everyone can be trusted.

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Cops turn Download Festival into an ORWELLIAN SPY PARADISE

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Re: suprised nobody else got it yet

Automatic refund if you've registered, and the only way to get money refunded from the tag is by being registered (in the FAQ).

I agree there will be some who don't register.

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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Re: Why?

Correct, not everything NEEDS to be encrypted, but the vast majority of users are neither willing nor capable of making an informed decision on which bits should be. Taking a safety first stance, encrypting everything is (in theory at least) safer and cheaper for the public than trying to educate them.

The only caveat is that there should be an option to turn it off (an exception process) where it is proven that the encryption is detrimental to the service and not required. But I can't think of a public facing service that would fit into this category

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Paper driving licence death day: DVLA website is still TITSUP

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I don't see the problem

It was always going to get hammered in the first week no matter how big the infrastructure was made. And it's good to see the government keeping it British by giving everyone something different to complain about otherwise we'd still be bitching about the weather.

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The watts in a box that kept West London's lights on

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Re: Solution? RBMPG (Rodentia Based Micro Power Generation)

Your definition of the word many clearly differs from mine. Either Colin is the worlds oldest Gerbil or you've had more than one in those "many" years.

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"The lesson for anybody with a stake in their company's power supply was clear: make sure you've got a back-up plan in place and the utility or the boxed generator firm knows who they can reach if the lights do go out."

Really the lesson is to sit down and consider what eventualities might befall your business, them develop and TEST those plans.

Read the chapter on the New York Board of Trade in "Blueprints for High Availability" by Marcus and Stern. It makes you think not just about computers but the rest of it. How do you get your staff to a temporary office? How do you schedule their workload? How do you feed them?

Disasters happen every day, mostly to someone else, but you never know when that knock on effect will kick in.

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Voyager 2 'stopped' last week, and not just for maintenance

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Pointless Golden Record

Chances of intelligent life finding it in the next 10,000 years and not already knowing we exist? - practically zero.

We've been broadcasting our position for over a hundred years, electromagnetic waves travelling at light speed, which will be detected by intelligent life long before this physical heap of junk gets anywhere close (and I use the heap of junk term lovingly).

We're looking for intelligent life elsewhere by listening, so if we make the assumption intelligent life would be able to figure out the record and stylus then we can also assume they will have figured out how to listen for us too.

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Dre-stic measures: Apple Beats retreat from iTunes brand – report

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"It's understood that Apple Music will be pre-installed when iPhone customers upgrade their mobes to the latest version of iOS."

Yes, because pre-installing shit went so well last time....

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Oh, shoppin’ HELL: I’m in the supermarket of the DAMNED

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Shops in Scotland are now required to charge for bags to encourage customers to bring their own.

Select the "Use own bags" option and the till goes into lockdown until the attendant checks your bags are empty. Way to make for a "fast" checkout...

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Re: Some Dutch shops..

"The automated tills do this too, but you. have. to. feed. it. one. coin. at. the. time. which. is. so. slow."

Edinburgh Trams ticket machines are even worse. After the first coin goes in it blocks the slot until it's ready for the next coin. But you've already half inserted the next coin, which gets kicked out and falls to the ground, rolling down the nearby drain. Never mind. Only got to wait another 10 minutes for the next tram given you've spent so long trying to buy the ticket.

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Everything old is new again: Man mugged in New York, only this time for his Bitcoins

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Re: Please foregive my ignorance in this but...

Compare it to bank notes with serial numbers.

Chances are that at some point in your life you've transacted notes that were previously used in a crime. And used to snort cocaine. And been in a strippers G-String

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That was Charlie...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y3FnCiRpdQ4

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FBI: Apple and Google are helping ISIS by offering strong crypto

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Want to save 30,000 American lives every year?

Ban guns.

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New Firefox, Chrome SRI script whip to foil man-in-the-middle diddle

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"The Subresource Integrity (SRI) check is being developed by boffins at ..."

This is software code. Written by button monkeys. Button monkeys, no matter how smart, are never "boffins". Boffins wear white coats. I doubt the button monkeys know what a coat is.

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Apple recalls Beats speakers: Rap chap's crap batt rapped in zap mishap flap

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So who's about to sue apple this time? I bet Dr Dre isn't a real Doctor and some money grabbing Merkin will see an opportunity...

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Mass break-in: researchers catch 22 more routers for the SOHOpeless list

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Re: The old way

The public want a one stop box that gets the home online. The last thing they want is to have to choose and buy ANOTHER box to make it work.

I'm not suggesting this is the right thing. My VirginMedia cable modem is in modem mode and I run my own router. But like most readers here I'm a geek and can figure out what's required. Non geeks don't care - just make it work.

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Spoiling staff with toys could turn against your business

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Re: Don't treat users like children

Good security should NOT be as strong as the weakest link. Good security relies on multiple layers of protection so that if one layer fails there's backup layers that should prevent a major problem.

People fuck up. You may be trusted to handle the most sensitive data in the world, but there are numerous examples where someone has accidentally emailed daat to the wrong person, or any number of other leak vectors "put the wrong rule on the firewall, published to the public website instead of the internal website".

Then there's Snowdon. He was trusted having passed what is arguably the best security screening in the world (clearly it isn't). He got lots of data out.

So saying "I'm trusted so you don't need to do anything else" is clearly just stupid.

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Re: Disagree with blocking email on personal phones

1. Go into your corporate mail in your Native device mailbox

2. Look at confidential email

3. Select option "Save to Dropbox" or one of many other native options

Bye bye confidential data with no traceability whatsoever.

If the mail isn't sandboxed you've just lost all semblance of data leakage prevention.

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Dutch efforts to decapitate Pirate Bay could end up before ECJ

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Re: Interesting Whichever Way the Verdict Goes

99.9%* of the linked content on TPB is copyright infringing.

<1%* of YouTube content is copyright infringing.

Quite easy to determine which is a legal service and which is flying very close to the wrong side of the law as it's currently written.

*86.8% of statistics are made up on the spot, but you get the idea.

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Case for drone usage now overwhelming as Enrique Iglesias concert almost stopped

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I've Ben to Tijuana. Drones are the least dangerous thing he's likely to encounter!

And that's not even counting the Tijuana Zebras (SFW, but not much else about Tijuana is!)

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So, EE. Who IS this app on your HTC M9s sneakily texting, hmm?

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"It’s simply not correct to say that customers are not informed, it’s explained in the contract people sign."

Really? Just been through the T&Cs on the website and couldn't find it (although I didn't use a fine tooth comb, so I'm happy to be corrected, and if it's that hidden, it probably breaches the rules on fair conditions within T&Cs). Or perhaps there's a special contract for the HTC

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Woman dumps ultra-rare $200,000 Apple 1 computer in the trash

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"Apple 1s, which went on sale in July 1976 for US$666.66"

See, the clues were there from the start ...

</troll> tee hee

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NSA dragnet domestic phone records slurp halted after key spying powers lapse

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Big Brother

It's not like a small thing such as a law has stopped them doing whatever they want up to now...

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Strap-on fiddle factor: We poke ten Apple Watch apps

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I have a Pebble and I love the notification on my wrist. I was looking for an excuse to give an iWatch consideration and I have to say none of these watch apps have sold it to me. If these are the best uses then I'll keep my iWallet in my pocket.

As an aside however, Hours appears to answer an app question I was going to need to research, so I'm now giving that a try. So it wasn't a waste of an article

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Man sparks controversy, fined $120 for enjoying wristjob while driving

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"Ever been to Quebec? OMG."

Surely not OMG. OMD perhaps if it's Quebec

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Health-snoop bangle vendor Fitbit hit with Jawbone sueball

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Tut tut tut. Should have had a no-poach agreement in place between the companies to prevent employees being poached.

</sarcasm>

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SME IT contracts? That's the last thing Whitehall wants – report

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Re: Wierd logic

Governments, and many other extremely large enterprises tend to prove that the economies of scale does actually break down once you get too big. We've seen plenty of projects be just so big that they self-implode before delivering anything useful. Service contracts can be similar.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: It would actually explain the dragons

Unicorns once roamed the Glens of Scotland hence its the national animal.

They must have roamed the Glens, the proof is on the coat of arms, something that's been handed through the Scottish Royal line since the 12th century.

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Re: In defense of the Americans

"You have to at least respect their honesty."

You put . (PERIOD) on the end when you should have put three ... (ellipsis).

Or perhaps a sarcastic smiley

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Grand Theft Auto maker lobs sueball at BBC over biopic

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Re: Off topic: Need London again.

London? Didn't you see the Edinburgh Trams references?

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Daisy Group offers to gobble Phoenix IT Group for £133m

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Call me cynical, but I foresee the next e2e type business failure on the horizon. e2e got very acquisitive until the customers dried up...

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Hacker launches ransomware rescue kit

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Re: Amusingly...

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.

Amazingly how common so many businesses are open like this.

Lock it down and all the users do is complain how much it "stops them doing their job". Infection causes a service outage and all you hear from the users is how much it "stops them doing their job and why weren't we protected against this".

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Rand Paul stages Senate filibuster against Patriot Act

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Re: My theory on supporters...

"In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king"

Much as I can understand your cynicism, it's much simpler. The elected representatives will have very limited time to conduct their own research across every topic under discussion, and contact with a limited set of "advisors" on each subject. It's very easy for those advisors to spin the agenda in their favour, increasing the perception of threats and hence the perceived need for surveillance.

It's a bit like religion. When people can't read they rely on the preacher to tell them what the book says. Once they can read, it's much easier to question the content and challenge the preachers interpretation. Power is everything, so keeping the proletariat uneducated is one way to retain power.

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