* Posts by FormerKowloonTonger

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Top US privacy bod: EU should STOP appeasing whiny consumers

FormerKowloonTonger
Meh

Security Bickering Is Lethal.

Our mutual problem here is that our mutual enemy, our Muslim terrorists within our midst, are out to slit our throats, literally, not simply "moderately".

They're using our Internet to plan and organize this butchery.

Shouldn't the Internet be mutually monitored closely to see just who is communicating with whom, exactly what they're saying in their languages, and just where they are?

My complaints that my pictures of my record shattering penis and testicles will be observed by the GHCQ and posted all over their monitors everywhere are "private" are just silly once I've clicked "Send". Even if they're encrypted.

Nothing on the encrypted/unencrypted Internet should be out of reach of those seeking messages between Muslim terrorists during this time of open War.

We must decide on blanket observation/monitoring between all countries, or none at all.

There simply is no partial solution to finding Muslim terrorists. It's either/or.

So, we must recognize that our mutual Wartime/warlike Muslim enemy has altered our conventional wisdom on Internet communications without asking our permission.

Our mutual Muslim enemies are using us; and using our bickering among ourselves to their advantage.

First, though, we must all agree that we're literally at War with these Muslims.

Don't they remind us of this on a daily basis?

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Facepalm

Say "NO!" to what, exactly?

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Ad agency Turn turns off Verizon's zombie cookies

FormerKowloonTonger
IT Angle

Nasty On-Line Data Manipulators, The New Alchemists?

Pretty clever, eh? This turning of our individual data-clicks into countable and bankable pounds and dollars, eh? That's a big 'effing' mass privacy violation. [Vigorously defended, of course]

Hmmmm, then why not let's apply this technique [these techniques] of users' clicks towards identifying the traffic routes of Muslim terrorists and their prospective agents? Channel this valuable technique to save human lives at future kosher markets and at courageous publications' sites?

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Just WHY is the FBI so sure North Korea hacked Sony? NSA: *BLUSH*

FormerKowloonTonger
IT Angle

Parallel Privacy Invasion, or Not.

Meanwhile, on the other side of our World, I ran across this from the excellent website, PJMedia, an article by one David Steinberg dated 19Jan2015:

"Facebook Terror: Now-Arrested Jihadi Taught U.S. Jihadi How to Attack American Schools

An Indian newspaper publishes the transcripts, a lesson in online jihad outreach."

"An Indian newspaper publishes the transcripts, a lesson in online jihad outreach.

January 19, 2015 - 10:19 am

Just posted at MEMRI (subscription required, shared with permission): late last year, an Indian jihadist was arrested for his involvement in planning an attack on schoolchildren attending the American School in Mumbai.

The jihadist’s Facebook page was being monitored, and he was caught recruiting a willing U.S.- based jihadist to undertake a similar attack here." end paste.

The dialog is in a rather stilted English translation, but the meaning is quite clear.

Go ahead, read it. Maybe they're only "moderates", eh?

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US and UK declare red-team CYBER WAR – on EACH OTHER

FormerKowloonTonger
Devil

Re: Glad we are focusing on the right things ...

More longer sentences, puhLEEEZE.

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New Snowden leak: How NSA shared 850-billion-plus metadata records

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Re: Moment of nostalgia

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"......a massive increase in the metadata the NSA was storing. The date, time, duration, called number and calling party – "

Note:

But not the content of the calls.

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Prez Obama snubs UK PM's tough anti-encryption crusade at White House meet

FormerKowloonTonger
Holmes

Re:

"The companies themselves have all sorts of interests, but one of those interests is they don't want to be the platform that becomes safe for terrorists to talk to each other and plan appalling outrages on."

I'm not so sure about the practical efficiency of that statement. How to prevent just that? How can the likes of Facebook and Google not "want" to be a safe platform for anybody? That's the very nature of their business. Those two conflicting interests are butting heads. What will Facebook and Google and their ilk do for revenue/income if they hamper unfettered access to their "platforms"?

How to pick and choose who is "safe" to be a user of their technology? How to choose when to deny access, or GASP!, how to allow the GHCQ access to their data? How to write the in-house protocols outlining the degree of cooperation deigned to be granted by them to anyone?

Did Google and Facebook help with locating the Muslim terrorists in Verviers and Paris? If not, and if they partitioned [is that the correct term?] off their data, then they become accessories to this Muslim terrorism, and deeply complicit.

Lots of righteous smug certitude needs to be punctured......without losing any votes for the next election.

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Paris terror attacks: ISPs face pressure to share MORE data with governments

FormerKowloonTonger
Meh

Re: @G.D.

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"What happened in Paris is not something one would wish to happen to anyone and many people can look at that (and other such attacks) and see themselves or their loved ones there - what if that was my wife/son/father/friend?"

But those anguished folks aren't the one's who're blowing up buildings and shooting non-Muslims.

Our Western Civ, philosophical meanderings will not defeat our butchering Muslim enemy. Nor will futile reposte-snark and ill-advised humor.

Our Western Civ. philosophical meanderings are rendering us very vulnerable right now. Our problem is learning how to apply our Muslim enemy's tactics and strategy against our Muslim enemy.

Neville Chamberlain seems to be, retrospectively, the epitome of gentlemanly, impeccable Western Civ.

Alas, that didn't serve us very well. So, the previously reviled Winston Churchill was finally sought after and became elected. Then ignominiously defeated in election while he was at Potsdam with Truman and Stalin. [Bless him, did he think then, "You're welcome"?]

Churchill's acerbic wit was/remains lightyears away from the limp humor you advocate and which we see so much of here.

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Re: @G.D.

It's the snappy, snarky, faux-witty comments such as this which betray the generalized emotional youth, immaturity, and inexperience in the World beyond the keyboard and screen of most of the audience here.

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Re: They already had the info and did nothing

This pasted quote needs to be repeated out loud, very slowly, at every opportunity, heavily emphasizing the "all".

"We all need to do our bit."

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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Re: The muslim scum

No.

The passive vast majority of muslims must also be held to account for the actions of their barbaric co-religionists as long as they all read from the same Koran and claim to be observant muslims; that single Koran which requires all infidels to be killed.

The 'vast majority' must not be allowed to put on long faces, stand around and utter clucking sounds of "concern".

They are complicit as long as they call themselves observant muslims.

Of course, they're caught in a Catch 22 because then they become 'apostates' who must be killed.

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IT Angle

Limited Hypocrisy? Hypocrisy, Ltd.?

'Anonymous" is stepping onto slippery, sloping hypocritical territory here. [or, more likely, maybe they couldn't care less, if it brings headlines]

Does 'Anonymous' know better than GCHQ and the Surete' how to deal with muslim terrorism using the Internet as a vehicle for their probing?

Also, one can bet that Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's chair-seat is heating up a bit, especially with having a name like his, being faced now with this minefield of 'Rights' to be explored in the tangled context of muslims having the 'right' to enforce their koran dictated 'right' to blow up people and offices they have a grievance with?

Stay tuned. This is just the elastic start of Hypocrisy Central.

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Zuckerberg asks the public to tell him where to go in 2015

FormerKowloonTonger
Holmes

A very welcome set of comments from Bill Gates as a matured [repeat that word "matured" slowly] social awareness I.T. man who's applying his great wealth towards helping out with concrete practical efforts towards our worldwide and desperate public health problems.

Contrasted starkly with those crass, fleeting clicked "likes" of posted inane comments manipulated into a cash flow by that admittedly brilliant but shallow "hoodied" one.

Talk about being "used", and the pimping, pumping of adolescent egos for purposes of using others' for cash - - - like, please, like, get real, and 'un-like' that Zucker-man. He's only interesting as a subject for research.

Maybe in a couple of decades we'll see some maturity from th' hoodie-trademark, maybe not. So he was "awesome" to some selected young Chinese for publicly commenting in Mandarin, kudos for that. Brilliant PubRel.

Otherwise, phooey, there seems to be no substantial "there" there with Zuckerberg.

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Microsoft, rivals together fight US govt's cloud data snatch

FormerKowloonTonger
Holmes

Providers: Heal Thy-Selves.

Perhaps ALL of the World's internet search providers could be charged with being complicit if their "engines" hold data which can prevent further death and destruction instigated by our common Muslim enemy? ....and such data was held back?...in the name of "political correctness"?

The Muslim tactic of "Lawfare" should be turned against those same Muslims who deny our right to live. Right now that seems also to remain "politically incorrect".

Tell that to the people who jumped from the windows the World Trade Center rather than be burned to death. They're the ones who made their tortured decisions.

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Judge OKs $450m deal to end ebook price-hike row. But Apple just won't let it die

FormerKowloonTonger
Holmes

Please explain this curious statement:

".... but nothing is impossible in the wacky world of the American legal system."

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SECRET U.S. 'SPACE WARPLANE' set to return from SPY MISSION

FormerKowloonTonger
Facepalm

Here We Go Again.

AHhhhh......that paragon of in-depth [spacious-specious] reporting opines:

"This potential capability might be the reason why the X-37B was dubbed a "space warplane" by Iranian state media channel Press TV."'

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I've got a new Linux box, how does it work... WOAH, only asking :-/

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Re: Desktop?

What a load of studied gibberish.

Is there an Authorized Version?

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

FormerKowloonTonger
IT Angle

Re: Funding

The "Guardian" is probably giving Snowden a pretty generous stipend. He's still worth a lot of publicity for the Guardian. Besides, if Snowden is indeed so smart, he's probably learning Russian and will doubtless be very useful to the Russians, indefinitely. He's certainly a propaganda coup so far, for all involved, the "Guardian", Gruenwald, and doubtlessly Putin and his staff of writers. Lot's of cash passing to and fro'.

Snowden's persona [the bastard] as far as we've been able - or led to believe - or to divine it from th'media - doesn't seems to lead to alcoholism. Good to be wrong here, tho'.

The real mystery is the brain chemistry which leads these Philbys and these Snowdens to do as they do.

We can't ever know if "it was worth it" for them.

Such a permanent, unyielding price to pay for idealism.

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FormerKowloonTonger
Devil

Re: William Donelson

Pls explain "blowhards".

[Promising now to stop.stop.stop.stop. ]

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Devil

Re: William Donelson

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"You mean his pole dancing....", did the writer here imply a synonym for "Trouser trout"? As I said, endless possibilities here for us prurients.

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FormerKowloonTonger
Devil

Re: William Donelson

Maybe they'd welcome you as a co-believer in a threesome?

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FormerKowloonTonger
Devil

This comes under The Register's "Inquirer-Rolling Stone" subheading. But I love their punning headlines and double entendres. "Trouser snake" should get a Pulitzer. Endless possibilities there. [titillating?....OK, OK, don't throw any more shoes...am straightening up.]

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ROBOT TROUSER SNAKE stiffens to master slippery mounds

FormerKowloonTonger
Devil

Looks like a used, wrinkled condom to me.

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Devil

Aaannnnnndddd, with their very own snake-in-their-trousers. Everybody's getting out their tape measures.

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Spies, avert eyes! Tim Berners-Lee demands a UK digital bill of rights

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Re: Inspiringly enough...

What's manic about celebrating a steady, solid and major foundation of Western Civilization?

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IT Angle

Re: It is not my own government I am most worried about.

Well said, but those of the mindset we're reading here are wearing blinders and are squinting through their tunnel vision. Or, if women, they're squinting through the eye slits in their black shrouds.

That's why I mentioned Bletchley. If alive then, they'd be concerned about the rudeness and prying of reading the Nazi German military codes, even if the safety of whole cities depended upon accurate translations. That'd be a violation of Nazi's freedoms.

There's no denying the major cultural problem, a murderous problem.

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IT Angle

Re: @FormerKowloonTonger Lest We Forget.

Well said.

The consensus here is to grant carte blanche to our penetrating Muslim enemy [ who're reminding us non-muslims daily that they are indeed our enemy] while we just stand by all in the name of a blanket-all-encompassing 'Freedom', is simply delusional when our oriental muslim enemy aren't able to conceive of the concept of occidental 'Freedom'. They laugh at that concept. Just read their Koran. Our thought processes simply aren't the same.

Maybe those here so earnestly-smugly saying there is no muslim threat should remember Rotheram, South Yorks. If they indeed admit we have a muslim threat but, oh dear!, we mustn't read their emails; then that's opening a door to mayhem. An obstruction of generalized freedom of muslims to rape children of both sexes and slit our throats in the street.

Here's a partial example of muslim "entitlement" pasted from The Mirror:

"Monsters: Zafran Ramzan, Umar Razaq, Adil Hussain, Mohsin Khan and Razwan Razaq

Raped, beaten and abused by paedophiles, child victims of the vile monsters deserved the full support from the authorities whose job was to protect them.

But social worker chiefs, police and council bosses ignored their plight - leaving the perverts free to continue their reign of terror for 16 years – targeting 1,400 youngsters as young as 11, a report revealed today.

Instead, the victims were treated as “undesirables” and reports of the abuse were “swept under the carpet” because staff feared being labelled racist as most of the attackers were Asian

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/rotherham-child-abuse-scandal-paedophile-4113152#ixzz3Eg4DOlpk

Follow us: @DailyMirror on Twitter | DailyMirror on Facebook".

And, this is merely the sexual entitlement of muslims. They also decapitate "infidel" soldiers on the street.

Expand those two mere sample of Koran authorized "attitude" to expecting dhimmitude in all facets of our lives. Our women out in public covered in black from head to toe, eye slits permitted.

But no, we mustn't invade the privacy of these muslims' emails to alert ourselves to protect ourselves. Nor must we read their emailed instructions from cell to cell in the old fashioned unremembered Soviet manner. That's racist and anti-muslim. Tut, tut.

This is why I'm convinced of the ostrich-like immaturity of the posters on this thread, regardless of their chronological age, and of their delusional and lethal "political correctness".

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FormerKowloonTonger
IT Angle

Re: @FormerKowloonTonger Lest We Forget.

No, indeed the context is most appropriate; so, let's try putting it this way:

How many readers here would've had Bletchley Park closed, or never used for anything but strictly as a private home, most especially never used for England's defense by its Government? [thumbs up]

Maybe better stated as how many readers of this thread had ever heard of Bletchley Park before its being mentioned here?

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FormerKowloonTonger
IT Angle

Lest We Forget.

Perhaps somewhere in the collective [pun alert] wisdom of all those against the GCHQ and the NSA, and other such huffers and puffers, an algorithm could be found and applied, but limited in application of course just among these Anti's, that would exempt them from any protections enabled by all such GCHQ and NSA careful electronic surveillance?

Suppose no Enigma machines were ever recovered from German submarines during the Blockade of Britain? And, their code wheels never examined and revealed by the good folks down at Bletchley Park?

Think of the likes of Alan Turing. And the many, many so desperately needed food re-supply ships from Canada and America being torpedoed weekly during that bleak time. And those which were saved by the code breakers at Bletchley and enabled to deliver food and materiel.

I.T. indeed.

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BENDY iPhone 6, you say? Pah, warp claims are bent out of shape: Consumer Reports

FormerKowloonTonger
Megaphone

And Another Thing!

Who, after paying such a respectable amount of money for this sophisticated, multi-use gadget, would then go somewhere and sit on it?

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Coffee/keyboard

Is There A Racism Angle Here?

Simply another example of the AppleBashers.Blah trying to create a controversy.

What other company making anything from nappies to paperclips to Nobel Prizes has come under such a semi-organized, endless campaign of belittlement?

It's simply adolescent jealousy. [...those photos are wince inducing, seeing precision equipment so tortured.]

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Senate introduces USA FREEDOM Act to curb NSA spying excesses

FormerKowloonTonger
Linux

Here's! a! brilliantly! original! idea!

Dis-establisment applied to all Intel agencies Worldwide!

Neat, huh?

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FormerKowloonTonger
Holmes

Re: Not to worry.. there's a backdoor...

Re:

"But the format of DHS and THE PATRIOT Act ended that little impediment a long time ago."

Please explain, no snark please.

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FormerKowloonTonger
Trollface

Re: CRITICAL MASS

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"Hopefully I'll be able to escape, "

What's holding you back?

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NSA man: 'Tell me about your Turkish connections'

FormerKowloonTonger
Gimp

Re: The chocolate is still shit, though.

.....do you really, really have to come over to America? ....isn't there somewhere else you can visit?

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Comcast bosses: THAT pushy sales rep was only obeying orders

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Unhappy

Not only Comcast....

Try getting a straight answer from Verizon on why your 10Gig/USD80/mo. MiFi "plan" is way over the agreed upon $80.00 when your data usage page indicates that you've not exceeded your allowance.

They'll tell you that "...you made a change in your plan mid-month" or some such, and there'll be a "prorated" adjustment made. Then, try to get an explanation of exactly what "prorated" means in their lexicon....on and on and on.

Then, lo!, if a "credit" is reluctantly and belatedly granted, it's because Verizon, or any of 'em, has had the use of that extra bit of income, multiplied by the thousands upon thousands of their customers with the same question, for whatever length of time they've stalled.

This is the modern telecom ethic. They don't seem to know any better.

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Don't look, Snowden: Security biz chases Tails with zero-day flaws alert

FormerKowloonTonger
Trollface

Re: What fools

Believe it: Snowden is chortling at all of the dis-information he's been dishing out with more to come as he sees the opportunities popping up.

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NIST told to grow a pair and kick NSA to the curb

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BiiiiG Pair Needed! Ready To ShooT!

Groaannn!

It's those inept, disorganiz[s]ed Ameddicans! [sic], yet again........they seem to be the only ones f**kin' up?...head spy ejected from Tchermany, of all places...hordes of little invaders buzzing up from Mexico....while the rest of the World moves serenely on its lovely way?

These biases are obviously racist, sexist, and prejudiced. They simply must stop.

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Get an EYEFUL OF CURRY for the sake of your brain

FormerKowloonTonger
Trollface

Re: Turmeric's not a root ...

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"Reg commentards approximately equally appreciate punning to pedantry. Who knew?"

....it also leads to a lot of smartassininedness.

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Snowden leaks latest: NSA, FBI g-men spied on Muslim-American chiefs

FormerKowloonTonger
Meh

Re: Don Jefe Muslim president

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"@ FormerKowloonTonger. Please, let me give you a shorter explanation...."

I'm assuming here that you mean why not impeach this Obama figure right now. The realistic obstacle to Impeachment/Conviction is the Democrat controlled Senate. It won't pass the Senate, they simply won't convict Obama, even if a few Democrats use some common sense and vote for the good of the nation rather than their personal vote seeking for tenure. When pigs fly.

That very vocal Palin woman is a lightweight. Remember she resigned her Governorship of Alaska in mid-term; she simply doesn't belong in any responsible position, elected or otherwise, in either Party.

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FormerKowloonTonger

Re: Not surprised

Indeed, by that shy, shrinking violet of a liberal president named Franklin Delano Roosevelt. How times have changed.

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New NSA boss plays down impact of Snowden leaks

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Holmes

Re: Something else to think about.

Re:

"I think most Americans don't care about respect from the rest of the world,...."

This American agrees wholeheartedly. Do/did the former colonial powers, [read Sykes-Picot as a currently appropriate example....] give two hoots about "respect" other than to be called "sahib" in public, while their colonial subjects held them in contempt behind their backs except while they were sympathizers/sycophants/quislings?

And, I'd guess that most other mature nations share that opinion.

Those most in need of "respect" are the likes of the Palestinians, the North Koreans, and and the ilk of those ambitious nouveau arrivistes proclaiming themselves the new "caliph".

It's called "bombast", no punning intended, but that certainly seems to follow, as in the Iranians.

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FormerKowloonTonger
Holmes

Re: Why Should I Believe Anything You Say?

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"I honestly don't think your agency is protecting anyone from anything."

How would you know one way or the other?

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Apple fanbois to talk at the iWatch, INSPECTOR GADGET style – report

FormerKowloonTonger
Linux

Re: How utterly pathetic.

Agreed; unless the person you're calling has their phone in hand/on wrist ready and waiting to respond/ speak, the whole thing about even having one of these wrist phones seems centered on wanting to be looked at while walking down the street....or how about in a crowded elevator?

Silly. What on Earth has become so urgent?

Wrist phones for military use might be interesting, if shockproof.....in other words, Apple and these other trendy designer/manufacturers seem to be laughing all the way to their caches-banks.

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

FormerKowloonTonger
IT Angle

Music Preferred?, or Shrieking Vocals/Guitar and Earth Shaking Bass?

What's changed from that old, old layman's analogy of "digital" music being like the flickering florescent light bulb in that the harsher "digital" sound is transmitted as separate 1's and 0's while "analog" music is warmer and smoother because it is transmitted and received as a continuous "wave"?

Isn't this the reason for the continued interest in vacuum tubes and vinyl discs despite all of the hyped-up digital verbiage? Ask people who remember awesome "HiFi" when the term was first popular. Ear structure and sound physics haven't changed, but it seems the hype certainly has been "upgraded".

If all you want is earsplitting guitar twangs and thumping bass with a shrieking vocal, fine. But for classical music lovers, digital transmission is still harsh-sounding.

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Journal that published Facebook emoto-furtle study: Proper boffins get CONSENT

FormerKowloonTonger
Devil

Re: Sheesh

Good Grief, Charlie Brown.....you knew I was going trip up ol' Linus while he was carrying those eggs! Why all of this, "I'm so shocked, shocked" stuff?

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EPIC FAIL, FACEBOOK: FTC complaint against creepy mind games filed

FormerKowloonTonger
Trollface

Facin' IT

Looks as if that hooded, oh-so-clever Zuckerberg might now be "hoist on his own petard".

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Foxconn CEO: 'Suicides weren't our fault'

FormerKowloonTonger
Facepalm

There are two all-dominating, and I mean ALL-dominating ALL social interactions in that part of the world:

1. The word, "Responsibility" and who in particular is the target of the pointed fingers.

2. The concept of "Face" and who loses it and who gains it.

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