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MI6 oversight report on Lee Rigby murder: US web giants offer 'safe haven for TERRORISM'

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Still, you have to hand it to the armed response unit, when presented with two guys who were clearly a dangerous threat, they neutralised the threat, but only wounded them so that they could still stand trial.

Perhaps some US cops could do with learning how to do that?

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Re: False Positives?

Or 2a) it also picks up the millions of people saying things like:

"Hey Sam, fancy playing some CounterStrike tonight? I'm going to play as a terrorist because I want to kill lots of soldiers tonight lol"

(or 3b the terrorists just make sure they include the words "game" or "play" in their communications)

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Suffering satellites! Goonhilly's ARTHUR REBORN for SPAAAACE

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Re: I don't know.

So what you're saying is, BT have made an entirely sensible business decision to sell Goonhilly?

Sounds a bit competent for them, perhaps they only did it by accident.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: 5 mW?

Go home Kim Jong Il, you're drunk.

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The other option is just get a cat of your own, they'll also keep rodents out of your house.

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

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Re: It's not nesessary the evil

"no difficulty listing three or four examples related specifically to telecommunications provisions"

OK, I'm sure some of our US cousins can give you examples from the Patriot act, but as the article is about UK laws, here's some examples of the British government abusing it's powers as regards telecommunications:

1) The Met used RIPA to pull the phone records of a journalist, to discover the identity of a source who was making the police look bad:

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/sep/02/plebgate-met-phone-records-sun-tom-newton-dunn

Note that there was never any hint of terrorism in this case, or indeed any other kind of threat. the RIPA bill was used as that gave the police access without going through a judge.

2) Kent police did the same with another journalist, who had written stories that lead to the disgrace of an MP:

http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/second-police-force-admits-using-ripa-spy-journalists-phone-records-and-out-confidential-sources

(when police forces were asked how often this happened, they refused saying it was at "matter of national security")

3) Animal right activists were forced to turn over passwords to computers:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11/14/ripa_encryption_key_notice/

And a whole pdf full of some more:

http://www.bigbrotherwatch.org.uk/TheGrimRIPA.pdf

And this is just abuses of RIPA.

(And while we're on the subject, let's not forget the The Prevention of Terrorism Act, 1974, which was supposed to be a temporary measure with a shelf life of 6 months, and was extended, and extended, before finally being made permanent in 1989, despite the threat [the IRA] that it was designed to combat ceasing to be a danger.)

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Re: "I'll have an IP address please, Bobby"

Note for Virgin (notso)Superhub users:

To change your IP, put your SH back into SH mode (assuming you were starting off in modem mode).

Then change the MAC of your router.

Then put the SH back into modem mode.

Just changing the MAC of your router while in modem mode will stop you from being able to connect at all.

(You can easily change your MAC in Win7, as long as the driver for your network device allows it. It won't help you get a new external IP though)

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The next big thing in medical science: POO TRANSPLANTS

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Re: A while back

Well, a big dose of antibiotics will kill off a lot of your gut fauna, so it's entirely possible it could cause digestive problems.

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UK's non-emergency police and NHS Vodafone systems go titsup NATIONWIDE

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Re: RAC too.

I did walk past someone the other day who was watching while the AA man replaced their tire, with what looked very much like the spare (it was a newish Ford Fiesta, which I assume have a full size spare).

I was very close to stopping and asking why they hadn't done it themselves.

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I need a password to BRAKE? What? No! STOP! Aaaargh!

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Re: Sorry

>> the dashboard layout was designed by a lunatic.

> A blind, dyslexic lunatic suffering from Alzheimer's.

No, just someone French. Presumably the same French designer that decided to put the controls for the electric windows in the Peugeot 206 in the middle of the car, behind the handbrake.

The worst thing is, after years of driving it I now automatically grope around the middle of a car when I want to open the windows.

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Google Contributor: Ad-block killer – or proof NO ONE will pay for news?

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I'd happily pay elReg a few quid a month to make up for never viewing their ads.

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I've not seen an Adblock-blocker, and every site that's run ads from the same domain has been polite enough to serve them from www.somesite.com/ads or some other easily blocked url.

If I couldn't find a way to block the ads I'd probably just go elsewhere, same as I do with paywalled sites.

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The cloud that goes puff: Seagate Central home NAS woes

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Not all disks are SATA

At work we had a 2.5" WD Passport USB harddrive which eventually died. So, as geeks, we pulled it apart to try plugging the drive into a SATA port, just to see if anything was recoverable.

Unfortunately the drive does not have a SATA port, instead it's got a USB interface soldered straight on, not very helpful.

Of course, as professionals this was one of five daily backup drives, so no data was lost.

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CERN IT boss: What we do is not really that special

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Re: The so called God particle.

There was an "Oh my god" particle, it was a proton (probably), detected in 1991, screaming into our atmosphere at close to the speed of light. As far as I know, no one is sure yet what produced it, but other particles of a similar energy have been observed since.

(PS, the name "god particle" for the Higgs was coined by a physicist, not the DM)

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Britain's HUMAN DNA-strewing Moon mission rakes in £200k

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WTF?

That's ... an active imagination you've got there. I'm getting a sudden urge to wash my hands after reading your comment.

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HALF A BILLION TERRORISTS: WhatsApp encrypts ALL its worldwide jabber

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Re: Well...maybe it's just one app and one platforn.

Lets just say, it moves the weakest link away from the transport, and back into your pocket, ie if a TLA wants to read your WhatsApp messages, now they'll just take your phone and/or beat it out of you.

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Do any of you realize...

Ah, some racist yanks try and push their agenda on the Reg, this should be lots of fun :)

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Far Cry 4 REVIEW: It's a far cry from Far Cry 3

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I was just about to put this on my Steam wishlist, so I could pick it up next time it's on sale for less than £30, until I found that Ubisoft have removed it from Steam. Ho hum, just have to wait and guess when it's on sale I suppose.

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Re: Not quite sure...

You can switch between weapons with the numbers 1-4, I think 5-6 was mines/C4 and 7/8 was different syringes.

Unless you're on a console, then you're out of luck.

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Meet OneRNG: a fully-open entropy generator for a paranoid age

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Re: How it will work in absence of a radio signal?

Well, it only uses the least significant bit*, so it would be difficult to correctly predict/force that, and you'd also have to find a way to predict the frequency hopping, so to effectively control the output you'd pretty much need the whole device under your control, or at least access to the room it's in.

* so the slightest change in the received radio signal should make a large difference to the output.

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Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Oh FFS

I too will probably be quite happy in solo mode as I currently live somewhere with a great internet connection.

However, I've lived places with a crap internet connection before, and I have a strong sympathy for people in that situation. There's nothing worse than sitting down to play a particular game, only to find that as your internet has decided to have a little lie down, you're stuck without.

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Pre-digital computer 'cranks out' Fourier Transforms

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Summing the inputs

The summing leaver at the top that takes the inputs from all twenty amplitude bars via some springs is just a fantastically simple bit of engineering.

I love it.

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You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes

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Isn't there a possible selection bias here, that people who don't bother or don't know how to keep their antivirus up to date, are more likely to get infected by some kind of malware?

Those of us doing the tech support for auntie are more likely to; have up to date AV, not use IE6, run an adblocker/plugin blocker, not click on get rich quick schemes etc.

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VINYL is BACK and you can thank Sonos for that

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Pah, paying actual people to line up and play music is where it's at!

(I think a lot of audiophiles would be horrified at the equipment used by most bands when they play live, their interconnects are just standard copper cables shielded with rubber!)

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Re: how to give your Vinyl a "deep clean" using wood glue

I thought all PVA glue was water soluble?

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US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

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Re: "What is done on US soil is completely legal"

I'm pretty sure just flying above US soil does not make you suddenly immune to all laws, otherwise presumably you could get away with murder provided you jumped at the same time as shooting your victim.

More seriously, how high up does a countries law cease to be? If you're in orbit you're outside of earthly jurisdictions, what about aircraft?

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Dark side of the DUNE: Probot snaps shadowy comet surface selfie

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Re: LMFAO

Planet mi1400 was only tentatively discovered 9 years ago, Rosetta was already in space by then.

also, it's actually much further away than 67P (roughly 70AU vs 1-5AU). Plus, the scientists behind Rosetta and Philae are interested in comets specifically, as there's so many of them in the solar system, but we still don't know a lot about their make up.

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Welcome to the fast-moving world of flash connectors

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ouch

I thought I had a good idea about modern storage connections, now my head hurts.

(thanks for the article though, apart from the lack of pictures it was very useful)

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Re: No Thunderbolt?

This is pretty much only covering internal connections (USB/iSCSI notwithstanding). Thunderbolt is for connecting external devices only as far as I know.

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MOULDY DICK: France aims to snatch EXPLODING WHALE crown from U.S.

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How do you tow fifteen tons of decaying whale? Chances are, if you tied a rope around the tail, you'd just end up ripping the tail off, ditto the fins or any other easy to rope part.

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'Yes, yes... YES!' Philae lands on COMET 67P

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Um, no. The probe and the satellite that has carried it are from ESA, that is, the European Space Agency, and the UK pays something like £240m per year towards ESA.

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Nice work ESA! Have one of these >>>>>>>>>>>>

(I'm assuming UKippers are angry that some of our taxes have gone towards this)

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Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed

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The point of the article is that if you don't like VM, there's plenty of competition in the UK, at least compared to the options most of our US cousins have.

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Philae heads for comet, reports back to mothercraft Rosetta

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Ok, so it's probably landed about now, but we have to wait for 28 minutes to find out...

I've got the ESA stream open in one tab, and XKCD open in another.

I hate waiting.

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Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

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Trust the security services? You mean the ones that granted themselves the power to listen into people's communications with their lawyers, then refused to admit to it citing "national security issues", until they were finally forced to come clean (with no mention now of the national security issues that meant they wouldn't say anything).

Um, no actually, I don't think I do trust them.

Snowden? Well, I'm sure he broke a few laws, but they were US ones so who cares?

ISIS - wouldn't trust them to screw in a light bulb correctly. (a bit too newfangled for them)

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Re: Learning Linux source code off by heart

MS Licensing isn't difficult, just open your corporate wallet and throw money at them until they go away.

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

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Re: Sounds Safe

By default you can't change the DNS servers that the Virgin 'Super' hub uses, you need to put it into modem mode and run your own router to change DNS, or change it on a per-device basis.

Basically I think we're talking about eight year old level here, not six.

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Re: Everything fine here too

Be* used to have pretty reliable DNS servers, but that was five years ago before O2 bought them (and then sold them to Sky).

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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Re: Russia, the worlds new leader

Depends if you trust the Russian government more than your average corporation I suppose.

Hmm, rock or hard place?

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The late 2014 Apple Mac Mini: The best (and worst) of both worlds

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There is some pretty sexy innards in that thing, all matt black and mmmmmmmm

Excuse me, I need to go for a little lie down...

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Microsoft: How to run Internet Explorer 11 on ANDROID, iOS, OS X

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Microsoft's VM would be hacked, although I assume they just kill the instance and boot a fresh copy if anything happens.

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If you look on that same page, you'll find they offer VM images of Windows XP-8.1, with all the different versions of IE, for free, and yes, they have Virtualbox images as well as HyperV.

So unless you're using a really underpowered/old machine you should be able to run that on your linux desktop.

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BBC clamps down on ILLICIT iPlayer watchers

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In terms of new programs (or 'original content' if you prefer doublespeak), yes, I'm pretty sure the BBC do provide more content than Netflix. Especially if you include the radio in there as well.

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Disney wins Mickey Mouse patent for torrent-excluding search engine

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Re: What happened to USER requests?

A search engine is supposed to be whatever the creator wanted it to be, in most current cases they wanted it to be a way of making money.

If google isn't searching the way you want it too, may I suggest you pick a different search engine? Or stick with google and keep complaining if that makes you feel better.

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Windows XP market share FELL OFF A CLIFF in October

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Re: A large uptick for "Other" on the first graph

Or something in the data gathering process broke and counted a bunch of XP machines as 'Other'.

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Rosetta reaches perfect position to get touchy Philae

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Re: I'm not holding my breath....

All of the instruments on Rosetta and Philae represent years of work by teams of people. Part of the reward for spending a large chunk of your professional life working on a single scientific instrument is they get 'first dibs' on the data. They have six months to write up some preliminary results and rightly take the credit for them. After that, everyone else can access the data and draw their own conclusions.

The comet has been around for much longer than humanity, six months wait won't hurt.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

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Good for him

And if this helps one more person realise that there's nowt wrong with who you love, then all the better.

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Ex-Soviet engines fingered after Antares ROCKET launch BLAST

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Re: Looks like an Almost Miss...

That's why most launch sites have either water, or large tracts of land to the east, as that's the way the majority of rockets are launched.

(Launching east gets you a bit of help from the rotation of the Earth, more so if you're on the equator.)

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Re: Depressing

If you're going for the car metaphor, it's like deciding to power your car with a factory fresh, small block V8. It's a known quantity, that's never had any wear, and it's very predictable.

Also, designing new rocket engines is not easy, what with being your actual rocket science and all, so you might as well use one that's been designed by experts.

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Forget WHITE BOX, it's time for JUNK BOX NETWORKING

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Re: 10Gb for less than $Millions?

There's a duel port 10Gbe card on eBay for £60 right now, but all the rest are in the £90-110 range.

A closer look at the sixty quid one show there's another £50 of customs and P&P charges on top though.

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