* Posts by JimmyPage

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

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Begs the question ..

How much of this stuff is already going on. Maybe not in a military context, but a political one.

Those Daily Mail comments. Are they genuine, or Tory party shills. Or Labour party activists ?

Those BBC HYS posters. Are they really what they say they are. Or plants to give the appearance of public dissent/support (delete as applicable) ?

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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Re: re: Steganography

But properly done steganography is impossible to detect in a fresh image. As long as no "before" image is kept anywhere, the spooks can have from now to eternity to try to decrypt them.

Besides steganography may not necessarily involve fiddling with the binary data in a file. Information in a picture may actually be contained in the subject of the picture.

Post a picture of "me and the posse" and you're signalling "go ahead with operation Pablo".

Post a picture of "me and Aunt Mabel and Uncle Terence" and you're signalling "Operation abort. Agent compromised".

Ever seen "Mississippi Burning" ? There's a scene where one FBI agent shows how Ku Klux Klan members were able to signal in photos their allegiance. You'd only know it was there if you were told.

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No

but it means that the media trope of anyone using encryption is complete.

FWIW I suspect this is the governments real agenda. They know there's no practical way of banning encryption. However, if they demonise it enough, then it's another tool in their armoury of policing by prejudice, rather than policing by statute. Mention "encryption" when they arrest a "bad" guy, and he's as good as guilty.

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UK official LOSES Mark Duggan shooting discs IN THE POST

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Re: Hmmmm

Downvoted because it's irrelevant what private companies get up to. At the end of the day they are just that. Private companies. You can choose to do business with them or not.

Data held by the state is obtained under duress. Don't provide it - go to jail. Which is why it's imperative the state demonstrates it takes great care of this data.

Your tax money is the same. Obtained from you under duress. And look how carefully the government look after that. They would never lose that in the Royal Mail. (Although they may lose it in a Royal Mail sale).

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We don't have capital punishment in the UK. The police can't go around executing people they suspect of anything.

The Duggan case raised enough serious doubts about the police conduct to be *very* wary of believing their truth of the matter. Something these disks might actually demonstrate - especially if it has *all* the police testimony there. Before it was "adjusted".

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What happens to things that are "lost in the post" ?

Since matter can't just vanish into thin air, they must be *somewhere*.

1) damaged in transit - presumably the royal mail have procedures for items like this

2) stolen by employee[1] - although unless it looked like it had money in it, not likely

3) wrongly delivered - worrying if there was no tracking

4) somehow in the wrong part of "the system" - a thorough search should locate them

5) stolen by employee [2] - deliberately targeted. Raises more questions than it answers

6) we are of course assuming they made it to the postbox ....

However, there is a certain life-affirming feeling knowing that Royal Mail can cock it up for the great and glorious as well as for the little guy.

I wonder how long the MoJ had to spend on the phone ?

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They CANNOT be the only copies

and they were encrypted to GCHQ approved standards

the mind boggles.

Just WTF are we paying for with all these government IT contracts.

In a way I *do* hope something bad happens as a result. It might just wake someone somewhere up.

By the way, my choice of icon is deliberate. This is in no way a "fail". It's sheer WTF all the way.

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Story priority ?

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Story priority ?

Slightly surprised that El Reg hasn't had a byline on this story about missing data

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-31037879

over 18 hours after I first saw it on the Beeb.

Was hoping for a more forensic analysis, particularly around whether the data was encrypted. That is encrypted as El Reg readers understand it, not just an Excel spreadsheet with a password

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Uber isn't limited by the taxi market: It's limited by the Electronic Thumb market

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Pot noodle ...

in Ben Eltons "Gasping" (which I saw with Hugh Laurie and Bernard Hill :) ) there's a piece of dialogue where the Ad agency boss (Hill) explains to the misbred young executive (Laurie) the concept of a Pot Noodle in marketing ...

"When it was first released, the market share of other snacks did not decrease .... the Pot Noodle made money where there was none before."

It may or may not be true, but it does stray into the Apple/Smartphone question upthread.

So what other products have been "pot noodles" ?

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Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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With UK.gov still wedded to IE6

what was the point of this article ?

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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So the developers ..

Who will see their Windows 8.0/8.1 apps binned can join the developers that saw their 7.5/7.8 apps binned, who had joined those developers that saw their 6.5 apps binned.

No wonder no one writes apps for Windows Phone.

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Is it humanly possible to watch Gigli and Battlefield Earth back-to-back?

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Does no one remember Heavens Gate ?

ISTR it being a Bazza running gag in Film79, Film80, Film81 ....

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Oz father and son team plan suborbital spaceplane

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All modern cars look the same ...

interesting the design is strongly reminiscent of the space shuttle. Is that because that's what they started with, or that's what they ended up with ?

Either way, big thumbs up on this one.

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

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eBay - s'OK

that's it really

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2015: The year of MAD TV science, but who can keep up?

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Do the older amongst us

have a sense of deja vu ?

I've just briefly daydreamed back to the 70s/80s, when VCRs (Phillips, VHS, Betamax) were over a grand a pop, and no one knew anyone who owned one - you usually saw them in TV documentaries with famous people. Not everyone had a colour TV (and it wasn't unheard of to know families that had *no* TV). Generally nice TVs were rented (Granada, Radio Rentals, Reddifusion, Laskys ?) since the average family could never afford the £400+ price tag (when cars could be bought for £1,500.

Maybe 2015 could see an El Reg Icon review - I call for an "I remember the days" icon. Perhaps a ZX80 ?

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SECRETS of the LOST SCROLLS unlocked by key to HEALTHY BOOBS

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Maybe they'll find out what Greek fire was ..

or other ancient mysteries - like who made the Antitheka mechanism ...

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Come and Twiddle Tek Gear's one handed keyboard

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Since we're talking of alternative inputs methods ...

(well I was)

I give you Sip'n'Puff (although I recall it as POSSUM)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sip-and-puff

interesting to speculate if this could be bought into the modern smartphone/tablet age ...

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Re: It's 1980

Not the Maltron (but thanks for the link)

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Re: It's 1980

That's the badger !

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It's 1980

or thereabouts. And a British boffin unveils a device to allow you to enter data into a computer using one hand - an alternative to typing (which scared people for some reason).

Time has erased the name, but I am sure other El Reg readers can help

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

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What's that sound ... a penny dropping ?

The main - almost exclusive drive to piracy is not people wanting stuff for free. It's people wanting stuff that is being artificially siloed away from them.

I'd pay £10, £15 a month if it was to a single gateway, and I could watch the content I knew was available.

Currently it's TV licence, £70/months to Virgin (and that's being reviewed), plus Amazon instants, plus netflix, etc etc.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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The *real* reason ...

early adopter fanbois ? Got your first iPad in 2010 ? How old were you ? 45, 50 maybe ? So you're now 50,55 ? Eyes a tiny bit weaker ? Fingers a tiny bit fatter ?

Not to worry, Apple will see you into the grave.

When I mentioned website accessibility in 2000, it was of no interest to anyone. But now those people are 15 years older ...

Might help disabled users into the bargain.

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

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Re: @Dan Paul

Yes I have seen the Imitation Game. It's a film isn't it. A work of entertainment ?

It's a well known paradox of cryptography that in order to maintain your advantage in the long run, you may have to make short term sacrifices. Sounds easy on paper, until you realise the sacrifices have families.

However, in *this* case, it's hard to see what the long term advantage being protected by leaking a story about how you had the capability to do what everyone thought you had the capability to do anyway is.

Although many people did make a sacrifice, and go and see "The Interview". I guess that's the price of [cyber]war.

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Would have been more impressive (and believable)

if they had stopped the hack.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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On the BBC ... "2014 confirmed as warmest year"

here

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Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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Voting Green ...

I'm not voting Green because I want a "Green government"

Nor because I have any natural sympathy for their cause.

However, a few Green MPs might be able to control the balance of power - particularly in a complex hung parliament (no *two* parties can form a majority). And curb the terrifying excesses of both Tories and Labour.

Maybe this is the rise of the cynical voter as antidote to the cynical politician ?

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LIFELESS BEAGLE on MARS: A British TRIUMPH!

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Re: Successful failure ...

Moreover it got to Mars in one piece. So was it under engineered. Or was curiosity massively over-engineered ?

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Warning: Using encrypted email in Spain? Do not pass go, go directly to jail

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Re: Another reason for Google to leave Spain

Interesting idea ... the access to outside services acting as a driver for political change

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What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Surprised how many people point out the laws this would break

the government will just change those laws too.

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Will they ban notes in newsagents windows too ?

Browsing in a London suburb recently, and 90% of the notes were in non-Latin script. Except for the odd number.

They might be saying "for sale, fridge freezer, needs cleaning"

or, they could be saying

"Drop the goods round the back, and knock twice"

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Many years ago experts warned

if the spooks get too clever with bypassing encryption then the bad guys -certainly them muslamic terrorists - will revert to faxing each other handwritten pages of Arabic.

In code.

Incidentally, as an aside, do the readers of El Reg think it would be possible to plan something without using electronics ?

Personal Ads in printed magazines.

Handwritten replies to P.O. Boxes.

would be enough to initiate contact. Then have established an offline connection, the bad guys could use it to establish an anonymous online connection - say ads posted on Craigslist in cipher, and replied posted on Gumtree in cipher. All of which can be done openly, under the noses of MIx

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Privileged communication ?

So, emails between lawyers and clients must be made available to the state ?

Oh, hang on - THEY ALREADY HAVE TO.

You lost your privacy years ago - and no one (well very few) even noticed.

don't believe me ?

link

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It's 2015 and ATMs don't know when a daughterboard is breaking them

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2014 - our most cashless year ever ?

Brief chat with MrsJP, and we *think* the last time we "got any cash out" (i.e. cashback !) was a month ago. We still have the remains of it in our wallets. The only thing it gets used for nowdays is the Friday night chippy meal (and I suspect they take switch, if you ask - just nobody does).

Bad news for charity bucket slingers, I'm afraid.

Anyway, back to the story ... I'd be fascinated to know (but not so fascinated I actually Google it) whether cashpoint use in the UK is increasing, declining, or steady. Especially since banks must really hate them when they aren't replacing staff.

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Re: How come... USB ~?

Because it's cheap ?

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Sardine fishing in Kerala: Who benefits from mobile phones?

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There is nothing new under the sun

Do you know what the first *use* of the telescope was ? (As opposed to the first thing it was used for, which is a subtle difference).

For a select band of merchants, to be able to get a 2 hour preview of the incoming ships in Venice - thus allowing them to rig the prices before the customers knew the availability.

It's certainly a debatable point as to whether this use subsidised the astronomical applications of telescopy, but it's certainly true that this was when magnification and resolution were ramped up immensely.

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Hackney council leaked thousands of locals' data in FoI blunder

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11 "views"

but any one of those could have been a download ....

****ing muppets.

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Can't stop Home Depot-style card pwning, but suppliers will feel PCI regulation pain

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PCI-DSS doesn't exist in isolation

but needs to be hooked into a national regulator that has the teeth. Primarily in the UK, that being the FCA (formerly FSA). Who have the power of fine, and are certainly not afraid to use it. I really wouldn't want to be working for anyone who suffered a breach in the UK. PCI approved, or not.

If the regulator is useless, then there's no incentive to comply with PCI.

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European Commish asks for rivals' moans about Booking.com

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Re: Am I alone

possibly yes ... the pixie dust booking.com (other travel sites are available) brings to the mix is the social - reviews and other information, which over time can be considered fairly trustworthy.

Travelling can be stressful enough. Start adding in another country, flying, different cultures and languages, and you might be happy to pay x% to somewhere like booking.com, if you trust the reviews. You also get the ability to comment on your own experiences.

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Is EU right to expand 'right to be forgotten' to Google.com?

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Chilling phrase: "purchase a jurisdiction"

was used upthread.

Given that Google, Apple, et al are richer than a lot of small countries, they *are* a jurisdiction.

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Private search engines?

OK, OK, OK, so this ruling applies to public (free ?) search engines.

Suppose I set up a subscription-only search engine ? Would that be subject to these "rules".

What if my subscription search engine only works on material stored on my own site ?

I am thinking of various news/legal/technical (medical) archives, which charge to professionals. Presumably that subscription would be intended to cover the real truth, not Google-lite truth ?

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Man asks internet for $1k for pebbles. INTERNET SAYS YES

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Whisky and water

On a tour of the Glen Moray (shameless plug - you know where to send a crate :) ) distillery, we finished with a taster of the finished product. In actual fact three versions ... an 8 a 12 and a 16 year old dram.

The young - but spectacularly well informed guide - pointed out a little water jug which had some spring water they actually make the whisky from. At this point, one chap, who had been playing the connoisseur commented rather smugly "Glad you have some water for the ladies" (he was an arse). To which the guide, not-quite-as-apologetically-as-he-could-have-been pointed out that professional whisky tasters always put a splash of water into whisky to sample it. Apparently it releases some of the flavouring compounds, thus accenting the nose (smell), and allows the more complex compounds to dissolve, bringing out the more subtle edges of the taste.

So there is a reason.

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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Back to pen and paper

Sorry - I call bullshit. I would suggest that no company with more than 100[1] employees could manage without at least one PC doing something for them. And that's in the UK. I have no idea how complex Japanese commercial bureaucracy is, but I doubt it is that much different to the UK.

Given the fact that data is going to continue to be generated (whether inside the IT system, or on paper) at a rate that will exceed the ability to input it (unless Sony were spectacularly inefficient in terms of staff usage), I suspect that in years to come, November/December 2014 will never be available in their MI systems - certainly not to any great detail.

[1]In fact 10 employees might be a push.

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Hawking: RISE of the MACHINES could DESTROY HUMANITY

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@HMB

"genius" is not, and should not be a licence to mouth shite to an ever credulous media. And Hawking should know that, so be circumspect in interviews - it's hardly like he's a 21 year old reality TV star.

He should know that anything he says will be afforded far greater import than if Joe Bloggs said it.

What other issues is "genius" allowed to pronounce on ? Biology ? Political ethics ?

What we've getting is Hawkings *opinions*. And well all know about opinions ....

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E-cigarettes fingered as source of NASTY VIRUS

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signals intelligence angle ?

Smoke signals ?

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EVIL US web giants shield TERRORISTS? Evil SPIES in net freedom CRUSH PLOT?

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Sounds to me like GCHQ/NSA had access to this message all along....

Every time the government (of any stripe) has wanted more data, and people protest, I have pointed out that my stance is the opposite. Give it to them. Give them EVERYTHING. And then watch them learn about "signal to noise ratio".

They may have already reached the point where they simply cannot process the data they *do* have. Let alone more.

As things stand, it's a fair suggestion that simply by dint of the volume of data they are slurping, they are missing more than if they actually did some legwork.

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What is terrorism ?

Maybe animal rights activism ? Nothing *illegal* (but it might be)

How about campaigning against TTiP ? Again, not *illegal*. But people who protest are probably more likely to be terrorists ?

Pro life ?

Pro choice ?

Stop the War ? Almost definitely.

The problem - and fears - about having these powers is not having them now. It's (still) having them in 10 years time. When voting Green, or UKIP is a "terrorist" offence.

There is no recorded instance in history of the state giving itself more and more powers over it's people that hasn't ended - eventually - with the guillotine working overtime, or the bodies swinging from the lamp-posts.

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ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST

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neither is diarist, which is all they are.

Since a broad definition of diary doesn't actually mandate the medium, it's a good use IMHO.

Diarist : one who keeps a diary (whether public or private)

Diary : a recorded collection of a persons opinions and experiences, usually segmented by days.

Given the penetration of the internet, the latter phrase would be assumed to include online diaries too.

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WTF?

Vloggers, as we’re apparently meant to call them now,

what's wrong with the proper word ?

Twats.

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I'll be back (and forward): Hollywood's time travel tribulations

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Retroactive

I know this wasn't a definitive list, but "Retroactive" is a decent film.

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Webcam hacker pervs in MASS HOME INVASION

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Of more interest ..

is the league table of open cams - assuming the ration of open/secured cams is fairly location independent then:

US: 4591

France (?): 2058

Netherlands: 1756

Japan: 870

Italy:679

UK:584

Curious as to why France - with a vaguely similar population to the UK has 4x as many unsecured cams, for a start. And the Netherlands, with a quarter the UKs population, but 3x as many cams ?

I really need to get out more.

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