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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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@WibbleMe

without a court order ?

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Oh Yeah ?

888.com and BetFred both advertise on TPB, and I'm pretty certain they know exactly where their dollars are going.

Isn't this what bitcoins were invented for ?

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Amazon is decompiling our apps in security gaffe hunt, says dev

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*Definitely* further

I was picking apart binaries on PR1MEs in the early 80s. When caught doing it by a lecturer, I was told how they did it in the 70s ...

Now you know why Unix has the "X" permissions as well as "R".

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

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and ?

unless there are any teeth to WTO rulings, the whole thing is grandstanding.

The icon is to say "What's the point?"

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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@Mad Mike

Yes, but what is "illegal" exactly. And more importantly, where ? Whilst laws on CP have become fairly aligned in the past decades, there are lots of other areas where laws vary wildly. The UK is a particularly dangerous place in that respect, since a lot of laws rely on "context"[1]. I hope you haven't got a road atlas of the UK, because it could be of use to a terrorist in certain cases.

It's axiomatic that "illegal" will become more widely defined as "stuff the state doesn't want you to know".

[1]For an excellent demonstration of how context affects things, in a humorous setting, may I respectfully suggest you watch "Stewart Lee's Comedy Vehicle" shown on 22/3/2014

(iPlayer link here, but obviously it won't last forever)

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Re: Next up.....

This.

Why do you think - despite the whining of the anti-porn brigade over "net filters", the default for access to adult service lines is ON ? Surely if they want consistency and really are "thinking of the children" then they would insist that all landlines have access to premium rate numbers disabled by default.

Mysteriously this hasn't happened.

Icon, because we had to pay £20 when our (then) 8 year old son quite innocently called an 0898 number on a game for "tips". Then we had to pay £1/month for the "privilege" of having premium rate calls barred.

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Re: In other news...

I can see a new game along the lines of "Cheese Shop" developing.

("Cheese Shop" is a game for two players, celebrating the famous Monty Python "Cheese Shop" sketch. One player is the customer, the other the owner. The customer has to list as many different cheeses as he can, whilst the owner has to have a different excuse as to why they haven't got it. The game is lost when a player repeats a cheese, or excuse. Best played after a few bevvies).

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Judge throws out lawsuit lobbed at Facebook for using kids' pics in targeted ads

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@All names taken

care to provide a cite for that, please ? It's a rather extraordinary claim.

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@ItsNotMe

Downvoted for not getting it.

Yes AN ADULT can be expected to be responsible for their own actions, and should suffer the consequences. But we're not talking about ADULTS here.

Despite what you may think about 13 year olds (and younger) finding FB "cool" and wanting to go on it because their friends do, they are not capable of understanding the T&Cs.

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Re: T&Cs are not contracts

But they have to be *lawful*. Just because "The T&Cs" say something, doesn't necessarily make it so. How about a T&C which says that in the event of <x> MegaCorp has the right to burn your house down ?

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

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Lost or stolen (or dead)

If, like me, you don't go abroad too often, then how can even know when a passport is lost/stolen ? Mine (and MrsJPs) are kept in a drawer in the "office". I can't remember last time I actually saw they were there (it's now 30 seconds ago ;) ).

So it's quite feasible to acquire a passport not reported stolen, or lost.

Also, what about a dead person ? Does a death certificate automatically notify the passport office ?

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Forget sledgehammers – crooks can CRACK ATMs with a TEXT

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Bank employee ? How quaint.

AFAICT most ATMs in the UK are serviced by security companies - mainly G4S. Given their *cough* competence in other areas, I wouldn't be too hopeful they'd spot anything amiss in an ATM.

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Stop fondling that slab and shag, says lover rubber-glover

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Re: Phnar!! Phnar!!!"

surely "Fnarr Fnarr" ?

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It's 2014 and you can pwn a PC by opening a .RTF in Word, Outlook

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Microsoft Word 2003, 2007, 2010, 2013

See Icon ->

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Middle England's allotments become metric battlefield

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Re: Lost Acres@VinceH

Thank you indeed. Saved me digging out my "A Choice of Poets" from schooldays (where, ironically, I was the only pupil in 1982 to *fail* Eng Lit. My teacher would be proud of me !)

However the obscurity of the location is intriguing .... is Graves still in copyright ?

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Two whales

Ah, but how do you get *four* whales in a mini ?

And more importantly, how do you know if there's an elephant in the fridge ?

These are the issues we need to grapple with.

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1863 - a dark year ...

incredible to think, we could have solved this all over 150 years ago ....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrication_in_the_United_Kingdom

and reading that article, metric has been legal for use in the UK since 1896.

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Re: US Independence

also explains some of the words they use.

"fall" *used* to be English, until we had a fad for things French, and started using the poncy "autumn" (from l'autumne). I blame Keats.

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US gallons

are smaller, because US *pints* are smaller. They stick with the 1707 definition (16 fl. oz), whilst the UK had an "upgrade" (to 20 fl.oz) in 1824.

Also "stone" (14 lbs) is unknown in the states.

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Lost Acres

by Robert Graves ...

I wanted to post this poem here, but it seems absent on the interwebs ....

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Develop, expand, consolidate, decay

Nothing new here, let's move on.

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

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RE: Only temporarily.

1) It only has to be temporary. One scrote blinds the camera, whilst another takes it out with a tin of spray paint. As said, you can blind it from such a distance where it can't make out features. Which in my experience of CCTV footage (3 break ins, and it's been useless) is about 20cm.

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Re: Virgin

I'm sure a brief letter to your local news provider might provoke some action ->

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Except ...

a well aimed laser pointer (->)

can knock a camera out well beyond the resolution to make out a face.

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Microsoft exec: I don't know HOW our market share sunk

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Cycles ...

Microsoft are where they are today, because they thought they could manage the markets. They may as well have tried to manage the weather.

All things go in cycles. You have development, expansion, consolidation, and decay. Where the decay starts, you get development expansion, consolidation, and decay. Incidentally these aren't necessarily linear - you can have development continuing, while expansion starts...

1970s - development of microprocessors. Computing scaled down

1980s - expansion. Microprocessors become more available. Concept of PC becomes reality

1990s - consolidation. More people use PCs at work - home market grows

2000s - decay. Concept of PC outdated as phones, tablets become extant.

Now of course phones started in the 80s, expanded in the 90s ....

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

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Alice in wonderland ...

when the lawmakers are busy breaking the laws they make to uphold the law ...

Makes "Spycatcher*" look positively tame

*Where a former MI5 agent revealed how he "burgled and bugged" his way across the UK - completely illegally.

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Every little helps: Dirty MOLE BANDITS clean out Tesco ATM from BELOW

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Dye bombs ?

I thought the caddies were protected with those dye bombs that explode if you try and force them open ?

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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@jzlondon

Except, we know how it will go.

£100million = £95million on consultancy, advertising, palm-greasing, and "doing business"

£5million between 5,000 people to work weekends and late nights in all weathers on minimum wage, whilst reading grumbles in the papers about "can't get the staff"

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Round our way

Sainsburys give them away free.

I don't know if they're *supposed* to be free, but when I wanted one, the lady at customer services just pointed at a little bowl that had loads of "Nectar" tokens (with a little keyfob) and said "help yourself".

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Maybe this will incentivise operators

to stop taking ****ing coins. Maybe I am an odd minority, but because I rarely use cash, I don't have a pocketful of assorted coins available at the drop of a hat. I'm less bothered by vending machines, but parking machines are the worst.

Big up for RingGo here, who run the parking at my local station (Warwick Parkway) and let you pay by card, via a phone call. And QPark who run the parking at the new QE in Brum. They take cards too. Very helpful when you have to rush your son into A&E at no notice, and have no cash.

And don't get me started about machines that don't give change - if I ever have any time left on a ticket I always try to give it to a new arrival.

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Monkey steals iPod touch, loses interest in minutes

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"Stormi-Lee"

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FORCE gov.uk suppliers to stick to 'open data principles' – MPs

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Government and competence

Imagine awarding a contract to build a hospital to a firm who instead of using IEEE approved wiring decided to implement it's own system, with custom made cabling (different colours) and plugs and sockets, maybe with triangular pins, you can only get from one supplier.

Because not using open standards in software is just the same.

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Osbo's booze, bingo, biz and big data Budget

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Why have I suddenly remembered that R.E.M.

started life as "Bingo Hand Job" ?

Showing my age now ...

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Potholes

Here in Brum, the roads are worse than ones I drove on in Kenya. In 1993. They don't need to have a shovelful of asphalt rolled into the hole, which lasts an afternoon. They need to re-lay the roads from a depth of 2m.

If the "potholes" in my street get any deeper, I shall apply for mineral rights.

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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Poes' law

Thanks for that, I particularly liked:

"Any sufficiently advanced troll is indistinguishable from a genuine kook."

(credit to Alan Morgan).

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Re: 1950s obscenity law

The problem is we'll get more pressure on ISPs. Imagine a law which makes the ISP liable if any smut gets to the Jones PC. ISPs would just block any site not verified as being in the UK.

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Beastie Boys settle with toy maker over Girls copyright dispute

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Re: So let me get this right...

time to update the quote about it will be a just world when the last lawyer is hung with the guts of the last banker ....

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Wackadoo DIYers scissor-kick beatboxer

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demobilized ?

is a *new* word ?

Where did the phrase "demobbed" come from then ? Along with the suit ?

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: moth balls

reminds of Jack Dees suggestion that wicker basket making is to keep mentally ill patients busy. One room makes a load of wicker baskets which are then taken to the next room to be dismantled ....

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Mission creep ?

Surely someone with your experience could broaden your brief to include drawing pins, staples, and by inclusion various tapes ? Meaning you get to play with parcel tape guns and staple guns ? That's the rest of the day sorted.

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Not sure if you're STILL running Windows XP? AmIRunningXP.com to the rescue!

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Windows plus !!!!

Was that the add-on that had an option to resize the desktop somehow ? I recall installing it, and breaking one of our companies products. It was only me that had the bug. Eventually the developers had to remove my machine, and install debug on it, to discover it was the Plus feature. I would have got a bollocking, only two customers reported the same thing a few days later, and I got a pat on the head for being so thorough in testing ....

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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er ....

surely "culs-de-sacs" ?

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: Vise grips

So not only do you call them the wrong thing, you compound the error by spelling it wrong too ?

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Calendar

Well, if "Roundabouts of Redditch" can fly off the shelves ...

Maybe El Reg/SPB is missing a trick here. I'm sure 12 glossy pics of LOHAN in various *ahem* "poses" with some cursory details of holidays in parts of the world you've never heard of, let alone care about, might prove lucrative.

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"epicaricacy"

well played sir ! Please accept a pint with the award ;)

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Soldering irons next week?

that'd descend into pure porn in a few pics. Soldering stations, wave baths, vacuum desoldering tools which look like a Star Trek hypo-spray.

And we'd have to deal with USAians saying "sodder" :(

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Missed opportunity here

we could have had cladogram of pliers, with long nose, slip joint, round nose, circlip ....

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Aha! But that's clearly two words! *claims internet pendant award*

Except the poster clearly stated "term" not "word". It's quite common for other languages to have to use more than one word for a direct translation of English, in much the same way as English sometimes has to use more than one word to express a foreign word. I give you "Schadenfreude", and take your pedant award.

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UK.gov to train up 11-year-old cyberwarriors

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Sounds to me like they want to train the good stuff *out*

Best way to test *any* system - particularly for security - is to let people who haven't a ****ing clue loose on it.

Worst way to test *any* system - particularly for security - is to let people who think they know what they're talking about loose on it.

So we'll end up with a generation who've been taught the "official" way, and won't think any other way.

Or we would if this hare-brained scheme lasts more than five minutes.

Serious question. Can anyone name any UK.gov "initiatives" in the past 20 years which are still going ?

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