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You're 30 years old and your PIN is '1983'. DAMMIT, biz mobe user

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Swipe to unlock ?

Mrs Pages Android HTC Wildfire has an option to unlock it with a series of swipe gestures. ....

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Apple FINGERED our personal packages every day, claim shop staff

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Re: Shame their first recourse was "the law"

Alternatively, how long would Apple continue with this policy if the checks started taking hours rather than minutes ? After all, the security guards have to be paid for the time they are there. If these checks started costing Apple $200 per shift rather than $20, they'd get the message.

If the staff banded together, and agreed to suffer a little extra pain, for collective gain, they could *easily* win.

The problem is anything which looks and sounds like collective activism in the workplace in the US is regarded with deep suspicion as "socialist". You know. Like universal healthcare.

Luckily some of us did study a bit of history, and know the sacrifices our ancestors had to make to give us the conditions we have today. It would be a poorer world if they had decided against acting because it might "cost a few minutes".

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Shame their first recourse was "the law"

Because there is so much fun, in an Ealing comedy way, to be had here.

Imagine *every* employee turns up with a bag with hundreds of dummy iPhone/iPads/iPods inside ?

And of course bags containing fermented Norwegian fish products ...

On a more prosaic note, could the staff and management not discussed this and come up with a solution ? I mean of the top of my head, how about secure lockers outside the stock area ? I.e. what any other company would have done ?

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Beam me up? Not in the life of this universe

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Re: "Spock must die !"

AIR it was because they were taken by surprise, given the anti-Spock a chance to swap ?

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"Spock must die !"

Clearly no real trekkies here, or you would recall this novel (by James Blish, it was the first non-canonical story to be published, I believe).

The plot centres around a Klingon operation to neutralise the Organians, by cloaking Organia in a tachyon field. They reason (correctly as it happens) that since Organians are beings of thought, they exist as tachyons. Therefore the tachyon field will constrain them, meaning the Organian Treaty can't be enforced.

Meanwhile, far, far away, the Enterprise is safe from the war the Klingons are starting, and pondering why the Organians haven't interceded. They decide the only way would be to visit Organia. Unfortunately it's light years away, while the transporter only has range of 16,000 miles.

Luckily Scotty has an idea about modifying the transporter to use tachyons. This results in a detailed description of how the transporter currently works, with a whole slab of philosophising thrown in for good measure, to loop the narrative back to the opening chapter where McCoy is grumbling that he's is reality "dead" because the transporter has dissembled him and ressembled him, and therefore he isn't the same person.

Spock is chosen to be beamed to Organia. However when the transporter is energised, the tachyon cloak (which the Enterprise crew are as yet unaware of) reflects the beam, and a *duplicate* Spock is created. Unfortunately for the crew (but fortunately for the plot) Scotty had to shield the transporter pad with some protective material which just just happened to be opaque. So they couldn't tell who the original Spock was. It then transpires that the reflection process resulted in an "anti-Spock" whose mental functions were opposite to the real Spock, and whose motivations are to *aid* the Klingons, rather than the Federation. Of course much hilarity ensues.

Hows that for a precis of a book I last read 25 years ago. Did I leave anything out

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Jurors start stretch in the cooler for Facebooking, Googling the accused

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Re: Really??

A fellow juror was alerted when he made a comment involving a fact that hadn't been presented in court. That juror contacted the judge who quizzed the original juror who admitted it, probably thinking it was "no big deal".

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Re: Why we have juries ...

And presumably illegal for you to research the fact that you can

not yet. But *if* we had a decent civics curriculum for our citizens, this should be very high on the agenda. It's a landmark in British jurisprudence, and something that sets British justice apart.

There is a quote, maybe from Edmund Burke, that a jury is it's own parliament, and the first act of any tyrant wishing to rule Britain would be to abolish juries, as they would be doing annoying things like acquitting innocent people, or acquitting where laws are unjust. Which, incidentally, why we no longer have the death penalty. Juries were becoming much less happy to convict if the accused would be executed ... the Home Office realised if they didn't act, eventually a murderer would go free.

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Re: Why we have juries ...

It's rare for the court briefing to actually tell the jury they can decline to return a verdict.

A litigant in person can, although judges *really* don't like it, they can't stop you.

Anyway, fuck that. *I* would place my (not guilty) vote, and explain it to the rest of the jury.

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Why we have juries ...

also - and worrying no one here has mentioned it - juries can judge THE LAW too. Google "jury nullification".

If you take that away, then you'll just have professional judges who will apply any old law.

There are a few laws in this country that I could not in all conscience send someone to prison for. And that is an absolute right any juror has.

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Plods probe death threat tweets to MP - but WHO will rid us of terrible trolls?

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Re: Not you as well.

Trolls = annoying, offensive but legal

Criminals = criminals.

The beauty of a *good* criminal justice system is it recognises that a criminal act is criminal, regardless of how it's perpetrated. Thus we have a law which says it's criminal to kill someone. Simples. No need for a list of methods of killing that are illegal.

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Selfridges dreaming of a snot-themed Christmas

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Why did El Reg headline make me think Blackadder ?

"So, you think there's a big market for snot coloured jewellery ?"

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Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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Does MS publish stats on Bing usage ?

I'd be curious to know if they either surge or slump, given this news.

I'd like to say I'd boycott Bing, but since I never used it anyway ....

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Hmmmm, real tin foil hat time ...

as alluded to by ShelLuser, I wonder if the real endpoint of this fun is to be able to ban ad/pop-up blockers ? That seems a much more rational reason than the guff spouted by Cameron.

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And can we know what's on this blacklist ?

Or do we need a website where people can register terms that they have seen bring it up ?

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Banknote campaigner's Twitter rape threats ordeal: Bloke, 21, cuffed

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Before Alan Turing - why not Ada Lovelace ?

or Linda Lovelace - either works for me

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Re: >>As a bloke I signed the petition to get a woman on a banknote

Ok with Florence Nightingale, but out of curiosity, was Mary Seacole ever considered ?

If you need to click this link, you've kind of proved my point.

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Kids LIE about age on Facebook, gasps Brit ad watchdog

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I wouldn't trust *any* ISP

my filters are set in my router. My responsibility.

One a serious note, with all of this heavy lifting being put on the shoulders of the ISPs, can anyone suggest the possible timings of:

1) Price increases to compensate them

and

2) someone suing an ISP because little Johnny saw a nipple, and their parents "thought the filters should stop that".

following on from 2, are we going to have a court case where it's decided the filters aren't 100% reliable (in which case (a) why have them and (b) how much more of a tit will Cameron look then) or that the ISPs are responsible and are liable for compensation (see point 1 above).

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Been hacked? Don't dial 999: The plods are too dense, sniffs sec bigwig

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@Vimes

So ?

ACPO also issued guidelines on how to deal with photographers, pointing out that photography in a public place is NOT illegal. They were completely ignored.

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SPEARS joins the 19-mile-high club: Intimate snaps

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Vaguely OT: Dara O'Briains science club ..

Did anyone see this last night ? The HAV NASA used landed in a 60ft tree, so the recovery team carry a chainsaw.

Is this part of the SPB kit ?

To paraphrase Nathaniel Hale (?) I regret I have only one thumbs-up to give you ...

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Work with Microsoft's stuff for a living? Its reorg will mean NOTHING to you

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No real surprise ...

Exactly what *is* Microsofts product ?

Desktop OS ?

Developer tools ?

Productivity tools (Office et al)

Server OS ?

Network software ?

Commercial products ?

Domestic products ?

Gaming ?

Tablets ?

Phone software ?

Yes, 20 years ago, the IT landscape *needed* one supplier of all these. But eventually customers started gaining experience in IT, and no longer needed one ring to rule them all.

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UK gov: Brit biz barons, get your privates in check before the spooks arrive

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also ...

I would hope, as a starting point, all companies would be ISO27001/27002 accredited ?

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So let me see

HMG want the UKs security services to perform a security audit of our 350 most capitalised companies, and then store that all in one place.

What could possibly go wrong ?

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Royston cops' ANPR 'ring of steel' BREAKS LAW, snarls watchdog

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Re: not everyone is equal

Aha, the arrogance of people who don't bother with history

Salon Kitty anyone ?

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Jackboot dangled over NSA's throat for US spy dragnet outrage

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Talk about brass neck ..

"This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process. We urge the House to reject the Amash Amendment, and instead move forward with an approach that appropriately takes into account the need for a reasoned review of what tools can best secure the nation," it added.

As if the original implementation was the product of open informed debate ?

A dictionary definition of "Chutzpah"

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UK pots 'n' pans outfit Lakeland scalded by hack attack

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I suspect we will see a lot more of this ..

smaller, less well known e-commerce sites being targeted, on the assumption their security will be less bullet proof, and giving hackers access to a load of personal data they can then use on bigger sites.

Once again: NEVER REUSE YOUR PASSWORD.

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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It's NOT the filtering

it's the suggestion that Google et al should be required to adulterate their search results, if a user types in a "certain phrase". Because it's axiomatic that that phrase will go from being "Child sex pictures", to "Tory party plans".

Also, yesterday on R4, Cameron hinted that Google et al might be required to inform the authorities, if a person uses certain search terms.

Now Mr Ray may be happy with that, but I for one am not, and have already started researching for a router that will support a VPN so that my household is out of scope for this.

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Texas school strikes devil's bargain, drops RFID student tracking

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200 cameras ?

Amateurs

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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@Graham Marsden

Good luck with that. The UK government already has a long established published policy (via ACPO) of harassing legal businesses they don't approve of. So it's not like you're going to be news to them.

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No one spotted the other obvious flaw in this cauldron of fail ?

Presumably it's only English-speaking perverts that will be affected. Or will the blacklists be translated into the appropriate terms in other languages[1]. I mean will "Chercher pour les enfants nue" be blocked ?

[1]Although I suspect, most UK politicians aren't aware there's a world that doesn't speak English ....

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

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Turing is a national hero ... but I don't agree

This is a cynical attempt to airbrush the repressive nature of the state out of history.

Let his conviction stand as a reminder to an age when we were less tolerant. Otherwise we might start to believe we've solved everything now ....

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1953: How Quatermass switched Britons from TV royalty to TV sci-fi

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All these comments

And no mention of Nigel Kneales incredibly prophetic "Year of the Sex Olympics" ?

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CONFIRMED: Driverless cars to hit actual British roads by end of year

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Re: All at once or none at all

"If you were starting from a blank sheet, you'd build your towns/cities/villages/etc so that vehicles and pedestrians were completely separated"

Wasn't Milton Keynes built like this ? The downside being with no mixing of cars and pedestrians, it can be a very dangerous place to walk at night, as you're out of sight ?

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Tweet like escaping Hell depends on it, Twitter Catholics told

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Indulgences ?! wft ?

Didn't they disappear with disco ?

Besides, is purgatory mentioned in the Bible (quick wiki) ah, I see ... Maccabees ... a disputed book of the bible.

"Two men say they're Jesus, one of them must be wrong ..."

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Boffins want toilets to become POWER PLANTS

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Why am I reminded ....

of the line from H2GT2G about needing a receipt every time you go to the toilet ?

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Daddy-o, you're all wet... baffled by your own kids on the web - survey

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English acronyms ... only 26 letters

means we're starting to see some duplication ... I thought "POS" meant "Piece Of Shit", and that kinda supplanted "Point Of Sale" ....

Recently had an amusing experience when Mother in Law was signing off "LOL" thinking it meant "Lots Of Love". No real harm done, except when she said to her nephew on Facebook "Sorry you weren't too well, LOL" ...

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Texas teen jailed for four months over sarcastic Facebook comment

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um

Am I the only person who read this that this guy hasn't been *sentenced* to this time in jail, but that he is in jail (i.e. without bail) awaiting trial ?

In which case aren't there 2 amendments in the US constitution that are relevant ? The 8th (Excessive bail) and 6th (Right to fair and speedy trial)

Just saying ......

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Universal Credit? Universal DISCREDIT, more like, say insiders

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@gazthejourno

Important information's gone from being 4 or 5 levels deep to about 20.

I suspect that is probably intentional ....

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Radar gremlins GROUND FLIGHTS across southern Blighty

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Re: Good

Tell me about it - only it's not London, but Brum. Have had that sodding copper chopper hovering in a tight circle around my street for 90 minutes at least 3 times this year.

Around 2 am.

No sirens, no sounds from the ground, and nothing on their twitter feed.

Oh, and it has some sort of flashbomb on the front, so as it's bearing down it's blinding you - really wouldn't have been out of place in "Apocalypse Now".

I have little time for a police force that tries hard to intimidate it's citizens.

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Shazam! 'World's richest' bloke lobs $40m at music-sniffing biz

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SoundHound seems to work better

for me, leastways. YMMV

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Germans brew up a right Sh*tstorm

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"fin de semaine" != "le weekend/le week-end"

at the risk of being boring, the reason the French (and Italians) had to nick the word "weekend" is because they had no concept of Friday night/Saturday/Sunday being in anyway different to any other combination of an evening followed by two days. "Fin de semaine" translates perfectly as "end of the week". However it means the same in French as English ... "end of the week". Where a "weekend" is a different (cultural) concept.

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Love in an elevator.... testing mast: The National Lift Tower

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giving the thousands who pass by on the M1 motorway something to ponder: “What the bloody heck is that for?”

The tower, or the M1 ?

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Re: Cardington

how does it compare to the assembly building for the Saturn V in Florida ? A building so vast it had it's own weather system, apparently : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_Assembly_Building

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Yorkshire plods LOSE 9,000 GUNS in rogue BOFH database blunder

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@gazthejourno

My point is that there was (and I will stake a tenner I could use the word "is") no effective oversight. Who was managing her ? How was her performance being monitored ?

Having employees with the degree of autonomy required to cause this clusterfuck is acceptable (and probably inevitable) in small man+dog outfits. But in a public service ?

So, my question stands. What *other* unsupervised employees are there in Yorkshire police ?

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Re: Blame database snafu on sacked administrator?

And our wonderful press won't ask why the hell an administrator was able to do this. Clearly there *is* (not was) a culture of amateurness in Yorkshire Police (which is the REAL story). So where else is it prevalent ?

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“We are in a situation not of our making,” said Chf Supt Odell

I beg to differ ....

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Throwing arms let humans rise above poo-flinging apes to play CRICKET

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Re: Throwing actions

Bad form to reply to ones self, but the same episode also showed that:

1) Men are just as likely to ask directions as women (although the subjects were tested *alone*)

and

2) Men are no better at parallel parking than women.

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Re: Throwing actions

There was a recent Mythbusters which looked at this and found negligible differences between young boys and girls when it came to throwing ... the differences set in after puberty.

If you want to assess two subjects and remove any learned bias, get them to throw with their other arm - as soon as you do that girls and boys throw pretty much equally.

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Bank details - PAH! Phishers want your FACEBOOK password

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One day ...

I might write a program to hit phishing links with hundreds of thousands of bogus login details, and invite people to forward me any phishing emails they get as targets.

In fact, now I'm thinking about it, a better way would be a distributed app (a la SETI@Home) so the logins appear to come from all over the net.

On a more low-tech note, if everybody who got a phishing email clicked the link and supplied a duff login, the inherent value in phishing would collapse overnight.

I just need that round tuit ....

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Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

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Vaguely reminds me of a comment

by a security expert years ago, who said that if people wanted to communicate securely, the best bet was to fax each other in handwritten arabic.

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