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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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Re: They truly think we're all idiots

Can we imagine how the undercurrent of suspicion may have been allayed somewhat if this speech had occurred, say, a year ago.

Keeping everything secret, including their modus operandi, has done them no good, and whilst I have some confidence in what he is saying, we still do not know anything about this tight framework within which they operate.

If they want the keys to the system AND our blessing, then OVERSIGHT, OVERSIGHT, OVERSIGHT.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: Much as I appreciate using drones for recognizance...

Unfortunately this has been true since the day that the boss stopped leading the troops to battle.

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High altitude balloons tethered by electrical cable would fare better methinks

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Re: Ummm, no.

Hmm, I see an opportunity for a rear-window sticker..

"This car is fitted with an automatic braking system. Driving as close as you are so that you can read this means that the system will create additional braking distance ahead by slowing down, taking into account your inability to react quickly enough at this distance"

Although perhaps less wordy :)

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Re: "so that the car knows the human is not a reliable input.”

Re-runs of Knightrider to include deleted scene:

"I don't think this is a good idea Michael"

"Shut the fuck up Kitt, what do you know? You're just a car!"

<Kitt activates ejector seat and turbo boosts away from Kwik-fit garage>

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

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Re: Situation normal

Whilst critical infrastructure should not be connected to the internet, don't forget all the supporting computers that make it all a 'system', which if disrupted could still cause a huge amount of....disruption.

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Humans need an upgrade

As long as the initial ALARM is more widely publicized than the subsequent back-track, what incentive is there for them to stop the propaganda?

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Martha Lane Fox: YEUCH! The Internet is MADE by MEN?!?

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Re: Political Correctness gone MAD I tell you (@ Sir Runcible Spoon)

Well, Mr AC, I've got news for you, they are all under the sway of private money - so even the Captains aren't the Captains of the ship, and just who owns the ship eh?

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Re: Political Correctness gone MAD I tell you (@ Arnaut the ignorant)

"Some of us here prefer not to be led by the nose for all our decisions, you would apparently rather be led than have to make a hard decision"

You have a very odd idea about our Monarchy Mr/Mrs/Ms AC (but I'm guessing Mr.)

They don't make our decisions, we rely on the toffy-nosed upper middle-classes that went to the old-boys school to so that for us.

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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walking to work? Who are you trying to kid, you fat bastard

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Will.I.Am

For all the people like to have a bash at Will, he has achieved some good things.

For one, when he managed to drag himself out of the ghetto, he dragged the rest of his family out with him. He also then went back to the ghetto and built a car factory there so that other people in the ghetto could get out. One of his cars looked like it had white-walled tyres - but they were alloys - that's pretty cool.

Being a fellow ADHD sufferer, I know that not everything one does is a success - but it is often a trait of ADHD that you keep trying and never give up - that makes for a pretty good role model when compared to a lot of other 'stars' as far as I'm concerned.

Some of the things he says are a bit cringe-worthy admittedly, but overall I reckon he's one of the good guys*.

*Having said that, I should also point out his gross mistake in saying ""I hope none of the kids I send** to school only want to do music. The world doesn't need another musician. They need another Bill Gates"

**He set up a non-profit organisation to pay for schooling for kids - so again, some good with the bad :)

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Facebook's Zuckerberg in EBOLA VIRUS FIGHT: Billionaire battles bug

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Re: diagnostics test...

Considering that the current 'screening' at Heathrow consists of the person being

1) asked if they want to be screened

2) filling in the checkboxes on the forms themselves

I watched an interview with a documentary maker this morning who went through the process - they said yes to the screening (hence could report on how it was conducted) and was even then offered a HANDSHAKE at the end of the 'test'.

His response was predictable, just having come from a country where no-one shakes hands at the moment. The lack of training for the airport process is frightening - it's almost as if the power behind the scenes wants Ebola to spread to reduce world numbers a bit - especially as its infection vector is less contagious than many other nasties.

I am getting very cynical in my old age, but I can imagine someone power-monger somewhere thinking that he could protect himself from ebola whilst everyone else* gets it and reduces the planetary load by around 70%

*poor people obviously

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Ada Lovelace Day: Meet the 6 women who gave you the 'computer'

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Re: Tech reporting

It also doesn't mention a traditionally female dominated vocation as comparison.

Nursing for example. The ratio there in the UK is 11% male/ 89% female.

Why isn't everyone up in arms about that? It's more out of whack than IT?

Perhaps it's because most men don't care, and neither do women (about IT)? Not saying that's the case, just providing a foil.

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Lights off, nappies on! It's Alien: Isolation and The Evil Within

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Re: Oculus Rift

I followed a link to a video posted showing a guy who had this set up with his OR, and boy am I glad I skipped most of it - it was an hour long and then I realised it was 'part 1' - I'm assuming part 2 is where he screams like a girl at meeting the Alien.

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Re: oozing atmosphere

"My 64 year old mother is also playing this - being a big fan of Alien"

Has she had her ticker checked recently? I'd just double check that life insurance if I were you!

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Something ate Google's 8.8.8.8 at about eight in Asia's evening

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Attack scores a perfect 10!

When he's at my gate, with a big fat 8.8.8.8

You wanna see the smile on my face

And even at my door, with a poor poor 8.8.4.4

There ain't no man can replace

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Lies, damn pies and obesity statistics: We're NOT a nation of fatties

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Re: Laziness

I haven't seen any comments on all the crap in our foods these days either.

Unless you are 100% organic in your diet, you are pumping some form of man-made chemical into your body. I don't recall that the health system or food quality being that much better now than when I was in my late teens (circa 1990) so I was in my late 30's I was surprised to see a group of teenagers at the supermarket and I only came up to their shoulders, and I'm 6'.

I was thinking that all those growth hormones they pumped into animals to get them to the table sooner must be causing these kids to grow. Either that or Arnie was fathering hundreds of bastards in my neck of the woods.

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10 Top Tips For PRs Considering Whether To Phone The Register

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Re: Confession

Since most people drop the pronunciation of the leading letter, it is correct to use 'an hotel'.

Even the web page quoted agrees:

" If horrific was pronounced ‘orrific’ and historic was pronounced ‘istoric’ then it would be appropriate to refer to ‘an istoric occasion’ or ‘an orrific accident’. In the 18th and 19th centuries, people often did pronounce these words in this way.

Today, though, these three words are generally pronounced with a spoken ‘h’ at the beginning and so it’s now more logical to refer to ‘a hotel’, ‘a historic event’, or ‘a horrific accident’."

So if you are a person who pronounces your h's, then you are not wrong to write 'a hotel' since it is more 'logical' - but it is in no way incorrect to write 'an hotel'.

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Re: Confession

"an hotel"

+1 at least someone still understands the rules.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Re: Cabbage soup anyone?

Thanks for the laugh - I have actually been through this process myself, but the password wasn't taken when I did it..sorry.

The funniest thing is that whenever you create a password like this, it sets off some kind of celestial motion that entails you having to provide the password to that particular site to a boss or something. It's a law that should have a name "The Fucking Boiled Cabbage Principle@{}" or something.

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Re: change your passwords regularly

My fingers remember passwords better than my brain does sometimes.

I often find myself 'typing' a password out before I can remember what it is to put into the mobile device.

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Re: Pope Francis patting a fanny

Didn't they do that on spitting image?

Gob-baa-chef became Mouth-sheep-tongue

(the chef was sticking his tongue out in the picture)

If that's the kind of trouble that Ray-gun had, I have no idea what an issue it was for Shrub.

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Re: Not compatible

I like to use movie quotes, that way all you need to do is remember which movie is associated with which site - which is the bit I always cock up.

Badges?wedon'tneednostinkingbadges!

That's the one for my KKK membership login page (expired)

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NSA spying will shatter the internet, Silicon Valley bosses warn

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Re: Rules are easily side-stepped

Oh, I thought FIFA meant First In First Aaat (if you are from Essex at any rate)

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Re: Probably not

"outside the US!"

totally redundant qualification there

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Be nice to the public, PC Plod. Especially if you're trying to stop terrorists

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Re: worth noting

Don't FAC's have a limited number of slots on them anyway?

If you handed guns in and never had them removed you wouldn't have room to add new ones would you?

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IRONY ALERT: Former MI6 chief warns of 'mass snooping' - by PAEDOS

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Re: Seriously interesting comments both the Lord and the commentards

The insinuation and subsequent trial by media is usually enough.

Get the pitch-forks lads, tonight we're gonna have us a barb e queueueueueueu

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Re: Goodwins law needs revision

Considering the wide-ranging definitions of what constitutes KP I'm amazed that the Americans allow those 'Put your 4 year old child on stage in a skimpy outfit doing a crotch-thrusting pole-dance routine to win one of 100 crowns' type shows.

And showing them on TV is KP publication isn't it?

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Re: Extraordinary claims

"So, does that mean Cherie Blair was Mary-Jane Watson"

More like Mary-Jane Rotten-Crotch.

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act: What about privacy and freedom of expression?

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Re: I don't get Britain these days

It's hard to put my finger on what has led us to this scenario, but I can think of a few contributions to the list:

-Schools teach kids what to think, not how

-The miners' strikes and anti-iraq war protests getting nowhere seems to have led to a large degree of apathy

-Rapid rate of change for everyday living has left lots of people in some kind of weird auto-suggestive daze

-Ditto for advertising

-Lack of quality (informative and unbiased) television

-Boiling frog approach to rescinding our rights, most people are too dazed to know what is going on, even when you try and tell them!

Of course, it could always be just badgers.

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

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Re: @FormerKowloonTonger Lest We Forget.

You are making a large number of assumptions, most of which are a simple setup for a straw-man argument.

To object to the abuse of surveillance powers and to have a desire to restrict them and have proper oversight does not automatically equate to not wanting the security services to be able to do their job. To suggest otherwise as you have done simply undermines every other point you make.

Also, leading with ad hominem attacks is another tactic of the propagandist.

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Emma Watson should SHUT UP, all this abuse is HER OWN FAULT

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Re: 'Private' photos? For what/whom?

My imagination has provided another possibility: some people might like to remember how good they looked when they were younger.

I'm sure there are other reasons too. Human beings are sexual creatures, celebs included.

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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Re: Someone tell Sainsbury's

"Yet they still put sell-by dates on bottled water."

That probably has more to do with the amount of time taken for toxins to leach into the water from the plastic bottle.

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Re: Panic!

"@ Colin Brett:

Collider, oh please! Each of your cells is around 0.3%:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydroperoxyl"

We should be banning that shit as well..

"Hydroperoxyl is responsible for the destruction of ozone in the stratosphere"

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BT claims almost-gigabit connections over COPPER WIRE

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Re: Copper wires?

It does, it sounds a lot less misleading now :P

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Re: BT have claimed lots of things.

I was tempted to downvote just for the re-use of the same reference for multiple comments, you could have grouped them :)

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Re: Copper wires?

"Most"

Citation required.

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Four caged in UK after cyber-heist swipes €7m in EU carbon credits

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Would 'boxed' be more acceptable to you?

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"The only real heist is the one perpetrated against the-rest-of-us"

Including the allowance of purchasing voluntary carbon credits with private pension pot funds for a huge markup.

Not only that, but if you were unlucky enough to be conned into buying them (they're practically worthless - just try and sell them!) there are also boiler room scams out there ready to pounce on anyone who is desperate to sell them to try and claw back some of their money.

Doing some research on it I was amazed at the scale of the rip-offs and there are people out there who are close to retirement that lost *everything*.

They are seriously hazardous to your pension health and is a national scandal that rivals the banks playing roulette with poison risk bundles.

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Dyslexic, dyspraxic? No probs, says GCHQ

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Re: Duh

It doesn't apply to everyone with mental disorders, but if it does it tends to be significant.

I work in a complex field, and there are things I can do without much thought that others have a struggle to do at all (I have severe ADHD-combined).

On the other hand, there are things I am really bad at.

Like now for instance. I have to create a complex design in a complex environment based on vague requirements within a very short time-scale. Most people would just 'knock something together' and blame the lack of requirements if it goes pear-shaped later.

I can't do that, I *have* to do the best job I can, I can't put my name to something that I don't think will work - and if I don't know enough yet to know whether it will or not, then I have to spend the time learning. This slows me down *a lot*. I have a hard time thinking of things to put into the design if it isn't based on hard information.

It causes a lot of stress.

The hardest thing is the train-track thought processes. Like someone has mentioned - it *is* possible to change them, but only with the proper motivation and context. At all other times changing your mind mid-stride is the equivalent of de-railing a freight train. It takes time for the wreck to stop before you can even think about picking up the pieces :(

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Surprise: if you work from home you need the Internet

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Re: A couple of questions are raised in my mind...

"does the company have a minimum service standard that WFH employees have to have?"

I hope not, I'm struggling with a 3g service tethered to my phone at the moment!

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: Return journey

Considering the logistics of asteroid mining, I don't think it would be too much additional overhead to ensure that the resulting hulks are left in a non-threatening orbit.

Bear in mind that the mined asteroids are probably already in a stable orbit (otherwise we might have trouble finding them).

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Re: Return journey

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

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Re: That last Daly comment is a joke, or what?

I think they rendered some stars in sky which were not visible under the projected lighting conditions.

They then changed the exposure on their render to the point where they became visible.

That's how I understood it anyway.

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Oz carrier Tiger Air takes terror alerts to new heights

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Re: Targeted

"Proud to be British: Bloody Sunday.

I don't agree with a lot of what the IRA did, but I don't think the actions of our armed representatives on that particular day is anything to be proud of, do you?

1 thumb up & 8 thumbs down " <- as of 15:20

Well, it looks like there are at least 8 people who are proud that we (The British) shot civilians.

From the wiki:

"British paratroopers "lost control", fatally shooting fleeing civilians and those who tried to aid the civilians who had been shot by the British soldiers. The report stated that British soldiers had concocted lies in their attempt to hide their acts. Saville stated that the civilians had not been warned by the British soldiers that they intended to shoot. The report states, contrary to the previously established belief, that none of the soldiers fired in response to attacks by petrol bombers or stone throwers, and that the civilians were not posing any threat"

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Re: Targeted

"But be proud that throughout it all the British response was to ignore the cowards for what they are/were > spineless gits."

Proud to be British: Bloody Sunday.

I don't agree with a lot of what the IRA did, but I don't think the actions of our armed representatives on that particular day is anything to be proud of, do you?

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Re: Terrorism shmerrorism.

Hint: The current security theater has nothing to do with officials being scared of the terrorists.

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This is what you get for low level dissent these days is it?

How exactly was he being disruptive? Was he presenting his images/thoughts to fellow passengers like some kind of infomercial?

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Joan Rivers promotes iPhone 6 from BEYOND THE GRAVE

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"She sadly passed away during a throat operation"

Sadly.

Right.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/joan-rivers-palestinians-deserve-to-be-dead-9656554.html

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Reg readers respond: Yes, it's time for Comment of the Week

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Sir

Would you mind if I use this model on my company voicemail?

It's a lot better than forcing people to hang up by playing them jazz :)

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