* Posts by Bernard M. Orwell

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Assange™ lawyers demand Swedish prosecution files or no London interview

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Oh ffs, Julian!

I've said it before and I'll say it again; your actions, Julian, do not do the cause any good. Information openness and government transparency is one thing, but what you are doing is just bollocks.

Man up and get this over with.

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Snowden shouldn't be extradited to US if he testifies about NSA spying, says Swiss gov

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I doubt it.

"Master spook blabbermouth Edward Snowden should be granted safe passage to and from Switzerland if he testifies about surveillance, the country's attorney general has reportedly said."

I doubt the attorney general called him that. At least, not openly.

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Boffins twist light to carry 2.05 bits in one photon

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Starting to sound like sci-fi....

"...encoded seven symbols onto a combination of the orbital angular momentum..."

Lock chevron seven...

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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Re: Marketing Slack The FISA court is worthless...

One more thing about FISA/FISC before we get carried away: Over the course of its life, FISC has presided over only around 34,000 cases (over around 30 years - thats not many per year). *If* all surveillance requests are passed through FISC, regardless of their authority and form, we can hardly call that blanket surveillance of the entire population, can we?

Are all instances of surveillance considered and approved by FISC?

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Re: Marketing Slack The FISA court is worthless...

MB is quite right, they did indeed refuse a massive 11 cases....out of tens of thousands. Trust him to obscure the numbers in favour of his BS argument. Here's some facts:

"It is also rare for FISA warrant requests to be turned down by the court. During the 25 years from 1979 to 2004, 18,742 warrants were granted, while just four were rejected. Fewer than 200 requests had to be modified before being accepted, almost all of them in 2003 and 2004. The four rejected requests were all from 2003, and all four were partially granted after being submitted for reconsideration by the government. Of the requests that had to be modified, few if any were before the year 2000. During the next eight years, from 2004 to 2012, there were over 15,100 additional warrants granted, with an additional seven being rejected. In all, over the entire 33-year period, the FISA court has granted 33,942 warrants, with only 11 denials – a rejection rate of 0.03 percent of the total requests" ~ (Wikipedia, FISC)

A rejection rate of a HUGE 0.03%. Woiw. That's clearly functional then.

Furthermore, whilst the FISC/FISA is indeed made up from qualified judges, the membership of FISC is at the very least questionable:

"In a July 2013 interview, Senator and privacy advocate Ron Wyden described the FISC warrant process as "the most one-sided legal process in the United States". "I don't know of any other legal system or court that really doesn't highlight anything except one point of view", he said. Later in the interview he said Congress should seek to "diversify some of the thinking on the court".[25]

Elizabeth Gotein, a co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, has criticized the court as being too compromised to be an impartial tribunal that oversees the work of the NSA and other U.S. intelligence activities. Since the court meets in secret, hears only the arguments of the government prior to deciding a case, and its rulings cannot be appealed or even reviewed by the public, she has argued that: "Like any other group that meets in secret behind closed doors with only one constituency appearing before them, they're subject to capture and bias."[26]

A related bias of the court results from what critics such as Julian Sanchez, a scholar at the Cato Institute, have described as the near certainty of the polarization or group think of the judges of the court. Since all of the judges are appointed by the same person (the Chief Justice of the United States), nearly all currently serving judges are of the same political party (the Republican Party), hear no opposing testimony and feel no pressure from colleagues or the public to moderate their rulings, group polarization is almost a certainty. "There's the real possibility that these judges become more extreme over time, even when they had only a mild bias to begin with", Sanchez said.[26]"

Yeah, ol' MB left out some inconvienient facts. As per usual.

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Re: petur Fair trial

Yeah, it's totally different in the US. There, they shoot you for putting your hands up then say it was fine and legal to do so.

All while the cameras are conveniently pointed the other way.

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Re: Dim Paul Moving back to the US is impossible, Edward..

IIRC, Manning was disallowed from calling most of the defence witnesses, whilst the prosecution was allowed anything and everything they want. Interesting idea of fairness.

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Re: @A.C. -- As Treasonas May is fond of saying...

If you'd like a history lesson in what happens when revolutions fail in the UK, and why they do so, have a browse for something called the "Chartist Movement" of the 19th Century. I doubt it would be far different from that...

...unfortunately.

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CIA re-orgs to build cyber-snooping into all investigations

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How long...

...before it comes to light that they've been spying on each other? Again.

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Snowden files show NSA's AURORAGOLD pwned 70% of world's mobe networks

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Re: Boring Bernie Boring Bernie Doctor Syntax Ben Bonkers The lunatics....

"But then that is the real political problem - we're not in a "real war", and Obambi promised on the election trail that he would close Gitmo and give all the detainees trials. Only he found out when he got into office that wasn't actually either legally possible nor desirable from a security viewpoint."

here, we are entirely in agreement MB. I suspect we believe there are different motivations behind gitmo and its associated legislation, and Obamas failure to make good on his rather ambitious promise, but the resultant is the same - a legal mess that's near impossible to untangle in any elegant manner.

"Do you want to argue that we were wrong to lock up the likes of Oswald Mosely (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oswald_Mosley#Internment) on the grounds of "free speech"?'

Actually, yes. My natural inclination is not to "inter" anyone who hasn't actually committed a crime. The mere idea of an "internment camp" in the modern age gives me the shivers. Bear in mind that making violent threats, inciting violence, certain forms of racist/hate speech and a fair few other similar things are, and have long been, illegal in the UK. It should not, in my opinion, be illegal to speak critically against the country you reside in, no matter how misguided the stance you take may be. It's a fundamental example of the freedoms our version of civilisation provides and one of the very things we are "fighting" for in the "war on terror" surely?

The suspension of Habeas Corpus is, I believe, never a good thing.

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Re: Ben Bonkers The lunatics are in the hall.

Sticking a downvote is not a reply. Perhaps you'd rather not explain why you put out different opinions on different threads?

You're just a troll. Admit it.

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Re: Boring Bernie Doctor Syntax Ben Bonkers The lunatics are in the hall.

You're wrong.

http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/guantanamo-habeas-results-the-definitive-list/

http://www.usnews.com/news/national/articles/2007/08/30/justice-department-lawyers-refuse-detainee-cases

Also, I didn't call them innocents. I just think they should be accorded legal rights so we can determine whether they are innocent or not.

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Re: Ben Bonkers The lunatics are in the hall.

"Seriously, you think anyone would be the slightest bit interested in you?" ~ Matt Bryant

"Anyone who believes that Snow boy's illegal disclosure of security ops is a good thing will be thinking much differently soon when their bank account is emptied, their credit cards compromised, their personal identity information is stolen and they end up going through years of headaches trying to sort it all out." ~ Matt Bryant.

Which is it? Are they interested in and/or protecting us as individuals or not? Your argument seems to be flaccid.

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Re: Doctor Syntax Ben Bonkers The lunatics are in the hall.

"Correct, so if it was anything at all to be worried about where are the hundreds of wrongly-convicted terrorists?"

Guantanamo.

" It's called due process and it does exist"

Not in Guantanamo it doesn't, as has been well documented.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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Re: It's about time the BBC was stopped from putting out scarmongering nonsense like this.

They used to, but then they chucked out the impartiality and the public charter, then hired a science editor (david shukman), who, whilst possessing zero scientific qualifications and minimal experience, decided that "Minority" scientific views (anything that be refute AGW, for example) would no longer be given air-time on BBC TV or Radio. He also presided over the sham that was the BBCs "scientific panel review for AGW" which included so few scientists that it needed to be covered up and argued against in court

Yet, he allows this pile of cobblers to be aired.

Hey, Auntie Beeb, I think your agenda may be showing....

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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Get a grip! :D

In Wales they're rolling out .cymru and .wales too.

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Spent the weekend watching Game of Thrones? You're a FAT LONELY SADDO

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Re: The credentials of the authors of the paper ...

"However, hibernating in front of your TV for a weekend is just plain sad."

So, what did you do with your weekend and why was it better? Work? Sport? Drinking? Unless you were actively saving lives, or creating a great work of art or literature, I doubt your chosen activity was any more "worthy".

Life is to be enjoyed, not a drudge until we die.

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I've done some research too....

... and found that if you have a PhD. in advertising and marketing then you are a grade-A wanker and of no value to society.

D.F.O.

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What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

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Re: George Orwell

Think you mean Paranoid, don't you? :D

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Re: George Orwell

Now, everyone, as usual, chant after me: "There are no conspiracies. All conspiracy theorists are nutters."

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/05/09/inside_nsa/

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'Revenge porn' bully told not to post people's nude pics online. That's it. That's his punishment

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This isn't revenge porn, surely. It's extortion isn't it?

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Facebook kills pic of Mohammed weeks after Zuck's Je suis Charlie!

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Re: There is a big difference between the two incidents:

Easy way to find out - publish a cartoon parodying Judaism or Israel.....

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: "In no way am I suggesting that INgrooves is an evil bunch of bastards"

If you file a notice for copyright claims, then refute the claim of the originator of the material, then monetize that claim, are you not "obtaining monies by deception" and thus subject to criminal law (fraud) rather than civil law? In this case, surely the police/courts should be dealing with the crime, rather than you having to sue as a litigant?

After all, isn't our gov. making a big song and dance about dealing widespread, organised crime on the web? Looks like a prime example here....

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Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

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Fixed that for you...

"“No foreign nation, no hacker, should be able to shut down our networks, steal our trade secrets, or invade the privacy of American families, especially our kids."

'cos we've already got that covered....

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Bloke in Belgium tries to trademark Je Suis Charlie slogan

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Re: Unclear motives

.....which you can indeed trademark.

http://www.knijff.com/markmatters/wednesday-the-trademark/

did you know that 3M plc. own the colour Yellow?

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

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Re: Oh not again

The problem is that the electorate, largely, don't know, don't care, don't want to know.

A fair slice won't understand the issue. Some won't even know what the word electorate means.

Those of us that do need to educate those that don't.

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Re: Ironic

No government will admit that education is the key, nor will they invest in it. Instead they will dumb down our newsfeeds, restrict our ability to communicate and investigate and censor anything that they don't like the look of.

Why?

Because an informed public would realise, en masse, what a bunch of manipulative, lying morons the government are and maybe, just maybe, they would act.

Keep 'em separated. That's the gov. strategy.

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Anonymous vows to avenge Charlie Hebdo massacre by blitzing jihadist sites

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Re: Trying to associate themselves with good

Shhh MB, Shhh.. back to sleep. Nothing to see here.

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Re: The muslim scum

Ooh. Crikey.

I'd best have a chat with the Archbishop of Canterbury regarding the actions of Heavens Gate then!

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Re: Interesting

Some points:

This anon didn't say he was Muslim, just that his community and ethnicity had been slurred. Charlie Hebdo had a strong reputation for attacking just about everyone with their satirical publication, so this commentard might be anyone; gay, british, American, Chinese, disabled etc. etc. Let's not jump to conclusions about who the offended party is.

Secondly, to the commentard in question; these were *not* adolescents. They were both over 70 years old and had survived the worst of what much of the world can throw. They expressed this experience in art and words and were not targeting any specific group exclusively. I would hesitate to condemn their satire as frivolous or shallow.

Perspective and reason please, people.

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Elite: Dangerous 'billionaire' gamers are being 'antisocial', moan players

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Re: my cobra makes a whining noise

Well damn! Citrix receiver and E:D don't get on?! That explains a few issues I've been facing! :P

Ta!!

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Precisely this, MrPSB. I think Sabroni should graciously accept your well researched points.

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Re: It's for kids!

I think someone forgot to attach an icon...

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Doctor Who's tangerine dream and Clara's death wish in Last Christmas

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Dr Who...

...Has become shit.

Review ends.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Oculus, LeapMotion & VoiceAttack on E:D

I've been in gaming since the very earliest of days and I've never experienced a game so immersive in all that time.

Yeah, its got teething issues but this is the stuff that I dreamt of in my childhood and now I get to do it. No complaints if it has a little hiccup or two.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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It's clobberin' time.

Ok, so, let's take a little look at the GCHQ claims....

"Intelligence officers claim to be blind to more than a quarter of the actions of the UK’s worst crime gangs following changes by crooks in their communication methods, which spooks attribute to leaks by the former NSA contractor, the Daily Telegraph reports."

So, you knew how they were communicating prior to the Snowdon Revelations, and yet you failed to act on that intelligence? Good...well done. You knew who they were, so no need for mass surveillance to find them then? Excellent. Good job!

Also, only one quarter? Have the rest not changed their methods? Do you know who they are? If you don't know who they are, then it follows you don't know how many there are, in which case how do you know that you've lost one quarter of them? If you DO know who they are, see my points above. Again, no need for mass surveillance is there? Oh, and please turn in your budget because you've clearly been a colossal waste of money if this is the case.

"citing unnamed “senior security officials”.

hmm...I wonder if that would be a certain Home Secretary, as she is now the head of the NCA and associated security services.

"Communication suppliers – historically willing facilitators of wiretapping – are “refusing to hand over evidence on the likes of drug smugglers or fraudsters” because they do not pose a “direct threat to life”

That is, they are *obeying* the law as it stands and not breaching DPA, RIPA or The Communications Act. They wait, as they have been told to, for a warrant to appear. Good job ISPs!

"One unnamed major drug smuggling gang has supposedly been able to operate “unimpeded for the last year” after changing their operations last autumn"

Why haven't you arrested them previously? Lack of evidence? Using them as an asset to find "bigger fish"? Either way, not protecting the public or state much there are you. No need for mass surveillance to find them either. Again.

"We have specific evidence of where key targets have changed their communication behaviour as a direct result of what they have read.”

Ah...if you know what they are reading on the interwebs you *must* have the evidence after all. Why no arrest? What was your budget again?

"“They have moved to more secure forms of communication"

An advert for crims! There are things that GCHQ can't break that is simple enough that 25% of all crims have already figured it out and adopted it! Splendid. Not. So, you're not very *good* at your jobs either...about that budget....

"Law enforcement figures on both sides of the Atlantic have complained that plans by Apple and Google to build improved encryption into smartphones is a gift to criminals, particularly terrorists and paedophiles."

Well, a free market economy and capitalist philosophy providing a product for a nascent market? No one expected that! Ahem. It also appears to be a market you've created GCHQ/NSA. If you'd not been trawling everyone for everything that consumer need might not be so strong.

"“We have techniques that need to be protected,” the source told the Telegraph. “The choice is not to pursue a network and we have decided not to press ahead where there is a possibility of being detected.”

So, you've given up being our stalwart defenders? Again, budget.

GCHQ operations are one part of a broadening network of social control, along with the unaccountable secret police called the NCA and the Home Secretary. They shout TerrorPedos....sorry DRUGGIE TerrorPedos now, and we're all supposed to run to mummy for protection. They think we're pathetic, weak and stupid, but Snowden shows we're not powerless.

More power to him and others that may yet emerge from the shadowed ranks of bullshit.

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Re: The clueless will pay for their ignorance

"Anyone who believes that Snow boy's illegal disclosure of security ops is a good thing will be thinking much differently soon when their bank account is emptied, their credit cards compromised, their personal identity information is stolen and they end up going through years of headaches trying to sort it all out."

How many times did you bellow how the security services weren't interested in us as individuals? What makes you think they are now interested in helping me secure my data or bank account? Also, this is the sphere of the Stazsi....sorry, the NCA, these days and not GCHQ anyway.

Sloppy MB, very sloppy.

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Feds finger Norks in Sony hack, Obama asks: HOW DO YOU SOLVE A PROBLEM LIKE KOREA?

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Re: Freedom of expression

Yes, because White House Down, 24, The West Wing or any number of other action dramas never, ever depict the POTUS in any amount of danger, do they?

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: Dunno about warming

A downvote? Someone doesn't like evidence.

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Re: Dunno about warming

"do not point Fukushima at me"

Yeah, this annoys me too when it gets cited as a reason we shouldn't use nuclear power.

Fukushima is an example of success, not failure:

The six reactors were built to withstand massive earthquakes and are marvels of modern engineering and architecture. The tsunami and earthquake that they experienced were unheard of in terms of magnitude for that area. Three reactors suffered a meltdown the cause of which is attributed to failings in the manual shutdown process that the operators used. Only one reactor suffered a crack, and the amount of radiation that leaked was phenomenally low....

....oh yeah, and no one, to date, is listed as a casualty of the meltdown.

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

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Pirate Bay admins 'couldn't care less' about police raid

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Re: But... But... But...

Because nooooo...there are never, ever dodgy conspiracies and deals done, are there?

LIBOR, Watergate, Iran-Contra, Toxic Debts, asbestos marketing, CoIntelPro....

No...it's fine we can trust the big media companies and a bunch of dodgy pirates to be telling us all the absolute truth. Yep. Ok.

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Furious GTA V gamers seek similar ban on violent, misogynistic title: the Holy Bible

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Well said Trevor, but you should not underestimate the human capacity for extremism. Even if we did away with all religion forever, the spectre of patriotism is lurking close by....

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Re: Re:

Four downvoters there had a sense of humour and/or irony failure.

I chuckled.

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

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Re: Hmm...

Wow... just wow.

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Re: What is terrorism ?

"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."

Very good point to which I will only add the thought that it was, in both your examples, the leaders of society who most notably suffered those punishments. Perhaps there is yet hope.

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Re: A Turing Test for the 21st century

"Terrorist Discussion" ~ any dialogue, in any media, that the state deems as a terrorist discussion.

Pretty easy to find when defined in such a manner, no?

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Article needs some edits...

“It will be illegal to use eCall to track a driver’s movements or to misuse location data, which must be sent only to the emergency services..." .... Which will include the security services, of course, and anyone who pays us sufficient 'donations' to be redefined as an emergency service.

"Nor is any of the data gathered allowed to be passed on to third parties without the explicit consent of the person involved".... which will involve checking a tiny opt-out checkbox clause on page 79 of the agreement. Besides, selling data to selected partners is different to just passing it on, right?

I know we've all been promised before that data will be anonymised, used for a specific purpose and never, ever, ever passed on to third party interests, but this time its true, honest. And no, I can promise you that no one will be able to slurp the "metadata" because we've made it illegal to do so.

Whats that about those that don't learn from history?

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Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

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Re: People are griping about the practicality of a "light sabre"?

yeah, but consistency is a weird thing. Lots of fans have been expressing their disappointment that Episode VII doesn't follow the "canon" laid down in the extended universe books.

One of the main characters in those novels is called "Lumiya" and she, I believe, uses a "Force Whip". Yep, that's a whip version of the lightsabre. Now, if you want silly I would say there it is.

Further, there is precedent in the movies for customised lightsabres. Dookus' custom hilt is the obvious one, shaped into a traditional cavalry sabre grip for fencing, but Yoda's is little more than dagger sized to just about everyone else.

Still further, if you extend the canon into the supporting games you will see lots of references to various combat styles employed by force wielders, often depending on the type of hilt/sabre in use and the physical abilities of the Jedi/Sith in question. Compare and contrast Yoda, Obi Wan and Vader for example.

So yeah, don't knock the crossguard too much, it might just be a sign that the wielder has an alternative style which could be quite fun to watch.

Anyway. Falcon. 'nuff said.

I'm going now....

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Anonymous ‪hacks the Ku Klux Klan after Ferguson‬ threats

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Re: Do any of you realize...

"Follow the rules or get caught up in the legal system. Those are the choices available to you."

No. If the laws are unjust or are applied unfairly, then there are two other choices open to you.

Refuse. Resist.

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