* Posts by Bernard M. Orwell

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Queen's Speech: Snoopers' Charter RETURNS amid 'modernisation' push

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Re: Time to leave

*crosses off Canada and New Zealand*

*studies list*

*Googles winter clothing....*

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FTFY

"Measures will also be brought forward to promote social cohesion"

Conform.

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An appropriate quote...

""Fear and grievance have won, liberalism has lost. But it is more precious than ever and we must keep fighting for it." ~ Nick Clegg.

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Re: Time to leave

Iceland. New Zealand. Canada.

All seem like reasonable candidates.

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Re: Well...

"Donate money and time to Liberty, Privacy International, Big Brother Watch and any political party who comes out against it. Then tell your MP about that too."

Quick, before they are labelled as 'extremist philosophies likely to inspire terrorism.'

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: even in western mainstream education the "religious education" is there.

Thank you for the timely reminder to retain balance; it's easy for me to get angry about this. The school is not teaching religion as history alas, and my evidence for that is the instruction about "daily prayers" they've also spouted. This is a pro-religion/Christian agenda.

As for arguing from a position of knowledge, I should probably mention that I used to be a Methodist preacher....

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Science is never right, it is just a little less wrong than yesterday.

Religion is always right, the same as it said it was yesterday.

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Do you mean "4.Behemoth rests under the branches of the lotus tree and takes cover in reeds"...that one?

Sauropod was probably about 70ft long and weighed maybe 8 tons or so. Those are some damned big trees and reeds then. Just sayin'.

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Re: How many sources?

That's advice that could be given to a fairly large slice of scientists these days. Climatologists for example.

[Prepares for the downvote storm].

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Re: The Nightmare

Quite so, even in western mainstream education the "religious education" is there.

A few days ago, my seven year old daughter came home singing hymns and talking about "Jesus who was gods son and died for our sins". She does not go to a religious school, and the one she attends is most definitely "inner city" multi-cultural. I can't even begin to talk about how outright offensive this is, not only to me but surely to the other parents in the school.

It's also taking some careful thinking and words to address the difficult conversations that this now raises with my daughter. (I've settled on "It's a story that some people choose to believe, but that doesn't mean its true").

I have decided to stand as a school governor.

Heaven help them if I get in, one might say.

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Re: so...

No, no... GOD told him, and GOD *was* there. So he's right. Yes? that's how it works?

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ZX Spectrum 'Hobbit' revival sparks developer dispute

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Something drops from above....

....and stings.

You are dead.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: One party state

as a "neo-socialist", I'd be delighted to see a fight-back from the centre/moderate left, but please, not TUSC. Anyone who thinks quoting Bob Crow as a source of profound political wisdom and believes that unions should be a voice in foreign policy decisions may need a rethink.

I don't want to swap one uninformed extremist for another one, ta very much!

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Witcher 3: Wild Hunt – a true monster in the making

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7/10 at best.

Hmmmm.... I have played all three Witchers and just about every other RPG ever released on a PC and I'm giving Witcher 3 7/10 if I'm generous. It's no Skyrim, that's for sure. I'm playing on a GTX Titan based rig, with a 4k monitor.

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* Nice framerates, very nicely optimised.

* Stunning lighting

* Great landscapes and scenery

* Beautiful soundtrack

* Best texture work I've seen in some time, especially on skin.

Against:

* Clunky animation, especially running anims. Makes it hard to stop where/when you want to.

* Little skill required for a very repetitive combat model.

* Voice acting is awful in the main

* Script is stilted, B-movie stuff.

* Character is not tabula rasa, but we're given "moral choices" often.

* Gameplay feels a little dated and "on rails".

For a similar gameplay experience, done better, I think you're best off taking a look at Batman: Arkham Knight, Shadow of Mordor (my Game of the Year) or Assassins Creed Black Flag. If you want a more immersive RPG, head right back to Skyrim. The Witcher isn't a bad series, but it is over-hyped, and isn't "all that".

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NSA spying is illegal? Then let's make it law, say Republicans

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Re: Where did he learn his use of analogies?

Also, grocery store had best not be selling personal data is almost certainly a breach of data protection laws.

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Re: 911

....Or the US's very own prediction entitled : "Bin Laden Determined to Attack in the US"...

..They ignored that too.

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Cylon is golden: Backstabbing bank holiday board games

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Re: Totally boring?

I think you can stop trolling him now, X7.

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Re: Fuck me:

He's also making the mistake of comparing scrabble and monopoly with BSG, SoC and other similar level of games. Thats like saying the egg and spoon race is a race, so its the same as the olympics.

:P

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Plod wants your PC? Brick it with a USB stick BEFORE they probe it

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Re: Automatic bricking...

""You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence."

Look familiar? If the plod asks you questions, you may refuse to answer. Note that your rights include mention that it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned.... nothing in there about you being required to answer or that it may harm your defence if you do not answer, only that your answers may be "used against you".

Don't answer. Get a lawyer.

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Licence to chill: Ex-CIA spyboss Petraeus gets probation for leaking US secrets to his mistress

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Re: How come he isn't cooling his heels in a cell?

The Daily Telegraph and Wikileaks are not, to my knowledge, nor have ever been, listed enemies of your state.

The accusation against them is that they published openly and thus allowed known enemies to read the documents in question.

What garuantee is there that patraeus' bit on the side didn't/wouldn't do the same thing, even inadvertently?

If manning committed treason, so did patreaus. The difference is his social status, nothing more.

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Re: Ladies and Gentlemen...

To be fair, it *may* be that he has replied and had his post removed. Perhaps when he learns to post like an adult, we might actually get to see his words of wisdom again.

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Ladies and Gentlemen...

....Please be upstanding and give your applause to Matt Bryant who will now materialise and explain to all of us why and how this was a fair and reasonable judgment completely within the bounds of law and why everyone except Patreus got a harsher treatment than the very stern finger wag he was subject to....

Come along MB, lets hear it.

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French outsourcer Atos fattens revenues on UK public sector

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Ex-Atos staff here...

...and I wonder if they will actually pay non-contractual bonuses this year or find yet another way to say that they "targets haven't been met" as they did every year I worked for them.

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High on bath salts, alleged Norse god attempts tree love

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"I am THOR!"

I'm not surprised after being tasered twice and getting into a fist fight with the police, thilly!

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Snowden didn't scare many out of US clouds says Forrester

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Oi. MB,

You remember when you challenged myself and others to find actual harm caused by NSA activities? Well, this is the sort of thing I meant.

If this suspicion and trend continues, there will be measurable harm to the USAs technology economy and that will, inevitably, spread to other sectors.

I note that you've challenged others to answer the same question since, but you've added a keyword; "Personally". You ask people to produce evidence of "actual harm caused to them *personally*", neatly avoiding the evidence of more indirect harm caused to a nations political, legal, social and economic systems.

Now, your philosophy of "I'm all right, it doesn't affect me, so its not my problem" may suit your view of the world, but most of us think more broadly than that, so I would advise the dropping of the word "personally" from your question which would actually allow for a reasonable answer.

Feel free to post your usual invective, side-stepping answer or ignore this with a simple down-vote as you usually do with arguments you can't answer without demonstrating your signature total disregard for the welfare of others members of the human race.

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Bloke faces 25 years in the cooler for upsetting Thai king on Facebook

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When, and if, Thailand begins to take care of its abandoned "street children" issues, then I might begin to take it seriously.

Seems they have other poor victims in greater need of state protection....

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Virgin Media goes TITSUP, RUINS Tuesday evening

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Cardiff here. No problems last night with VM whatsoever. Slight hiccup resulting in 20 second outage in connection at about 4pm, nothing beyond that.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

"At some point you're going to have to accept that a certain number of deaths through terrorism are unacceptable and require a surrender of part of your inviolable shield of privacy."

It won't stop the terrorists, will it? They'll keep coming regardless, won't they?

Well, in light of that, you can die on your knees if you want to. I'll face it standing, thanks very much.

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Forum chat is like Clarkson punching you repeatedly in the face

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Re: Good riddance, I say

Wait, I'm confused....are you saying Steve Coogan is funny?

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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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