* Posts by Bernard M. Orwell

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Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union

Bernard M. Orwell

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

Bernard M. Orwell

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

Bernard M. Orwell

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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Bernard M. Orwell

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

Bernard M. Orwell

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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Bernard M. Orwell

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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Bernard M. Orwell

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

Bernard M. Orwell

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

Bernard M. Orwell
Facepalm

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?

Bernard M. Orwell

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'

Bernard M. Orwell

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

Bernard M. Orwell

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

Bernard M. Orwell

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?

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Hmm...

Wow... just wow.

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Bernard M. Orwell

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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Bernard M. Orwell

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

Bernard M. Orwell

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

Bernard M. Orwell
Coat

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

Bernard M. Orwell

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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Woman who stung Tinder with sex-pest sueball stings again – with rival Bumble app

Bernard M. Orwell

You've gotta be nuts...

....as a bloke, to sign up to one of these sites.

Right now, the media, and especially it's wife, are up in arms and hatred against any man they can find who might have been offensive, creepy or sexist in any manner by any definition that they may think of in that precise second.

Being signed up to a dating site makes you a "creep" in their books immediately.

My advice? stop interacting with women; it's never going to work out in your favour!

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MYSTERY Russian satellite: ORBITAL WEAPON? Sat GOBBLER? What?

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: @ Yet Another Anonymous coward -- or...

Don't even bother with explosives. Couple of magnets, few ball bearings.... job done.

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Re: or...

What? The X-37 series automated shuttle never happened? I beg to differ....

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Bernard M. Orwell
Alien

Re: or...

Interesting thing about the X-37; it's wings are oversized compared to fuselage dimensions. Now, why would you need bigger wings on something that only needs them on re-entry? Why, so that it can carry a bigger payload....

....a bigger payload BACK from space. It doesn't need wings during launch at all.

Now, we don't know exactly how big the cargo bay of the X37 is, but it has the capability to open and close just like its big, manned siblings.

It would be a crying shame if a non-existent spy satellite was grabbed and brought back for analysis at a base that doesn't exist by a militarised space shuttle that doesn't exist, wouldn't it?

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Virgin Media CUTS OFF weekend 'net surfers after embarrassing smut-filtering snafu

Bernard M. Orwell

Good heavens!

Colour me shocked! And it's available right here in Cardiff too?

Sold!

:) thanks very much chaps.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Hmmm

Must admit, the people complaining about a temporary outage and then suggesting the downtime is an indication of incompetence remind me of some people I know involved in IT...

....the end users.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Coo!

Who's your provider? Is that a corporate lease-line or into your home? Do you pay £35 a month for it? If it's, as I suspect, the bandwidth used by your business, I certainly have you beat in my workplace. If its into your home and a reasonable price then I'm allllll ears.

Just tried a few of those "blocked" sites....yeah, didn't take long to reach those either, not that I ever use torrents. Those are for n00bs.

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Bernard M. Orwell

So, all you folks enjoying a little schadenfreuder at the expense of a few inconvienienced VM users; a question: What sort of speeds do your providers peak at? 2mb? 10mb? a whopping 50mb maybe?

My VM runs solidly at 152mb. I like that.

Find me an ISP with a comparable speed that *never* has such issues and I will swap to them today.

Otherwise, TTFN haters.

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Murder suspect charged after pics of strangle victim posted on 4chan

Bernard M. Orwell

I know we're all condemning this guy, as is probably right and proper, but is it only me that is detecting the note of something deeply tragic beneath the surface story?

What he wrote on the wall? The waiting for the police to arrive so they'd shoot him? The understanding that he'd done something terrible and that he would be no more soon? The fact he turned himself in, ultimately?

I don't think we have the whole tale yet.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for TERROR'

Bernard M. Orwell

"When I see a copper, I don't try to hide or run away covering my face since:

1) I've done nothing wrong (that I know of)

2) I trust them (within tolerances) to protect my interests. And my pancreas. You get it."

hmm...

1. You know *all* the laws then? Are you certain that the copper does too? If he says he can do X, do you know that you have the right to Y? Do you know the difference between a criminal infraction and a civil offence even? Let me assure you, you are probably about as skilled in such things as the coppers are themselves and if they decide they are going to "get you" for whatever reason, they will find something you've done. If nothing else they will find that you have "made obsence images" on your home computer which they found using RIPA and took using PACE. You will be held for 20+ days under S. 44 and S. 45. Am I right? Wrong? do you know? You going to argue that out with the coppers throwing you to the floor because you are black and in the wrong kind of car? Think that doesn't happen?

2. They don't trust you. They are told not to. They are trained not to. You are the enemy. They are not your protectors, your bobby or even your police. They belong to the state and the state wants to own you, your thoughts and your proclivities because those are saleable commodities. Not certain? Go take a look at the nature of the City of London Police Force. Not the Met., the City of London. They don't answer to the judiciary, but to an entity known as "UK PLC" - you can thank Gordon Brown for that. Still unsure? Take a look at the newly formed NCA - our very own secret police, answerable to the Home Office and set the task of hunting down TerrorPedos everywhere.

Still think you've done nothing? You're safe? Really?

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Easy Solution

I broadly agree with everything you've said in your posts so far, but let me take this up for a second as I don't hold with the "right to bear arms" thing as an expression of liberty. (Incidentally, thats the word we should be using in this thread instead of the word freedom. Worth looking up that rather subtle distinction.)

A gun only has one function: to kill. Especially automatic assault weapons. These are not suitable for hunting.

Other forms of infrastructure, such as the postal service, cars, fertilizer and alarm clocks *may* be used for acts of violence by imaginative persons, but guns *will* be by their nature and purpose. The two are not comparable.

If someone sold alarm clocks on the basis that they are the very best alarm clocks for timing explosives, or an ISP sold its services based on fast, secure bandwidth for the discerning terrorpedo shopper then I might well, if I were the Authorities, question the motivation of that reseller and the nature of his customers. In fact, I may well agree that probing that relationship with electronic surveillance might well be prudent.

If someone is selling automatic weapons, rocket launchers and phospherous ammunition then I'm not going to give them an automatic pass on the basis that its "probably ok".

Thing is, the persons selling that sort of kit to the terrorpedos happens to be our own governments. There's almost no law regulating the international arms trade but these clowns want to regulate my internet usage? If something needs to be investigated, probed and surveilled (watched?) then it's there we need to be looking. Not my internet history.

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Citizenfour: Poitras' doco is about NSA and GCHQ – NOT Snowden

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

Do you really think the CIA has no relationship with the NSA?

Naïve.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

I note that you haven't refuted this yet, MB. Why not?

Surely you have some opinion about how many children we're allowed to kill before its not ok? Or some argument that they aren't really children?

Or perhaps you're going to fall back to that idea that those who aid "terrorists" are just as bad as the "terrorists" and need to be killed? Doesn't matter if they aren't cooperating willingly or they've been herded into buildings you consider to be "military/viable targets" does it?

They're just terrorists getting in the way of killing more terrorists.

Not children. Not victims.

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Bernard M. Orwell

Re: One sided

Did you know she was a borderline atheist when she died?

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Re: RE: AC Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

"When those drones are used they are striking at real terrorists and I have zero problem with killing them or the 'innocent bystanders' they are being assisted by." ~Matt Bryant, 2014.

Here are my replies to that, MB.

http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2011/08/11/more-than-160-children-killed-in-us-strikes/

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8695679/168-children-killed-in-drone-strikes-in-Pakistan-since-start-of-campaign.html

http://tribune.com.pk/story/229844/the-day-69-children-died/

You fucking sicken me, MB.

More children have been killed as a result of the US war on terror than died in the 9/11 event and all other "related" events. How many more children have to die to support the way of life you espouse? Before you and your demented thinking tells you you've "won" the war on an abstract concept?

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Re: @Matt Bryant - Suckerdog Looking forward to seeing this

"Of course *you* have never been personally affected by Ebola or the beheading of hostages, so from *your* perspective you have nothing to worry about, do you?"

Bit of a shame that. Of course, it may be that he has experienced one or both of the above, but got better.

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

Bernard M. Orwell
Joke

Re: Bah!

A womans place is in the kitchen....a mans place is in the wrong.

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

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: As one of my friends used to joke

Agreed. Having played this through, I felt the alien was a little too "Humanoid" both in its stance and its movements. There was also something human about its behaviour, especially its search patterns.

There was some indefinable element of the original Alien that was somehow lacking.

That said, with the Oculus Rift hack it was one harsh experience....I may be scarred for some time.

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'MYSTERIOUS PYRAMID STRUCTURE' found on COMET beyond Mars: Landing planned

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Can someone tell me...

Space is not particularly colourful by nature. NASA adds colour to images to represent different variables; distance, spectronomy, mass, age etc.

NASA has a dept. dedicated to photshopping pictures and often spend months on such before they are released to the public. They even tinted early pictures of Mars red because the public *expected* them to be red. The actuality is that the sky of mars is a very similar tone to Earths skies and the ground isn't actually that red.

Sounding like a conspiracist? Not at all. These are verifiable facts from NASA itself. Draw your own conclusions...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/27/nasa-photoshop-images-video_n_841187.html

http://www.planetary.org/explore/space-topics/space-imaging/data.html

http://www.ominous-valve.com/martian_sky.html

http://astronomy.wonderhowto.com/how-to/nasas-secret-colorful-space-photos-from-hubble-plus-create-your-own-0132340/

http://www.goroadachi.com/etemenanki/mars-hiddencolors.htm

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

Bernard M. Orwell

Correction...

“Some of our thinking is challenged. Very significantly challenged,”

There. Fixed that for them.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

Bernard M. Orwell
Coat

"It sure is funny that whenever the government wants to justify its massive snooping into its citizen's lives, they always mention 'child molesters' and terrorists; the latest key buzzwords."

I sum it up with "Fire the TerrorPedos!"

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Bernard M. Orwell

"Suggesting they will remove human rights is clearly a way to loose the next election, they must see that?"

Alas, no. The government (of any flabour or stripe) has been weaving a narrative, supported by certain elements of the press, that Human Rights only serves to protect criminals who would otherwise have been convicted. It's on this platform that the right (ConKip) has been steadily building public concensus towards getting out of the EU.

Once we leave the EU (which is looking fairly inevitable at the moment) we will lose not just the HR protections we have, but *all* oversight that prevents our government from enacting just about any measure they want.

For some examples of things the EU, ECHR and ECJ have protected us from look back over the last four or five Home Secretaries careers and look at the various plans that have been scuppered by Europe saying "Non!" and "Nein!" at our leaders; Identity Cards, Stop & Search, Centralised DNA database, Camera surveillance in homes (Yes, they did try that one) and many others.

Unfortunately, the stupid part of our nations population has come to believe that to get rid of the TerrorPedos, Brown People Next Door and Spongers(tm), we have to give up this oversight...but it's all ok, because Cameron will write a nice, new British Charter that will protect all the "Proper Brits", won't he?

Please, when the referendum comes up, consider this before voting away our last line of defence.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

Bernard M. Orwell

Re: Gaz AC @Matt Bryant

Pot. Kettle.

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Re: Biter Bit

Didn't realise ISIS were in the house.

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