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Apple's Cook: We have never allowed g-men access to Apple servers

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Re: "So only users, not Apple, can grant access to law enforcement agencies."

If you manage to lock yourself out of your phone, you are an idiot and you deserve to have to wipe your data. I don't see how it's Apple's responsibility or business to save people from their own foolishness.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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Internet users are suspicious

It's not just heavy VPN users that are suspicious.

All internet users might be committing crimes. In fact, everyone who evens uses a computer or phone is probably a paedophile or copyright infringer and, let's face it, they are as bad as each other.

If you ask me, they should immediately inter anyone who uses any electronic communication device that is not under the direct control of GCHQ/NSA. Its the only language these bastards understand.

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Re: Security questions?

What you do is you write them down and store them in a secure location. They call it "memorable information" but what matters is whether you can recover the information. It doesn't matter whether you can remember it.

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Why not? It's an English site and, being English, I understood it perfectly.

I am sure non-English speakers (e.g. those from the US) are very welcome here, but don't complain if you don't get all the jokes.

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

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It has been a source of considerable pleasure to me to see the collective inertia that has prevented any real action against copyright infringers. I wish the rights holders continuing success in ordering back the tides.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Being closely related to is not the same as being the same.

The Theft Act 1968 s1(1) makes it clear that, in order to constitute theft, an act needs to deprive the rightful owner of the thing stolen. In the case of copyrighted material, this is not the case.

You are wrong - copyright violations do not constitute theft as defined in English law.

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Nadella: Yes I can put 2 THINGS FIRST. I will say them at the same time – CLOUDOBILE

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Re: There should only ever be one thing "first" in business...

Indeed but Microsoft forgot about them long since.

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Listen: WORST EVER customer service call – Comcast is 'very embarrassed'

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Just refuse to discuss it

I had a similar start to a conversation when I left O2 after 15 years. I was asked why, I explained that Three was giving me a better deal. The CS representative asked what was better about it and I told him that I was contacting them to cancel my service, not to give them the opportunity to sell me anything and that I had no intention of answering any further questions. That was that.

I wasn't rude but I brook no nonsense and I made that clear. It really isn't that hard.

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

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Gorilla glass works for me

My last three phones have all had Gorilla glass and, after a couple of years of daily use, none of them had a scratch on them that was visible except held up to a bright light and subject to very close inspection.

I never use a screen protector and Gorilla glass has served me well.

I don't know what you have been doing with your phone(s) but I suggest you give being slightly careful a go. A smartphone is an electronic device, not a lump hammer.

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F1? No, it's Formula E as electric racing cars hit the track

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You have shown that you nothing about F1 then.

I have been watching F1 avidly since I was 6 (I'm now in my 50s) and the Bahrain GP this year was one of the most exciting races I have ever seen. It is also idiotic to talk about "bump and grind" at 200 mph. F1 cars have never routinely bumped each other because it's extremely dangerous in an open wheel car.

F1 has always been and remains the pinnacle of motorsport. Touring cars, not so much.

You are right about the noise though.

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Re: Battery Times

That is indeed true but they only do to change onto a "wet" bike i.e. when it starts pissing it down and they need bikes with wets and a wet setup.

It also used to be the case that F1 teams had a spare car that they could use if a car were badly damaged.

I don't know why this story brought El Reg's churls out in force but I see no reason why this couldn't be a genuinely interesting formula. I'll make my judgement when I see the first race and I shall look forward to it.

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BlackBerry knocks Google's KNOX LOCK PICK for Android

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Knox sucks, BB is worse

I hate Knox and it is the sole reason why I shan't be buying another Samsung device but BlackBerry?

My BB was replaced about a year ago by an iPhone and, while I much prefer my S4 to my work iPhone, it's a huge improvement over my BB.

BB is an object lesson in how complacency can kill a business that is dominant in its sector within a few years. Bye bye BB.

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True fact: Your CAT wees ... like a racehorse

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Re: Mogpiss Monday Blues

I used to have a rodent problem. My stupid cat used to bring them into the house all the time. I'd never seen a mouse in the house until I foolishly acceded to my children's wishes to get a couple of cats. Fortunately, they both got run over (the cats, not the children). Now I'm back to seeing no mice at all as opposed to at least one or two a day in the spring and summer.

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Microsoft tests HALF-INCH second screen to spur workplace play

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Inch?

Aren't inches those things they used to use in the Middle Ages to measure something or other? How very Olde Worlde.

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YouTube will nuke indie music videos in DAYS, says Google exec

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Scumbags

Don't be evil - bollocks.

I used to like Google.

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Space station 'nauts will use URINE-FUELLED ESPRESSO MACHINE

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No-one should have to drink instant coffee. It's an abomination.

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Bitcoin ransomware racket makes bank

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Re: Re. Crypto-Malware

What utter rubbish.

First of all, 2048 bit keys are used in asymmetric key cryptography whereas trojans such as these use symmetric key encryption like AES where 256 bits would be a very strong key.

Secondly, you cannot just play these backwards and extract the key so even knowing the exact plaintext (let alone a rough approximation) will not allow you easily to recover the key.

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Ukrainian teen created in lab passes Turing Test – famous nutty prof

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Re: AI is harder than Turing expected

Your understanding of the entscheidungsproblem is flawed. It is perfectly possible to determine whether some classes of program will halt and both computers and people can do this.

What Turing showed in his famous paper was that there is no generally applicable way of doing so. Since we do not know whether human beings can determine whether all programs will halt, we cannot judge whether humans can do something machines cannot. Maybe we can, maybe we can't. My money is on the latter.

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REVEALED: GCHQ's BEYOND TOP SECRET Middle Eastern INTERNET SPY BASE

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Re: TRAITORS

Indeed it is not fair to lump The Daily Mail in with UKIP.

One of these is only supported by people who are merely closet racists, the other by overt racists. Here are some examples.

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/may/28/ukip-councillor-sacked-newly-elected

http://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/Outrage-prospective-MP-condemns-Islam-blog/story-12089789-detail/story.html#ixzz2KYhtrxjS

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/05/19/farage-ukip-tired_n_5349828.html

http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2013/aug/06/ukip-godfrey-bloom-bongo-bongo-land.

http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2013/05/19/more-ukip-horror-as-investigation-exposes-racist-abuse

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2537834/UKIPs-vile-Mandela-slave-rant-exposed-New-racism-storm-following-remarks-former-South-African-President-murdered-teenager-Stephen-Lawrence.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/ukip/10828481/British-Asian-Ukip-youth-leader-quits-racist-and-terrifying-Ukip.html

Shall I go on?

Whatever your views on the EU, UKIP is a party of and for xenophobes, racists and bigots. It is the BNP with (slightly) better marketing.

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Kardashian's bottom plumps down on Instagram throne

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Dante misquote

Dante said "Lasciate ogni speranza, voi ch'entrate." which means abandon all hope, ye who enter here not "all you who enter here".

Yes I am a pedant but since this quote is sadly about all Dante is remembered for these days, let us at least get that bit right.

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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Huge bezel

The bezel looks enormous compared to almost any recent device. Even comparing it to my aged Xoom it looks big but it must be twice the size (proportionally speaking) as that on my S4 or Note 10.1 2014.

As my Australian colleague would say, not a good look.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

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This article is completely idiotic. The only reasonable thing the author says is "Somebody, somewhere, needs a highway traffic simulator... ". Since traffic simulation is extremely complex and the author has clearly not done the simulation he says is required, there is no basis whatever for anything else in the article.

What a waste of space.

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Microsoft Surface 3 Pro: Flip me over, fondle me up

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Who ate all the pies?

Compared to an iPad or a top end Android tablet like the Note 10.1 2014, the Surface looks like a real porker. Its screen is too small to use for an extended period and it isn't usable with the keyboard except on a flat surface.

I can't see this doing much better than the previous iterations, of which I have only seen about 10 in the flesh compared to more iPads than you could shake a stick at. Windows 8.1 really isn't that bad compared to most previous iterations of Windows but this device sits uncomfortably between a consumption only device like the iPad and proper laptops on which you can actually do real work. It may not flop as badly as the first iteration of the Surface, but I confidently predict that it will flop nonetheless.

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Motorola Moto E: Brill budget blower with one bothersome blunder

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Re: I don't see this as a problem.

You need to communicate with better looking people then.

I use Skype and the front facing camera to talk to my wife and children on a regular basis and I rather like to be able to look at them. Whether they feel quite the same about looking at me may be another matter.

I don't know what's got into the commentards today but this is a Luddite's convention. You may be stuck in the 1990s but most people are not and front-facing cameras are almost universal on smartphones these days because most people like and use them.

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Cisco reboots PC with $1500 'Scandafornian' Android fondleslab

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Steve Jobs was right

The fact is that touch doesn't work well on a desktop as Steve Jobs repeatedly, and correctly, pointed out.

It just isn't comfortable to have to lift your arm up and stretch it out to the screen. Touch is great for a device that is close and more or less flat (i.e. parallel to the ground) but there is a reason why touch screen laptops never took off.

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Not so FAST: Another discount software broker BOOTED OUT

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Re: Value, what value?

I am a Chartered Accountant and that is broadly correct although it wouldn't be a liability. If an asset has a value to a business, that value should be reflected in its balance sheet. If it does not (either through use or resale) then it should be written off and treated as having zero value.

As an example, if a business were to spend £150,000 on Oracle GRC licenses and find that the product didn't do what it expected (e.g. because it didn't research the product properly in advance as a client of mine foolishly did) and the licences end up not being used, you cannot show any of that £150,000 in your financial statements unless you can resell the licences.

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You'll NEVER guess who's building the first Ubuntu phones in 2014

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Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Sadly, neither have I but they should use the St George's Cross. That's the English flag and it's the English language. Apart from anything, the Cross of St George is one of the most attractive flags there is. The Union flag is a ugly mishmash and most UK citizens can't even tell which way up it should go.

If a schoolboy can't draw a flag in 10 minutes using no more than a ruler, a pair of compasses and a box of coloured pencils, it's a crap flag.

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Re: Hope the contract includes upgrading the website to mulitingual support

Flags may be wrong for some languages (although it's not clear to me which) but not for English. It's called English for a reason - i.e. that it is a language made up by the inhabitants of England.

They should show an English flag and if anyone doesn't like that, they are free to go and make up their own language and use that instead and stick their own flag next to it.

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Is modern life possible without a smartphone?

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Re: Sometimes, a telephone is just a telephone.

I wouldn't be that bothered if my phone (S4) couldn't make calls.

It's a camera, a satnav, music player, ebook reader, web browser, video recorder, calculator, email client, metronome, (instrument) tuner, compass, notepad, diary, address book, IM client, torch, magnifier, games console, video player, bike computer, barometer etc. Almost all of these features are ones I use daily and if not, at least weekly. All of this easily fits in my pocket.

Life is possible without a smartphone. Modern life is not.

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It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Re: Well..

There are good reasons to doubt the attribution of BWV 565 to Bach but it is not true that it has been proved conclusively and the doubts over the attribution are certainly not universally accepted by Bach scholars.

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Re: Audiophile and Sonos mentioned in the same article?

Isn't that the point?

How much cachet would your absurdly over-priced equipment have if ordinary people had heard of it?

Audiophile = snake oil consumer.

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Satya Nadella is 'a sheep, a follower' says ex-Microsoft exec

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Buffoon

@Phil W

You are a buffoon. That is not a double negative but a perfectly correct use of the word "nor". It would be wise to learn English properly yourself before attempting to correct other people's English.

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Google's new Glass: Now with audio connection INSIDE the SKULL

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Re: Idiot tech?

Californian Law prohibits having a visible monitor on while driving. There is an exception for GPS though.

She is apparently appealing although I have no idea how successful that appeal is likely to be.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Re: I've ordered a 5C

I have a Galaxy S4 and an iPhone 5.

I hardly use the iPhone because I much prefer my S4.

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Speaking in Tech: 'I'm not a pimp just because I wear a fedora'

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Trilby not Fedora

I came here to show off my knowledge of hats, but I've been beaten to it no less than three times.

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Pair of complete tits sorry for pervy app

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Re: Idiots. @ItsNotMe

"Centuries"?

You have a poor grasp of evolutionary history.

You remind me of a women I heard on Radio 4 once referring to the oldest profession (using those words) as "going back to the dawn of time, even back to Victorian times".

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Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Dismayed

Nestle has a terrible reputation for all sorts of things but its profiteering promotion of baby formula in the third world in breach of WHO guidelines in particular has led to the deaths and impaired health of tens of thousands of babies.

Does Google really want to be associated with a company like Nestle?

Calling the next version KitKat may be preferable to calling it Marlborough Lights or AK47 but not much. What an idiotic decision.

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

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If you don't need one of these, feel free not to buy one.

I think is't a pretty neat idea and, if they end up making them, I shall probably buy one. I can think of lots of uses for something like this.

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Another big SAP project hits the rocks in Oz

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Re: SAP is for saps

In that case you have seen teeny weeny little projectettes.

No reasonable scale SAP project could possibly be carried out or even led by a single admin so that is a ridiculous comparison. Not that I am sticking up for SAP, which is an absurd behemoth that has a tendency to grow like a cancer. It is also hideously ugly and user-unfriendly, producing utterly incomprehensible error messages, often in German (although they aren't any more comprehensible in English).

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Japan's unwanted IT workers dumped in 'forcing-out rooms'

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Re: How strict are gun laws in Japan ?

Fortunately this sort of behaviour is largely limited to the US.

Japanese people are too polite to do something like this.

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Webcam stripper strikes back at vicious 4Chan trolls after year of bullying

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She is right. Anyone who posts bile-filled messages to someone they don't even know is the epitome of a sad, bitter and pathetic individual whose life is so meaningless and empty that the most useful thing they can do is to try to make someone else feel like they do.

They are utter scum and this sort of behaviour is starting to make me wonder whether anonymity on the internet isn't almost entirely a bad thing. These miserable little worms wouldn't have the courage to insult anyone to their face. Most of them have probably never even spoken to a women in real life who wasn't related to them.

My contempt for these worthless individuals is almost unbounded.

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Chubby-chasing SEX TROLLS ran me offline, says fashion blogger

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Re: Welcome to the real world, kid.

We don't because a far higher proportion of men are arseholes than women.

If I think back over my whole life and all the people I have ever known, far far more of the arseholes were men. The simple fact .is that prisons are full of men not women, obnoxious, threatening and violent behaviour is almost always perpetrated by men and all these cretinous trolls on the net are men.

It may be true that we (men that is, yes I am one of them) handle it differently but then we hardly have to as we encounter almost no unpleasantness from women compared to the barrage of unpleasantness many women have to tolerate from men.

I'm sorry to say it, but men suck.

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Cultivated dope-smoking Welshman barred from own shed

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WTF?

I think one can reasonably conclude from this that that no real crimes happen in this country, otherwise the police and courts would be spending their time dealing with thieves, rapists and murderers.

I count myself lucky that the most useful way that the law enforcement authorities can spend their time is prosecuting small producers of a relatively harmless drug. People clearly worry about crime unnecessarily in the UK.

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Jailed LulzSec hacker Cleary coughs to child porn images, will be freed soon

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Re: Under UK Law

This is simply untrue. It is NOT an offence to delete material accidentally downloaded and it certainly is not tampering with evidence. This is just scaremongering.

Section 160 1(c) of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 provides that it is a valid defence "That the photograph or pseudo-photograph was sent to him without any prior request made by him or on his behalf and that he did not keep it for an unreasonable time." Therefore deletion of such material actually strengthens the accused's position.

We have one of the best and fairest legal systems in the world. It is not perfect, but it comes to the right result in the vast majority of cases.

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WTF?

What's the matter with you lot?

I completely fail to understand why so many of you are making excuses for someone who had images of "penetrative sexual activity between children and adults" on his computer.

Given the rest of the story it is reasonable to assume that these were not planted on his computer. That being the case, I have no sympathy with him at all.

How would your opinion change if your young son or daughter had been sexually abused in order to create images for paedophiles or don't any of you actually have children?

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Whitehall grants freetards safe haven until 2015

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Re: ?

You are spot on as section 1 of the Theft Act makes abundantly clear. Anyone who calls it theft is an idiot and a legal ignoramus.

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YouTube beats off $1bn Viacom copyright case once AGAIN

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YouTube vs TPB

Much as I dislike the legal attacks against TPB etc, YouTube does have substantial non-infringing uses whereas TPB doesn't. The reality is that YouTube was set up for people to share their videos. Many people but not most post infringing content. TPB, on the other hand, exists solely to facilitate piracy and has almost no non-infringing use.

I still don't think that TPB, which is really no more than a search engine, shouldn't be allowed to carry on fairly much unfettered, there is a clear distinction between the way YouTube and TPB operate.

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Gnome cofounder: Desktop Linux is a CHERNOBYL of FAIL

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Sadly, he's right

I have used various forms of Unix as my main OS almost all of my computing life. After I left uni, I briefly ran MS-DOS 3.1 on an IBM PC but as soon as I had a 286-based machine I moved back to Unix and have stuck with it through Coheren't, Minix, ESIX SYSVR4, Solaris, Linux (starting before Slackware was even thought of), OpenBSD (for a firewall) and BSD-based MacOS X. I am completely in favour of the simplicity of design of Unix and also the broad aims and ethos of open source.

I am even typing this on a Linux laptop but I cannot help but agree that the whole experience of using MacOS (I also have a MacBook Pro) is much more pleasant. I bought my non-techie wife a Mac and she loves it. I didn't even consider giving her a Linux laptop. Linux has never been driven by usability or attractiveness and it shows.

I still use a bash shell and vi almost daily but if I want a graphical OS I usually use MacOS these days.

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NRA: Video games kill people, not guns. And here's our video game

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WTF?

Re: Curious morals

Spot on.

The brief visibility of Janet Jackson's nipple was the most complained about event ever broadcast on US TV. God forbid that children (for whom, of course, nipples were designed in the first place) should see a nipple. Regular intense violence is fine though.

This is warped beyond reason.

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