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20 posts • joined 21 Jul 2010

Labour vows: We'll pause one-dole-to-rule-them-all for drastic fix-up if elected in 2015

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Coat

The project is clearly a runaway success, having moved £34 million from the taxpayer's purse into the accounts of private companies.

Living off benefits has never looked so rosy.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: Non-reflective laptop screens.

I'm looking at one now, but it's a Lenovo, so much $$$ and non-consumer model so it's Apple league $$$$.

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Be prepared... to give heathens a badge: UK Scouts open doors to unbelievers

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"We would find it unlikely that someone who truly identified as a Satanist would be able to honestly sign up to the values of Scouting."

Weren't Satanists comfortable with the previous oath? Same company, different team manager.

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Ex-Sun journalist charged with handling a stolen mobile phone

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Usual stitch up then

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Ben Ashford will now be commenced and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that nothing is said, or reported, which could prejudice that trial."

...then going on to make the charge sheet and the name of the person charged publicly available and planting the seed of guilt.

Right to a fair trial would be no information available to the public until after the trial.

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SHOCK: Poll shows Americans think TSA is highly effective

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Facepalm

Frequent flyer mileage

Have I missed the bit where they clearly state all of these randomly selected people have flown at least once since the appearance of the TSA in 2001?

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Build a bonkers hi-fi

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Meh

Nothing new under the sun

"magnetically levitated platter driven by an impossibly smooth, ‘zero cogging’ motor"

Like the sturdy Technics mainstay of dancelfoors since the 70's, at a fraction of the price?

Wow & flutter: 0.01%WRMS +/- 0.035% peak

Rumble: -78dB DIN B

From stereophile.com: "Caliburn: suspensionless turntable with O-ring drive; cogless, battery-powered DC motor; vacuum holddown. Speeds (adjustable): 33.33, 45, 78 rpm. Wow & flutter, Rumble: not specified."

It's a lot of money for a manufacturer not willing to come clean on their specs, I'll stick with my 1210, I probably wouldn't notice the difference the extra £90-120k would bring to my room.

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69,000 sign petition to save TV-linker O'Dwyer from US extradition

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Re: Civil vs Criminal

From what I read there was no copyright infringement on the part of O'Dwyer - his site merely posted links to other sites.

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MI5 boss: Cyber spies, web-enabled crooks threaten UK economy

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Pirate

Does this mean we have to give up all our corporate espionage, sorry, competitive intelligence?

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Forensic snoops: It doesn't take a Genius to break into an iPhone

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Re "if I was stupid enough to feel the need to keep anything incriminating on my phone"

It doesn't necesarily have to be about that - maintaining phone security also prevents the police using the information on the phone to make the 'suspect' fit the crime and the prosecution using it to change their court room approach to make the innocent appear guilty.

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Report: UK falls behind as smart meters rolled out across Europe

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Devil

Re: Meters too smart for our good

"...how long before it gets a smart switch?"

About as long as it takes a hacker to fit one to his new botnet.

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Met thumbed through Oyster card data up to 22,000 times in 4 years

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FAIL

@Chris W

1983 - Stephen Waldorf

1999 - Harry Stanley

Forest Gate raid 2006 - Abdul Kahar

August 2011 - Mark Duggan

That' just the Met and just the ones I remember.

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High Street chains vow to play fair on warranties

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Stop

It would be nice if at the point of sale they were forced to make consumers aware of the EU manufacturers warranty - 6 years IIRC ?

By aware I mean a banner above the till which can be read from the store car park.

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Hackers may be able to 'outwit' online banking security devices

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Pirate

Insecurity

@willington

That's probably because the bank is interested in their security rather than your security

Have a read of the story of Eve Russell at Ross Andersons website

http://www.lightbluetouchpaper.org/category/banking-security/

The security devices and PIN allow banks to claim wrongdoing or carelessness by the customer and deny failings in the bank system and/or fraud by bank employees.

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BT reveals ultra-fast cable blowing plan for homes, biz

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Pirate

Greedy...

I'd love to get more than 2Mb but object to my ISP thinking they can crank up my subscription by £10 pcm simply because BT has finally joined the 21st century.

That and they want a minimum 18 month contract (I have yearly but can cancel with 30 days notice) and

-insist I must have their choice of router at an extra £40 - repayable if I leave early

-£25 for an engineer to fit a faceplate I already have and hook up a modem I can install myself.

-pay a fee if i leave between 12-18 months.

Looks like I'm waiting until they start offering it as part of the standard package as they did with the 512Mb > 8Mb 'upgrade'.

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Microsoft researchers build spam filter for HIV

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Big Brother

"developing therapies and possible vaccines"

What are the odds the vaccines will be shelved in favour of lucrative lifetime drug therapies?

/tinfoilhat off

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Conviction overturned for abuse images bought from bookshop

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FAIL

A jury of my peers

"Quashing Mr Neal's convictions, [Lord Justice Richards] said the trial judge had failed to adequately direct the jury on the correct "objective standards" to be applied when assessing whether the photos were indecent."

I hope if I am ever unfortunate enough to end up in the dock, that I am in front of a jury who can discern between artistic photography and pornography without needing direction.

Sadly, after decades of the tabloid Paedoseverywhere™ camaign, I've more chance of finding an honest solicitor.

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Gov will pay £2.25m compo to ID card suppliers

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Pirate

Job for the boy

Poor Blunkett - I'm sure his whinge about money down the drain has absolutely no connection with his employment by Entrust, the provider to various European ID card schemes, previously pitching for a snout in the UK ID card trough:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/03/26/blunkett_cashes_in/

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Cops taser Somerset chap's nether regions

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WTF?

Function creep

"the officer removed his Taser in accordance with protocol"

So, far from being a 'non-lethal' alternative in situations where a firearm would be used, police protocol is to use them as a threat where someone is ‘aggressive’ – by the officer’s completely objective definition no doubt.

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