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Defending your digital rights? Then you're a Nazi, says the Open Rights Group

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Tor attack nodes RIPPED MASKS off users for 6 MONTHS

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Re: No ACs Allowed

What do you have to fear if we have the ability to hide?

You might think you have the ability to hide when in fact your anonymity has been compromised?

Without putting on my tinfoil hat, I have to wonder how many other Tor vulnerabilities are out there...

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

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Re: Yes, really

Some of those countries are on track to adopt the Euro, others have negotiated specific exceptions (no longer possible until policy changes again), others are effectively exempt due to a loophole (not part of ERM II).

If you're "effectively exempt" the original numpty's assertion that "All entrants must take the Euro" is wrong, which is what I was highlighting...

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Re: I hope they do leave and learn hard reality.

If Scotland leaves it would only be fair for Northern Ireland to go with them

They have such similar cultural and religous interests, along with a pair of common languages it would seem a shame that the two regions are separated.

Well half of them anyway. The other half? Not so much. ;)

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Re: I hope they do leave and learn hard reality.

You'll be hoping Northern Ireland leaves the fold too then?

How much does NI cost the taxpayers every year compared to Scotland?

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Re: Realism

I haven't noticed anything wrong with Ireland's democracy recently. In the recent past it was a little theocratic for my tastes, but even that seems to be fading.

@Ken Hagan:

Just as a matter of interest, are you resident in the country and thus qualified to comment on the quality of the democracy? Or just on the outside looking in?

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Re: Fag packet maths

The EU Commission have said "No new entrants", and the EU laws say "All entrants must take the Euro". Even if Salmond could work through all that, Spain and France will veto it regardless because of the Basque.

"All entrants must take the Euro"? 0RLY?

Better not tell that to:

Bulgaria,

Czech Republic,

Denmark,

Croatia,

Lithuania,

Hungary,

Poland,

Romania,

Sweden

and the United Kingdom

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Re: Realism

Here in the Republic of Ireland my TV Licence is soon to change to an even move annoying concept : The Public Service Broadcasting Charge. That means it's just going to be a household charge with no opt out possibly collected by the Tax Office.

Ah yes - Ireland - a little failed democracy inflicting tax after tax, and cut after cut on its citizens.

I hope Scotland looks towards Ireland and takes note of what NOT to do after it gains its independence.

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ONE EMAIL costs mining company $300 MEEELION

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Re: Headline wrong?

Basically, what you're saying is that the rich should be allowed to get away with anything and you're happy to pay for it from your own pocket. Good for you; you can pay my share too, thanks.

No you idiot. I'm saying people shouldn't use The Bankers™ as an excuse for every fucking misdeed. Sorry you have reading difficulties.

You can't justify making a company's share price bomb by saying "Oh well, The Bankers™ made XYZ Ltd's share price bomb too."

You can't justify stealing food from Sainsburys by saying "Oh well The Bankers™ stole food from XYZ too."

You can't justify driving past a school at 100mph by saying "Oh well The Bankers™ drove everywhere at 100mph too."

Do you see where I'm going with this yet, or would you like a few more examples?

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Re: Headline wrong?

Until they're stopped there is no moral basis for punishing other people for doing the same thing. That's just the way it is.

@Robert Long 1:

God you're naive if you think that's how it works. Morality and legality are not the same thing

I think I'll steal some food from Sainsburys on the way home this evening. When the cops come I'll tell them to fuck off and arrest some bankers.

That's the level the people who complain about "THE BANKERS 0MG!!!" are at. Not a clue what they're actually complaining about...

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Re: deal with the spent fuel....

Why on earth not? they have fuckin tons of empty space to dig a hole in, not like France for eg

@Naughtyhorse.

Yeah, that's all there is to it. Dig a hole in some empty space. Why didn't I think of that?

Pangea Resources (aka BNFL) was lobbying to dig a hole in some empty space back in the late 90s. There was so much backlash that two new Acts were passed prohibiting the storage of nuclear waste.

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Re: Headline wrong?

In 50 years at most it will have to. Nuclear has a bad name right now but give it a decade of drought pretty much anywhere and nuclear starts not looking that bad. Coal's days as a major energy source are numbered.

<joke>They could take a leaf from America's book and invade a coal-producing country like Poland?,</joke>

The problem with nuclear is that the Aussies won't want to deal with the spent fuel.

You think they're uptight about coalmines? Wait til they need to dig a nuclear waste repository...

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Re: Headline wrong?

the coal industry in the 21st Century is living on the edge of doom. Everybody knows (or should know) it won't go on much longer - not as a growth industry

@Tannin:

You conveniently ignored my post about Australia's dependence on coal for electricity generation.

There is no other option - as long as Australia needs electricity, it will also need coal unless it embraces nuclear power.

You sound like you're in denial.

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Sometimes the law needs to take account of all the facts, and sometimes leniency toward peaceful protest should be encouraged. In the UK and US I suspect he would have felt the full weight of the law, and would no doubt be relishing a long stay behind bars, but then I'm a bit cynical.

Peaceful protest my arse. You Aussies out there in need of an environmental cause would do better protesting your country's uranium production.

Fucking hypocrites, protesting about coal when Australia's one of the largest uranium producers in the world.

They don't use uranium themselves you know - environmentally unsound...

But it's ok to sell it to other countries. Even to countries like India who haven't signed the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

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Re: Headline wrong?

On the other hand, in this country fair-dinkum shysters in flash suits and plush offices who get caught defrauding multiple millions for no better reason than greed generally get let off with token penalties, if they even get prosecuted at all, so in another sense this bloke can think himself a bit hard done by.

When will people stop using the bankers as an example by which they excuse their own wrongdoing?

Comparing one arsehole's behaviour to another arsehole's bahaviour does not compute.

Unlike most stock market frauds, he at least meant well.

Did he mean well? His action seems fairly malicious to me...

Oh, you mean it was ok for him to target a coal mine because of his environmental beliefs?

I wonder if he knows that 70% of Australian electricity comes from coal fired power stations?

Perhaps he could make a real statement by going to live in a cave with some candles.

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Justice Davies of the New South Wales Supreme Court rated Moylan's actions as mischievous, rather than malicious.

My 8-year old is mischievous.

This guy's a 26-year old man who knew what effect his actions would have.

Good to know the Aussie legal system is as braindead as its UK cousin.

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Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg

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Anybody with Netflix or the ability to torrent should watch Terms and Conditions May Apply.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2084953/

Near the end, Zuck gets quite pissed off with the documentary makers as they film him in the street near his house.

Sauce for the goose, etc...

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Re: Not so bad news.

I agree - Facebook is a perfect example something that's bound to be popular on mobile phones: something that people check all day, most easily be done with a phone that they have on them all the time, and more likely to be something to check when you're not at home with plenty of other things to do.

Funny, I uninstalled Facebook from my phone earlier.

I've grown tired of the app killing my battery life and the inane status updates from numpties.

You're next Linkedin...

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...

The word "reasonably" would laughable in this context if it wasn't such a fraught subject,

blah blah blah...

I rest my case.

TL:DR

God, I wish The Register had some kind of ignore list so I didn't have to come across you again - it's getting kind of tedious.

Enjoy your "big eyes" anime... Ta ta.

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Re: AC for some definition of paedophile...

Five down votes for a perfectly reasonable post explaining why stopping kiddie porn is a good idea? So either that means the coppers probably need to add five more to the list

Judging by the downvoting of posts condemning child porn, it would indeed seem like there are more than a few deviants on here who like that kind of thing.

Keep it up sickos, keep it up...

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

Lots of perfectly healthy people out there enjoy very healthy sex lives involving violence, such as flogging and queening and the like. Doesn't make them "bad" people.

With children? There's nothing healthy about sex with children, or violence towards children.

Sorry you think otherwise...

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Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...

What I *do* have a problem with is laws criminalising something based on someone's completely subjective impression of what a fictitious image looks like or, indeed, if some in government get their way, a fictional *description*, which could end up with possession Nabakov's Lolita being a criminal offence!

The definition of a prohibited pornographic image, according to the Act, is clear enough to me.

The image "must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal."

That word reasonably means that a reasonable person - the man in the street - would find the image of a minor to have been produced for the purpose of sexual arousal.

So stop with the drama and the hyperbole. You're highly unlikely to be prosecuted for the possession of anime, or a book for grown-ups with words instead of pictures.

Don't take my word for it. Go pay a solicitor for an hour of his time and see what he says.

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Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...

Yes, of course, that is why it is now a crime to possess images such as those in the Japanese Manga and Anime "Big Eyes, Small Mouth" style which are *drawings* that are completely fictitious, that were *never* based on photographs or video of actual acts, but, none the less, will get you arrested

Yes. Coroners and Justice Act 2009, I know...

The definition of a prohibited pornographic image is this:

"An image is “pornographic” if it is of such a nature that it must reasonably be assumed to have been produced solely or principally for the purpose of sexual arousal.

Just so I'm clear - you're ok with pornographic images of children as long as they're not in photographic format?

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

Throw the book at child molesters and abusers, but looking at pictures being a crime is a step too far.

I believe the line of thinking is that if you "just" look at images of child abuse, you're enabling the creator of the content - a child has to be abused for the image to be created.

Not to mention that if you find images of children being abused to be titillating, you most likely have some serious psychological issues.

Minimising the impact of something like this and dismissing it as a "thought crime" is bullshit. If that's the way you think, you need a kick in the balls.

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Lot Of Sick F*cks Out There...

The NCA added it had manacled 660 people throughout the UK and said that doctors, teachers, scout leaders, ex-cops and care workers were among the cuffed suspects.

Only 39 individuals were on the Registered Sex Offenders' list, said the NCA.

660 suspected paedophiles is a lot of people.

The fact that only 39 of that number were registered sex offenders is mind-boggling.

I hope people don't start running pediatricians out of town again. :(

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YES: Scotland declares independence ... from the dot co dot uk empire

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Re: Not an ISO 3166 code

Yes, and the employment related to same.

Aye right, as they say.

Using Scotland as a nuclear waste dump is totally worth it if it brings in a few jobs, eh?

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Re: Not an ISO 3166 code

if Mr Salmond wants independence he should get it. All of it. Everything. Get his own country code, his own TLD, his own bailout fund for RBS...

And in return, the "rUK" can take its nuclear detritus back from Faslane, Hunterston, Chapelcross, Dounreay, Vulcan, Rosyth, etc, etc?

Seeing as we're giving things back to their rightful owners, y'know?

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US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe

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Re: I'm sure they know what they're doing

Blyk, Ovivo

Never heard of them, so they can't have been that popular.

A quick look on Wikipedia suggests that they both failed to come up with a workable business model.

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Meh

I'm sure they know what they're doing

...but how do they make money?

Will you have to listen to an ad before your call is connected?

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Russian MP fears US Secret Service cuffed his son for Snowden swap

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Re: don't rendition in Italy

They don't like this type of thing in Italy.

Are any of those US agents serving time in Italy for what they did?

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(Extra)Ordinary Rendition

Secret Service agents arrested Seleznev Junior as he was boarding a plane in the Maldives and put him on a plane to Guam, where he is currently being held.

I was going to sarcastically write "Is that a thing now?" but fuck it...

Is anybody surprised anymore?

Where's the 'Stop this train, I want to get off' icon?

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

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Re: I seriously want one of those canoes

There's a "man in the boat" joke in there somewhere, but I'm not going to be the one to make it...

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Test drive Microsoft Azure & meet Mark Russinovich

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My favourite piece of Winternals software...

... was the Bluescreen screensaver.

My PHB at the time took a week to realise his laptop didn't have a huge collection of faults.

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What's that burning tire smell? It's Microsoft screeching away from the No-IP car crash

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Re: If only...

Tortuious interference with contract?

It might fly - IF you were a paying customer.

The No-IP ToS is here: http://www.noip.com/legal/tos

(Caps are their doing, not mine.)

No-IP SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES RELATED TO THE ServiceS, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION: 1) ANY WARRANTIES CONCERNING THE AVAILABILITY, ACCURACY OR CONTENT OF INFORMATION, PRODUCTS OR ServiceS; AND 2) ANY WARRANTIES OF TITLE OR WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THIS DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITY APPLIES TO ANY DAMAGES OR INJURY CAUSED BY ANY FAILURE OF PERFORMANCE, ERROR, OMISSION, INTERRUPTION, DELETION, DEFECT, DELAY IN OPERATION OR TRANSMISSION, COMPUTER VIRUS, COMMUNICATION LINE FAILURE, THEFT OR DESTRUCTION OR UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO, ALTERATION OF, OR USE OF RECORD, WHETHER FOR BREACH OF CONTRACT, TORTIOUS BEHAVIOR, NEGLIGENCE, OR UNDER ANY OTHER CAUSE OF ACTION

In short: get lost, valued customer

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Re: If only...

@ NP-Hardass

I know that i'm using them as a free service, but I'd like to see No-IP offer me some compensation for the down time (obviously Microsoft would be responsible). Upgrade to premium service for a couple of months or just disable the nagging login requirement for a little while

That right there is what's wrong with this planet.

Everybody's got such a huge sense of entitlement, even if they're getting something for fuck all.

Pay for a fixed IP you cheap bastard.

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Re: Cool Desktop

I've always marvelled at the fact MP's could have a desktop that looks like this:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3031/3076951588_fd217fb244_o.png

Ok I'll play along...why would MPs need a desktop that looked like that?

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Isn't it great...

...that they've included an auto-updater now so Flash can patch itself twice or three times a week without bothering you too much.

Just like the Java Updater, more useless shite sitting in the system tray and consuming resources is just what we all need.

I know Apple users have to update Flash regularly too, but what do linux users do? Has Flash been abandoned on that OS or is it still soldiering on bravely?

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UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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Oi Clegg, You Having A Laugh?

Clegg promised that "civil liberties would be properly considered" under the new law and claimed that Brits will "know more than ever before" about what access the police and spooks have to our online data.

They will do the bare minimum the ECJ requires them to in terms of civil liberties, or less when nobody's looking.

It's also doubtful that Brits seeking to "know more than ever before" will get anything other than the standard "Sorry, we can't discuss that for national security reasons" when querying cops or spooks about their activities.

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Call girl injected Google exec with heroin, drank wine, left him to die – cops claim

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Re: Today's Pro Tip

Probably no colder than they way most execs would behave if the boot was on the other foot, the only difference being they would get away with it.

I don't give a shit what you think an "exec" would do.

That's not much of a justification for watching somebody die, is it?

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Today's Pro Tip

If you must fraternise with hookers, don't let them inject you with heroin - it won't end well.

Pretty fucking cold to sit there and let the guy die. Who knows what kind of daddy issues she had...

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Snowden leaks latest: NSA, FBI g-men spied on Muslim-American chiefs

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Re: Muslim-Americans?

Point taken, but it wouldn't take a lot of propaganda effort to poison that. Subtly asking the question "are you Muslim or American?" would do the trick.

Kinda like the "Who do you support, Rangers or Sellick?" question that Glaswegians are fond of asking in order to determine your religious persuasion?

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Re: Muslim-Americans?

It's just a bullshit tag that helps the general populace feel a bit better about themselves when the xxxxx-Americans are discriminated against, or herded off to internment camps like the Japanese-Americans during WWII.

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Man FOUND ON MOON denies lunar alien interface

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Re: @Ross K

Here's the hard evidence:......

...Why does there always seem to be some half-wit atheist who grasps the flimsiest excuse for taking his half-wit out for an airing?

LOL LOL LOL

You sir, are a moron.

Let the 18 downvotes you've received bear testament to that fact.

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the evidence we have shows very clearly that both those claims are likely to be wrong (regardless of whether life "evolved" here or not.)

What evidence?

I nominate you to go on a fact-finding mission throughout the galaxy to conclusively prove that there are no other signs of life out there.

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Alien

Buzz Aldrin may have stood on the surface of the moon, but neither that nor anything else gives him the right to state that as fact. That's pure opinion, conjecture... and the hard evidence is completely against it.

So what are you suggesting? That we were made by a bloke called God one Sunday afternoon? That Jesus partied with the dinosaurs?

I would say that life here on Earth hasn't evolved ENOUGH in some cases...

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Some of those redditors...

...need to be put in a rocket and blasted towards the moon.

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ICO probes BBC after secret British army unit's info LEAKED

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Re: A leak of information?

@Alan Brown: I know that state-sanctioned murder goes on everywhere. Mossad are amateurs compared to some other players out there BTW.

This article referred to one particular murder squad in Northern Ireland, which is what I was referring to. Whether or not you see MRF operations in Northern Ireland as domestic or international probably depends on your political leanings

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Re: A leak of information?

The one that was on telly last November?

http://www.disclose.tv/action/viewvideo/158281/Panorama_Britains_Secret_Death_Squad_BBC_Documentary/

Or is this a new documentary about a different murder squad?

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A leak of information?

They'll get the usual smack on the wrist by way of a fine - paid for by the TV licence payers...

Nothing will be learned.

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