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Argentinians invade Falkland Islands website

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Gibraltar

And just another example - Gibraltar.

The Spanish want it back but, Gibraltar is effectively more British then most of Britain. Should the UK give it back (against the Gibraltans wishes) just because they happen to live next door to Spain rather then the UK?

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Has anyone asked the islander?

I know its probably a stupid question but has anyone bothered asking the islanders which they want to remain/become part of? Do Falkland islanders consider themselves British or Argentinians/Spanish? The answer should decide the question. End of Story.

Similar idea should apply on all disputed territories... But i guess that would be too easy...

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Google typosquat cash pegged at $497m per year

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Its not the cash thats significant

Its not the cash thats significant but the fact that Google is breaking not only the law but its own terms of service by providing ads for typosquatters, but also that it is providing revenue to typosquatters, thus encouraging these idiots.

I sincerely hope that the profs provided the details of the typosquatter sites they found to google to see whether google actually removed their ads from these sites or whether that particular clause of its sevrice policy was just its usual "placate the masses" bollocks...

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'I'm an IT worker not an assassin'

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Based on the evidence...

Ok based on the same amount of evidence that you are using to draw your conclusions, let me propose an alternative sceanrio which meets all of the "facts" at our disposal.

Lets start with the fact that our Hamas "Hero" survived 3 assassinations. Now in the Vietnam war, the US Military Intelligence unit had a saying "Once is an accident, Twice is happenstance, Three times is Enemy Action".

So perhaps our Hamas hero wasnt so much of a "resistance" hero as an israeli/CIA/etc double agent, a very highly ranked double agent. Perhaps someone within the heirarchy of Hamas discovered this. What to do? If you expose him and kill him that will look terrible, one of your most highly ranked generals turning out to be a spy. Thats a great way to forement distrust and is a great way to see your terrorist organisation self implode. (Or perhaps he just ended up on the wrong end of a "cabinet reshuffling" within Hamas...)

So how to turn this to your advantage - hmmm we know he's survived 3 previous "assassination attempts". Well why not let number 4 do the job. So you hire a team of Europeans (Ex-KGB, serb-bosnia, etc. there's bound to be a team or two running around on the Hamas books), make sure they organise to be very obvious (obviously fake passports, passports from dual-Israeli citizens, be caught on CCTV, etc), and have them assassinate your man.

Hamas screams Israel did it, the world media looks at the 3 previous attempts and condemns Mossad without any evidence (why let evidence get in the way of a good conspiracy?), and Israels long standing policy of not commenting either way on assassinations makes it look even guiltier. Job done - a traitor killed, your enemy loses face (and potential friends), and all is happy in terrorist land.

Fits all of the available evidence and explains the obviousness of the hit. But a very different outcome to the knee jerk anti-israeli responses most of you lot are spouting.

Personally, i'll hold of making a decision about who did it until a little thing called "Evidence" comes to light. I know its an outmoded concept in this day and age but you know some of us still believe in Innocent until proven Guilty.

On a side note - I have been mystified by the almost complete disregard that the media has portrayed in following up Hamas's comment that this guy was in Dubai attempting to buy weapons. Considering that there is an almost global ban on selling weapons to Hamas, it would be VERY interesting to know who was looking to do the selling and what weapons they were trying to obtain. I wonder if the Dubai police are spending anytime following this angle, seeing as its their soil being used to conduct illegal weapons sales... Yeah your right im not holding my breath...

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Go back to the Daily Mail

Please return to your usual habitat of the Daily Mail/News of the World online forums and leave the real discussion to the adults...

Everyone just assumes this is Israel without a shred of evidence. Personally, i doubt Mossad are this inept (e.g. being easily identified on camera, the obviously fake passports, the use of half-israeli citizens names (great way to draw suspicion back on yourself that, huh?), etc.). It looks to me like an excellent attempt to place blame on Israel and generate anger and suspicion against their people. Quite obviously based on your reaction and those of the daily mail readers like you - its succeeded.

But please, if you can tell me another story showing Mossad to be this seriously inept then i'd love to hear about it... I might then go and subscribe to the daily mail! *rolleyes*

And in response to your actual points -

a) Yes lets share Schengen information with countries outside of the EU because all of them have such great data protection laws, human rights record and would never do anything with our data that we didnt want them too...

b) Your quite right, no politician should accept money or gifts from ANY lobby group. Indeed in my opinion professional lobby groups should be outlawed, but unfortunately thats the way the current system is. If you dont like it vote with your feet at the next election or make an official complaint to the relevant political oversight committee.

c) If you honestly believe that Israel is the only group that do this then you are being seriously naive. Every major nation (e.g. China, Iran, Russia) have similar groups working for them, as do the oil companies, tobacco companies, various greens parties, etc. This is why the BBC has special units that look into complaints. Because if they actually paid attention to every complaint, then you would have no television because every show offends someone.

Seriously grow up...

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I dont know about France or Ireland...

but its clearly obvious from the British and German passport photos that the passports are fake - you are not allowed to be smiling or pulling stupid faces like the people in most of the pics, and you have to be facing perfectly towards the camera. Those should have been dead giveaways! (Poor form from the Dubai border police - but then again they were probably busy arresting someone for exasperating "You've got to be fucking kidding!")

I can hardly believe the fact that someone could have made these sorts of utterly obvious slip-ups on a mission like this, and still suceed in that mission...

I'm more then a little suprised that no-one slipped on a banana peel and ended up electrocuting themselves ala Pink Panther...

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HP's PC and printer sales back from the depths

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IT crowd

"Have you tried switching it off and on again..."

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'McDonalds' burger-lers making millions

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Is it really that easy?

To register a phone number in the UK? I know that to get a mobile number required me to show ID, and provide credit card details when i did it in the UK 6 years ago. Have things really changed to be that much easier?

Additionally, if the goods are being delivered to an address, even if that address changes each time - how difficult can it be for the cops to track down who's behind those addresses? Laptops and such would never be shipped without needing to be signed for (one would certainly hope!), so whoever signed at the other end must have some connection or be able to point the finger...

And finally lets face it, anyone stupid enough to accept an order from a yahoo, aol, hotmail, etc account for any company bigger then a dozen staff is a moron. They should have all access to the internet (both corporate and private) removed because they're the sort of idiot who would answer spam or fall for a 419er email...

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Hacker cuffed for Moscow big screen entertainment

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To quote the late great prophet Bill Hicks

"I dont know what the relevance is, but god damn it - im buying that product!"

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Note to Captain Kirk: Warp speed will kill you

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I sincerely hope...

I sincerely hope he didnt receive any funding or university grants for this research...

Honestly, dont boffins have anything better to do with there time???

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Labour MP denies calling Tories 'scum-sucking pigs' on Twitter

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A few points

a) Why on Earth is a politician on twitter? There PR teams must be collectively sh*tting themselves as the politican can make as many stupid comments as they want, commments which havent passed through the Spin Doctors collective bullsh*t bin and been processed to a level of the average NotW reader whilst removing even the slightest hint of honesty from the statement. Also why the hell are they twitting* and not working?

b) Who has so much time on their hands they actually follow the twits of a political tit?

* Anyone using twitter is obviously a twit so i prefer to think of what theyre doing as twitting - it sounds far more appropriate to me...

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UK universities being broken by border control measures

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funny story

lol... this reminded me of a funny maths lecture i had in my bachelor degree in Sydney.

We had a maths lecture in second year, a massive class of about 400 people and a lecturer from pakistan who at the best of times you just could not understand but one particular lecture every one was sitting there, looking at each other and you could just see that no-one work out what he was saying. After about 15 minutes a pakistani student in the front row put his hand up and said "Sir, whilst i have no problem understanding you, it might be a good idea if you taught the lecture in English...!"

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With MS funding, No2ID gains entry to EU eID group

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Is the world going topsy-turvy?

Whats going on with the IT world at the moment?

Microsoft being praised for its social responsibility...

Google becoming the embodiment of evil...

What next? Apple to start selling products at a reasonable price?

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Big Blue boffins hatch dirt-cheap solar cells

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Only 9.6%?

9.6% is not even close to current space rated solar cells. Most Ge-As Solar Cells are beginning to hit 30-35% and even standard old fashioned Multi-junction Silicon cells hit 15+%.

If these cells can be manufactured more easily and cheaper then that is a huge bonus, but we will need to see some pretty massive efficiency increases before they start looking like potential replacements for current cells (at least in the space environment - i cant comment on land based environments sorry, thats not my area)...

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Home Office to secure mobile phones

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To be a fly on the wall in that phonecall...

"We're not sure what exactly "mobile phone identity fraud" is; the Home Office rep we spoke to agreed that it was unlikely to be people pretending to be mobile phones and promised to get back to us when he found out."

I sincerely hope the question "is that where a person is pretending to be a mobile phone?" was delivered with a completely deadpan serious expression... If so brilliant!

Nice work Bill!

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Arab conned into marrying bearded lady

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Reading other websites

Reading other websites it does actually say HE saw the pictures...

From the BBC "The envoy, who has not been identified, told a Sharia court her mother had tricked him by showing him pictures of the bride's sister, Gulf News reported."

So either El Reg or the BBC and Gulf news are wrong... I'm willing to place my bets on the BBC (being wrong) but the facts are not clear cut...

So i stand by my statement!

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Caveat Emptor perhaps?

In a religion where you cant "try before you buy" surely Caveat Emptor counts for a great deal? He bought it how he saw it, and as we've all been caught out before - things just dont always work out how you hope when you buy without inspecting the goods first! Tough luck, deal with it sunshine...

One question though, he wasnt allowed to look at her face before the marriage but he was shown a photograph? Am i the only one that sees that as absolutely ridiculous. If your not allowed to see the girls face, surely you shouldnt be allowed to see a photo. Alternatively, if your allowed a picture, then why not the real deal... What a ridiculous piece of religious nonsense...

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Non?

Probably because anyone wearing a balaclava in a bank is probably also carrying a shotgun and demanding to make a withdrawal. There not the sort of people you ask to remove there facial gear!

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Canadian cops taser 'naked and agitated' man

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its entirely possible...

You've obviously never come up against someone on Ice (Meth for our american cousins). When someone snaps on that stuff, it can take more then 3 cops to take that person down as they a) no longer feel pain, b) gain phenomenal strength (probably because they cant feel the damage they do to themselves) and c) become violent as all hell!

Ive personally seen an instance where 3 cops struggled to restrain an ice addict who'd snapped and even when they got him in cuffs it took 2 of them to hold the guy down. Oh did i mention he was only 5'7 and weighed maybe 50kg? Fucking scaring thing to watch. If i had been one of those cops i would have put a bullet in him and i certainly would have backed them on their justification for it!

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Wales auditor arrested over indecent images allegations

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Ok to be fair

Ok to be fair your technically right...

On the first sentence - he could have looked at the porn in the evening, however, he still did it from his work laptop which a) means he's a dumbass, b) deserves to be fired, and c) raises some distinct questions about the IT security at the auditor general's office. Laptops with the sort of data that an auditor's office would be looking at, are not the sort of thing i would want unsecured and open to every website and torrent on the planet (every work laptop ive used has been very strict on what websites can be visited from it, just like at the office). This laptop appears to have had poor internet protection protocols on it if he was able to visit porn sites or download torrents of porn (and yes im aware that there are other ways he could have got porn (e.g. transferred from a USB stick) but lets be honest how likely is that?

On the last sentence - yes that is my opinion and i standby it. If your that stupid, i do not want you in charge of any public department, just like i wouldnt want you in charge of a private company's department that i'm a customer of. The difference is that i can choose a different private company for my services if i find the management of a private company to be stupid, you cant choose to use a replacement government department for many public services...

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Not sure i agree with you...

I mean who is stupid enough to look at porn on a work laptop? And even more stupidly to download the porn on to the work laptop? Thats what home PC's are for... ;)

Now im not sure why he's been arrested as it doesnt say that he had anything illegal on his laptop so i dont see why the police are involved, but if your stupid enough to do this then you can expect to lose your job and be publically embarrased (you or i might not get our names in the newspaper if we were this stupid but you can guarantee that everyone in the office would know and word gets around to other companies amazingly quickly in most industries!).

If you havent got the self-control to hold off from looking at porn until you get home in the eveninng, then you really need to get some help... and you definitely shouldnt be a high level public servant!

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BAE broke bribery pledge, faked US arms-export applications

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Someone fill me in please...

Why was BAE involved in the sale of Gripens to the Czech rebulic? The Gripen is manufactured and sold by Saab Aerospace which unless i happen to have missed something is not and has never been a BAE subsidiary. Were BAE acting as a sales rep for some reason?

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iPad Mini/Nano beta-tester: Of course it's real

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True i probably dont want to know the answert to this...

but why do you have feminine hygiene products in your pocket?

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Ex-Broadcom boss beats drugs orgy charges

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spike your drink, guv'?

" It said he spiked Broadcom customers' drinks with MDMA."

If my service provider did that I'd be the most loyal customer they've ever had!

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First mass-produced camera heads to auction

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Brilliant!

Hats off to the man who invented this. Technology has to start somewhere and its brilliant to look back and see where it all started...

Pity i dont have anywhere near €200,000 lying around... Hope this goes to a museum... =)

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EU damns scanners, Facebook, MySpace and Phorm

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All in favour...

All in favour of Ms Reding becoming the next prime minister of the UK, say Aye...

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Cisco offers $250k for your billion dollar idea

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so tell me does Cisco get the rights to all of the other ideas?

So what happens to the ideas that Cisco doesnt select? Are they now Cisco property to be developed if its so chooses? or are they now in the open domain (they've been seen by dozens of people in the "judging") so you've just lost any chance to patent and make money from your idea...

IMHO, You'd have to be nuts to do this... come up with your idea and sell it to Cisco if you want to but make them sign a non-disclosure agreement in the process! Does everyone who wants to look and judge these products have to sign an NDA? i doubt it...

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Home Office says 'no decision' yet on sex offender disclosure

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Funny, i thought after you've been sentenced...

... you were considered to have served your punishment.

The argument about protecting children from predatory paedo's always rings false in my ears - if their so predatory what are they doing out of gaol? Do we let predatory serial killers back out? If we do, then that clearly says that our sentencing regime is incorrect and not working. So that should be were any changes should be made.

Potentially ruining the lives of thousands of people in order to appease the daily mail readers seems a gross offense to human dignity to me!

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Airships can defeat roadside bombers, says ex-US officer

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i may be wrong here...

But im not aware of too many AK's (or any other non-artillery piece) which can fire a bullet 60,000 feet let alone 60,000 feet directly up against gravity...

You might want to read the article a little more closely before commenting next time... ;)

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Spanish towns vie for nuclear dump prize

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I will never understand Greenpeace...

A clean technology which produces gigawatts of electricity for a minimal waste product and theyre against it...

When it is the only clean technology that has even the slightest chance of producing our energy needs in the next decades let alone next century, you would think they would support it. But no, because a radioactive material dug up from the ground (where it is radioactive already), used to produce the energy (making use of that radioactivity) and then is stored (usually back underground) whilst still being radioactive is bad...

F*ckin greenies need there heads read...

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Oz eyes Chinese cane toad market

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You've never been to Queensland!

All this guy will need to do is go to the various Toad fences seperating Queensland from New South Wales and he'll be able to collect hundreds of the buggers every night. The only danger will be watching out for the ones flying back over the fence from some New Souther playing Toad golf...

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Not just the Kookies

Ive had plenty of reports of Magpies and Crows doing this too... Not suprising considering that Crows and Pies are the top of the intelligence ladder for birds.. Didnt know about the Kookaburras but good to hear!

Come on evolution!

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Entire UK will be on ID database sometime in next 3 millennia

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The 10 digit requirement...

Its a real pity you added that last line, i was having a wonderful time imagining the different ways that amputees would have to come up with the missing digits to meet the requirements - suddenly a new dawn in the grave robber business arrives or perhaps you go out for a drink one night get your drink spiked and rather then (or maybe just in addtion to) your kidneys being removed, your also missing a couple of digits... the possibilites are endless!

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Adultery website boosted by Christian publicity campaign

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From Family Guy

"Last night we received eleven complaints, and as you know one complaint equals one billion people..."

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Oracle power couple take Manhattan by billboard

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subtle art of self-promotion...

hahahaha you owe me a new keyboard El Reg...

I hate to think what non-subtle would look like...

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Car-stopping electropulse cannon to demo 'next month'

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IEDs not carbombs

Thats why i mentioned IED's not carbombs... Ideally you would be pointing this beam down the road 100m or so and thus if the failsafe was to explode then the explosion goes off 100m in front of you. That should be enough range to safely avoid any injuries (you definitely dont want to be travelling in front of the convoy though!).

I dont think you could use this for check points - you would piss off every car owner coming to the checkpoint by killing their car (bomb or not!).

About the only other use i can think of would be bomb disposal... being able to destroy a bombs wiring from 100m would make the job of a bomb disposal tech a lot safer (i imagine anyway!)...

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A potential actual use...

taking out IED's?

Drive down a road spraying this to either side (ok might need a relatively narrow beam so as not to take out other drivers on the road) and as the beam runs over the IED it should do a pretty good job of taking out the internal electronic components - so no more mobile phone ring in explosion or electronic timers. Hell it would probably take out your old fashioned clock timer by disabling the battery circuit.

Ok it probably means you dont discover the IED because you just drive straight past it without ever knowing its there but the IED is rendered useless and the potential victims just drive by.

I guess it depends on how much time it needs to fry electronics, but if it can keep up with a moving tank, APC, patrol vehicle then youve just rendered the majority of IED's useless...

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Air France offers two-seat deal for fatties

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It does make sense

Most flights are actually over sold but the airlines assume (rightly so) that a certain number of people are not going to turn up to the flight - there are big long algorithms that control this and the amount of overselling. Its standard practice.

So when the fat person turns up they will have to buy a second seat (as part of the overselling) and should not everyone turn up and the flight isnt full then they get there money back... Its entirely probable that the airline wont know if there will be spare seats until check in is complete. Hence the refund AFTER the flight...

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I expect a large number of rants against this...

but anybody who has been forced to sit in a long haul flight next to someone who takes up half of your seat as well will defintiely not be amongst them...

Now if only they would police the rules to stop people bringing on mountains of hand luggage and administer sleeping drugs to anybody under the age of 15* and flying would be considerably more enjoyable for everyone! =)

* We can debate the exact age if we must but i suggest 15+/-3 seems a reasonable limit for annoying childish behaviour...

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UN issues call for international privacy agreement

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My god a sensible UN declaration??

Place your bets on which of the permanent Security Council members will be the first to use their Veto on this declaration...

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Vomit cannon to protect vessels from pirates, paparazzi

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Yeah sounds good...

Ive often thought of using a .50 cal on the Papparazzi too... If we take out enough of them, then maybe the tabloids would have to shut down!

Yes, I'm a dreamer...

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Chinese stamp on Avatar

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i kinda doubt

I kinda doubt that the Americans have much to do with the prices charged by Chinese cinemas... it sounds like the usual passing the buck to me.

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Would i be being too much of a bastard...

if i sent this article to a couple of Chinese colleagues of mine who refuse to believe anything bad about their government and who refused to believe me when i mentioned just how many major western websites are blocked/banned in China?

Or am i a cynic in believing they will just toe the party line?

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FBI nicks 22 in classic bribery sting

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What would make a MORE interesting story

would be to see the names of the companies that were contacted by the FBI in this sting but which refused to pay the bribes... I'd certainly find that siginifcantly more interesting and being able to make the claim that your company is a non-corrupt wepaons manufacturer might make others less willing to play ball and pay the bribes wanted in the 3rd world...

or may be im a dreamer...

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LG publishes bendy 19in e-newspaper

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Your all missing the point...

How does the Page 3 girl look on it?

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Escaped con who taunted cops on Facebook finally collared

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You have got to be kidding

Your going to try to compare this twit with Ned Kelly? Thats ridiculous..

a) Ned Kelly was forced into a life of crime after stopping a corrupt cop from raping his sister. I dont remember anything about this twat being forced into a life of crime, he chose to do that aggravated burglary!

b) Ned Kelly whilst doing the highway robbery thing went out of his way to fight and kill as many corrupt cops (and probably a few not so corrupt ones) as possible. This twat was not fighting corrupt cops he was merely looking out for number one.

c) Ned Kelly was a fashion pioneer. This guy is just a twat!

Get some perspective and dont taint our national heroes by comparing them to self serving, dumb as* scum like this guy...

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Lethic botnet knocked out by security researchers

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A simpler and more ethical solution

Would simply be for the ISP to phone the customer and tell them their infected and how to fix it. Hell the ISP could probably offer a service (at a fee naturally) to come and fix the problem for those without the skills to do it themselves. If they feel the need to show a bit of stick as well they could tell the customer they have a week to fix the problem or they will be disconnected until they "prove" their no longer infected.

The ISP would save some money (less bandwidth used), possibly make a few bucks (with the "services"), and we would all experience a reduction in spam. The only cost for the ISP is the phone calls (if they use VOIP this is minimised) and the cost of employing someone to do the calls and the services (ok considering the level of service at most ISP's this would appear to be an issue! =P)

The only potential problem is with false positives which see people disconnected when their not actually infected but considering that the simplest way to identify infected machines is that those machines are trying to connect to known botnet IP's this should not be a problem...

Again, thoughts?

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hmmm

Ahh the old head in the sand defence... "Honestly guv we thought these sales were coming from our legitimate advertising not from a botnet".

I would question whether many of the things that are sold via spam ARE legal - im sure considernig that many of these "Viagra" pills are actually sugar tablets, etc. or fake/unlicensed knock offs that they might very well be illegal for either a) false advertising (ie not the actual product ordered) or b) not being approved by the regulators (FDA in america, dont know the UK equivalent, etc). The other items sold by spam are also unlikely to be the real deal but cheap illegal knock offs. So it would be possible to go after the suppliers in that case (although not so much for the spam side of things).

I also wonder whether there is some law stating that if you obtain sales (even for fully legal things) through illegal means (which im sure spam counts as) then you can be liable. This would be one way to effect the sellers and reduce the demand for botnet services. It would certainly make real suppliers more careful with how they handle their advertising budgets...

Of course this does depend on there actually being a product to buy and the spam not just being an elaborate phishing scam.

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Spam filters stuff Canadian Beaver

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ewwww!

"a film starring Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster"

Now there is a porno i do NOT want to see! Yuk!

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'Plutonium pinch' nips NASA

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BUT...

NASA will be cutting down on its use of supplies on other programs...

Im all for having a "home grown industry" but rather then nobbling forthcoming projects and damaging the potential science output whilst you build up said "home grown industry" you may as well buy overseas products...

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