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Hey, non-US websites – FBI don't have to show you any stinkin' warrant

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Re: So why bother to send a letter of request to a foreign country...

I wonder how the US would react if a foreign national criminal investigation bureau hacked a hosting business in the US, because they either couldn't go through regular international routes - or because they couldn't be bothered to do so.

Just imagine an Icelandic police force hacking GoDaddy (only US host provider I know o.0) to get to an Icelandic citizen they believed had an illegal server/service running through them.

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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"Hoffelder claimed Digital Editions 4 slurped and leaked the metadata of all the ebooks on his system – not just the ones read using the application. Adobe said this shouldn't possible, but has its developers checking again to make sure this isn't a bug."

I'm sure it was just a rogue engine... programmer!

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Why US Feds and g-men kick up a stink about a growing smartphone encryption trend

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Re: What about encrypting calls?

To be fair, most people probably don't think about it at all.

They either assume emails are secure or they haven't given it any thought.

A shift towards encryption as default - anywhere it's feasible - could be a good thing.

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

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Re: So, can we assume then,

Think of the money saved from the federal budget.

Sure it's too bad for the people kidnapped and their families, but that's what you get for encrypting your phone I guess.

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Re: Knowing the difference

I came to comment on a similar note.

"We all want and need privacy, but this doesn't mean anonymity."

I mean he's not necessarily wrong. I don't have to have anonymity, but I do want privacy.

Unfortunately it has more or less been shown that the only way to obtain privacy is through anonymity.

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German data commish makes a Hamburger out of Google

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Re: Give them a chance?

Well if I were somehow able to actually trust the search engine, then sure €10/year wouldn't be unfair.

Buuut... Current climate = You can't trust it if it's government/EU run, and you can't trust it if it's privately owned.

Sooo.. NGO-NPO search engine?

Then of course there's the problem that you can already get search engines that are more or less free from profiling.

What you want is a search engine that does profiling, but doesn't use that for any other purpose than serving your searching needs. Maybe even does a split-search, where the left side is based on your profile, and the right side is profile-free.

Of course then there's data security to worry about.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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"It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy."

Oh I'm sure it is. Currently though, it seems to require a rather loose definition of adequate protection...

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New EU digi-commish struggles with concepts of net neutrality

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Sooo there should only be exceptions regarding culture?

Should we feign surprise when culture turns out to be big music and film business?

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: But will it make a difference?

Well.. I'm not Veti, but the opening sentence of the article on my browser is:

"At the weekend, actress Emma Watson gave a well-argued and reasoned speech to the UN calling for better relations between the sexes."

The gender of one person is identified - Emma Watson.

Did you see the word "sexes" and think; "Well that implies something, I guess"?

The inclusion of 4chan trolls and taking that angle is probably in order for this article to actually be suitable for ElReg - aka; Emma Watson talking about feminism isn't tech news. Emma Watson being targetted by internet trolls because of her talking about feminism is.. sorta.

There's no need for anyone here in the comments to explain why internet trolls relate to feminism, because if you read the article then it's nicely explained why it relates. Internet trolls are making a fuss over a feminist speech - tada, link established.

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Net Neutrality? Hold my coffee, I got this: FCC says it's still considering all options for Open Web

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That would seem like one of the riskiest strategies you could use.

I mean... surely there's some serious federal offences involved in identity theft on such a massive scale?

And you think the ISPs have bad PR now?

Also sending that many emails would only prolong the process, risking further publicity for the issue, and possibly more pressure on the FCC to actually protect the people of the United States.

Much better to do it as quickly as possible, and then deal with the fallout once the law has been boug... passed!

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Titan falls! Blizzard cancels World of Warcraft successor

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A ray of light

While Activision Blizzard have certainly had some annoying shit happen in the Blizzard department (The term "always online" more or less covers it), it's nice to see that like a good poker player they know not to chase money already spent.

Since they say they won't be focused on MMOs, I suspect a 3 vikings mobile game to be imminent (with a nice set of micro-transactions of course), perhaps a new franchise of some sort, and possibly some renewed focus on the Warcraft movies (aka building it in to a franchise for further money making plx!)

See how quickly I diminished the ray of light I pointed out.. Damn this pessimistic view of gaming that I have felt pushed to adopt.

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Facebook's Oculus unveils 360-degree VR head tracking Crescent Bay prototype

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Re: headphones

"It shouldn't be too difficult, or expensive, to fit a small USB camera to the front and have a small swith that you operate to have 'real external view' fed to the front screen."

Well this is just a sci-fi story waiting to happen!

How do you know if the switch actually worked, or if it just started it's real purpose - matrix-style enslavement!

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Microsoft's rumoured $2.5bn Minecraft gobble expected on Monday

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Re: Time to update and backup

http://notch.net/2014/09/im-leaving-mojang/

Well - he's not sticking around :)

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Coming soon

The new MineCraft MMO - MCMMO!

It's MineCraft, but now with a subscription fee! Huzzah!

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Anonymous threatens to name cop who shot dead unarmed Michael Brown

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Re: Has anyone given thought to the fact that...

You are of course right!

I have once or twice felt threatened by humans, so now the only reasonable action is to assume that all humans are threatening psychos who want to harm me.

How about instead we acknowledge that it isn't unheard of, but more information is required before making a judgement.

In this case - where he apparently drew a handgun during a protest - I would expect there to have been a bunch of witnesses. Surely it would not have gone without remark if he hadn't had a gun.

I'm also a loss for motivation for the police officer. "Well... They're already rioting because of a dead guy, one more couldn't hurt"? Or is it "Did I remember to put bullets in my gun today? Only one way to find out I guess".

I'm not saying he couldn't have had a motivation for doing it - and I'm not saying things went exactly as it is being claimed. I'm just struggling to understand why he would shoot - and "only" wound - someone during a protest.

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Re: @Eric Olson

Well unless he was resisting with some version of a weapon - stabbing or shooting for instance - I'd say the selling of smokes is the only one of the two likely to lead to deaths (at least deaths of other people), meaning that being killed for resisting arrest is actually even worse...

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Edward Snowden's not a one-off: US.gov hunts new secret doc leaker

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Holmes

Might just be me,

But I can't stop thinking of the wonderful work environment that'll be promoted by the implementation of security measures after this.

That'll be sure not to plant more dissatisfaction with the work place.

It's all those lovely cases of "I really just need that one file - why the hell am I not allowed in there without Keith watching over me"

(Sherlock cause it's the closest I could get to a magnifying glass)

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BitTorrent launches decentralised crypto-fied chat app

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Re: Targeted vs. opportunistic

Precisely. The point must be to make mass surveillance economically or "strategically" infeasible

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Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch

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Go

The race is on to start up twatch.com!

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Street View Wi-Fi slurp nightmare: US Supremes snub Google's appeal

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It would be interesting to see how much money Google has had to fork over in total due to this "rogue engineer"

I'm guessing it isn't enough to be certain that no more "rogue engineers" engage in legally shady practices.

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Mobile SIM chip-makers 'will be fined by EU' for price-fixing, say sources

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Re: Question

I'm just going to reply so I can find this place easier later, when some wise sage has answered the question. Sorry I couldn't be of any help :)

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

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I don't think I know anyone who has ever viewed a film and - as the place was being shot up, or the wake was progressing slowly and mournfully - gone "Those curtains - my God they are fabulous. If only there was some way for me to identify their brand and purchase some for myself."

And frankly I don't believe that happens - and if it does I don't believe it happens enough to justify this gizmo.

If I am to be distracted from whatever content I am consuming (that's the correct lingo, right?), I do believe I'd prefer it be by cake and coffee or something along those lines.

As much as I love advertisements, I do believe that the money being paid to make those ads should help negate the costs for me for consuming content. So unless using this wonderful new invention means I'll be getting Netflix for free, I can't see this being anything I'd use.

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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

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Unhappy

http://www.baekdal.com/opinion/how-inapp-purchases-has-destroyed-the-industry

He really isn't...

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Re: Who?

There could also conceivably be parents who buy some of these things for their kids.

"If you clean your room all week, then we can buy that engine upgrade for your super car"

Or something of that sort.

I mean it's at least possible

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Slippery Google greases up, aims to squirm out of EU privacy grasp

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True to a point.

That point being when Google - doing this as standard - winds up with the inferior search engine.

"All I can find on Google about person X is that he's a fine upstanding citizen. Yet Bing/Yahoo/Duckduckgo/Startpage etc. etc. give me info about that scandal a few years ago. I knew I hadn't gone senile - I did recall X being involved in a prostitution ring."

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Car titans WON'T STEAL our tech, says Musk: DAMNIT, I'll GIVE IT to 'em

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Re: This is nice but

Isn't patent law made in such a manner, that if you do not uphold your patent you forfeit it (or am I thinking of TM?)

Such that we just need a single company to very publicly make use of the patents for a short while. Once not action is taken against that company, the patents are forfeit

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We're ALL Winston Smith now - and our common enemy is the Big Brother State

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Well I would certainly expect other results from buying ad-words than Google telling me it's working... I might even hope for an increase in sales o.0

So yeah - Google could tell me all sorts of shit, most likely they wont tell me shit. I'll trust that they target the advertisements, and if I see a proper amount of return from my investment, I'll probably renew my ad contract. If nothing happens, then I'd be a fool to continue advertising using Google.

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Re: @Irongut and others

I think it was a reference to national security letters in the US, where by a secret court gives a secret authorization to secretly demand data from a company that is not allowed to tell anyone that this even took place.

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Snowden shoots back: 'So you DO have my emails, after all'

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Re: Edward Snowden isn't very good at logic (and neither is the NSA)

Perhaps it was more likely to raise flags if he tried to store emails from his own account, so he chose other more ripe targets.

Perhaps he thought that when he released evidence that the NSA has immense power, the conversation would be on that fact and on which course to take, and not about whether or not he followed appropriate channels, or if he had a horse as a child, or how his haircut is indicative of insanity, so it must all be crazy ramblings of a sick commie!

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Congressman pitches bill to disarm FCC in net neutrality warfare

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Paris Hilton

So here's a question.

What's the worst case scenario for non-US citizens, if these fastlanes are forc... accep...lovingly embraced by the hard working patriotic American people?

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

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Joke

What the hell... If I wanted to be tracked by corporations and governments I'd probably carry around some sort of gps-enabled microphone and camera!

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Employees grab Apple and Google's $325 MEEELLION olive branch in hiring suit

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Re: Another sad day for the rule of law.

I would think the proper (read: legal) way to deal with something like this was to bind certain knowing employees with some kind of gag-order pertaining to their work?!

Adding such a clause to a contract might up the wage a bit, so I can see why it's easier (and now also cheaper) to simply make shady dealings with other companies.

Did the government already take some action against these companies? Will they? Can no action be taken at all?

These question are simply to quench the fire that is my ignorance (though it will likely continue to burn bright)

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Open wide, 'Friends': Facebook wants to give you a 'Privacy checkup'

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Sure there's a negative perspective to put on this...

But at least with more control and easier interface, it's "only" facebook you have to worry about (and probably some - if not all of the - apps/games).

So kudos for doing something in the right direction.

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Google hit by class action lawsuit over claimed AdSense fraud

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I sincerely doubt that this is actually true.. but if true, that's pretty much Google done for? At least as far as ad revenue goes, which I'm lead to believe is the foundation of the business...

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Latest Snowden leak claims NSA bugged ALL mobile calls in the Bahamas

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Alien

" "special-interest alien smugglers." "

I can not possibly be the only one, who really hopes this should be taken at face value.

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Net neutrality foes outspent backers by over three to one – and that's just so far

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One has to wonder how the infrastructure and ability to compete would have looked for the companies that could've spent $XX millions on upgrades and on servicing their customers...

It's almost like that would've been a good investment which would've ensured long term profits...

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FCC mulls two-speed internet, axing net neutrality ... unless you convince it otherwise

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"His proposal will ask citizens "if paid prioritization should be banned outright" "

Since I'm not a US citizen I don't fell I should directly meddle... but can we assume that Reddit et. al. are mounting campaigns to answer this asking with a resounding "Yep, it should. kkthx"

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Republicans turn up heat on FCC over net neutrality push

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"We don't want to stifle economic growth in America!

By that we mean that we don't want to stifle economic growth in select companies. Please make regulations such that wealthy and established players are able to combat smaller competitors and keep markets in an iron fist. Ideas for such regulation could be gained from a view towards regulation on stock markets and investments."

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Look out, FCC: R.E.M., Aerosmith, Jello Biafra, 57 others join net neutrality crusade

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The more the merrier!?

See title...

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Net neutrality protesters set up camp outside FCC headquarters

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Re: The protesters have vowed to stay outside the FCC until its May 15 vote

That would probably be the very best thing that could happen, if you're a supporter of Net Neutrality. It might light a spotlight on it.

Wouldn't want to be the people being removed though.

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US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

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Re: Let's see how the ISPs spin this

It'll probably be framed to reflect on a more general fundamental principal of the great nation of the US!

"What we're doing is providing services in accord with free market principles and the capitalist ideals that made our nation the best in the world! Despite recent attempts to paint us as some kind of villains in this matter, we feel confident that our customers will see that we're upholding grand American traditions."

Or something to that effect...

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Denmark dynamited by cunning American Minecraft vandals

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Re: vandalism?

I think there's an official server where you can stroll about, AND there's an option to download the map and stroll about.

Perhaps some would like to see the map before downloading a TB of data - or perhaps they have a dataplan in place and so would rather not spend it downloading all of Denmark, when all they're interested in is blowing up a couple of bits of the Capital...

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Re: Stupid

You could be right of course.

I doubt that you're right about "probably be popular". With Netflix, HBO, Youtube and Auntie Elizas vacation films all being available in Full HD provided your internet connection can handle it, I don't see how this could become too popular. Not before ISPs have ruined Net Neutrality and now Netflix et. al. are forced to implement something similar or be completely fucked by providers.

Oh what am I saying! The free market always leads to the best consequences for the consumers. Never mind me - it's 2pm and I haven't had a single cup of coffee yet!

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Looking at what Dreamworks apparently released in the first quarter of 2014 it's not really surprising.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (Didn't even know what this was till I wikied it)

Need for Speed (because video game movies are always the best. Especially when released 4 months after the latest game)

Then of course there's sales of old film and what not. And surely they'll be going in to the green once How To Train Your Dragon 2 comes out on June 13. Granted it's a sequel, but the first one wasn't bad, so surely people will flock to it - especially them folks with kids.

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Re: Allofmp3

And crap sequels - don't forget those!

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Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

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I don't like Google very much at all, but even I think this story has a certain smell to it.

Unless lots of the people who have had money taken in this way or former/current employees come forward, or some internal documents are leaked, I think we'll find the smell to be reminiscent of the excrement of a male bovine creature.

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Nokia, new CEO Rajeev Suri, and BEELLIONS of euros burning a hole in the bank

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Re: Jolla

Yeah... During whole Nokia sale thing, I was really hoping they'd use the money they made to turn around and start making new phones.

Jolla seems like a fit - provided they'd be interested in working (again for most of them, no?) for and selling to Nokia :)

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Apple, Google, Intel, Adobe, settle employee-fiddling class action suit

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Now I'm not a fancy big city economist, so I've deleted the lovely flawed economic model I had previously made in this place.

Let me instead ask a question: Is anyone eligible for jail time because of this? Why/Why not?

It seems to me that what these companies have done is in effect stealing. Now if I steal $10,000 from Apple, can I expect to get off with a fine (be it $10,000 or $100,000)?

Come to think of it, I probably could if I could pay 100k, but here another question arises; should I be able to get away with just paying a fine?

A fine - unless it's insanely massive, talking % of annual turnover - is unlikely to deter bad behaviour. Jailing executives for 5-10 years (and seizing assets) is - in my view - far more likely to deter bad behaviour.

In a country where others are jailed for years and years for petty thefts, why do these people get off without? (And I'd appreciate answers other than "Money, duuuuh!", cheers)

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FCC: We're GUTTED people think we'd gut net neutrality

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Hah!

"Wheeler said the agency would protect consumers from "abusive market activity.""

Okay okay... Let's just assume that the 5 people currently in the FCC actually will do this. What happens next year? In 5 years? 10 years?

It doesn't take more than 3 people on the FCC with a skewed view of what abusive market activity is, and it's doomed. Once the go-ahead is given once, it'll be a helluva fight to take it back again, better never to give it!

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

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This is great!

Didn't the UK get something similar a few (I want to say) months back?

I think it's great so long as the process isn't reversed, I really don't want to s... *HISSSS* OH crap!

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