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Major problems beset UK ISP filth filters: But it's OK, nobody uses them

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Re: BT

We got Fibre at the gaff last month, and every bloody device I hooked in was forbidden from seeing webpages until I had chosen one of the "I am feeble minded and would like to be inconvenienced by not seeing half the internet / I am a grown man and I quite like pornography thank you very much" options. To be fair I think you can turn that behaviour off from the router manager.

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Re: Wrong Category

Given TalkTalk's old reputation for coming top of the customer complaints league for several years in a row, I would speculate that their customer base has a built-in bias towards the less tech literate members of the population who wouldn't think to do online research before choosing a provider.

From there it's not that big a leap to assume they're going with the filters because the signup page says it 'protects them online' or whatever convincing bollocks the opt-in page shows.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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Once you've gone Quad-Core, you'll never go back. For my money the only budget android worth entertaining is the Moto G.

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Brit Rockall adventurer poised to quit islet

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Re: Well done Nick!

IIRC he lost some climbing kit in the storm and he is considering the possibility he'll have to just punt it into the sea and pick it up from the recovery vessel (if it doesn't sink.)

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Stephen Elop: 'Hello there' (and goodbye to 12,500 of you)

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Major companies cooperating with IBM do develop enterprise software has historically gone wonderfully given IBM's willingness to compromise and adapt to their partner, and previously blessed us with wonders like OS2.

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EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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Re: Do I detect...

They're not merging, they're allying against the hostile forces of Microsoft and Apple who are beating them up in the patent wars. Agreeing to not step on each other's toes is just the groundwork.

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Sit back down, Julian Assange™, you're not going anywhere just yet

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Also, £6M? Bollocks.

A dozen bobbies should be more than enough for a round the clock stakeout. Round it up to 20 just because. Make the generous assumption that the poor low ranks, probationers and others who have pulled this beat get the national average salary of £25Kp/a. In fact let's call it £30K because London. That gives us 30x20= £600K/year, so it should have cost much closer to £1.2M for the two years Assange has been holed up. Even if I've massively underestimated the London salary, you could pay your bobbies £45K/annum and still come in under £1M/year.

If the Met genuinely think they've spunked £6M on this, someone needs to go over their accounting policies asking serious questions.

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Re: Mad

"his rights and fears shouldn't be subjugated to the comfort of the state."

Neither should they be pandered to because he has gone to extreme lengths to avoid extradition (to Sweden).

As for the US wanting him, that's a very tired old argument considering if they wanted him they would have just asked their best bumchums in the UK government to sort it out long ago. [Speculation] In fact if the US wanted to pump him for info they'll probably just infiltrate his online circle of friends (if they haven't already).

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Devil's Advocate...

Isn't having CP in your possession strict liability, i.e. someone else put it there is no defence? If Google have such content on UK servers plod are surely duty bound to get cuffing Google employees...

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

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Re: "If Scotland get independance, I'll be the first one to move there."

I think you'll have a hotly contested race on your hands if you want to be first out. Good to know some people would move TO Scotland though, more houses for the people who want to stay in Britain.

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BT: Whew, we've been cleared of major privacy breach. Oh SNAP, another webmail blunder

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Re: not surprised on either front

Weren't the EU supposed to be considering suing the UK government for doing sweet Rockall about protecting citizens over the whole Phorm thing? Any update El Reg?

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BitTorrent not to blame for movie revenues, says economist

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Hypothesis

The real reason 'The Man'* gets irate about downloading is negative word of mouth, i.e. when they have spent millions upon millions on a film that turns out to be utter shit, they still have a chance to recoup most of the costs in the opening weekend before the news of how horrible it is spreads. With leaked downloads, they don't get to control the PR message and when word gets out that it is horrible sales plummet. discuss.

*'The Man' used because I can't remember the name of the shill being used this week.

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

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The big difference between the all pervasive surveillance of a CCTV society vs. a Glasshole society is agency: All these Glasshole cameras are being actively directed and are linked to a user who immediately gets to decide if the footage is worth doing something with, probably without the subjects knowledge or consent. Footage can also be constantly buffered dashcam style so users can retroactively decide to save something for posterity.

My concern is that in both the CCTV and Glasshole worlds I can do an embarrassing trip-stumble-faceplant combo in the street, but only in one of those worlds I can worry about being on Youtube within the hour.

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Dead letter office: ancient smallpox sample turns up in old US lab

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Re: Is it just me.....

It's rare but not unheard of for construction to accidentally uncover a forgotten plague pit (I seem to recall it happened in London a few years back.) Knowing more about the lifespan of the virus in an isolated environment is definitely worthwhile.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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I wonder what flying your drone through a firework display does to your insurance premium?

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

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I feel your pain. But conversely, when they have put it in Safe Mode and "all my little pictures have gone" they suddenly lose the ability to turn it all the way off when you ask her to switch it off and on again.

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I got my mum a tablet a few months back thinking it'd be pretty foolproof and I'd get some peace from this sort of thing. Within a month she'd lost the wifi login, installed about 50 different copies of Mahjong and put the tablet into Safe Mode - even I don't know how she managed the last one.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

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Re: 50Hz hum randomiser

That's okay if you're the one in control of the recording equipment, but the noise randomiser could 'poison' another's covert recording and cause it to fail the non-tampered test.

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Hey, Marissa Mayer: Flexi working time is now LAW in UK. Yahoo!

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Re: I actually prefer to work at the office...

I find it's a mixed bag myself. I can focus much more when I'm left alone to concentrate, but I prefer the office 2 screen setup as opposed to the hell that is trying to work out my shortcuts on my laptop screen. I suppose I could ask for an office, and when that inevitably gets laughed off I could lead into "well, could I do a few flexi hours then?"

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Reasons for rejecting

Per the Gov website include:

extra costs which will damage the business

the business is planning changes to the workforce

Vague and nebulous enough that this can be another tickbox exercise like the 'maximum working week' we were expected to immediately opt out of.

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HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up

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What's the point of Shareholders suing the company they own? Unless they are trying to get the board personally on the hook for negligence, they're all in the same (per share) boat, aren't they? Unless it was a tactic to tank the share price temporarily?

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Google: Glass goggles are a 'fairly lousy surveillance device'

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Windows

If glass ever takes off the way smartphones did, I think we could be heading for a legal clash between the right to use cameras in a public space versus the level of intrusion inherent in ubiquitous worn recording devices. Under the 'people are bastards' theory it's not hard to imagine surreptitiously catching people off guard becoming an urban sport. We all know the dark side of some folk comes out when you give the the safety and anonymity of the internet; the cynic inside me is screaming that www.lookatthisuglyfucker.com is only years away.

Trampjuice icon because I'm rambling. It's Friday, need to pass the time somehow

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Montana loses data on MORE PEOPLE THAN LIVE IN MONTANA

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Re: Monitoring Service Costs?

The $2 cost is government mandated, not the actual cost. My hazy recollection of how it works is that the credit report services keep all this financial data already as part of their business of selling credit checks to companies; because citizens usually have the right to see information held about them under whichever Data Protection Act is applicable in the region by paying a 'fair' charge for the admin cost of providing the records, the government(s) usually set the price of this charge to prevent the credit agencies gouging people or setting the fees arbitrarily high.

In practice what usually happens is the option to get your credit report at the cheap fee is either hidden away in a tiny corner of the website or only available on written (snail mail) request. If you do get the cheapie report it will be nigh on unreadable with unexplained acronyms and horribly formatted layout. Below that will be an advert for the 'Extended' credit report at the 'low introductory cost of $6.99/Month' followed by the small print that shafts you.

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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It's been a long time since I saw the chillingeffects site, but I seem to remember the detailed document listed the link that Google had been asked to take down. For a while it looked like they were circumventing the laws as you could still get the link via Google, there was just one extra clickthrough on the way.

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: Revenge

You could do that with positive skills they don't have as well, with designs on finding the perfect set of buzzwords to cram into a 'skillset' that will leave them permanently fending off recruitment sharks and thus both getting a taste of their own medicine and having no time to continue spamming friend requests.

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Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'

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Oh good

Let's have this argument again.

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People will happily run malware if paid ONE CENT – new study

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Re: Double-edged sword this is

Where are IT forbidden from striking? Would it affect overtime bans or work-to-rules?

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Elon Musk: Just watch me – I'll put HUMAN BOOTS on Mars by 2026

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Re: That about wraps it up for SpaceX

Indeed, a repair / refueling company might even manage to get someone to pay them to start deorbiting some of the hazardous debris we've been leaving up there over the past few decades.

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Re: That about wraps it up for SpaceX

I think you're massively underestimating the barrier to entry for other new companies. For once, it IS rocket science. Any new entrant would have to do all the development, building and testing that SpaceX has already got out of the way, sort out their own launch facilities and hire a shitload of scientists and engineers just to get to a position significantly behind Musk. They'd still need a compelling reason for send-stuff-to-space customers to switch from a proven company, and SpaceX would still have lucrative NASA contracts until they run out.

It took a visionary billionaire to get his company to where it is today, to get another SpaceX you'd need another Musk and they're few and far between.

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Re: Float? More like Sink!

Excuse me for going off on a massive tangent to the space stuff, but that's just struck a note with me: If Amazon genuinely barely make a profit, why do they bother with the whole double Irish Dutch sandwich half hitch shave and a haircut stuff?

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US Marshals seek buyer for Silk Road's Bitcoin

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Re: Um, what?

In theory they could put them in a wallet and deliberately scramble the password I guess. My suspicion is that at least some bitcoins will be shifted around other government agencies for stings/undercover work and the like. If I was a criminal Kingpin, I'd be making my IT peons work on a way to decline any transaction involving a bitcoin that had been in Federal hands.

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SPIDER-TROOP, Spider-troop, does whatever a spider troop can

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Re: "war-fighters"?!?

'Democracy Installation Technicians*' is the favoured euphemism of the internet - I'm surprised that the military PR hasn't tried to adopt this one.

*"Hello, Iraq here. I appear to be having some trouble with my recently installed Democracy, can you put me through to your support line?"

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Apple's Irish tax lair to be probed by European Commission

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Re: tax delayment

That might be okay if the companies involved were 'parking' cash in tax havens in a healthy manner, e.g. still paying tax but deferring some of their income to get a lower rate in the expectation they will have a slow year where they can draw this reserve down. Instead they appear to be gambling that they can lobby/bribe their way into getting a 'tax holiday' or cutting some other sort of deal to repatriate the cash at a minimal rate.

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Alienware says it WILL ship a Steam Machine in 2014 – running Windows

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A whole TWO USB ports? I don't know if I'm ready for such opulence.

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Mobe-orists, beware: Stroking while driving could land you a £4k fine

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Re: GOOD

"It's even more scary when you don't have a big metal cage around you."

I know how you feel, I walk home from work alongside a busy road at rush hour. Luckily I'm not on the road itself but the number of times I've seen cyclists almost KO'd is insane. I'm occasionally tempted to become a Glasshole for the express purpose of snitching on nutter drivers.

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The one that bugs me is the tacked on one about the quadrupled fine for speeding on the motorway. I'm not apologising for speeding, but long straight wide stretches of road outside areas of high pedestrian traffic seem to be almost exactly the wrong area to focus/crack down on, and smacks of meeting targets rather than protecting the public.

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Game of Thrones scribe George R R Martin will KILL YOU for US$20K

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Not that I'm against raising money for charity, but surely there's a way of doing that with less chance for backfiring? I can't see the fans being happy if Full Metal Havok More Sexy N Intelligent Than Spock And All The Superheroes Combined With Frostnova or someone like him wins it.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/03/12/nz_name/

If he had the balls he should offer a bounty that allows you to slap him in the face as revenge for your favourite character :)

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The enemy of my enemy is my, well, temporary ally: Apple and Microsoft in pact against Google

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Re: Noboby uses Bing for a good reason

"I don't think Bing's all that bad. Oh, except Bing maps. Which I used a few times on my old Nokia Lumia, and sucked."

MultiMap.com was my favourite Map site until they got borged by MS and became Bing Maps. Within a few days of the new logos appearing on the site maps were displaying incorrectly or not showing up at all in the browser. Microsoft pushed me onto Google maps by F'ing up a perfevtly good product.

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Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

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I'm in the 'Let Down' camp

My god the city is bland when you compare it to GTA 4/5 or Saint's Row. I keep forgetting which city it's supposed to be, only remembering when I pass a newsstand with Chicago or Seattle or whatever emblazoned on. You also get too much stuff straight off the bat. Within 1 or 2 missions I had a silenced pistol, multiple Assault Rifles and Shotguns. Ubisoft should have held some of this back to nudge me into the hacking side of things, with such a massive arsenal already at my disposal I didn't see the point in hacking once I got into a fight.

The biggest issue though is that I'm struggling to care about Aiden Pearce: he's got a half-decent backstory where he's out for revenge for his dead nephew, but he is also a bland amoral dickhead who by his own admission only prevents crimes as a 'distraction.' Ubisoft still have not got the hang of compelling protagonists, Aiden is much more Connor/Desmond than Ezio.

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Dixons tells HQ workers: Yes, that IS a creaky trapdoor you hear. You're at risk of redundo

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Re: Consult?

The bright side is those in the 'consultancy' have the right to time off for jobhunting & interviews etc. But it is pretty much a tick-box exercise on the company's part. Even if the employee came up with a really good solution that would save jobs, I doubt management & HR would go for it as this would mean admitting being wrong.

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FCC MUST protect net neutrality to preserve AMERICA, say Google et al

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Re: CAR ANALOGY

Didn't we in fact have a 'priority lane' during the Olympics that, surprise surprise, you could pay a charge to use?

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Re: 'Net Neutrality - Step 1: Define "net"

There will never ever be a surplus for any length of time. Give everyone FTTH and it will become 'the acceptable standard' within a month and 'pretty slow' within three as everyone gets used to watching Bluray quality films over Netflix while also doing HD Skype and someone in the same household plays the latest PS4 game over OnLive.

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Carphone Warehouse, Dixons embroiled in £3.7bn merger rumour

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I thought Dixons were buggered? I'm sure they were slashing costs and closing shops. Not too long ago having too many bricks and mortar stores was a death knell; now they want to pile more under a single corporate umbrella?

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‘Scapegoated’ BBC tech boss calls foul, kicks off unfair sacking tribunal

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I've said it before, but I would bet money that the Watchdog didn't get to see the Accenture report because it was lost or deliberately binned - and rightfully so if it's up to the usual Accenture scratch. As for the unfair dismissal, my heart won't bleed for the £287K/annum exec either way, but it does sound like he was made to carry the can and it would be nice if he could rattle some cages at the Beeb.

The cynic in me wonders however if there will shortly be an out of court settlement (subject to non disclosure so both parties can continue to claim the high ground) that will pay him off and bury the matter.

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Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

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I don't know where they'll find a niche in the market for this really. Aiming at the high end like they are apparently planning feels like a non-starter if the Tesco brand is going to be plastered all over it.

Not to mention the hurdle to clear to be considered 'high end' keeps going up - the super cheap (for what you get) Moto G has redefined the mid-lower end of the range, and you can get older model Samsung galaxies brand new now for (comparatively) dirt cheap.

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You'll hate Google's experimental Chrome UI, but so will phishers

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Re: Good thing

While there is an option to disable it. Chrome has a habit of 'streamlining' things by burying options they don't want used ten sub-menus deep (e.g. Import/Export bookmarks from HTML. Used to be only a click away and easy as mince, but then came along 'store your settings in the Cloud by signing up for a Google+ account...)

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US Supreme Court to decide if cops can search mobes without a warrant

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I'm starting to wonder...

...If it would be worth a company rebranding their smartphones as Personal Computers that just so happen to take SIM cards and have the capacity to do calls and texts. Apple trying to ban your phone? We don't make phones your Honour, we make portable PC's that can connect to multiple networks including but not limited to legacy telecomms infrastructure. Ordered to unlock your phone? I'm sorry officer, I only carry a personal computer that stores my electronic papers and effects.

If they can play silly buggers with definitions, why can't we?

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Really? Sigh. Really? Apple's lawsuit against Google is REVIVED

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Good

The more people in court against Apple the better. Throw enough lawyers from enough companies and those patents will be invalidated, and Apple's lawsuits will fall like dominoes.

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

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We need a way to play the bastards off against one another. If only we could convince the RIAA/MPAA etc that pay to play will drive people to darknets and torrent sites.

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EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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Re: Ignorant Politicians?

It's entertaining reading either way. Do you have a website Don?

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