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Gay hero super-boffin Turing 'may have been murdered by MI5'

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Re: Perhaps a Soviet Double Agent ordered Turing's Death

You do not need to have a security clearance to work against the USSR.

However there is no evidence that his death was an assassination by anyone either.

Test the apple to see if it even contains cyanide suggest the guy in the article. If it did or didn't what would it mean? Nothing. He died from cyanide poisoning, the apple was the obvious path.

But knowing whether he took the cyanide as powder or a contaminated apple by fumes, would not point to or exclude accident, suicide or murder or assassination.

It is more lack of motive for assassination or murder that points to accident suicide. The UK government didn't have to kill him to revoke his security clearance, and neither did the USA nor the USSR.

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Re: Posthumous Pardon?

You are not pardoned for things you did not do.

If you did not do it then your conviction is over-turned or set aside.

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Re: Another person who thinks they're 'the only gay in the village'

Some links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Burgess

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Blunt

So being gay did not automatically mean the UK would kick you out of top secret positions.

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Another person who thinks they're 'the only gay in the village'

I think it was more the Americans who pushed to have Turnings clearance revoked.

The public school boys who ran/run things in the UK in those days would not have seen much wrong with being gay.

Look at the Cambridge Six (or Seven or whatever it is up to). Gay and working for MI5 & MI6, no problem. But they were not on joint projects with the Americans.

But even then, the circumstances, the experiment he was doing in his room with dangerous chemicals, I really doubt this was an assassination.

The real question is whether it was a suicide or an accident.

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IT bods: Windows XP, we WON'T leave you. Migrate? Chuh! As if...

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Don't connect to the internet, but do you have USB sockets or drives for removable disks?

Your XP computer might not connect directly to the internet, but does it have a USB socket, or diskette, CD, DVD or blu-ray drive?

Currently these other paths are being used to infect non-internet connected diplomatic and 'industrial command and control systems', and there is no reason to believe that they won't be used to infect XP systems in at least in 'attractive targets'.

It is even possible to migrate data off of these non-internet connected systems. The Israelis and Americans did it to the Iranian nuclear program, so it is feasible and who knows how often it has happened elsewhere.

Also, if you have an internet connected machine on the same network as your XP machines (whether or not it is running an up-to-date operating system and antivirus) it could be used as an entry point to any connected XP machines. One trojan, one stupid mistake, on that internet connected machine and it could quietly violate however many hundred XP machines are connected to it.

Is your business and that application an attractive target?

1. Would anyone be able to profit from the disruption of that application, directly or via blackmail?

2. Would anyone be able to profit from knowledge of data in that application, directly or via blackmail?

And there are doubtless other ways to be a high value target.

So if you're going to keep XP in your production environment I suggest you disable the drives for removable media and disable the USB sockets and make sure that no computer on the network with the XP machine have internet access.

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When creating future surveys remember that "one copy" is meaningless

When creating future surveys remember that answers to questions about "one copy" of something are meaningless.

Yes we'll have a copy. On a machine in the testing lab, just in case we ever need it.

Meaningful questions would be:

1. Will you have a server or workstation running WHATEVER in any of your non-production (testing/educational/experimental/training) environments?

2. Will you have a server running WHATEVER in any of your production (non-testing/non-educational/non-experimental/non-training) environments?

3. Will you have a workstation running WHATEVER in your mainstream production environment?

-- and then if you want more precision --

4. Will you support WHATEVER on any machine in your production environment?

5. Will you only support WHATEVER on the production machines of a small number of politically powerful users?

6. Will you only support WHATEVER on production machines in non-critical applications isolated from your main business network?

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Cryptolocker copycat ransomware emerges – but an antidote is possible

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Re: Spread the cost.

"that also most computers are left wide open with antivirus and antimalware."

Did you check to their website to see if your existing AV actually detects this?

I had to do a lot of looking, but eventually I found where Kaspersky says it protects against it.

Thing is, for the big AV vendors this is just another type of malware. They do not issue press releases for each new type of malware they can detect.

For the operating system, well operating systems cannot decide what files you should and should not open on your computer.

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I think most AVs probably have protection against these encryption programs now

Kasperky has similar tools available. I'm on Kaspersky's mailing list and get this info. I think The Register should get itself on the list too.

http://www.kaspersky.com/virus-removal-tools

And Kaspersky now includes protection against these ransomeware programs. They don't make a big deal about it, after all, it is just another version of the thousands of versions of malware.

I think most AVs probably have protection against these ransomeware programs now -- but only a few are trying to make bucks off of it.

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With all the NSA and GCHQ spying going on, why haven't they identified this guy ?

With all the NSA and GCHQ spying going on, why haven't they identified this guy ?

Is it only the ATF that the NSA will help? It isn't narcotics so they do not care?

I'm against all the spying on regular folks, but if we're going to have this invasive spying on everyone, why not use it in cases like this?

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How Britain could have invented the iPhone: And how the Quangocracy cocked it up

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Re: The Black Swan Theory

And that is one of the two main principles of the Black Swan theory, that luck has more to do with success than good ideas.

You must take risks, but you do not know which risks will pay off.

An example the book gives is the movie industry. Nobody has ever been able to predict which movies will be successful. So major motion picture companies risk a little bit of money in a great many movies. Smaller production companies each risk a great deal in a small number of movies.

Touch screens were around long before the iPhone and Apple. But they did not 'take off'. From about.com,

"Historians consider the first touch screen to be a capacitive touch screen invented by E.A. Johnson at the Royal Radar Establishment, Malvern, UK, around 1965 - 1967. The inventor published a full description of touch screen technology for air traffic control in an article published in 1968."

What made iPhone popular is what makes a best selling author or major painter popular: The bandwagon effect, that it is the person (Jobs) people wanted, not the technology. Owning Apple meant being being associated as a fan of Jobs.

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Re: Abandon all hope.... you are entering "couldhavebeen land"

"it's just that successive bullshit governments have failed to have the vision to back the winners"

That thinking is the root cause of the problems.

Communist and socialist environments have never been hotbeds of new technology and have never given rise to real 'winners'.

What the UK (and NYC) should do is abandon making money through investment banking rip-offs of world + dog and make money through investment banking that invests in good promising technology -- that is what successful countries like the USA (apart from NYC) do.

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Don't blame the Quango for your inability to find industry funding

The economy must not depend on Quangos providing venture capitol.

And no entrepreneur should seek funds from only one source.

You need to be prepared to have delays, run arounds, and denials of funding from any given source of funds.

Private venture capitolists. Other inventors. Other technology people. Do not depend on quangos.

Do not blame quangos.

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Twitter's shock block unlock deemed cockup, gets a lockup

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Re: Safe?

Sad to say that 9 out of 10 times I see someone called a troll the 'troll' is a reasonable person with a different opinion from their assailant.

Calling someone a troll these days is mostly used by extremists engaging in ad hominem attacks because the have no reasoned logic to counter an opinion they dislike. (I say 'extremists'. I consider those who blindly reject contrary viewpoints on a topic as extremists in that topic.)

That does leave the other 1 in 10 who are genuine trolls, or more commonly, people engaging in harassment.

Twitter should allow original posters and account holder to block those who harass them from posting in topics they create. Letting them think their posts are going through (but nobody else seeing them) is probably okay, so long as people are very aware that their post might be blocked with out them knowing it.

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Re: Granular

"Blocked users cannot mention me."

Yes that is a problem since so many people have the same names. Even people with unusual names, if they check google will find someone else with the same name.

Plus how do you block intentional misspellings?

I think these are existing options:

D. Only my followers can send me tweets.

E. Only my followers can read my tweets.

F. I must actively accept new followers.

Your other ideas are good ideas.

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But it should that only the sender ever sees them.

I could see letting a blocked person make 'social comments' that disappear into a blackhole for nobody else to ever see.

But it should that only the sender ever sees them. They should be blocked from everyone else ever seeing them, not just the intended recipient.

Was that the problem, that everyone could see the troll's post but the intended recipient? That would be a blunder.

Of course it is necessary to be certain that people know their messages might not get through. For serious messaging people cannot rely on a messaging service that sometimes blocks them without telling them. Imagine blocked apologies and blocked party invitations. But Twitter is not intended for serious messaging.

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Beijing leans on Microsoft to maintain Windows XP support

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Re: Opening gambit

I think you could make a good case that if MS has abandoned the operating system people who have bought the OS can turn to others to maintain it.

Certainly Chinese courts would never tell the Chinese government it can't maintain it.

China has lots of options, it is garbage for China to be begging MS to maintain XP installations running bootleg copies of XP.

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Re: I know I'm going to get slammed for this, but....

Yes, down votes from people who've never done the experiment you did.

There is too much blind prejudice against MS and in favour of Turtle Neck guy.

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Re: Chinese government really has only itself to blame?

Why should MS support people who are happy running XP?

There is no legal principle requiring MS to change XP in perpetuity as long as someone wants it to.

XP was published, maintained, and its done, over.

It is like an old Apple operating system -- extinct.

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China begs MS to maintain pirated copies of Windows XP

The article says 70% of the software is stolen.

Why should MS support stolen software for free?

If China wants it supported, let China pay MS to provide the support.

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I thought I was being DDOSed. Turns out I'm not that important...

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Re: Why run an email server ?

I think he's running the mail server as an education exercise, a way to keep up-to-date when you don't have a client or company test system to experiment with. It is better than testing in production where other people will be affected.

Otherwise there are all kinds of places that will host your @domain mail server (plus web site, etc.) for you. Problem is you don't learn server configuration and protection that way. But then not needing to learn mail server configuration can be a good thing if your real business or job is application programming.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Explict IP addresses and VPN a good way to go to jail if this becomes law

The problem with government approved censorship is you cannot get around it with explicit IP addresses or simple VPN because government can see who you are connected to.

If accessing a type of political web content becomes a criminal offense, like it is in many parts of the world, you're reduced to using TOR, with the slowness, lack of functionality,lack of history, and limited tools that go along with that.

It also becomes hard to find websites. You get these sites on the black web, which you have to already know about to find.

And if Britain falls, if the English speaking world falls, what nation is going to host this stuff? How will those nations access an internet that is controlled by the USA?

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True, UKIP likely to be censored, anything to do with so-called English nationalism.

True, UKIP likely to be censored, anything to do with so-called English nationalism is a big threat to the Tories.

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Re: Well

"I hope you're watching, Daily Mail/Guardian/Mumsnet readers. This is what happens when you say "If only the government would DO something". That's exactly what happens."

No it isn't.

Government has a range of options in how it reacts to things. Censorship is merely one of the most extreme options.

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Is any political act more extremist than advocating political censorship?

Is any political act more extremist than advocating political censorship?

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What's wrong with Britain's computer scientists?

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Re: They're all "looking for a well paid job" immediately

"Whatever happened to the concept of starting as a junior and putting in the hard first few years of really learning your trade through week in week out, learning the difference between completing tasks and producing really first rate maintainable code?"

That concept went out the window when employers trashed it.

They want people who at least claim to be fully qualified now. They aren't prepared to pay even minimum wage for someone to learn on the job.

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Re: Computer Science is to Developers...

It is a lot easier to offshore the firmware, OS and language development than the application development (although even the application development is outsourced) because those things don't require user contact or knowledge of local languages.

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Re: CompSci graduates...

"No, it's a troll. Or he really is that dumb, difficult to tell."

Please address his arguments rather than just calling him silly names.

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future leaders of the IT industry will come from sales

It is true that a CS degree turns out a much more adaptable employee than a technical degree does. A degree teaches how to learn and how to figure stuff out, not how to take a course or do a particular one or two languages.

Going from BAL to COBOL to PL/I to Focus to Java is doable for a typical CS graduate from the 1970s or 80s, I did it and so did many others. But for most technical college graduates it was too much.

But that is the rub, companies hire people to do the language the current project is in and to support the legacy applications. They don't hire programmers for future adaptability to new languages.

When companies think about adaptability they think about the ability to get along in changing organizational structures, ability to get along with bosses, users and co-workers and tolerance for constantly changing specs.

But the future leaders of the IT industry will be, as they are now, former sales people, former venture capitalists, and former lawyers.

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Re: Not just the young graduates

There is prejudice against taking PhDs for regular jobs, true.

But even without a PhD, people over 40 with degrees or diplomas in CS or IT face age prejudice to a much greater extent than people in medicine, law, engineering, sales, teaching, etc.

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Right at the top of the article it says:

"In the UK, there are more unemployed graduates in computer science than in any other discipline."

So either CS graduates are choosing unemployment over becoming teachers -- or --

schools are assuming CS graduates won't be interested in teaching because teaching doesn't pay enough.

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It is like studing to become a draftsman

"In the UK, there are more unemployed graduates in computer science than in any other discipline."

So attendees at the conference just ignored that little fact and repeated the ideas and concerns they had 10 and 20 years ago.

Conference topics:

1. How to get more women into this oversupplied field so women can share in the same high levels of unemployment as men.

2. How to add programming to the general school curriculum to further reduce job prospects for all CS graduates.

Studying CS is rapidly becoming akin to to studying become a draftsman or scrivener. It is rapidly becoming an obsolete field.

These days, I consider it immoral and unethical to encourage a young person to enter our field. If they want to get in, fine, there will always be a few good jobs.

But convincing someone who is undecided this is a good career that will provide a career of 35+ years that pays well and is interesting is absurd.

Much better to study engineering, business or art and do CS as a minor. Or pick up programming later on.

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Leaked MS ad video parodies Chrome as surveillance tech

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Attack ads worked really well for Apple

Attack ads worked really well for Apple, and Apple's attack ads were based on squareness and snobbishness.

This is quite a good ad based on facts, Google does spy on us in an outrageous manner.

Of course Google does have permission in the TOS, but people don't read that.

And, unlike the US government, Google doesn't kill people or destroy their careers based on what it finds by spying. Google is merely serving us advertising we are likely to be interested in.

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We're making TOO MUCH CASH, say CryptoLocker scum in ransom price cut

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I got an email from Kaspersky today that they've got two free decryption tools for ransomware

I got an email from Kaspersky today announcing they've created two free decryption tools for ransomware.

They're XoristDecryptor and RectorDecryptor and they're here:

http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/disinfection/2911

http://support.kaspersky.com/viruses/disinfection/4264

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Just when governments start closing tax havens down, along comes Bitlocker

The supply of new Bitcoins is rationed to prevent inflation by excessive growth of money supply.

But IF the supply of Bitcoins is not that high yet, and a scam like ransomware comes along and boosts demand for Bitcoins greatly, that leads to out-of-control Bitcoin inflation from excessive demand.

Oh well, that is life. A more serious problem is the tax haven and black market problem.

Just when governments start closing tax havens down, along comes Bitlocker.

I imagine the mega rich and powerful, those with inherited wealth plus despotic dictators and corrupt government officials around the world, will lobby to keep Bitlocker outside of taxation rules and regulations -- we can't have the mega rich paying their fair share for the national services and assets they consume.

I like privacy on the web. I like the idea of legalized marijuana. But even more I dislike the mega rich, idle rich, and mega corrupt not paying their way in society.

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Indonesia raises volcanic Defcon level as Mount Sinabung rumbles

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Video and a slide show of the eruptions effect here:

Video and a slide show here:

http://www.weather.com/news/indonesia-volcano-mount-sinabung-photos-20131124

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Breaking news, overnight the alert level went up to the highest level.

Breaking news, overnight the alert level went up to the highest level.

http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/mt-sinabung-on-highest-alert-as-volcano-erupts-9-times-overnight/

Exerting a quote:

"Indonesia raised the alert status for Mount Sinabung in the North Sumatra district of Karo to the most dangerous level — awas — as thousands of residents in 23 villages surrounding the volcano continued to be evacuated on Sunday.

“Based on the results of analysis of visual, quake, deformation and gas observations, the activity status of Mount Sinabung, starting at 10:00 a.m. on Nov. 24, 2013, is raised from ‘Siaga’ (Alert Level III) to ‘Awas’ (Level IV),” the Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation (PVMBG) announced on Sunday.

Indonesia has introduced four alert levels for volcanic activity in the country: Normal, Waspada, Siaga and Awas, with the latter — literally translated as “beware” — representing the most urgent situation.

The PVMBG has recorded Sinabung’s increasing volatility since Nov. 1 — raising the volcano’s alert level from Waspada to Siaga on Nov. 3.

From Saturday evening through Sunday morning, the volcano became significantly more unstable, with at least nine eruptions in the short period prompting the raise to the highest alert level. ..."

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NSW privacy exemption shares personal data with private sector

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Re: Sigh.

Agreed, a good idea.

Some people live their lives religiously, following beliefs, even when those beliefs make no rational sense.

Like a blind belief in privacy for adult criminals.

Or a blind belief that charities and aid agencies should not be told which youth are at risk of lives of crime and need help.

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Privacy officers interpret the rules for other civil servants and make determinations of what can be released.

For example, how big a group needs to be before statistics on the group are no longer 'personally identifiable information', or who has a valid reason for knowing private information.

What is anonymous in a particular situation, and who has a valid need to know information -- that is what their jobs are about.

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Canada was first

Here in Manitoba we have a system called DPIN, Drug Programs Information Network.

It allows hospitals, pharmacies and medical doctors to see what drugs people have been prescribed.

So private information being shared with private organizations.

Big deal, it saves lives. You go to a doctor, you go to an ER, you go to a pharmacy, and they can see what drugs you are on so they can avoid dangerous drug interactions. Also it prevents double prescribing of narcotics.

How is what New South Wales doing any different? It also saves lives, lives that might have been wasted in lives of crime, and the lives of innocent victims of criminals.

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Intel on the alert: Thick, acrid smog in China, India is EATING servers

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Maybe now that the pollution is affecting machines the communist government will take action

They didn't care enough about the people to act to stem pollution.

Maybe now that the pollution is affecting machines the Chinese 'communist' and Indian 'capitalist' governments will take action.

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Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival

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Negative marketing is really attractive to Apple fanbois

Remember, negative marketing has a track record of working amongst a large segment of the buying public: Apple Fanbois.

In fact, I'd say that IBM and MS are the only companies to not engage in negative marketing of any kind up to now -- and look where their restraint has gotten them.

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Re: Negative marketing worked really well for Apple

"When all you can do is negatively attack"

Seriously?? You think this is the only thing they do? This isn't even their only marketing campaign.

I do agree negative ad campaigns are normally dangerous.

But the internet and computer buyers aren't normal. Look at how many people loved Apple's negative marketing.

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How about NSAed UP? NSAty? Or GCHwho?

Sure Google uses our data, but not to launch drone attacks on us, and we do agree to it in the TOS.

But what about the NSA and GCHQ?

How about a similar campaign against them?

I strongly suspect that MS's unhappiness with Google is transference of their disgust with the NSA. But they're scared to do a campaign against the NSA. (But (outside of the true heroes at The Guardian and Der Spiegle, aren't we all?)

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Boffins ponder wireless 'hetnets' as home backhaul helpers

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How do the propose to stop spy agencies and other criminals listening in?

How do the propose to stop local and foreign spy agencies and other criminals listening in?

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Brit bloke busted over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

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Complaining of expense of hardening site against amateur hackers makes USA look silly

1. Sadly too many people in government, including too many politicians, act as though their primary loyalty is to the seat of Imperial Power, not the UK.

2. The US government is a government. It is not a regular householder or ordinary business. It should have expected penetration attempts by the most skilled people Russia, China and Israel have.

Complaining about the expense needed to harden their site against amateur hackers makes them look silly.

3, Ordinary householders and businesses have a far more legitimate beef complaining about the USA causing them to need additional expense to safeguard.

Without the USA and UK, without the NSA and GCHQ, an up-to-date OS and antivirus was all the security we need. But now that is inadequate and we cannot even afford what we need to secure our persona, political and business secrets.

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Re: Don't forget that the US...

It is not like it doesn't appear Tony Blair is being paid off by the USA for passing undemocratic legislation against the wishes of the British public. The 'optics' of this are terrible.

Why have we not yet revoked that man's passport? If Blair wants to travel, let him do it on a US passport.

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and what about the tens of billions the US government is costing the rest of the world?

And what about the tens of billions the US government is costing the rest of the world?

And if the USA truly thinks that all nations engage in spying, why was the network not properly secured?

Why did this hacker incur any extra expenses over top of what would have been needed to secure it against the Dutch or the Swiss?

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If the USA hates the world so much

@David we can all engage in sophistry and cry baby emotions.

'/Oh you hate us so much, you never let me do anything.' Sounds like a teenage daughter more than a serious political statement.

You really should apologize because the issue is not that other nations spy on enemies or that they wiretape criminals.

The issue is that the USA spies on friends, allies and people accused of no wrongdoing what so ever.

Only bad nations do that. The USA, UK and probably Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and China.

The other 192 nations do not spy on friends, allies and huge masses of innocent people.

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Re: Quite Ironic

Sadly, although there is currently no publicly know proof, I do not doubt you are correct, that the NSA has provided Obama with information on Merkel to keep her quiet.

And if the USA will subvert Germany's democracy this way why would it not subvert other European democracies this way?

*Maybe* this explains how Blair and Cameron got into power and how Blair got re-elected despite widespread British hatred against him. Maybe.

At least this is not as bad as the assassinations the US engaged in during the 1950s and early 60s.

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Sorry Angela, you have a backpack and that officially puts you under suspicion of being a terrorist.

David Cameron says they need to spy on us all because he needs to protect us from terrorist with explosives in backpacks.

Sorry Angela, you have a backpack and that officially puts you under suspicion of being a terrorist.

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