* Posts by JustNiz

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Microsoft's Surface 3 is sweet – but I wouldn't tickle my nads with it

JustNiz

question I've never got an answer to.

I like the detachable keyboard idea, but it seems only Microsfot are doing it.

Can you upgrade these Microsoft tabletty things to Linux or do they have Windows burned-in/locked down somehow?

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Milking cow shot dead by police 'while trying to escape'

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Stupid city folk

Clueles Morons. I'm surprised they didn't call in the TSG to blow it up and protect us poor civilians from it.

Unless this cow is radically different from every other cow in the world, it was almost certainly just petrified by being alone and surrounded by 20 militaristic wankers with high-vis jackets and a bunch of cars with flashing lights.

I'm sure it would have been easy to herd away by someone with an actual clue (ideally the cow's farmer) if they'd have just stopped all their activity and given it time and space to calm down.

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: no punishment

> hundreds or thousands of people are flying in identical airplanes right now and could crash the plane using the entertainment system.

If you're going to make such a bold statement you need to back it up with some actual facts. As a senior software engineer that works in avionics I can tell you that this claim is both technically impossible and also utter bullshit. The entertainment network (or anything else) isn't in any way connected to the avionics network and they are VERY careful about that.

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JustNiz

Everything is wrong about this claim.

I'm a senior software engineer working in an avionics company and can tell you not only are they not even on the same network, they're very carefully partitioned in every way.

I remain convinced that there's no way this claim is even possible. Not only is there literally no way to access the avionics network from a passenger seat (short of tearing up the walls/floor to get to the actual cabling). Even if you somehow did theres still no way an unknownunauthorised unit on that network can just issue a "climb" command to an EMC (Engine Management Computer) thats total baloney. Apart from anything else no such single command even exists in the first place.

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Elon Musk: I'm neither a samurai nor a bastard

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Expecting a worker that doesn't own any part of the company to personally care enough to work extra hours for free is ridiculous. The employer-employee relationship is a simple business contract between equals. Nothing less or more. Workers exchange hours/talent for money with the employer. When one side abuses that, its time to push back.

You wouldn't phone a plumber then once he's in the door demand he work for nothing, so why do employers think they can do it? The simple answer is entirely because the employees allow it to work. Employers like Musk understand human psychology enough to know that, and divisively use words like "We've gotten soft" and "commitment to the company" just as a way to (ab)use it and make more free money for himself.

Next time your employer tells you to work extra hours for free, try asking them to give you some extra money for nothing and see how sincere THEY really are about "showing commitment".

Sure employees often complain to each other about unpaid overtime expectations but in reality how often do they do something about it? stand together? never. Until you stand up for yourselves just accept you will be treated like the employers bitches you allow yourselves to be, and stop whining about it.

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Hey! Want a FREE TOASTER that makes BITCOIN? What? You DO?

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seems to me the best thing to do would be to allow them to send you a shiny new free toaster (or whatever) then simply avoid ever connecting it to the internet.

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Re: Where does the electricity go?

>> I unplug my toaster after I've finished with it.

I'm assuming its a pop-up toaster so turns itself off when its done. Why on earth would you go to the hassle of plugging/unplugging it every time when Its not consuming any power?

Do you also bother to plug/unplug your TV everytime? At least there's a semi-logical argument for that since unlike toasters, most modern TVs actually do still consume (a tiny) amount of power even when "off".

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Re: Erm....

>> Maybe these devices use a tiny bit more leccy than otherwise? Or what?

Lol no. Bitcoin miners use a LOT of power. (1 to 3 Kwh is normal), so about 50 quid/week in leccy alone. That kind of mining currently gets you about half a bitcoin a month which is worth maybe 75-80 quid.

If they made a unit that used less power, then it would also mine correspondingly less, so 10x reduction in power is only going to mine 7 or 8 quid a month but still cost 20/month to run, assum,ing its running 24/7. If they made it any less power-hungry than that it wouldn't even cover the cost of them giving you the toaster.

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From Manchester to Microsoft – missing mum :-(

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Re: Mortgages are go!

Yeah I gotta say I agree with you. There's no way that back in England I could afford the house, cars or lifestyle I have here in Arizona,

I do miss many things about England, but every trip back I see more of the good things have been lost forever, and how the whole country is turning into a slum full of non-integrating immigrants, druggies and pawn shops.

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Re: Flay Otters

As a Brit now living in the US for the last 10 years or so, I can confirm that US roads, especially in cities, are often in FAR worse condition than they would ever be allowed to get in the UK. There's a very good reason why most Americans drive trucks with big wheels and soft suspension.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

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Re: @JEDIDIAH - A solution for the wrong problem

>> What else would you chose Linux if not for political purity ?

Because Gnu/Linux is a lot better operating system than Windows, and unlike Windows, Linux doesn't lock you out of your own computer and feed you shit instead of information.

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Re: JustNiz

> Sigh, the article + headline are fine.

I said nothing about the article, just the headline. which is: Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

I actually am a professional Linux dev and even have a GTX 980 in my PC. I can tell you I'm completely not affected by the lack of source code for my video driver, nor is any of the other Linux devs I work with or even know. I also can't get the source to the bios for my motherboard, the firmware in my monitor, or to the driver or firmware for my Broadcom Wifi chip, or to my toaster, microwave, car and stereo, but I don't see anyone making equivalent noises about those.

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JustNiz

The headline of this article is VERY disingenuous and misleading.

This almost certainly doesn't affect any other Linux developer or user in the slightest, since there is already a better and more optimal nvidia driver out there for free (nvidias own Linux driver). Yes it doesn't come with source code, but that is mostly if not completely a philosophical rather than practical limitation, since who in the real world ever has an actual need or even desire to dive in and modify video driver code?

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Why should I learn by ORAL tradition? Where's the DOCUMENTATION?

JustNiz

The single biggest complaint I have about many even popular/mature open source projects (and the one that always instantly puts me off using them) is that you go to the official website and find it completely assumes you've already been using it for years. All there is is some cryptic change list and literally no information about how to start using it or even what it does.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

JustNiz

Re: So...

Your paranoia is excessive.

Boeing and eveyr other aircraft manufacturer automatically notify the FAA of every and any potential fault they detect, no matter how unlikely in real life. Even if all 4 GPUs failed simultaneously, you do realise the plane also has batteries right?

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Android gaming platform Ouya is down to its last life

JustNiz

Seems like they were off to a bad start because

a) The demographic for this thing are geeks; the same people that already have a phone or tablet they could equally use to play the same games well enough already.

b) When it comes down to it, most android games are relatively basic and crap compared to console and PC games. If you're into gaming enough to buy something to plug into your tv, chances are a PS4 or XBone are much higher on your list.

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TomTom MyDrive brings satnav syncing to PCs and mobiles

JustNiz

Isn't this the one where you can put Clarkson's voice on it?

For me thats the only good reason to own one, since my phone completely replaces it otherwise.

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Google’s plan for WORLD DOMINATION takes shape. And it begins with a patent

JustNiz

Re: I'm impressed.

Computer-controlled taxis lorries and trains would likely already come under the definition of a robot.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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Re: Strewth...!

Are you sure? Looks more like the ugly one to me.

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Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge in Vulture's claws: we find looks AND brains

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Samsung makes masive marketing mistake

>> there's no reason the phones won't become very popular indeed

Actually there's 2 very big ones:

No SD slot = No Sale. No removeable battery = No Sale.

Samsung have now stupidly removed the 2 most important differentiators that made their phones better than most of the competition. If I wanted a phone without those things I'd have already bought a Nexus phone so that I could also get more regular updates and less bloatware, and better styling.

At the time I chose my S3 several years ago, the upside of an SD slot and removable battery far outweighed the downside of its plasticky utilitarian styling. And its still true. The lack of those things is exactly why I wont even consider moving to an S6, since it would be an obvious downgrade in usefulness from my S3.

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My self-driving cars may lead to human driver ban, says Tesla's Musk

JustNiz

I personally enjoy driving, my hobby is classic cars. I will never accept that I will ever be any safer in a car being driven bty a computer than when driving myself. I will also strongly rue the day if/when there is a complete ban on human drivers. Musk for me is the devil.

Don't EVER expect me to buy a car with this "feature", for at least as long as any other option exists. In fact don't even expect me to ride in a car when it is not being driven by a human.

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Re: Top Gear won't like it!

Wow I just watched that Stewart Lee video. That guy is a complete asshole. If thats what all so called "politically correct" people are like then they can all go fuck themselves.

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Re: Not a problem solved

What happens when an autonomous car is approaching an accident and only has a choice between mounting the pavement and possibly killing many pedestrians, or going into the accident and killing the driver?

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Re: Am I the only one...

Trains and planes are both in a fairly predictable environment where the rules and conventions are pretty much always followed by other users. And the other users are ususally miles away. Things don't generally suddenly appear in front of you.

Cars are in an environment where the rules and conventions are often broken, other users are trying to share almost the same space, and things can and do suddenly jump out in front of you.

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Cross-dressing blokes storm NSA HQ: One shot dead, one hurt

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Re: If only the NSA protected MY information with such zeal.

>> Let me get this right. You're interested in spooks not being able to even scan everyone's telephone records or emails. .... At some point you're going to have to accept that a certain number of deaths through terrorism are unacceptable

Its uninformed, paranoid idiots like you like you that are the real problem. You have no sense of perspective and are simply buying into the mass hysteria that the NSA are promotoing just to get you to mindlessly comply with their rape of our constituional rights.

The hard fact is that the chance of a civilian located in the US being murdered as a result of terrorism is vanishingly small. Statistically you are 5 times more likely to be struck by lighting than killed by a terrorist. You are 8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist. If you REALLY want to save lives, why aren't you advocating thatt something be done about gunhappy cops, or better yet, heart disease, since You are 17,600 times more likely to die from heart disease than from a terrorist attack. Reduicing either of those would not only be far more actually productive, but also don't require people to relinquish theiir constitutional rights.

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/youre-more-likely-to-be-killed-by-a-toddler-than-a-terrorist.html

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AUTOPILOT: Musk promises Tesla owners a HANDS-OFF hands-on

JustNiz

I hope nobody actually buys one of these cars, but I already know the public are so damn stupid that a large enough group of people will actually think this is a good idea.

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Clinton defence of personal email server fails to placate critics

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intelligence of Hillary Clinton

This stupid woman clearly doesn't even understand basic concepts like email security or even the need for it over her own convenience..... Its VERY scary that she wants to be the president, a person that will regularly handle the most classified material and have significant input into complex issues like net neutrality. She has clearly demonstrated serious failure to grasp basic issues even in her current role.

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The SHOCKING storage truth: Everyone's buying spinning rust

JustNiz

Flash storage is still at least 10x as expensive as same-size disc storage and also fundamentally flawed as a technology due to having by comparison a very low limit on write cycles.

SSD has 4 advantages over disc, power consumption, size, shock/vibration robustness and I/O performance, which makes it great for a laptop, but in a datacenter environment, most of those advantages are pretty much irrelevant. The advantages of SSD are not enough to outweigh its disadvantages, and probably won't ever be until SSD technology changes again.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

JustNiz

That is the cutest selfie I have ever seen.

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

JustNiz

Snowden must be mad wanting to return to the US.

There is no way in hell he will get a fair trial since the US Gov are just dying to make an example of him.

You can bet that any judge that Snowden gets will already know to play ball with the US Gov and automatically give Snowden the worst possible sentence.

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HAWKING ALERT: Leave planet Earth, find a new home. Stupid humans

JustNiz

>>> Human aggression threatens to destroy Earth so we'd better start colonising planets soon

...or we could just address the root cause of the problem right here on the planet.

And if he's right, even doing nothing would lead to one (terminal) solution to end human agression.

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

JustNiz

Just another control-freak company with an overinflated ego.

Hey Apple, Do I need your permission to think for my damn self?

Yes? Then F*** you and your overpriced overrated products.

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Lashed Saudi blogger Raif: Prince Charles has word with new king

JustNiz

Re: Please inform youselves instead of making assumptions

...and if you checked the facts instead of just gone off you'd know that the doctor is advising against it becuse of the hypertension he is suffering from, not physical injury.

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Re: Please inform youselves instead of making assumptions

..and of course there is absolutely no chance that doctor is just saying that to get him off.

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Please inform youselves instead of making assumptions

All you people who are loudly claiming that this corporal punishment is "barbaric" need to see the actual video of him being "lashed".

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vd3dh9sy2SE

Each hit Is little more than a tap with a thin cane perfomed over clothing. It appears to hardly inflict discomfort, let alone any real pain or physical injury. The cane at our school in 1970's UK was way worse than that.

Since this is also taking place in a public square, It seems very clear that the punishment is actually all about public humiliation rather than anything corporal. Since seeing the video, I for one don't think its so bad as punishments go. if it was me I'd easily choose such a lashing over serving prison time.

if you really want to something worthwhile to complain about around this case, it should be his incarcertation, or better yet, the fact that he got punished at all for just blogging. The lashing part actually seems a relatively insignificant issue now I've seen it.

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Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

JustNiz

Re: Are AMD and nVidia on board?

I'm finding it hard to believe that. I can imagine that Microsoft might have had some suggestions around their GPU designs, but not that they (or nVidia at least) would have baked-in DirectX-only functionality. nVidia in particular have a lot of stake in the Linux/Android/GPU computing markets so I'm sure wouldn't design in features that are only available under Directx/windows.

Have you any actual references to AMD/nVidia implementing any significant level of DirectX-specific functionality in silicon?

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'Revenge p0rn' kingpin Kevin Bollaert faces 20 years in jail

JustNiz

I have absolutely no sympathy for this A hole. He's just bottom-feeding scum.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

JustNiz

You seem to be one of those rabid Apple fanbois that somehow thinks it should be self-evident to everyone that Apple automatically translates to "better". Your "IPhone = the phone you really wanted" comment has zero foundation in anything he actually wrote. He could equally have chosen the GS3 because he felt it is a functionally better phone than iPhone (which having used both actually agrees with my own experience too).

After my own experience with an iPhone it seems very clear to me that Apple products are mostly just sold to gullible people that can't tell marketing bullshit/image from actually useful features. Personally given a choice between a free iPhone and buying an Android phone, I'd still take the Android.

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Doomsday Clock says 3 MINUTES to MIDNIGHT. Again

JustNiz

Stupid clock

In its nearly 70 year existence, it has NEVER been set any earlier than 23:43, and its usual state over that whole time is within 10 minutes to midnight. Given a clock displays 12 hours, and that we're even still here, it is VERY clear that the Doomsday Clock massively and systematically over-exaggerates the actual risk of the threats it supposedly quantifies.

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SCREW you, GLASSHOLES! Microsoft unveils HoloLens

JustNiz

Wow. Have Microsoft finally just innovated something new instead of just repeatedly remarketing a worse version of other peoples products? If so, Good for them!

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Are you running a Telnet server on Windows? Oh thank God. THANK GOD

JustNiz

More evidence that Microsoft have finally caught up to the 1980's

I hear they're finally going to implement multiple desktops in the next Windows.

At this new increased rate of progress they might even get rid of the registry as soon as 2035.

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Tesla S P85+: Smiling all the way to the next charging point

JustNiz

its VERY worrying that no-one seems to even care that this car is always connected to the factory and reports back everything you do, including everywhere you go, and how you drive, including how fast you do it, even how hard you corner and brake.

Nor can you dare to work on your own car:

https://transportevolved.com/2014/04/08/owners-hack-tesla-model-s-electronic-car-tesla-politely-asks-stop

Yeah no thanks Tesla, Any car I pay for is MY car NOT yours, and I don't appreciate you using it to spy on me either.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

JustNiz

>> The XP941 was rated at 73TB written (40GB/day) and had a 3-year warranty.

So is the idea that SSD drives are now *designed* to only work for a few years? Seems to me that SSD is actually big step backwards if that's true. I've had the same mechanical hard drives in my PC for maybe 10 years now with no problems.

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Microsoft has made excellent software, you pack of fibbers

JustNiz

NT worked because Microsoft didn't actually write NT.

Microsoft hired a bunch of programmers from DEC, led by Dave Cutler (who had previously helped develop VMS and RSX-11).

NT was actually pretty good/solid to start with, but quickly got much buggier, much more bloated and less useable after the Microsoft programmers got their hands on it.

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Deprivation Britain: 1930s all over again? Codswallop!

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Re: Jim 59 Re:TheOtherHobbes

@Matt Bryant:

I totally agree with the eseence of what you are saying, however what rich people like Chakrabarti do, even though immoral, is technically not illegal.

Until we fix that, it gets called a "Tax Mitigation strategy" rather than Tax Evasion, and there are expensive tax advisors that other rich people like Chakrabarti pay a lot of money to just to come up with them, all quite legally. Apparently when you have a lot of money you gain access to a completely different world and set of rules, which also makes it easier to make and keep even more money. THAT double-standard is the actual root of the problem that most needs eliminating, however all the people that have the power to do anything about it are exactly all the ones that are (ab)using it themselves.

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Branson sinks sub dream: Plan to explore Earth's bottom scrapped

JustNiz

Shame that a single stupid action of one test pilot can ruin so much in the way of future-thinking projects that actually would expand the horizons of our world. Anything hard is bound to have failures. its part of the learning process, not a reason to quit.

A lot of the posts here are poo-pooing Branson's efforts, yet I don't see anyone else actually pushing the envelope. I for one applaud Branson for at least daring to try.

No matter what the armchair experts here have to say, I think we need more philanthropic people like Branson pushing the boundaries, not less. The world is already too full of risk-allergic bean counters that only do things that offer immediate profits. New model Iphone anyone? its actually the same phone with different graphics so none of that risky "actual progress" stuff, just a new number on the box. Nice and safe profits to be had from marketing it to the sheeple though.

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QEMU, FFMPEG guru unleashes JPEG-slaying graphics compressor

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So in short it doesn't stand a chance then, since in any format war, it's always the best technical solution that loses.

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Review mass-snoop laws regularly, says RIPA daddy Blunkett

JustNiz

Blunkett was a moron. if he didn't already expect RIPA would get extended and abused just like every other law does, then he's far too dangerously clueless to have been given the authority to make such laws.

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The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

JustNiz

Dont blame Snowden. This was inevitable.

It is the very fundamental nature of all human organisations, especially governments, to endlessly seek more and more power/control over individuals, so in time they would have gotten around to limiting the internet anyway (or even possibly worse had it not been for Snowden).

The will to do this was there all along, Snowden was just the excuse they needed. if he hadn't have come along they would have simply cooked some other ridiculous excuse up to justify the removal of yet more of our freedoms. Probably something around anti-terrorism or preventing child abuse.

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Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

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I just hope they support us Formula1 and UK Top Gear fans.

As an Englishman now living in the US, I've been very depressed about the complete lack of affordable ways to watch Formula1 and Top gear UK here.

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