* Posts by YetAnotherLocksmith

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You’ll be the coolest guy in IT if you ain't got your ID

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Never needed a locksmith then?

Any system that requires the key to be used for different locks at the same time is asking for trouble when there are outside use cases like a system failure at 2am requiring the key to both be in the laptop and used to open doors in another building.

(Yes he likely should have stopped the transfers and shut down the connection in case someone else snuck into the secure room at 2am just in case he left it unattended, but the human brain does an assessment of security, & in this case he ranked it as secure as he left.)

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Struggling through the Crystal Maze in our hunt for a spare CAT5

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Indeed. "The rule of law" seems to be a distant almost quaint suggestion these days for most of the world.

Taliban & IS point to a random book interpretation, while the USA points to a secret law!

Even that cretin Grayling recently tried to argue to the UK High Court that he could ignore the rules his department wrote, because his department was free to change them. So rather than actually change them... The court slapped him down.

I suppose once you've got enough laws then you can argue anything & everything is illegal somehow.

Once AI starts enforcing everything, we will be doomed.

(As an aside, if everything were illegal unless allowed, you would get freer over time. Especially with 650 idiots who do nothing but pass laws all day.)

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

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Re: Use of cellular

The only issue is that in a lot of the UK even the motorway network isn't covered fully with mobile coverage - it drops out, drops calls and so on.

I agree with the 5 nines comment though. In reality the UK accepts (from memory) something around one fatality every 8 million miles driven. Beating that even slightly means lives are saved, & it is useful.

I just want auto-drive for the motorway - the long boring stretches where there is nothing to do but dodge cameras and get hypnotic effects from the cones.

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Supposed spy-busting Anonabox insecure, says Cloak Project

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Re: Confused, of Finchley

What's wrong is to hide the source code of the open source project they are mis-configuring, get thousands of people to pay over the odds in advance for tatt, then bang it out without any actual work with hardware costing about $20 a time. Oh, & not caring enough about the customer to have a single professional take a look at your security product before sending them out, despite the huge profits margin left over from the crowd funding.

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Re: Appears that a lot of these Crowd Funded projects

This one is worse - Bernie would only cost you money, while a faulty/POS bit of "secure" kit like this could get you disappeared by a government.

The fact they simply switched crowd funding platforms instead of addressing the questions being asked should tell you everything you need to know.

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How a hack on Prince Philip's Prestel account led to UK computer law

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Re: New laws?

And hence this new and dangerous wheeze of adding hundreds of pounds in "costs" should you dare to try and disagree with the officer and have your day in court.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32078676

Pay the £60, or go to court and pay "from £150" in extra costs when found guilty.

Grayling really is a c*nt.

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BBC: We'll give FREE subpar-Raspberry-Pis to a million Brit schoolkids

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Re: Ha

181,000 prosecutions a year, mostly of people who can't afford to pay the fee. Times that by the new £600+ "court fee" being brought in, and it is a license to print money. Money that those unable to pay also won't be able to, er, pay.

I look forward to the streets being near empty, & the UK finally beating the USA at the top of the chart of "people in prison per 100k population"

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Atmel stoops to an 'all-time low' in Internet of Things battle

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Could be useful for some stuff. Radiators and other stuff that toggles a few times a day or less.

Bet they cost a fortune to get started with...

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Secret Bezos delivery helicopters operate from mystery Canadian base to evade US regulators

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Re: "probably impractical for anything more than a couple of Mills & Boon paperbacks"

It will save them yet more money too, as they will be able to lay off thousands of delivery drivers.

We are getting rapidly to a strange place now, where the "haves" don't need the "have nots" at all, not for even skilled menial tasks like delivery or driving, let alone window washing or shelf stacking.

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David Cameron's Passport number emailed to footy-head

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Re: "Provide me with your full account details so that I can return the envolops to you"

Crazy, what a load of crap.

Data breaches 30 or more years ago were people stealing ledgers from buildings, & made little difference to anyone. You needed physical access, and special spy cameras to not get found out.

15 years ago no-one cared much. The scale was still small and what use was most of the data? A customer number, possibly an address, maybe a credit card.

Now? You get access for 3 minutes and you can pull gigabytes of data over the network or onto a thumbdrive, which has links to enough other related stuff you can know everything of worth about someone (or, more likely, 100,000+ someone's) and then turn around and sell that data through a ready for action network for actual money without much risk.

Data theft is far more common, & the scale is breathtaking when you think about it, in number of crimes, number of attempts and number of people affected.

Was there a database of more than a million credit card details that wasn't a bank or the card company itself 20 years ago? Because there are hundreds of them now, hence patches like PCIDSS.

Further, there are now many people looking for 0days to sell them on, & plenty of people targeting specific organisations who are prepared to pay out for them.

Add in the the letter agencies harvesting everything in site* & sharing it around, which I personally see as a data breach, & there is little that *isn't* leaked.

*pun-tastic!

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No, really, the $17,000 Apple Watch IS all about getting your leg over

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True. Things have moved on though

Things have moved on.

So while this article is correct about what happened, it is no longer correct about what is happening.

The Pill and safe abortions changed (indeed, uncoupled) the relationship between sex and reproduction. Before that one would pretty much lead to the other. Not any more.

Money and displays of conspicuous consummation/consumption are of course still related.

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US threatened Berlin with intel blackout over Snowden asylum: report

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Re: Black & White

Honestly? The USA is punishing Russia as hard as it can, currently. Forcing down gas and oil as low as they can to upset the Russian economy, pushing hard in the Ukraine, & they do have a long history of triggering and funding messy coups in otherwise quite stable countries.

The US military strategy is to be able to beat the rest of the world in a fight, allies and all, at the same time, (& likely most of their own population too). That should tell you all that you need to know about what those running that particular show think of the rest of us.

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Re: intel blackout threat

You have to recall that this happened *before* Snowden blew the whistle on that bit of spying!

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Re: @Tom

@Gumby

What? Snowden didn't blow any whistles?

That's you lost any credibility commenting on intelligence, well, forever, really.

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Health & Safety is the responsibility of Connor's long-suffering girlfriend

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Re: It's all about liability

"The only thing it does is relieve the employer of liability for your bad back or RSI. It's utterly utterly pointless."

And there you have it.

I do jobs with other self employed people, & we get told to do things that would be illegal or deadly all the time! Quite often we get out of it smoothly by asking the 1d 10t call center muppet to tell the engineer (who works for the same company they do) to do it - & suddenly, we get to *not* face down a dog/touch a cable to see if it is live/break a window/face down a nutter.

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Re: Got off lightly

My response is: Are you paying me for that time? No? Then do you want that door fixed/property secured before you go home or not?

(If yes, that's great. But they've *never* said yes.)

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Brute force box lets researchers, Cops, pop iDevice locks

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Re: PIN over USB?

Not really - the 6 second delay is while the iPhone comes back to life.

The actual rate limiting is far more aggressive after a few attempts, making you wait ages, but cunningly cutting the power makes the phone forget the previous attempt.

Blackberry is secure against this attack - my old one took 5 minutes to boot!

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Musk: 'Tesla's electric Model S cars will be less crap soon. I PROMISE'

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@Adam1

In an electric car, surely you'd be perfectly happy to be on the "reserve tank" when you roll down your drive, because then you plug the car in and when you get up in the morning it is fully charged.

It isn't like the petrol car & petrol station. There is nothing to "risk" about getting home nearly empty. Unless maybe you get a lot of power cuts?

As regards all the sundry items like headlights and CD players, they are nearly inconsequential in power use compared to moving the car. Since 100 horsepower = 74.570 kW, in the average Tesla sized car even running a 3kW fan heater would barely make a dent if you were driving at high rev motorway speeds - it would be less than 5% more fuel used. And I'm fairly sure the Tesla uses a lot less (non-motive) electric than that, even with everything on and turned up to 11!

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Re: Trip length is relative

All I can say to that is, have you considered looking at mail order? I hear you can shop on the internet these days too.

(I say this as someone in the UK who lives too far away to get pizza or almost anything else delivered to home)

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Legalising London's bed-hopping economy is POINTLESS

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Re: To hell with the neighbours !!

Sounds like a plan.

Anyone want to loan me £1 million to buy a house? No? Ok, I'll sublet.

It's rather crafty.

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90% of mobile data eaten by TINY, GREEDY super-user HOTSPOTS

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Re: Self reinforcing low usage

Absolutely right.

This phone is a shiny one with 20Gb a month of 4g data. How does 99%+ of the mobile data* get used? Over the crappy 2g network, patchy coverage 3g or through my own femtocell at home!

(We actually gave up on the crappy ADSL and that is now pretty much devoted to running the femtocell, as it just about has enough bandwidth to cope if nothing else is on it, as we need mobile phone signal in the house. Work, you know?)

*that's by time, not bits. Once where there is 4g signal I can download more stuff in ten minutes than in a week with barely a phone signal.

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Re: I like MS Word...

If the one thing you are using a program for doesn't work, then it is broken, regardless.

A video editor with glitchy Apple ACC / .m4a support for soundtracks, when the only reason you have to use it is because it is the only program that supports the licensed format, would be another good example.

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Re: I like MS Word...

Which would work if it wasn't Charlie Stross, who might just have used these programs a bit more than most - at least 34 of the uses being novels. Who also wrote for Computer Shopper for a decade.

If he can't track changes, it is broken.

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Stross

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Raspberry Pi, meet face: You're probably NOT Blighty's biggest PC maker!

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I can tell you that there are 5 sitting in a box in the new Make:Bromyard Makerspace. Teasing out whether they are educational purchases or simply donations from people who couldn't be bothered after they bought it, I'll let you divine.

I suspect there are many in boxes sitting as yet unopened.

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You MUST supply dying customers even if they're in administration, thunders UK.gov

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Bloody stupid.

Though at least with IT you can throttle their bandwidth down or turn it off remotely.

When companies go into administration they just sell the assets to their mates for peanuts, the "auditor" signs it off and takes his cut until the assets are exhausted, then he moves on to the next company.

Has anyone here *ever* had more than a few quid back from a company in administration? I've never even had that. 100% loss every time.

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Forget Norks, Russian hackers are in Sony Pictures' servers – claim

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Re: The FBI Director must have been cringing with embarrassment..

I pointed that out at the time, but no one listened.

At the total bandwidth available to NK at the time, it would have taken over 3 months continuous to pull the first load of released data. Seems unlikely, to say the least. And then it's revealed that they stole terabytes more! It's just not physically possible.

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Post-pub nosh neckfiller: The Red Dwarf chilli chutney egg sarnie

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Re: Listers chutney

If you want some cracking hot sauces and chutney, try looking up Tubby Tom, who has sadly now fled Gloucester to Wales. Possibly because of the 'Squealer' taste test incident...

Look him up on Faceache: xTubbyTomx

I can't fault any of his stuff. Big fan.

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Snowden leaks LEGALISED GCHQ's 'illegal' dragnet spying, rules British tribunal

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Re: Gotta tell me wife...

That's his point?

What happened in the past wasn't OK, but once everyone knows, it is fine.

Or didn't you understand the article? (Not the logic of the courts though - that's beyond the ken of non political spymasters.)

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Turbocharged quad-core Raspberry Pi 2 unleashed, global geekgasm likely

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Re: damn

The obvious solution is to build a Pi based coffee brewing station.

The only question is: Java or no?

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Re: *Really* Open Source now ?

Er... It is plug&play compatible, forward and backwards, by the action of a single update. Even the cases fit the same.

Not sure your complaint is valid.

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NSA gunning for Google, wants cop-spotting dropped from Waze app

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Re: Garbage in Garbage out.

They'd give up the trap idea after the third month of overtime when, yet again, nothing happened, & a reporter found out how much it cost.

It's a nonsense.

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Dark Fibre: Reg man plunges into London's sewers to see how pipe is laid

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Re: Security?

Agreed - that and the poison gas! I'd target the exchange way before the cable.

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UK Scouts database 'flaws' raise concerns

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"There is no evidence at all to suggest that there are any security bugs present in Compass that could grant access to data to non-registered users. We work with security experts to test the security of our systems on a regular basis to keep our data safe."

So if *you* haven't looked, they don't exist. Good one.

Funny, that doesn't actually work in the real world, any more than in the virtual - 'Ignore those trees, the map says that's a wood.'

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Re: Better ideas (like the truth) are surely out there.

Hopefully someone has thought of having the sun location data feed to the GPS and selectively tintable windscreen, so the low sun doesn't blind you so frequently. Because that would actually be useful.

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Re: Fantastic

Even better, those 'visible and invisible' wavelength bulbs? They were called incandescents and they've banned them now!

Apparently the argument was they were inefficient.

So now we heat the house with the radiators a little more, & the lights a little less...

Stupid idea though. Better to have the phone talk to the (invisible) light, which scans around at a signal from the phone. When in the right place the phone simply tells the light to stop scanning.

There, just saved you £200 on your charger design, cameras and associated intelligence.

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Our EXCLUSIVE VID of MIRACLE TECH: Charge your phone in 16 SECONDS – WIRELESSLY

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Very witty.

Ah, a return to some of the snark and sarcasm of yesterday! :-)

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Tax Systems: The good, the bad and the completely toot toot ding-dong loopy

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Re: Tobin/Robin Hood Tax

A noble idea, but it isn't really possible now. Wiping it the banks trading billions through London would ruin the UK economy to a level akin to nationalising all the banks tomorrow.

Sadly you are a hundred+ years late.

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Re: "equity is just so important that he doesn't care that they will make everyone poorer."

Good post.

I would however point out that the super rich don't have neighbours (unless they want them). That's only for the poor.

Who lives in the appartment that costs $5 million dollars and is next door to Taylor Swift's $10 million apartment?

Her security team and staff.

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Re: Land Value Tax

It's very hard to compare the US land situation with the UK. The main issue is that we are small and crowded, while they are vast and really not very crowded.

We can't all move to France to pay less - there are borders and idiot security checks and a flipping big wet trench which runs the otherwise short commute. People in New York can move 2000 miles away if they want, relatively easily.

The whole trailer park sub-prime thing? Logically, why would anyone ever buy second hand? Just go 20 miles down the road to a newer, cheaper park with a better view! Because there will always be new land for trailer parks, there is no scarcity to drive the prices up, nor even maintain them.

Which is very unlike the UK!

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Re: I wonder - North London commuters

JohnathonB,

I can only hope you've never tried to eat Pringles from a tube. It must have been terribly wasteful. After all, with you were stumped at not being able to eat more once your hand couldn't reach them, there was likely 3/4 left!

Fortunately, the rest of us simply move the tube and slide the contents up, so bringing them in reach.

Which might provide a clue for how to add 'extra' platform at the short stations.

Those where you can chuck a few hundred tonnes of concrete down would be fine, of course - and far cheaper than £45 billion!

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Police radios will be KILLED soon – yet no one dares say 'Huawei'

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Re: There's an App for that!

If it gets me 4g out in the stix, it'll be great.

(God, sometimes I feel like a broken record! But all I want is 'legal minimum' bandwidth.)

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Robox: How good could a sub-£1k 3D printer be?

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Re: Patents expiring

Literally plotting getting a laser cutter as I sit here. The 3D printer is good for playing at stuff, but a laser cutter? That's a hundred times faster, & scales directly from plywood and acrylic to mild and stainless steel, & production runs from a single or maybe ten off items up to thousands, on demand.

So if anyone wants to donate one to a hackspace (fizzPOP: The Birmingham Makerspace) in exchange for mega kudos... Please get in touch!

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Re: Sub-Ed still on holiday?

Is the ABS fumes from the hotend. It's. Argh. <sniff>

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Yup

I bought a 3D printer a few years ago.

Bit of a waste, for exactly the reasons stated here. It 'just worked' & the only thing it needed was a bit of a tweak to the hotbed - some blue tape was crap, upgraded it to Veroboard and it grips stronger than the model.

But what do you make with it? The dimensionality of it isn't big enough for big parts, which would take hours and hours, & small stuff has a pretty good finish, but you'd be hard pressed to do a really nice Warhammer figure, so you are left with the middle - stuff over 3 to 4cm and below 15cm, & that's a pretty small region.

If it was possible to do friction fit parts, you could do some impressive stuff, but as far as I know none of these can.

Strength though? Non-issue. You use ABS and flood full with cheap cyanoacrylate (superglue) at ten tubes for a £. It becomes almost unbreakable.

It mostly stands idle though. Haven't printed anything this year bar, obviously, parts for other 3D printers!

(Can you ever actually edit a post on ElReg? Or is it just not possible on mobile? )

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If BT gets EE, it will trigger EU treasure hunt for fixed lines

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So...

So does this mean I'll get more than 1Mbps internet at home, & some EE signal?

If not, I'm against it.

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German minister photo fingerprint 'theft' seemed far too EASY, wail securobods

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Anyone doubting this is not up on the state of the art. There is a commercial machine/robot developed for the US military that uses a camera to fingerprint people from ten+ feet away. (If you can find it on Google I'll be impressed though - I've just searched for half an hour for it to no avail)

It barks orders from a friendly looking robot face to put your hands up for scanning, and left right and front photos, by high res camera.

So this is real.

I've even done it myself, though not with any success - I got the print, I just didn't have a sensible way to extract the visible pattern into a black and white one suitable for the scanners.

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Reg man confesses: I took my wife out to choose a laptop for Xmas. NOOOO

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Re: Even when people ask your opinion they make their own decisions

Surely you're running your own minecraft server though?

Whitelist his/her friends and show them how to do mods, & ops, & carry on. Even my 4y.o.s Celeron can cope that way.

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

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If the prosecutor is checking if a company is ding as orders by a court, isn't that what is supposed to happen?

If I get a court order against you, you really don't have the option of just ignoring it because it's a bit hard or you don't feel like it.

Sounds like this prosecutor was doing just that, and found that Google weren't doing as ordered, so when he asked why they were taking the proverbial, they sued to shut him up.

I can only assume Google will get a big slap from whichever court made the original order.

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