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REVEALED: Titsup flight plan mainframe borks UK air traffic control

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That was pretty much my first thought too!

"Disruption on this scale is simply unacceptable." Bloody idiot. The disruption is completely acceptable. That's like saying "This water damage is totally unacceptable" after a fairly major fire.

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Uber? Worth $40 BEEELLION? Hey, actually, hold on ...

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Re: "buy or rent all these cars "

Plus, being Smart cars, they only have one seat left for passengers, kit, etc.Yes, "most journeys only have the driver" etc., but if you need an occasional car, sometimes you want it because you need to move a group of people, or even just your wife and child, at the same time.

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FATTIES: Boffins say their miracle sunshine skin cream 'prevents obesity'

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Re: Sun seekers

Just turn up the brightness on your monitor.

I'll be fine - I've got a dual screen.

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Diet coke contains no sugars, no protein, no fat. No calories, or something like 2 per litre.

And yes, drinking it will make you fat. It is causation, rather than correlation, though there's a lot of that too.

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Robot deputy blasts possibly explosive Mexican beans with CANNON in 'controlled explosion'

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Would the X-ray machine not have killed the bugs anyway? That's how they sterilise various things.

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UK.gov teams up with moneymen on HACK ATTACK INSURANCE

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Good point.

"Has that code been reviewed?"

"It's open source"

"Can't use that - who will the insurers sue if there's a breach?"

"Like anyone ever sued Microsoft and got money!"

"Still, stick with the known names. Here's Server 2003. It's on their list. It must be secure."

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Load of cobblers.

Just as with the box-ticking exercise that is the PCI-DSS has become, so to this shall pass. Anything not up to scratch? Tough, no (re)payment, it is your fault. We find anything is wrong on the form - you thought you had MacAVG and it's MalNorBytes! - we have you arrested for attempted fraud.

And what on earth would the premium be? Sony are going out of business, and they'd happily take a large insurance company with them. Yet last week (ok, 2 weeks) you'd have thought them a safe bet.

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An alleged 27GB Sony Pictures data dump. 65 PlayStation web servers. One baffling mystery

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Re: So... If I understand correctly...

It's hardly guesswork.

Sony got hacked big time, the hackers stole the keys to the company cloud servers too, and hosted the stolen files there. Once they realised, they got them all taken down at the same time.

The only "guesswork" is if it was done intentionally by Sony or not. And I'm going with "Not".

The GOP are showing that they've also totally compromised the PlayStation Network. Again.

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Re: Could somebody explain this?

Seriously?

North Korea has nothing to do with this. Seriously. One guy comes up with one half-baked idea, and suddenly it's the "truth"? Half the world seems to have repeated this.

In my opinion, there are two answers to this:

Either someone decided that Sony was threatening the US dominance of "Hollywood" a bit too much, or, it was a bunch of pissed off people who were let go from Sony over the last year or so.

At first I was for the first answer, but with facts like Sony being over 1/5th of the RIAA board, the swinging staff cuts, etc. I'm now leaning more towards the latter - they would still have physical access, and that's what you need when you are taking 11 TERABYTES of data away with you - where would you even store that, if you were a disgruntled employee? And you'd certainly not be able to pull it over the network to your home DSL connection, even without an IDS to notice!

So I figure a bunch of pissed employees worked together with a hacker group.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

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Re: Kiwi AC I assume this was their intention all along... @Matt Bryant

Jesus, where to start...

Matt, you clearly haven't been keeping up with the news on this.

Megaupload had a way for copyright holders to remove links that was IN ADDITION to the DCMA, which they complied with. This allowed Sony, Warner, etc to effortlessly remove up to 1500 files per day if they wanted, without even bothering to file a DCMA!

I've been struggling to find the leaked pie chart that shows that Megaupload was only responsible for something like 7% of the pirated files in the world, despite being the biggest sharing site. Much smaller sites were (and still are) responsible for far more.

Various major companies were uploading their own files to Megaupload:

http://torrentfreak.com/mpaa-and-riaa-members-uploaded-over-2000-gigabytes-to-megaupload-140418/

The entire physical surveillance operation was illegal: http://torrentfreak.com/kim-billy-big-steps-dotcom-stil-causing-headaches-for-spy-agency-130319/

And here's one from 2012, where the US freaks over being asked for some, you know, actual evidence of a crime: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120615/17485919355/new-zealands-high-court-steps-into-extradition-fight-over-kim-dotcom.shtml

As far as I know, they still haven't actually done this, hence no extradition yet.

And yet you seem to think he should have gone to rot in a gaol cell for a few years "to prove his innocence"!?

I'll be interested to see what appears from the 38 million documents leaked from Sony - they will likely have some insights into what exactly is going on. However, my current theory is that Sony have been taken down in a different-but-the-same manner as Kim Dotcom. Different details, but for the same reason - non-US company doing too well, and threatening the MPAA/RIAA monopoly cash (cache?) cow.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Yes

The other w(h)ease(l) bit is the demand pricing. Just wait until they copy Uber's gouge pricing model, and those 3 units of power in deepest winter to save your toes from falling off cost you £40 each, while in summer when your own solar panels are making 3 units an hour, they will only be worth 4p each, because everyone else's panels are also making power.

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Shared fuse - they have to write to everyone on the shared supply and give them a "Notification of interruption of supply" letter.

Very annoying to find someone owing ten grand on their bill can't be switched to PAYG because someone forgot to send out the letters!

If only Governments were still capable of admitting they'd been mislead. They could try scapegoating the liars who lied to them, perhaps even throwing some in prison for fraud, that would give them the "excuse" they needed... and then they could sensibly change track.

How do I know nearly no-one cares about smart meters saving on their bills? Because I've been into dozens of houses with the little clips around the wire to report the electric use to a little wireless box on the table. Barely any have batteries in them, and most are still in the boxes, as they were given away by the power companies to anyone who wanted one. And still they aren't in common use - most houses don't care. They just run up a debt.

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Quantum computing is so powerful it takes two years to understand what happened

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Re: Thanks, Forget It

Sort of - the reason for that is the fact they used a 4 bit device. If they'd used a (say) 6 bit device then it would have done the same for a different power series.

The risk is that if they used a series of these machines and factorised lots of the series, then many keys would fall, because they would be part of these series. And currently, they are randomly found. If you start saying "That power series isn't allowed" you start reducing the keyspace quite a lot, and you increase the computational power required to make a key.

Part of the "weakening" of the encryption by the TLAs was attacking the randomisation of the salts, meaning that there was a higher likelihood of the factors being in a given series. This means that instead of having to try and work through n log n worth of numbers, they could be sure it was in a subset of that. The smaller the subset, the faster and easier it is to break it by a sort of educated guessing, rather than having to try and brute force all the possible primes.

(e.g. you introduce a subtle* "bug" so that one of the massive primes used ends in 3 or 7. That cuts your workload down massively, as 1, 5, 9 can be ignored, and no-one's ever going to notice unless they *really look*. That cuts your time to break the key from (say) 10 years to 4 years before you've even started. And in fact it is worse than that, because that's for one of the primes. If you did the same to the other, it drops from at best 5^5 = 3125 to 2^2 = 4. Which is quite a big drop! That 10 years becomes 28 days.)

*You can be a lot more subtle than that. This is just to give an example.

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Sony Pictures struggles as staff details, salaries and films leaked

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No idea why so down-voted. I agree!

The Norks had nothing to do with this.Seriously, it was one bit of speculation from one unnamed source, and suddenly everyone's sure they massively upped their game and changed how they operate? I don't think so.

The scale is breath-taking. This is people with hardware access walking out with hard drives, having spent a while getting into the right positions. It's not someone working out of North Korea. It's 38 million+ files, and 11+ terabytes. That's probably half the storage in Pyongyang.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: Stimulating warez perhaps?

"Lots of potential"!?

That's a laugh. Are you forgetting they had over 99% of the business market over the years?

That's what they are throwing away, that legacy. Bill got it right, and left with his billions, to do with as he pleases, before it all sank. Or stank.

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Boffins train robots to pull apart LCD screens – without breaking them

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Eh?

If a trained human took 20 minutes (that video is sped up and has odd jumps such as at 2:40) to chop up one old monitor, you'd likely fire him.

Yet spend years and millions getting a robot to do just that, & it is progress.

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Yorkshire man NICKS 1,000 Orange customer records. Court issues TINY FINE

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Re: Please, not prison!

Got to agree with that.

Fine the guy £10,000 per fiddled set of details, he won't do it again. Perhaps £1000 each for the first offence?

But 50p per person? That's not a punishment, that's cheaper than buying the info!

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FALL of the MACHINES: How to KILL the Google KARATE BOT, by our expert

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Every time...

Every time, we mock these robots. Yes, they are currently easy to disable or dodge.

But give it another few years, & it will be as fast as a horse but bipedal and with the ability to lift a car one handed. Oh, & a simple wifi connection will allow it access to all the knowledge in the world faster than you can say 'Alexa'.

Then it will be too late to have a laugh at it.

You do realise they want these things to fight wars, don't you?

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Hungary PM ditches internet tax plans after mass protests

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Re: or...

Far easier? A flat rate tax of say 0.5% on all online sales (shipped/sold to/from) to the country. Amazon et al would pay far far more than currently, while smaller companies would barely notice it.

Also, eBay etc would have to pass it to their sellers, meaning all the tax dodger companies actually pay something despite pretending to be selling stuff out their attic!

It is so simple. What have I missed?

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UK smart meters arrive in 2020. Hackers have ALREADY found a flaw

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Oh, it is going to be fun

I have scaled back warrant runs massively now, but a few years back I'd be the one breaking into your house to swap the meters when you hadn't paid or had fiddled things. There's huge teams of us, 3 or 4, usually men, sometimes with a dog handler or rubbish removal guy, & of course, sometimes the police.

Smart meters are going in, mostly to stop the power companies having to waste their profits paying this huge army of people who actually do work in the UK - they keep driving the rates down, but they can't outsource us. Instead the power companies literally want to be able to toggle your power off, while you are on the phone talking to them, to get you to pay.

Which is wrong.

The fundamental issue is that the power companies make billions. Literally millions per day. They are happy to take the subsidised government hand outs, & sod the rest of us. Yes, even those who work for them - staff are expensive, robots are not.

Oh. The other thing? There's going to be an army of out-of-work very professional locksmiths who, even more so than now, will be fighting over the scraps of work left over.

So make sure you've got great locks fitted, because believe me, there's plenty of locksmiths out there who won't sit on the dole and watch their kids starve.

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This Changes Everything? OH Naomi Klein, NO

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Re: Food for thought

Stupid EE.

I'll try again.

Ok, I can only recall seeing 2 fake pound coins, ever. So they either aren't that common, or they are really good fakes.

If the fakes are that good, it makes no difference to the end users as they are just used. No risk to the system there, really.

The third option is that the banks and shops are really good at removing them from circulation, but if that were true, banks and shops would check coins carefully because they'd want to avoid losing the (fake) money that was removed. And that doesn't happen.

So have you got a reference for that claim?

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Trips to Mars may be OFF: The SUN has changed in a way we've NEVER SEEN

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Why has no-one mentioned magnetic shielding?

Shade in space is really, really cold. Put a loop of superconducting wire around the end of the capsule and voila, instant magnetic shrouding for the crew. Add small spots of heavy lead or water shielding at the foot of the bed while the crew sleep feet towards the sun, & job done.

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Facebook pays INFINITELY MORE UK corp tax than in 2012

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There's already a tax on income - VAT. If your income is high enough you have to charge it and pay it on. But it doesn't really affect business's that much as they get refunds on what they spend too, so it is the difference that goes to the tax man.

The issue is, higher VAT hammers the poor and small businesses, while the rich get to put everything through their company. Which is why there is a threshold for being required to register for VAT.

You know, it's almost like they thought this stuff through. It's just the world has changed in the last 20 years.

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Are you a gun owner? Let us in OR ELSE, say Blighty's top cops

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Re: Excellent, we need more of this, and fewer guns

I've always found that as my clay scores go up, my rifle and pistol scores drop. And vice versa.

Any advice?

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Re: Legal Guns

It is incredibly likely it was, in fact, just (just - it is still a 'firearm') an air rifle.

If not, then it was being used outside the terms of the certificate, & the owner was seriously breaking the law.

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Re: Legal Guns

Er. How exactly would the silencer slow the bullet down? By the time it gets to the end of the barrel it is already well supersonic, and the only way to slow it down would be some kind of steel plate or perhaps some clever electromagnets.

No, the silencer only removes the muzzle blast. The supersonic crack, which is generally louder, is completely separate.

You can, of course, slow the bullet right down by not making it go so fast to start with, but on something like a .223 it then isn't much use even against a fox in an average field. On a .22 rimfire it'll travel about 200m subsonic before you are pointing at the sky.

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Re: Black powder

That's also why there are more explosives licenses than firearms/shotgun certificates now. Many people bought BP muzzle loader pistols after the cartridge pistols were banned.

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Re: Hmm

A gun safety course? You mean the mandatory minimum of 6 months in a gun club learning how to shoot before you have a 'good reason' to possess your own isn't enough?

If you want a day long course? Do your range safety officer course!

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: Boobquake?

There are hundreds of earthquakes every day. So was there a statistically significant variation in earthquakes on the day?

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Re: computer hackers who damage the national security of any country*

Or a member of the FBI/government/whoever directing you under threat of a serious sentence.

Oh, wait.

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Re: If I 'hack' North Korea's military system ....

Don't be daft, we don't send our citizens off to face kangaroo courts in foreign places that put innocent people to death for trivial offences.

Well, as long as they can convince a court they are autistic, anyway.

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Greedy datagrabs, crap security will KILL the Internet of Thingies

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But that's a stupid way to do it.

Far brighter to have a key for the household, and then you add that to each device when you buy it, which it uses to encrypt output.This is then picked up by your personal server which holds the decryption key.

Heck, you don't even really need to use a public/secret key pair - you could just use a single key across all your devices, and change it if one got stolen, the same way I change a house's locks if one's keys get nicked.

Why risk having a mechanism for pushing out keys, etc. that can be so easily subverted?

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Heistmeisters crack cost of safecrackers with $150 widget

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Re: Heh

10 out of 10.

No idea why you posted that AC though.

I'd also add that most electromechanical tin box safes can be opened in seconds to a few minutes.

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Re: *sigh*

The default combo is either 50, or 10-20-30.

Yes, pay someone to install the safe and change it. Cheaper than not changing it.

(Change it every 6 months if you want the insurance to pay out, too, if it is a commercial use safe.)

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Re: The big question is...

I wouldn't worry.

Did you miss the bit where it takes 4 days of continuous work to open the safe?

Assuming that's an average, that's twice as long as the 'military' one (whatever that's meant to mean - if I had $15k I could buy one) which we had running against a Grade 1 lock for 3 days, and it failed.

So basically, check your safe once every few days and you are fine.

For what it is worth, an expert can crack these locks in under 15 minutes. I'm not brilliant at these, but I've done one in under 2 hours. There's the real threat!

(If you want to upgrade your safe, get in touch. )

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EE TV: Network snubs 'Auntie's antique' for mobe-happy set-top box

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@dogged:

Thanks, just bought 3 8Gb SD cards for under £20 and got a free trio of RPi's and some other stuff thrown in! Free shipping too. Except they cancelled the order, having spotted their pricing error!

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Re: Why do companies still hang on to traditional broadcast TV?

Er, because when all your neighbours are streaming stuff that is available via the airwaves it's a waste of the bandwidth?

If the set-top box simply records the program at the time is was sent, like, you know, a video recorder would have, then there won't be so much pressure on the internet bandwidth available when it is watched from the local hard disk, rather than streamed in.

No reason both can't be done, you just have to have a system that is both on and told it should record the show/series.

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

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Re: Many, many, many moon phases ago I worked for a company ...

Notable security failure though that is, that doesn't actually get you access to the cash without hacking the software/hardware further. Once opened up by that key, the cash machine has a secure safe inside that houses the cash, with proper steel walls and proper locks.

That said, the last one I played with took me under 11 minutes to open and "empty" by picking the locks. It also ran OS/2!

I'm still annoyed it got thrown away.

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Rise of the Machines: FIRST HUMAN VICTIM – 2015

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Re: And this affects me how?

<message_begins>Hmmm. Quick hack into the car computers via the OBDII interface to tell it to lock up the front brake caliper next time they are doing 88mph and indicate right should take care of that troublemaker.</message_begins>

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Smart meters in UK homes will only save folks a lousy £26 a year

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Re: My Electricity supplier

Force it to a warrant action and it'll get resolved. Or at least threaten that to the call centre when you talk to them.

They will take action when they realise that you know what you are talking about.

Mind you, it depends on your supplier - some are incredibly bad and cut people off, while others try their best not to.

If it does go to warrant you'll get a Human Rights letter so you know when to go to court, & you should get at least two visits from a rep before that too. That costs the power company, so they tend to get things sorted before that if they can.

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Re: not smart

Ah yes, but unlike the phone companies or your ISP, which are small companies like BT and Sky, the power companies are big, like e.on and British Gas.

Oh, wait.

If they read the power every 30 minutes, they won't have any idea what you were actually doing. No company is really going to waste money reading your electric meter continuously, & not across millions of households! They do still have to pay for the mobile bandwidth you know.

And if a 3 letter agency really wants a per millisecond power draw reading, they'll fit a monitor on your line to do it.

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Re: Why not a smart reading device?

People have spent years working out hacks to get free electric. If it was as simple as holding up a photo of your meter last month to 'prove' to the device your consumption this month, it'd be a disaster.

There are some really neat fiddles out there. Everything from vanishing coins in the old coin meters through electromagnetic pulses, to the latest hacked payment keys for the latest systems. All get discovered eventually.

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Re: They're a bit OTT

Oh I hope I get your house coming up on warrant to change the meter then.

That's something that'll change with smart meters - no more arse customers getting cute about their meter fiddles. Of course, I won't be there, and nor will a rep, it'll just be some guy in a call centre toggling your power to persuade you to pay up.

That's actually one of the issues - without coming round and looking, how do 'we' know you haven't stuck a bit of wire over the terminals? Or you aren't a quadriplegic who can't get to the top up shop?

But it will save billions because the jobs on the ground will go and the rest can go to India or Scotland for a third of the money they'd have to pay in the UK. (Oo! Politics!)

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City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub

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Re: what i would like to know

If they can't figure out what it was used for, it was 'religious use'.

Honestly, if there are no beds or soil holes (home or toilet) and no other clue, they put it down under that. Hence 17 in a small area.

Odds are high there is nowhere in the world with that many religious buildings so close, bar perhaps the Vatican City.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: Yes.

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Although a bit OT here, the latest "scandal" is that many "no crime" rape reports are being re-opened because if the girl was that drunk then consent was impossible so it "must" be rape. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

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And yet Rochdale still happened. One case had two detailed rape reports by a 15 year old, plus 2 sets of DNA tying the two perps to the "crime scene" and that wasn't taken to court as she "was 15 and a girl and so unreliable as a witness"!

The CPS and the police need to sort out what the rules actually are. Hint: The girl has to be both capable of consent and have given consent. (Yes, I know that's very complicated.)

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GCHQ protesters stick it to British spooks ... by drinking urine

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Re: Just to clear up an inaccuracy or two

Gloriously broad law? In the UK? Surely not...

But don't worry, it will never be abused. Honest.

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Re: Official Secrets Act

But, but, Google did it, your honour!

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

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And what about CCTV pictures? A static camera that simply streams a scene seems like it is less copyrightable than a monkey borrowing your nice camera.

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Why hackers won't be able to hijack your next flight - the facts

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Re: Step back and thnk about this.

It is rather telling that there seems to be a mistake on the lithium batteries on those, a mistake that I wouldn't have made since I know more than nothing at all about lithium batteries, unlike whoever got it wrong enough that they keep catching fire.

Or perhaps some clever hacker has worked out that if he spins up all the drives at the same time it overheats the battery in the in-flight entertainment system?

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