* Posts by YetAnotherLocksmith

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Shadow of the Beast: Amiga classic returns from the darkness

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Re: No idea how the fall icon got on there

You were thinking of the SotB play testers?

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Re: The amiga!

This reminds me of how shear random factors can change the world.

BT charged something like 10p a minute for a local call to a BBS in the UK. Crushingly expensive!

Local calls in the USA were free. BBS calls could therefore also be free.

And that, really, is why the USA dominants the Internet today - just that fact about the cost of having two machines warble at 14.4kbps across town was zero instead of extortion.

I recall making a huge special trip to Evesham Micros to buy a 52Mb hdd and RAM expansion to 5Mb. :-)

They thought I was a mad rockstar Elon Musk: "No way you'll ever fill that!", "Surely 20Mb would do?"

:-D

It was like going into a shop and asking for a petabyte of storage would be these days.

Shortly later it was all compressed, & I had an old SCSI chain set up for more space, of course!

Fond memories of school days.

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Re: it was the music

All the ST owners kept going on about the magical midi port. In the end I bought one for about £20 for my A1500, but couldn't fathom what the fuss was about!

I had better everything, they had a £20 add-on box included. Who were they kidding?

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Re: Custom chips

Shadow of the Best want really a game though, it was an advanced technology demo.

Any attempt at interaction was punished by things like invisible insta-kill traps, long climbs to death, or just a screen full of materialising enemies that killed with a touch.

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Courtney Love in the crossfire! Paris turns ugly over Uber

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Who's going to be able to afford the commute?

Who precisely will be able to afford the cost of an Uber self driving commute?

With self driving cars uber will have to raise their prices because they will have to pay insurance, roadtax, maintain the cars (including washing them) and fund them in the first place to buy them new. They'll have to put their prices UP!

There won't be amortisation of costs from the driver who goes to work and adds a bit of cash to his income, whilst faster depreciating his car, so uber will have to get that all back.

Uber exploits the drivers. You get cheap journeying on the backs of both their labour and their equipment. Without that prices will rise.

Also, all these out of work people won't be buying cars or hiring them, what shall they do for money?

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US Air Force drone pilots in mass burn out, robo-flights canceled

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Not sure whether to up vote or down vote that.

I agree with what you are saying, but cannot condone what the words actually say.

It will be drones vs the rest of the world, eventually.

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'Stolen' art found on nearby shelf. Police keep looking anyway

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The library CCTV footage, perhaps, is at greater risk now than ever before.

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Mad John McAfee: 'Can you live in a society that is more paranoid than I'm supposed to be?'

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Re: Paranoid consumers?

I think you misunderstand. Society absolutely is paranoid. People on the whole are not. It is an important distinction.

c.f. A person is intelligent; people are dumb, panicky animals.

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Science teacher jammed his school kids' phones, gets week suspension

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Re: Whatever happened to 'respect'???

It is difficult. As a self employed person I have to answer the phone when it rings - it is likely a job, & an emergency at that. So whilst it is rude, & I'll apologise, I'll not ignore it unless I know it is something I can ignore.

Plus, it could well be money! You get a salary, regardless of how long you sit on your backside or how hard you work. My income is directly related to how hard I work, & my rate is still, for a call out at midnight, still likely less than many here get per hour.

Once I walk from your job, having solved your emergency or need, it'll be likely years or even decades before further work is needed. So I need to pull in the work, & not answering the phone is a sure way to go out of business fast.

I respect my customers, but I have to answer the phone.

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Re: Just give them an 'F'

It's never a good idea for your first response to be the same as your last resort.

Hang on, I thought this story was about America?

Surely they should copy the zero tolerance approach they have for violence, drugs and guns? Because that has always worked so well.

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Bluetooth privacy is mostly ignored, so you're beaming yourself to the world

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Few people realise that there are companies that do this, nor that they are simply tracking the Bluetooth beacons in phones, fitness trackers and even sat navs.

Works quite well.

It'll get worse in future, as things like smart locks and other devices demand a fixed MAC or other identifier to allow access! (And of course, that's a bad way to deal with security, and since developers are lazy...)

IPhones now scramble their wifi identifier iirc, & Bluetooth will be too - at least that's why at least one smart lock removed the "door unlocks as you get near" feature. But who knows?

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Re: It beggards belief

I'd argue that a cheap lock is actually better than a Bluetooth beacon you can't turn off.

You can use the lock on a cupboard inside your house to keep family from drinking your vodka. The Bluetooth on the other hand will betray you even from inside your own home.

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Call girl gets six years for Googler's drug death

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Re: Six years? Anonymous Coward

What?

The guy in Walmart was on the phone, and he was handling the toy that the store sells! Opening fire on a man in a toy gun section of a shop without warning? Totally stupid.

As for the classic "they are all criminals", have you seen what they were hassling these guys for? Suspicion of selling loose cigarettes. Jay walking. Running away when shot. *Not actually* grabbing for an officers weapon. Resisting arrest also - because having 4 cops on the back of a man face down & cuffed with his hands behind his back does obviously require that you kneel on his neck until he not only passes out, but that you continue until he is brain dead, & then once cold you call for an ambulance.

They have been proven time and again to simply make the stuff up after the fact. It is just that with cameras the proof is it there.

Oh yes, & the new one: filming a police officer out in public.

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'Millions' of routers open to absurdly outdated NetUSB hijack

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Re: And feed MORE kit to these jackals?

What do you suggest? Anything you do will be tied to an IP gateway in about 15 minutes by someone, even if you don't allow it.

Even without, you'll end up with entire streets daisy chained together with BTLE devices paying data, or with ad hoc networks, or turning the lights on and off to get data transferred, or even, the weird virus idea bright to life, the devices communicating by ultrasound.

So once compromised, there will still be plenty of routes for stuff to hack other stuff. After all, you'll just Google the exploit for the bit of kit you are looking at, & it will tell you what comms paths it has.

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It’s Adobe’s Creative Cloud TITSUP birthday. Ease the pain with its RGB-wrangling rivals

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Re: Paint Shop Pro

Another vote for PSP7 here. Does the job really well, mostly.

Corel took out the vectors and text entirely, so I rolled back the upgrade. Used 7 ever since.

If they re-do GIMP with some sort of eye to being sane about what users want - copy paste sensibly, starting up in a useful state, cropping without animal sacrifice, decent UI - then in 10 years it might be usable.

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You want disruption? Try this: Uber office raided again, staff cuffed

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Re: Cartels...

I'll disagree.

Let's say you go to a kebab stall. The kebabs taste great, & they are cheap - cheaper than the other shop down the road.

The stand is cheaper because they don't pay rent. Ok, you can live with that. The council gets no money, but that's ok by you, you get a cheaper service.

And the food tastes great! They mix extra offal in. You don't know where they get it, you aren't an offal-and-pig-brain expert, are you? And they've got a halal symbol.

Then you get ill. You get tested, & hey, it is a rare disease. But that's ok - your kebab was cheaper, & most people were fine, right? Because you can't sue them - the name has changed, & it's in another lay-by now, with a different guy working there. And besides, it turns out he doesn't have insurance or a health certificate either. Just more of those cheap tasty meat patties.

(That was an analogy. Uber + driver are the tax dodging uninsured stand.)

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

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Can't think why the cow was stressed

You'd be stressed with 20 cops pointing guns at you and a helicopter over head.

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Stuff your RFID card, just let me through the damn door!

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Re: Oh how I CAN relate

As long as they started paying you. If they then don't let you in, that's not your problem.

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Re: Ceterum censeo!

I once worked with an Australian who was 100% convinced that any Englishman will laugh out loud at the mention of the word "bottoms".

LOL

Sorry, I'll get my coat.

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Hacker 3D prints device that can crack a combo lock in 30 seconds

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Re: The ability to open these is old news

Why waste your time walking back to the van?

These Matter locks are so poor a fire extinguisher or hammer can work, & often leaves the locks still usable.

You can even open them with a towel.

Complete tatt.

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Re: I guess it depends what you want it for.

You can stop them, but for a shed is it worth it? A cheap hidden camera recording to SD card is probably best, position it do it gets a nice photo of them opening the door.

For a proper brick building, how much do you want to spend to stop what level of threat?

Of course, as a fellow locksmith said when asked on Wednesday night's lockpicking session at fizzPOP, "If I can drill a safe rated for £300,000, I can drill any door lock."

Hence layered security.

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Re: Analog Security

Problem is, nearly everything is easy to get, what with this new fangled Interwebz.

Security is done in layers, just like your PC. (Only with the physical world, a pro can ensure there are no APTs or the like.)

Bump keys are generally over rated imo. If you are trying to be subtle they are the equivalent of hammering, literally, on the door. Same with an EPG. There are better methods. And they cost more money to protect against!

You can buy specific tools to defeat nearly every single lock on the market with barely a trace in seconds or minutes, if your pockets are deep enough.

Just like the IT market for 0days!

But unlike IT, you can simply add another lock. ;-)

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Polygraph.com owner pleads guilty to helping others beat lie detector

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A sting that stinks. For a change.

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Tough admin forces hacker to STRIP to PANTS, LEAP to his DEATH

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What was the hack then?

Am I the only one who watched the video of the abuse and still have no idea what the mis-deeds were?

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Forced sale of Openreach division would put BT broadband investment at risk, says CEO

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Re: Recent discussion with a senior BT person

I strongly suspect that should it go to pieces, BT would be overjoyed to 'pick up the bits', & start charging through the nose for customers to get 5Mbps.

I'd rather have a really poor five connection running at 0.1% of it'ss capability than 'copper' pushed to 150%. Because 0.1% of a fibre is still 10+Mbps, still a full 10x faster than my current copper.

Also, the FUD used by BT is insane. As someone else pointed it, BT simply threaten to put your area on a list for evaluation for broadband upgrade in 2 years time, & it scares off the investors! It isn't even a promise they will do anything, merely that they will look at it! But that is enough of a chilling effect that it distorts the market. Because BT will squash nearly any competitor.

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Tesla reveals Powerwall battery packs for homes, Powerpacks for cities

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I don't get it. You can get 100% cost of the equipment back in just 7 years without having to do anything beyond installing a time clock, & you don't see how it adds up? Really?

Do you have an ISA or savings account? What does that net you over 7 years? 10%?

Further, you will be insulated from power spikes, brown outs and cuts almost completely - how many household items will that save? How many times you have to go out because you can't cook at home? For anyone who has even occasional power issues this is brilliant.

Companies will buy these for removal of business risks, too. (Forget a smelly and dangerous generator, just buy a slightly less dangerous battery pack!)

I'm going to start saving.

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Re: Half the world excluded from this

So you can keep the battery cool with your air conditioning. Great idea.

And you have solar powered air con, right?

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Jeez, AT&T. Billing a pensioner $24,000 for dialup is pretty low

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For that much money I could probably get a full 1Mb* off BT.

*up to.

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DARPA's made a SELF-STEERING 50-cal bullet – with video proof

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Damn, knew I should've got a patent.

...but they'd likely have overturned it, me not being American.

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Apple to devs: Watch out, don't make the Watch into a, well, a watch

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Very droll.

A low power way to tell the time? The battery goes dead after 3 hours.

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Re: Face it

Thorne, I think you've got it!

"Look at me. It is 09:20 and I have an iWatch"

Ban bypassed!

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Brit boffins BLOW UP Li-On batteries and film the MELTING COPPER

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Yeah, there's some guy not 4 feet in front of them brandishing a lithium ion battery and video camera arrangement!

Got to be safe.

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Apple Watch HATES tattoos: Inky pink sinks rinky-dink sensor

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On/Off switch?

Surely there should be a setting for this? So you can tell it you are a cadaver/tattooed/amputee-with-a-prosthetic?

Not all biometrics are bad, but most are.

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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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