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A scanner, darkly: Master data-miner Google tweaks terms of service

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Option to prevent porn adverts please.

So, I spent last night investigating the female form in all its glory and today trying to explain away the explicit pornography framing my innocuous searches.

Well, not really, I have NoScript running and Google is on the naughty list along with all the other "services" that seek to understand my needs to better serve me.

Don't get me wrong, I don't ban adverts, as I appreciate the symbiotic relationship they have in allowing me "free" access to many services such as The Reg. I just don't like having last nights meal regurgitated, served up as an appetiser and announced to the world that I eat dog meat with semen sauce when I actually ordered a lamb kebab with garlic mayonnaise.

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Apple cooperating at last on antitrust after MONTHS of wrangling – says court watchdog

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No APP for that?

Aptitude for compliance that is.

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Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years

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I was under the impression materials science had stepped out of the foundry and into computer modelling. In the way Dmitri Mendeleev managed to accurately predict the properties of yet to be discovered elements way back in 1875, I would have thought our ability to combine elements and molecules in a computer model and assess their qualities would be here by now. Obviously I am wrong, but what on Earth have these muppets been up to for the last century, if they haven't come to some defining conclusion about how matter interferes with each other and coded that into a ZX Spectrum.

Massively impressed by their engineering skills, but come on, let's get all 21st century on this one.

I throw down my gauntlet and challenge the scientific community to get their act together and come up with a program that allows me to enter a list of properties that I desire in a material and it churns out a list of credible molecular combinations that meet that specification. I guess this will need the power of quantum computing, but for Christ's sake get a move on will you, the Earth is being consumed to make substandard inefficient crap and we desperately need an intelligent way forward.

I'll buy the winner a beer.

P.S. After I buy AC one for beating me to it. I shouldn't have had a coffee break.

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VAT's all folks: Telecoms and services tax to be set at consumer's homeland rate

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Next year, I will mostly be living in Luxembourg

Well, not me personally, but my IP address will from time to time, at those most convenient moments in a purchase, move to a more preferable geo-location for VAT purposes.

Assuming I have the same rights as a big corporate like Google, then I am just avoiding tax, not evading it.

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Today: Get REAL about data location in the cloud

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Safe?

Dear Customer

We are sorry to have to advise you that our company is now in the hands of appointed receivers.

While you have been denied access to your data, I can assure you our receivers have safeguarded your account and will process your request to have it returned or transferred to another provider in accordance with the international guidelines on dragging our heels to maximise the pain.

I'd like to add, it is comments like this that have made the sheeple think twice about trusting the cloud and so we have fallen far short of the two billion customers we budgeted for and thus gotten into this financial difficulty, which clearly has nothing to do with our unrealistic projections and more to do with the mud slingers who would nit pick through the concept of cloud storage and hold it up as a disaster waiting to happen.

Your sincerely

Mr Cuckoo

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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I have a "strict set of policies"

1... Never, ever click on the links to the right on a Google search

2... Never ever click on the first four links of a Google search

3... When I search for "wotsit" company, click on the link that has wotsit at the start of the address and not one that is prefixed with "info\" or such like.

One thing that should be made compulsory: If I search for "Renew Passport" or "NHS", then the first link returned should point to the official site and not some chancers, opportunistic, scam site, no matter how much they have paid to be there.

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Time Warner merger great for Comcast, but not for anybody else

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I assume, once the usual brown envelopes have been passed around, the whole business of monopolising a market will continue unabated.

Strange really, when I consider my mentor in economics regarded monopolies as the greatest threat to a free market.

I guess he'd be considered a leftie terrorist in America.

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Toshiba twirls its HAMR, ponders whether to smash spinning rust

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Re: Has anyone got some insight into..

Sub £100 would be nice, for SSD's, but yes £30 for a 1TB HDD would work for me.

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Has anyone got some insight into..

when prices will start to come down in either the HDD or SSD market?

I appreciate no new HDD production lines will be coming online, other than those being re-jigged to accommodate new advances, but neither can I see a swathe of chip fabs rushing to flood the market with cheap SSD's.

Have they formed a cartel to ensure supply doesn't overstep demand at a price point of their choosing?

or is it that cloud providers are keeping demand high?

Just a bit cheesed off to see storage costs are still above pre flood prices.

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Cloud, schmoud, says Cisco: The IoT needs 'FOG COMPUTING'

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Fog Computing, grr!

Fog computing WAS going to be the catchy name of my defeat all cloud snooping idea.

Basically, your encrypted data is divided up between several cloud providers, so, no one server has it all.

Rather like raid 0.

It would mean an NSA type attack, better known as, walk in the front door and demand everything, would require access to multiple servers, which if you are wise would be scattered around the world, some in China, some Russia and some USA. As they are unlikely to cooperate with each others requests for access, your data will be safe, until hell freezes over, that is.

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Here they come: Dot-word warehouse Donuts to launch new top-level domains this week

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Cost push inflation, anyone?

So thingywhatsit.com would need to start trafficking cocaine to afford to protect its brand across every dotting word Donuts can think of.

As a consumer and ultimately the person paying for all this extravagance, I'd like to say "No, thank you"

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Do you wear specs? Google Glass offers YOU amazing live HD video

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You've spent all your money on Google Glasses

and now you can't afford the beer glasses!

I guess there'll be an app for that.

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Elderly Bletchley Park volunteer sacked for showing Colossus exhibit to visitors

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Re: Its much worse than any of the stories have told so far

One gets the impression BPTrust is playing the time honoured tradition of cost loading, to the point of uneconomic viability.

The trust is not there to maintain BP and guarantee its future, it seems it is there to orchestrate its demise.

As many comments have mentioned, much of the freely donated, minimum expense exhibits are going out of the door to be replaced by poorer quality stand ins, that require capital outlay and or continuous maintenance.

Getting rid of the people who were there at the beginning, when the ethos of the site was being formulated is the first step towards rewriting their raison d'être, and thus removing all obstacles to bulldozing down the site, banging in a load of houses and paying lip service to it all, by mounting a statue to Hitler, who they consider to be the true inspiration behind Bletchley.

Makes my blood boil.

I can think of thousands of people who would gladly move in tomorrow and replace every last one of the paid staff, for nothing more than a pat on the back, every once in a while.

and I'll wager money they would do a far better job and carry forward the very values that appear to be on the sacrificial alter under the present regime.

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UK IT supplier placed on ASA naughty step over 'misleading' HDD ad

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Worst hardware vender, ever!

I got 25 SATA 3 HDD two months ago from Aria and none of them worked.

So frustrated I threw one against the wall and guess what...the case broke and I could see the platters had been removed and replaced with tiny bricks, utter bastards!

I contacted their customer service department and was told my mother was a whore and my dad was a donkey.

I'll never steal any more of my neighbours parcels again, especially if they have Aria plastered all over them.

God, what a crap company, how are they still in business?

Forty, love, Aria employee to serve.

Could the spectators refrain from shouting during play, thank you.

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Re: Clean Pull

I bought sod all from Aria and have only one complaint.

On the other hand, while I was out shopping I bumped into an old friend who needed a nearly dead hard drive. She is still setting the corgis on me when I pop round for afternoon tea and buttered crumpet.

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Re: sounds like you work for them?

I'd like to take this opportunity to welcome the new subscribers to our sordid coven.

I hope you stick around to discuss other topics than just bleat on about how brilliant your paymaster's business is.

I guess grumble mining is far more lucrative than bit mining, but please, show us some respect and do it in a less than obvious fashion, I don't know, a bit of flair or creativity wouldn't go amiss.

eg While out shopping for anything under £1 I bumped into my old pal Queen Elizabeth the second, "Hey girl" She loves it when I address her like that, "What are you doing?"

"One is doing the shopping. I am looking for a nearly dead hard drive"

"Look no further my girl, I know a firm that specialises in these things"...

...and so on, however you might want to word it differently and mention your company several times.

We love a good story, even if it is total bollocks.

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'We don't use UPS. If we did we'd have huge UPSs and tiny computers'

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Re: Coolers on the roof?

A store of dry ice, for the odd emergency, wouldn't go amiss. Or tanks of liquid nitrogen.

If I was running the place and found temperatures were getting critical, I'd have been on the blower requesting deliveries of ice, to pour into the reservoir tanks.

Then again, wasn't the gas fridge a brilliant invention? Use the heat from the racks to feed into an Einstein–Szilard refrigerator, which makes ice and keeps it so until an urgent need for its cooling properties arises.

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Those NSA 'reforms' in full: El Reg translates US Prez Obama's pledges

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Re: "GCHQ has far fewer tentacles wrapped around the worlds communications"

Now that would be a waste of time and effort, I mean it was a waste of my time and effort.

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GCHQ and NSA, same same, but different.

I have no doubts that GCHQ operates to its fullest capacity, however that capacity is defined by NSA's willingness to open up the full gamut of backdoors and technical intrusions they have masterfully forced on their domestic IT industry.

American IT hardware and software is ubiquitous, much of the worlds data is carefully stored in America or on servers owned by American companies, and these companies have no choice but to comply with America's surveillance demands, regardless of where they operate in the world.

GCHQ has far fewer tentacles wrapped around the worlds communications, and gets most of the worldwide action via the feeding hand of the NSA, something they undoubtedly must be mindful of when their interests do not always coincide.

It is the USA's dominance in IT that must be challenged, or we will never be free from their snooping efforts.

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Top patent troll sues US regulators for interfering with its business

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Isn't there some Darwinian Tactical Assault and Battery Team on hand to sort out these genetic flaws?

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Large Hadron Collider competition: VOTE NOW to choose the WINNER

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I liked them all.

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Hopefuls rattle tin for customisable snap together 3D printer

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I get the impression, there's more money to be made selling pick axes, than prospecting for gold.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Surely

The great advantage over an analogue machine interface is the ability to reconfigure and customise a software defined digital environment to the users liking.

That MS resolutely refuses to get on-board with this notion is lamentable, especially when you consider the likes of Linux has several flavours of desktop environment, not to mention the bespoke implementations that focus all of a machines resources to a specific task, without the need to get under the bonnet and rip out all the guff that insists on staying resident when it is clear it is hogging resources for no purpose.

One size does not fit all, is true for shoes and is only true for operating systems if they choose to similarly cobble it together.

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Remember all those devices that worked fine under 95, 98, 2000, NT and early Xp?

It would be nice to have them back working again.

Compatibility mode needs to either do what it says or get renamed to fingers crossed mode.

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Europe MPs: Time to change our data-sharing policy with US firms

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Re: Not just US firms

I'd guess the volumes of ssd's and hdd's that have been amassed to make up the cloud, are the very reason we as consumers are paying more to avoid being in it. I really hope the cloud just blows away as we'd all be looking at hardly used drives flooding the market and driving the prices down to what they should be.

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Human overlord Watson lives in the 'clouds' now, in a $1bn cognition unit. Don't be afraid

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Voice activated sense analysis

Or VASA for short.

Your little gadget, pc, etc, has a voice recognition program running, with a library of commands it can instantly recognise. Once the instructions get unintelligible to your local machine it passes the phrase/sentence to Watson, which then passes back something your machine can work with.

eg. "Where on Earth are my car keys?" Watson replies, "Find car keys" PC then looks through its recent NSA surveillance videos and says "where you left them"

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Pesky protesters FORCE GOOGLE STAFF INTO THE SEA

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If Google were serious about staying...

..they'd have constructed a tunnel by now.

No, they're planning to leave, they're just waiting for the aircon to be fixed in their volcano lair and then they're gone.

Others suggest it's a Moon crater and they'll just meddle with the Earth by remote cuntrol, which is like remote control, but is operated by a cu...

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US Navy trials GIANT ROBOTIC SPYBIRD for coastal patrols

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Re: I don't get it.

They have tried rotating owls and pigeons on the test flights to achieve round the clock surveillance, but it seems after the owls come on shift, the pigeons are not to be found the morning after.

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CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

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Re: Bye Bye BitCoin

I'd be happy to read page after page of your rant, as I agree wholeheartedly with you.

My PC is my TV, my radio, my video recorder, my library of books, films, photographs and much much more. To lose them would be devastating and suicide would definitely be a consideration, so yes, when these destroyers of lives are found, I hope it's in a country that has a more balanced approach to human rights, instead of the insanely screwed up mess we have in the UK, where the human rights of the defendant gets consideration before those of the victims.

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Fearlessly going where no sane person would tread.

Quite easy really if you multi-boot. I have several versions of MS and Linux, each one fit for a purpose.

Some are one use only and are overwritten using a never before loaded os. Others are used perpetually, but either have the LAN cable pulled out, made easier by having an extension coupling running just under my screen or I'm very specific in where I will and will not use them.

Non of the flavours rely on a multiboot grub screen, instead the computer boots into whatever drive is turned on, which also makes for a far easier o/s upgrade.

If I'm transferring MS files, it's done using a Linux OS, so I can better see if something is amiss.

All my drives are readily removable and everything is backed-up, again using a virgin os.

I understand perfectly the risks, well, what I mean is, I am too poor to be risk averse.

My only fear is a Bios attack, so that too goes to the cleaners before it gets sight of my precious data.

Yes OTT it is, but seeing as my pc is central to my work and play, I'm not ready for a life without it just yet.

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Coming in 2014: Scary super-soldier exoskeleton suits from the US military

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Re: Rol and I'll say it again....

I think you're missing the essence of my argument. A robot is expendable, that it is a millisecond off its game and hence vulnerable isn't an issue when several dozen are now bearing down on the location now knowing what to expect.

I have had conversations over thousands of miles, carried by not the greatest of CIVILIAN tech, that have not once collapsed into a stuttering farce, so one would expect the military to have the ability to communicate over a ten mile range, using the combined strengths of several methods of data transfer at once, like infra-red, microwave, ultrasonic, etc. Oh and get the frankly quite ridiculous idea this is all going to be run from Dallas out of the equation, it will be run from mobile ops centres, planes, ships or a few forty foot trailers, close to the action.

and I would hazard a guess that the most easily observable and hence taken out at a distance target on a battlefield will be the "noise" generator, that is broadcasting its position loud and clear, not that it would have the sophistication to bleed over every possible means of communication. Not forgetting I have already specified the combat arena has already been seeded with hundreds of small comm relays each capable of transmitting and receiving over any number of mediums simultaneously.

Then again, Iron Man would be far easier for the R&D folk to cobble together, as Marvel have already done all the hard work, right?

Boots on the ground, is generally the one thing that antagonises an invaded community, that the same level of security could be delivered swiftly when needs arise, but otherwise kept unobtrusively nearby is surely better.

Judging by the amount of nit picking to my off the cuff idea, I'm beginning to think the White House are avid readers of The Reg and some on here are worried for their budgets.

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Re: Rol and I'll say it again....

and in response to my other detractors..

I very much doubt America and her allies will be applying for a milliwatt wifi license before they unleash hell, or otherwise caring that no one for ten miles around can listen to the Archers.

And an armed presence in whatever form, is an armed presence and equally effective at discouraging tribal warriors from starting a nuclear Armageddon. Talk about fevered minds, lets get that whole brain up to body temperature or do I have to traverse through every facet of this in detail to accommodate for others lack of imagination.

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Re: Rol and I'll say it again....

I'm sure the NSA could help out with the coms, ha ha.

Broad spectrum (Infra-red,microwave, ultrasonic, etc), multi noded, satellite assisted feeding to a mobile activity centre a few clicks away from the action (circling in a plane if needs be) Nano second time lag, with a multitude of signal paths, repeated across several frequencies. Full field Hidef cameras, a battle ground strewn with com nodes that serve to relay signals and collect acoustic data which once processed can pinpoint every gun shot and overlay this information on the operators HUD.

The robots, no longer confined to the awkward dimensions of of a human can be designed to clamber over obstacles by any number of techniques, or for sheer simplicity be nothing more than a quad-copter with a tranquilliser dart gun.

Now that's an interesting development, as non of your personnel are at risk of injury, is it really necessary to blast holes in your adversary in a hope they go down before they put one in you? The more I think about high tech remote robotic warfare the more humane war starts to look. That is, of course, humane on a relative scale. The greatest gain will be the lack of civilian casualties due to your actions, as an operator who isn't fighting for survival will have the opportunity to take that extra split second to assess who is who, so what, if his droid gets it full face, he has another five dozen to activate and an Amstrad no quibble returns policy.

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and I'll say it again....

Put the operator in a VR play pen and have them act out their avatar fantasy with an all terrain robot at a safe distance. Why this obsession with putting very fragile, high maintenance grunts in harms way? Why compromise the operational limits of a dynamic machine by encumbering it with mortal flesh? It just doesn't make any combat or strategic sense. In the same way no sane aviation company in the world is designing a new supersonic jet fighter with a cockpit, we shouldn't be designing high tech warriors to the limits of human endurance, Send the expendable drones in first, then when the battlefield is cleared of all combatants put the smiling faces of the marines in to calm and reassure the civilians, dressed like humans and not like something from a Borg nightmare. Although thinking about it, the only Borg nightmare I can recall is the one where I have 7 of 9 cornered in the shower, I set my weapon to stunning and it doesn't phase her in the slightest.

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HP: We're axing 29,000 workers? Add another 5,000 to that

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Business as usual

The management fail to do their job properly and the workers, through no fault of their own, pay for it.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

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The plane will never run out of fuel, as the captain and his crew will do as has always been done, burn the poor until an equilibrium between weight and fuel required has been re-established. The game is to make as much money, regardless of moral cost, to ensure a first class seat no matter what the asking price.

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

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Re: Sorry Peter but it would be a bit pointless now.

I agree, an investigation now would be utterly useless and cost a fortune.

The important point to take away from this, is that most agree the agencies tasked with protecting the status quo, now and back then have the capacity to act in the most abhorrent fashion against its own citizens, it is that, that we should be addressing.

1984 is nothing but a sunset away, where we will awake to a regime that through stealth and fear has installed itself at the heart of a machine that cannot be dismantled and then it will be too late.

We need proper governance of our secret services, not some Lord Lacky intent on maintaining his and his cronies privileged life at any cost.

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GCHQ spooks told: Break Huawei's grip on 'The Cell'

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Everything else gets outsourced, so why not this?

Have the national and personal security of the web up for tender with one very important bullet point added to the stipulations, that is, if you screw up you are sued dry and then cast into a pit of rabid dogs along with all your family. I think that would work far better than the threat of early retirement on full pay when GCHQ do the inevitable, oops, we made a "mistake"

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Google: Tell the feds they have to get a warrant for us to hand over your stuff

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Re: Link?

As a UK citizen I would dearly like to have a say in how America is sifting through my online life, but getting to vote on it once every five years or so isn't my idea of representation.

Thank you HM Gov for doing an absolutely shoddy job of protecting your citizens.

Here's an idea, force all personal data collected in the UK to be stored on UK servers and prevented from leaving these shores as once it gets to America there isn't, and never will be, any legislation to stop it being plastered on a bill board for all passers by to see.

If you read this article thoroughly, you will notice any achievements in the privacy lobby is for America and her alone, everyone else can just swivel on this ,l,,

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Speaking in Tech: Get an Amazon drone delivered by Amazon drone

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I like the idea of an underground tube network. About 12 inches in diameter with pods of goods being ferried from supplier to your home.

After seeing how a car can be targeted with a pulse gun and stopped in its tracks, I can see a growth in drone piracy.

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MINING in SPAAAACE! Asteroid-scoopers? Nah - consumers will be the real winners

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Re: No property rights

You will no doubt own the equipment that is sent out to mine the resource, but having a requirement that you own the resource before it is extracted is nonsense.

Let it be like the days of the tea clipper, first one back with the goods, gets the bonus.

Economics will become the new property law of space, if you can't get it back as cheaply as the next guy, you look somewhere else for a profit.

Imagine granting Mr Gold exclusive rights to an astral body, is he going to spend billions on bringing back hundreds of tons of gold back to Earth? Hell no! He's going to make sure nobody brings any gold back and so protect the price of his current stock.

I see the future of space mining to be not unlike our current energy market, miners mining, transporters transporting and cellars doing their utmost to keep it dark, dank and full of secrets.

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NSA spied on 'radicalisers' porn surfing so as to discredit them, reveals Snowden

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So, if you want to surf porn in peace, don't have an opinion that conflicts with the regime.

I'd like to point out I am not the only user of this computer as my pet dice monkey is studying humanity in its many guises.

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Telcos can be forced to turn copyright cop, block websites – EU law man

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Unfair

I suggest blocking access to ALL newsagents, as it is possible a young teenager might get access to some top shelf grumble. It doesn't matter that the newsagent also sells sweets and comics, it's the thought that counts.

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Meet the FOUR-TON DINO that made little Tyrannosaurs SOIL THEMSELVES

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The Real Truth

Having studied for many years I have concluded Douglas Adams was right.

The agencies that protect us, should be waterboading mice, because we want answers, now!

and the dolphins know more than they're letting on, so waterboard, err, airboard, oh, just subject them to 24 hour skatalite tv, you know, the crap that passes for entertainment these days, they'll crack eventually.

As for the Bible, it was written by mice to hinder our ability to become an enlightened species.

God is to be found in the detail of our universe, not in the subtext of micecreants writings.

Forever and ever

Amen

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Space hotelier Bigelow wants capitalists to FIGHT comm-MOON-ist takeover

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Re: INFLATABLE LEAD ? ( The metal that is )

Why not drop some autonomous bots onto the moon with all the instructions they need to scavenge/process materials, then use a 3D printer bot to manufacture more bots until you have an army digging away.

Then get some of the bots to make a big ship and send all that lurvly moon cheese back once in a while.

Yes it will take time, but I assure you, they will grind the entire moon down to Earth bound dust so efficiently, it will replace sand and gravel as aggregate in concrete.

and just to keep the "it's all mine, mine I tell you!" people happy, we can fit them with guns to shoot each other for digging outside their mandated area.

Here's a thought, the oxygen component of the several billion tons of water on the moon can be set into the cargo ship as frozen blocks that will sublimate on re-entry thus allowing a powered landing.

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Virgin Media suffers growing pains as Cable Cowboy daddy settles in

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Price transparency

I am willing to bet that no two customers with exactly the same package paying the exact same amount exists in this country. (ignoring promotional offers for new customers, that is)

Once your contract is run it is down to your skills in brinkmanship, whether you get a decent price to remain a customer and even then you'll not be ready for the obligatory inflation busting price rise a month later which strangely enough affects you and only you.

My tip for the day-

If you are going from cable to copper, or the other way round, tell the engineer not to tear out the original connection, as you will continue using it. They will always rip out the old connection to make it more convenient for themselves, but more to make sure it will be another huge connection fee to swap back.

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Dark matter: Good news, everyone! We've found ... NOTHING AT ALL

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I've said it before and I'll say it again. Antimatter!

So we've found the Higgs, therefore we have to consider the anti Higgs having anti gravity properties.

I suggest antimatter resides at a particle level in intergalactic space and like normal matter wasn't totally annihilated in the Big Bang.

The galaxies that look to be too light to keep themselves together, at the rate of spin we see, are in fact assisted by antimatter pushing back.

I'll say no more, promise, as I've already bored the pants off enough Reg readers recently with this theory, but if you do want to see how my "logic" pans out, have a drift through some of my recent posts. (click on my name)

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Long time ago? Galaxy far, far away? You ain't seen nothing yet

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Re: What if...

I am humbled by your knowledge, but perhaps still unmoved by the theories that fit like a jigsaw piece, but appear to have come from another puzzle.

True, your arguments are difficult to challenge, as they are robustly supported by a wealth of observation, but they are, after all, observations that cannot include the unknown and it is the unknown that perplexes us all.

While my naive grasp at antimatter as the saviour to the model looks ill founded, it still has legs. Experiments are continuing and maybe results could show antimatter has properties that may explain away phenomena that are currently smothered in theories that cannot begin to explain themselves beyond the fact they fit nicely.

I am a firm believer that science will one day explain everything we see, but until we start seeing the unseen we will never truly explain the observable. I place antimatter in that category, a facet of our universe that has escaped observation and thus discounted from our models.

I do have a hope that Voyager might be treading a path through antimatter space, as it is outside the influence of our sun and we are on the edge of the Milky Way. Although the influence of our galaxy will still be dominant I would still expect a low density of antimatter in the void and maybe exerting an influence that can be detected. If so, Voyager fixing it's position and speed using triangulation might show a discrepancy over the next few years, one which could suggest forces unknown are at work, although I guess the power will die before sufficient mileage has passed to show this.

However it is warming to know my theory is no farther to proof than the many that fill text books the world over.

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Re: What if...

Wow! Many thanks for such a considered reply and my unreserved apology for letting my fervent ignorance loose again.

If the total mass of normal matter in the universe was evenly spread at a particle level across the "known universe" it would come down to a handful of particles per cubic mile, which when we consider this in terms of antimatter, suggests annihilation events would be rare, especially as the antimatter is taking steps to get out of the way and is nimble enough to do so, even so, the event if it did happen would be too small to register on our equipment, it is, after all, only a single, subatomic particle and not a world shattering teaspoonful of the stuff.

So no galactic halo, as the anti-gravity twist to antimatter makes for a non event.

As for well founded experiments showing annihilation events, I would like to point out ALL the data was collected from environments swathed in gigawotsits of magnetic flux, while enduring the unwelcome effects of Earths gravity all the while surrounded by a lab full of matter promising nowhere to run, not the kindest of conditions to assess this animals "natural" behaviour. The Alpha team are attempting to investigate further, but overcoming the obvious obstacles is proving difficult. At least you can agree, an anti Higgs could have some interesting properties.

The big bang was basically, x plus minus x equals zero, yet we are to believe the universe we see is the residue of the total annihilation of everything that came into being, but favouring an outcome where matter is the product, so, x plus minus x isn't quite zero. Hmm?

It would be interesting to run a big bang model, that considered antimatter in the way I have described it, a confirmed bachelor, with serious xenophobic issues, that is travelling outward from a point source along with normal matter. The initial annihilations would fuel the expansion, while antimatter would maintain the outward push by cancelling out matters urge to gravitate back.

Maybe it is time to challenge the standard model as the convoluted theories keeping it relevant have no greater merit than my conjecture, but mine at least have a degree of plausibility.

If this was double entry bookkeeping, the unexplained issues in the model would be held in a suspense account until the source of that issue was addressed, frankly, those responsible for the theories of dark matter, dark energy, inflation and the idea, the laws of physics grew, instead of just was, should all be imprisoned for accounting irregularities, as non of the theories can account for themselves without adding more to the suspense account than was there to begin with.

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Where did you get the idea antimatter hasn't got anti-gravity properties? A team of scientists did show some tentative results in this area recently, but obviously, working with antimatter within the confines of Earth's gravity while keeping the antimatter inside a stable magnetic field has it's limits.

So if you can accept the above, you might also accept a galaxy surrounded by a sea of antimatter would indeed keep it together when it's mass and angular velocity suggest it would fly apart, due to the antimatter pushing back.

And to your last point, that antimatter would clump together, err, no. antimatter avoids contact with everything, even itself. It will be spread more or less evenly throughout interstellar space and hence act as the fabric that keeps matter in its place. If antimatter did indeed behave like matter, then the universe would have just as many antimatter stars, with antimatter elements and planets and we would be able to see these huge bodies, but we don't.

It also explains why the universe seems to be expanding faster as the repulsive force of antigravity is constantly pushing away, instead of the common held theory that the big bang is the only source of impetus.

Obviously, much of what I have said is unproven, but neither has it been disproved and if antimatter is accepted as a feasible force, then several totally unexplained events can be understood without resorting to weird concepts, like inflation theory, dark matter, dark energy et al.

The biggest anomaly comes from the idea, that matter and antimatter wiped each other out at the big bang and what is left is the result of some imbalance that favoured the creation of matter from these annihilation events. Whereas I suggest the big bang was akin to a nuclear explosion, in that 99% of fissionable material gets explosively dispersed and thus doesn't contribute to the event. Add in antimatter's eagerness to avoid contact and run away, and we have a universe with equal amounts of matter and antimatter, again no need for convoluted, unexplainable weirdness, that the scientific community seem unable to stop pulling out of hats when facing the unquestionable failings in their theories.

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