92 posts • joined 25 Feb 2013
I stopped watching TV ages ago
It was becoming full of American crap. Not like the good old days when we had the Sweeney, Edge of Darkness, Smiley's People, etc.
As for gun culture, America is a deeply sick place. Just about all American film posters have pictures of grimacing arseholes waving guns. As though guns solve all known problems. America doesn't have a moral code. It divides the world into America and everywhere else. And everywhere else is a scary place for Americans. A place without enough doughnut shops or enough guns.
Just don't watch it. Let the TV channels go bust if they think pumping out imported American crap is what passes for 'programming'.
"the fact that WeChat messages are still routed through Tencent servers in China could unnerve international customers"
Why could it unnerve international customers? It seems like a hideously racist viewpoint to think that China is less 'trustworthy' than the mass-snooping Americans.
"the legal safeguards he insisted were already in place in the Health and Care Act 2012."
They are in effect non-existent. They can be changed at will by another act of parliament.
Known reveune stream for one thing
After one year free it is one dollar a year. Paying users...
They (the establishment) are going to slurp all our data and sell it to who they want, and provide unlimited access to the plod. Get over it.
Those who opt out will be considered to be suspects for crimes unknown.
Quoting documents from Freedom House as some sort of gospel is a highly misleading thing to do. Their 'Freedom on the Net' scale makes no mention of western countries', particularly the USA and UK, mass surveillance of the net. Despite the fact that 'surveillance' is one of the things that Freedom House uses to judge internet freedom.
Where was the IRC server hosted?
If not in the UK, then there appears to be a prima facie case of law breaking by the spooks. And they can presumably be extradited.
"A year-long study by the security intelligence firm has identified more than 50 groups of cyber threat actors, blaming groups in China, Iran, Russia, North Korea, and Syria for high profile attacks."
No mention of the USA or the UK? This 'study' is biased nonsense.
Re: Where's the story?
How do you think CHAP works?
Showing where there true loyalties lie...
Two Tory MPs voted against letting/getting Snowden to make a video report. These people are loyal to America, not to the people who elect them.
An attempt at China-bashing
Nobody is stopping anyone else from producing rare earth products. It's greed and laziness that has caused this 'problem' in the first place:
Accountant: Oooooh. Digging up is a difficult business. Let's buy it it from China.
Board members. Well I don't know. It has always seemed to work.
Accountant: It will cost less, we can sack all the staff and become a shell company. This means bigger profits, which we will hide offshore. You can have more expensive cars, more 10 star hotel resorts, more hookers and more coke. And in the UK you will probably get a gong for services to industry!
Board members: We agree! You have shown us the way. Give that man a box of cigars.
Get voted out by the electorate, you get made a peer by your crony friends.
You suck up to government, you get a peerage.
The UK political system is rotten. Instead of rotten boroughs we simply have a rotten parliament.
Who appointed America as the world's policeman, judge and jury?
If these crimes are international, why is it always America that makes the arrest, the trial and the inevitable (for foreigners in America) the conviction and the sentence?
The 4th Reich.
Re: Who the hell cares what any Iranian News Agency has to say?
A rather stupid comment. Go and watch Fox News where you can really get 'the truth'.
6 months to fix
Or just put the old one back in the App store, which should take 2 minutes.
'foreign' is defined as 'not American'
Most if not all of the cabinet are spies for America. They willingly reveal secret information to their buddies and paymasters in America. Basically the cabinet is a cabinet of traitors.
Were not amenable to requests from the NSA to weaken their encryption.
The day has come when it is safe to say that American equipment is not to be trusted at all, not even a little bit. And Huawei kit is.
If it's like Apple Pages
It could be a watch which doesn't tell the time. Or has just an hour hand. Or just a minute hand. Or no hands at all.
Suppose the info was emailed to 80,000 people. What then?
Re: Not exclusive.
"He's now damaging his integrity with these latest revelations,"
I have completely the opposite view. He is demonstrating his integrity.
"he needs to be absolutely sure he's not aiding and abetting the Chinese."
Yet the biggest enemy of the world is America.
Charles Brookson - one question
Was he approached to weaken GSM encryption, or told to make it 'easier for spooks' in the first place?
Just wants more laws. But too lazy to get off their behinds and do some actual work.
America's block on Huawei
is to do with a lack of American backdoors. Nothing else.
I hope Snowden didn't eat anything they might have given him
It is not beyond the realms of possibilty for him to suffer a gruesome poison death at the hands of Uncle Sam.
Re: "are suspected to be involved"
You don't understand the way the British police work. In the UK, the police arrest first, release on police bail, then investigate. It is called 'bail and see'.
The first proper step should be to make sure the police are acting lawfully.
Cue the bales of hay on the road
The moment the first Frenchman receives his marching papers.
The value of share can do down as well as up
But some people just them to go up up up and away!
Alternatively, a fool and his money are soon parted.
Stallman's GNU at 30: The hippie OS that foresaw the rise of Apple - and is now trying to take it on
Joining two sentences together:
"Stallman wants us using Replicant, the 2010 fork of the Android source isn't exactly going anywhere"
Replicant isn't even akin to the <1% market share "Linux Desktop". And Stallman wants us to use it. He doesn't want us to use a usable system, just free (as in beer) software. Meanwhile in the real world where time is money, I prefer things to work.
So Apple comes under fire for obeying Chinese law
What about when it complies with US law and gives Uncle Same unrestricted access to its customers' mailboxes?
Federal Judge Claude Hilton
Fascist scum. Hitler would have had a good use for him.
terrorism, not war
"it will mark the beginning of a new front in the clandestine war against the Islamic Republic."
That's what it would be called if the head of GCHQ was murdered by foreign agents.
Fork, fork. My kingdom for a fork
"That's a slight pain in the backside for Canonical's programmers, who will have to maintain their own unofficial, XMir-supporting version of the xf86-video-intel driver, rather than rely on Intel to maintain support for the compatibility layer."
But isn't that the Linux way? That is the beauty of Linux: bundles of similarly-named but slightly incompatible chunks of source code that some people bundle together and call 'distributions'.
There can now be yet-another-version of Ubuntu: Mirubuntu (nicknamed 'Mirror') for the Mir-version of Ubuntu. There can't be an Xubuntu as that is already taken. I suppose there can be a Wubuntu for Wayland.
This coldly explains why there will never be a 'year of the Linux desktop'. There is endless reinvention of things that don't really need reinventing.
UNIX (and Linux) on the desktop is not really broken for me. I am told that 'X11 is broken'. Yet I don't recall having X11 crash this year and I use UNIX and Linux on my desktop all day long in a technical environment. But here comes a new sort-of-X11 which will have its own bugs. And we will get another notepad app, or a new packaging system with ever more convoluted commands. Or a new font from Ubuntu!
Re: /me grabs the popcorn
Maybe Apple didn't claim to be the first, but for all the usual publicity they get you would think they did.
Apple didn't invent the MP3 player either.
'if you're stuck using proprietary drivers'
You mean 'if you use drivers that actually work properly and outperform the open source drivers'.
This is just a certificate for fascist snoopers
Anyone holding this certificate is not a fit and proper person to be employed anywhere.
I expect there were similar certificates in Nazi Germany for operating Hollerith machines.
Except it is not an all-in-one. All-in-one used to mean including a DVD/CD ROM drive.
Re: Not ungrateful
OK, so license the Linux kernel under a more liberal licence.
Re: CDDL and GPL not compatible
Since when is the GPL the yardstick by which free or open source software is measured?
I wonder if you do really 'stick to GPL', or just think you do. Do you use X11? That's an MIT licence. Do you use Apache? Apache licence. Firefox? MPL. And so on.
If you don't agree with non-GPL code, don't use any of the above.
Wait for the comment from the Foreign Office
'We do not comment on security matters (except when it suits us)'
That is an admission of guilt.
Re: Nice idea, but...
Therein lies the problem - the eight hundred thousand slightly different distributions. Most people don't want to try them. They just want their computer to work, which is why XP has had such a long life.
The idea that rpm and dpkg are anything like as user-friendly as setup.exe is a joke. Truly, this year and the next hundred years will not be the year of the Linux desktop.
Prisoner Escort - a question
Are Serco prisoner transport vehicles allowed to use bus lanes? IANAL, but I don't believe they are allowed to. Yet I see them doing this regularly.
1. The USA.
2. The UK.
"press laws are tougher"
You mean censorship is tougher.
The USA is the Nazi Germany of our era
It deems people 'enemies'.
It murders 'suspects'.
Hitler was voted into power. 'Democracy' is not an obstacle to this people.
Surely the 'rights holders' can be sued
for directly causing problems for these innocent third parties?
And perhaps an offence under RIPA too.
"the older and more conservative they are, the more likely they are to want it."
And the less likely they are to use the internet full stop.
I smell America's hand
Bitcoin is not popular with the Washington regime.
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