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Edward who? GCHQ boss dodges Snowden topic during last speech

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"we strain sinews to locate hostages imprisoned in dark and dangerous places"

What is the point of searching for hostages if HMG will then do bugger all about them and make it look like it is some kind of extremely clever and brave thing to [not] do (when in fact it is just a matter of washing their hands of any responsibility)?

"Hey Mr Hostage, we've found you! At last! Now, because, as you may very well know, we don't negotiate with or pay ransoms to terrorists, we will await with interest the appearance of the videos of your head being separated from your neck. That will give us a nice propaganda point and will remind the public just how much we care about our citizens, should they get into trouble in a conflict zone which we helped so much to create... Oh, wait a moment - scratch that last one!"

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Watersports-friendly e-reader: Kobo's Aura H2O is literary when wet

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Re: No Amazon Lock-in is possibly the best feature.

I'm buying ebooks from Amazon all the time and all of them are DRM-free and not locked-in. Not anymore, that is. *cough*

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Re: Endangered Species

"I'm still using my original Kindle, sadly the damn thing simply won't die, so I've got no excuse to upgrade."

Now I'll have to - some time ago they sent me a questionnaire. Standard stuff, "do you like this or that about Kindle", "what would you like to change" etc. So, I replied - "I want page turning buttons - add the buttons and I'll buy a new one". And what did they do? They've made a new one with buttons!

Now I'll have to buy a Voyage when it's out - man has to keep his promises and all that...

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Will.i.am gets CUFFED as he announces his new wristjob, the PULS

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Re: i.amPULS

No acronym. Just a rapperist way of saying "I am a bean" (or "I am a lentil")...

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Microsoft left red-faced after DMCAs dished out to Windows bloggers

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Make it like a memory!

Why? Because of Barbra, of course...

Didn't I like to holdguide you inwith my handmouse

I was doing you no harm

I made you understand

All my life I've been that way

It happened long ago

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Hardened Hydrazine the source of Galileo satnav FAIL

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Re: This ain't rocket science

I'm sure they are using the liquid He for fuel tanks pressurisation. It's also a well understood and tested solution. Which makes the whole thing a really frustrating head-banging moment for the engineers.

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Re: DRM-Free Library

Actually, I think Kobo is using the Adobe Digital Editions DRM system, so it is probably just as screwed.

I personally use Kindles where de-DRM is easy and if it will ever start getting difficult - Amazon can kiss goodbye to my custom. Kindle has an option where it reports the page you are on to their server so that you could synch to it if you read the same book using another Kindle, but it can be switched off (which I invariably do).

Also, I normally keep my Kindles in offline ("airplane") mode and none of them has ever complained. So far. Just like with DRM, if this ever changes - out goes the Kindle, but I think Jeff Bezos knows this and he won't do it.

Adobe, on the other hand, is staffed and run by voyeuristic control freaks - you can see it designed into all of their software. They are pushing hard the always-require-connection-home always-ask-daddy's-permission model in every area - licensing, DRM etc. They would claim it is the evil publishers that demand it from them but that's crap - they are the culprits.

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Revenge smut bullies who send 'grossly offensive' messages WILL be prosecuted

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"Old fashioned morality wasn't created to spoil people's fun, despite what many people think. It's there because it's good for you."

It was never there because it was good for you. It existed as it provided stability for the societies of the time and made them controllable, given the low average levels of education, medical knowledge and technology.

As societies evolve and become more sophisticated and advanced, a lot of old rules becomes obsolete and only destabilises them instead. In a similar way to rules that make sense for controlling pre-school children not being suitable for teens or adults.

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Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

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Re: Afghanistan

Well, why won't Mr Bristow then go to Afghanistan and sort that thing out once and for all? Lead by example and all that stuff...

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Truth hurts

“The [rogue NSA sysadmin Edward] Snowden revelations have damaged public confidence in our ability, ......, to access and use data in an appropriate and proportionate way,”

Well, if you'd accessed and used the data in an appropriate and proportionate way in the first place, then no rogue sysadmin's (or anyone else's) revelations could have damaged public confidence in your ability.

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Inflatables in SPAAACE! ISS 'nauts to enjoy bouncy castle spaceship

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Re: Future of space colonization...

Yes, I have great hopes for this concept, although I'm a bit surprised they are going to test it by connecting it to the ISS...

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Not a problem - he can always join forces with Russia. Oh, wait...

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OMG!! With nothing but MACHINE TOOLS, STEEL and PARTS you can make a GUN!!

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Re: ...except as...

"I Hope You Leave Here And Walk Out And Say, 'What Did He Say?'" - George W Bush

Well, I certainly will...

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Re: Just some food for thought...

An assortment of quotes from a mix of unrelated celebrities, taken out of context and possibly of dubious attribution does not make a good argument for or against anything - me, October 5, 2014

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Re: Defending against the government in the US

Ca-naa-dian?? OMG, that's gross!

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Re: From semi-auto to auto

There are/were select fire pistols - variations of "normal" models like Beretta 93R or so designed from the start, like the broomstick Mauser, Stechkin etc. The reason they are not widely used is that they are impossible to control without additional implements, like stocks and front handles, otherwise all rounds after the first one go up into the ceiling. And if you have to attach all sorts of external things to your handgun - better just get an SMG.

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I am generally in favour of civilian gun ownership, if anything, because I feel that when a criminal can own a gun without restrictions but a law abiding citizen can't, that does seem a bit stupid... but I think the gun ownership should be properly regulated.

I believe the current regulation in the UK is ridiculously paranoiac (even sports handguns are prohibited unless muzzle loading - wtf??) but the US gun "controls" are a complete joke. The optimum lies somewhere in the middle.

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Re: Defending against the government in the US

The reasons why the gun control is so relaxed in the US is simple:

While the rednecks stroke their toys, revel in the feeling of freedom from oppression and deceive themselves with the dreams of the revolution, the few oligarchic families who actually run the US can screw them however they want.

And no, I am not a conspiracy theorist, it's just the way the world works.

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Air-slurping solar battery will slice energy costs – boffins

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a special process for transferring electrons between the solar panel and the battery

Finally, that Maxwell's demon's been put to good work, the shirker!

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Take THAT, hated food! It's OVER, tedious chewing! Soylent strikes back with version 1.1

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Re: So sad...

Talking of salmon...

Mix a table spoon of assorted spices (ground peppers, paprika, allspice, nutmeg - proportions to taste) with two tbsp of salt and one of sugar.

Take a good fresh ("fresh" is really important here) raw salmon steak, wash well, rub the spice mix into it from all sides generously, put it in a self-sealing plastic bag under some weight, keep overnight at room temperature. In the morning, put it in the fridge after draining any accumulated liquid from the bag. Ready to eat when you're back home in the evening.

Also works great with herrings.

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So sad...

It's kind of sad and disappointing to know that there are people in the world for whom eating is an unbearable chore and who would be prepared to voluntarily give up the taste, texture and flavours of the real food in order to replace eating with refueling (can't stand to be distracted from their Playstations or XBoxes or what??). Maybe an IV feed would suit them even better?

To me - the number of meals I will ever have in this life is finite and I'll try to enjoy every last one of them...

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Music-mad Brits drive up hardware sales too – claims BPI

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Not quite sure I get it

How did they get from "music sales have a positive impact on sales of some hardware" to saying that "each copy of something made in the cloud is valuable in its own right" (if I understood the coda correctly)?

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Re: Missing Data?

Looking at the data for Japan I am sure it's the latter.

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: Irreversible encryption

The poor and wretched bureaucrat probably meant "encryption with forward secrecy" instead of "irreversible"...

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I would add

"Full encryption of communication and storage online will make life very easy for the criminals and terrorists and very difficult for law enforcement and law abiding citizens."

I would add that it's about time to do away with that outrageous interference with the police and anti-terrorist forces work and finally ban the door locks and window curtains for good! Enough is enough!

For how long should the law abiding citizens suffer the necessity to repair their doors and reinstall those locks after an innocuous dawn raid? For how long should the valiant detectives risk their lives and dignity trying to peek through the curtained windows?

And while we are at that - why should the hard-working staff at the Crown Prosecution Service have to explain themselves about the way they collected their evidence, almost as if it is them who are being tried in the court of law?

And why should the criminals in-all-but-name, sitting in the dock and answering the grave and just charges in front of an honourable judge be allowed to put sand in the wheels of justice by, wait for it - defending themselves?? How dare they???

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Apple sues Steven Lamar over Beats co-founder claims

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Re: "Beats also wants treble damages..."

Yes, they completely de-base themselves with those petty claims...

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CURSE YOU, 'streaming' music services! I want a bloody CD

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Re: Like your mom said ...

"Made me laugh. I'm a BASE jumper!"

Touche. But would you do it without a parachute?

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Re: Like your mom said ... @Craigness

"@vlad you don't own the music even if you strip the DRM."

Yes, I do. Not the rights to the music - I still cannot exploit it commercially - but I can do whatever I want with my physical (or virtual) copy because it is in my possession and under my sole control.

"And I didn't need to ask permission because I already had it."

The fact that you had the permission does not mean that it will always be there. They can revoke your right at any time if they decided to shut down shop or sell themselves to somebody or simply if they feel like it.

Every time you press "play" on a streaming service, you in fact press "may I kindly ask you to let me hear this or that song, please please" button, and the answer can just as easily be "No, you may not".

"I was bored by the limited selection. When something is free you use more of it, and with music (as with beer) that's an amazing thing."

Different people have different needs in music.

For me, quantity does not mean a thing. Too much stuff too quickly means I won't remember who is playing which piece of music and from which album/period does it come. When I get some new music I need to listen to it several times to classify it as something I like or not and the last thing I want during that process is to hear some other unrelated and unfamiliar stuff.

Oh, and there is no such thing as free beer! :-)

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Re: Streaming wins

I think you have your head in the cloud :-)

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Re: Streaming

"You are living in the past."

Well, life's a long song... ;-)

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Re: Streaming wins

"I envy the digital generations who have none of that."

Well, and I don't. A generation that owns nothing = values nothing and cares about nothing. Disposable human fodder.

I don't think that will ever happen, though. The instinctive need to own things is too deep in us to be eliminated. The universal failure of communist ideologies is a testament to that.

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Re: Like your mom said ...

"The conversation should be about renting versus owning"

You are right. You don't own anything with DRM (unless you strip it) and that's not for me.

And in addition - streaming means asking someone's permission every time you want to hear what you want. That's not for me either.

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Re: have an upvote

Er, yes.

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That glass of water you just drank? It was OLDER than the SUN

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H to He Who Am the Only One.

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Re: Panic! - you're bunch of arm chair chemists

It's protium hydroxide, you amateurs!!

The stuff that kills you if you try to inhale it or drink too much of it!

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Emma Watson urges UN to back feminism – trolls threaten to leak her 'nude selfies'

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Re: No ugly feminists

"Did you know the highest incidence of DV is in lesbian relationships?"

Wow, seriously I didn't know that! So, the lesbians are the heaviest users of Digital Video? Who would have thought that - learn something new every day...

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Apple: Beats Music is safe with us. Just like your selfies in iCloud

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LOL

My hypothesis that it was a kick-back scheme arranged by the senior management at Apple suddenly looks more plausible now...

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Soundbites: News in brief from the Wi-Fi audiophile files

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Re: Pleasantly surprised...

"Pleasantly surprised...by the absence of audiophile twattery on this thread."

Yeah, that's because on this forum the twattery is all about the Nyquist theorem, sampling rates, network packets and Wi-Fi interferometry (oh, I made that last one up).

The principle is the same and each group feels intrinsically and infinitely superior to the other - would be interesting to put both in one room and watch the proceedings on CCTV :-)

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The problem is that

Nothing called "Deezer" can ever sound good with music.

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Moon landing was real and WE CAN PROVE IT, says Nvidia

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Re: The Russians are still the best evidence...

It was a tit for tat agreement - the Russians kept schtum about the hoax Moon landings in return for the Americans not revealing that Sputnik was in fact a balloon.

Oh, and about that International "Space" Station...

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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Nothing to do with "picracy"

"Well-off people used to spend a lot of money on their music, and now spend a lot less."

There are several reasons why spending on music may have fallen:

- People spent a lot of money on buying massive back-catalogues of pre-CD music as it was originally being transferred to CDs. Once most of the old stuff has been released, that left only incremental purchases of new stuff and occasional reissues.

- Most new stuff is mass produced crap and only appeals to teen girls and teen boys who want to cosy up to teen girls. They are not (yet) well-off and so don't expect a serious level of spend from them (per person). This commoditisation of music is the doing of that same mainstream music industry, which now complains of low per capita spend on their offerings.

- The new stuff which is not crap is still being sold very well. However, this normally does not have the marketing and distribution capacity of the teen-oriented mass-market crap, so per-person spend is high but overall takings are low.

- In addition to music people also spend on DVDs (fka videos) and games and books and even well-off people have a household budget to work with.

So, I see a lot of reasons for overall spending on music being relatively lower than in the past but "piracy" does not come anywhere near it.

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Murdoch to Europe: Inflict MORE PAIN on Google, please

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Dear Google, please!

"'Platform for piracy' must be punished, or it'll kill us in FIVE YEARS"

Can you kill them in FOUR years? Please? Or maybe in THREE, if we'll be nice?

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SCREW YOU, Russia! NASA lobs $6.8bn at Boeing AND SpaceX to run space station taxis

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Competition

Can only be a good thing in the space industry. IF this will move further than a couple of press-conferences with flag waving.

Hopefully, a working alternative to Soyuz will also push Russia to move beyond simply upgrading its "Routemasters" to designing something new and exciting in order to keep up (just hope it won't be a bendy-bus). This is the kind of space race I would like to see.

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Re: Hail, Hail, Hail!

"after Putin & Co cast their eyes towards Lebensraum in the Ukraine."

But will arbeit macht America frei? That is the question...

Sorry, but one Godwin fail begets another. Mine is that black leather trenchcoat...

Armband, what armband? Get away from me, it's not my bloody armband!

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Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

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DVD

On that note - if someone does make a film out of it I'd be happy to help with DVD authoring (I forgot more about it than most people, including some "professionals", ever knew).

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Successful test?

Of LOHAN, which is to be launched from America?

That explains everything then: NASA to Make Major Announcement Today About Astronaut Transport to the International Space Station

"NASA will make a major announcement today at 4 p.m. EDT regarding the return of human spaceflight launches to the United States. The agency will make the announcement during a news conference from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The event will be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website."

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WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups

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"You can also hide by pressing the screen."

Does that work like hiding by closing your eyes?

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Some things so need reinventing

Err... black? No, wait - white!

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Re: Fruity führer?

It's reserved for Jobs only. Cook is only an iMam...

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Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen

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Re: in case conditions change...

It might, if they don't pull their fingers out and get on with that landing.

Mind you, on comets, the inclement weather tend to jump out of the ground and hit you in the ass...

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