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Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS

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Re: Missing on the obvious business opportunity

Brilliant.

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Parent gabfest Mumsnet hit by SSL bug: My heart bleeds, grins hacker

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That was fascinating, I particularly liked the one where lots of them stated that if their husband called them a cunt that "would be it", in amongst all the threads where so many of the same commentators called other peoples husbands "cunts".

'Normal' people are really really weird.

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Wow! All this hatred for MumsNet...

Really! Where?

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Reprieve for Weev: Court disowns AT&T hacker's conviction

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... especially in the US developed western nations

Fixed that for you.

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NSA denies it knew about and USED Heartbleed encryption flaw for TWO YEARS

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Statement: NSA was not aware of the recently identified Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public.

That's a statement from a public affairs department, I suspect they know very little about what the NSA really knows, or doesn't know.

You have to remember you're talking about an organisation whos director knew so little about what they did and didn't do/know that he effectively lied to the Congressional oversight committee.

Do you really think their Public Affairs department have any idea about what the NSA do or know?

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Facebook: US feds probed over 18,700 accounts in six months

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Re: Facebook: Imaginary friends, imaginary numbers

How did those calls go?

That's what National Security Letters are for, isn't it?

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You TWITS! Facebook exec erects billboards shaming texting drivers

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do a search using your favourite engine.......

I've started the V-Twin, but I'm not sure what direction to start my search in...

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British trolls to face 'tougher penalties' over online abuse

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Re: Toughen up?

Indeed, Corinne has got it right. Not all of us are talking about the same things in this thread.

You're making the mistake of believing a victim (target) has to make some kind of judgement of those who attack him/her.

Frankly as someone who others were stupid enough to identify as a viable target for such threats, I have no qualms about those individuals being considered as real targets, for exactly the kind of actions which were made against mine and my childrens lives. I don't care if they thought they were just having a laugh... because it was made crystal clear from the outset, that it wasn't fucking funny.

My old man taught me a lesson when I was a child... it was the one about not picking fights, because "there is always someone who is harder than you, and sooner or later if you go looking for it, you are going to meet him. When you meet him he isn't going to be a reasonable chap... because he doesn't have to be any more reasonable than the stupid little prick who thought it would be fun to harm him".

Unfortunately some fathers seem to miss teaching their children that behaving like a c*nt towards others can have you treated like a c*nt by those others, and so the human race is doomed to spend eternity with knobs hurting others for fun, until one of those they hurt for fun turns out to be harder and far less reasonable than the abuser thinks they should be.

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the one's to get worried about are the Stalkers and Psycho's and there's ton's of laws around to lock them up already

Those would be the laws which the Police of our once great and civilised land can't be bothered to enforce would they? I ask this as an ex-stalkee who has encountered for oneself the utter apathy of the fuzz to reports of criminal behaviour on the parts of some of the nasty shitty little people which comprise at least a fair proportion of the population of this sceptered green isle.

My advice is if you're being stalked, don't bother calling the Police, who are only going to advise you to try and hide away from the scum, deal with it yourself... get vicious, get violent, and accept that doing so will cost you, but that whatever the cost is you must accept the duty (we all have a duty to civilised society) of making sure your stalker gets what they will no doubt have spent countless hours earning.

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Spooks vs boffins: MIT bods say they've created PRISM-proof encryption

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Re: I've just...

... there will no doubt be a delay whilst the spooks in the post office steam it open for a quick shufti, before resealing it and passing it along to you.

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Passport PIN tech could have SAVED MH370 ID fraudsters

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Re: Am I missing the point?

As usual, it's the 80lb bag of meat sat in the process that's the point of failure.

Although to be fair the effects of malnutrition might have something to do with why it fails?

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Re: ... and the current missing aircraft..?

99) maybe a hijack, but I really don't think so.

Someone looking to seek asylum in Antartica maybe?

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WTF: Twitter bug temporarily kills THAT Oscar selfie

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AND NO ONE CARED!

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HP bypasses Microsoft in device-as-a-service assault

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"this is a recurring revenue model with automated refresh - not just your standard leasing model"

So that'll be an automatically renewing leasing model then.

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ODMs a 'threat' to Euro server biz? Well, yes, says HP exec

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I can't figure out who he is trying to fool here, or if he is just fooling himself?

We had an early lifecycle of a basic design being settled upon, whereupon the existing manufacturers set about producing their own versions of that basic design. Each provided innovation on the basic design, and each matched the innovations of their competition.

We reach a stage where most of the innovation on that basic design is done, and most manufacturers products are equally capable. The next logical step (for the basic design) is for all different brands to be manufactured in the same process, with just the branding touches added by the final seller.

The transfer of skills to developing countries was always going to result in a shift in the models used to bring technology to market. As the ideas of those (now skilled) people were applied to the technology that has been manufactured to suit the ideas of incumbent manufacturers. They're clever enough to look at how things have been done and adapt the model to suit what they think would be an improvement in how a product is developed/delivered.

That's why different designs for different platforms (smartphones/tablets) are so popular, because they have room for innovation. They have space in the marketplace to make money by being different, by offering something more than the competition does.

The major players have designed themselves out of the marketplace, by designing the technology they produce to match the capabilities they and their competitors came up with. If it all looks the same, and does the same, who manufactured it, or who sells it becomes purely a matter of styling (which can easily be applied to a product manufactured by someone else) and price.

Everyone has a PC, they all do (or are capable of doing) pretty much the same things. The OEMs made it that way, and when market saturation (of available markets) was achieved their PC business struggled. The server market has gone the same way. It's a server, it does pretty much the same as any server (based on the same platform) from any manufacturer. If it came from the same high volume production line as a different server, the cost of manufacturing it was lower, which can be passed into the final product price.

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NASA: Vote now to put FLASHY LIGHTS on future spacesuits

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Wouldn't it make more sense to use that power to power some kind of builtin short range radio transmitter, which could be triangulated? Who the fuck is going to be seeing small lit up wires in the vastness of space?

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BT engineers - missed appointments

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Get the right BT engineer and your woes will fade away as he fixes the problem... it's how to get the right BT engineer which seems to be the problem :-)

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I'm in this loop now.

Bt Openreach engineer working in roadside cabinet in January managed to screw my line, and it's now the middle of March. I still have a faulty line, and trying to get BT to do anything about it is just impossible. All you ever get is some call centre worker, who has no accountability or stake in being arsed about the problem, who sits and spews forth platitudes. I can't tell you the number of BT call centre employees who have told me "not to worry" apparently it's all in hand and "the problem will be fixed".

I'm now sat here looking at the number for the disconnection department, because I've really, really had my fill of BT's utter incompetence. I know I should do it, but I wonder if it wouldn't be wise to find an alternative provider first, instead of letting my frustration and anger get the better of me.

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The plot to kill Google cloud: We'll rename Windows Azure to MICROSOFT Azure

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Clouds are formed as the water vapour cools, so surely it would have to be "Microsoft Cold Air"?

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This is the company who thought that because 'people' liked running a single application full screen on their tablets, that they'd obviously like to be able to do that on their fucking great big (very expensive) desktop monitor... does anyone really hold out any hope that a company which thinks like that can come up with any idea which 'people' are going to buy into?

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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Re: Censorship?

I don't particularly agree with a lot of the actions of the music corporations, but how is trying to stop people illegally access your copyrighted product without paying for it censorship?

It's no good asking me, I don't torrent or usenet anything, I've never felt the need to.

I do however consider blocking content (of any description) censorship. I'm not against censorship, I firmly believe some content must be censored (child pornography for example, although I'm much more in favour of just executing those who produce it and thus reducing the availability of it).

I'm not in favour of censoring anything to suit a 'business interest'. If the people with the business interest need the law to censor content in order to protect their business model, then their business model is broken, and they should direct their resources to fixing it.

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High Court orders dished out to telcos in the UK and elsewhere in the European Union demanding that they block access to sites serving pirated content have helped to decrease access to BitTorrent trackers, a music industry body has claimed.

Was there a disclaimer on the bottom of the page?

"The pirates who brought themselves a VPN plan, when this business interest only legal censorship was enacted, might disagree with the measurement methodology used to produce this statement."

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Re: Coin recognition

Cost of a label saying 'this machine does not yet accept the new £1 coin'? Pennies.

Three Pennies?

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GitHub probes worker's claims of hostile, sexist office culture

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Re: Awful lot of misogynists here

I doubt these people even wonder why there are so few women in IT

Each and everyone of these commentards earnt their place (however lowly that place may be) by dealing with whatever circumstances came their way... why should they be expected to support any argument which has women having to be given special treatment to work in IT?

The women are either their equal, or they're not. If they're the equal of these commentards they too must deal with whatever comes their way.

Do you think they have any reason to care "why" there are so few women in IT, when all they ever hear is how they must adjust their behaviour because their are women present?

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Re: I don't like....

You're right. She should help the people who want to sweep things like this under the carpet. That's clearly the way to force them to change.

You're right, those women who happily took part in the hula-hooping incident must be forced to change so that they conform to the standards that this particular woman believes are acceptable.

They must come to understand that they have failed their gender, that women everywhere will be abused, maybe even raped, because they thought they could engage in such an activity.

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Re: Hmm

To take a different example to illustrate the point. Say, a person born in a wheelchair. We will install ramps, adjust heights of desks, remove lips around doors to give them free and easy access. Obviously more effort is being spent on this person, they are patently not being treated the same as someone blessed with being able bodied.

Isn't that exactly the same as making doorways high enough for stupidly tall able bodied people to fit through without banging their head. Comparing physical differences like this isn't ever going to work, because we have always built our physical environment to suit the wide range of different physical varieties which humans come in. That's why arguing that you shouldn't have to adapt your building to suit employees with physical disabilities doesn't wash.

Take another example, someone going through a major life crisis (death in family, divorce, whatever), you really wouldn't deal robustly with them in many a situation, you would (or I would), show some compassion. Someone else though, not undergoing those stresses, they don't get that extra tolerance.

Wow, and after the first example we have the second argument of "extreme circumstances". I would hope any employer would recognise extreme circumstances in anyones life (male or female) and respond appropriately. That would for example include treating anyone (male or female) with sensitivity and understanding when they are living through such circumstances.

It's really very simple, if one of your employees makes a mistake which would have you call them a 'moron', that 'moron' statement is universally applied. Male or female should make no difference to that. We call that equality. It has absolutely nothing to do with physical differences, all men and women are physically different, even within the same gender group. It has nothing to do with valuing your employees (male and female) enough to recognise when they need understanding from you.

Do you not think that after centuries of men treating women as some kind of other being, that actually they deserve to be treated honestly as equals? So how does an employer do that when he is treating women differently because 'they're women'?

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Re: Hmm

Being treated equally does not mean being treated the same.

That's right, you tell him.

It's perfectly acceptable to talk to the men in exactly the same way as you've always spoken to them, but you mustn't do that to the women, you must be more delicate and sensitive when you talk to them. They have feelings you know, and you mustn't upset their feelings, and if the men complain you can always call them pussies and ridicule them in front of other men, for not being able to take constructive criticism.

It's arguments like yours David which are seeing men legally discriminated against, I hope you feel proud.

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IBM: We gave NOTHING to the NSA, stateside or elsewhere

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Why the scare quotes round "backdoors"? Do they call them something else internally in IBM

I'm plumping for them calling such backdoors "features".

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Re: While THE PATRIOT Act exists he *would" say that.

Lying glibly isn't illegal. Especially if you have orders requiring you to lie.

Many Germans tried a variation of that excuse at Nuremberg... it didn't wash then either.

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Re: David?

Maybe he's using "David" as a nom-de plume in the hopes that it'll make it harder for the NSA to know whether they've got the 'right Snowden'.

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Proper boffins make your company succeed, even if you're not very technical

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Breaking news...

University leaders produce reporting stating more companies should employ those they educate.

More at 11...

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Hey IBM – Lenovo here. Sort your server factory strike out, will you?

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Re: the number of sales (which make your profit)...

Ehm... not profit - revenue, actually...

Revenue from which you derive your profit...

If you're making lots of revenue but no profit, your business model is broken.

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Do you think they'll ever get that if you have less things to sell, you can't sell as many things, and by not selling as many things, the number of sales (which make your profit) you make goes down?

Do you think they'll ever get that as you reduce the number of saleable items you sell, and push your prices up on the ones that you retain, you reach a point where you price yourself out of sales?

No.... I don't either. At least not until they've completely fucked what was once the biggest computer company in the world.

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Apple iOS 8 'will put end' to crap map app rap flap misery

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... the fruity firm is keen to leave the Maps debacle behind and chart a new direction.

Did they ask Google and/or Nokia for the new directions?

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Samsung narrows counter-claim against Apple in US

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Judge Lucy Koh

There must be mornings when this poor woman wakes up and thinks... "God give me the strength to make it through this day".

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Sysadmins and devs: Do these job descriptions make any sense?

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Re: alternatively...

So if my boss is not meeting all those level 6/7 criteria, can I complain that they are under-performing ?

You know you're in IT when the answer to that question is "would complaining about my manager make any difference..."

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Re: Excellent!

Now, one just has to pass the phrenology...

Nerds everywhere will be in mourning today... news that they're never going to get their bumps felt... even by the witlessly bored HR lady... was bound to have side effects, for some this was their best hope.

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I just love the idea of cutting out technobabble to make it understandable for technical managers. I think that says everything about the state of the industry, and those who are appointed to manage it, so very well.

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Don't be shy, we know you've got .NET code. Why not run it on our Linux cloud – Red Hat

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Re: Why downgrade?

They took it up the arse from the NSA, like the BSD IP Stack or the Open SSL implementation of RSA you mean?

Luckily openssl supports a whole raft of different ciphers, and anyone who was listening knew RSA wasn't the best anymore a good few years ago now. In fact I seem to recall it was just after RSA themselves starting talking about how currently used key lengths for RSA ciphers weren't long enough to ensure against brute force attacks. All them openssl users had options then, they could for example completely switch the cipher their security was based on.

Still why downgrade to any operating system Linux or *BSD, and the complicated options that brings along... all those complicated choices about how your server should work... that's not a wise choice is it... far better to let that private company who know so much about security that even the NSA consult with them... do it all for you... yes that makes perfect sense, and of course it's all so much easier, when you just fill in the text boxes for your organisation, and do it their way.

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Re: Why downgrade?

Yeah, it makes far more sense to run your enterprise on a closed code base which you know is developed by people who we all now know have been compromising their entire code base for the American government for at least a decade. They took it up the arse from the NSA, you should be willing to take it up the arse as well.

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Psssst. Don't tell the Bride, but BBC Three is about to be jilted

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Globally online is a good idea, but at the very least it should be £5/Month

Hmmm I think they'd need to spend sometime seriously considering the price, price it to high and many people in many countries won't subscribe because it becomes an amount which is far to much for them annually, price it to low and they'll get limited returns on it.

I pitched it at £3 because I suspect Netflix have done some amount of reserach to set their monthly price and arrived at that being a price consumers are willing to bear, but I'm only guessing, maybe it should be more than that.

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BBC Director General Tony Hall confessed last week that "tough choices" would have to be made to plug a £100m hole in the Corporation's finances.

And this is the best idea they could come up with?

No ideas about creating an online globally available subscription channel?

£3 pound a month for unlimited access to previous BBC programs say?

Maybe something like the "BBC Boxset" channel, where Doctor who fans could while away days watching all the old episodes.

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Putin to battle Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize

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Re: all those years of hearing news reports of "collateral damage"... what did you think they meant

Have you actually watched the video? Personally for me, "collateral damage" isn't the same as knowingly targeting and firing on innocent civilians...

No I haven't.

I still don't understand the point being made though.

Did you really think that when a warplane is used to bomb a wedding to get 'a bad man' the people making the decisions to drop the bomb didn't know they would be killing a shit load of civilians as well?

Did you really think that the command and control centre for the drone strikes didn't know when they struck that the decision they were making was going to kill a shit load of civilians when they gave their orders?

You really believed 'collateral' meant 'accidentally', and had no idea that it always involved people making active decisions to kill civilians?

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Or you could have gone with the "Collateral Murder" video - some of the most shocking footage I have ever seen (not being old enough to remember Vietnam).

I have to ask... all those years of hearing news reports of "collateral damage"... what did you think they meant before you saw the video?

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Dell charges £16 TO INSTALL FIREFOX on PCs – Mozilla is miffed

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Re: RE: service charge

Yeah...cos when you're getting paid contractor rates to sit in a client's office and do the work they're paying you top coin for, there's nothing the client likes more than for you to not work on the job in hand and to p*** about setting up software on your own machine

A contractor who takes on a contract they're not equiped to do, and then who doesn't gear himself up to do the required work when he arrives, but instead sets himself up to do the work on the customers dime, isn't a contractor you want to employee.

You'd be better hiring a contractor who is already geared up to do the work, because he has done it before. Thus the requirement for Firefox is one he knew he would need to meet for his contracts and one he geared himself up to meet.

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Re: RE: service charge

If your time is sufficiently low-value, then sure you can spend 10 minutes installing Firefox yourself. But if you're a professional, working at professional contract rates, then that 10 minutes of not working/earning could easily cost you in excess of the £16-odd that Dell are asking for.

If you're a professional who can't find something else to be doing with that multitasking computer you're sat in front of, whilst the Firefox installer does its thing, you shouldn't be getting paid anything, by anyone.

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Cyber battle apparently under way in Russia-Ukraine conflict

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Re: so this will be the 550 GCHQ JTRIG'ers doing False Flag?

It's therefore highly likely that GCHQ JTRIG is currently attacking UA on behalf-of or in proxy for RU

Given the position of the UK Government I think it's highly unlikely that GCHQ would be acting on behalf of the Russians.

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Jobless mum claims Spanish councillor told her to 'go on the game'

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You want us to not only presume the innocence of the concillor in question

I don't want you to presume anything, the entire legal systems of all civilised countries requires you to presume he is innocent, unless and until he is proven guilty.

You of course seem to know he is guilty because he has been accused... otherwise why would you make such an accusation against someone who is assuming he is innocent, because he hasn't been proven to be guilty.

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Re: @obgit

Whilst the PP's "civilized world" slur is ironically uncivilised, suspension during an investigation is shirley about protecting the interests of both parties whilst facts are determined

Whilst that might be the intention of the suspending authority, all it ever does in the eyes of the media and those who read the media is make the suspended person look culpable.

I think the PP was probably referring to the linked article which makes the claims stated that he has made similarly demeaning remarks to jobseekers

How hard do you think it would be to amass a few complaints of that nature in a country where the unemployment rate is 25% (that's a quarter of the population). Each of whom must presumably be seeking employment. How many agitated desperate job seekers do you think this man encounters weekly? How many of them do you think like what he says to them, when he says he can't help them?

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Snowden journo boyf grill under anti-terror law was legal, says UK court

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Re: That's not actually possible...

Which interestingly enough is a very important document in the foundation of American consitutional rights.

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