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Google's latest mega-earnings fail to impress shareholders

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Investors really need to realise that making more money every year for an infinite number of years is an impossibility, even if you reached 100% efficiency, there are only so many resources in the world.

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Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED

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It will be hard to prove this one, because they need to prove he was doing this maliciously of his own choice. There are a number of defence options. He was doing it in a security testing capacity (not sure on Canadian law regarding this), he wasn't aware it was happening (his computer was acting as a bot), he was just making lots of requests and never captured any data returned, this never even happened (prove it did). They would have to be logging all of the incoming heartbeat requests and logging all of the outgoing heartbeat responses to be able to mount a serious prosecution that can prove this beyond reasonable doubt. That is a very large amount of data and would require custom logging to be setup as the programme in all likelihood will not have a log option to capture all of this. I think this one will fall by the wayside in the not too distant future, before ever reaching a court.

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Don't let no-hire pact suit witnesses call Steve Jobs a bullyboy, plead Apple and Google

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It's pretty outrageous to try and get the DoJ investigation evidence held back. Whatever you might think of the evidence, it is still evidence of some description. Just because you entered into a dodgy deal with the DoJ not to take you to court, does not stop that being evidence and to prevent it in a civil case would be wrong.

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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"They haven’t buried their heads in the sand. Well, mostly they haven't." - Yes they have, the reason they are overshooting the deadline is because they buried their heads in the sand for too long in the first place and didn't leave themselves enough time to do the migration in time. Proper planning and not burying their heads would have saved them the Microsoft mitigation costs they are paying now.

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Red Hat to ship RHEL 7 release candidate with a taste of container tech

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Re: Centos?

I would imagine a lot of work on removing branding is already happening, i mean, if they are at RC stage with RH then not all that much will change, branding requirements and putting together a reference centos 7 is probably already in full swing, from then they will just backport in the future tweaks and changes RH release in the coming months. Much like they do with every point release anyway.

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Lost your credit card PIN? No worries! Get a new one - over SMS

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I always change my PIN when I get one at an ATM anyway, so im all for this, it's only a temporary number in my case anyway, who cares if anyone keeps it. They could enforce a change of PIN before first use at an ATM too if they wanted to.

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

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Re: Double edged sword...

Not really, anyone that wanted to find out would have just done a search for the info. Do you think anyone really relied on a news outlet for a technical implementation of an attack? Or did they go to a more sensible place.

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TrueCrypt audit: Probe's nearly all the way in ... no backdoor hit yet

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They could just create a new kickstarter, saying we want to audit X software package, anyone interested? Donate now! For popular packages and libraries they will get donations.

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Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report

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Re: False feeling of control

And how exactly are they going to get caught? Rumours may leak out, but they have the evidence, will never release it and no one can search their offices to see if they really have it. So they never do get caught, they just deny it.

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FTC: OK Facebook, swallow WhatsApp – but NO selling people's data without permission

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Re: /sigh

Yes, and that is exactly what they will do and probably always were going to do. Users on the free trial will be required after an update to accept new terms no doubt and paid users will be required to after the subscription ends and they need to renew.

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Insight warns Google embracers of hidden costs in Apps for Biz

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"If you have allowed Google to engage in the conversation before you get there then you are a little bit behind that eight ball and you've got a much higher propensity to lose,"

So basically what is being said here is that if Google have had a chance to sell first, you have little chance of selling our solution after! That doesn't sound like confidence in the product and pricing to me!

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France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours

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Re: 9 to 5

Yes, but this is your team giving and taking with each other, thats fine. But you don't mention whether the company as a whole actually repay you for being this type of manager. My guess is, you would be just as successful within the organisation regardless of whether you did this or not. Your team may not like you if you did, but I doubt much would change as far as the company is concerned (as long as your still hitting deadlines of course).

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Re: Draconian

So you think your chance of having a successful business is more important than someones quality of life? The key term here is work smarter, not longer. If you have to respond to clients around the world, introduce remote working and employ someone in those key areas of the world. It really isn't rocket science.

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Re: 9 to 5

Indeed, I have never even given my mobile number to anyone at work and i have never sycned my work email to my mobile. When im out the office, im out the office. Unless of course you want to renegotiate my contract, which will cost you.

As for them handing me a work phone? So what? If they handed you a desk would you sit at it and work all night?

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Re: Up the creek without paddle... @Steve Crook

If your working hard for yourself, that a different thing to working hard for a company or boss that will never respect it or give you what you deserve for it. They never will do and the people who say no get the same treatment, I say no these days, I never used to but my career is going just as good as it did when I used to work stupid hours. If anything I would say im respect more now than I used to be. Oh, I work in the private sector too, a mixture of startup companies and larger corporations and the same holds true for both. So yea, you work hard and all the hours when its your business and directly your success your working for, not when its someone elses.

Of course, as a disclaimer, working hard here means the long hours and out of hours demands, you make sure you hit the deadlines during the normal working day, always advise on the correct timescales and only when stupid demands are made do you refuse.

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Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances

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I assume "244GB "r3.8xlarge" server works out at $2,016 per month of full-time use" is flat price, non reserved instance? If you were running flat out like that for months on end you would be crazy to pay for it that way, you would get yourself a reserved instance along with its discounts. I assume you can do that with this new instance type...if not i guess you will be able to soon.

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Icahn, but Iwont: Carl the investor pest ends war with eBay

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Well, glad eBay ignored him. I imagine he will be largely ignored through his proxy on the board too. It is only one voice out of a lot. He can always be voted against at every corner.

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Facebook splats in-app chat, whacks brats into crack yakety-yak app

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Re: ummm wait what?

Indeed, I don't really understand this move, surely the most sense would have been to simply develop out the messaging area of the facebook app to the same level as they have done with the new app. Thereby improving the experience but keeping people within the one app, so they can easily move back to the feed and see your ads etc...

Seems to make no sense to get a message alert in the facebook app, click it and it open up another app. Just merge the code from the messenger app into the facebook app, far more sensible.

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BlackBerry not afraid to throw its mobe biz under a bus, says CEO Chen

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With Android you don't have to sync anything to google if you don't link a google account to it. As for the App's being inconsistent, well that is a blessing in my opinion. As a developer of an app you should feel free to design it around the functionality it requires, not some set of strict rules that may not make sense for your app. There isn't really anything stopping a developer making the UI completely different across all manufacturers anyway, Facebook use their own style consistently for them across all modern devices.

As for the other OS's you mention, I agree with you with the caveat than you could jailbreak iOS and do what you like, which is what I used to do before I switched to Android because I decided it was crazy to be paying for a product I then have to waste time circumventing to do what I want.

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Snowden lawyer PGP email 'crack' flap: What REALLY happened?

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Hmm, I have to say the most likely explanation is exactly the one offered, a 3rd party managed to get the email sent to them with a key they can decrypt. Just a usual social engineering/malware attack which is only gaining conspiracy theories due to the parties involved.

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Anatomy of OpenSSL's Heartbleed: Just four bytes trigger horror bug

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Re: Simple script?

When did simple=being able to remember it off the top of your head?

I can't remember the entirety of many web applications I have had write in my time off the top of my head, a fair number of them I would regard as simple however. Simple can mean that when you read it, making sense of what it does and being able to write a variant is easy. Which in this case, it seems like it is.

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

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To be honest, I think this is sensible. I am a grown up adult, it is for me to decide what I choose for the browser to remember, not a website developer working on the website in question. It is their job to adhere to best practices in designing the form, my choice if I choose to override them. I generally get pissed off when some low level site I don't really care about forces me to enter a password every time and will not remember it (and neither would the browser currently). If I think its worth the risk for what that website stores, then thats my choice.

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Which sweaty exec dreamt up Office for iOS? Ballmer, Ballmer, Ballmer

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Re: No use betting

He is one member on the board, so actually, only if he says no and enough others also say no, is it actually no from now on.

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Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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I can't say I truly understand Microsoft strategy these days. One of the things that kept business users in the Windows OS ecosystem was the office application suite. I am not a Windows user, but in the past I always run Windows in a VM just to use Outlook for its exchange features. These days with Office 365, I simply have a browser window open with Outlook open, LibreOffice is good enough for all my other document editing needs. So ultimately if users get more familiar with Office 365 as a whole, this could mean businesses having to do less retraining to move a user off Windows...surely making Office work so well finally in the Web has started the decline in market share of Windows.

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Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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Re: Check your vulnerability here.

Although they do only list like the last 10 worst, and so many people use it, this list changes every second, so it isn't likely to become a lightening rod for attacks in about a second.

Not to mention the check box, which you can tick to not have your info displayed on the boards, right under the input box.

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Oracle's NoSQL nightmare MongoDB goes to version 2.6

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Re: Scoffing

The ability to scale to very large levels without having to pay for extremely expensive experts to cludge together some make do solution in a relational DB, that's basically the reason.

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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Re: At Last !

"make war in Europe impossible" errm, what? How exactly has it done this? If anyone outside of the EU, or anyone within it for that matter wanted to have a war they could do so just as much now as they could before.

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Re: Poor Nigel Farage

Revising a mistake is one thing, not checking if a law you are introducing violates several other laws having spent ages negotiating its implementation is idiotic. What is more, the law isn't something any right minded citizen of the EU would want anyway, yet they all have to abide by it. My comment wasn't really about the law in and of itself, my reasons for that are in and around privacy and the right of the individual for the state not to interfere. My problems with the EU are entirely seperate, they are around the bureaucratic nightmare its implemented using, providing no benefit that could not be negotiated on an individual basis by the UK with countries we want to trade with.

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Re: Poor Nigel Farage

I take it from the thumbs down, people think a good thing about the EU is that they make up a directive which is illegal and then need the ECJ to tell them that. When if they just didn't exist in the first place, none of this would have been needed? Seems like an incredible waste of both institutions time and money, which was spent negotiating a law so that another party can then find it illegal. Yea sounds all great to me!

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Re: At Last !

They created the issue in the first place! Hardly something useful, creating a problem, then fixing it. All at cost to the countries that contribute money to this nonsense.

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Re: Poor Nigel Farage

The fact the EU has made a good decision, does not mean you need to be a part of the EU to have good decisions made, you just don't make bad ones yourself while in power in the UK. It is hardly a win for the EU, more a fail for the current load of politicians in power in the UK for accepting it and the previous EU politicians for drafting it in the first place!

You may have missed that it was the EU that created this problem in the first place, they are only rectifying the previous mistake now!

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Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month

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Re: Later adopters still get *something*

Not the same service, when your IP changes you have to go in and manually change the DNS entry in Route 53 to point to the new IP. Of course, if your not at home, how are you supposed to know your new IP? You could write a quick shell script if you know what your doing and use the AWS API to update it with the new IP. But that really isn't the point is it. The 3rd party provides a complete solution, and so they expect to make a profit for providing it, you know, like any business.

Oh and before anyone says, why not get a real domain name, most people who use this service use it as a way to log into their home network when they don't have access to a statically assigned IP address.

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Oracle smacks JD Edwards help site with cease and desist order

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Is documenting a schema really protectable? I mean, using it might be, but explaining it? I am not so sure, especially within the market he operates the website.

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Drone 'hacked' to take out triathlete

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Re: Occam's Razor

I suspect a lot of them only fall into the second section, as 7KG is quite heavy for the type of work we are talking about here. I am not sure from reading that extract if the second survailance section only applies to aircraft that come under the first section or not? Also, what country are these regulations from? Presumably also, flying your toy radio controlled toy actually isn't, as not many of them have surveillance equipment or weigh more than 7kg (not relevant to the story, but its the reference I used before)

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Re: Why bother with...

Well, it is people with such crazy views of the world and what should happen if they dont like something...that once given power you end up with the awful things that have happened in the world. After all, it is not only those that have been in a position to commit monstrous crimes that would commit them, given the chance.

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Re: Occam's Razor

Probably not actually, in much the same way your radio controlled helicopter toy isn't. The rules just do not cover drones yet...which in effect are just toys that grown up out of the playground by using the much better tech available these days.

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Re: Next step

Your statements sounded like general good security advice, whether mandated in law or not. Then you went and blew it by suggesting it should be a standard specified by the government...the biggest hackers of them all.

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: How hard it is to suck CO2 out of the atmosphere

If those costs were to stack up, then presumably this is actually a good deal. Im pretty sure we all pay more than £0.65 per the amount of carbon kg's we would need every day on green taxes. If we instead shifted the tax to carbon manufacturing then we could clean up the air and get rid of the green tax on everything else we buy. Of course, seeing as no one is doing this, i presume even these figures are incorrect.

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

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Re: Thank god I have an old car

Again, this is your requirements, not everyone elses. You make a number of sweeping statements based on your own views of the world.

1) a lot of people in their 20's buy new cars

2) you assume everyone in the world in their 30's is the same as you and the people that age you know. Forgetting of course, you are likely to know people similar to yourself, otherwise they wouldn't be very good friends.

3) there are a lot of people who work in technology these days and like all this stuff, they don't stop working in the industry when they turn 30

4) they are selling these cars no problem, so clearly the features attract some people.

There are many other issues with what you said, which could all have been avoided if you had stated this was your opinion and what you want from a car, not everyone in their 30's and above.

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What I also find slightly odd is that they chose to ship Ubuntu, running on a car!? Shouldn't they have chosen something a little more lightweight to begin with rather than an OS designed for desktop/server? After all, this is just a car, its not expecting multiple requests from many different sources as per a server installation and its not got any requirements of a desktop Ubuntu either.

But anyway, they chose Ubuntu, so presumably they should just link you to the Ubuntu source if you ask for it. Displaying the license somewhere is an interesting one...but then, it might be included somewhere in/on the car or a piece of paper that comes with car.

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Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Re: What about?

Some people have truly unlimited data, how about not assuming and asking when you first start the app? Seems far more logical to me than making wildly inaccurate assumptions about how I wish to use my data.

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Re: Incorrect

The problem is, 'tuned' to the lower hardware specs usually means we have disabled your ability to do something because it would work too slowly. Ultimate there are only a few requirements that are very important. The ability to run multiple apps at the same time, the ability to background an app and have it still carry on its primary function and the ability to sleep multiple apps. Throw this in with a decent notification system that is can display custom notifications as specified by the app receiving it and you have all anyone needs. The problem with WP is it has taken a number of years to catch up to this state and you could debate if it has truly caught up yet. Why is this? Why have they added god knows how many other irrelevant features before addressing some of these core needs.

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Re: Free?

Not really, along with a lot of Google services, it is in their interests to get you onto the web, however that may be because once there you will invariably see some Google ads which makes them money indirectly. So if they can help more people onto the web, thats good for their bottom line. Microsoft however have a rubbish ads system that doesn't have the same reach and so the same does not really apply.

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In three hours, Microsoft gave the Windows-verse everything it needed

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Re: Too Little Too Late

Actually, I think you are mostly right, apart from on one point. In the consumer landscape computers are not just tools, they are increasingly moving into the fashion area and that puts a whole different spin on it, a spin Microsoft has never been able to get rotating.

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Re: Lots more than that -

Open sourced WinJS...oh thank the lord! I think not...I think humanity would have been better off had they not bothered!

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

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Re: When they catch these crims

Yea, instead we lock them up and waste money keeping them alive serving no purpose to us or them for the rest of their lives (in the case of very serious cases anyway) and this serves what logical purpose exactly?

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Is Google really mulling building a US cellphone network? Allegedly, yes

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Re: Open Strategy

No, but I dont think option 1 suggests that either does it? More internet use on whatever device benefits Google anyway, through increased ad returns.

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'Bank couriers' who stole money from OAP cancer sufferer jailed

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Re: "Under no circumstances should you tell your PIN to anyone, [even the police]"

If they pushed the law to its limits then yes it does, because entering your pin allows the contents of the chip to be decrypted and read by the reading device. So yes, I guess they could in theory ask for it, doubt they ever will though because they like this power and don't want it taken away from them.

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Re: "they don’t disconnect the call [..] you are actually still speaking to the fraudster"

My guessing would be that it does not work with regular handsets or devices configured for normal consumer use, because these devices listen for the hang up and respond correctly. I would imagine you need a device which ignores this hang up notification.

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Errr, evidenced and verified by the city of london police? So basically bollocks then unless tested in court? The police need to get back to their jobs, presenting evidence to the courts, not compiling databases of unverified nonsense.

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