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Cybercrooks prey on 9/11 anniversary

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I thought...

... hacking meant you had to make an appointment to be arrested...?

Oh, sorry, wrong sort of hacking, of course!

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Satellite gives better picture of solar flares' effects on Earth

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"Carbon-hating Greens...

"...would naturally point out at this stage that humanity still ought to curtail carbon emissions"

Or just point out that we should use energy *more efficiently* which would make the most of a limited resource *and* cut emissions at the same time.

Win, win.

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Swedish cops free boozy moose from tree

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Elk-oholic...?

Groan!

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UK slashes red tape in apprenticeships scheme

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@AC

I'm glad to hear that you got something out of the YTS/ YOP/ Whatever it may be called, but the fact remains that most people on such schemes are just used as a source of cheap, government funded labour doing monkey work with no chance of a job at the end.

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Re: Anybody remember the YOP

Ah, yes, part of the MSC which stood for "Massive Statistical Coverup", just like with "Back to Work" or "Restart" or any of the other government schemes whose main purpose was to keep people off the "out of work and claiming benefit" totals because they were on "training" instead...

Of course what really happened is that employers would take on a "trainee" for whatever the set period was, but at the end of that period, oops, sorry, no job available for you, however we'll take on another trainee who's paid for by the State.

At least with an Apprenticeship system there's a better chance of someone getting employment at the end of it.

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End of UK local dialling in sight as numbers run out

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I use Call 1899...

... so I dial a prefix and then the full "national" number, no matter what.

It's not really that hard, especially when you've got the prefix and your most commonly called numbers on speed dial!

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Amazon solves wait-at-home-for-deliveries problem

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@Depends on where you work

"a router we've ordered that's been delivered to the company but hasn't found its way to our department"

Check with the BOFH in Mission Control (just do it very *very* carefully...!)

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Three in ten Americans urge feds to read their email

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@Figgus

"Obama isn't reviled because of his color, it's his POLICIES"

Really? Then how come on forums I use which a fair proportion of USA-ians posting on them, even the right-wingers object to a significant number of their fellow countrymen referring to "The N****r in the White House"?

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@AC Thursday 8th September 2011 09:16 GMT

I think you need to re-read the (other) self-described coward's OP with your Irony Detector switched on...

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@Figgus

It was my impression that the Tea Party et al were all in favour of "enhanced interrogation" etc, but only when it's being used on left-wingers/ foreigners/ anyone who isn't Christian because they're the ones that we need to worry about...

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Early Earth’s ‘golden shower’

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Are you taking the...

... oh, sorry, *that* sort of gold!

Nothing to see, move along...

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Most bosses monitor or block social-network use at work

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I wouldn't normally quote the Bible, but...

"Do not bind the mouths of the kine that tread the grain"

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Phone-hack plods arrest another man in pre-dawn raid

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@JakeyC

Ah, but at least his crime wasn't so heinous that, instead of making an appointment or knocking on his door they decided to pre-emptively punish him by smashing the door down and going in mob handed...

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Does Cameron dare ditch poor-bashing green energy?

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@Andrew Orlowski

"if prices were left to the market, they would fall"

Ah, yes, that's why fossil fuel energy prices rise so rapidly whenever there's a spike in the market, but then fall back equally as quickly when it dips again...

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'New laws not needed' to block / censor Twitter et al

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@Titus Technophobe

Oh dear, again you put try to put *your* words into *my* mouth.

I'm not going to bother re-addressing points I've already made and you've ignored, I'll just point out that so many abusive regimes have started their careers with a "temporary" suspension of rights.

Please feel free to have the last word, but I'll leave the last words in my post to George Satayana:

"Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it".

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@Titus Technophobe

Right, so you did just decide for yourself that was what I said, rather than reading what I wrote.

I see little point in addressing your ridiculous Straw Man arguments, I'll just point out again that just because *some* people might abuse a right or a service like Facebook, Twitter et al, it doesn't justify stopping *everyone* from using it, not least because the "low life youth" would just switch to another method of communication whist the legitimate users are denied access because of your Precautionary Principle idea that "well, we don't know that it will do any good, but let's try it, just in case".

The fact that you have then set a precedent that, if something happens you don't like, it then justifies subsequent abuses of people's rights because "well it might not have worked last time, but let's try it again and we'll go *further* this time..." appears to have escaped you.

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@Titus Technophobe

Did you actually bother to *read* anything that I wrote, or did you just decide for yourself that that was what I said...???

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@AC: "It is possible that basic human rights can come into conflict with each other."

Only if you ignore the fact that with Rights come *Responsibilities*.

As you say, if your exercising of one right infringes on someone else's rights then you are abusing your right by causing harm to another.

The point is, though, that *unless* there is evidence of harm, the exercise of a right should not be infringed. The use of Facebook, Twitter, BBM etc does *not* cause harm (even though some may use it irresponsibly) but the power of the Government to mass block such services based on the Precautionary Principle of "well, it might do some good" certainly *would* cause harm to Freedom of Expression.

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@Titus Technophobe

"We have to work with that which we find, rather than what we might aspire to?"

Right, so let's support Human Rights, all the way up to the precise moment at which they become inconvenient, then we throw them away and go for simple expediency which is far easier.

"Human rights' exist for 'Humans'. "

Are you looking for the word "Untermenschen" here? Just asking...

As for "does not as such complete abrogate the right to 'Freedom of Speech", perhaps you'd like to consider the expression "A little bit pregnant".

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@Titus Technophobe

You appear not to understand the concept of "fundamental human rights" if you think that you can "protect" one right by *removing* another.

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Apple gives green light to Eton solar cell iPhone case

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Hmm...

... so all you need to do whilst you're sitting in an outdoor cafe is leave your iPhone on the table in bright sunshine and whoever nicks it will have a nicely charged battery...

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Amazon refuses Touchpad refunds after price slash frenzy

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$99 (or £99 in the UK)

So what the Yanks get for around £60, we pay over 50% more for...

Welcome again to rip-off Britain.

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Plods to get dot-uk takedown powers - without court order

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"proportionate, necessary, and urgent".

In other words "Because we say so!"

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Bury council defends iPads for binmen

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Meanwhile...

... whilst he's sitting there waiting for the rest of the crew to get the rubbish on board, the guy who gets to drive the Bin Lorry will be playing Angry Birds...

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@Imagine you're a dustman driving a large truck

... at a speed of about three miles an hour, stopping every fifty feet or so...

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Two UK suspects cuffed in Anonymous manhunt

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"carry out an unauthorized act in relation to a computer"

And in other news "Ohio man cuffed for shagging inflatable pool raft"...

Why do these sound disturbingly similar offences?!

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DARPA wants a working manned starship for $500k

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Re: Tough choice

Well neither of them were that much good when there was a Xenomorph on board...!

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@The answer is obvious

And how much will it cost to ensure that the comet or asteroid that, statistically, *is* heading towards this planet at some time, doesn't?

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Alien

ITYM...

... Nostromo...

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Haiti study: Mass mobile phone tracking can be laudable

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@David Wilson

May I draw your attention to another story in El Reg: "Lawsuit alleges that Windows Phone 7 tracks users", to name just one example.

*IF* this data is simply "numbers of phones in an area" then, yes, it's pretty much anonymous. But if that's linked with "phones that made or received a call or text in that area", suddenly there's not so much anonymity.

Your question "If fears of a worst-case slippery-slope were are going to be the main concern every single time suggestions are made of potentially useful use of data, how many useful uses would actually happen?" wanders off into Straw Man arguments, so I'll just point out that you then go on to say "If they're not currently guarding my privacy, then I wouldn't seem likely to be losing anything, whatever happened" which seems like you're saying "oh well, I've already lost my privacy, so why worry?"

You conclude by asking "Do I really have a right to be entirely /unseen/ in public, and not simply a right not to be unnecessarily followed", but you appear to miss the point that unless *we* keep an eye on those watching us (quis custodiet...?) then that "right not to be unnecessarily followed" could, like so many other rights, be gradually whittled away "for our own good".

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@AC

Somehow I don't think that attending a Chumbawumba gig (even if "state un-approved") would be such a serious offence that you would be banned from Switzerland (of course if it had been, say, Justin Bieber...)

But imagine, instead, you'd attended (or just been near) an anti-government demonstration in (insert name of repressive regime of your choice) and your phone was linked to that, perhaps matters would be different.

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@David Wilson

The question you need to ask is "How anonymous will it actually be?"

If you are going to an event which is "not approved by the State", would you want even "anonymous" information being collected about you?

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Twitter to serve unsolicited ads in Facebook style

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@oh well

I'm one up on you since I didn't even have a Twatter account to unsubscribe in the first place :-)

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Russian rocket flub threatens to empty ISS

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@On an empty, and abandoned vessel

Remember "Salvage 1" ;-)

(There again, you should also remember that doing salvage on "an empty, abandoned vessel" is usually a terminal experience for the majority of the crew...!)

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Isn't it fortunate...

... that the US has its own independent space lift capabili...

... oh, sorry, I forgot, it doesn't any more...

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Alternatively...

... "there are enough supplies on the ISS to last six people for three months."

Hmm, how about a real-life Lifeboat Debate...!

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TomTom fights falling satnav sales with iPad app

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Re: "satnavs which will use a BT headset "

I don't know about BT Headset, but the TomTom Rider (designed for motorbikes) uses a bluetooth link to a Scala earpiece.

Only drawback is that they're about twice the price of the standard units because of the extra cost of the headset, waterproofing etc...

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eBay biz millionaires proliferate as high street suffers

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@Greg 16

I am well aware of the rates that businesses are charged by eBay and PayPal, as well as the percentages charged by card-handling services because I run my own business and have looked into (or pay) such things.

The fact still remains that, in some cases, a business on eBay can lose almost *ten percent* of the sale value of an item by the time you've taken into account listing fees, final value fees and PayPal fees, compared to the 28p for a Debit Card or 2.85% for a Credit Card that I pay my card handling service.

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@Carry On Please

But remember to wait until *after* he's made the money to sue him like all good Patent Trolls! ;-)

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@If they have £1m turnover...

And, of course, they're "double dipping" by taking a chunk of the profits every time someone uses PayPal as well...

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Paintball round pops Bulgarian airbag

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@TO the pic crowd

And would that count as Extreme Pornography?!

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"Part of the fun of paintball...

"...is that it hurts a bit when you get shot..."

ITYM it hurts *someone else* when they get hit!

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UK cops charge alleged Anonymous hacker

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@Titus Technophobe

"if found guilty he should be charged."

Erm, I think you'll find that you have to be charged *before* you can be found guilty! (Well, unless you write for certain Tabloids...)

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Ridley Scott confirmed for Blade Runner pre/sequel

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@T J

"Jeter" has one 't', not two (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K._W._Jeter )

And saying that the sequel was "good" because the rest of what he writes is crap is like saying that banging your head against a brick wall is good because it feels so much better when you stop!

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Just as long as...

... it's not based on K.W.Jeter's dire "Blade Runner 2" which tried and epically failed to square the circle between the book "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" and the film "Blade Runner"!

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BOFH: Beer, shinies, death by fire, rats IN THAT ORDER

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Re: An interviewer to Terry Pratchett

And when he had all six of them running the Matrix screen saver that was *really* cool!

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Sky Movies too expensive, says Competition Commission

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Holmes

"Sky Movies too expensive"

No shit, Sherlock icon... enough said.

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Microsoft, McDonald's absolved of tracking cookie abuse

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"there wasn't an injury that could be quantified in monetary amounts"

The plaintiffs should have claimed that it cost over $5000 worth of time to deal with the security issues raised (cf McKinnon)

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Google+ bans real name under ‘Real Names’ policy

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@Happened to me

Well, you've got to admit that "Packrat" is a little unusual...

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Dob in suspect blingy neighbours on Facebook, say cops

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@AC

Go back and click on "thumbs up" instead and it will swap the down-vote to an up-vote.

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