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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Monkey speak

Oook!

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So, from another viewpoint...

... if Country X says that software licences are invalid and copyright doesn't apply to them, the USCO would be quite happy to tell US Businesses that people in Country X can quite legitimately copy their software and not pay for it...?

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Re: I don't think the coriolis effect is that hard science

Remember that Babylon 5 had a baseball field, which meant that *every* ball would be a curve ball...!

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Don't even THINK about copyright violation, says Indian state

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"In a move that has garnered little notice beyond India"

And El Reg, it seems...

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Chinese hackers spied on investigators of Flight MH370 - report

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@Destroy All Monsters

> why is anything in such an investigation "classified"?

Because (as was later revealed) the Malaysians had tracked the plane with military rather than civilian radars (which have much less coverage) and they probably don't want the Chinese (or anyone else) knowing their surveillance and monitoring capabilities.

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Hear ye, young cyber warriors of the realm: GCHQ wants you

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Ensor?

Didn't he create Orac...?

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Hello, police, El Reg here. Are we a bunch of terrorists now?

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@Charles Manning - "Like any other manufacturer/service provider, they sell what the punters buy"

No, they sell what the suckers will believe.

For example the 2010 Tory Party Manifesto said "We will stop the forced closure of A&E and maternity wards, so that people have better access to local services, and give mothers a real choice over where to have their baby, with NHS funding following their decisions."

But in 2012 the Tories attempt to force the closure of the A&E and maternity ward at Lewisham Hospital, however, fortunately, they were defeated in the courts.

That's just *one* small example of what lies politicians will peddle to get people to vote for them, knowing full well that, once they're in power, they can do what the hell they like for the next four or five years before they peddle a *new* set of lies (and bribe people with their own money) to get them to vote for them again.

This makes a total mockery of the concept of democracy.

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Germany 'accidentally' snooped on John Kerry and Hillary Clinton

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Re: Marsbarbrain JeffyDoh Aww that's just unlucky

And so we get back to the same old, same old...

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Re: JeffyDoh Aww that's just unlucky

Oh dear, Matt, and you were doing *SO* well, right up until the last paragraph where you had to get in a dig at *someone* on the Left...

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'Leccy racer whacks petrols in Oz race

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@jake - Re: That's nice.

I bet you told Wilbur and Orville that they were wasting their time too...

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Kate Bush: Don't make me HAVE CONTACT with your iPHONE

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@MacroRodent - Re: " there is no way to crunch the disk into the film scanner"

Does your scanner have an attachment to allow you to scan Slides? If so, you can cut the negatives off the disc and then create a "frame" to hold them in the slide attachment.

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@AC "I don't whine about it on an IT tech news site, from an anonymous account."

I think another Irony Detector has just exploded...

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Naughty NSA was so drunk on data it forgot collection rules

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"even the NSA didn't know the limits"

ITYM: "even the NSA carefully didn't look carefully at what the limits were because they wanted plausible deniability"

FTFY.

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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

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Depression kills.

It's just a shame that all this outpouring of love and grief for this man comes *after* his death.

How many lives could have been saved if people who suffered from depression could have known how many people really care for them?

We need better support for these people.

RIP Robin Williams.

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MPs to gaze upon biometric data industry's ID-gobbling tech

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How dare these companies slurp biometric data?

That's *OUR* job!!

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Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner: Capital is top target for computer thieves, say police

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Well, yes, because...

... London is full of low-life scum who do nothing, make nothing, produce nothing, but just profit by taking something from one person and sell it on to someone else and congratulate themselves on how clever they are being.

Oh, and as well as the politicians and money men and stock brokers and bankers, there are thieves too.

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China to test recoverable moon orbiter

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A grand day out?

Eh, Grommit, lad...

... someone's copying us!

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China cracks down on instant messengers: Users must hand over REAL NAMES

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"only posting authentic information"...

"No country in the world allows dissemination of information of rumors, violence, cheating, sex and terrorism..."

... by anyone else apart from the Government, because that's *their* job!

FTFY

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Twitter can trigger psychosis in users

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@jake - Re: To say nothing of the addiction factor ...

> She got the classic withdrawal symptoms ... shakes, sweats, angry, name it ...

AKA "Stroppy Teenager Syndrome"...

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OK Google: Gobble chat app Emu. OK Google, now shut down Emu

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"We know it's an inconvenience...

"... but we don't give a damn because we want to ensure that you don't have a choice of products, so you can only use ours..."

FTFY.

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UK WhatsApp duo convicted of possessing extreme porn

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@Destroy All Monsters - Re: Always look on the bright side of stuff

> Am I bad?

If it's on the same computer/ on the same hard drive/ in My Documents/ in the same folder* as other porn (*delete depending on how paranoid you feel) and the Police reckon they can argue that you have those images "for the purposes of sexual arousal", then, yes.

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@aBloke FromEarth - Re: Possessing an image likely to cause injury

> In fact (and I'd need to have a proper search for this sometime) there was a loose inverse correlation between access to porn and incidences of sexual violence.

Check out the work of Professor Milton Diamond of the University of Hawai'i

> But then again, when did politicians ever use facts to decide laws?

This was the last Labour regime who gave us "Policy Based Evidence Making". Unfortunately we're liable to get the same bunch of moralising clowns back into power after the next election :-(

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Motorist 'thought car had caught fire' as Adele track came on stereo

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Re: @ Graham Marsden

> Or are you advocating that people who actually fall asleep on the wheel should carry on driving at all cost untill they find a service area (or die trying?).

Now you've gone from a False Dilemma to a Straw Man argument...

No, of course I am not advocating that. I'm advocating *GET OFF THE BLOODY MOTORWAY IF YOU'RE TIRED AND FIND SOMEWHERE SAFE AND LEGAL TO STOP AND NAP!"

Servicer area, next junction whatever, just don't drive tired.

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Re: @ElReg!comments!Pierre - Genuine reason.

I suggest you look up the fallacy of the False Dichotomy.

Sleeping when driving is stupid and illegal.

Sleeping on the hard shoulder is also stupid and illegal.

Sleeping at a service area is sensible and not illegal (even though officious private parking companies may try to fine you for doing it!)

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@ElReg!comments!Pierre - Re: Genuine reason.

If someone is feeling sleepy, they should pull off at the next junction or service area and stop and get some sleep.

Doing it on the Hard Shoulder is not only illegal, but stupid because if another vehicle, let alone an artic happens to drift across...

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@Steve the Cynic - Re: I'm not sure

> the right lane (the fast one)

You mean the Overtaking Lane?

Just as motorways have *two* overtaking lanes, the basic rule of the road being "Keep left unless overtaking" which is why idiots shouldn't hog the middle lane when they can move to the left hand lane...

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Who should do security clearance checks? Did you say 'chat-bot'? This military slinger hopes so

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Re: My, hasn't Eliza grown..

Let me tell you about my mother...

... BANG! BANG!

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Climate: 'An excuse for tax hikes', scientists 'don't know what they're talking about'

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@Cipher - Re: In the 1970s...

> ...boffins were sure that global cooling was signalling a new ice age.

No they weren't.

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Scientsts all around the world, responding to a new global survey by Ipsos MORI...

... have generally agreed with the ideas that people don't really know what they're talking about when it comes to the climate...

FTFY

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Are you broke? Good with electronics? Build a better AC/DC box, get back in black with $1m

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I hope we're not...

... on a Highway to Hell...

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Lawyer reviewing terror laws and special powers: Definition of 'terrorism' is too broad

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@LucreLout - Re: I have argued for many years

> Freedom fighters attack only military targets, terroists attack civilians. It's extremely clear cut.

Wow! I wish I lived in your lovely black and white world where things are so clear cut.

Still, you must be right, after all, no innocent Palestinian civilians have been killed by Israel in the last week or two, have they?

And all those people who lived in Dresden must have been in the German military because it would have been terrorism to firebomb a city full of civilians.

And there's no such thing as Collateral Damage.

And...

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HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert

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No comment about the article as such...

... but kudos for the Wargames reference :-)

Shall we play a game?

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: It's not dead - it's just pinin' for some fjords.

> Sounds like a job for Slartibartfast.....

Marvin: Did it have... oceans?

Arthur: Oh yes, great wide rolling blue oceans.

Marvin: Can't abide oceans...

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US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account

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Size matters...

There's got to be a difference between "We think Joe Bloggs is a criminal, we have this evidence and we want to look at his e-mails" and "We think Company X is doing something wrong, so we want to look at *ALL* the e-mails written by anyone in that company and *ALL* the data they have stored and..."

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The Sun took a day off last week and made NO sunspots

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Re: It's the beginning of the next Maunder Minimum.

Hey Everyone - Jake says it's ok and we don't need to worry!

Isn't it great to have his expert opinion on this subject? (I wonder when he found time to do his PhD in Climatology along with all the other things he's an expert on...?)

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Snowden wants YOU – yes, YOU – to build spy-busting tech

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Cue the usual...

... "Won't Someone Think of the PaedoTerrorists" arguments from those who think that the only way to keep us "safe" is for us to be obedient sheeple and not worry about the Government and Security Services from trying to spy on everything we do and everything we say and find out everyone we talk to and monitor everything we read "Just in Case" we might do something bad at some point.

It's not as if there's any risk of False Positives or mis-reading of the data or mistakes being made that result in innocent people being arrested, let alone charged because they have a name similar to someone else's or they just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Of course we shouldn't worry about this. Of course it's not a violation of our Civil Liberties and Human Rights. Of course it doesn't do us any harm because obviously we're not important enough for them to actually pay any attention to, so it's ok to let them keep doing it. And anyway, we don't have anything do hide, do we, so we have nothing to fear...

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There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES

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Quantity != Quality

Remember we get the *best* of US Television over here. If you search through enough dross you may find a few nuggest of gold...

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British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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@ Faye Kane ♀ girl brain

Can I suggest that you put the name of the person you're responding to in the title of your comments as the El Reg forums do not do threading so it's difficult to know who the reply is directed at.

PS FYI I agree with a lot of your points :-)

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@AC - Re: for some definition of paedophile...

> Australia has a couple of humdingers where people have been prosecuted for possessing child porn cartoons, which is the very definition of a victimless crime.

Even better, at least a couple of them were for possession of pictures of Bart and Lisa Simpson! See this article from El Reg in 2010

Oh, BTW, whilst using google to look up that link, the first result that came up is an Ad from Google "Warning - Child abuse imagery is illegal‎"! Probably got myself added to another watch list...

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@Sergey 1 - Re: Hmmm

> Speaking of paedos, wasn't a paediatrician killed by an angry mob in Wales for being a paedo... atrician?

No, but her house was daubed with graffiti.

See details of the Yvette Cloete case here.

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Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...

> God, I wish The Register had some kind of ignore list so I didn't have to come across you again - it's getting kind of tedious.

Yes, I've noticed that some people on here don't like it when people actually *question* their viewpoints and point out the blatant flaws in their arguments.

The witch burnings are over there on the Daily Mail pages --->

Oh and another PS: See this article: "Today's Facebook fury: Coppertone-like baby pic ban baffles US mom" from El Reg just last week.

I'm sure that that ban resulted from the actions of "reasonable" people too...

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Re: @Ross K - for some definition of paedophile...

The word "reasonably" would laughable in this context if it wasn't such a fraught subject, because it is blatantly obvious that this is a subject about which it is virtually *impossible* to hold a "reasonable" discussion of!

The average man in the street/ on the Clapham Omnibus etc has had their viewpoint of the subject so skewed by the witch-burning tabloids and the like that even nearly a decade ago we had the nonsense of Julia Somerville being questioned by the Police over nude photos of her daughter in the bath

Now with the whole Jimmy Saville/ Rolf Harris/ whoever case, do you *really* think that things have or will change at all? The "reasonable" person in the street will see "naked child - child porn".

And don't forget that on the COPINE Scale even images that show "Non-erotic and non-sexualised pictures showing children in their underwear, swimming costumes from either commercial sources or family albums. Pictures of children playing in normal settings, in which the context or organisation of pictures by the collector indicates inappropriateness" are can be rated as Class 1 Child Pornography if someone else considers that they are "inappropriately" connected with other images.

> You're highly unlikely to be prosecuted for the possession of anime, or a book for grown-ups with words instead of pictures.

"Highly unlikely" (in your opinion) != "Not going to happen" and it doesn't even matter if you're *not* prosecuted for it because if someone is even *arrested* on suspicion, that's enough for some people who will think "there's no smoke without fire" and will ostracise them, fire them, ruin their lives and their careers...

That is the sad state of affairs that the "Won't Someone Think of the Children" mentality has got us into.

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Oh, PS, I've just seen the following from you...

> Judging by the downvoting of posts condemning child porn, it would indeed seem like there are more than a few deviants on here who like that kind of thing.

So much for "reasonable"! They disagree with your points, therefore they're into child porn...

I rest my case.

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Fear a terrifying killer robot revolution? GET A GRIP: Boffins invent cyborg hand for humans

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Just be careful...

... A certain (ahem) "accident" that Howard Wolowitz suffered comes (painfully!) to mind..

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Cops nab suspect using CREEPY facial recog system

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@SoltanGris - Re: innocent or guilty

> RE: Evil Auditor on getting mug shots of 'innocent' people.

> Every time I've had my picture taking for :

The point is that those images are suppose (in this country at least) to *only* be used for a specified purpose, not a general CCTV surveillance dragnet.

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@AC - Re: Why do the words...

But it's enough to get you arrested and for some people that's suffienciet for them to assume that you must be guilty of *something*, followed by your job, career, reputation or family life disappearing up the Swanee...

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Why do the words...

... False Positive keep coming to mind...?

(Big Brother because there's no Kafka icon)

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Re: innocent or guilty

The creepy part is not this facial recognition system and that they keep mug shots of innocent people.

FTFY

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L33t haxxors compete to p0wn popular home routers

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And bad advice...

When I got my new Virgin Broadband/ WiFi router the guy from Virgin told me "Don't change the default password because if you forget it and something goes wrong we won't be able to help you fix it and you'll have to call out an engineer or get a replacement..."

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FORGOTTEN Bing responds to search index ECJ ruling: Hello? Remember us?

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Right to be forgotten...

... sorry, who are you? Bing? Nope, never heard of you...

See, it works!!!

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Don't put that duffel bag full of cash in the hotel room safe

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@David Neil - Re: Physical Acces Control Systems are affected too

My mother was in hospital recently and visitors were supposed not to be allowed into wards during meal times.

So, due to various circumstances, I arrive late and think "bugger, they won't let me in", but, at that moment, there's an old guy having a bit of difficulty getting his wheelchair out of the lift.

"Want a hand, mate?"

"Sure."

"Tell you what, I'll just push you into the ward, how about that?"

Nurse sees person pushing patient in wheelchair, lets us in...

(Ok, so it's not High Security, but still :-) )

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