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Prosecutors opt for 'malfeasance' over DPA to charge officials

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Now that's what I'm talking about!

Whilst I'm not generally in favour of vague and ill-defined laws (mostly because they're used to criminalise innocent members of the public for doing things that The Powers That Be don't like) this one definitely seems to redress the balance of "One law for them..."!

Forget about piddly slaps on the wrist from the DPA legislation, *THIS* is something that should make those in Public Office really sit up and take notice that there is something that can and will be used to penalise them for being negligent with the public's data.

So if the Police, Council, MOD, whoever has a clearly stated policy of eg No e-mailing spreadsheets, no data on USB sticks, no unencrypted laptops, no posting insecure CDs full of data etc and someone breaks those policies it *won't* simply be a case of "naughty, don't do it again", it will be "You have been found guilty by this Court..."

That should stop such slip-shod behaviour from being so common place!

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Volvo demos automobile auto-pilot tech

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@This is a technology for motorways

I'd like to see it tried on the M25 where a gap of more than a vehicle's length is immediately filled by *another* vehicle...!!

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No court order against PlayStation hackers for now

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"That would mean the entire universe is subject to my jurisdiction...

"...and that's a really hard concept for me to accept"

Wow! An American Judge who actually understands that there are *limits* to her powers!!

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Sarko to use G8 presidency to promote net regulation

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"How do you respond to the problem...?"

Why, by State Control of the Right to Freedom of Expression of course!

And by bringing up the bogeymen of paedophiles and terrorists it just makes it so much easier because we're Thinking of the Children!

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Assange vows to drop 'insurance' files on Rupert Murdoch

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thumb drives with a copy of the Bill of Rights encoded into the block device

Now that's got style!

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ISPs battle EU child pornography filter laws

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"filtering reduces the risk of abuse by...

"...preventing internet users from being accidentally exposed to child pornography."

Right, because we're all such weak-minded and morally bankrupt people that if we were to see this sort of stuff we would immediately think "Gosh, I must go out and abuse a child!"

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Yorks cops bust Bradford guinea pig farm

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"No guinea pigs...

"... were tasered during this operation" a Police Spokesman announced...

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MP says she was misquoted over DNA test call

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"slightly naïve politician"?

Any politician is naiive if they're gullible enough to be suckered by a newspaper's weasel-worded question.

One that starts eg "Do you support..." or "Do you think..." or "Would you say that..." should be treated with utmost caution because it's almost guaranteed that they're looking for anything they can hook an accusation of "MP says..." onto it.

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Fire safety gaffe knocks out Webfusion data centre

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Does anyone know...

... if they have a BofH working there and, if so, were any managers trapped at the time...?

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Facebook worm spread via photo album chat lure

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Generalissimo Francisco Franco...

... is still dead!

Click here for details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generalissimo_Francisco_Franco_is_still_dead

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Man charged in bizarre EXPLODING VIBRATOR plot

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@Sarah Bee

You should be able to figure out the answer to that question from previous posts I've made, but if not, ask Jane Fae :-)

(And it's only icky if someone consents to it being icky!)

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@Sarah Bee

You're getting off on those puns, aren't you...? ;-)

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Feds subpoena Twitter for info on WikiLeaks backer

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@Ian Michael Gumby

Did Birgitta Jónsdóttir "illegally steal" (do you know the meaning of the word "tautology"?) the information? No.

Is making the information available "illegal" simply because the USA doesn't like it? No.

Is the USA going on a fishing expedition to try to find something incriminating against her a breach of their own laws? Quite possibly and certainly hypocritical.

Is Twitter right to refuse to just hand over this information? I would certainly say so and so do lawyers in America.

PS as I said in a previous post 'I also feel that you should look up the term "Straw Man"...' but clearly you haven't as you clearly still have no idea of the meaning of the expression.

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"offical and properly entered requests for information"

The first point is that it seems a little more than hypocritical for the US to be objecting to people "unofficially" distributing *their* politicians information, but then deciding that they can *demand* information from others.

The second point, following on from that is that this seems to be more of a fishing expedition ("Let's see who she's been talking to and what she's said, maybe we can find something incriminating") than a request for actual *evidence* of wrongdoing.

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"Do they realize I'm a Member of Parliament in Iceland?"

Do you think they care?

"America. Fuck Yeah!"

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Tech giants score record patent stash

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WTF?

So, basically what they are saying...

... is that the US Patent system is totally broken.

Wow, who would have guessed, huh?

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When one oligopoly screws another

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Bother...

... said Pooh as he realised there was a typo in his table...!

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Assange 'threatened to sue' Grauniad over leak of WikiLeak

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@AC

"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,

As he landed his crew with care;

Supporting each man on the top of the tide

By a finger entwined in his hair.

"Just the place for a Snark! I have said it twice:

That alone should encourage the crew.

Just the place for a Snark! I have said it thrice:

What i tell you three times is true."

The Hunting of the Snark

- Lewis Carroll

Unfortunately, unlike the Bellman, your repeatedly claiming that I "blindly hate" the USA and following that false assumption up with the equally false conclusion that I therefore "blindly stick up for Assange" does not make it true.

Try some facts some time.

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@Ian Michael Gumby

How do I really feel?

Well I really feel that you've rather missed the point.

Yes, there's a lot of chaff amongst the wheat here. Yes, there's trivial stuff there, but that doesn't mean that *all* the content is trivial and not worth releasing, nor does it mean that Wikileaks should decide *for themselves* what is or isn't worth releasing.

I also feel that you should look up the term "Straw Man"...

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@AC

"Blind hatred of the United States"? Err, no. Just a dislike of policies promulgated by a country that calls itself "The Land of the Free" when that should really be "The Land of the Free to Say Stuff We Approve of".

"Assange a flake and egomaniac"? Doesn't mean that the stuff Wikileaks was publishing is wrong or that people shouldn't have a right to know it.

"Guardian reading"? Nope, don't read it any more than I watch Fox News. Do you?

Epic Fail.

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Dear Bilgepipe

The sound you hear is more high-fives being exchanged in the USA because the story is now about Assange instead of what the US Government has been up to behind people's backs...

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Vegas vid-poker hackjackpot bonanza duo face charges

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But.... but...

Don't you know, punters aren't supposed to make a *profit* in casinos?

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'Methanotroph' bacteria feasted on blown BP rig's methane belch

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"releases of methane...

"[...] will not have the capacity to influence climate"

Erm, no, but surely they'll be devastating for sea-life which relies on the dissolved oxygen in the water?

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EU law not tough enough for online piracy, says Brussels

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"Current laws are not strong enough..."

... to protect the profits of big companies, just like those who got the EU to introduce legislation to prevent "grey imports" from outside the EU which could be sold at cheaper prices than "official" products on the grounds of "trademark infringement"...

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NASA taps Unisys for flight sim mission

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"60 to 95 percent of the code...

"...used to simulate one aircraft to be used to simulate another."

I'm sure a lot of governments and military organisations could (and should) learn a *lot* from this!!

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Disappearing filth leads to dropped charges in extreme smut case

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Re: Come on Coalition

A follow up to that post:

Kevin Webster has just been cleared of any wrong doing.

"It's good to know ordinary members of a jury can tell the difference between fantasy and reality, even if the law and its enforcers decide that the distinction doesn't matter."

http://heresycorner.blogspot.com/2011/01/extreme-test-case.html

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Trust me, I'm not muddling anything up.

Both cases involve the same law (Sections 63 - 68 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008) and involve *possession* of these images, the one that I cited just goes even further that the one mentioned in the article and takes it to its ludicrous extreme that *even though* the Prosecution accepts that the images are fakes, it falls under Paragraph 7 of Section 63 ie:

(7) An image falls within this subsection if it portrays, in an explicit and realistic

way, any of the following—

(a) an act which threatens a person’s life,

(b) an act which results, or is likely to result, in serious injury to a person’s

anus, breasts or genitals,

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and a reasonable person looking at the image would think that any such person

or animal was real.

My sincere hope is that the Jury will see sense and say "This is a stupid law, we don't care what it says, we're going to find the defendant Not Guilty".

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"surely there are a large amount of horror films which are now illegal to view"

No, because the law contains a specific exclusion for films which have been BBFC classified, but only in their *entirety*

64 Exclusion of classified films etc.

(1) Section 63 does not apply to excluded images.

(2) An “excluded image” is an image which forms part of a series of images

contained in a recording of the whole or part of a classified work.

(3) But such an image is not an “excluded image” if—

(a) it is contained in a recording of an extract from a classified work, and

(b) it is of such a nature that it must reasonably be assumed to have been

extracted (whether with or without other images) solely or principally

for the purpose of sexual arousal.

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2008/4/pdfs/ukpga_20080004_en.pdf

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Come on, Coalition...

... you've had plenty of time, there were enough responses to your Freedom Bill consultation objecting to this stupid law , so get your bloody fingers out and get rid it before we see more cases like this one

http://www.thisisstaffordshire.co.uk/news/New-laws-test-landmark-trial/article-3065740-detail/article.html

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A MAN who downloaded staged images of sexual violence against women has gone on trial under new laws banning "extreme pornography."

In one of the first cases of its kind in the country, Kevin Webster is accused of having "grossly offensive or disgusting" pictures, even though they are "fakes".

Darron Whitehead, prosecuting, told jurors [...] "We know the images were fake. The question is whether it is realistic or portrayed in that way.

"The intentions of the persons within those images are irrelevant. It is what is depicted in those images which is material."

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WTF? We know they're fake, but because they *LOOK* realistic, we're going to prosecute him anyway!

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US gov funds censorship-busting tech alternatives to Wikileaks

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@ViagraFalls

"A little bit censored" is like "a little bit pregnant".

Try looking at the history of the US FOI act and see how it's been fought over by various Administrations and how the definition of "for national security" has changed (currently it allows for a retroactive determination of "for national security" *after* an FOI request is made!) and then tell me that the USA is really being as open and honest as it purports to be.

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@ViagraFalls

The US Government wants to classify anything which it thinks that its people "don't need to know". The Chinese Government wants to deny people access to anything which thinks they "don't need to know".

How fine do you want to split that hair?

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@Chris Miller

However it *is* hypocritical for the US to demand that people who reveal *their* secrets be censored (or even charged with "treason"!) whilst at the same time saying that it's ok when it's *other countries'* censorship!

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Doctor Who to marry Doctor Who's daughter

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But isn't this going to cause problems at the ceremony?

"You're not supposed to be here at the same time as me!"

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Called 999 recently? They've got your number

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They've got your number...?

Well, yes, when I've had to phone the Emergency Services in the past I've heard the operator say to the Police/ Ambulance/ Fire Service "Connecting you with 023 92..." so this is hardly news.

And why would they *not* keep the details? "Err, guv, someone phoned up reporting hearing a woman screaming in Clifton, Bristol just before Xmas, but we didn't keep their number"??

As for "senior officers admitted the information could be used against people as part of any future police investigation" that sounds like someone asked a typical Daily Mail weasel worded question "So, Mr Senior Officer, would you say that this information could be used against people...?" (Senior Officer shrugs) "Well, yes". "AHA! Hack scribbles down 'Senior Officer admits...''"

Whilst I'm all in favour of authorities not keeping excessive amounts of data for longer than is necessary, unless there's any evidence of this information being data mined to innocent people's detriment, this seems a total non-story.

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Small biz calls for end date on enhanced 17.5% VAT

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"real impact of this is likely to be...

"price rises of between five and eight per cent as shops round up prices."

Or small businesses having to swallow the rise to keep prices down to stay competitive :-(

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Speed-cam stats to be published, indicates gov

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Portsmouth...

... have got in ahead of the rush by deciding to ditch their speed cameras and save a quarter of a million quid a year on cameras which are mostly badly sited and do damn all for actual road safety.

Perhaps they'd like to use that money put a few more traffic Police out on the streets to catch the drunks and the idiot drivers instead which would do a lot more good.

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Ford cars get draconian parental controls

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Well she got her daddy's car...

... And she cruised through the hamburger stand now.

But the car's got MyFord so she can't drive

More than the speed limit now.

And she can't have the radio blasting or

Go cruising just as fast as she wants now

She can't have fun fun fun

'Cos Ford's Thinking of The Children Today!

(With apologies to the Beach Boys)

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Microsoft 'sorry' as Hotmail bug hits 17,000

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Cloud?

Is that the sort of cloud that delivers a short sharp shower of s$$t?

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Apple patent endangers unbiased product reviews

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Apple patents...

... the Department of Pre-Astroturfing!

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ACPO exec wants 'ugly mugs' database to protect sex workers

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@Sir

From the House of Lords on the 16th of December 2010:

Asked by Baroness Miller of Hendon:

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the public disorder that took place on 10 November and 9 December, they will introduce public order legislation prohibiting the wearing of masks or disguises at otherwise lawful demonstrations, marches and protest meetings.

Lord Wallace of Saltaire: My Lords, the police already have powers under Section 60AA of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to require the removal of face coverings worn for the purpose of concealing identity. The police also have powers to seize such items.

http://services.parliament.uk/hansard/Lords/bydate/20101216/mainchamberdebates/part003.html

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@Dave Bell

Might I remind you that prostitution *is* "within the law", it's just that most everything around it (street-walking, "running a brothel", "living off immoral earnings" etc) which is illegal.

There is already the International Union of Sex Workers http://www.iusw.org/ who are affiliated to the GMB in this country who are lobbying for the right to decide for themselves how they are allowed to operate without threat of criminalisation.

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It's a start, but it's a long way from proper decriminalisation

We don't "need a debate" on this, the facts are already out there and the arguments boil down to a) As long as it doesn't cause problems for anyone else, it's their life and their business b) We don't like it, so they shouldn't be allowed to do it and c) The NIMBYs

Of those only one argument really makes any sense and, properly implemented, would deal with the NIMBYs as well.

So first of all get rid of the ridiculous law that say that two or more women working in the same building for their own safety counts as "running a brothel".

Secondly allow them to employ security staff who *won't* be classed as pimps "living off immoral earnings" (in fact get rid of that stupid phrase altogether)

Thirdly ensure that women (and men) working in the sex industry get the *full* protection of the law that they are entitled to, such that violence and other unacceptable behaviour against them isn't just considered to be "a risk of the job"

Finally just get rid of the attitude that these women are automatically "victims" and "need help to get out of prostitution" whether they have got into it of their own free will or not. By all means protect those who are forced or trafficked into it, but if not, we don't need ham-fisted efforts like those from Harriet Harperson to close down sites like Punternet or criminalise men for failing to prove that a woman hadn't been trafficked (an impossible task)

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Civil servants touted ID cards to friends, family as flop loomed

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"the cards a totem of what our government stood for"

You mean a bunch of arrogant prats who would not listen to what people were telling them, who held "consultations" which were rigged to give the answers they wanted whilst ignoring any evidence to the contrary, who pi$$ed all over people's basic rights and freedoms in a vainglorious quest for more power, who believed that the Nanny State was the best way to go and that they were going to be benevolent Big Brother watching over us because we couldn't be trusted to act responsibly on our own...???

Yes, that sounds *exactly* like what the last government stood for!

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UK.gov relaxes patent application process

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So are we going to follow the USA...

... where patents go through virtually on the nod and then people start pointing out Prior Art?

Patent troll because...

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BT fibre-up-your-exchange poll in 6-way Mugabe style pileup

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To Infinity and...

... Who Cares...?

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Labour moots using speed cameras to reward law-abiding drivers

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Eagle's ideas [...] do not address such privacy criticisms

So, absolutely no change there, then.

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How I watched a holographic storage company implode

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Oh well, as the saying has it...

... any noun in the english language can be verbed...!!

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UN defends human right to WikiLeaked info

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@Re: Bollocks to that

Again Scorchio!! misses the point.

At the moment the Government and the Civil Service can, effectively unilaterally, decide that "the people don't need to know this" and slap a 30 year rule restriction on it when the restriction on releasing the information involved is more to do with covering someone's political backside than risk to anyone's security.

Nobody is arguing that information on current military or security operations should be released willy-nilly without any care as to the results, so please stop bringing up this specious claim.

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@Scorchio!!

To pick one example: "By the time WikiLeaks published the study, the Army had begun to deploy newer technology, but some soldiers were still using the devices."

So a) the Army were aware of the problem and b) they *still* deployed the original technology *even though* they knew there were problems. Would *we* have known about this had Wikileaks not revealed it or would it have been hushed up, do you think?

You go on "IOW he's acknowledged the probability that he has harmed people" but you're distorting "might" into "probably has" which BTW still has nothing to do with him being "unelected/self appointed".

As for the rest of your "power without accountability" argument, you're really missing the point, go back and read again what I considered the "eminently good qualifications" I mentioned were and then consider whether the "standards" of our elected representatives are what you would expect in a responsible and democratic country.

If anyone should be arrested, it is those at the top of our power structures (such as those responsible for the lack of security of the computer systems that he hacked!) not someone who reveals *their* complacency.

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PC World website went titsup on Boxing Day

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"customers increasingly recognise we are the only place to go for the best deals"

ITYM Gullible idiots who believe our advertising and can't be bothered to look further think that we actually offer good value for money...

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