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UN defends human right to WikiLeaked info

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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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@Ian Michael Gumby

"The point is that Assange is not someone who has either the authority, experience, or ability to correctly disseminate information on the behalf of any government."

In other words he's not a party flunky, political spin doctor or someone with a vested interest in protecting the careers of politicians.

Those sound like eminently good qualifications to me!

As for your supposition, why would Assange be treated any different from anyone else who has leaked embarrassing things about the British Government?

And why am I "wrong" because *you* and the Government think that the people that elected them don't "need to know" things that were done in their name? Does that include things like using our own troops as guinea pigs for biological, chemical or radiological research? Does that include co-operating in the USA's "extraordinary rendition" programme where people were illegally flown from UK soil to places where they could be tortured? Does that include forcibly shipping out the population of Diego Garcia island to allow the Yanks to set up a base there? Does that... (this list could go on for a long time).

I can accept that *some* information needs to be secret if it will affect existing operations or put at hazard those who have participated in past operations, but blanket impositions of "it's secret because we don't want you know and it might make me look bad" simply don't wash.

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@BillG

"Assange deliberately got good people killed and he profited from their deaths."

Really? Who got killed and how did Assange profit from their deaths? (BTW You might like to look up the definition of "libel" at some point...)

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People should not be afraid of their Governments...

... Governments should be afraid of their people.

Alan Moore - V for Vendetta.

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Bravo for the UN!

"Without the protection of this right, it is impossible for citizens to know the truth, demand accountability and fully exercise their right to political participation."

And that says it all.

Governments represent their people, so the people have a right to know what the Government is doing in their names.

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PC World website went titsup on Boxing Day

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Coffee/keyboard

"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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How I watched a holographic storage company implode

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"productise"???

I'm sorry, but anyone who uses a word like that is digging their own grave...!

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Cambridge boffins rebuff banking industry take down request

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But.... but...

... you *CAN'T* go around telling people that Chip and Pin isn't perfect and wonderful and absolutely impossible to fiddle or defraud as we've been lyin^H^H^H^H telling people for ages now!

If you did that, then everyone who's been scammed with a C&P card and been told "too bad, the technology is perfect, it must have been your fault!" might get the idea that they don't need to be fobbed off like this and *can* get their money back from us!

WON'T SOMEONE THINK OF OUR PROFITS!!

- SIgned: The banks.

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Paul Allen reloads patent attack against tech titans

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"claimed ownership of four patents...

"[...] that have been staples of most websites for years."

Does this mean he's only just noticed, or only just decided that they're now valuable enough to make it worthwhile suing for...?

(Patent) Troll...

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Vulture falls asleep in front of Christmas TV

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Happy Humbug...

... to El Reg!

(And I don't blame you for falling asleep in front of Xmas TV, once again it's really crap...)

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Mozilla takes on web data miners with privacy icon release

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What's useful...

... is having your own domain.

That way, when XYZsite wants an e-mail address you can create an e-mail address at XYZsite@mydomain.co.uk so if you subsequently get spam it makes it blatantly obvious who has been profligate with your details.

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Mind your own: Scotland unveils privacy principles

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"privacy-friendly public services"

It's a good start and one that the English Government should emulate, but it needs to go further and get rid of the nonsense legislation that requires the ridiculous amounts of ID you have to produce eg to open a bank account etc.

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Pirate Bay mouthpiece disses Assange's legal wrangles

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shifting focus away from the WikiLeaks cause…

Is that the sound of High Fives being exchanged in the USA...?

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School caretaker harassed after Islamists hack EDL

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@Titus Technophobe

Thank you for the clarification, I agree entirely.

(Alas it looks like those who downvoted me haven't bothered to read the read of the thread...)

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@Titus Technophobe

Yes, I *KNOW* the quote I have used it many times myself (as a quick search of my name and the phrase will demonstrate) although actually whilst it's generally now attributed to Voltaire, it's possible that he never said it, but it's a paraphrase of his beliefs see: http://www.classroomtools.com/voltaire.htm

I was not accusing you of threatening anyone, the point I was making was that in your post you put a question mark at the end seemingly querying why the opponents of the EDL should not be allowed to say what they want, however I think you would agree that sending threatening hate-mail goes beyond the right of freedom of speech.

Perhaps the people who down-voted me would like to change their votes now, or don't they agree with *MY* right to express an opinion because *they* misunderstood it?

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@Titus Technophobe

"I will defend to the death your right to say it?"

You have the right to express a view, you do not have the right to make threats against another person because you don't like what they say...

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London's tube demands faster-than-NFC ticketing

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move the sensor about 2 paces further away from the barrier.

Great, so the person in front of the person in front of you gets refused for some reason, but then you stick your card on the reader and as it authorises it allows *them* to walk through the barrier and *you* get blocked until, hopefully, someone behind the person behind you puts their card on the reader and that lets you through...

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Microwaved hard disc, run-over PC and other data disasters

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First rule of computing...

... have a backup.

Second rule of computing:

See Rule One!

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Councils show true grit in the face of ... FOI requests

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"Commercial confidentiality"?

But to whose benefit?

If I was running a business supplying salt and grit and could find out that a Council was buying it at £38 a tonne and I could supply it at £20 a tonne, it would be to my advantage, the Council's advantage and, most importantly, the Tax Payers' advantage for that information to be available.

In fact the only people whose interests are protected by "commercial confidentiality" are the people who are supplying it at a higher cost and thus making greater profits from the public purse!

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National Identity Card holding chumps have buyer's remorse

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Please send your refund requests to...

... Ed Milliband, c/o Labour Party Headquarters and mention that Tony and Gordon should chip in too...

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Alert

What?

You mean I can't get a refund for my Betamax VCR or my DAB radio or my DAT player or my Mini Disc player or...

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Enormous 1km ice-cube machine fashioned at South Pole

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That is not dead...

... which can eternal lie...!

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Famous 'Silhouette' Flash illusion unravelled by trick-cyclist

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It is normal?

Well if it isn't, we both have the same problem!

Although with a bit of concentration (I find it best to watch the extended leg) you can convince your brain to swap the direction she's going.

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Sluggish economy means hard times for US executioners

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@Tigra 07

And you try looking up the dictionary definition of vengeance.

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Right, because...

... nobody has *EVER* subsequently been acquitted on appeal or post-humously found to have been the innocent victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Tell me, how much justice can *you* afford?

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BAA accused of banning passengers from filming travel chaos

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I think you mean...

... "wrong type of interviewee"!

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No more books on Ireland's banned book list

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"unlikely titles...

"...such as Startling Detective or True Detective Mysteries."

Err, aren't those the ones whose covers would feature full colour drawings of busty young ladies with loose blouses or ripped skirts being bound up or attacked or fleeing from assailants along with lurid stories of vice and drugs and general depravity?

Nope, nothing for the prudes to get upset about there...!

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China net filtering overlord gets pwned

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Oh the...

... IRONY!!!

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Microsoft says no to Kinect sex game

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At the Erotica show a couple of years ago...

... in the Trade Section, there was a new "toy" from Japan which was a synthetic female hand attached to a mechanism which would allow it to slide up and down in synchronisation with the motions of a young lady on a video which would play on your computer.

I can't help thinking that with that and the game in this article plus a webcam there's a whole new world of (ahem) "interactive communications devices" just waiting to be developed...!!!

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Magnetic vortices research uncovers a cool place to put data

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To quote Isaac Asimov:

"The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!' but 'That's funny...'"

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Amazon randomly censoring incest books

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I will now read from the book of Genesis Chapter 19 Verses 30-38

30 Lot and his two daughters left Zoar and settled in the mountains, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar. He and his two daughters lived in a cave.

31 One day the older daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is no man around here to give us children—as is the custom all over the earth.

32 Let us get our father to drink wine and then sleep with him and preserve our family line through our father.”

33 That night they got their father to drink wine, and the older daughter went in and slept with him. He was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

34 The next day the older daughter said to the younger, “Last night I slept with my father. Let us get him to drink wine again tonight, and you go in and sleep with him so we can preserve our family line through our father.”

35 So they got their father to drink wine that night also, and the younger daughter went in and slept with him. Again he was not aware of it when she lay down or when she got up.

36 So both of Lot’s daughters became pregnant by their father.

37 The older daughter had a son, and she named him Moab; he is the father of the Moabites of today.

38 The younger daughter also had a son, and she named him Ben-Ammi; he is the father of the Ammonites of today.

Erm, excuse me, Amazon...!!!

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David Attenborough dino doc shows limits of 3D TV

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3D? Most documentaries are 1D!

So much of what appears on TV now barely needs vision *at all*, let alone 3D!

I often work whilst "watching" (well, actually listening to) something on Discovery or National Geographic channel because so little information is supplied by the pictures that I only need to glance at the screen once a minute to see if anything important is there (usually it isn't) then go back to what I need to look at.

Even the narration is often so ridiculously repetitive that the whole programme could have been shown in half the broadcast time.

3D? Flat Screen Plasma? Hi def? I'll stick to my old CRT TV!

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Prisoners plot strike action over mobile phones

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@thecakeis(not)alie

I agree that some people with mental health problems will never be suitable for rehabilitation, but that's an argument for better mental health facilities (as is the fact that many people who are currently in prison would be more suited to secure mental hospitals if they hadn't all been cut)

As to how we decide who is or isn't suitable for rehabilitation, I don't know enough about the subject to be able to comment, but I do know that past results have shown that "give them a hard time" doesn't work, but that systems like Restorative Justice http://www.restorativejustice.org.uk/ have shown greater positive results

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@Michael C

Try looking at the history of penal systems and you might find that the "treat them like the scum they are and don't give them *anything* more that the basics" technique has been tried in the past and, unsurprisingly, found to fail to break the cycle of offending, release, re-offending and re-incarceration.

Or just go back to reading the Daily Mail.

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ASSANGE GRANTED BAIL

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@Scorchio!!

Let's just look at some of the names who have been offering to contribute to his bail: Ken Loach, Tariq Ali, John Pilger, Jemima Khan.

This isn't "Yes, M'Lud, the defendant's Uncle Fred and his brother in law Honest Charlie are willing to write a cheque post-dated for next Tuesday"...

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You can have bail, but we want £240,000 *IN CASH*!

WTF? That's really a great idea, let's just go down to the bank and draw out almost a quarter of a million pounds in cash, jump in a taxi and tootle down to the court with it in a suitcase!

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Zuckerberg beats Assange to claim Person of the Year™

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Man of the Year?

Not Bitch of the Year?

(Oh come on, someone had to say it!)

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WikiLeaks.org resurrected in US of A

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Re: "shouldn't that be illegally _leaked_ material?"

Hush! You're not allowed to say that, otherwise people might start asking the US Government about all the other leaks of politically sensitive material to the media and the word "hypocrites" start being bandied about...!

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US Army 'to issue every soldier with a smartphone'

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HELLO!!

I'M ON A COVERT MISSION!!!!

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Robo stealth bomber piggybacks on NASA's shuttle jumbo

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Or – perhaps even better –

No more pilots hopped up on Amphetamines as the US military has been wont to do to keep their pilots alert at the cost of impairing their judgement and causing friendly fire incidents because you can swap the "pilot" during a long mission.

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US Navy achieves '100 mile' hypersonic railgun test shot

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@You can't hit what you can't see

So you launch a spotter aircraft or drone or you use satellites to locate your targets...

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"this rate of firing would leave little juice left for propulsion"

So cue the SF cliche of the "Big Weapon" that you dare not use because to do so will leave you dead in the water until your power recharges...!

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Electric forcefield space sailing-ship tech gets EU funding

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@err...

At a guess I'd say you wind in the wires, perform a standard gravitational sling-shot manoeuvre and then, when you're past Jupiter, extend the wires again and (possibly) get a double push. Sorted.

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Men may be able to grow a new pancreas from their testicles

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"thing [sic] of the children"?

Are you planning on bringing back castrati too?!

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Coder converts Kinect to air guitar

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Very nice, but...

... it's not complete until you can tune it to "Open E" and play "Smoke on the Water"!

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NASA's Odyssey to break Martian long-service record

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Coat?

Surely you mean Stilsuit!

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Governments stonewall interwebs porn domain

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@Ahhh, the irony!

First of all you make the mistake of thinking that the "online porn industry" is the same as the online *adult* industry (it's not) and secondly trying to compare the tobacco companies who *knew* that their product was harmful to people to either is utter nonsense since despite many years of trying, *nobody* has provided any scientifically verifiable proof that porn or adult content actually causes any harm at all.

The vast majority of the adult industry has no desire to "inflict" its product on anyone who doesn't want to see it, unlike the "moral minority" who want to inflict *their* views on everyone by saying that "we should be the ones who decide what is or isn't safe or acceptable for you to view".

If you want to make sure that you don't see porn, invest in the free blocking software that is available. If you want to make sure your children don't see it, take some RESPONSIBILITY for the upbringing of your offspring.

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@Prefer truth in advertising?

Once again I have to point out the flaw in this argument.

I run a business making bondage gear. I don't have "porn" on my site, but I do have "adult content" (the difference, if you want to make one, being that it's not designed to encourage you to wank over it, but to buy the products)

I already have had to register and pay for a bunch of domains based on my Affordable Leather Products business name (the only one I don't have, .com, is currently sitting parked and doing nothing because someone wants to sell it for over three thousand dollars!) if there's an .xxx domain as well, I'm going to have to register *another* one and probably, because it's .xxx that's going to be at a premium price because, "well, it's porn, so we can charge more for it, can't we?" and that's presuming, of course, someone doesn't try to cybersquat on it before I can buy it!

I'm not being "untruthful" by having a .co.uk domain instead of a .xxx domain, but it's certainly going to cost me more even though I already have a "Warning - Adult Content" front page and the site is registered with Cyber Sitter, Net Nanny and so on.

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Visa approves wireless payment chip

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Let's hear it for electronic pick-pocketing...

Thieves now have the capabilities to steal your credit card information without laying a hand on your wallet.

http://www.wreg.com/news/wreg-electronic-pickpocketing-story,0,6564458.story?page=1

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EU telecoms to Apple, Google: 'Pay up!"

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So what would you prefer...?

Bandwidth throttling? DPI and Net non-neutrality?

If you built a motorway network and businesses started huge lorries along it, breaking up the surface and causing congestion for other users, would you consider it unreasonable to ask those businesses to contribute to the cost of upkeep or would you think it better that those businesses' traffic be diverted to slower roads?

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