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Forget SETI, this is how you find aliens: Hefty prof speaks

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#include.std

Monty Python Universe Song Quote here

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Google Maps boss to Germans: 'We don't want to invade you'

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@Danny14

If you have a nice car in the drive or a TV that can be seen or whatever, I suggest you contact your local Crime Prevention Officer who will tell you some simple measures which will help prevent you becoming a victim of crime instead of sticking up a sign saying "I've got expensive stuff, rob me!"

It makes no odds whether the crooks walk past and eyeball your place or use Street View if it can be seen and they're more likely to physically walk past because for the Street View images become more out of date with every day that passes.

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Don't read this post!

This post is private, you do not have my permission to read it.

The fact that it's in a public forum and visible to anyone who cares to look here is irrelevant.

In the same way you're not allowed to look at my house, neither is Google because you and they will be invading my privacy.

Oh, and I think that that the Police should be allowed to arrest anyone who takes a photograph of my house without my permission or a picture of me walking down the street.

Of course if they should arrest me for taking a photograph of a public landmark because they think I might be a terrorist, well, that's ok too.

Isn't it...???

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Brass necked suspect swallows USB evidence

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"mag strip dumps"?

No, that will be in three or four days...

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Internet Explorer 8 still not mingling well with 2,000 highly-visited sites

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"[...] incompatible with Internet Explorer 8"?

Why does this remind me of the comment by the guy from the Dolmansaxlil Shoe Corporation in the Hitch-Hiker's Guide:

"His feet are the wrong size for his shoes."

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Typing merely by thinking - plugless brainjack kit invented

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Brainjack?

I need one of those like I need a hole in my head...

(Mine's the one with the mirror shades in the pocket)

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German court rejects police data snooping store

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It's a start...

... now we need to see this sort of sensible thinking extended over the rest of the EU (and eventually Britain) so all the unnecessary, represessive "Big Brother Is Watching You" laws brought in to "protect us" from the Terrorist bogeyman are rolled back...

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Buzz Aldrin goes Dancing With The Stars

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...alongside cream-splattered beach strumpet Pamela Anderson.

I'd vote for that! (It would certainly make at least one part of the show worth watching...)

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Oz watchdog nips Pammie Anderson's bikini-clad ass

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"Sexual intercourse..."

"... was to be looked on as a slightly disgusting minor operation, like having an enema."

George Orwell - 1984

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Secret documents: The Truth about MoD's UFO files

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You'd better pray that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space...

... because there's bugger all down here on Earth!

- Monty Python.

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MPs get ready to grubby hands in 'wash-up'

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Wonderful...

... So more rubbish legislation gets passed without adequate examination, let alone proper debate by our elected representatives, instead it's the Party Elite who decide what's best for the country based on what will make *them* look good in the polls.

The real "wash up" that Parliament needs is someone to clean out the Augean Stables and get rid of all these crappy "nod and a wink" established procedures which have damn all to do with any democratic process.

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Sexy is as sexy does: UK.gov struggles with sexualisation

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Remember, Nanny Knows Best!

Now don't you worry your pretty little heads about all this dirty filth and smut out there, Nanny's going to wave her magic legislative wand and make it all go away!

And don't worry that other people might get caught by this, obviously they're just perverts who obviously can't be trusted and we'll be getting around to them soon...

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Mandy accused of screwing small biz

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Mandy accused of screwing small biz

Bear, woods,.Pope, Catholic... you know the rest.

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Apple prepping 'Explicit' App Store?

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pointless and derivative type of apps

Sorry, have you actually looked at some of the rubbish that's already available?

And you approve of Apple tying themselves up in knots (oops!) trying to decide what sort of content they should or shouldn't allow to presumably "protect the integrity of their brand"?

Go away, troll.

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Council backs down on CRB checking grown-up lecturers

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Stupid!!

Yes, stupid.

This doesn't just "check for convictions" (which is sensible) it relies on gossip, innuendo and unfounded and unproven (and possibly malicious) accusations.

Consider for a moment what would happen if you worked with kids and someone (as a sick and ill-advised "joke") sent you a copy of one of those cartoons of Lisa Simpson engaged in sexual activity (which, of course, are soon to be illegal) and your supervisor or a parent saw it on your laptop or phone and reported it. That would be "significant information" as far as this law is concerned and could result in you losing your job and being banned from ever working with "vulnerable groups" again, even though you have never and would never harm a child.

Meanwhile someone like Vanessa George who was taking photos of children in the Devon Nursery where she worked would have been considered "safe" until such time as she was actually caught and convicted.

*That* is what is so stupid about another pointless, knee-jerk, "something must be done" piece of legislation from a clueless Government.

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The Home Office also responded...

... saying "Stop making our regulations look stupid! (Even though they are)"

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Let us legally rip discs, campaigner tells govt

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"this law is, to a great degree, unenforceable"

What? A nonsensical and unenforceable law? Never...!

What ever will they do next?

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Google profits from UK.gov's climate change quango rivalry

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Circle jerk?

I think you mean "Cluster Fuck"!

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Plan for top-level pornography domain gets reprieve

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And what about the grey areas?

I run a business making leather bondage gear. Whilst my site www.affordable-leather.co.uk has adult content (and appropriate warnings, is signed up to Net Nanny, Cyber Sitter et al) and is clearly not suitable for children, it's not "pornography", so should I be forced to dump my old domain (and have to re-do all my advertising and get all the links changed) to make it www.affordable-leather.xxx?

If not, what possible use is a .xxx TLD going to achieve except big commissions for the bidding war that will no doubt ensue for domains like sex.xxx and xxx.xxx which will probably sell for millions?

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Citizens rail against government data sharing

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Re: The Freedom Bill

Vince Cable for the Lib Dems is offering to answer questions from the public and there's one that says "How will you roll back the unnecessary attacks on personal liberties that Labour have introduced or planned under the guise of "protecting us" eg ID Cards, DNA databases, criminalisation of images of consenting adults, CCTV and ANPR etc?"

You can vote for this question here:

http://www.google.com/moderator/#15/e=4333&t=4333.40&q=4333.1d0e7

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MPs bash broadband tax

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You miss the point.

Are you really so naiive as to think that once this subsidised roll-out of rural broadband is complete the Government would then go "Oh, ok, that's done, let's scrapt the tax"?

They'll find another excuse to keep it (probably to run an online "child protection" service or some such) and then, to cover the extra "administration costs" bump it up to 75p, then a quid and once more the frog gets boiled.

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UK government won't be keeping mobile database

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"has no such plans" != "won't"

Big Brother icon: enough said.

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Car thieves making clean getaway with GPS jammers

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But... but...

... they *can't* do that, we've made jammers illegal! We know that banning something means that people won't do it, don't we, boys and girls?

- Government Spokesdrone.

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Twitter bomb threat joke man faces possible jail sentence

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How would I handle it...?

... Well, first tell me, did the 7/7 bombers or anyone else publically announce exactly what they were going to do before they did it?

And please, spare us the guilt trip "would you want to call the relatives?" nonsense. Would you want to tell the relatives of someone who'd been knocked down by a drunk driver? Would you want to tell someone they had cancer? Those are much more likely than a) such an attack happening again or b) those intending to carry it out telling everyone about it.

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Jury!

He has admitted posting the message, but that is *not* the same as pleading guilty to "sending, by means of a public electronic communications network, a message that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing character".

It is up to the prosecution to *prove* that his message was "of a menacing character", which is unlikely given that the prosecutor admits he "never intended the message to be received by the airport or for them to take it seriously".

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Police confiscated his iPhone, laptop and home computer.

... and we can probably shortly expect "smear" charges of him being suspected of having kiddie porn/ extreme porn/ dangerous drawings as well which will serve no other purpose than an attempt to taint his name in the public consciousness in the hope that it will make people think that the authorities were right to grossly over-react...

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Apple squashes wobbly jub app

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Puritanical censorship...?

... There's an app for that!

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Swiss prostitutes armed with defibrillators

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Let's hear it for common sense.

Meanwhile, of course, sex workers in this country would probably be being prosecuted for manslaughter in a ridiculous belief that this would "send a message" to other women to "discourage them" from entering the sex trade...

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ISS gets bay window onto Earth

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But...

... when do they install the quad laser cannons...?

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Watchdog takes hard line on 'adult film xtras' ad

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Re: model agency scam

The modelling scams have been going on for many years. Mostly they involve up-front "joining" or "registration" fees, followed by "You need a portfolio, pay our in-house photographer a couple of hundred quid" etc.

Anything like this that wants a fee up front should be ignored with prejudice.

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"paid several thousand pounds up front"

So just another version of a 419 scam.

Perhaps it could be called a 69 scam...?

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77% of domain registrations stuffed with rubbish

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Another example of ursine arboreal defecation...

... So the spammers, pill pushers, purveyors of illegal porn and so on are putting fake details in their domain registrations.

Wow, who would have thought it...

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Minister deploys 'dodgy' DNA case study

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Even if the four cases of rape are valid...

... it does not provide a justification for retaining the DNA of *every* person arrested unless the Government is accusing us *all* of being potential rapists...

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Royal hack police worker avoids jail

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"motivated by idle curiosity."

As opposed to, say, motivated by his interest in UFOs?

One law for them...

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MPs, Lords ask if Mandybill is human rights friendly

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"As we have explained in the past..."

"...flexibility is not an appropriate reason for defining a power which engages individual rights without adequate precision to allow for proper parliamentary scrutiny of its proportionality."

And the Government have replied "f**k you, we're going to do this anyway because we can!"

And so we get another piece of ill-thought out, ill-defined and completely vague legislation which lets the Government retroactively decide what they actually meant *after* the law has gone through Parliament, always presuming our elected representatives actually get to discuss all of it, which is unlikely because the Government is probably going to guillotine the debate to force it through before they are voted out of office...

Sorry, but we're not going to vote fascist for a third glorious decade of total law enforcement.

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MoJ and police discipline Twitter sinners

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Of course...

... what they really want to make sure is that Police Officers can't blog anonymously and criticise the management of resources and senior officers etc because that sort of thing makes them look bad...

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Holy Father turns on to Dad Rock

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So...

... the Vatican have forgiven John Lennon for saying that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus...?

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Google backpedals (again) on Buzz privacy

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The sound you hear...

... is of Google thinking they'd better offer to bolt everyone else's stable doors after Google let all the horses out...

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Doctor Who attempted to overthrow Thatcher

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The Happiness Patrol...

... I always thought it was a take-off of the Paranoia RPG.

"Are you happy, Citizen...?"

"Yes, friend Computer, I'm wonderfully happy!!!"

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UK universities being broken by border control measures

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"astonishingly short sighted and ill-conceived piece of unnecessary bureaucracy..."

... What *another* one...?

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Chip and PIN security busted

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Chip and Pin always was broken...

... since it was really all about shifting liability away from the Card Companies rather than actually making transactions secure.

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Foreign objects in orifices a bigger killer than laptops

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Foreign body entering...

... you know where you can stick that...!

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US judges leave definition of obscenity to Amish, Kansas

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@Cazzo Enorme

it was MPs who first put forward the Dangerous Pictures and Dangerous Cartoons legislation. Of course since the Government then Guillotined debate on the Criminal Justice Bill and the Coroners and Justice Bill, MPs never got to debate these proposals and it was left to the Lords to do something about it.

Of course since the only people with the balls to do that are the Lib Dems and since (as a Tory Lord admitted to me) Tory Peers don't vote on Lib Dem amendments, both pieces of nonsense legislation went through virtually unchanged.

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So, what this really means...

... is that if anyone, anywhere in the world, publishes material on the Internet, they could liable to prosecution if they visit the USA if it violates some arbitrary "community standard" (read: prejudice of narrow minded bigots)

Of course meanwhile in the UK we only have to worry if some MP decides they don't like it...

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Aussie anti-censor attacks strafe gov websites

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Conroy's pitch that Google censors search results in China so why not in Australia

If it's ok for the Chinese, it's ok for Australia...???

Strewth!

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Prisoners chucked off Facebook

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"Facebook [...] if they get a notice... "

"all they have to do is not make a judgement about it, just press the delete button."

Yep, don't worry about checking the details, just do what you're told! (I bet the RIAA, MPAA, PRS and all the others would love that too...)

PS "he'd like a remote control which could mute, or delete, people", well I can think of a few people I'd like to mute or even delete too. Does that make me a suspect...?

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Govt inserts battery take-back scheme

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A good start (at last) but what about the rest of the stuff?

To get to my local recycling centre (and it *is*, as has been mentioned by others, a centre for recycling) requires a 10 mile round trip.

Consequently recycling of batteries, low-energy lightbulbs, old computer kit and much more is actually environmentally *unfriendly* unless it's possible to take an entire car-load to offset the fuel involved in getting there in the first place...

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Battlefield skyhook robocopter 'passes US Marines' test'

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Or how about...

Immediate Cargo Unmanned Supply System

or iCUSS for short when they're going "Where's the *%#& supply chopper?"

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Global gov's shrugging lets cybercrims frolic

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"Baked-in security"

As opposed to half-baked security...?

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IPS's double IT has risks, says commissioner

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"forcing passport applicants to enrol..."

... So much for "voluntary", then...

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