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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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Tories will force BT to open up ducts to rivals

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None of the other passengers looked impressed.

Well, they'd have been even less impressed if you'd forced it to run through the buffers and onto the concourse...!

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Jedi chapter seeks leader after master resigns

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"an undisclosed location"

<Waves hand>

This is not the location you're...

... oh bugger, what a give away!

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Online Kiwis maybe feeling Oz censor trickledown

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New Zealand fix...

Amongst other things I'm a Moderator on the Gamehouse Discussion forums for their version of Scrabble etc and a couple of our users have found a work-around to allow access to Gamehouse games on Facebook for users in New Zealand.

See http://forums.fb.gamehouse.com/showthread.php?t=836

NB this is not an official Gamehouse fix, caveat user! :-)

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China stomps cybercrook training outfit

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Chinese authorities have closed down a firm....

... and taken it under State control...

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Extreme pr0n suspect has his internet access suspended

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It's called "Strict Liability"

Strict liability means that mens rea ("guilty mind") does not have to be proven in relation to the actus reus ("guilty act") in order for a conviction to be obtained.

In other words the defendant has to prove that the image is *not* "grossly offensive" or "liable to cause serious injury" etc, which is virtually impossible.

Let's hear it for Tick-Box Justice...

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Does this mean that BDSM clubs are now illegal in this country?

No, thanks to Regina vs Church 1996 after the Club Whiplash raid where the CPS tried to get a conviction for "running a disorderly house". The Judge asked the Jury "Do you think this sort of behaviour is acceptable in this day and age" and the Jury said "Yes".

The only problem is that the Operation Spanner case R vs Laskey, Jaggard, Brown et al, says that if you leave marks which are "more than trifling or transient" then you are committing an offence...

Confused? You will be...

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Iran launches rat, two turtles, some worms into space

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And in related news...

The Government are now warning that Iran may be able to launch rockets containing plague carrying rats and have raised the National Security Level to "frantic".

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MoD turns to bloggers for advice on UK defence policy

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Pour encourager les autres...

... or, at least, it would get rid of some of the redundant Admirals, Generals and so on...

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Aussie ISP beats Hollywood on 'copyright' rap

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Bravo Judge Cowdroy!

At last someone who gets the point that just because Hollywood squinnies does NOT mean they get their own way simply because they can afford lots of expensive lawyers.

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DNA pioneer lambasts government database policy

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Good for you Sir Alec!

Of course we now have to hope that the Government will actually *listen* to the advice they're given instead of ignoring it and blithely continuing to trample all over every liberty we have...

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Carbon trade phish scam disrupts exchanges

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"This happens to banks about once or twice a month. And this is the same sort of thing...."

So why the F**K didn't you consider that before introducing this silly scheme with great big security holes in it??

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Google behavioral ad targeter is a Smart Ass

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"a browser plug-in that kept your opt-out"

Where can we get this...!

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US plans crewless automated ghost-frigates

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Why blow it up?

All you need is a "blocking" ship to put itself in the way of the robo-ship and whilst it's trying to dodge past that, the sub slips silently away...

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Head of Stats warns politicians: 'Hands off our numbers!'

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Who else read that title as...

... "Head of Stasi"?!

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ID minister promises virtual immortality for all Britons

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"is the Gov't exempt from the DPA?"

What do you think...?!

# Section 28 - National security. Any processing for the purpose of safeguarding national security are exempt from all the data protection principles, as well as Part II (subject access rights), Part III (notification), Part V (enforcement), and Section 55 (Unlawful obtaining of personal data).

# Section 29 - Crime and taxation. Data processed for the prevention or detection of crime, the apprehension or prosecution of offenders, or the assessment or collection of taxes are exempt from the first data protection principle.

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Spiderman Beetleman wall-crawl glove/boot tech invented

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"It's a fun thing to think about,"

"You can think about making a credit card-sized device that you can put in a [...] door, and break it open with very little voltage," according to Steen.

Great for when you've forgotten your keys...

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Directgov battles terrorism with report-a-website page

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"Be a Government Informer.

"...Betray Your Family & Friends. Fabulous Prizes to be Won!"

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Security firms plot revamp to minimise false alarms

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So why not just...

... have all the employees of your Anti-Virus company download the updates first? There should be sufficient computers of various configurations and installations amongst them to pick up most of the duff update problems.

And it would give your workers a much greater incentive to ensure that these sort of glitches don't happen in the first place!

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Britain warns businesses of Chinese 'honey trap'

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"lavish hospitality and flattery,"

Mine's the one with "I am a british businessman working with senstive commercial secrets" on the back...

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Extreme Pr0n - One Year On

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"The case...

... for driving a coach and horses through some basic principles of English Law feels equally unmade."

The case was, of course, *never* made in the first place, just a "precautionary principle" argument that "well, this material might cause problems and we don't like it, so let's ban it".

Meanwhile, however, we still have a book-burning law which says "if you've got anything that might fall under this law, you'd better delete it youself, just in case we nick you for something else and we use it as an easier way to get a conviction".

As for our worst fears not being realised, you miss out the important word "Yet". It took some while for Councils etc to realise the power that the RIPA gave them, but when they did figure it out, abuse of these powers rapidly became widespread.

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Google mystery server runs 13% of active websites

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Colossus calling Guardian...

2 + 2 = 4

Guardian calling Colossus...

2 + 2 = 4

(Who else remembers The Forbin Project...?)

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British poshos outdrink chavs

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In 2008 5,999 men died an alcohol-related death against 3,032 women

So that's 9,000 deaths in the UK alone.

Remind me again why we're so afraid of terrorism...?

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Hong Kong Taoist masters still hard at it

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The lads from Lagos...

... must be kicking themselves for missing out all these past several years...!

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Interpol chief questions body scanner rollout

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@so...

Hey, don't be so nasty...

... to the chimpanzees!

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Sun takes over MoD's UFO bureau

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And in related news...

... Page 3 Stunna Lisa Lovely, 19, from Lincoln said "Wow! It's great that the soaraway Sun is taking over this vital job otherwise who knows who might be probing us when we're in bed!"

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French mock British G-spot probe

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And in other news...

... a group of male researchers claimed that the existence of the clitoris was a myth because they couldn't find it...

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Italians salute Mussolini on the iPhone

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Is this the...

.... iLDuce?

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Silicone implants that generate 'leccy invented for US spooks

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"a material which generates electricity when squeezed, mashed or wobbled"

Excuse me, miss, but I noticed your laptop battery is running a bit low, may I lend you a hand or two...?

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Fujitsu: 'iPad? That's ours'

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How about...

... iDon'tgiveacrap?

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Obama to scrap Moon, Mars expeditions - report

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Politicians have no clue about anything.

And you clearly have no idea how to construct a sensible argument!

You complain about the "sheer idiocy" of the arguments, but then you go from "we don't need to go back to the moon" to "Technically, you don't need to eat either". Tell me, have you ever heard the expression "Straw Man"?

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The Myth of the 1970s Global Cooling Scientific Consensus

Dear Terry H, try doing a little basic research before digging up another long-discredited Zombie Argument:

http://ams.allenpress.com/archive/1520-0477/89/9/pdf/i1520-0477-89-9-1325.pdf

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The previous post...

... was brought to you by Fox News.

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California school pulls 'oral sex' dictionary

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Why do modern dictionaries insist on including phrases these days?

Because those phrases are part of the language and the point of a dictionary is to enable people to comprehend the language as it is use.

For instance you could look up the words "dick" and "head" separately but...

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@"It’s hard to sit and read the dictionary..."

Yeah, but I skipped to the end and found that the Zebra did it...

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Compulsory perv scanners upset everyone

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That has to be...

... one of the most stupid examples of hobby-horse riding I've seen in a long time!

I have been to naturist events, I don't have an over-active sense of body-modesty, but just because British Naturism thinks that others shouldn't either is *NO* justification for treating everyone (me included) as a potential terrorist in another piece of nonsensical Security Theatre.

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Tesco store bans shopping in pyjamas

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If you think this is a problem...

... then I strongly recommend you don't google for People of Walmart...!!

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Brit kids failing to fall out of trees

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Well obviously...

... it's because we're Thinking Of The Children(tm)!

We're protecting the poor little darlings from all those dangers out there, especially all those paedos who are lurking on every street corner.

Far better that our children die early from coronary heart disease...

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