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UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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@Oninoshiko Re: Translation:

> thought child pornography was always a crime to posses, no matter how you received it

Sexual Offences Act 2003:

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46 Criminal proceedings, investigations etc.

(1)After section 1A of the Protection of Children Act 1978 (c. 37) insert—

“1BException for criminal proceedings, investigations etc.

(1)In proceedings for an offence under section 1(1)(a) of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child, the defendant is not guilty of the offence if he proves that—

(a)it was necessary for him to make the photograph or pseudo-photograph for the purposes of the prevention, detection or investigation of crime, or for the purposes of criminal proceedings, in any part of the world,

(b)at the time of the offence charged he was a member of the Security Service, and it was necessary for him to make the photograph or pseudo-photograph for the exercise of any of the functions of the Service, or

(c)at the time of the offence charged he was a member of GCHQ, and it was necessary for him to make the photograph or pseudo-photograph for the exercise of any of the functions of GCHQ.

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Of course the "necessity" here is the prevention of terrerism...

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New FBI boss says cyber crime, not terrorism, is top of Feds' todo list

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But... but...

... Cyber Crime *IS* Terrerism!!!

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Hungarian eggheads unleash not-at-all-scary DRONE SWARM

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Who cares about the clever technology...?

... Kudos for the Monty Python references guys!!!

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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"If 90 per cent opt out [of care.data], we won't have an NHS."

Then how the *FUCK* did we manage to have one for the last half-century??

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Wot a COCKUP: Poorly NHS websites spawn SPAMMY VIAGRA ads

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You mean...

... this isn't just something else the Tories have flogged off to their mates...?

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Google kills copycat TfL congestion charge payment ads

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I agree, but be careful...

... Yes, there are scam sites out there who will try to rip people off by charging a fee for simply forwarding on data, but the flip side is, for instance, the business that a friend of mine runs.

She sorts out US Visa applications which is something you can do yourself, but she does it for well known celebrities, pop bands and so on and it's quicker and simpler for them to pay her to do the work rather than spend time trying to sort out a dozen or twenty Visas by themselves. This also means that, sometimes, she has to travel to London to get to the US Embassy when it opens in the morning to sort out a problem for someone whose plane is leaving later that day.

So, yes, we need to do something about the scammers, but not at the cost of catching legitimate businesses in an overly big net.

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Moon flashes Earth after getting pounding from MASSIVE meteorite

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Looks like a fish...

... moves like a fish...

... steers like a cow!

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NHS England DIDN'T tell households about GP medical data grab plan

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Perhaps it should be renamed...

... dont.care.data...?

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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Or is Lewis getting more desperate to prove his view of the argument...?

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Just like Elvis, dead Steve Jobs to appear all over America in 2015

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Gimp

Unlike Presley, Jobs has not been sighted in obscure truck stops around the nation.

But will you be able to go to Las Vegas and get a Steve Jobs lookalike to perform your wedding ceremony...?

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Nancy from the air...

... and there was me thinking he was spying on his neighbour who was sunbathing...

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Robot army to police football World Cup

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Come and have a go...

... if you think you're hard enough. You have ten seconds to comply...

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How many mobile apps collect data on users? Oh ... nearly all of them

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A Killer App Opportunity...

So now what we need is for someone to write an App that will act as an over-arching sandbox for all the others to run in such that *WE* get to decide what (if any) data leaves it!

I'd certainly be willing to pay for that.

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SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

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"100GB of free storage...

"...although the extra gigabytes are only good for twelve months, after which customers must either start paying for them or lose them."

Well isn't *that* generous of them! Start to use those "free" 100GB and then you have to decide whether to fork out money or lose/ delete whatever you were storing in them.

And the pushers always offer a "free" sample too...

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Big Beardie's watching: Gaze into the screen... it shall gaze also into you

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"It doesn’t recognise people...

"...so it can’t say “Hello Chief Anderton”, nor does it remember people with a view to selling you whatever you bought last time"

... YET.

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Korean credit card companies hit with 90-day, $100m sales ban

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Re: overdone?

Pour encourager les autres...

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

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Re: Good

Lol! That's a good one, tell us another...!

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

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Oh great...

... so now not only will we get pictures of people's dinner on Failbook, they'll be hashtagging their mashtags too!

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Top Brit docs wade into GP data grab row, demand 'urgent' NHS England talks

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See this website for details of what's happening and how to opt out...

http://www.care-data.info/

I've also written to my MP asking him and his colleagues to get this whole nonsense put on hold until we get a proper say in what happens to our private data!

http://www.theyworkforyou.com

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SPACE VID: Watch JUMBO ASTEROID 2000 EM26 buzzing Earth

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Slooh?

I thought for a moment that said "Slood" and was a nod to Terry Pratchett ;-)

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Brit boffins brew up blight-resistant FRANKENSPUD

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@jake - Re: Can anybody point me at ANYTHING that is not GMO?

Gene splicing from unrelated species != Cross breeding different varieties of the same species.

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Vertical take-off and laughing: Space Harrier

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Re: Southsea Arcade

Damn, you and I must have been wasting (erm, spending) money on the game around the same time because I was one of those people standing around in Clarence Pier waiting for my turn!

I was never as good, though, as my friend Raf (tall, dark curly hair) who would casually sit there, can of Quattro in one hand, joystick in the other, blasting his way through the entire game :-/

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"It’s hard to comprehend...

"...why so much love is still felt for this half-baked (by today’s standards) shooter."

Because it was *FUN*!!!

A game that ran at an almost insane speed, which required lots of concentration, a chair you sat in that *moved*, great (for their time) graphics, what is there not to love?!

“Welcome to the Fantasy Zone, get ready!”

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New password system lets planet Earth do the hard work

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So how...

... is this going to stop people picking their house as their "special location" which is going to be as secure as using their birthday?

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Who OWNS data generated by 'connected cars' sensor slurpers?

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My car...

... my data!

All that is needed is for it to be able to say "here I am" to any other such equipped cars in the vicitinity. Anything else is going beyond its remit into the realms of monitoring and spying on me and where I go, just as the last Labour government wanted to put ANPR cameras at every major junction.

It doesn't matter whether you're the government or the motor manufacturer, you do *NOT* have the right to demand that information from me.

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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

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Re: @M Gale - Unfair Tax?

@M Gale - You can call it whatever you like, it's still not "a tax that pays for the roads", but you can keep (and will) wriggling as much as you like too as the rest of your post demonstrates.

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Re: @Graham Dawson - Leave it out

"Avoidance is not paying taxes that you aren't required to pay. What's unethical or immoral about that?"

Ask Vodaphone or Amazon or Google or Starbucks.

Blatantly manipulating the system may be legal and profitable, but it hardly qualifies as ethical.

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@Neil Barnes - Re: TV a necessity?

People went to the music hall and then the movies and watched News Reels.

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Re: @M Gale - Unfair Tax?

M Gale - *NOBODY* pays "Road Tax" and haven't done since just after WWII, you are taxed on your ownership of a motor vehicle but you don't get a discount because "I don't use that sort of road, therefore I won't pay for it."

I'll spell out what this has to with the Goggle box: It's just like someone saying "I don't watch the BBC therefore I shouldn't have to pay for it." Is that clear now?

(Oh and BTW, if you ride a motorbike, which does not contribute to congestion and causes less damage to a road than a small car, you *still* have to pay VED, even though its capacity is less than those cars which are exempted from VED.)

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@M Gale - Re: Unfair Tax?

> Oh lovely. I don't want the BBC. Can I watch Channel 4? ITV? Sky? Anything?

> Guess not, then.

Right, so if I only ride a bicycle, can I withold the part of my taxes which go to pay for motorways because I don't use them?

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And who would produce...

... documentaries like Michael Moseley comes up with? Pain, Pus and Poison? Eww! Nobody wants to watch that!

Or what about Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades? A bunch of people sat around a table nattering about music? Too boring (the fact that the guy has forgotten more about music than most people know seems to be irrelevant).

And The Sky at Night would get the axe because it has no mass-market appeal.

I'll leave the last word(s) to Mitch Benn... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3q2iZuU5WM

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Re: fund it from general taxation

Great, and leave it it *WIDE OPEN* to government meddling and BS austerity because it's not "paying its way" and "we're all in this together"...

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@Graham Dawson - Re: Leave it out

"avoidance (entirely legal)"

But not necessarily entirely ethical...

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'The Mystery of the Martian Doughnut' solved by NASA sleuths

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@Phil O'Sophical

African or...

... sorry, wrong punchline.

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US Senate bill would mandate 'kill switch' on all smartphones

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Re: The other shoe drops...

As I said in the last El Reg article on this: The system is fine as long as *we*, the public have control over the "brick code" and decide when it's used.

If the State gets their hands on it, however...

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'Please don't make me spend more time with my family...'

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Bullshit...

... BINGO!

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Facebook KICKS OUT ad stalkers for BREACHING data rules

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Pots and kettles...

... come to mind, bitch!

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Bad luck, n00bs: Mozilla to splurge ADS inside empty Firefox tiles

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Re: @Fibbles - WTF is "tiles"?

"this means that some of my most visited sites are buried 3 levels deep in the bookmarks menu"

Erm, are you aware that the Firefox Bookmarks tab has a "Most Visited" section...?

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@Fibbles - Re: WTF is "tiles"?

Perhaps you should re-organise your bookmarks a bit more coherently, then?

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Re: WTF is "tiles"?

They're what disappear if you open a new tab and click on the faint grey 3 x 3 block in the top right hand corner so you never see them again...

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GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

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@Smarty Pants - Re: Not received the leaflet

I suggest you read the link I posted above: This data is *NOT ANONYMISED*!

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The first I knew about it...

... was when I read this document that I got this document forwarded to me:

http://www.care-data.info/

I thought I'd done enough by opting out of the Summary Care Record and similar nonsense, but this is something completely different and I'd urge everyone to opt out ASAP because this data doesn't even make an attempt at the fig leaf of being "anonymised" and you'll be giving your information to Cameron's Cronies in perpetuity for them to use in any commercial way they want!

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China's censors censor press censorship report

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Same to...

... you Europeans!

(Copyright Benny Hill ;-) )

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Ganymede map helps reveal satellite's secrets

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"this truly unique moon"

As opposed to what? An only slightly unique moon...?

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Dr Hurricane unleashes FUSION POWER at Livermore nuke lab

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But...

... does he have an assistant called Cyclone Boy?

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OK, Mr. President, those cybersecurity guidelines you ordered are HERE

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@skelband - Do the guidelines mention how to protect yourself from the NSA?

Yes, but they were written by the NSA...

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FBI offers $10,000 bounty for arrest of laser-wielding idiots

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@Rule of Thumb - Re: Sounds a bit desperate?

"I'll bet their money would be better spent exchanging laser pointers for $10 McDonald's coupons."

Great, so they'll buy a cheap laser pointer for a buck or two and swap it for a coupon that's worth five times the value and then buy another pointer...

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No problem...

... a few drones, a Hellfire missile or two with "home on laser" capability...

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Credit card of PayPal PRESIDENT cloned by UK crooks

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And of course...

... in the case of all those '"tons" of fraudulent transactions', the card issuer immediately snatched the money back from the retailers and gave it back to him before actually *checking* with the retailer to see if they were fraudulent in the first place...

... Oh, no, hang on, that's what PayPal does, isn't it?

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One good thing from the Flappy Birds crapp flap: It's a handy 'tech' media rating system

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Meanwhile...

"Flappy Bird scammers pounce on unsuspecting users

"Scam artists seeking to capitalise on the demise of popular mobile game Flappy Bird have released harmful clones.

"Apps that appeared to be identical to the original have been designed to trick users into sending premium rate text messages."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-26136781

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