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UK.gov may abolish edited electoral roll

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Data collected for electoral purposes...

... should only be used for those purposes.

What a great idea!

Parliament should pass an Act, say one for, oh, I don't know, Protection of Data, that has rules which state that Data must only collected for specific purposes and can only be used *for* those purposes and that the Data should not be disclosed (or sold) to others *without* the consent of the individual.

Maybe they could even have someone called a Commissioner for Information whose job it was to ensure those rules are obeyed and who had the power to do something if they were broken.

I wonder why nobody thought of this before...?

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DARPA balloon-hunt compo: Stand by for skulduggery

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The end of the world is nigh...!

... This is what we've waited for,

This is it boys, this is war!

The President is on the line

As 99 red balloons go by...

Nena - 99 Red Balloons

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Boffins: Stress of family Xmas can cause fatal diseases

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In other news...

... oh you know the rest: bears, woods, Popes etc...

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Bumbling NJ firemen, cops blown up in 'huge fireball'

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Oil and water, it can be done...

... as Mythbusters proved.

(Ok, so it needs a hell of a lot of water, but WTH!)

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Border agency to start fingerprint checks

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But what about the yanks...?

I have often thought about visiting America, however I have no intention of ever visiting it until they stop treating me as a terrorist suspect simply for wanting to go there.

The question is will Merkins visiting the UK be required to give these details and, if not, why not (or is it just another one-sided treaty that means we dance to their tune?)

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Italian prosecutors seek jail time for Google execs

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could spell the end of Web 2.0 in Italy...

... so, no loss there, then!

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Microsoft enlists faceless girl band as face of Windows 7

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@New forum style comments voting scheme is pants

Very true.

Having to hit the "Back" button is just inelegant.

Also there seems to be no option to "view all comments on one page".

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NASA to develop haptic air-typing spacesuit gloves

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So...

... we've had the US air force buying PS3s, will we now have NASA buying WIIs?

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Advertisers say new cookie law met by browser settings

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How can you consent...

... when you don't even know a cookie is being stored?

I have Firefox's cookie settings to "ask me every time" and I've found that even if I'm only looking something up on google, often I get a message that the top site on the search is asking to store a cookie on my computer!

Why, for gods' sake? I haven't even *visited* the damn site and already it's trying to shove its cookie down my metaphorical throat.

I only ever give most cookies "Allow for Session" permissions apart from the ones from obvious tracking/ advertising servers which I deny, I also use the Better Privacy add-on to get rid of Flash based cookies, yet still when I run Spybot or AdAware I get warnings of tracking cookies that have slipped through the net.

Of course Advertisers are going to try to interpret these regulations in the way that's most favourable to them, what we need is TPTB telling them to stop playing silly buggers...

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Feral dromedaries besiege Oz Outback town

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My god...

... it's full of camels!

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Police Intelligence may be a thing of the past

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"We will need to talk to ACPO...

"... to understand why they consider it is necessary to hold lawful protesters’ details in this way..."

[Mode=Constable Savage]

"Well, they're all villains, aren't they Sir!"

[/Mode]

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Dragon Age: Origins game in gay sex scene shock

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Ok, and...

... what exactly is the big deal?

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Manchester united against ID cards, ID minister finds

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Same old same old...

... Spin, lies, deceptions, half-truths, attempts to convince turkeys to vote for Xmas and so on...

Why does the expression "Rearranging the Deckchairs on the Titanic" come to mind...?

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MS unleashes legal attack dogs to lick up COFEE spill

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The sound you hear...

... is the stable door being securely bolted and barred whilst the horse disappears over the horizon!

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UK jails schizophrenic for refusal to decrypt files

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@Please give over with the hand wringing

"I'm asking how YOU propose to deal with the very real problem of people encrypting child porn / terrorist plans in the modern world. What's the solution? Ask them nicely, then give up if they say no?"

And I'll ask YOU why you consider the principle of Presumption of Innocence to be so insignificant that anyone who uses encryption on their hard drives can immediately be considered to be a terrerist/ paedo and locked up for refusing to prove their innocence.

Tell me, do you write for the Daily Fail?

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'Google Earth for the Iraq insurgency' gets $115m

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WTF?

So...

... are the Iraqis going to see black painted tanks with big camera poles driving down their streets next?

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Credit crunch? It won't be over by Christmas

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"growing by increasing debt will no longer be an option."

Oh well, there goes Labour's Fiscal Policy, then...

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eBay stamps on Mussolini's brain

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How about...

... an auction for Gordon Brown's brain?

After all, he doesn't seem to be using it whilst Lord of the Sith Mandelson is pulling his strings...

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Erotica 09: Bit limp, but crowds still up for it

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The reason the Erotica Show is dying...

... is that the organisers haven't twigged to the fact that they've priced pretty much all of the small niche suppliers out of the show.

What they have now is little more than a glorified Ann Summers style event with content that you can buy on the high street these days.

Unless the organisers get over their greed and stop trying to simply squeeze every penny possible out of exhibitors and public, the show will die.

Hopefully, then, someone else will step in with reasonable stall and entry charges and have a little more consideration for the people who actually make the show happen, rather than just thinking how they can further line their pockets.

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eBooks: What to read on which reader

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One might imagine that books would either be available electronically or not

One might only imagine that if one was extremely naiive given the way that other media have been sold (or not sold) by greedy publishers who are only interested in jacking up their profits by trying to restrict availability (eg regional codes on DVDs), using DRM or assuming that there's an exchange rate of £1 = $1

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Is data overload killing off human initiative?

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"The Virtue of Forgetting in a Digital Age"

Nice title, but a better one would be "The Virtue of Authorities Not Behaving Like a Bunch of Narrow-Minded Idiots in a Digital Age"!

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Potty-mouths charged for Comcast hijack

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$128,578?

That's an astonishingly precise figure, I wonder how it was acheived?

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LHC dimensional apocalypse from midnight: Your thoughts

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@Did I forget anything?

Yes, your Elder Sign.

Cthulu Fhtangn!

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Write haiku, win home server

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A UK version...

A server at home?

Message from the Home Office:

It's covered by IMP

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Scareware tool dumps smut on Windows PCs

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Thanks AVG, but...

... perhaps you'd now like to fix two major bugs in AVG 9.0 Free which

a) interfere with Zone Alarm (and perhaps other products) meaning that web pages don't load completely, but just hang or require refreshes half way through to complete and

b) which steal the focus every 30 minutes, meaning that in the middle of a game you're dumped back to desk top.

The only way to fix the first one is to switch of "Active Surf Shield" (making browsing less safe!) and there doesn't seem to be any permanent way to fix the second...

Not so impressive.

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Google adds automatic captions to YouTube

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So...

... what effect will this have on Downfall spoofs...?

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ISA report reveals email security lapse

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"the lapse was due to human error..."

"... rather than procedural failures."

General Buck Turgidson: "Well I don't think it's quite fair to condemn a whole program because of a single slip up" - From Doctor Strangelove (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb)

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How blogger kept Belle de Jour's ID secret

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@ Not how, but why?

"what persuaded him to keep his mouth shut?"

Possibly because he thinks that such things are nobody else's business, certainly not that of the muck-raking gutter press.

Exactly what "public interest" is served by a prurient, lip-smacking "expose" of this women in a rag like the Mail on Sunday? Answer: None.

It's nothing but salacious tittle-tattle designed to let middle England tut at the collapse in morals of our society and the fact that splashing someone's private life over its pages might ruin their (entirely unrelated) career doesn't matter to them in their quest to peddle more of their trash.

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Arkansas cop tasers 10-year-old girl

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Forget the "Naughty Step"...

... that's *so* last year...!

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Intel offers non-Jewish Saturday workforce in Israel plant row

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@AC and dogged

I think it's you who have had the "reading comprehension fail" because it seems to me that Michelle Knight is suggesting that Intel leave Israel and set up in the UK instead.

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Anti-filesharing laws are go

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Civil law becomes Criminal law...?

Illegal file-sharing, copyright infringement and so on are *civil* matters. If someone thinks you have infringed their rights, you *sue* them, you do not get the State to *prosecute* them!

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Cosmic Vampire sheds light on dark energy

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Presumably...

... this Vampire Star is not in the constellation of the Southern Cross...?

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Queen promises to make poverty and budget deficits illegal

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Many of the measures appear to be...

... a desperate attempt by Labour towards conning the people it's been screwing for the last 12 years into thinking that a vote for them this time will actually make a damn bit of difference.

There, corrected it for you ;-)

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Facebook battles attack by child protection chief

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More Empire building...

... from Jim Gamble.

It seems clear to me that what Jim Gamble is most interested in "protecting" is his own position and the power that his organisation holds. The more people he can get to buy into his "Won't Someone Think Of The Children!" arguments, the less likely it is that his self-serving Empire can be challenged because "If you don't like what we do you must be a paedo!"

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Edward Woodward dies at 79

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You didn't mention Callan...

... one of the best UK dramas from the 1970s, where Woodward played the eponymous Callan who worked for "The Section", a seedy undercover Government intelligence department who would keep an eye on "undesirable elements" and, if necessary, blackmail, bankrupt or assassinate them.

Woodward was excellent in that role for the way he played Callan as all too human, with doubts and ethical questions about what he was doing, even while he was compelled to do his unpleasant duty.

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Taiwanese online hunk lures 20 women into bed

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Apologies to the Moderatrix...

... but surely a Bubba reference should be made at this point... ;-)

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Home Office accused of sexing-up mobile phone rescue

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"The use of telephone communications data was essential to finding this man"

Unfortunately the Home Office couldn't find its own arse with both hands and an atlas...

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Religious discrimination law may open door for decent deviants

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"Codes of Conduct"...

... "which appear to be based on little more than a desire to stop any employee from doing anything that the management doesn't like."

There, corrected it for you.

See http://www2.lse.ac.uk/researchAndExpertise/researchHighlights/Law/privatelife.aspx for a couple of examples...

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ISS piss recycler packs up again on eve of Atlantis visit

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Not only do ISS astronauts...

... drink their own and their crewmates' recycled sweat, breath-moisture and urine - they also drink rat piss on occasion

You mean just like everyone who lives on the planet who are drinking water that's been through uncountable bodies over the millennia...

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Quickening satellite quickens pulses at ESA

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"The most exciting phrase to hear in science...

"... the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka!', but 'That's funny...'" - Isaac Asimov

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Block McKinnon extradition, MPs tell UK Home Secretary

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"serious lack of equality...

... in the extradition treaty"

Blimey, good job they've just spotted that...!!!

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Ringback tones outselling ring tones

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Can I have one...

... that goes

"Text me and I'll call you back if *I* think it's important"...

"Text me and I'll call you back if *I* think it's important"...

"Text me and I'll call you back if *I* think it's important"...

"Text me and I'll call you back if *I* think it's important"...

"Text me and I'll call you back if *I* think it's important"...

"Text me and I'll call you back if *I* think it's important"...

"Text me and I'll call you back if *I* think it's important"...

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Parking spot flies to International Space Station

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"much-needed extra parking spot"

Sheesh, why can't they just use public transport or cycle instead...?

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Terrorism chiefs don't know what they've censored online

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Why don't they...

... just set up a website where they could put all the details of the sites they've closed down...

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Google expands navel gazing

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So...

... how long before some PHB decides that every employee who leaves the premises has to carry one of these so their every movement can be monitored...?

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Government consults on possible £500,000 data breach fines

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"a penalty up to 10% of an organisation’s turnover."

So if the MOD or the Security Services or the Governmetn lost our data, how much could they be fined.

Except, of course, they're funded from the public purse, so the money would go back to the public purse and the net result would be nothing (except some fat fees for a few lawyers, perhaps)

Now if the money was actually put into teaching such organisations about data security, password protection and file encryption for instance...

... nah, that would be sensible, forget I mentioned it.

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Wikipedia sued for publishing convicted murderer's name

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@perikles

> so I can take it as read that you're happy to condone the internet registration of convicted sex offenders (as happens in certain US states)?

I suggest you look up the actual meaning of "Straw Man Argument" because this is a classic example.

That Wolfgang Werlé was convicted of the murder of Walter Sedlmayr is a matter of historical fact. It happened, it was recorded, full stop.

What you are implying, however, is that Wikipedia mentioning this is the same as the German Authorities now publishing his name and address so that anyone can check where he lives, which is nonsense.

Should the Germans go back through all Court Records, newspapers, media broadcasts etc and redact the name of every criminal whose sentence has been completed because they are now a "private individual"?

I don't think so.

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Commentard to lose mask for teasing politico's son

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So the Law is now a Forum Moderator?

I'd say that comment goes well beyond the T&Cs of permissible comment on the site, so why the hell didn't they just complain to the Moderators and have it removed instead of going for the sledgehammer to crack a nut tactic of legal action.

Oh, hang on, it's the USA. Forget being sensible when you can reach for your lawyer...

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YouTube tests skippable pre-roll ads

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Mute the sound...

... If there's a non-skippable ad on any content I want to watch, I'll just silence the annoying thing until it's over.

Problem sorted.

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Police to keep innocents' DNA despite human rights ruling

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@Anonymous Coward 12th November 2009 06:23 GMT

> how to boil it down to a conveniently concise, rhetorical question?...

ITYM a politically convenient, loaded, straw-man, sound-bite question that ignores the issues...

> "who would you rather trust?"

I would rather that the state trusts me, rather than considering me to be a suspect for *every crime* that has been committed for which DNA has been gathered!

> (Feel free to copy and paste my humble effort into relevant threads elsewhere.)

You mean like threads about idiots who think that "if you have nothing to hide..." is a sensible way of deciding how the justice system works...?

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