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Disk platter sizes vary with drive speeds

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Areal density?

Are they from Brisle?

(For those who aren't aware, the Bristol accent tends to add an "L" sound on the end of words, hence "Eval Turnel, Primal Donnal of the Carl Rosal Operal")

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US game plods deploy robot enforcement menagerie

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Yebbut...

... can they build a shark with a frickin' laser on its head...?

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Browncasting: Why can't Downing Street do digital?

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One rule for them...

... another for us...

'requiring YouTube to moderate its entire content "doesn’t seem over-burdensome"'

Of course not, it's not the Government's problem, is it?

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Hot young guys whip out their throbbing iPhones

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I'm waiting for...

... I'm an Apple iPhone

... I'm a Microsoft Zune

Well, given that their current adverts seem to be nothing more than willy waving...!

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YouTube swot beats ambulance to birth

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But...

... did he also record the event and put it on Youtube for posterity...?!

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DHS tests bomb-proof CCTV by blowing up bus

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New Series...

... DHS meets Mythbusters!

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China launches DNA database to track trafficked kids

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What a great idea....

I'm sure Wacky Jacqui and co will be thinking of the possibilities of getting everyone's DNA on file with a simple "Won't Someone Think Of The Children!" campaign...

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Privacy notices work best in tables, says US gov research

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Another statement from...

... the Department of the Bleeding Obvious!

Of course it's easier to read something if it's well structured, just as EULAs etc are easier to read if they're not crunched into a tiny box or you're forced to scroll by them in a window that only shows one line at a time...!

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IWF: Child abuse domains down, reports up

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Re: Cartoons of Child Sex Abuse

eVictims has simply got it wrong (or are victims of wishful thinking)

These images *are* (at present) legally different from photographs because they are not a) real or b) traced or otherwise copied from real images.

The Coroners and Justice Bill is trying to change this, but if it does, there's no doubt in my mind that the Government will then immediately push to extend this to drawings, cartoons or computer generated images of "extreme pornography"...

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Web 0.2 archivists save Geocities from deletion

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Re: But only *one* web-ring?!?

One Web Ring to Rule them All...

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ASBO woman cuffed over raucous rumpy-pumpy

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@Jon

You called?

http://www.affordable-leather.co.uk :-)

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Craigslist founder defends 'erotic' listings

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America's Moral Minority strikes again...

Idiots.

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Mexico? US? Just don't go there, warns EU health chief

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@Michael Fremlins

Jones was actually a Lance Corporal...

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EFF accuses Apple of muzzling iPhone hobbyists

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@Charles Manning

The Right of Freedom of Expression comes with the attendant *responsbility* to use that right, well, responsibly.

All of the examples you give are not, of course, responsible uses of that right, but I really don't see how that equates with someone saying that you do not have the right to do whatever you wish with something you have bought and paid for.

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Anonymity proves grey area for IDScan

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The time is 21:20

... and it's still there!

BTW I've also noticed that they haven't even made an *effort* to obscure the card holders' signatures...!

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Cameron: Give the UK's health records to Google

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There are also concerns...

... about the use of anonymised records for pharmaceutical research.

Not to mention you suddenly starting to receive targeted adverts for anti-cholesterol medicines or nicotine patches or erectile dysfunction pills...

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US declares 'public health emergency' over swine flu

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I thought I had swine flu...

... turned out I was just hogging my food.

(What? Too soon?!)

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Jacqui drops central snooping database

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Not a "central database" then...

... but still a record of who we have been communicating with which the Government etc can access at will...

... Hmm, I feel so much safer now...

(Presumption of Innocence? Not in this country any more!)

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After mass security lapse, RBS Worldpay gets IRS contract

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Re: Convenience Fee...

... it's just occurred to me that, since the bailout, we now own 60% of RBS...

Hmm!

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"convenience fee"???

> amounting to 1.95 percent of the amount a taxpayer owes.

That's not a "convenience fee", it's a licence to print money!

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US Congress inspects deep packet inspection

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Which part of...

... "It's none of your damn business" don't they understand...?

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Private ID scans leave fetish club-goers feeling exposed

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@Kieron McCann

"er, obvious solution - move it to a new venue"

Brilliant, Kieron, why didn't anyone else think of that?

Of course you'll already know just how easy it is to find a venue that's happy to host fetish events, that won't charge ridiculous rents and possibly a "per head" fee on top, that's accessible, that's not booked solid with other events...?

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One way or another we'll monitor you...

Speaking as someone who makes and supplies BDSM gear (including, almost certainly, to some of the patrons of TG) and someone who has attended many Fetish Events for the last ten years or so, I can remember maybe three or four incidents of trouble over that time.

What I can also recall is several incidents where club goes have been "outed" by the gutter press, for instance when the News of the Screws did an "expose" of The Bridge which resulted in a woman teacher being sacked even though what she was doing in private had absolutely nothing to do with her job.

Now imagine the damage they could do to people if they managed to infiltrate TG or SE One and get their hands on the membership list.

The fact that the Home Office and the Police seem to think that this isn't their problem just shows how little they really care about the security of our data, they are just interested in foisting these systems on more and more people under the guise of "licensing requirements" or other such excuses.

Their aim is, of course, simply to get people used to this as part of the creeping expansion of the surveillance society, along with fingerprinting in schools and pubs being told to put in CCTV on the door or they won't get their licences renewed, so they can eventually sneak in ID cards and the National Identity Register by the back door.

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Self-replicating machine replicates

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printing out the parts of its own replacement....

Err, boss, we just told this machine to print out the parts for its own replacement and instead it printed out a hand with two fingers extended...

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Her Majesty's CIO braces US for Obama HIT

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"just say 'No!' because they can"

No, I say "NO" because I don't trust you with my data!

Of course the fact that I can say "no" doesn't mean that you're going to pay a blind bit of notice, does it?

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Ireland scraps evoting in favour of 'stupid old pencils'

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@amanfromMars

See Snopes for the truth about the Space Pen...

http://www.snopes.com/business/genius/spacepen.asp

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If it ain't broke...

... don't fix it!

What is so wrong with the "stupid old pencils" system when it *works* perfectly well? Why is it necessary to replace it with something "modern" that has shown to be flawed and subject to (untraceable) abuse?

Modernisation is all very well where it's needed, but doing it just because you can isn't sensible, as this debacle has demonstrated.

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Germany approves strengthened child abuse law

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"a daily list of about 1,500 sites"???

Is that 1,500 new sites every day, then...?

And as for this not being a "backdoor to censorship", pardon my derisive laughter!

We've already seen the nonsense of the bans applied to Wikipedia et al because of an album cover, what else is out there that might contain (alleged) child porn because it features young looking women? (A lot of Japanese women appear to be "underage" to western eyes)

Meanwhile a lot of kiddie porn gets distributed via IRC or P2P or other such methods, something this law will do nothing to stop...

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Website terms unenforceable due to unlimited right to amend

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I'm not a lawyer....

... but IIRC in the UK such things are covered under the Unfair Contract Terms act which specifically prohibits such restrictions being imposed by a business on a consumer.

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Botnet speed test uncovers drag racers of malware

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@Paul Soleki

> Why don't they just cut off machines on their networks that are so obviously sending spam?

Ok, so, somehow, through no fault of your own, your PC gets infected.

No problem, you think, I'll download software to disinfect it...

... err, hang on, I've been cut off by my ISP...

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Lost laptops cost companies $50k apiece

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Ok, so...

... how much does it cost the Taxpayer when a Government agency loses one...?

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Spy chiefs size up net snoop gear

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The intelligence agencies have neither the inclination nor the resources...

He missed out the operative word "... yet".

Now they have the inclination and they'll probably very soon have the resources.

All they need after that is a pet Home Secretary who thinks that introducing Stasi-like monitoring of everyone is a good idea...

... oh s$$t, they've already got Wacky Jacqui...

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New non-volatile memory promises 'instant-on' computing

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Bee-Beep!

The sound of my BBC Model B Micro booting...!

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Nominet governance review questions not-for-profit status

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£15m in the bank...?

... here come the new Carpet Baggers.

How about they spend some of the money to provide a better service?

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Lotus offers to end e-car silent running

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I want...

... mine to sound like KITT from the original Knight Rider, complete with the scanner going "swoosh, swoosh"....

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Police detain Craigslist masseuse murder suspect

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So...

... this killer was tracked through his use of Craigslist.

And the solution...?

Stop women from advertising services on Craigslist!

Wow! That's brilliant!

Don't think about ways of enabling women (and men!) to legally and legitimately advertise services in "the oldest profession", no, just make it *MORE* difficult for them and make them *MORE* vulnerable to nutters :-(

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HP ScanJet 3C takes lead on Bohemian Rhapsody

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Ok, but...

... years ago you could get the Commodore 64's disk drive to play Amazing Grace or When I'm 64 and before that, the Altair 8800 played Fool on the Hill and Daisy Daisy...

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New England wrestles porn law schizophrenia

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You're old? You're disabled? You're not supposed to have sex!

Apart from the large amount of GILF porn out there, I wonder how many people are aware of a group called "The Outsiders" http://www.outsiders.org.uk/ an organisation dedicated to helping those with physical and social disabilities explore their sexuality.

Protecting someone from assault or sexual abuse is one thing, equating people who are old or disabled (Does he take sugar?) with children who are unable to consent is simply insulting.

BTW The article by Dave Wedge linked to in that piece says "Pervs preying on the elderly or disabled could soon face harsh new penalties under a first-of-its-kind proposed law that would punish sicko peddlers of geriatric and handicapped porn the same as child pornographers."

I wonder if he's ever heard the words "Impartial" or "Unbiased" as applied to journalism?

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Profs: Human race must become Hobbits to save planet

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Why am I reminded...

... of Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal"...?

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Rail union ballots for strike over fingerprints

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@EnricoSuarve

> What they are basically saying is - "we care so little about who does the cleaning we couldn't identify them if we tried, "

Yeah, well they all look alike, don't they...

Seriously, though, I too, find myself in the unexpected position of agreeing with RMT strike action!

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Tory terror police were 'fishing' for Liberty

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@Gordon

"Its should be expected that the police try to push the boundaries - infact its healthly that they do so."

No way in hell is it "healthy" that the Police push the boundaries, see the G20 protests (aggressive tactics, concealed ID numbers, assaults etc) for what happens when those boundaries start getting pushed!

The job of the Police is to Maintain the Queen's Peace so that people may go about their lawful business without let or hindrance and investigate breaches of the law, however they *MUST* do it within set limits otherwise they start becoming "Judge, Jury and Executioner".

Remember that the Police are a civilian organisation subject to the same laws as the rest of us.

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Boffins build super-accurate atomic clock

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Got the right time, mate...?

... err, yes, but by the time I tell you, it'll be wrong...

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Dixon of Threadneedle Street plan threatens confusion

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@Neil Spellings

Of course the Police aren't interested in these incidents, there's no Government targets for them to meet...

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Doughnut balloon-chute spaceships to reach Mars, Neptune

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any fule kno the old ballute braking ploy...

Hmm, quoting from the Odyssey File (the book of the making of 2010 by Arthur C Clarke and Peter Hyams)...

"We have arrived at the Rectal First Big Ballute Plasma Shower Gas Saving Low Energy Fart Aerobraking Manoeuvre As Conceived By Arthur C Clarke (It can also be referred to as the old R.F.B.B.P.S.G.S.L.E.F.A.M. ploy)

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Pirate Bay fans: Lay off our neo-Nazi Sugar Daddy

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@Andrew Orlowski

Thank you for posting some of my comments to you, although I note that you didn't quote the bit where I pointed out that your "So Nazi [sic] are cool?" comment was a Straw Man.

I also added a PS saying "would you object if Max Mosley was a customer of mine...?" but you never replied to that...

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Tory 'terror' affair shows danger of ubiquitous surveillance

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@Jez Burns

+1

Thanks for saving me having to type all of that lot!

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Jedi officers enlist with Scottish police

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Excuse me Lord Vader...

.. but about the plans for the Death Star, well, I was on a train and I took them out of my briefcase, and you'll never believe this...

... aak, gakk, gasp...

... thud!

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US parkies in 'burrow-buster' marmot detonation campaign

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Is it obligatory to yell...

... Fire In The Hole!

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Pizza-polluting YouTube plonkers soil Domino's

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Why am I reminded...

... of the old Not the Nine o'Clock News sketch featuring Rowan Atkinson as a pizza maker who announces:

"One pizza Napoli...

(sneezes)

"...with extra mozarella!"

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Germany not a hard-line censor after all

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Won't someone think of die Kinder...!

"The rights of children carry more weight than unhindered mass communication."

Excuse me? Is she saying that the rights of children are more important than the right of everyone else to enjoy freedom of expression? Or that these two rights are somehow mutually exclusive? Or just that she's another clueless politician?

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