* Posts by g e

2806 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

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Re: Motives.

He's working for an approved contractor presumably so vetting would be 'assumed' to some degree, that's my guess.

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Re: Not exactly...

Fuck me, who let Ted Nugent in?

Paris, cos she's cocksucker, too.

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Re: Snowden joins Pirate Bay in Iceland

@Frank

I'd not be surprised if the Good ol' US of A claimed that 'As he was working as a contractor for the CIA which is a military organisation they can try him under military law'

Or whatever else gives them a hard on that particular morning.

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Headmaster

Blonde

And, IIRC, is originally a French word.

Like metre, centre and phrases like trou du cul (chucked in especially especially for prominent English language failers)

And before someone says 'We talk Ingerlish in the US of A, you don't. You speak Spanglish as words like humor, rumor, color are the Spanish spellings rather than misspellings of the English. Star-Spanglished Banner, and so forth.

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Using encryption? That means the US spooks have you on file

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So use TOR or VPN's _more_

There has to be a point where they can no longer store all encrypted stuff as quickly as they can find it.

At which point their heads explode, obviously.

Friday pintday.

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Brits' HSBC bank cards, net access goes TITSUP

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Unhappy

Less than ideal

Esp if you've just spent two gruelling hours battling round a dismal supermarket and your card stuffs up at the checkout.

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Apple: If you find us guilty in ebook price-fix trial, EVERYONE suffers

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Find them guilty

Of excessive fucking hubris.

Fine - their entire shabby, arrogant existence.

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Report: Skype set up Project Chess to enable official snooping

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Big Brother

Re: I'd not be surprised

Blimey I'd forgotten about that...

Just as They intended

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I'd not be surprised

To discover that the seemingly pointless acquistion of Skype for a large sum by Microsoft was partly (maybe largely) funded by the US gov as it knew MS was already a very backdoor-friendly (take that however you please) company and it was the easiest method to get a tapping interface into Skype.

Rename it to SPYke perhaps.

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Suck it Vine: Instagram adds 15-second video clips with fancy filters

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Joke

Wow. Not-square things?

That must have caused a lot of head-scratching

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Foxconn recruiting 3,000-strong army to work on Firefox OS

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Holmes

More likely

Foxconn are more than happy to get another potentially large customer to plug the gap created by fapple scarpering off to Pegatron

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Top Norks bone up on Hitler

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"practical applications be drawn from it"

Mostly then, 'you'll lose', I should imagine.

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Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

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Re: PS4 all the way for me. There are still too many problems with the Xbone

I'll likely buy a next gen console this Xmas though the only thing I know for sure if I get one at all is it's not going to be an XBOX Vista. Probably not a Nintendo.

Not even a PS4 if they don't release the fecker in time for Xmas - will have spent the money elsewhere by then - is it still the 31st Dec for that???

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WTF?

W T F ??

"The Kinect licensing content by the number of users watching is disgraceful"

This new learning amazes me, what is it ?

Yeah, the hardware.. 20% fail rate on the '360 IIRC ?? That's massive and MS aren't a learning-from-mistakes kinda company as this latest U-turn amply demonstrates. Right second time isn't good enough.

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And, of course, we trust Microsoft

Not to turn DRM on later when they have your money.

They obviously want it but they want launch sales more (this week, at least).

Don't forget they've already demonstrated where they want the XBOX Vista to be at, even if they've U-Turned for now to avoid completely handing their market to SONY with little umbrellas and a cherry.

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Microsoft caves on Xbox One DRM and used-game controls

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"Faced with handing the entire console market to SONY"

There. Fixed.

Not that I'll be buying an XBOX Vista to replace my 360 anyway. Stuff 'em.

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Hi? Vladimir? It's Obama. The hackers ARE BACK. Hello? Are you still there?

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Dare I suggest

At least half...

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Coat

Failsafe (as in the film)

"I'm sorry Mr Putin, there's really no way to divert the bomber at this stage"

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Home Office boffins slip out passport-scanning Android app

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Errrr have you seen the Permissions?

Access to NFC

Access to Data

Access to GCHQ/NSA

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Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?

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Re: So in other words

Thinking about it, do Windows Phones give you a browser choice screen...?

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So in other words

Microsoft complain about Google maybe following Microsoft's own playbook.

Perhaps they should have trademarked it.

If they're complaining about bundled apps then I'm fairly sure the manuf's are free to remove all the default functionality if they wish, it'd be a lot easier than disentangling IE from Windows was. Perhaps 'being able to make a phone call' is anticompetitive behaviour for a mobile OS.

Cos, yeah, IE for Android. Even if MS made it who the fuck would ever install it.

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Tor users locked out of Facebook after wave of dodgy traffic

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Mind you they're not allowed to say

That the NSA told them to lock out TOR because it would improve the quality of the data they claim they don't collect and is too vague to be of any use in the first place even if they did 'collect' it and put it in a database which doesn't exist and wouldn't be any good for tracking people if it were.

Natch.

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Icahn doubles down on Dell offer with $14 per share buyback scheme

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Holmes

What a bullshitter

$13.65 is 2.5% less than $14 (13.65/14=0.975)so he wants folks to believe that 35c changes the offer from 'significantly undervalued' to a jolly fair price.

Assclown.

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Out with a bang: The Last of Us lets PS3 exit with head held high

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It is me or

Does the Last Of Us guy look suspiciously like Nathan Drake from ND's Uncharted?

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Washout 2012 summer, melty Greenland 'nothing to do with Arctic ice or warm oceans'

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"a deficiency in these models"

Really. Whodathunkit.

Just when we thought they'd finally got there models utterly perfect and the End of the World was official.

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BBC-featured call centre slapped with hefty fine for unwanted calls

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Happy

You know when they've finished the call

Cos your phone is going WEEEOOOOWEEEEOOOO on the other end of the sofa :oD

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Number of cops abusing Police National Computer access on the rise

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True...

Assuming that the stated purpose of the PNC is what it actually exists for...

Which is unlikely.

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"despite having a record on the PNC"

It's obviously not doing its job.

So delete the excess data.

I'm sneaking strong laxatives into the water supply at the next ACPO gathering...

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NSA whistleblower to tech firms, Obama: 'Grow a pair!'

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Holmes

"Shut them down?"

No.

But I'm sure the CEO's lives could suddenly become extremely awkward with their personal assets frozen pending an 'investigation' of some sort.

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HP sacks English employees to bag Scots gov jobs cash

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FAIL

Classy

That must be one of the most openly cynical things I've read of a company doing in a good while.

Nice one HP, remind me not to buy your stuff.

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Boffins find evidence Atlantic Ocean has started closing

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Re: I Blame the EU

It's the bankers, I tell ya.

(Well, Global Warming had already been taken)

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MPs demand UK rates revamp after Google's 'extraordinary tax mismatch'

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What about an import tax then

Now I'm no accountant, as my accountant knows all too well, but seeing as these 'profits' are being eaten up by 'paying for stuff' from a parent/sibling company in a different tax domain, then presumably these 'purchases' the UK-based laundering operation makes to the elsewhere company are imports. Kinda like Hollywood accounting but cross-jurisdiction.

Therefore create an import good class of 'dodgy sibling company purchase' and tax the FUCK out of it, no?

Should I be in Whitehall instead billing £1500/day for coming up with shit like this for some working committee?

Pint for everyone as it's Friday.

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"pay its fair share of tax" - @ the goalpost-moving politicians:

Wrong. They do. You clowns set the laws under which they pay that.

Sort your shit out and they will continue to comply with the laws you set.

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Apple said to be 'exploring' 5.7-inch iPhone

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Just like

All that stuff Android has copied from IOS7 over the last X years.

Except the lower case keyboard.

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Badger bloodbath brouhaha brings 'bodge' bumpkin bank burgle bluster

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Can we all agree perhaps

That these Animal Rights Super Elite Sysops (ARSES) need to get out and cuddle some badgers then report back how fluffywuffy they are tooth face to face?

Assuming they ever really did what they claim which, given that Anonymous do this kind of thing on a daily basis and still never claim this depth of access (that I remember recently at least), seems like bullshit.

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Boffins fire up old dish to send interstellar SMS

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Joke

Or maybe, unwittingly...

Abundant tasty free-range meaty snacks, while stocks last

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Chinese software pirate gets 12 years in US slammer

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Re: What a pity...

Quite right too.

If only he'd simply just murdered someone.

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Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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"XBOX Vista" already dead?

Given that the new XBOX is essentially a totally new machine with zero backward compatibility (at least PS4 will have something via Gaikai) and has all the control freakery going on then there's nothing to tempt 360 users into its ecosystem, even 2 years down the line as secondhand games bundled with secondhand consoles will be pointless.

Unless you're a confirmed SONY hater or an utter XBOX fanbod the PS4 just seems like the sane choice of where to put your cash. I know I won't be getting an XBOX One - probably ever, I'll leave that experience with my 360 - but I think I might just grab a PS4.

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Techies finger Bradley Manning for US secret files database breach

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It's scary how many Nazi quotes seem apposite to the USA

(Even the ones that can't be verified)

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.

- Goerring (allegedly)

Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger.

- Goering again (true, apparently)

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Cold, dead hands of Steve Jobs slip from iPhones: The Cult of Ive is upon us

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Re: 8 year old with paint

Maybe Ive's kids designed it then

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Re: Put an iPhone beside a...

They look like a phone from 7 years ago. Mostly because they still look like a phone from 7 years ago with different degerees of rounded corners.

IOS version 7 and they still can't display a lower case keyboard, either.

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Re: Apple Invents

You could always post one to Cupertino to see...

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Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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Re: Ah, that takes me back

Jack Tramiel (sp?) will be suing from his grave

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Holmes

Re: Mac Pro is now Mac Pro minus

Because of the mearest Mac store is (say) 20 miles away from your trendy rural-setting studio, then you're gonna be 10 mins disconnecting and packing then thing, 5 mins getting it to the car, 40 mins driving it into town unless you're really lucky with the traffic, at least an hour in the store while they muck about about then reverse all that back again to get back into the office. Which is the best part of three hours assuming it all goes right first time.

Which is also the best part of £300 in time to most studios when they could spend 20 mins just sorting it on the desk in the office there and then.

That's why not.

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Re: Let me get this straight...

I thought that was gonna end 'Apple is the new uncool'...

Maybe that was a torch n pitchfork moment too far in case the AC's (Apple Cultists) know where you live!

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Tim Cook: Android version fragmentation is 'terrible for developers'

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Holmes

Re: iOS users use their phones 50% more than Android users...

Or Android users work 33% harder than AC's (Apple Cultists) with much less hipster-esque cocking around.

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Re: RIght...

AC - Apple Cultist

See?? It's true I tell ya!

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Holmes

Re: CEO of company slags off major competitor

That'll be the Apple Cultists then (usually AC here)

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We're losing the battle with a government seduced by surveillance

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Re: It's the gagging order that's the problem

Though they could presumably say, legally...

'We are not doing any tapping but please bear in mind that if we were it would be illegal for us to say that were were and would would have to say we were not'

Y'know, just to keep it uppermost in voters' minds...

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US spyboss: Yes, we ARE snooping on you, but think of the TERRORISTS

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You know your country is f*cked when...

Your government is more concerned about its electorate knowing what it's doing than what it's doing.

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