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2655 posts • joined 16 Jul 2007

The NSA's hiring - and they want a CIVIL LIBERTIES officer

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"(CLPO) is conceived as a completely new role"

Because before Snowden grassed us up we never had to give a flying fuck about civilians or liberty

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Report says PRISM snooped on India's space, nuclear programs

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Re: I think keeping an eye on their nuke program is warranted

When the big one comes it'll most likely be due to US interference in something that got out of hand, anyway

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I'm still waiting for them to respond to my request

For a picture of my old goldfish, Mr Wiggly, who passed away some time ago. Hoping they have a copy they can send me for posterity.

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

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Is it just me or...

Do all the ios7 screens look like someone got carried away with an old colour CRT and a magnet. I'm sure it looks fab and trendy to people who don't know what a CRT is, much less what it stands for but it looks 'busted' to me.

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Re: Whatever.

If you could live with your phone 'without being able to make or receive calls' then you never needed a phone, you just needed something to 'do work on' presumably email, facebook and angry birds which many people seem to think is what constitutes Getting Things Done these days.

If, however Being Contactable is more important than having an awkward mobile SSH client (at least JuiceSSH has relieved some of the pain since its arrival on the scene, nice app), email and other basic officey tasks in your pocket then you primarily need a phone.

I could happily just go with my old Nokia 6230 if I had to, as the work I need to do certainly needs a shedload more than a phone in my pocket and Being Contactable is far more important than anything else on my S4, nice as the extra stuff certainly is.

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Peak Apple: Has ANYONE at all ordered a new iPhone 5c?

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Re: WANTED: iOS Desk

Then they can sue IKEA for any rounded corners

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Quality

Depends on your metric

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Angry Brazilian whacks NASA to put a stop to ... er, the NSA

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Goodbye SAN

I've ordered our new £250,000 SAN destroyed because it can't be trusted. They're out the back with sledgehammers right now...

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OK, so we paid a bill late, but did BT have to do this?

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What BT are really doing

Is asking you to switch provider on principle.

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Moving from permie to mercenary? Avoid a fine - listen to Ben Franklin

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Nobody gets let off

Unless they're called Vodafone, then they can say what they're willing to pay

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Re: I pay my taxes happily because it's a moral obligation

Am I allowed to withhold my portion of tax that goes to MOD, GCHQ and 'projects' like all the failed NHS stuff and the farcical HS2? Not to mention private jet charters to errr... climate conventions.

No. because ethics and morality don't enter into it.

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Twitter announces it's going public, via Twitter

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Re: And that's the end of Twitter

As soon as 'shareholders' get involved - that's when services start to suffer cos then it's all about monetisation and getting a return. No mystery there.

How the hell Twaddler proposes to create a sound investment opportunity, though, yet eludes me and, I suspect, them also.

If you ever wanted confirmation of a bubble post-facebook (why their stock is so high is a mystery to me, they're becoming ever more irrelevant), watch this IPO.

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Outlook.com adds IMAP, OAuth

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Re: Microsoft adopts standard!

Especially considering IMAP's only been around for 27 years, too!

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IETF floats plan to PRISM-proof the Internet

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Which would be OK if

The NSA didn't have 'Staff in "Leadership positions" in the IETF' as claimed in an article I came across on G+ yesterday which claims exactly that and that they actively disrupt processes like security standards. Written by someone on one of those committees, i believe.

I don't have a link but a quick Google should turn something up pretty quick i'd imagine.

EDIT: This TechDirt article should get you closer - http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20130909/11430124454/john-gilmore-how-nsa-sabotaged-key-security-standard.shtml

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Cavemen innocent in MAMMOTH MURDER case: DNA evidence

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Seeing as everyone's getting bored of AGW

Maybe it's a good time to start my Global Freezing Fear Quango and bilk some money out of Cameron

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Tech titans team up to complain about US government spy requests

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Will they try looking in my home next?

STFU you loon, you'll give them more crazy ideas they don't need.

Mind you, if you have a smart fridge they likely already check your milk bottles for 'terrorists'.

To riff off Noam Chomsky...

Terrorist: Utterly uncompliant, active hindrance to Foreign Policy Goals

Radical: An inconvenience, somewhat of an obstacle to Foreign Policy Goals

Moderate: Largely co-operative, occasionally useful for Foreign Policy Goals

Ally: Likely a member of the UN, often supportive of Foreign Policy Goals

Special Relationship: Bend Over Britain, an accomplice.

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You'd think that between them

They could buy 'Corporation Island', make it an independent state and run their own fibre internationally with the money they have. Leave US-only data in the US data centres. Amazon would have to leave fulfillment centres in the US but then only locally store what data's needed for the centre to operate. AWS already has regions.

Then comply with nothing and take their tax out of the US (what's still there, anyway) and even offer to move their employees to the island if they want to go, with zero tax on their salaries.

I'm sure most of their techies can remote work when they want anyway and there'll always be a bank that wants to hold the company accounts.

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US intelligence: Snowden's latest leaks 'road map' for adversaries

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Re: So which is it?

Because they say so. They're the NSA after all, they know this stuff and wouldn't bullshit you.

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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Meh

Ministry of Trolls

That is all

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In which case

A spotify playlist wouldn't be reproducing that 'talent'

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Top of the Opos

1975 or earlier ;o)

Mine's the one hung over the zimmer frame...

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HDMI 2.0 spec arrives ... 1.0 years late

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Re: Still no 5V @1A output?

Yeah we all get that it's a video thing but seriously, no-one thought to beef up the current capability of that 5V signalling pin that's not-supposed-to-provide-power or whatever it is?

They make money from licensing HDMI compliance, right? Should be in their interest to spawn more gadgets.

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Still no 5V @1A output?

Fail.

(Even 500mA would do)

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Furious Frenchies tell Apple to bubble off: Bling iPhone isn't 'champagne'

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Re: Ummm

Not in Ubuntu it seems.. æ e → ø u is what you get there :o/

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Re: Ummm

Yes, if I had a Frenchy keyboard or could be arsed to find the accented e's via ALT+0xxx combo's.

Which I can't.

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Ummm

... votre telephone horrible, je pense.

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No more Krug/Bolly for you Mr Cook, be the laughing stock of the board with Cava/Prosecco

Simples.

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China, India the key to Micr-okia's fate says IDC

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Noki-soft, rolls of the tongue better

That's all

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks US Marines, asks 'bros' to fight on its side

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So everyone's just hoping this news report goes away...?

http://in.news.yahoo.com/us-backed-plan-launch-chemical-weapon-attack-syria-045648224.html

As far as I can tell it's really Yahoo, really news and really from January...

Apparently the Dail Mail disappeared it from their site but who knows with the Daily Mail anyway.

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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

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"overseas cash resources"

In other words a mountain of moolah they stashed away from the taxman

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In case of LOHAN flight emergency, gobble THIS Iridium-Arduino sandwich

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FUBAR

Freed Unexpectedly By A Rockblock

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Brit music body BPI lobbies hard for 'UK file-sharers database'

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Mostly because

That corpse is mostly the BPI's

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Re: The BPI are a bunch of turds...

Buy secondhand, isn't like the quality is degraded over time as on LP or Cassette.

No it doesn't support the artist but there's more effective ways to put money in their pockets like merchandise (which presumably gets a higher % of sale price into their bank?)

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Google chap reverse engineers Sinclair Scientific Calculator

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Re: Luxury!

By 'eck you lot had it like the Queen. We longed for limbs and our parents all died long before we were born...

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NSA: NOBODY could stop Snowden – he was A SYSADMIN

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Re: "The damage, on a scale of 1 to 10, is a 12."

However their security (you know, the 'S' in NSA) incompetence on a scale of 1-10 is a 25

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Private UK torrent site closes, citing 'hostile climate'

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Re: Stupid Big Media@Shinku

Abso-fecking-lutely

They'd all rather cut their noses off to spite their faces.

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Stupid Big Media

If they looked through their telescopes from the correct end they'd see stuff like this was a positive not a negative.

All that hosting of TV archives they're getting for *free*?

Seriously, if I created a site that legitimately had all the discontinued TV on it (think loads of old Doctor who, Robot Wars, etc, as mentioned above, plus others that you can't get on DVD/etc - OK Doctor you probably can) how many people would actually either subscribe to it or pay, say, a fiver for a mint legit season of something.

Oh but then the where's-my-cut-gang suddenly get involved and toss the whole thing into limbo because some greedy fuck wants a cut of something whereas previously he was happy with a cut of nothing. Not that they're not entitled but you know they'd break the entire concept with their dismal 'rights negotiations'. And that's before you get into DRM enforcement on the files/streams cos, you know, meaning nothing meaningful (like a DLNA device) would ever be able to play the shit anyway...

Which is exactly why you _can't_ make a damned useful service like that without a shitload of cash, lawyers and the patience of Job.

In fact the BBC are 'uniquely positioned' (hem hem) to be able to set a frigging example and do this with the vast archives of content they have. Yet they don't.

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Re: Members are inconvenienced

Hola.com + Hulu.com ?

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Punter strikes back at cold callers - by charging THEM to call HIM

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Ah but

If he's registered with the TPS he shouldn't be _getting_ those calls, so are they going to complain that they should be given the rate for a number they shouldn't even be calling in the first place?

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Tor usage up by more than 100% in August

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@Eddy

That stacks up actually, cos don't various US Agencies run exit nodes?

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Microsoft Xbox One to be powered by ginormous system-on-chip

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" tweaked by Microsoft to within an inch of its life"

Hope the heatsink stays on this time.

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New York Times, Twitter domain hijackers 'came in through front door'

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Big Brother

Best give them some Freedom From Above then, pronto

Yeehah.

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Apple's Siri 'hurls insults' at Google Glass

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Meh

But we expect snark from El Reg.

Apple are supposed to be some kind of higher-evolved utopian entity unless you think their marketing dept might lie

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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Re: A simple Linux distro ...

Yup, or Xbian or OpenElec (my choice here)

XBMC is pretty flexible :oD

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Report: Secret British spy base in Middle East taps region's internet

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Re: That seems like a very sensitive revelation

Well if the Miranda thing was a journo counterintelligence sting and his USB stick was full of lolcatz then HMG have no idea still what the Graun has which must worry the hell out of them.

Good.

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Jobs at risk

More realistically, so far

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What's all the fuss about, anyway?

If the government has nothing to hide, it has nothing to fear.

Oh.

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Re: The more I think about Miranda's detention ...

I think he was an intentional ploy to flush the government out into the open. They'd have expected to be being watched, even tapped.

A good chance the data sticks were just 20GB of encrypted lolcatz imho. Hope they were, too, would be a great 'you've been framed' moment for SO15.

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Re: This drip drip drip

Drip drip drip, however, keeps the topic in the public mind whereas a large flood of information can quickly be forgotten by many with a simple media distraction like, perhaps, something happening in Syria at the same time, for example. Or X-Factor. Or football.

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Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Re: How about strapping a micro-SD card to a homing pigeon's leg?

I concur

Full steam ahead!

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