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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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Fair Exchange

...unless such front-door access was granted to the Feds then "homicide cases could be stalled, suspects could walk free, and child exploitation might not be discovered or prosecuted." He also warned terrorists could use social media to "recruit, plan, and execute an attack...

Yeah? Even if I believed that, I'd think it a cheap price to pay to keep the FBI out of my phone...

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Want to see the back of fossil fuels? Calm down, hippies. CAPITALISM has an answer

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A bigger problem.

"...Even if it's lying about everything, it's still going to be the basis for public policy..."

If you are actually happy to leave things there and not complain about using lies as the basis for public policy, then our society will have problems compared to which issues of energy generation will pale into insignificance.

Is it really the case that no one cares about the truth any more? Really, not being ruled by lies is SO fundamental. It underpins EVERYTHING. And you don't care...?

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: Haha, amusing yes..

...authorities could get away with filing several of these in that particular bin, if they wanted to. Certainly the one about dragons....

But I WANT to respond to the one about dragons!

At the moment I'm not too sure if I would use the RAF, a staunch man of Laketown with a special arrow, or Pratchett's Lady Sybil Deirdre Olgivanna Ramkin-Vimes....

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Re: This is a conspiracy to discredit legitimate use of FoI requests

...It's concerning that such a "looks at what these fools are asking!" piece includes asteroid impacts. They clearly think that is a daft concern. Whereas it's quite a logical worry, though a local council is not the place to raise it...

Actually, it's quite reasonable. It's very sensible to have plans for what would happen in the event of a major natural disaster of any kind happening sufficiently nearby for survivors to be likely to arrive in the area in large numbers. If I were a council I would expect my plans would be:

1 - in the event of being hit by an asteroid: go up in smoke.

2 - in the event of a nearby county/country being hit: prepare lists of useful services and places of refuge, move as many local people out as I could, contact central government and offer the services I had documented.

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Stricter shark and manta ray trade rules enforced from today

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Alas...

..by now I have no confidence that ANY research on the scarcity of species is reliable. It all seems to be done by activists with the aim of maintaining grant money.

And, in the unlikely event that the research IS valid, and that something ought to be done about trading in these items, I am also sure that whatever regulations are proposed, they are going to have the opposite effect to that intended.

By far the most common situation is that regulations are set up to enrich someone involved with the regulators...

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Limits to Growth is a pile of steaming doggy-doo based on total cobblers

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Re: Enery is the secret

That would be "Our 'Enery"? Him wiv the left 'ook? 'Enery's 'Ammer? Who died in 2011...

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Er... there's something missing here....

...and the something is Prof Julian Simon.

Julian Simon pointed out back in the 1970s and 1980s that resources are NOT items like oil and coal.

Oil and coal are RAW MATERIALS. If you take raw materials and multiply by HUMAN INGENUITY you get resources. That is why, for instance, we have composites and plastics nowadays while they did not have these in the 1600s - although they had the raw materials then. They just did not count rock oil and sand as useful raw materials because human ingenuity had not developed them at that time.

In the 1600s they were VERY worried about running out of oak trees. It took a lot of them to make a fighting ship, and Britain depended on its navy. Navy procurement could easily see that, come the middle 1800s, we would have no wood to make ships, and could easily be invaded. And yet, by 1900, we had the biggest navy in the world.

This happened because human ingenuity made a new and better resource out of something that had not been able to be used before. We do this all the time - throughout all recorded history. Various raw materials will run out at various times. But human ingenuity is probably infinite. Meaning that resources will never run out.

Just look at the track record of the Club of Rome, and then look at the track record of human development. Different, aren't they...?

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Echopraxia scores 'diamond cutter' on the sci-fi hardness scale

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Piddling stuff...

Read Blish if you want detailed accuracy.

He goes into the maths of warp drives with Blackett-Dirac equations , explains sodium carbide poisoning of ice IV under Jupiter-surface conditions using a skeletal formula, and has authentic invocation seals and characters in his black magic scenes....

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SpiderOak says you'll know it's secure because a little bird told you

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Re: Just secretly spread the word

...Yeah, he's breached the court order. Good luck proving it though...

Er... given the way things are going, I suspect that not being able to prove it wouldn't stop him being arrested, given a secret trial and disappeared....

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UK data watchdog broke data law, says UK data watchdog

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Re: First offence

... As it is a first offence then it is likely that the ICO will not issue a fine to the ICO ....

Nonsense! As the formal body enforcing the DPA, the ICO ought to know better, and be subject to much higher standards than the general public. Indeed, it made exactly this point when fining a financial organisation recently for having a laptop stolen which had unencrypted personal data on it.

I suggest that the ICO fines the ICO a sum equal to its ENTIRE assets. That will show that the DPA is not to be trifled with...

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Crumbs! Holiday phish based on genuine hotel booking surfaces

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Covering all bases..

...Ferguson said the person running the account is either a knowing or unwitting participant in the con....

Um. What other options are there?

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MARS NEEDS OCEANS to support life - and so do exoplanets

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Re: Not sure about this

maybe it is...?

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Booze in SPAAAACE! Brit rocket boffin preps bold stratobeer mission

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I don't want to rain on the parade....

...but has he considered the effect on a standard beer bottle of freezing it at -50 to -60 C?

Ice expands. I would expect the liquid to push the top off at some point, or maybe crack the bottle...

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Remaining Snowden docs will be released to avert 'unspecified US war' – ‪Cryptome‬

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A comment from the slaves.

...military officials, who argue the dump of intelligence documents have set intelligence efforts back years....

Oh? Good!

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Splash! Three times as much water as ALL of Earth's oceans found TRAPPED underground

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Re: It's all a matter of perspective

...You have to remember that the theories of the scientific communities are almost always wrong. Sad but true..

Except for Climate Change. Whatever happens, that is ALWAYS RIGHT...

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Yawn....

There is NO shortage of water. We have cubic kilometers of it available for each person on the planet.

And, interestingly, there would be NO SHORTAGE of water if we only had a quarter of the water that we do now. Because water is NOT DESTROYED as it is being used. It passes through all of nature, including us, in the hydrological cycle. We simply put our hands in and take what we need.

What there IS a shortage of, however, particularly in SE England, is water storage, purification and distribution facility.As more people live in the SE, we should store and process more water to supply them. But we haven't - in fact, it has been a government decision to provide us with 20% less infrastructure than is ideally needed. Because an EU directive has said that we must use 20% less water.

The Water Companies are really happy about this, of course, because that lets them keep their profits rather than spending them on more reservoirs. So the water flows away when it is rainy, and is no longer in the system when it is dry. But the water still exists. It is a shortage of reservoirs we should be complaining about....

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Freeview's rumoured '£100m YouView killer' is real – and it's yet another digital TV thing

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I'm honestly this close to just upping my broadband connection and turning off the TV.

Do it. I've been running like that for 2 years now, and I can feel my brain slowly beginning to recover.

P.S. You'll start to read a lot of books, too. But they are readily available on e-bay and Gutenberg...

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Poll: Climate change now more divisive than abortion, gun control

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Yet another poll from the warmists

We have already been told that, accordingly to impeccably peer reviewed scientific studies, if you don't believe in catastrophic AGW you are clinically insane, a wife-beater, a paedophile and personally responsible for all the deaths in the Third World since 1960.

From this I surmise that the temperatures are still not going up like they said they would....

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The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

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Re: Re: Spelling and Grammer

...and the sun never sets on its reporting team around the world...

Er... that would be the BRITISH Empire, then...

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Tennessee bloke cuffed for attempting to shag ATM – police

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Re: Cool heads prevail?

..."public intoxication" seems far more reasonable than the laundry list of sexual offences he would probably get landed with over here...

Depends. How old was that ATM?

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Scientists warn of FOUR-FOOT sea level rise from GLACIER melt

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New record set for Antarctic Ice today.

Antarctic sea ice has expanded to record levels for April, increasing by more than 110,000sq km a day last month to nine million square kilometres.

The National Snow and Ice Data Centre said the rapid expansion had continued into May and the seasonal cover was now bigger than the record “by a significant margin’’.

“This exceeds the past record for the satellite era by about 320,000sq km, which was set in April 2008,’’ the centre said.

I wonder how that squares with the news that Antarctica is melting...?

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Quid-a-day Reg nosh posse chap faces starvation diet

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Re: Bulk buying

...next time I opened it was crawling with little mites ..

Mites are extra protein. CF Royal Navy biscuit in the 1800s ....

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Re: Healthy body fat percentage@DocJames

...I suppose it comes down to a personal opinion on the role of government. I see it as protecting its citizens.* In this case, it should protect us for the sake of our future health...

So to 'protect the health' of the average citizen, we would empower a central bureaucracy to enforce currently-held scientific standards onto a compliant group of obedient subjects. And after 'health', what else will this organisation decide to 'protect'?

Ever thought that the cure might turn out to be worse than the disease?

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Privateers race to capture forgotten NASA space probe using crowdsourced cash

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Re: time in general

... Hopefully the US doesn't forget how to do manned spaceflight again itself...

We've forgotten how to make nuclear power stations...

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Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

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Er...

...Stumbling into bed in the dark is now a thing of the past – as is reaching over my wife to turn off the bedside light. I went the extra mile and for another £25 purchased an in-line unit that plugs into a wall socket and then plugs the bedside light into that...

In the 1950s my parents' house had twin (or triple) switches by the door for main and bedside lights, and doubles at each side of the bed for dual control of the aforementioned units.

All done with very little computing power indeed...

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Lavabit loses contempt of court appeal over protecting Snowden, customers

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Re: living a lie

I have been mulling with changing our current 'representative parliamentary democracy' (ha!) system back to a feudal one.

I can't see any downside. We're already treated as vassals, so we might as well formalise the relationship. You get much more spectacular ceremonials with a feudal system, and, crucially, all the people at the various levels really do have to deliver - up to the Kings and the Barons, who are expected to go into battle first, with big markers tied onto them.

It would brighten my declining years to see an armoured RBS Bank Director at the head of a charge in the Ukraine against a similarly attired Russian Oligarch.

Oh, and the executions are much more entertaining as well...

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Opportunity selfie: Martian winds have given the spunky ol' rover a spring cleaning

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No one seems...

...to have drawn the obvious lesson for us down here on Earth.

WE are being forced to embrace photovoltaic technology as well. How long will it be before we are closing everything down for the winter, and hoping for a good wind come spring to clear our power generators...?

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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Another mission failure

Missed the greenhouse, I see.

Better luck next time...

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Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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Re: It's about time

In the UK we have a reasonably good workaround for vehicular speed control. It is against the law but we make sure nobody looks too closely

Nobody looks at all if you're a policemen...

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Re: It's about time

...on the positive side you would be allowed to hunt Jeremy Clarkson with dogs...

I quite like your idea, but possibly not for your reasons.

You see, the system would also allow Jeremy Clarkson to respond to YOU. And, seeing as how he has quite a lot of experience with big man-toys like bulldozers and tanks, and a large army of friends and well-wishers from the southern states of the USA, I wouldn't give much for your chances...

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Re: It's about time

...this won't eliminate all piracy but it will certainly get some scum off the streets....

...where 'scum' are defined as ' those people you have cleared off the streets...'...

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German space centre endures cyber attack

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How do you think...

...Given the United States’ pre-eminent global position in space exploration, it’s unlikely but not impossible that it would resort to such tactics...

... you STAY pre-eminent..?

(Actually, what's more likely is that NSA is suffering a lot of budget hits internally - the Treasury won't have liked all the problems NSA have been causing. And so NSA has, of its own bat, started a push to help other parts of government who might support it and who might need budget. NASA would be a good example. I can easily imagine a meeting between NASA and NSA chiefs where NSA say: "You know, if you support our bid for another $100bn, we might be able to provide some satellite guidance designs...")

Who am I kidding? What's MUCH more likely is that, having got the satellite guidance designs, NSA go to Treasury and say "You know that request of NASA's for $100bn to develop satellite guidance designs? Well, here is a complete German design. Can we have their $100bn now?"...

Signed,

an ex-government employee...

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FTC gets judicial thumbs-up to SUE firms over data breaches

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Re: It's a stumper

..Hate the notion of the state extending its power even a shred more. .

I agree. However

the FTC also alleges that Wyndham stored credit card information on its servers in unencrypted plain text...

is a clear PCI-DSS violation. The state should allow people to sue if basic standards are not met...

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...and in some cases didn't even know where its servers were physically located...

So they used the Cloud. Why is this (on it's own) an issue?

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Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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And not a mention of...

Linux.

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Internet is a TOOL OF SATAN that destroys belief, study claims

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Where have I seen this before...?

..."Although a third unidentified factor could cause both disaffiliation and Internet use, we have controlled for most of the obvious candidates, including income, education, socioeconomic status, and rural/urban environments. Also, in order to explain changes over time, this third factor would have to be new and rising in prevalence, like the Internet, during the 1990s and 2000s. It is hard to imagine what that factor might be."

So the argument is

1 - the cause needs to be fairly new and expanding over the 1990s and 2000s

2 - we can't think of anything that matches apart from the Internet

3 - it must be that, then.

Does this remind you of:

1 - the average Earth temperature rose in the 1980s and 1990s

2 - we find that CO2 concentration was also rising during that period

3 - it must be that, then.

Both of these hypotheses assume that there is one single cause for your phenomenon, and once you have identified a likely candidate there is no point examining the data closely or looking any further...

("Won't someone think of the children!" - because climate change and religion also use exactly that argument as well...)

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Too late, Blighty! Samsung boffins claim breakthrough graphene manufacturing success

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Re: The Fountains of Paradise.

With the data available, someone should be able to work out whether a rope made of this material would theoretically be able to handle the expected strain for a space elevator application...

Come on, you materials science post-grads...

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Of course, for Formula 1...

...it really ought to be made of carbon fibre...

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First pics: Comet-chaser Rosetta hurtles towards icy prey, camera in hand

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Of course...

...if as well as your instrument package you included a rocket, you could have a game of cosmic pinball.

Or, if you were American, you could drop the comet on the next country you wanted to have a war with...

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China's rare earth supply crimp plan ruled to be illegal

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Re: If the shoe was on the other foot...

...In a statement, the EU claimed the ruling shows that “the sovereign right of a country over its natural resources does not allow it to control international markets or the global distribution of raw materials”....

Indeed.

Ask the Yanks about Helium trading...

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Brit game devs WILL get tax relief for, er, EastEnders Game and Legend of Slough

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Have you read the rules?

They give points (you need 16 to get the cash) for games sited in Britain OR IN ANY EU COUNTRY.

A game pushing French, German or Belgian 'culture' would qualify...

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MH370 airliner MYSTERY: The El Reg Pub/Dinner-party Guide

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Re: Here's more sensible analysis...

In support of the 'fire' hypothesis, it may be of interest to note that the 777 has had a well-publicised cockpit fire on the ground at Cairo.

And if you look through the accident reports, you see at least one more, reported as 'smoke coming through vents' at Heathrow in 2007. But that was actually an electrical fire where the insulation was burning.

There could be a scandal waiting to happen here. Insulation is not meant to burn. And incident reports are not meant to conceal what has happened. I suggest that the 777 needs a good look at its electrics...

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Re: But what motive?

...There seems no rational motive at present. Elaborate pilot suicide is the most rational speculation, but even that exists in somewhat of a vacuum...

How about:

Pilot plans to crash aircraft into Petronas Towers for political reasons

Pilot kills passengers with hypoxia and turns plane round

Pilot bottles out over Malacca Strait, flies to Maldives instead

Pilot lands aircraft in sea close to island where it sinks, and paddles to shore to hide with local tourists

....

I suggest that we drop the current investigation and turn it over to a Hollywood script writer. Preferably one who is an Agatha Christie fan. We probably need Miss Marple AND Hercule Poirot on this one, with Holmes acting as a consultant...

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Re: Why could they turn everything off?

..."Another way of asking that is - is there any failure mode of the comms and/or transponder equipment which represents such a hazard to the plane - or to others - that shutdown of all such equipment is justified?"

Yes.

Firstly, some kit sometimes stops working and as we all know the best way to fix it is to turn it off and on again.

Secondly, from what I understand, transponders can sometimes cause interference in cluttered airspace, and pilots are routinely asked to switch them to standby mode.

Thirdly, ANY electrical kit needs a circuit breaker/isolation switch to protect the circuit/enable routine maintenance/cut power in case of short/etc, etc...

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...This whole exercise could be a mistake, but once started, everyone involved is just too scared to say that what they are doing is pointless.

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Ahmad Jauhari Yahy? Is that you?

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Re: Hijacking foiled scenario?

...A downvote? Guess in 2014 there are still wankers who actually believe 9/11 was a "complete surprise"..

That's nothing. I got downvoted for pointing out that you could disable the oxygen mask deployment from the cockpit....

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TEN THINGS Google believes you believe about Glassholes and wishes you didn't

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Myth #11

...GLASS owners have paid a lot of money for something that is not very useful, and should NEVER be useful in any well-ordered society...

Response: Er...yes...

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Re: Sort of agree

...But given the choice of giving money to Oxfam or Christian Aid, it goes to oxfam every time.

Given the choice of giving money to Oxfam or Christian Aid, it goes in my pocket. I don't like charities run as businesses.

There are very few charities which are not part of the problem rather than part of the solution. One honourable exception is the RNLI.

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Planes fail to find 'credible' candidate for flight MH370 wreckage

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Re: Mobile phones don't have remotely enough range

...Unfortunately the problem probably meant that the communication facilities stopped working as they turned around. So that's why there was no message from the pilots. They couldn't communicate...

They were flying close to the ground as they went over Malaysia - close enough for passengers phones to connect to cells. I wonder why no one phoned down, if the plane's main comms were dead?

I suspect that comms WERE possible from the aircraft, and that the occupants were either dead or unwilling to use them...

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MPs urge UK.gov to use 1950s obscenity law to stifle online stiffies

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I foresee a tinsy snaggette....

...The committee recommended that a "robust age verification process should be in place" to prevent kids from easily stumbling across porn images and vids...

Ah! That will mean specifically identifying individuals who ARE watching the grumble flicks. So every porn distributor will end up having a database of their 'clients' real names. Probably together with a list of what they viewed.

CAN YOU IMAGINE the security requirements around such a database, and the threats to it? CAN YOU IMAGINE the lengths to which journalists will go to obtain access to it? CAN YOU IMAGINE the fun politicians (and their detractors) are going to have...?

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