* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

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Is your smart device a bit thick? It's about to get a lot worse

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The race is almost run

David McWilliams, 'Days Of Pearly Spencer' - That took me back! Thanks.

For some reason it also reminded me of Zager And Evans', 'In The Year 2525' -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izQB2-Kmiic

Bugger. Now I'm going to have to work through Prelude's 'After the Goldrush"', Joan Baez's 'Rejoice in the Sun', and decades of haunting melodies. Maybe there's an App for that?

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Ongoing game of Galileo chicken goes up a notch as the UK talks refunds

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Ever since I resigned my membership of the local gym it has been a nightmare to get in and use their equipment. I have to suffer awkward receptionists, "computer says no", and just plain "fuck off" at times. Still, the wrestling with security as they haul me out is building core strength.

I pointed out that I had paid them hundreds of pounds in membership fees over the years and, if they were not going to let me in, they must return that money. Again they said "fuck off". It is exasperating.

I tried explaining "you need me more than I need you" but they seem to believe that is for them to decide and told me to "fuck off" again. I tried escalating the issue but was less than impressed when the Managing Director said "you're a fucking idiot" to my face.

This is getting nearly as bad as the wife and kids hanging up on me every time I call since I told them I wanted them out of my life.

Some people don't seem to know how things are meant to work. I keep trying to explain it to them but I am just meeting a wall of "fuck off", "grow up", and insults whenever I tell them I voted for brexit and I'm not stupid.

I am probably going to have to take this all the way to the European Court of Justice. I feel so let down at present.

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Senator Kennedy: Why I cast my Senate-busting vote for net neutrality

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Re: Does not compute

You could think of what he's saying this way: It is absolutely fine and dandy to have a company which will only deliver a service to white people but only so long as there's another company which will deliver the same services to non-whites.

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'Clive, help us,' say empty-handed ZX Spectrum reboot buyers

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Re: I'm convinced they'll deliver.

I'll have your garden up to RHS Gold Standard and your driveway resurfaced next Tuesday for just two grand but you'll have to front-up £500.

'Take the money and run scams' have probably been around ever since anyone had anything which could be taken.

We need to take a serious look at what part crowd-funding facilitators play in misleading investors. Too often it seems they take a bold 'you can trust us that things won't go bad" stance with "but, when they do, that's your problem, not ours' only found in the small print.

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You can't just "send in debt collectors". Indiegogo will first need a Court judgement that the debt is owed

And for that they will need to prove it is a debt owed to them, that they can recover the money investors put in, or they are empowered to act on behalf of investors.

I am not convinced Indiegogo have any legitimate grounds to "send in debt collectors" or do much else beyond recovering any fees RCL may owe them but I guess we will all find out when their deadline arrives.

If nothing else, when this sorry affair eventually ends up in court, it might clarify what obligations and responsibilities each party has in a crowd-funding arrangement, including the facilitators who get rich off that while usually distancing themselves from, and washing their hands of, any problems which arise.

I suspect it is fear that the whole house of cards is about to come tumbling down which has Indiegogo presenting a pro-active front.

I need to buy some more popcorn.

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UK digital committee fumes: You didn't answer our questions, Facebook. (Psst. EU. Pass 'em on)

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Re: Block FB until he answers them properly.

Maybe the EU could do something but I doubt the UK could or would dare. We really cannot afford to risk a trade deal with America because our entire future rests on that with brexit.

Not that we're going to get a good trade deal with America any time soon but, if we don't brown-nose the pouty-faced orange one, embrace American exceptionalism, put up with everything which comes with that, it's going to be worse than the bad deal we are desperate to get.

We're going to have to get used to being 'America's bitch', bent over and shafted, treated with contempt. It's what the people voted for. Apparently.

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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Re: Um… Why?

Why, if he had real teeth, did he need to have false teeth as well?

I suspect that, despite the "45RPM" moniker, you haven't quite reached that age where you would know, or you've been lucky. It's not an all or nothing state, more a spectrum as young'uns would likely say these days.

Once one goes they all start to go. Like tumbling dominoes, but not so much fun to watch.

Mainly soup these days ->

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The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB

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Re: Out of sync

I'm surprised at the difference in time between the signals: 2-3 seconds usually.

It's the same with digital TV. Thankfully I'm not an ardent football fan or cheers from the pub next door, when it's world cup season and a goal is scored a couple of seconds before I get to see the shot, might take the shine off the experience.

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Re: Did you ever notice...

Maybe the real problem is that these rules, laws and taxes are basically not fit for purpose.

And you are probably right. These kind of scams have been going on forever, happen whenever someone spots a loophole or sees something to exploit.

I don't know why you single out the EEC/EU. Though I could make a guess.

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You know me, I don't know you: Hospital reportedly raps staff for peeking at Ed Sheeran data

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Re: Makes me wonder how much of this goes on at police stations

There is temptation and curiosity everywhere; anywhere where records are held and are accessible.

It is up to people to overcome their temptations and put curiosity aside, backed-up by having systems in place which identifies failures and f appropriately punishes those when they occur.

People have to earn the trust others put in them, but we also have to accept that people are only human and naturally curious, that stupid one-off mistakes do happen in the heat of the moment. The punishment has to be fair and reflect the damage done to trust, the intent, and the consequences.

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Re: Nicely Done Reg!

crucially, this has never been ruled on before.

Thanks. Think I've got it now - One can ask but they could shrug and play their equivalent of a 'go get a warrant' card. The judgement now provides for waving the ruling in their face and "don't need to; hand it over".

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Re: Nicely Done Reg!

As much as I don't really want to piss on the fireworks ...

Aria Taheri, made a formal application to stop its clerks from revealing ATL's "grounds of appeal"

That suggests to me that the document would have been handed over were it not for the application to prevent that being submitted.

The ruling seems to me that there were no grounds to stop the document being revealed, that what should have happened will happen; an upholding of the law rather than a change of the law.

I can accept I might be wrong but that's how it reads to me.

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UPnP joins the 'just turn it off on consumer devices, already' club

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Re: Knocking on my firewall door

Luckily then I had Kerio/Tiny Personal Fire Wall.

+1 and 'beers all round' for Kerio.

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Boffins build smallest drone to fly itself with AI

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How about an od-hole? :) (Optical Disc)

Perhaps "chod", a variation on paper "chad"?

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Whatever it is I have no idea of its size. And that's why we have the El Reg Standards Bureau -

https://www.theregister.co.uk/Tag/Reg+Standards+Bureau

https://www.theregister.co.uk/Design/page/reg-standards-converter.html

Unfortunately, from what I know of silicon chips, its size is smaller than a nano-Wales, so we need a new standard unit for smaller sizes. "Royal Mail Definitive Stamp" (Machins) might fit the bill but that's perhaps too British-centric to be a Universal El Reg Standard.

"Size of the hole in a CD-ROM, DVD, Blu-ray disc" might be an internationally acceptable alternative. Not sure of such a unit's name though.

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You've got pr0n: Yes, smut by email is latest workaround for UK's looming cock block

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One in the bush is worth two in the hand

I took a gamble on a used 500GB USB drive for a fiver at the car boot sale last week and to my joy discovered it was packed full of downloaded porn. Bargain.

I expect efforts to make porn harder to access will mean a boost to 'specialist DVDs' becoming more widely available at markets and even on the high street and we'll be able to go back to dumping what we no longer need under a local bush for other lucky recipients to find.

I am sure 'the good stuff' will find a way to avoid any brexit customs regime just as unpaid-duty tobacco did.

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Chap charged with fraud after mail for UPS global HQ floods Chicago flat

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FAIL

Why would you use your own address for a scam like this? Surely it just makes it incredibly easy to catch you.

It offers a level of plausible deniability; "no one would be so stupid as to do that".

Putting doubt in the mind of a jury as to guilty intent may work if one did "just let it all pile-up in the hallway" but after cashing cheques it's really not very believable.

He obviously didn't get the memo; let it pile-up, cash-in, ship-out quick.

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Southend Airport tests drone detection system

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Re: Trafalgar Square

London International Airport (YXU). About 3,600 miles.

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Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems

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Re: Security researcher clickbait

You really need to introduce some editorial control over reporting this 'researcher' bollocks.

And preferably before Ben-Gurion University comes along with some wank about how to exfiltrate passenger data by speeding up and slowing down the train to generate a bit stream which can be observed using a satellite-borne camera.

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It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer

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Re: The UK go it alone?

We're not 5th biggest economy in world for nothing.

"World's sixth largest economy" according to Hammond during his 2017 budget.

And there's plenty of opportunity to drop further.

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Which is, of course, the main reason the EU is building Galileo, it doesn't want to be seen as living off US and Russian crumbs.

Rather the EU realised it would be at a significant disadvantage if America or Russia denied or restricted services they critically relied upon if they ever ended up in a serious dispute with either, such as a trade war, a sanctions battle, or a physical conflict.

It may mostly be 'a waste of money' but most insurance is. Its worth only materialises when it's needed.

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We don't like to be seen as a second class country. America, Russia and the EU have their GPS systems while we are scrabbling for crumbs like every other third-country.

We want a seat at the top table; our exceptionalism insists we deserve that. It is just a little inconvenient that we resigned from the club which is the location of this particular top table.

But, never mind, we'll show Johnny Foreigner we can do just as well without them. British pride and patriotism requires it. For Queen, Country and St George. We may have lost our empire but, by God's divine hand and grace, we will have that British constellation above us, above everyone. Huzza!

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Zero Tech Emitted: ZTE halts assembly lines after US govt sanctions cripple mobile maker

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Re: A cunning plan

Yay for short term thinking by Trump - but hardly surprising for a guy who can't even think far enough ahead to know how a sentence he begins will end.

Doesn't every sentence he start end with an exclamation mark?

So sad!

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UK age-checking smut overlord won't be able to handle the pressure – critics

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Trust

“Users cannot be expected to take it on faith that age verification providers will be trustworthy"

I think most of us will take it as fact that they are not.

However it's whether anyone cares. These days it seems many people simply don't, or have given up fighting against lack of trust, are relying on 'it will happen to someone else, but not me'.

It appears to have come down to 'don't like it; don't use it' with wanting to use it winning out.

If there's one thing governments should be good for it's keeping us all safe. They have spectacularly failed in that.

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Password re-use is dangerous, right? So what about stopping it with password-sharing?

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Overhead

"the scheme would have to avoid imposing excessive overheads on authentication servers"

The scheme would only need to be used when a user creates a new account or changes a password. Once uniqueness of password has been determined it's business as usual; login password checks done against the local password list as it currently is.

I wouldn't object to a system shouting out "I have a hashed-user wanting to use hashed-password" and getting an answer back indicating how bad that would be. The repository doesn't need to store additional identity data or where the passwords are being used. It would seem trivial enough to implement.

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Sir Clive Sinclair dragged into ZX Spectrum reboot battle

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I am running out of popcorn!

It seems this might only be settled when Indiegogo send in the debt collectors. But I am not convinced Indiegogo has the right to do that. I expect things will only get settled through the courts who will have to untangle this unholy mess and decide what rights and obligations everyone involved has.

I think this fiasco has some time to run yet.

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Hands off! Arm pitches tamper-resistant Cortex-M35-P CPU cores

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Re: Tamper Resistant

I presume that's a part of what they hope to defeat. Other microcontroller manufacturers include physical safeguards so one can't take a hammer or a gently wielded scalpel to a chip without destroying its contents making that attack vector non-viable.

That doesn't mean it cannot be done, as acknowledged in the article, but it does raise the difficulty and cost of doing that. It's a variation on security through obscurity; not worth the cost or effort.

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Post-Facebook fallout: Americans envy Europeans' privacy – top EU data watchdog

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like when the Treaty of Lisbon got rejected by the Irish and they re-ran elections until they could rig the result how they wanted it.

Except it wasn't. The EU presented a proposal, it was rejected. The EU went away, thought on it, came back with a modified proposal which was considered acceptable.

This is how deals have been made and agreements reached since time immemorial. There's nothing wrong with that. It is utterly false to suggest the same deal was presented time after time with the Irish ultimately giving in to that so often presented by EU-haters.

It is simply EU demonisation and propaganda. Much like claiming if we stay in the EU we "will" end up like Greece or Spain. Never like Germany or others who are doing rather well through membership.

Don't feed the troll.

I would generally agree but there are a lot of people who believe such lies and propaganda because they are said so often people come to believe them.

Lies and propaganda not being addressed for decades played a huge part in people hating the EU and wanting to leave.

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DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

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Re: Two sides

It seems utterly wrong for Kyle Wiens, CEO, to say "I've never seen tactics like those used by Microsoft in this case" when it wasn't a Microsoft driven prosecution, wasn't their case.

There is plenty of legitimate criticism to level at Microsoft without making things up.

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Techies! Britain's defence secretary wants you – for cyber-sniping at Russia

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Be careful!

Whatever you do; never click on any queens_shilling.txt attachment!

I think the armed force's main problem will be that the people they want will be the people they don't want. They struggled with taking women into the ranks so I don't know how they'll cope with recalcitrant hippies and hipsters, sandals, beards, and a flexible approach to time keeping.

They'll probably end up outsourcing it to India. There is precedent.

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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Re: Paper tape anyone?

The thing with paper tape is it is pretty easy to knock-up homebrew equipment which will read it; mechanical, optical, or even electrostatic. Same too for punch cards.

An old ASR33 reader can be interfaced to any microcontroller reasonably easily and there are quite a few around. It's more advanced tech which is harder; especially where the protocol and/or interface is not so obvious just from looking at it.

If the data is on a 'VAX tape' it makes sense to read that on a VAX drive and use a VAX to connect to that running VAX software which can access it. No need to reinvent the wheel.

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Javid's in, Rudd's out: UK Home Sec quits over immigration targets scandal

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Re: Sajids little helpers

I keep forgetting how to spell his first name

"Token" is easier.

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Re: Either a liar or incompent

Yet Gove describes her as "a huge asset - brave, principled, thoughtful, humane, considerate and always thinking of the impact of policy on the vulnerable".

I was so gob-smacked I had to double-check it was his official feed, not some satire site.

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Re: So who's Javid?

It is fairly easy to find some good things about Javid, unfortunately it's equally easy to find the bad. And it seems more bad than good on balance.

But it won't matter once he's had a sip of Home Office tea. I don't know what they put in it but it seems to turn every entrant into an illiberal, authoritarian Home Secretary in short order.

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm's shareholders demand current directors go

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Re: Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more Guv

The Companies House filing of "Micro company accounts" from just a couple of weeks ago report they have £433,008 as capital and reserves. No idea what their bank statements show.

https://beta.companieshouse.gov.uk/company/08831435

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The cavalry arrives

The best thing to come out of this may be that whoever takes charge will look at the books and quickly reveal how things actually are.

But we should not forget these shareholders appear to have done fuck all until now to end the fiasco.

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Noise from blast of gas destroys Digiplex data depot disk drives

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Re: Safe for personnel?

> do it without additional suffering

Why? They sure as hell didn't extend that courtesy to their victims.

Because we are better than they are. It's not meant to be a race to the bottom. It's not meant to be an opportunity for revenge or venting desires to inflict suffering on others.

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BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

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Blockchain for sale

I have a completely unused blockchain if someone wants to make a bid.

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Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

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"Any key is susceptible but it's the space bar that most commonly fails"

So they actually have an "Any key" to press to continue in Mac land!

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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They weren't immigrants as such either. As residents in the British Empire, they had a right to settle in any other part of the Empire.

Setting aside what any exact legal definition is: These people were British before they came here, were British when here, are British even as the Home Office detains them, deports them, denies them jobs, benefits, welfare and healthcare. That's what makes it so appalling.

It is easy to see how it came about; "Illegal immigrants" are "those who shouldn't be here", which became "those without evidence of a right to be here", which meant many of the arrivals, unable to provide that evidence, were de facto "illegal immigrants".

The "hostile environment" May created turned "innocent until proven guilty" into "guilty unless proven innocent" and changed "balance of probability" to needing to provide absolute proof of innocence.

May, Rudd and the Home Office then merely concerned themselves with removing "Illegal immigrants", chased the targets they had promised, and cared little beyond that. It didn't matter who people were, only that they could be classed as "illegal immigrants". The Windrush generation without paperwork were easy targets, low-hanging fruit, "illegal immigrants" hiding in plain sight.

Every little helps. They were just numbers to callous Home Secretaries and a ruthless Home Office.

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Academics: Shutting down Facebook API damages research, oversight, competition

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Association of Internet Researchers

I can't help but feel it's more like a group of peeping toms begging for the curtains not to be drawn.

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When tyrants pull on their jackboots to stamp out free speech online, they reach for... er, a Canadian software biz?

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Re: Scumbags

In other news, a manufacturer of cluster bombs said it could not be blamed for their use on civilians.

It's the perennial question; are manufacturers, sellers, those who allow them to operate, equally, more, or less, to blame than the people who use such things?

Pragmatically, the chain has to broken as close to the top as it can be. At the manufacturing end there will always be someone else wiling to step into their shoes. That's a never-ending game of whack-a-mole.

Deibert isn't wrong, but he's chosen to pick on the wrong target.

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Danish submariner sent down for life for murder of journalist Kim Wall

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Re: Rest In Peace

Sadly it seems she suffered greatly. Reports I have read say he tortured and mutilated her quite savagely before her death.

Madsen's ridiculous and ludicrous claims, the laughable nonsense he came up with, has tended to distract from the brutality and horror of what he did.

Let's all hope Kim's boyfriend, family and friends can eventually find some peace.

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: Non-EU

I thought that there were already some non-EU countries involved in Galileo?

Yes. And we can have as much involvement as they have once we leave the EU.

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Microsoft Lean's in: Slimmed-down Windows 10 OS option spotted

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Windows

So, in conclusion...

Microsoft should have stopped at Windows 7.

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State spy agencies 'outsource surveillance' to foreign partners – campaign group

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Trollface

intelligence-sharing deals could become a way for states to "outsource surveillance".

"Could"? You mean they aren't already? I think someone has fallen down on the job.

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Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

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Hate speech IS FREE SPEECH!

And constitutionally protecting hate speech is why America is so utterly fucked-up, has so many problems, is a failed state.

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Brexit has shafted the UK's space sector, lord warns science minister

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Re: Not just the space sector....

I haven't come across anyone that's changed their mind since the vote.

Me neither. Some rather quickly admitted their vote to leave was just for a laugh or a protest vote and a few are still a bit confused about Farage saying "Wouldn't it be terrible if we were really like Norway and Switzerland?" when that apparently was never on the cards.

But what has really changed the polled opinion is (1) those who did not vote now realising they don't like how things are going, and (2) those who were not old enough to have a vote now entitled to one.

And, given the generalisation that older voters were for leaving and younger for staying; I would guess leaving has lost more votes than remaining in the last two years.

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