* Posts by Frank Fisher

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

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it's always an inside job

After being closely involved with a work colleague being scammed - first alerting her to it, and ccd in all bank discussions - it is VERY obvious that all these frauds are based on insiders within banks and utilities passing out personal information. Plus, I heard of another recent case that almost went as far as prosecution, then the CPS inexplicably "lost" all evidence. I think we need to accept that we now live in an extremely corrupt society. It wasn't always like this.

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MPs worried Brexit vote website wobble caused by foreign hackers

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Russel's teapot is now a samovar.

Did you see what I did there?

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Occam's razor

Every government built website to date either attracts a hundredth of predicted concurrent visitors, or a hundred times it. They either drift on, unloved, or crash under unexpected load. This one had everyone from Obama to Geldof begging people to visit it before it closed and.... it crashed at that point. Gosh. The Russians? Or SNAFU?

Very obviously, SNAFU, and yet our hopelessly Remainiac media once again weave their fake news on top of wishful thinking and pure blind fantasy.

I feel embarrassed for them, to be honest. Leavers are meant to be the thick ones?

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

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I remember the best part of twenty years ago when I first wrote about the IWF being able to lean on ISPs to block alleged child porn content, backed by Home Office muscle but no laws, that this was the slippery end of an unregulated slope - and I was called paranoid. Anyone calling me paranoid now? The courts are saying because the *architecture* is in place, why not force people to use it?

Footie today, Wikileaks tomorrow.

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'Treat your developers like creative workers – or watch them leave'

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Well durr

That's what I said - https://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/22/frank_fisher_creative_class/

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We've found a ‘vaccine’ for fake news. Wait! No, we really are Cambridge researchers

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And their "fact" is not a fact

" "97% of scientists agree on humanmade climate change." That's the "fact" they demand people accept - and of course it isn't a fact at all. One clue is in the term "humanmade" but the other is the failure to define which scientists, or precisely what they are agreeing to. And if we dig into the origins of this dubious stat we find it's pure cobblers. Watts Up With That has a good debunking

There's a war going on for your mind. This "vaccine" is probably the daftest weapon yet unleashed, but I imagine the nastiest ones will never be discussed. The scariest remains the MSM, which seems unable to distinguish truth from lie itself.

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Why Theresa May’s hard Brexit might be softer than you think

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North isn't as smart as he thinks he is

Worth pointing out that the Norths were adamant that the referendum would be lost because the leave campaigns weren't listening to them? They were furious with Farage, with Boris, with everyone who wasn't arguing for "Flexit". They were certain the public would only accept a detailed plan, dotted is, crossed ts, that gave a ten year roadmap for exit. They were totally wrong.

And Richard is wrong now - the flaw with Flexcit is that once you're in that halfway house YOU WILL NEVER LEAVE. If we put ourselves just slightly offshore, WE WILL NEVER LEAVE. he's a bright guy but he does not understand politics. If this is to be done it must be bloody, short, irreversible.

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Ransomware scum infect Comic Relief server: Internal systems taken down

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Some charity

I think I read Comic Relief has a £100m plus property portfolio in the UK and half a dozen staff on £150k plus?

Nein danke

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EU ends anonymity and rules open Wi-Fi hotspots need passwords

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Don't you get it?

"The kids" will happily sign away their kidneys for free wifi. If the Eu gives it to them, everywhere, with a tiny little privacy catch.... kaboom, that becomes the new normal. There is an expectation of continual surveillance, an expectation of continual censorship. Our youth already love Big Brother.

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Re: So many holes, it could be cheese.

"Would we have to run a set of ID's we trust, or is some pan-European authentication platform being formed to support this - given the mobility of people around the world."

Exactly what the Commission proposed way back when. Using state-mandated offline ID to log in with online, everywhere, as soon as you go online. No internet access other than through an EU-approved membership system.

Still think they're the good guys?

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Fits the pattern

The EU has been aiming to eliminate online anonymity since the early 90s - they'll be reviving that old French plan to get everyone logging in using a state-approved offline biometric.

Just one more reason why Brexit must mean real Brexit, and fast.

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Tim Cook: EU lied about Apple taxes. Watch out Ireland, this is a coup!

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Re: So many commies reading the Reg?

The FT is rabidly pro-EU yes, and you make a fool of yourself by accepting the line that anyone voted out of the EU to get £350m a week spent on our NHS. That might be the spin the BBC put on it, it's not the reality.

Our referendum was nothing less than a proper proletarian revolution against the bourgeoisie. You may be surprised what might happen in Ireland if the opportunity was offered.

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Re: So who is telling the pork pies?

It isn't the ECHR that's a problem, it is the supremacy of the ECJ that is. And in most countries of the world- ie everywhere outside the EU - controlling your own laws isn't seen as an act of "bigotry".

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So many commies reading the Reg?

The point folks, surely, is that Ireland should be free to manage its own tax affairs, and the EU should not be imposing diktats in a capricious and unlawful way? Retrospective legislation? Threats? This not a club I'd like to be part of. Oh, we voted out. Hurrah. Iexit next?

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Three non-obvious reasons to Vote Leave on the 23rd

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Re: So where is the post to balance this out?

Why on earth would visas be reintroduced? We have not needed visas for travel in western Europe since 1945. Your claim about Spain is just more dishonest Remain scaremongering.

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DANGER: Is that 'hot babe' on Skype a sextortionist?

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This is obviously not funny.

However, it *is* pretty funny...

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Lords try shoehorning law against REVENGE SMUT into justice bill

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Evil, or just stupid?

Are these people idiots? I can see so many problems with this law, apart from the disproportionate horror of locking people up for clicking "Submit". How is a court going to establish what the tangled nature of consent was at the time? How will they decide if consent was withdrawn, and that was clearly communicated? if the pics were posted when all was rosy, and then consent was withdrawn, does it become an offence to refuse to delete them? What if the images were posted somewhere were they CANNOT be deleted? What if the uploaded has forgotten their passwords? What if they forgot where they posted them? What if a thousand people repost?

Stupid damned idea. No doubt it will become law.

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I QUIT: Mozilla's anti-gay-marriage Brendan Eich leaps out of door

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It was the Fabian HG Wells who suggest that the Left needed a "liberal Fascism"...

.... I don't think anyone can deny that this is the world we live in now? The left dominate the airwaves, the media, government, civil service, NGOs - they pay lipservice to free speech but woe betide you if you say anything to upset them or one of their client groups. If gays want marriage they should go through the normal democratic process to achieve that (they didn't do that here in the UK) and when they do that it is *entirely legitimate* for others to oppose them, as Eich did. Without free speech we have no democracy.

I won't be using firefox in future, not even as a development tool. Will have to figure out other approaches. I don't care to endorse the fascists or their appeasers.

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Douglas Adams was RIGHT! TINY ALIENS are invading Earth, say boffins

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I think you mean Fred Hoyle was right!

For all the mocking panspermia is a very compelling theory. Much more plausible for life to originate in space where big stuff happens a lot, than here on the dull earth.

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Queen's Speech: 'Problem of matching IP addresses' to be probed

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Big Brother

This is all about finding a use for ID cards

Mandatory authentication - the european commission have been touting it since the early 90s. Double win for them - they get their tracking, and they get a 'need' for ID cards.

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Cheshire councils to axe 70 IT jobs

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FAIL

Well if you spend a thousand quid a pop for office chairs...

...as CEC did earlier this year, I guess it's hard to afford people to sit in them.

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Coders are creatives too: Where's our love?...

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yes but

Sean, I'd just make a couple of responses to that; firstly, are you really telling me anything more than a tiny percentage of designers are actually artists? I really can't see any definition of 'art' that encompasses "we don't want empty space, we want branding!". I said upthread, I couldn't do that job - sat there at a Mac with some know-nothing account director at your shoulder proding every pixel of 'design'... that ain't art. It CAN be, sure, but how often is it?

UIs - good point, but how it looks is, IMO, trivial compared to how it works, how it *feels*, and that's about the software and, to a greater extent right now, the hardware. They're not called fondleslabs because of how they look.

And criticise Linux... but then what do you say about Ubuntu?

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Designers are artists?

I draw (geddit?) a pretty obvious distinction there. Yes, some graphic designers genuinely are artists - I worked with one who has now moved from p/shop to oils and is terrific.

Most are tinkerers.

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Oh?

"Any chance you can stop reducing my job to paint by numbers? It's pretty insulting and shows a complete lack of knowledge about the field."

Oh you use paint? So sorry, you're clearly a step up the ladder. My insults were aimed at the crayoners.

In all seriousness, I would *hate* to do your job. sitting there with some halfwit peering over your shoulder asking for everything to be pinker, redder, bluer, and everything bigger than everything else? God no.

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Cynic

"An article that tells software developers that they are under appreciated will be read approvingly by software developers"

Hey, I may be sneaky but i'm not daft!

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I agree totally.

Feel free to fly me out as an expert witness..

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Oh I do understand

Persuasion is the key - I think it's where technical people often fail; we spend so much time getting it RIGHT, that we neglect to focus on persuading others why it's right, how tricky it was to get right, why it's better doing it this way than that way.

So yes, in the end you are correct; what matters is convincing others.

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'There's too much climate change denial on the BBC'

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Not it didn't...

"Of course the inquiry found that the actual science performed was without fault."

The inquiries didn't look at the science. If you can call piddling around with models 'science'.

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plagiarist!

I'm sure that rant was mine first - you missed a bit though. "Tear down the BBC, feed the bodies to pigs, shoot the pigs, burn the pigs, bury the pigs, salt the ground, nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

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AGW is real!

Real where the evidence appears, in computer models. It's absolutely right - if you fiddle the variables int he right fashion, temperatures soar - in RAM. However, in the real world, everything AGW propagandists talk about is, at best, correlation. At worst sheer fakery. And the idea that science is some kind of democracy where the majority view should automatically prevail is pure tosh. Steve Jones should know that.

I'm happy to be called a denier, an extremist, a sceptic - i don't mind. The evidence for catastrophic man made global warming just isn't there. It ain't.

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CEOP announces 'record results' in child protection battle

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WTF?

Any oversight on this?

They SAY they have 'safeguarded' these kids, they 'say' they have arrested people - but how do we know any of this is valid? Is this all in the UK? Were charges brought? How many 'safeguarded' kids were kids taken off men *suspected* of offences?

I have to say, I dont' trust these people an inch. Particularly when they're as intent on talking up their 'brand' (wankers) as anything else.

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Apple bashes 'gay cure' app

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Re:positive censorship

positive censorship? There is no such thing. If you don't like someone's views, persuade them of the error of their ways, don't try to gag them.

For one thing it's totally counterproductive. If someone suggest you're sick, and you try to silence him, via prosecution, persecution, or a flame mob, he'll go away still thinking you're sick, but also thinking you're an arsehole.

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more censorship...

And it's Apple's perogative of course, it's their walled garden. But it does follow a pattern of increasing insistence from the (not)-liberal left that everyone think their way...

By all means punish someone who physically attacks homosexuals - but punish someone who says they think it's wrong? Which is effectively what you're doing if all dissent attracts twitter wars, firings, media outrage, and sometimes prosecution? Nah. I value free speech. You'd think the gay lobby would too; there are notable exceptions - Peter Tatchell being one - but most of the gay lobby really do think it should be against the law to upset them. Sod that.

I have no problem with anyoen doing anything they like in their bedroom. But no one, under any circumstances, ever, gets to tell me what I should do in my head.

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London man gets 5 years for YouTube terror videos

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Unhappy

we're not all in agreement chum

Don't mistake the courts, the cops or our government for US.

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This guy is as much a victim of censorship as Assange

Five years? For editing video?

For fuck's sake, this damn country. If we cannot win on the terms we are *supposed* to be fighting on - for democracy and Elightenment values which VERY MUCH include free speech, then we do no deserve to win.

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Today's courts would have jailed Tom Paine or even Kipling.

This is where we're at, where the truth - raw bloody truth relayed from the battlefield - is a criminal offence. I dont' CARE what this guy's motivations are. If we are saying that publishing actual video footage, edited or voice-overed or whatever, from war zones where our troops are killing, and dying, is *illegal*, then what have we come to?

What kind of country is is that jails people for having unpopular points of view? What kind fo country locks someone away becuase they put forward a good argument?

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Disappearing filth leads to dropped charges in extreme smut case

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You were warned, perves.

First point - when the police 'lose evidence' it's normally because they want to.

Second, yes, the extreme porn alws are JUST as stupid and illiberal and wide-ranging as they appear. You can indeed be jailed for five eyars if you take snippets from perfectly legal, BBFC-rated films, IF they think your main purpose for doing so is to have a wank. I'm not joking, and I have been banging on about this for some time. Three years in fact http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2007/jul/06/getyourtanksoffourporn

Will the coalition repeal this stupid law? Nope. No government ever abandons power. Instead, when it is shown not to be "working" they'll decide it needs to be 'toughened' up. And all the 'liberals' will applaud.

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ICO waves stick at climate boffins over FoI compliance

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No conspiracy? No, apart from the conspiracies...

"Absolutely nothing in the emails suggested fraud, conspiracy or any of the other wild eyed allegations that anti global warmers imagined the emails said"

So the mails didn't demonstrate a covert backdoor group plot to prevent dissenting authors gettting published in key journals? Didn't include scientists swapping tips on how to hide data and emails from FOI requests? Didnt' include requests to similarly shape raw data into a matching pattern that hit model "backcasts" - 'hiding the decline'? There's three conspiracies revealed by climategate for you, just from memory. Oh,a nd thats' without the giant gaping conspiracy that is the "model" - packed with fudge factors that even the guy developing it can't find a reason for - other than to somehow match historical data.

What climategate revealed was that whatever sustains AGW, it is NOT science. If someone behaves in this way with their data, they ar enot a scients. What scientist *throws away* raw data FFS? WHO does that? No one does that. No one does that.

AGW is a scam.

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Grenade

"As far as I'm concerned the ICO can, in Glesga parlance, get it right up them."

Great, so pay the fines or go to jail you arrogant little fuck.

If the FOI applies to you, it's because we pay your wages, sonny.

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School caretaker harassed after Islamists hack EDL

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poxy Lefties

"However given the nature of my employment with children allegations like this could have cost me my job and my family their home."

What a great country we live in today. Your political beliefs will cost you your job. Remind me againl we didnt' like the authoritaian USSR because...?

Wretched hoel this country is becoming - all down to the poisonous PC Left and their meddling; and now even the so-called Conservativeparty has bought into the same anti-liberal nonsense. EQUALITY must trump liberty is seems. Well screw that.

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Mastercard downed by Anon-Assange-fans

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Stainless steel rats.

Good, do it. Take them down. Okay, it's hard to judge who really are the good guys in this world, but it's a lot easier to spot the bag guys - and Mastercard, Visa, Paypal have behaved badly - there can be no debate. They have acted without legal process, after being leant on by the US govt, basically applying US law worldwide. Assange may not be whiter than white, but seeing who is lined up against him, I pick his side.

I hear now that if the banks dont' stop screwing around with wikileaks funding, 4chan say they're going to cancel christmas - take it all down in the last shopping week. Mmmmm.

This year's rage against the machine is... raging against the machine.

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PayPal banned WikiLeaks after US gov intervention

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" if you do the same in the west, the same fate awaits you"... irony missed by BBC

Last night Newsnight spent the whole prog examining China's attack on the Nobel for a jailed free speech activist there, sitting in a cell on dubious charges, while one of our own sits on trumped up charges in Wandsworth.

Irony, I guess that's what prison bars are...

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we have been here many times before

Sounds like perhaps, PKD's Black Iron Prison, perhaps something John Galt might have faced, perhaps the Matrix, perhaps the Dark City - but what we're seeing is that all the dystopias were true, all the conspiracies have a kernal of truth. THEY LIVE!

look for some special sunglasses, and keep your powder dry.

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Ever hear of the Pentagon Papers Curtis?

Oh, and btw, *where* did these "crimes" take place? Are they extraditable to the US? In what jurisdiction are Wikileaks and paypal/visa/mastercard's contracts drawn up?

Sorry to break this to you, but the USA does not rule the world.

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Anonymous attacks PayPal in 'Operation Avenge Assange'

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balls

Scientists? A scientist would be someone who applies the scientific method right - does anyone at CRU? Nope. No controls. No replication. The "experimental evidence" resides inside models that, gosh, we learn are packed to the gunwhales with "fudge factors". AGW is the biggest fattest lie in the world today. Perhaps that's an opinion, but what isn't opinion, but simple fact, is that it ain't "science". Not a science that can sit comfortably next to physics, chemistry or anything since Newton.

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The first virtual global information war ....

Not quite. I think you can characterise the widespread undermining of the fake intel used to support war in Kosovo as, perhaps, the first skirmish. Then the same process against the fake intel used to propagandise for Iraq. Maybe the first battle? The first *succesful* battle in the infowars against "our" governments would have to be the campaign to force the media and govt to notice Climategate (and btw, it really baffles me that so many people accept we're being lied to about practically everything in the govt domain *except* this AGW fantasy).

Whatever, as I've written many times, governments that pretend to democratic consent cannot function without control fo the narrative; a free internet makes that control impossible. Ergo, a war on the free internet. They have no choice. Either they relinquish power, or they sieze control fo the internet - there are no other choices.

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Good - paypal are knuckling under to the yank govt

It's all well and good having a commitment to free speech in your constitution - but why bother if the first time it bites your arse you send the Black Hats in to attack the mouthy irritation? I was furious with paypal for joining in this witch-hunt, even though, I'm still a little suspicious of wikileaks. Far too many suggestions of a Soros link, etc.

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Blogger faces terror charges for 'naming MPs'

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This is the middle of the wedge, not the thin end.

Yes, this guy is being charged for posting factual, publically available info on the web - aggregatting information that is already out there. What he did was took the voting records, PLUS information on constituency offices, and put them together. That then becomes a crime. Own Hansard - that's okay. Own the yellow pages. That's okay. Put them together - BLAM - critical mass. This is the madness we now face.

But this is not new. Okay, you can all listen to me now, in this area, I'm afraid I really am the expert. More than a decade ago I was involved with the "Green Anarchist" case, where three editors of a newsletter were charged, convicted and jailed, for "inciting arson". Their crime was to *aggregate* - they had put local newspaper reports on arson etc attacks on research labs, with info about vivisection, with editorials supporting direct action in support of animals rights. Nowhere did they directly incite violence. Just as the revolutionmuslim articles do not appear to have *directly* incited violence. They posted inflamatory and impassioned articles, alongside reports of violence. Factual reports from the local press. And fo rthis they got, I think, three years. At the time I copied a load of their material and I and Index on censorship republished it, just as people are republishing Fitwatch and Revolutionmuslim today, and we contributed material for their appeal - which they won on a technicality - NOT on a thumping rejection of the aggregation crime.

There' s more - the Nuremburg Trials, an anti-abortion site in the US, did exactly the same. Factual info, freely available public info, but alongside passionate argument - that site was closed down under anti-mafia "RICO" legislation, the publishers slammed with multimillion dollar fines.

What we are seeing now is not the thin end of the wedge; it is the gentle widening of that wedge halfway down its length to take in more than bomb throwers and arsonists; it is about the process of defining the *angry*, as terrorists. If you are angry, if you attempt to organise and channel your anger. if you attempt to persuade others, publicise your argument, hold the guilty to account, then you are, apparantly, a terrorist.

I think perhaps we're all terrorists now.

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Murder victim-mocking troll jailed

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Offend someone, go to jail

Nope. Wrong wrong wrong. He didn't hit anyone, didn't steal from anyone, didn't cause pyhsical harm - he annoyed people and upset people,and that is not reason enough to jail anyone. I offend and upset people every day. Mostly online. Will some of those pitiful leftie scrotes - the name Sunny Hundal leaps to mind - start demanding the CPS put me in jail?

Nope. What this guy did was unpleasant, revolting, lunatic - but the correct response is to delete or ignore his comments and move on. Let's face it, you put a "tribute page" up on a public site, you are asking for trouble.

Can anyone imagine here what would happen if Thatch popped her clogs and somone put a tribute paeg to her up on Facebook? Would the slavering hate-filled hordes who rush to gloat and abuse be locked up?

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Men suffer most in recession

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Women are NOT paid less

Mothers may be - if you compare non-parents of either sex, there is no pay gap. The "women's pay gap" is a total myth, or rather, because it's intentionally spread, it's a lie. I'm surprised to see the Reg falling for this crap. Stick up for the truth won't you guys? The average pay differentials across the economy are down to skills and experience, and a little luck and brown-nosing, as we all know. Women, *on average* are paid less, but because they are women? No. Because *on average* they are less skilled, less qualified, less experienced - they spend *on average* 20% ish less in the workplace, because they'r eoff having kids - their choice. A choice me and my missus made, btw. She earns buttons. SO gosh, they *on average* earn less.

Put the story straight Reg. Let the rest of the media pump out this socialist propaganda.

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