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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to ‘auto-takedown’ terror pages within 2 HOURS

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Freeze Peach

Because the correct response to bad speech is ... less speech? I'm sure that's what Madison, Paine and Jefferson were going for when they wrote the 1st Amendment.

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Re: Why not fuck off and sort out Brexit instead

What makes you think Arabic is a foreign language in the UK???

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Programming in the Middle Ages: Docker makes a lovely pair of trousers

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Variables

All variables in the program should be declared, GLOBALLY, before any code is written, otherwise it looks like you're making it up as you go along.

You gotta love [hate] COBOL.

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Forgetting

Nothing wrong with forgetting...

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Bank for central banks admits decentralised cryptocurrencies are a pretty good idea

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Privacy?

Why wouldn't you want the government to know where every penny you spend goes? What are you trying to hide?

/s

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Video nasty lets VMware guests run code on hosts

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Containers

Why don't we see that many stories about container security, surely they're infinitely more pwnable than VMs?

Conspiracy?

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44m UK consumers on Equifax's books. How many pwned? Blighty eagerly awaits spex on the breach

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Class action

Scammers can now do identity theft of 144m people and get a few billion claiming to be them in the class action lawsuit.

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Three challenges UK watchdog to a duel over mobile spectrum rules

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Re: What really pisses me

Is people with absolutely no understanding of economics.

The amount you pay will be exactly the same if the telco pays £15bn or £15. This is known as a sunk cost and they price things to maximise profit which is based on marginal costs and marginal revenue. Where you may have a point is that the money they splurged on spectrum may delay the rollout or investment in infrastructure as they have to borrow to pay for that, and that might mean market segregation where they can charge more where they initially roll it out to a few regions.

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Crypto-busters reverse nearly 320 MEELLION hashed passwords

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Black vs white vs grey

The list is useful when signing up new users (or existing users changing passwords) as you now have a list of compromised passwords that you can deny them the use of in real time. Having the list of hashes locally means you aren't sending data to an untrusted third party to check.

OTOH given SHA1 collisions it is possible that your hash might get flagged even though the password is unique and not compromised. Highly unlikely, but possible.

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Crushed Juicero now officially a fruitless endeavor

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Good

Can we now also get rid of the idiocy of Twitter, Uber, Solar Roadways, Self Filling Solar Water Bottles, Hyperloop and all the other nonsense that has never turned a profit and has no realistic prospect of doing so yet have gotten millions upon millions in funding, yet my ideas that would turn a profit in 6 months get nothing ... mutter, mutter, grumble, grumble.

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Connect at mine free Wi-Fi! I would knew what I is do! I is cafe boss!

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FAIL

Light Bulb

Unless it does Octarine I'm out.

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SanDisk's little microSD card sucks up 400GB

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Re: And that's why you need to lock down ports..

"hollow coin"

Then get drunk at the airport and accidentally put it in the fruit machine...

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Bitcoin Foundation wants US Department of Justice investigated

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Bad lawmakers make bad laws

"the proposed law – introduced in May by Senators ... Dianne Feinstein (D‑CA)"

That's enough for me to be against it.

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US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

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Re: Facts

"Then somebody pointed out..."

With absolutely no empirical evidence. We (UK) make public policy based on feelings or some concept of 'common sense'. Policy-based evidence is not what I'm interested in.

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Facts

I wish people here wouldn't go on about child abuse. The crime he is suspected of is having files on his computer which are images the government has decided are illegal. The files may be of children, they may even be of children being abused, but they could equally be photoshopped pictures, innocent pictures of children or none of the above. Whatever, there is nothing to suggest this guy is in any way involved in the abuse of children.

In the UK the 'illegal' pictures could be of cartoon children, or adults who look as if they may be under 18!

Of course the real crime is not doing exactly what authorities want you to do.

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Criticize Google, get fired: Spotlight spins on ad giant's use of soft money

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WTF?

Beware!!!

"Today, we made the difficult decision to terminate Barry Lynn,"

Terminate? Holy shit!

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

Footnotes! The best commentary on the insanity of life I've read. Unfortunately that requires a narrator and I don't like Stephen Fry right now, but he'd be perfect.

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AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone's location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn't use it

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You what?

"Other data, such as Wi-Fi network information that is not user information"

If it's coming from MY phone, it's user information.

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Google's $8.5m class-action privacy payout goes to: Lawyers' alma maters, web giant's pals

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In other news...

In a completely unrelated story the lawyer's daughter has just been accepted into Stanford.

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UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Big Brother

Hate speech

Hate speech is constitutionally protected in the US, so using the events in Charlottesville to justify yet more overbearing laws and excuses to de-anonymise UK internet users seems somewhat contrived.

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If I start my comment with "I love you but" does that exempt me from hate speech?

Love the person, hate the protected group?

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Here's the deal

IF there's a bell curve, and if men and women are slightly asked on their bell curves, then the fact Google recruits from the top 0.1% means that men will be massively overrepresented in their workforce. But actually not overrepresented at all, just more of them at the same talent level as women so more likely to be hired.

No judgement. No call on diversity. Just saying how it might have come about.

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Mid-flight jumbo font smartphone text shock sparks kid abuse arrests

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@AC, "Women can be charged with rape in the US?

You seem to be saying you know more about this than anyone else so I presume that you have seen the screen captures? or transcript of the same?"

I just clicked on the same link in the article available to everyone here: http://www.sjpd.org/iNews/viewPressRelease.asp?ID=2589

where it says: "Burnworth was booked into the Pierce County (WA) Jail for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (felony) — 9.68A.040 RCW, Rape of a Child 1st Degree (felony) — 9A.44.073 RCW, and Dealing in Depictions of a minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct (felony) — 9.68A.050 RCW."

Burnworth being Suspect: Gail Burnworth

Honestly, you commentards really need to do a modicum of research before you go off on one.

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

Alleged victims.

Police, in the USA especially, tend to overcharge and underprosecute in order to secure convictions to make the prosecutors' and DA's record look better so they can run on a law and order ticket when they inevitably step into the political sphere, justice be damned.

And it was the woman who was charged with child rape, not the man. Probably best if you know the story before you talk about others missing parts of it.

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@AC, as I already responded to Chris G above, I have no problem with the woman reporting it, and after the report the authorities have a responsibility to investigate it. I do have a problem with all the commentards on here patting her on the back and blithely assuming the accused are guilty because they used speech not approved of and because they got arrested. I also have a problem with El Reg calling her a "hero". Can we not laugh at the idiocy of using a plane's wifi and large fonts in a public space for what is at least questionable speech without breaking out the pitchforks and torches before a jury has even been presented with evidence, much less convicted them, especially given US law enforcement's propensity to arrest now and question later?

As for my limit, the planning stage of a crime requires to have some evidence that you were likely to follow through, otherwise it's fine to sit around discussing the security flaws of ... hang on, that sounds like another story El Reg is reporting on, only there the person engaged in the speech is the hero of the tale and the US authorities are the bad guys. It's almost like the subject matter of the speech is what determines El Reg, and the commentards', opinion rather than the facts...

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@AC you can yell "fire" in a crowded theatre, it's perfectly legal. If a venue cannot safely evacuate then the owner/promoter should be prosecuted and the venue shut down. This terrible canard came about because the US Supreme Court decided in its infinite wisdom that free speech could be restricted in order to stop pacifists publishing flyers denouncing the draft in WW1. Fortunately this ruling was overturned by a later court and Judge Wendell Holmes later publicly said he regretted his decision as it was he who came up with the "fire" quote.

That's not to say you couldn't be sued by people whose time you've wasted or be banned from the venue - there are consequences - but none from the state, i.e. you can't be convicted for it in the US. In the UK it may fall under the broad catchall of Breach Of The Peace, a horrible illiberal law that needs revoked.

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@Chris G

I'm not saying she shouldn't have reported it. I'm not saying the authorities shouldn't have looked into it. I'm saying calling her a fucking hero and automatically assuming their guilt based on some unpopular speech before any evidence has been presented to a jury and a decision reached is fucking horrific and an absolute repudiation of the concepts of freedom of expression and innocent unless proven guilty and an abandonment of journalistic responsibility by El Reg.

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

For all you lovely downvoters, just remember the US is prosecuting underage girls for producing child porn for sexting their boyfriends. They often put this out there in order to get them to accept to lesser charges - again for sending pictures of themselves to their boyfriend.

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Re: Lolita is not pr0n, actually.

@Palpy

The law, as currently written, criminalises any sexualisation of a child or any description of sex with a minor. The usual caveats of produced for sexual excitement and all that rubbish no longer apply to the new law. It is no longer open to interpretation yet the government lied and said that obviously works of art would be exempt but prosecutions suggest otherwise. Also simple possession is enough, you don't have to have read it or looked at it and even handing some malware downloaded child pron you found on your PC can get you prosecuted.

Also remember that the prosecution itself can be the punishment, for example the blogger* who wrote a fantasy about Girls Aloud got charged with obscenity and subsequently lost his job and has struggled to find employment since despite being found not guilty.

* I'm not naming him or linking to any articles as the poor bastard has suffered enough unwarranted publicity from a vexatious and mendacious prosecution.

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@a_yank_lurker

Freedom of speech means that you can say anything not covered by existing statutes (incitement, coercion to commit violence, preparation to commit a crime etc.) and there will be no consequences* from the government.

But why trust a yank on the First Amendment, the majority are in favour of abandoning the majority of it to allow the executive branch unfettered control when their guy is in charge.

* Except possible investigation to ensure there was no breach of of existing laws - but this cannot be excessive or punitive.

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@Throatwarbler Mangrove

"That's what the jury trial is for."

Are you joking? This is never going to be a jury trial. They're being accused of attempted child abuse, with probably bugger all evidence apart from some chats, and so they'll plead it down to some kind of child neglect or obscenity nonsense, enough to get a little jail time and the kids removed to an ostensibly safe environment.

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@Jamie Jones

"Is that seriously how your mind works?"

Innocent until proven guilty? Funnily enough, yes it is.

"My point is, do you think they would prosecute someone just on the basis of "some email from some random internet geek?""

Yes! Abso-fucking-lutely. They tried to pin a terrorist charge on the Robin Hood airport guy. They pin child porn charges on people with adult material because the girl "looks as if she might be under 18 - even though she's proven to be older, and you could actually have sex with her if she was 16! Not to mention this is in the states where they will charge you with huge felonies just to get a guilty plea to a lesser charge. And they plant evidence, routinely. Don't go thinking all arrests are of guilty people, or that all convicted people are actually guilty, especially in the US.

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Re: Freedom of speech dies a little each day

@AC: "I'm all for freedom of speech but..."

Clearly you're not.

I already mentioned Lolita, which is now regarded as a classic as opposed to the UK government's classification as child porn.

"The article clearly states "Two children have been taken into protective custody following the arrests at the end of July.""

Arrests, not convictions. The backslapping over whether this was a good move or not should wait until the trial is over, no? If there was nothing untoward then this person has misread a situation and had children taken away from parents, potentially never to be returned. So perhaps alleged news outlets like El Reg can refrain from such fucking bullshit as "The unnamed hero" until we find out if she is a hero or a family wrecking snooper, no?

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Freedom of speech dies a little each day

Did they do anything?

Were they planning anything?

Can you prove it beyond a reasonable doubt?

Would someone writing or reading Lolita be treated the same?

Would someone reading a Qu'ran be treated the same? Kidding, of course they would.

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Re: Not so Handy . .

OK, do I own my inability to check my phone's auto correction of bot to boy, or do I go for being sexist that all bots are male?

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Re: Not so Handy . .

The greatest what?

It's not the boy's fault if you can't form a complete sentence.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Unofficial name

Murdery McMurderface?

Wastey McWasteofcash?

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London Mayor slams YouTube over failure to remove 'shocking' violent gang vids

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UK politicians

Whining about people saying things they don't like and rather than use their bully pulpit to replace it with better speech they call for the silencing of dissenting opinions.

If it's not criminal stop whining and explain to the people why what they're saying is wrong. Free marketplace of ideas!

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Re-identifying folks from anonymised data will be a crime in the UK

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Business as usual

So, a company fucks up but people get prosecuted?

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WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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WTF?

I'm confused

Wrote code in the UK, (allegedly) sold code in the UK, to Russians. Arrested in the USA.

How does that work?

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BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY

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Terminator

A timely reminder

The IOT revolution will not be bloodless.

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FUKE NEWS: Robot snaps inside drowned Fukushima nuke plant

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Go nuclear

Fukushima: the best advert for nuclear power ever.

Outdated design, earthquake out with specs and the only issue was not having an air supply for emergency generators above the wave. And NO-ONE died! Modern facilities are ten times as safe and could withstand a plane strike. Nuclear power now!

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US laptops-on-planes ban now applies to just one airport, ends soon

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Big Brother

"TSA continues to find guns-a-plenty"

Given how awful the TSA are at doing their ostensible job, it makes you wonder the number that are actually in the air within arm's reach at any time. Yet for some reason these 'dangers' never seem to materialise into hijackings or taking planes down. It's almost like the whole security thing is some kind of macabre performance intended to make us feel nervous about the potential dangers and simultaneously reassured that Big Brother the government is doing something about it...

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AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

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Terminator

"Kill limit"

-9 surely?

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UK traditions

"the traditional method of regulation, in which rules follow disaster and public outcry"

Like in the UK where politicians obviously make legal highs illegals because... And cannabis is illegal because... And some Japanese manga is illegal because... And so-called extreme porn is illegal because...

Here's how it works in the UK: government decides policy; swiftly followed by compliant media publishing sensationalist stories (usually about some young girl) - often later shown to be false or based on incomplete information - planted by police in the papers; which helps whip up some public outrage; allowing laws the government wants to pass without too much outrage at the destruction of our civil liberties and personal freedoms.

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Facebook users pwnd by phone with account recovery vulnerability

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Megaphone

Facebook

Your security is just as important to us as your privacy.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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Re: "In this house we obey the laws of thermodynamics!!"

"What about the Newton's law of universal gravitation?"

We all know they don't apply near black holes, and Australia is...

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Childcatcher

I think he has the trifecta...

they are also used “ … by people who seek to do us harm. They're being used by terrorists, they're being used by drug traffickers, they're being used by paedophile rings.”

Yep, all three bogey men used to scare the people into doing what he wants. Terrorists, drug traffickers and paedophiles. Although I do see sex traffickers starting to come into this elite group.

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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Great decision

It should stay about the torture and execution of quite a nice bloke.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Coat

"Whyte has since been charged with assault, possession of marijuana"

The weeds of the many...

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