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Boffins exfiltrate data by blinking hard drives' LEDs

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Security

My airgapped computer now also has to be lightgapped?

Stealing NSA secrets is becoming more hassle than it's worth.

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US judge halts mass fingerprint harvesting by cops to unlock iPhones

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American Revolution

What is it with the US government and general warrants? Do they not teach history over there any more?

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NZ firm tucks into $27m on the back of VR 'hologram' promise

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Dance with Beyonce

"Dance"? Is that what we're calling it these days?

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Ex-FBI man spills on why hackers are winning the security game

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Re: Oh god...

I intentionally don't secure my router so that any future legal issues I have are subject to reasonable doubt over whether it was me, a hacker, or some other third party.

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Kids these days will never understand the value of money

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Re: The bank of mum and dad gave me pocket money

"get a paper round"

What's a paper?

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IBM's SoftLayer is having a meltdown – and customers aren't happy

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The salespeople and evangelicals told me...

... when you put stuff in the cloud it is immune to outages.

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I'LL BE BATT: Arnie Schwarzenegger snubs gas guzzlers for electric

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Re: Hydrogen powered cars

H2O2 plus sugar = Delchev fuel

Sugar is renewable and if the energy required to make water into hydrogen peroxide can come from renewables we have a possible in between system - roughly half as efficient as gasoline, but almost as clean as current renewables.

We have to try a few of these ideas out to see what works and catches on, giving massive subsidies to oil companies who then spend some of that money lobbying politicians is clearly not working and neither is politicians virtue signalling how much they care about renewables for a photo op.

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I've got a brand new combine harvester and I'll give you the API key

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RE: "I wouldn't touch them with a barge pole."

Because that is a non-authorised servicing tool and you'd invalidate your warranty?

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UK's lords want more details on adult website check plans

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WTF?

Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye

A House that's been covering up the sexual abuse of children within its walls for decades now decides that it is incumbent upon them to stop children watching adults have sex?

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Routes taken by UK prosecutors over supply of modified TV set-top boxes

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Re: City of London Police = Rent-a-cop

@Doctor Syntax,

Not only not theft, but merely facilitation of infringement by others. And even then it is simply providing the tools for others to break the law, if they so choose, like providing a lock picking set or a hammer to someone.

Incidentally, why is our hard earned tax being used to prosecute some sole trader on behalf of a multi-billion pound multination company for what should be a civil rather than criminal issue?

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Did EU ruling invalidate the UK's bonkers Snoopers' Charter?

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Big Brother

Protect yourself online ...

... from your own government.

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Strong non-backdoored encryption is vital – but the Feds should totally be able to crack it, say House committees

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Because we're all guilty of something, right?

Not until sufficient evidence is presented to a court and I am adjudged guilty by a jury of my peers.

Or did something change while I was away?

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Landmark EU ruling: Legality of UK's Investigatory Powers Act challenged

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Re: Well

When I searched for "large hot sausage" it was the food standards agency that got me arrested.

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It's funny that...

When the little people break the law there is some element of punishment.

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UK Home Office slurps 1,500 schoolkids' records per month

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"We take privacy extremely seriously"

And if any of you are found to have any you'll be in so much trouble...

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Qualcomm, Microsoft plot ARM Snapdragon-powered Windows 10 PCs, tablets, phones

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Coat

But can it run ...

Never mind.

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Meh

Are you a god?

Thor came down and used his hammer to split the original into 2 new species.

How is that against Odin's marvelous creationism?

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Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster

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Are you from the future?

"The inclusion of a USB 3.0 may prove more of a stumbling block than the graphical requirements. GPUs that support DirectX 12 date back to around 2014, while USB 3.0 is more recent, only becoming commonplace in the last two to three years."

You are aware that it is November in 2016? These dates almost entirely align.

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AI can now tell if you're a criminal or not

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"Criminal"?

The law is arbitrary, changeable and often capricious. In country A(merica) I may not be a criminal because there is no law against (say) free speech but in country C(hina) I would be a criminal. Pretty sure my head shape doesn't change between the two countries.

Perhaps the head shape of the lawmakers is a better guide to the criminality of the people?

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Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome

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Memories

Spend $300 to reminisce about the good old days when I didn't have to spend $100 to have an unsightly dongle hanging out the side of my computer in order to connect the most basic of peripherals.

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Portable drive, 5TB capacity. Hmm, there's something fishy here

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Re: Freecycle

Lord Elpuss: ”For all you know, I work for the government and have classified data that must be securely destroyed."

Or left unencrypted on public transport.

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Trump's torture support could mean the end of GCHQ-NSA relationship

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Re: we can all move on

Except his SC appointment(s) will still be there (Napolitano, Judge Judy?) And any executive action he takes and is approved by his SC will be there and available for any future president to use and abuse until a better SC comes along to overturn it.

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Re: You don't have to look that far for examples of Torture

Ah tazers. Introduced as non-lethal firearm alternatives. We were promised they, and pepper spray, would only ever be used in situations where the only alternative would be a potentially deadly firearm. Like when teenagers get mouthy or students need some reeducation about who's in charge or when black males ... ah no, they still go straight to deadly force in that situation.

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Torture isn't even the biggest problem

He wants to murder the families of (alleged) terrorists.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Je suis Charlie

I seem to recall some procession in favour of freedom of expression after the Charlie Hebdo attacks, was that just political posturing?

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Self-driving cars doomed to be bullied by pedestrians

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Re: Anoying Horn

Like an LRAD?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQuF1T6f21g

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Report: UK counter-terrorism plan Prevent is 'unjust', 'counterproductive'

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Collateral Damage

This is just an incidental outcome of a system that has been set up to normalise the constant and intrusive surveillance of the population by so-called security services.

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Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection

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Re: They have enough

Staying under the radar is a new offence under RIPA 2.

Maybe I shouldn't give them ideas...

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OTOH

At least all this data slurping meant there were no terrorist attacks in the UK during those years.

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Hey! spies! Get! in! here! and! explain! this! Yahoo! email-scanning! 'kernel! module!'

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Dear Congress,

Let me explain:

After 9/11 your black ops agencies saw an opportunity to use the fear and panic of the American people and politicians to engage in a wholly illegal operation of mass surveillance of the people of this planet. With the support of the administration and quiescence of the public, opposition, judiciary and, worst of all, the media, the constitution as we know it was ignored, torture performed, rendition, surveillance etc.

Since then all your agencies have been using 'national security' as a way to gather info from corporations and to get courts to allow blatantly unconstitutional practices. One of those is to get them to install software with backdoors that allow so-called law enforcement to access data without a court order. The result of back doors is that not only those we 'want' can use it to get in. Hence data, including that of honorable members, was stolen by parties unknown (ignoring the fact it was also collected by agencies known!)

Think of that next time you vote on a bill.

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That UK law that'll share Brits' private info among govt departments? Yeah, that'll need oversight

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New World (dis)Order

If you have nothing to hide sell, you have nothing to fear.

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Queen Lizzie awarded good behaviour medal

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Re: Commander in chief

"I would force her to step down immediately"

You and whose army?

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Re: republicans

If she's so fucking good, and the institution so wonderful, how come no country not already brainwashed into it is looking to have Liz adopt them?

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Re: Commander in chief

No, I am suggesting, among other things, that she has never undertaken this constitutional rile that she was trained from childhood to fulfil. Others are suggesting that should she ever do so it would trigger a constitutional crisis that would take down the monarchy. I am then left asking: if she won't, and can't, perform her supposed duty, then what is the fucking point of the position of monarch? And perhaps some oil chosen by lottery would be less deferential.to the political classes, especially since their position, and that of their family, is not dependent on the largess of the already privileged using public money.

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Re: Commander in chief

"What's the alternative?" [to an hereditary head of state]

Why are people so bloody unimaginative?

Selection at random, like jury duty.

A TV show called I'm a monarch get me out of here.

A cage fight.

Pistols at dawn.

Musical chairs.

A bake off.

Who cares? But it would be nice if the public has some say in, you know, a democracy.

It would also be nice if they could exercise their constitutionally granted powers without creating a constitutional crisis. Then perhaps Blair's massive mandate to smash our rights with 40% of the vote would not have happened.

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Commander in chief

As head of the armed forces hasn't she sent "our boys" off to illegal wars to commit war crimes without so much as a frown?

And in nonmilitary terms why hasn't she ever stood up for her subjects and refused to sign any bill that stripped our historic rights?

She's a waste of space and the institution is a national embarrassment for a so called modern democracy.

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BT will HATE us for this one weird 5G trick

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Re: Buzzword fail

No you didn't.

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Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians

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Terminator

If I spend $60k on a personal Uber I'd rather it didn't try to kill me when it mistakes a cat on the road for a baby.

But this is a very temporary problem, roads will not be accessible to people soon and automated will be the only, and safest, way to travel.

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Twitter yanks data feeding tube out of police surveillance biz

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Re: Oxymoron

Security and freedom are not fungible. Neither should they be negotiable.

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Missing the point

The cops should not be following anyone without good reason. Just because I drive on public roads does not mean the cops should constantly monitor my whereabouts and be able to track where I've been over time.

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Confirmed: UK police forces own IMSI grabbers, but keeping schtum on use

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Blinded by safety

I forget, who are the bad guys again...?

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Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor

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Doxxing

Theresa May,

10 Downing Street,

London

What now, bitches...

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Disney aims for Netflix. If the deal was made, it would shoot itself in the foot

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Market saturation

Netflix has reached the point where it plays by the usual.rules, no more double digit growth as is. They need exclusive, live content to keep growing, but sports are really expensive. They will eventually do it (games on phone, tablet, PC and TV is the ideal for consumers) but the pricing model is not easy to do for a company that says £X gets you everything we have. They have to start demarcating their customers (other than by legally enforced geography) and that won't sit well initially. But Netflix seem to be progressing to the point of being bigger than Disney, star wars be damned, pretty soon.

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CEO of shady ad site Backpage and owners arrested on human trafficking suspicions

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Re: I can't believe some of you do not understand this!

"Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and Apple enlisted the Centre for Democracy and Technology to co-ordinate its defence of Backpage. “Digital rights” activist groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology filed briefs in support of Backpage."

Do you think these groups are all in it because they want to advertise kids for sale? Or do you think they recognise that the government will always begin an assault on our rights by using terrorism, sex trafficking and/or children?

If people are openly advertising kids for rent on this site then surely that makes life easy for the cops?

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"aiding and abetting criminal conduct makes one "punishable as a principal"

Like roads for bank robbers? Google maps for ... any number of criminals from burglars to terrorists? VPNs for anyone from 'pirates' to dissidents to Manning and Snowden.

There are criminals and victims here and justice should be served, but the 1st Amendment doesn't exist just so we can say uncontroversial things, and this is an extension of the right of people to allow people to speak without being held liable for what they say.

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US govt straight up accuses Russia of hacking prez election

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Mushroom

At least in the arms race during the cold war there were obvious reasons for not using the weapons, in the tech war they deploy these weapons as soon as they have them, often against their own citizens. Farewell sweet privacy, we barely knew you and now you're gone.

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Probe cops' Stingray phone masts, senators tell US comms watchdog

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Protect and Serve

"the ability of minority communities to use ... emergency services"

Given what invariably happens when police show up to a situation involving minorities this is not necessarily a bad thing.

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OK Google, Alexa, why can't I choose my own safe, er, wake word?

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Re: Fun at conferences

But "horse porn" IS my unlock phrase. And my homepage.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

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Facebook of all companies ...

... should know the danger of going all in on one leading company in an unproven, immature market.

OK, having written that I'm now thinking of Google and Nest.

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

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Re: Judge Wendell Holmes

I think you'll find shouting fire will cause a rush of people whipping out their camera phones...

Or a bunch of smart arses to go over and see what all the fuss is about and whether they can sort it out.

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