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British prime minister slams Facebook and pals for votes

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Looks like it's not just Islam that needs an Enlightenment

In the free marketplace of ideas we are so afraid that our ideas won't win out that we seek to ban other people's.

And that, boys and girls, is how it begins.

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Re: I'm not sure I buy Corbyn's argument about foreign policy...

Even if everything you say is true he clearly wouldn't have harmed anyone had Facebook just had better filters in place, right?

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Huawei missed memo that PC's dead – so here are three new notebooks

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Manufacturers like Apple! Their tablets have headphone ports.

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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"an arbitrary subset"

It may not be arbitrary, their backend system may be so poor that the ! character will break into a shell command, or a % will allow you to execute SQL.

Never underestimate how crap some systems are or how stupid people are.

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Huawei spied, US federal jury finds

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Solution

Any company found to be violating user privacy or committing corporate espionage has all its patents invalidated and made open and free to use.

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No laptop ban on Euro flights to US... yet

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Re: Why Israel didn't ban electronic devices on flights to Tel Aviv?

They (US agents) also come back (from Israel) recommending religious and racial profiling which is not currently acceptable in the US due to The Constitution.

Unlike in the UK where our historic rights are completely ignored but we won't do (non-Irish) racial or religious profiling because PC.

I'm not necessarily in favour of this type of profiling, but I am in favour of doing it, or not, for the right reasons and the UK is certainly not doing that.

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Banking association calls for end of 'screen-scraping'

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Re: I am confused

I would guess that 'supporting screen scraping' involves not moving fields around and changing names of elements, or making users actively enter pins or passwords on virtual keyboards. But that's just an assumption.

The question is whether APIs, or more specifically the granularity of access that OAuth allows, is going to lead to safer services than the global access screen scraping software currently requires. One would normally assume yes, but given the number of apps that require blanket access to contacts, camera etc. that people happily install and the recent Google Docs debacle I'm not so sure anymore.

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Beeb hands £560m IT deal to Atos. Again

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Bargain

I have a bunch of hardly used XP computers they can have cheap.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Home of the brave

There might be a legitimate reason for this panic, but given the past hysteria I am dubious and would rather travel unsafe and unmolested than what they offer me now.

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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Russian Reversal

In Soviet Britain email reads you.

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FCC's Pai: I am going to kill net neutrality in US

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Re: Net neutrality

"Service level is, or can be made, a matter of contract."

And that would be ideal, except ISPs and mobile operators often have clauses like "we reserve the right to change the terms of this agreement including, but not limited to: price; allowances; service levels; your phone number; your passwords; your last name; your blood type etc. without informing you and you have to suck it up, bitch." Also doesn't help that the majority of the US is effectively a monopoly as most consumers only have a single broadband provider. I'd rather have a competitive market sort it, but if it won't then 'the greater good' and all that.

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Net neutrality

There are very good arguments against net neutrality, for example Netflix paying to have a server filled with 4k content nearer their customers, but the dangers of providers restricting some content is massive.

Imagine if the ISP, at the behest of a TLA agency, decided to massively slow down all content it couldn't decipher, well there goes your VPN. They could ask for the key to speed it up but there goes the whole point of having a VPN.

The best solution is for the ISP to have to* provide unfettered access at the speed you pay for and if content providers want to pay them extra to give YOU better service then good on them.

* This will require some form of regulation, not necessarily as restrictive as title 2.

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UK.gov throws hissy fit after Twitter chokes off snoop firm's access

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Would you please

Stop looking over my shoulder when I type...

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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Re: Correlation is not causation

@Christoph: "There's nothing like proper testing..."

Correct.

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Democrats draft laws in futile attempt to protect US internet privacy

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Americans don't know history

The reason privacy was originally enshrined was because a conservative judge got embarrassed when his video store* rental list was released and it wasn't the list of a True Christian... So the Republicans made releasing such information illegal.

* A video store was a place people went to rent** films on cassettes the size of house bricks.

** Renting is when you take temporary ownership*** of something from someone else for money.

*** Ownership is when something is yours and yours alone.

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Twitter sues US govt to protect 'Department of Immigration employee' who doesn't like Trump

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And so it begins...

The information will be for sale by an ISP in a few weeks, no subpoena required.

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Boeing-backed US upstart reckons it'll be building electric airliners

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Energy density

Anti matter will sort it all out, once they find where it all went. (See next story)

As for dumb VCs, bribe thinking about investing in hyperloop should be fired, that is the most ridiculous idea since self filling water bottles.

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How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

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Re: Security ???

Brought to you from the same industry that decided to let customers burn to death rather than repair dangerous fuel tanks?

The same industry that fought seat belts and airbags and fuel efficiency improvements?

I'm sure the cost of implementing decent security will be irrelevant to them.

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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But I can't...

I would love to give you access to my Facebook and Twitter accounts, but the passwords and bookmarks are on my laptop which you made me leave behind in Iraq!

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After London attack, UK gov lays into Facebook, Google for not killing extremist terror pages

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Is the material dangerous?

Can we expect a bunch of daily Mail journalists to be radicalised by viewing this material? Are they going on a killing spree after looking at these websites?

Ridiculous? Then the material itself isn't dangerous unless looked at by someone who is already unhinged. Do we want to restrict what normal people can view by potential worst case scenarios if the mentally deranged look at it? Are we back at blaming and banning violent video games? Burning books?

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Official: America auto-scanned visitors' social media profiles. Also: It didn't work properly

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Re: the DHS: it's only a state of mind

@ Walter Bishop: "the voters try and eject the neocons"

I think you'll find the voters have no say in the matter. We have successfully implemented a duopoly where we either get 95% of what we want if the voters choose D or 100% if the voters choose R. The illusion of choice, change, and freedom is how you fool all of the people, all of the time.

BB. (Big Business? Big Brother? Bjorn Borg? Bobby Ball?)

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Spy satellite scientist sent down for a year for stowing secrets at home

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And the rest...

He shared it with his paramour who did not have clearance to see it!

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FBI boss: 'Memories are not absolutely private in America'

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Trust your government?

Come back and talk to me when you've repealed the 1st, 5th and 14th amendments. Then maybe I can introduce you to the 2nd.

Governments, and their hack appointees, are all well and good when they're on your side doing what you think you want them to do, but it's easy to get on their wrong side and every few years you might be passing that weapon of mass intrusion onto some incompetent man-baby to play with like a live grenade.

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Kodi-pocalypse Now? Actually, it's not quite here yet

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Shooting themselves in the foot

While travelling I took my fire stick with Amazon Prime and Netflix installed, paid up and good to go. Got to hotel plugged in stick ready for some good Netflix exclusives or Amazon shows only to find that I am geoblocked. WTF!?!

5 mins later, kodi installed alongside some addons and I can access what I wanted plus some other 'bonus' content.

Now back home I faced with the dilemma of wether to continue to use my kodi addons to access content I haven't paid for. Ultimately I decided since I had paid for everything Netflix and Amazon offer in other regions I would watch anything that was geoblocked or otherwise not available in the UK but available elsewhere. I also have an unlimited cinema pass so I see no reason not to stream new releases either (saves me a trip to the cinema and dealing with kids). All-in-all I technically pay for all the content I 'illegally steal'.

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Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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"to be able to communicate in situations such as a medical emergency"

I'm reminded of the black taxi driver delivering Renton to the hospital in Trainspotting.

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English

If it was good enough for Jesus, it's good enough for Uber.

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Brit cops can keep millions of mugshots of innocent folks on file

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No word from the queen?

Isn't her job to protect her subjects from her government? Isn't that the compact we have?

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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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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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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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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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