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Crypto-cash exchange BitConnect pulls plug amid Bitcoin bloodbath

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WTF?

SWIFT is good???

Some of these cryptos allow more TPS than PayPal, they settle in seconds, cost fractions of a penny and have complete visibility. They also come pre-mined so use no more electricity than a dozen idle servers.

Cryptos are not a panacea and blockchain is not the correct solution to every problem, but to even remotely consider that the current international banking system is close to good enough then you're not talking to anyone trading outside Europe.

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Make Apple, er, America Great Again: iGiant to bring home profits, pay $38bn in repatriation tax

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@Robert, You forgot Kill Lists!

And killing US citizens without judicial oversight.

And expansion of the surveillance state.

And use of the Espionage Act to silence whistleblowers.

And not punishing war criminals.

But...

Record numbers on food stamps are at least partly to do with an expansion of the program.

ISIS was created as a fallout from Bush and Blair's Iraq War (the clue is in the second 'I')

Tax rates for high earners and corporations are slashed by loopholes (21% for corporations)

Medical insurance costs have been increasing exponentially for a long time, Obamacare actually puts a cap on it in a like-for-like comparison of coverage.

Net illegal immigration was negative under Obama!

Gun-related homicides have been on a steep decline since the mid-90's, is there some reason you focussed on inner-city? Is it because you care for the ethnic minorities living there?

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Junk food meets junk money: KFC starts selling Bitcoin Bucket

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Anonymous Fried Chicken

Bitcoin is useful if you don't want anyone to know you're buying KFC.

But then so is cash...

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'Repeal hate crime laws for free speech' petition passes 14k signatures

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Hate Speech ...

... ultimately protects the groups that need it least (e.g. white Christian heterosexual males).

The same free speech that allowed people to speak out in favor of equal rights for the disgusting, perverted (at the time) gays is the same free speech that allows people to now call gays disgusting and perverted. You can't have your cake and eat it. Unless it's a gay wedding cake, but that's a whole other argument.

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US border cops told to stop copying people's files just for the hell of it

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Re: CBP is committed to preserving the civil rights and civil liberties of those

@Brenda McViking

> are you a former nazi?

Is that because they are only willing to allow in current nazis?

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Re: Goosey, gossey gander....

"the CBP argues that it doesn't apply to non-citizens at airports"

They claim jurisdiction up to 100 miles from ANY border. This covers approx. 200m Americans.

https://www.aclu.org/know-your-rights-governments-100-mile-border-zone-map

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How much will Britain's next F-35s cost? Not telling, says MoD

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Re: Boom time over?

Or how about the Ministry of Defence being for, well, defence?

Seems that our budgets have risen since we decided that securing BPs supernormal profits at the expense of the locals rather than just having the ability to blow the crap out of anyone that pokes their heads beyond the borders of France or Norway.

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Revealed: How Libratus bot felted poker pros – and now it has cyber-security in its sights

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Re: What would be the result

Best PLAY would usually win. Position is huge in poker, acting last is a major advantage. Starting hands are important too, but you rarely win a hand pre-flop.

If two identical strategies came up against each other then it would be the luck of the draw, but you'd still see very few showdowns.

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A million UK homes still get crappy broadband speeds, groans Ofcom

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Not everyone streams 4k

"crappy" != crappy

I want everyone to have gigabyte speeds, but over 8 megabits is good enough for most people.

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

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Feck off you fecking feckers.

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Blighty flogs Qatar a bunch of missiles and Typhoon fighter jets

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Stadium Building

"The UK and Qatar will also form a joint squadron to provide aerial security during the 2022 football World Cup, which the Gulf state is hosting."

Probably to round up/kill the slave workers trying to escape. Our facial recognition, having been perfected at the Notting Hill Carnival should be able to match the confiscated passport photos to the civilians in the crosshairs.

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Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

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Gimp

Re: The mind boggles.

He should have been using a Mac where no-one can get access to your files unless they can log in as root. Hang on...

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US Justice

Pleading guilty in the US doesn't actually have any bearing on your actual guilt, only on your risk aversion to the massive over-prosecution they put on you to try to get you to accept a plea deal.

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Pron @ work

At least he's looking at porn on HIS computer, as opposed to GCHQ who are looking at porn on MY computer.

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Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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"paint the US and Europe as controlling bogeymen"?

Not a whole lot of paint required, as Snowden and others have pointed out.

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Accused hacker Lauri Love's extradition appeal begins

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Illegal?

Is it actually illegal to hack a government that routinely violates it's own Constitution, spies on people in all jurisdictions without evidence, breaches the local laws of all countries, including the UK, helps other nations bypass their own laws and whose courts will only agree to hear a case against those agencies if you have standing which requires you to hack their servers to get that evidence?

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UK spy court ruled immune from judicial review – for now

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General Warrants

"the Secretary of State can issue warrants in general terms"

Didn't we lose the 13 western colonies due to this exact thing?

James Otis Jr.’s famous oration in Paxton’s Case said that he would to his “dying day oppose all such instruments of slavery on the one hand, and villainy on the other” as writs of assistance (a particular form of general warrant). President John Adams, who had been present at Otis’s argument, later reflected, “Then and there the child Independence was born.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2016/06/14/americas-founders-hated-general-warrants-so-why-has-the-government-resurrected-them/?utm_term=.f45c267cb609

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'Treat infosec fails like plane crashes' – but hopefully with less death and twisted metal

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Re: Plane accidents vs Infosec fails

"Until then we'll just shrug our shoulders and go back to watching Netflix."

But what if the infosec fail brings Netflix down???

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

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Range options

It'll go further if you stick it in the Hyperloop.

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Think the US is alone? 18 countries had their elections hacked last year

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Hacked?

The only people that 'hacked' the US election were the Democrats who had more than a finger on the scale in the primaries.

Frankly, if Russia can spend $100k on Facebook and affect an election where Hillary spent well over $1bn then good luck to them and the American voters deserve to be disenfranchised as they clearly cannot be trusted with important decisions.

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Parity's $280m Ethereum wallet freeze was no accident: It was a HACK, claims angry upstart

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Re: Whilst I have sympathy..

"Tell me one country in the last 50 years, that ceased to exist , overnight and that had their currency made worthless ? There is none"

Apart from the Yugoslavian Dinar. And Soviet Roubles. And Czechoslovak koruna. And that's just in Europe.

2 minutes on wikipedia would stop you looking like a fool.

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Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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German Efficiency

"Germany has already decreed that robot vehicles must be programmed to kill animals and destroy property before thinking of harming humans"

Get the practice in before turning on the humans.

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Official US govt Twitter accounts caught tweeting in Russian, now mysteriously axed

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Big Brother

Re: Security

"Are you sure?"

Yes/ They're very much against it.

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El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Re: It's not a problem, it's an opportunity

Is that like my failed IT swap site computersexchange.com which got a surprising amount of traffic from Asia?

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Re: Not the best of articles.

If you block port 80 does this matter?

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So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

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The government/populace you deserve

If you keep screwing your education system to such a degree that the people get their news from an online BBS then you can have no complaints that some people might use that to spread discord in your country.

Also, are US citizens not more than capable of finding divisive subjects on their own without Russian help?

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Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

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Re: "tracability of money against right to privacy" what went wrong

Law enforcement think using cash to pay for coffee is suspicious so it's no wonder they have concerns about cryptocurrency.

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2012/02/14/fbi-perfect-terrorist-coffee-cash_n_1276494.html

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HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

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Joke

"would HMRC not be better running their own datacentre kit?"

Why not just run it as hidden javascript on the browser of everyone who goes to the gov.uk website? Then it scales perfectly with increased demand for services.

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Let's make the coppers wear cameras! That'll make the ba... Oh. No sodding difference

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Missing the point

The authorities don't care whether they affect public or police behaviour, they just love the idea of having roving CCTV cameras linked to facial recognition software and all the other stuff we, the people paying for this dystopian nightmare, never asked for.

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Mushroom

Nuke from orbit

Or wait for lil Kim to do it for you.

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Europol cops lean on phone networks, ISPs to dump CGNAT walls that 'hide' cyber-crooks

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Re: "loads of people on their phones are behind a small brick wall of IPs"

God has already sorted us. We're just too dumb to have noticed. #TheGoodPlace

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Re: VPN

Hang on, I use my mobile to connect to my home computer which is permanently connected to my aws instance running a VPN which then connects to an azure server running tor... and they can still get me for ordering a hit on my annoying neighbour?

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VPN

My phone only ever connects to a single IP address. How you gonna track me, euro-fuzz?

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IRS tax bods tell Americans to chill out about Equifax

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What's the problem?

I've already changed my fingerprints, my retina and asked my mother to change her maiden name.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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No-one could ever have seen this coming

The Scottish nanny state government have been expanding thought crimes for years.

You will conform dear citizen. Resistance is futile.

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Beardy Branson chucks cash at His Muskiness' Hyperloop idea

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Journey time...

"do the journey between London and Edinburgh within 50 minutes"

The regular train could do it in 393m/125mph = a smidge over 3 hours if it didn't have to stop at stupid other places and slow down for other trains. Assuming the Hype-R-Loop has to stop, re-pressurize and depressurize to get going, how long will it take?

That's assuming they can get permission from landowners to build it above ground, keep cars from crashing into it and kids from puncturing it. Like all Virgin tubes, one prick will lead to a catastrophic collapse making it a worthless to those who like a smooth ride in safety.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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"We are aware..."

"We are aware that Equifax has been criminally negligent in protecting personal details of people and are going to enforce new rules that any UK company sending details of citizens abroad are held liable for any losses incurred through that third party's negligence." Is what it should have said.

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Flame

“evidence ... was totally impervious to detection.”

So we're going to ban fire in case anyone tries to burn evidence.

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Is that a bulge in your pocket or... do you have an iPhone 8+? Apple's batteries look swell

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iPhone opening

Maybe it's giving birth to a Jobs-approved sized iPhone?

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Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

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Regardless of Veracity of Russian Involvement

I sure am glad the NSA (and GCHQ) keep these vulnerabilities secret rather than getting the hardware and software companies to patch their systems, makes me feel much more secure.

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Russian suspected of $4bn Bitcoin laundering op to be extradited to US

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FAIL

Silly guy

Should have gotten a job for HSBC then he could launder away consequence free.

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: All encompassing flat tax

I know, but you miss the point. If I don't watch BBC but do watch other live broadcasts I need to pay for the BBC, couldn't the same logic apply to the internet and iPlayer? i.e. I don't watch iPlayer but I do use other internet services so I should pay for iPlayer.

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All encompassing flat tax

Since it covers iPlayer shouldn't we add the tax license to all mobile and broadband subscriptions too?

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Forget the 'simulated universe', say boffins, no simulator could hit the required scale

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Boffin

Re: "To model just a few hundred electrons needs a computer bigger than the universe"

By definition a computer EXACTLY the size of the universe IS able to model somewhat larger than just a few hundred electrons.

Strikes me that they may be good at maths, but they're pretty poor at logic. Might be all the quantum in their heads.

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You better explain yourself, mister: DARPA's mission to make an accountable AI

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Re: Even simpler...

Humans make decisions then amend their programming based on the outcomes, usually without knowing that's what they're doing. Justification simply allows us to keep making the same mistakes over and over - i.e. it's a bug not a feature.

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Twitter's 280-char blog mode can be enabled client-side. Just sayin'

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Re: Trump-tastic

If we keep the wardrobe door open we could resolve global warming...

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Re: Meh

If you'd have managed to keep your opinion to under 140 charts maybe more people would have read it.

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Mushroom

Trump-tastic

Now we can declare war on North AND South Korea, and maybe even Nambia, all in a single tweet.

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Dot-Amazon spat latest: Brazil tells ICANN to go fsck itself, only 'govts control the internet'

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Re: For what?

It saves a click and reduces Google's ubiquity if you can type ssd.amazon into the browser rather than searching "ssd Amazon".

YMMV as to whether this is valuable or desirable.

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Brit broke anti-terror law by refusing to cough up passwords to cops

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Cardinal Richelieu

Why not just pass a law making not writing a full confession illegal?

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