* Posts by Youngone

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Activist investor buys Toshiba stock hoping for long-term price rise

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Re: PT Barnum

I'm not entirely sure about that. It looks like the Japanese Government will decide Toshiba is too big to fail, so shareholders might be the big winners.

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Ubuntu 17.04 inches closer to production

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Swings and those other things

One the one hand, not having to deal with CUPS would be nice, but on the other hand, it's not an LTS release, so is probably not for me.

I would also be interested in how many people stick with the default Ubuntu desktop.

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FBI, NSA top brass: We've seen jack squat to back up Trump's claims of Obama wiretaps

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Leaks

In my view leaks are a public service.

They happen everywhere, and are often the only way mere citizens can find out what their Government is up to.

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Face down in a Shoreditch gutter: Attack of the kickstarting hipster

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Seriously A/C, you have to stop directing me to weird IMDB movies reviews because I wind up getting lost and reading reviews of a movie called YOR, HUNTER FROM THE FUTURE.

No, really.

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Japan mulls semi-nationalising Tosh (memory biz) – report

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Ha ha!

I commented in the previous Toshiba story that the Japanese should just pump a bunch of money in, as this seems to be what capitalist governments do when "Too big to fail" businesses get into trouble.

I wonder if the cheaper option might be to bankrupt the whole thing, buy it up for a dollar (or yen in this case) then put in some competent management.

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Ubiquiti network gear can be 'hijacked by an evil URL' – thanks to its 20-year-old PHP build

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Re: Seriously needs an upgrade anyways...

The latest and greatest controller software for the Ubiquiti doesn't run on Windows 10, either.

That must be why it didn't work for me. Works fine on LinuxMint however, so I'm not too bothered.

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San Francisco reveals latest #Resist effort – resisting sub-gigabit internet access

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Re: Big Cable is why we DON'T have fiber to our homes

Competition is better than free trade.

Which is the whole point of the article. Most parts of the US have no competition at all, because the various monopolies were handed out on the understanding a certain level of service would be provided.

The monopolies have discovered it's much cheaper to pay politicians to pass laws preventing competition than it is to lay fibre.

My guess is that Trump will make high speed Internet part of his Infrastructure package, hand out billions to AT&T, Comcast etc, claim more jobs for Americans and call it job done.

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SpaceX yoinks $96m GPS launch deal from under ULA's nose

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Re: Wait, we CAN'T overcharge you any more? UNFAIR!

It sounds to me that it's not a case of ULA not being able to match SpaceX's price, it's more like they don't want to.

All the reasons given in the article for ULA being more expensive, sound like reasons they ought to be cheaper.

They will also have these guys breathing down their necks one day

Their payload is tiny at the moment, but they will put your satellite into LEO for about $5 million I understand.

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Russian! spies! 'brains! behind!' Yahoo! mega-hack! – four! charged!

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It seems to me the US security (and military) services have a desperate need for a bogeyman, and since the Soviet Union collapsed they have been casting about for a new one.

Russia makes a good one, because of history.

If Donald makes nice with the Russians, how will he be able to justify the bloated military budgets?

Blame China I suppose, which is a worry.

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Japan fires shot warning off risky bidders for Toshiba's memory biz – report

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The Japanese should just do what proper capitalist countries do. Declare Toshiba "Too big to fail" and give them a huge wodge of taxpayers' money.

Oh, now I've made myself sad.

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Microsoft: Can't wait for ARM to power MOST of our cloud data centers! Take that, Intel! Ha! Ha!

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Question

peripherals and other hardware should be automatically discoverable and programmable by the operating system rather than requiring drivers for specific chipsets.

That sounds a bit odd to me. Surely hardware needs a driver even if it's compiled into the kernal.

Happy to be wrong though.

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Rap for chat app chaps: Snap's shares are a joke – and a crap one at that

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Re: "went against the underwritten rules of Wall Street"

Keiran also didn't mention that Snap itself don't see how they are going to make any money:

There seem to be lots of articles floating around about how Snap's user base is not really growing anymore, which would seem to be death to this sort of business.

If Snap continues to make a $500 million loss on $400 million of revenue, there's only one way for the share price to go, regardless of institutions trying to prop it up.

Surely?

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Help wanted: Uber boss Travis seeks babysitter for him and his execs

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Re: I recommend

You jest, but he's almost the sort of person they will get.

This is a job for someone who is almost at the end of their working life, so won't care too much that this will make them unemployable.

It will also pay really well and leave plenty of time for golf or fishing or whatever.

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Shopping for PCs? Ding, dong, the Dock is dead in 2017's new models

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Also, any PC sellers that think they're going to sell new stuff because the users want 4K video or USB-C must be drunk.

That's not how it works.

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ZTE-gads! Chinese giant fined $900m by Uncle Sam for Iran trade deals

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Pint

I wonder what will happen when a huge Chinese company tells the US to go suck a fat one when these sort of charges are bought.

At some stage it might happen, and then things will get interesting.

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RadioShack bankruptcy savior to file for, you guessed it, bankruptcy

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Re: They were okay, but not great

I can remember when Dick Smith was useful too.

Then some vulture capitalists bought it, and it turned into an expensive, poorly stocked JB-HiFi.

Just out of interest, I couldn't find anyone in my local Jcar Electronics who knows what a null modem cable is, so I imagine they are on the way out too.

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It's time for our annual checkup on the circus that is the Internet Governance Forum

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Re: The whole UN?

As I am currently engaged in the task of watching "Yes, Prime Minister" again, I may be qualified to comment here.

I would guess that these commitees are formed to be the public face of the anonymous public servants who actually make the decisions in private. Where decisions should be taken.

As such, the commitees cannot be allowed to go around making decisions about things, because if they do, where would we be?

Much better to give them something to really get their teeth into, like debating what the name of the conference ought to be.

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South Korea prosecutor: President colluded to take Samsung bribes

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You can't handle the truth

It's interesting that Samsung say the true will come out.

I wonder if that means the truth as Samsung paints it, or the real truth.

With the political power the Chaebols have had in South Korea I also wonder how independent the judiciary really is.

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Did you know? Amazon does film production – and it treats those workers like dirt, too*

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Re: Typical Hollywood

The Hollywoord accounting rules are set up by the governments who ought to be collecting tax so that those jobs won't drift off to other places.

As a taxpayer in New Zealand I had to cough up my share of $50 million to keep the awful Lord of the Rings movies here.

The workers on those movies also lobbied hard on behalf of their owners to be allowed to give up the right to take industrial action.

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Passport and binary tree code, please: CompSci quizzes at US border just business as usual

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Re: No issues visiting India

I emailed the Singapore Consulate before I left to make sure I had all my ducks in a row. I got a phone call back about 20 minutes later from the friendliest woman in the world, who laughed and said "You're from a fellow Commonwealth country, you will be most welcome in Singapore".

So it was. The friendliest customs people I have ever met.

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Samsung phones, Apple's iPhones are 'overpriced', says top Huawei exec

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Re: It sounds like the old Windows cruft idea

Thanks MrT.

I now pity the fool who doesn't know about dialling *#9900# on their Sammy.

I've just freed up about a Gig of space on my S4.

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Uber's Boston T party – and T is for taxi: City's cabbies sue app maker

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Re: Yes, well

The problems with corruption and limited supplies of taxi licenses don't apply where I live.

There are licensing requirements to become a taxi driver, but they are not too diffucult or expensive, and there is no limit placed on taxi numbers.

This has meant there is a glut on the market, and based on my limited interactions with Uber, it means they can't compete, because they don't pay the drivers enough to make it worthwhile.

The last Uber driver I spoke to was driving his last shift, then was going back to work for his brother-in-law's taxi company, because it paid better.

The fare I paid him was about the same amount I would have paid for a taxi.

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Yes, well

"In adopting this approach, Uber has deflated fares of UberX to prices below cost in an effort to drive competitors of UberX (all taxis) from the market in the hope of recouping its losses once Uber's competition has been destroyed," the complaint says.

It has become pretty obvious that this is the only way Uber can survive, and those taxi companies had better die before the VC's run out of money, or will have all been for nought.

I am left wondering it if is actually something a court would frown on though. I would have thought selling at a loss is not actually illegal.

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Jesse Jackson to Apple CEO Cook: Hire black

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Is this the end?

Of course it's not, Apple has way too much money and sales have not exactly fallen off a cliff, but I can't help wondering what they will sell to people in 10 years time.

25 years ago I sat down behind a Mac to learn how to do page makeup in a pre-press house.

The reason it was a Mac is because there was no choice, really.

About 10 years later, the same pre-press house was doing most of their work on Windows 2000 boxes because they were good enough and 2/3 the price.

I have seen the same with iPhones. They were the best smart phone around in 2007, but now they're not even cool any more.

If Apple don't have a "must have" type product, do they wind up focussing on margin or something. They might wind up like IBM or HP.

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Raspberry Pi gives us all new 'Pi Zero W' for its fifth birthday

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Re: Everybody loves Pi

I certainly do.

If the question is something, something low power? or something something cheap, then answer is almost always Raspberry Pi.

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In a loving tribute to its fiery washing machines and Note 7... Samsung management explodes

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Samsung management explodes

I come here for the world-weary cynicism and stay for the great headlines

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Did you buy anything from Microsoft's glum Apple Store knockoff? You may be owed $100

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Re: 8000 purchases?

@ Koswix

I think the article is about the Microsoft bricks and mortar stores.

We would call them shops where I come from, if we had any. If your maths is right I don't think any of them will stay open for much longer, unless Microsoft is happy to keep subsidising them.

8,000 total purchases in 40 months sounds like a bunch of people standing around doing nothing.

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Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

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Re: Bit pricey and it'll be a few more months until it's out but...

@ Cab

That Pyra handheld has been available for pre-order for what seems like years now. I'm not confident it's going to happen.

I checked the Pandora page (seems to be the other device they're offering), hasn't been updated since 2013.

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Ah, the Raspberry Pi 3. So much love. So much power ... So turn it into a Windows thin client

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Re: During my time as a trainee...

@ Lee D

I have about 30 thin clients on site right now, and it's as awful as it sounds.

Slow: yes

Reliable: no

Cheap: Not really.

Thin clients are something beancounters like because they think they're cheaper.

Beancounters (in my experience) always have to have a proper laptop though.

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Pack your bags! NASA spots SEVEN nearby Earth-sized alien worlds

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Holy Moly!!

Has anyone else read that link that JLV put up? It's awesome. I haven't had such a good laugh in ages.

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I'm not sure I'd give it 4/5, it's just not that original, but it's kind of exciting to come across a real live creationist in the comments of El Reg.

If we're all nice and quiet, and don't move about too much, he might not be scared away, and we can observe him to see how the Creationist lives in the wild.

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'Leaky' LG returns to sanity for 2017 flagship

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Re: LG

Yes, but come on you lot.

The really important point here, is that the bloke in the video looks exactly like Tim Nice-But-Dim.

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Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

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Re: ugh

So there's plans to overhaul the Cortana assistant, Which is not available in my region (still).

Add more support for virtual reality hardware, which almost no-one uses

Improve mobile integration, which almost no-one uses if they mean Windows phones. Which might be interesting if they mean Android phones, but they will probably make a total hash of.

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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In New Zealand I am obligated to tell any policeman who asks my name and address. I am not obliged to show ID unless I'm driving, in which case I must show a valid drivers license.

My son recently was asked for ID by a policeman outside a nighclub. He politely told the policeman his name and address and refused to hand over his ID.

The policeman took it in reasonable spirit, but did say "how do I know if you're telling the truth?", to which my son replied "That's really not my problem, is it?".

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NZ High Court rules US can extradite Kim Dotcom after all

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What about the fraud?

The way the media in New Zealand are reporting this, the court has agreed that Kim Dotcom cannot be extradited on Copyright Infringment grounds, but there is an element of fraud involved.

Also, in my view one of the reasons the Internet-Mana Party did so poorly was that they roped in Laila Harré who has been in every left leaning political party in the country and is so desperate to get back into parliament I can smell it from here.

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

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Re: How many VR companies do we need?

Yes, just another crappy VR company, but one which has just been given a huge wodge of someone else's money, to be spent (at least in part) in the country I live in, so I'm all in favour.

Actually, this might be a clever way to get our balance of trade numbers up.

1: Form company pushing the latest idiotic buzzword loaded tech

2: Sucker mouthbreathing VC's into sending suitcases full of money.

3: Profit!

Hey! Look guys, I just invented Twitter!

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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I don't work at Uber but...

Where I work, we'd love to be able to game the performance review system but we can't.

The way it works is that everyone gets a 5, which is not quite enough for a bonus payment, but is considered satisfactory.

If anyone asks how the 5 was arrived at, they're told that information is senstive.

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FAKE BREWS: America rocked by 'craft beer' scandal allegations

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Re: "India Pale Ale went *to* India"

@ Oh Homer

I think you've missed the point about IPA beers.

It is a style of beer, brewed with extra hops so that it would survive the journey to India.

It could just as well been called Jamaica Pale Ale, (if they shipped beer to Jamaica).

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Samsung heir Lee Jae-yong cuffed in $40m corruption, perjury bust

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I'm pretty sure I've linked to this before.

Here's a link showing Lee getting away with it again.

The Heads of the Chaebols in South Korea have a lot more power than any US CEO.

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Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

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Those of us who are really dedicated Apple people (and therefore better than you) stayed in the queue from the iPhone 7 release.

A long wait, but will totally be worth it. The iPhone 8 will be 1mm smaller on one of the dimensions!!

Gamechanger!!

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Corpse of US anti-spying law unearthed, reanimated, pushed blinking into the sunlight

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A Prediction

This will go the way it has in the past:

Criminals caught using Stingray

Case built by Prosecutor using parallel construction

Defence applies for Stingray evidence during discovery

Case dropped.

This law will be as much use as a chocolate teapot.

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Verizon! surprisingly! OK! with! Yahoo! despite! mega-hack!

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Re: Sad me

I wonder if following the money winds up in various tax havens, where the banks park their profits.

Don't forget, there are various shady brokers involved in all these huge deals, and they're all making a percentage somewhere.

Once these deals start rolling, they don't usually stop.

I won't be terribly surprised if Marissa winds up "consulting" to one of the involved parties at some point also.

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University DDoS'd by its own seafood-curious malware-infected vending machines

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Reads like marketing nonsense

The linked PDF reads like an Ad for some Verizon service or other.

I'm going to choose to be skeptical about whether the described events even happened.

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Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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I'm not sure he's wrong, entirely

I worry that the slow moving human brain what I own will be obsolete pretty soon.

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Linus Torvalds decides world doesn't need a new Linux today

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Thanks, so-called Linus

What am I going to do with my day now?

I had set aside all day to re-compile my kernel with 4.10 to take advantage of those new features, or bug fixes or extra security, or whatever, then have boot problems, and reinstall with the stock one.

Now I have to wait a whole week?

He's probably a foreign johnny, they're never on time are they?

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Hyperloop sueball noose-man launches tube-travel rival

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Quelle Surprise!

Who would have thought that a bloke who changed his name to Brogan bamBrogan is a total spinner?

As I am in the Antipodes, I am wondering if he has ever Googled the term "bogan" because that's what comes to mind.

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Prepare your popcorn: Wikipedia deems the Daily Mail unreliable

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This is wrong

How will I know what causes and cures cancer simultaneously?

Don't make me read the Daily Mail to find out, please.

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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Re: TSA

I don't think that's what the TSA is really for.

It seems to be a method for extracting money from taxpayers and creating empires for approved people to wield.

Safety for travelers is not in its remit.

See: Homeland Security.

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Biggest Kodi sweep: Brit cops nab five, bag some dodgy sticks

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Re: This concerns me....

All good questions from Ogi, none of which I have a sensible answer for.

The question that I have is: Why is Copyright Infringement a criminal matter at all? It would seem to me to be the perfect case of a civil matter, and the various copyright holders should have to sue those they deem to be infringing.

Instead we see that the Police have a dedicated copyright enforcement team which seems to me to be a massive subsidy to copyright holders, who presumably have the money to pay for their own legal action.

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Facebook investors yell at CEO: Get the Zuck out of our boardroom!

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>"give us the money and when we bleed the company dry, we'll break it up and sell it off".

That is certainly one thing to hope for.

It's hard to know who to cheer for really, awful, greedy bastards who want to drive the company into the ground in the quest for maximum profits, or Mark Zuckerburg.

I'm on the horns of a dilemma.

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