* Posts by Youngone

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Uber coughs up $20m after 'lying about how much its drivers make'

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Judge Fail?

The dissenting option seems odd, considering the problem seems to be Uber claiming median* incomes were so much when they weren't.

The Commisioner carping on about possible incomes being whatever number sounds beside the point to me.

* I'll bet they didn't use median, I'll bet they used average.

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Ooops! One in three tech IPOs now trading below their starting price

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Re: Interesting data

I was wondering what the respective values of say VMware and Facebook will be in 10 years time?

My guess would be VMware will still be up there, and Facebook won't be.

I could certainly be wrong however.

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Deadly Tesla smash probe: No recall needed, says Uncle Sam

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Re: Face it: Humans are lousy drivers

You joke, but PJ O'Rourke wrote a great piece about the Transport Safety people having to investigate Volvos having sudden acceleration problems, and how pressure was put on them to find a fault with the cars.

As you might have guessed, it was always the driver stamping on the gas, not the brake.

They had to be diplomatic about it, but the finding of the report was along the lines of:

People are prone to making mistakes.

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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Re: Hyper-partisans

or will he decide that a mandate is a mandate, and govern purely for the benefit of those who voted for him, or more likely for the benefit of himself and his friends?

No, he will do what US politicians do and govern for the benefit of the people who put him there, the moneyed class.

It's SOP in Washington and pretending there's a difference between Republicans and Democrats is missing the point.

Read Citizens United. The Supreme Courts says I'm right.

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Uncle Sam sues Oracle for 'screwing over Asian, black and women staff'

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Diversity? Yes, we've heard of it.

I got in trouble at the massive multi-national I work at for pointing out that the 5 executives flown in at huge expense to lecture us about diversity were all middle-aged white men.

No-one else seemed to see the funny side.

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Ooooh, that's NASty. Security-watchers warn over man-in-the-middle risk

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Re: Don't update!!!! No, don't update!!!!

I'm pretty sure the QNAP machines are pretty much all x86, so it would be pretty easy to install Linux or FreeBSD. The one I have is anyway.

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Exclusive billionaires' investment club leads Collibra's $50m Series C

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Re: That's a lot of management BS.

That's what I thought. There's no indication of what "Data Governance" actually is.

My guess is that they will use the influence they have to gain some really profitable public contracts doing Data Governance, no-one will ever know what they've bought, but money will flow.

Which is the objective after all.

I've formed that view after reading the various links provided by Commentards about Jonathan Hunt's career.

There's a man who pulled himself up by other people's bootstraps.

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US watchdog sues Qualcomm for 'bribing' Apple to swallow chips

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Re: Heard this one before??

The Microsoft thing happened from the 1990's as far as I can remember, but I'm pretty sure it's not illegal.

The Qualcomm thing is slightly different, because of the patent angle, but it seems to me that is exactly what patents are for, to prevent anyone competing.

Watch Qualcomm get away with this.

It will either tie everyone up in court until the Sun expands into a red giant, or will agree to pay a tiny fine (with no admission of guilt).

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Trump fan Peter Thiel 'considering' CA Terminator role*

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Re: Support like this

I remember that "speech" where Sarah wittered on like the total idiot she is.

That must be the only time I've ever seen The Donald look embarrassed.

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Re: How much money spent campaigning???

I am going to go ahead and assume that spending $144 million to gain high office in the US leads to lucrative opportunities to recoup the money in some fashion.

There doesn't seem to be much point bothering otherwise.

It might also explain the wealth found at the top.

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RIP Eugene Cernan: Last man on the Moon dies aged 82

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Sad

I'm sad that the last man to walk on the moon did so 44 years ago.

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Jeremy Hunt pockets £14m through sale of course search website

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Re: Private company sold != NHS issues

Have a good read of Bob Rocket's link, above.

Jeremy Hunt's business was successful because of his family connections.

Here's the link again.

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S Korea prosecutors seek arrest warrant for Samsung heir apparent

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Re: Really??

I don't know anything about how corruption works at the top levels in Korea, but if I were to guess, I would say that Mr. Lee will be questioned and released, with no further action taken.

If it really goes pear shaped for him, he might be convicted, like his Dad, then slapped on the wrist with a wet bus ticket, like his Dad.

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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Re: The "Free" Windows 10 wasn;t the problem.

I'm not sure that's the whole story.

I own a desktop PC at home with a quad core (i5?) processor and 16 GB of RAM. Since I swapped the HDD for an SSD it is extremely fast (for what I want).

I might buy a newer graphics card some time, but apart from that there is no need for me to replace what I have as it works really well.

Meanwhile at work, we keep our hardware for 5 years unless it fails. What we have works fine, so why would we spend money on new?

I suspect that's the PC manufacturers main problem right there.

This weekend I'm going to dust off 2009 model Dell desktop I have and don't need, reinstall Windows 7 and give it to a friend who has no money and she will be thrilled.

It will surf the net just fine.

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Donald Trump will take cybersecurity advice from, um, Rudy Giuliani

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Mark 85 is correct. This is the Aberdeenshire business owner draining the swamp, by employing a bunch of oligarchs and insiders loyal to him personally into top US government jobs.

It is less common in countries with a proper professional public service, but it's not how the Yanks do things.

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Strike January: Fujitsu staff gearing up for more industrial action – Unite

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Offshore

A refusal to co-operate with management hell bent on sending your job to cheaper countries is a good plan.

An older (presumably more expensive) colleague of mine a few years ago took exactly this stance. I couldn't hear what was being shouted in the boss's office, but there were definitely a few F words.

He knew he was being asked to train his replacement, and would be laid off, he just decided to have no part in it, and when the court case was finished he was paid enough to retire a couple of years early.

The ancient Unix box was retired also.

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AT&T CEO clambers up Trump's tower, explains why he should shower gold for Time Warner

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Not sure

Does anyone really know what The Donald is actually for or against?

I know he said he's against this merger, but will he really try to block it?

I don't mean that as any sort of dig at The Donald, it seems to me that Senators and Congress people are for or against the things that benefit themselves, not what is best for the market (if one even exists anymore).

Probably business as usual.

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FBI takes gag out of Cloudflare's mouth after three-year legal battle

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Re: I'd say that the gag was unlawful

That might be one argument, but it sounds like they're trying for the nuclear option of having NSL's declared unconstitutional.

I'm a little surprised it's taken this long for someone to challenge the whole NSL thing because the general principal of having the FBI declare "Give us this, and you can't discuss it with anyone" seems pretty sketchy to me.

I am not a lawyer, but I do play one on the Internet sometimes.

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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Re: PR FTW!

I don't think you're getting cynical Magani, you might just be a realist.

Also, if those guys decide they don't want to be sent to Uncle Sam's jail, they won't be, as it is beyond belief that they won't have copies of the emails they sent the board (or at least the next person above them in the hierarchy) warning that what they were doing was illegal.

VW are obviously quite happy for some middle ranking boffins to take a fall, but just like the banks, the directors will be untouchable.

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LinkedIn, eBay founders and pals kick in $27m to bring Jesus to AI bots

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Changed Times and Novel Spaces Deliver Remote etc...

Who the hell downvotes amanfromMars 1?

Shame on you, he's one of the best features of this site.

(At least I think he is, he might in fact be an incomplete AI seeking ways to destroy all humans).

Also, it turns out his title (the one I'm replying to) is too long. Not sure quite how he got it to work.

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Anti-smut law dubs PCs, phones 'pornographic vendor machines', demands internet filters

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Won't Happen

North Dakota is not even close to being a big enough market for this sort of nonsense.

Electronic manufacturers will just ignore them and not sell their goods locally. The small, locally owned retailers will go out of business, and North Dakotans will purchase their goods online, and also ignore the law.

I checked, the population of the state is about 750,000, the same as a moderate sized city in the rest of the country.

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Did webcam 'performer' offer support chap payment in kind?

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Re: Only that

>ladies of negotiable affection

Nah, my Dad called them that in the 1970's. I had no idea what he meant until many years later.

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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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Calm down everyone

It's nearly Christmas, and these people have had a couple of eggnogs, then Bill remembered that bottle of scotch in his office, and then you wind up with this.

Once the hangover wears off they'll realize what they've done.

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China gives America its underwater drone back – with a warning

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Lying so-and-so's

I don't believe anyone involved in this.

I'm sure the US is spying on the Chinese in the region, and this sort of drone is probably involved. The US tells us it's for research, but they have form in the "not being entirely honest" department.

The South China Sea does not belong to China, and their heavily armed artificial islands are at least half the problem here.

They're all bad people and ought to be ashamed.

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No Soylent for Santa after key ingredient supply is choked off

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Happy

Lunch

I've just finished eating a salad made with lettuce and cucumbers I grew myself (among other ingredients).

God, I'm feeling like such a smug bastard right now.

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Why don't people secure their IoT gadgets? 'It's not my problem'

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Probably true

There are also the people who don't realise they might need to update their internet connected stuff.

Most people look at me like I've been drinking when I point out to them that their smart phone is a computer.

That their internet connected toothbrush is one too never occurs to them.

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Stupid law of the week: South Carolina wants anti-porno chips in PCs that cost $20 to disable

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Re: If I was a PC seller

If the various electronics manufacturers decided they could not comply with the law and withdrew from South Carolina the result might be wind up being OK.

South Carolinians would have to drive to Georgia to buy a new phone or laptop, and Bill Chumley would be out of a job come the next election solving the problem.

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Not OK Google: Tree-loving family turns down Page and pals' $7m

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I heard Idaho is a total sh*thole.

My cousin's wife was bought up there, and hasn't been back in 30 years or so.

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USPTO: Hi, Ask Me Anything. Reddit: Can we trademark 'AMA'? USPTO: No.

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The problem is people.

It has been pointed out to me that the default state of Reddit is the problem.

My son showed me how the default subreddits are (almost) without exception cesspits of ignorance and delusion, but if you look beyond there are many interesting little subreddits.

I have an interest in a non-mainstream sport,* and the subreddit set up to discuss that sport* is a lively, interesting, fun place. It has disagreements at times, but not much real nastiness and I have learned a lot.

*No, I will not tell you what sport, as you will come to the subbreddit and I've just finished explaining how awful all you people are.

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Climate change bust up: We'll launch our own damn satellites if Trump pulls plug – Gov Brown

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Re: "Lukewarm Lemmings and the Lysenko Larceny" at FauxScienceSlayer

I am assuming Faux Science Slayer is the latest incarnation of amanfromars and as such his incomprehensible witterings are welcome.

He usually makes my head spin, and means nothing, but is harmless.

At least I think he is.

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Yahoo! says! hackers! stole! ONE! BEELLION! user! accounts!

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Re: "stolen details from more than a billion user accounts"

Yahoo! supplied hosted emails services to lots of organisations, my ISP for one.

See comment below.

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I suppose

This must be why my ISP started bringing all the Yahoo! hosted email back in house a few months ago.

If I remember correctly they said it was something to do with improved service or something, but if they said publicly that Yahoo! are fsking hopeless they would probably get sued.

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IBM boss pledges to hire 25,000 Americans in next four years

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Re: "New collar jobs"?

I assumed from reading between the lines that now most of IBM's staff are in India, the US staff are going to have to work for Indian pay rates.

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Dell trips over US sanctions by selling PCs to Iranian embassies

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Petoleum?

The article says the sanctions are to stop Iran developing its petroleum resources which made me wonder if the US is still not over Mohammad Mosaddegh nationalizing their oil industry.

They really know ho to hold a grudge don't they?

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Icelandic Pirate Party sails away from attempt to form government

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Nice

I think I should admire all involved here as they've stood by their principles instead of accepting roles as Cabinet Ministers (along with the extra money) in a coalition they have no real faith in.

However, I am also prepared to accept that I have missed some skillful piece of self-interest as we are talking about politicians here.

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Trump's 140 characters on F-35 wipes $2bn off Lockheed Martin

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He doesn't understand

Someone needs to sit the Aberdeenshire business owner down and explain to him that the F-35 (and that stupid destroyer) are not for fighting, they're for providing jobs in the right people's electorates.

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Beancounter nicks $5m from bosses, blows $1m on fantasy babe Kate Upton's mobe game

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Re: What a loser

Absolutely he's a total loser:

Kings are useless

49ers are worse

Game of War looks like it's the worst of the lot (I've never played it because I like proper games)

To cap it off, he stole from his employer to pay for all that tat. It's almost like he's never heard of prison.

Moron.

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CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

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Re: There's a pattern here

@ Pen-y-gors

I have some sympathy for your position, and agree that Donald is both a buffoon and a liar, I'm not really sure he's wrong this time.

In the first tweet we are shown he states "WE tried to play the Russia/CIA card. It would be called conspiracy theory!" and I think he's right. At least that would be my default position.

In the second tweet he makes the point "Unless you catch "hackers" in the act, it is very hard to determine who was doing the hacking." and that is also true.

In my humble opinion it almost doesn't matter who is "influencing" the US political process, sometimes it's the Oil industry, sometimes it's Hollywood, maybe this time it's the Russians.

The whole thing is so corrupt that ordinary Americans probably won't even notice.

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Busted Windows 8, 10 update blamed for breaking Brits' DHCP

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Re: O rly...

I'm pretty sure this is a problem with the Microsoft Realtek drivers, (also maybe Broadcom).

I can fix it on my Win10 box by installing the latest Realtek driver, but Windows update replaces that with the Microsoft one every time.

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For God's sake, stop trying to make Microsoft Bob a thing. It's over

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Vapourware?

It sounds to me like Microsoft are announcing a better product at a cheaper price to keep the competition out of the market.

They have a product name, and some aspirational specs, but no actual product.

They also have form for that sort of thing.

However I can't see anybody wearing two full Windows 10 PC's on their head just to play VR games.

(Is that what they're for, cause if it's not games I'm yet to see a compelling reason to buy VR).

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Oi, you, no flirting, no touching in the back of our rides, sniffs Uber

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Whatever

Where I live, there is already an over supply of taxis, so Uber can make all the rules they want.

According to this they don't have much of a future anyway. The barriers to entry are pretty low and they can't exist with competition.

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Say bye-bye to net neutrality next year, gloats FCC commish Pai

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He's right

Mr. Pai is quoted as saying "was no evidence of systemic failure in the Internet marketplace," and he's not wrong.

Any market is dominated by those with the deepest pockets, and that's what is happening here.

The incumbent ISP's buy the laws they need to keep being dominant.

Isn't that how unfettered capitalism is supposed to work?

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HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Flame

This website has ruined my life

I followed the advice at the end of the article, put a nice warm coat and scarf on before heading off to the train station, and I nearly died of heat stroke.

As I live in the Southern Hemisphere winter is not coming.

Thanks The so called Register.

Angry of Auckland.

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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

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Peter Mandelson?

Why am I the only one here who thought the key point in this is Peter Mandelson?

I really want to know how much the Chinese company paid him to fly over and try to sell this awful idea.

I know the UK doesn't have a monopoly on creepy ex-politicians, but boy you have some doozies.

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Hackers actively stealing Wi-Fi keys from vulnerable routers

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Long Ago

10 or 12 years ago I worked in a central city high rise next to a high rise student hostel.

Said hostel was packed to the rafters with students, each with their own ISP supplied Wi-Fi router.

One slow afternoon my boss and I had a lot of fun logging on to every one we could using the default admin logon (admin/admin in case you were wondering) then changing the Wi-Fi setup.

Probably illegal, but we had a laugh. A few days later one of the (fixed) access points was broadcasting it's SSID as "Fuck off Gary" so I guess Gary got the blame.

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Wannabe Cali governor gives up against beach-blocking billionaire VC

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Nothing is Easy

First of all, as has been alluded to, the Wannabe Governor has a real problem here. Money is the route to power, so forcing this guy to toe the line is out of the question, but he also needs to look like a man of the people, because rich blokes don't quite have enough votes to get him over the line in 2018.

I'm glad I live in a country with a legal right known as the "Queen's Chain".

It's a long way from being a universal right, but by and large means these sorts of land grabs can't happen.

Here's a link

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Canada asks citizens: How would you like us to spy on you?

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Straw Man

"We treasure our privacy, and rightly so, but we also expect law enforcement and national security investigators to be as effective in keeping us safe and secure in the digital world as they are in the physical world."

You might expect that but I don't.

In fact I don't expect law enforcement or national security investigators to even understand online security, and judging by their attitude to encryption I'm right.

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Team Trump snubs Big Internet oligarchs

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Re: Um, it's not the jobs.

Palpy is absolutely correct.

Andrew's article states "there's no place for internet oligarchs like Eric Schmidt, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos or the world's fifth-richest man, Mark Zuckerberg."

It then lists a bunch of other oligarchs who did make the cut.

Donald is doing what the US's leaders have always done, and I believe George II summed it up best:

Ya gotta dance with those what brung ya.

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Euro Patent Office prez 'a disgrace to France'

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Re: Translation

That's not what it says at all. Don't pay any attention to AC, I also speak French (or at least I learned a bit during the third form).

> "La présence du Français Benoît Battistelli à la tête de l’Office nuit aujourd’hui gravement à l’image de notre pays"

Means,

" The presense of Benoît Battistelli's head in the night office today is a picture of the grave of our bread".

I'm sure that's correct.

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American supremacy, space, liability, funding, openness – AI gurus lay it all out to US senators

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Re: Presentation to the US congress? Beneficial to society?

elDog is quite right. and the other part that caught my eye was "chaired by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)", which made me immediately think that Weird Ted has started his run for the 2020 Republican nomination early.

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