* Posts by SJRulez

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Reborn UK internet super-snooper charter to be unveiled today

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It will only catch the stupid and the common criminals, anyone who actually thinks this will help protect national security is a complete Muppet.

One thing to point out, the gov seems to have massive failings when it comes to organising any project involving data.... chances are this will go the same way, spend 2billion and end up with a failure in about 3 years.

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Shoreditch a hub of 'exciting innovation', says science minister

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an example of a "very exciting" cluster of "innovation" that'll help boost the UK economy.

Translation - A £10 million roundabout where a few business will make a couple of people loads of money which they'll probably evade tax on and then move abroad once they get established.

"to turn raw information from Blighty's government into something tangible and worthwhile." they say rubbish in, rubbish out...... so know matter how much money you throw at it your still going to get the same crap whilst we've got the same government and whats the betting they still wont be able to keep track of MP's expenses.

This relationship with Google is getting pretty worrying, every other country + dog is throwing privacy lawsuits, monopoly investigations, and pretty much every other type of legal wrangling at them yet out gov is about to jump in bed and give them loads of public\private data.

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Met bobbies get CSI kit to probe perps' mobes

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Re: Problem is...

"With the aid of a court order / warrant, where one has to prove to a judge there's"

Rather interestingly is why do they need to spend all this money at the moment on this equipment when they intend on installing real time monitoring inside providers facilities?

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Re: Problem is...

In most cases its boot level encryption as that's the only way to protect call logs etc, I still don't see the point in this. Most of the records they want such as texts and call logs can be grabbed from the mobile provider, the only plausible reason is catching people stupid enough to record themselves committing a crime in which case they are hardly going to be committing the crime of the century but rather something stupid like happy slapping.

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I saw the BBC story friday (and emailed it to the reg), I spent most of Friday night and Saturday morning testing out some encryption. Surprisingly its not to hard to get it working on Android but its time consuming having to enter passwords using arrow keys and selection screen rather than a keyboard.

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Watchdog tells Greenpeace to stop 'encouraging anti-social behaviour'

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Re: "Green Peace boat burning gallons of diesel"

Hmm, who's the retard if you bother to READ the article you'll see they have only used for the last year. Prior to that they used what ever they could get their hands on and in some cases those boats have been a right mess such as the one they used to circle Brent Spa back in the days, that had more rust than the rig.

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Re: Not all 'hippies' are dippy, man...

Yep and not all Green Peace protesters are hippies, most of them are lazy lay about's who survive on benefits and donations or are so rich they don't need to work anyway.

The recent 'activist camp' by us against a coal mine was a right mess not to mention cost over £200k to clear up after, litter, human waste, and an eyesore (ironic that's all the stuff they campaign against), really pi**es me off that they can just hang around there for months on end campaigning against a project which will bring much needed jobs to our area because they don't work.

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FAIL

Save the environment...

Jump on board our Green Peace boat burning gallons of diesel while we circle this oil rig in the middle of the sea for a few months.

Or how about....

Chain yourself to this power station so we have to call in hundreds of bailiffs, security staff and police plus loads of vehicles.

Idiots.

As for shutting things down, if they break in carry on. If they hurt themselves one less idiot to worry about, personally I'd like to get a paintball gun and paint them the next time they go scaling something. Direct action against them would soon stop them, if you want to donate to our cause your £80 will pay for pellet guns, bb guns and paintball guns with associated ammunition to be fired at Green Peace protesters, bolt cuts for removing chains and handcuffs, rusty hacksaws for removing those limbs where we cant remove the chains.

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Council fined £70k after burglars nick vulnerable kids' files

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Money from one pot to another

Give the council a fine does nothing to help the situation, it makes it worse. Why not say your fine is £70k now spend that on improving your security instead of lining our pockets.

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Cameron's F-35 U-turn: BAE Systems still calls the shots at No 10

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Hmm, valid point they are a deterrent but who exactly are we trying to deter....... I doubt the french, germans or any other europeans are going to attack us. The only people we need to deter are counties in the Middle east which in general dont have the range to attack us anyway.

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Why do we even bother having carriers? Oh of course its so we can send our army, navy and air force half way round the world to interfere in other peoples affairs....

Scrap the carriers complete, that also means we can get rid of the need for expensive VTOL\catapult launched planes and stick to land based.

Lets face it anyone who wanted to start a war with us would probably use the same tactics as immigrants instead, hide in a truck or walk the through the channel tunnel and the UK border agency wont spot you to raise the alarm.

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Spy under your car bonnet 'worth billions by 2016'

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If they were that serious about improving road safety they would stop manufacturers making cars that go over the speed limits in the first place.... not that I'd actually buy one.

I wonder how many people will end up with the premiums going up when their insurance companies interpret all the pot holes as going off road!

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Mozilla and Google blast IE-only Windows on ARM

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Re: Errm, what did they expect?

Yep the bookies wouldn't even give me odds on it since they thought it was a safe bet!

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Virgin Media site goes titsup in Pirate Bay payback attack

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Just use google translate or if you use Opera switch the optimizer on it routes requests through their servers.

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Queen unveils draft internet super-snoop bill - with clauses

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HTTPS

The only reason I can see them wanting real time access is so they can intercept the Key Exchange or so they can pull a man in the middle attack otherwise the information is completely meaningless.

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Re: strict safeguards to protect the public...

Another curious thing is who's going to store the data? the ISP's - price increase for consumers or the Gov tax increase for people that pay it (you can guarantee the people its meant to catch wont be paying just job public)

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Re: Nothing to worry about here!!!

We have been told that this is only to catch terrorists, child molesters and serious criminals.

How do you know someone is a terrorist, is a molester or is a serious criminal without reading the contents?

"plod bash your door down for helping your mates share a few TV programs." all of SOCA's latest success stories have been raids for hacking and file sharing

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Facepalm

Lets pick over all the faults here...

Some of this from BBC and some from the REG

"no emails would be read in real-time" (REG) - well most people use webmail over https which wont tell you anything about where its destined, where its from or its contents and the rest use SMTP which if they use packet capture and its not encrypted can be read plain text.

Not to mention that "in real time" doesn't mean they wont do as media does with TV and delay it by 5 minutes which would get round it.

"laws date back to 2000 and they are not equipped to cover social media, Skype and other methods of communication." (BBC) - yes and these changes wont help that since yet again we're using encrypted connections to a website.

"However, the police would be able to see which websites someone had visited." (BBC) - not if they just simply use a proxy, VPN or even Google translate!!!

"information about a communication, not the communication itself". (REG) - in most cases they are the same thing.. eg Email, you've got to inspect the actual packets being sent to extract the address details other wise all you can see is he\she sent an email to MX server blah and that's the end of the trail.

The safe guards are a joke as well

"Measures to prevent unauthorised access" (BBC\Draft Bill) - This has got be the funniest bit of all, they can secure their own websites, NHS data, and regularly lose information including plans for terrorists raids..... are you really going to trust them with your data.

These measure\bill will do nothing to help combat terrorism, they will just snoop on the regular people. Terrorists arent exactly stupid and we are all well aware they use encryption, sat phones, voip.... the list goes on.

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NHS's chances of getting world's best IT: 80% ... maybe*

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8 in 10 chance of being the best, 2 in 10 chance of it working.

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Hunt tosses 27 cities into broadband cash bunfight

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I'm curious as too whether the ministers actually have a plan for increasing the UK's overall capacity, its all well and good trying to convince the private sector to create 'super broadband networks'. I think most of the private firms have realized a few major things:

Our capacity for transit outside of the UK is becoming limited and major investment is needed in under sea cables. Of course the bottom lines will be hit as well: faster connections mean more data throughput and that of course leads to more expensive peer agreements yet the increased revenue barely covers it.

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Cameron hardens stance on UK web filth block

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Here here, right honorable person

Thanks for the support and i must admit your letter is far more elegant. As for the AC's comments above, thanks for the advice but if u feel this is a passion you may follow please feel free to amend the letter and forward it too persons you feel may be able to make a difference!

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Re: If you fancy a laugh have aread of Claire Perry MP's site

Feel free to copy, paste, edit and forward that email to your local MP or Claire Perry herself. So far i've sent a number of emails and letters, they all resulted in a pretty standard we'll have to wait and see as no formal proposal has been worded for either this bill or the real time monitoring

They truly are setting us up for a full blown V for Vendetta style government in multiple ways at the same time, and the masses are buying into it whether they think its because porn should be blocked, piracy should be stopped or we should read everyone's email on the hope of catching a terrorists. Rather than attack them one by one so they get the full attention of the media instead they are drip feeding details about each at the same time probably hoping one of them will slip through unopposed by the public.

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If you fancy a laugh have aread of Claire Perry MP's site

Then send her a kind letter:

Good Morning,

I felt it necessary to email my views regarding the current proposals about the Online Safety Bill and seeing as you seem to be championing it I though I would vent my concerns at yourself.

After reading the details of the Bill (HL Bill 137) and researching the views of other MP's, ISP's and like myself other ICT related workers I find it amazing at the complete lack of knowledge and sense the government and MP's are showing.

1. Duty to provide a service that excludes pornographic images

My ISP has one duty and that it too provide me with an Internet Connection for my use and for use by persons I choose which may included my children, I expect that feed to be unmonitored, unrestricted and private. I don't expect my ISP to breach my privacy by intercepting every request I make and then checking the contents are 'safe' according to the standards laid out by the government. Please don't insult my intelligence or tech knowledge by telling me that wont happen because it must for the filtering to work other wise it would be like royal mail filtering your post without actually opening the letter which would be impossible.

(3) The conditions are—

(a) 10the subscriber opts-in to subscribe to a service that includes

pornographic images;

(b) the subscriber is aged 18 or over; and

(c) the provider of the service has an age verification policy which has been

used to confirm that the subscriber is aged 18 or over.

Whilst I appreciate this is required on a Mobile Device as children could be the end user, you have to be over 18 to be the bill payer of a Land line as such that is my confirmation I wish to receive this service.

2. Duty to provide a means of filtering online content

Virtually all devices come with Contenting Filtering, Firewalls and Time Restrictions built in, failing that there are many systems available to consumers both free and paid.

3. Duty to provide information about online safety

ISP's already provide this information as do many public bodies, charities and business.

A final word....

I'm extremely concerned by this bill and I intend on campaigning against it along with many of my colleagues in the IT sector, these measures will do nothing to restrict children's access to questionable material not to mention the doors it leaves open for future blocking of websites, this bill alongside the recent blocking of other sites by a judge without the site owners being allowed to represent themselves in court is setting a dangerous precedent which could see many legitimate sites being blocked under false pretense.

This 'debate' and the 'consultations' are a waste of time, the emphasis needs to be on parents monitoring their children rather than the government and ISP's. I also seriously question the credentials of the people used as 'expert witnesses' during the consultation on this bill:

Deidre Sanders, “Agony Aunt” - Complete hypocrit who makes her money by working for a company that thinks it right to have a topless woman on the 3rd page and its paper on the bottom shelf.

Justine Roberts, Founder of Mumsnet - Raised a group of women who now think they have a complete knowledge of technology and internet because they are on 'a forum' which rather shockingly is one of the worst places for bullying online.

'Mumsnet reported that a survey of their site users found that 84 per cent were concerned that easy access to internet porn' if they werent so busy on Mumsnet they could probably monitor the kids internet habits instead.

I could carry on but I doubt you will actually get this far, so I'll wrap it up.....

1. My ISP should only provide my a transmission channel without any interception or monitoring.

2. I should govern what content is allowed over it whether for myself or my children.

3. The government should get back to running the country not parenting.

4. If you are set on Opt-Out mechanism can you please campaign for an Opt-Out of junk mail from Royal Mail, Op-Out of receiving rubbish from my Local MP and an Opt-Out of aggressive phone calls urging me to vote every election and offering me a lift to the polling station as I currently wouldn't vote for any party

I look forward to your response.

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Re: (x-posting) I wrote to my MP - Got a reply too..

MP's dont have anything to worry about, they buy their p0rn using tax payer money in posh hotels then claim it as an entertainment expense.

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Re: Dear politicians

Lol, it doesnt matter about your vote because we'll have mumsnet on our side and they dont even need the filtering because they just tie up the computer so there kids cant use it anyway.

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WTF?

Re: What about page3 ?

You got to be joking, the Sun's agony aunt is one of the 'expert witnesses' used by the panel. She's all for web blocking but doesn't have issues with detailing raunchy stories or page 3 nudes, I would say that ranks her somewhere in the top hypocrites list for this year!

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Another intrusion

This is being used to force ISP's to put the infrastructure for content monitoring in place, I don't have any restrictions on my internet and don't want any.

I wish MP's who have no idea about how monitoring and filtering software works would stop telling people that we wont be able to view whats in 'your data', if you cant see whats in it you cant block it unless you rely on IP and address blocking which will by no means be a realistic method of blocking porn.

Its like the Royal Mail filtering your post without opening it???? Its not possible.

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Lockheed bags $454m to tool up Pentagon's Cyber Crime Center

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FAIL

Almost a year to the day....

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/05/27/lockheed_securid_hack_flap/

We'll just ask our defense contractor to help us with security....You mean the one that got hacked..... Yes that one.

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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

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Not one mention of the obvious advantage of the raised digits, my nan who's blind is able to feel the digits on the card which allows her to make transactions by phone!!! Remove them and she wont!

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YouView: You're delayed - Sugar

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'doesn’t deem the technology ready for prime time.'

Lol, last time he said that was the end of his computer business.

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Hanging's too good for 'em - so what do you suggest?

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I am curious to see what a sensory deprivation tank would do to said prisoner, would a typical 13 year term drive u crazy???

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Stick them in a electric shock suit and put them in a computer game, victims and family can logon chase them around and shoot the hell of them to the tune of a few hundred volts.

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Martha Lane Fox hits caps lock, yells at small biz websites

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Small businesses that do go online grow twice as fast as their competitors, according to a McKinsey survey from 2011.

And 3 quarters of online businesses fail completely, I still cant for the life of me understand why the gov seem to think they cant start an online business boom. Internet business doesn't generate huge volumes of jobs for people since most of it will be automated and the jobs they do generate tend to be manual such as order pickers\packers etc, we need more manufacturing and industry jobs since that's where we are seriously losing out to other countries.

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ISPs torch UK.gov's smut-blocking master plan

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I can see this seriously back firing if they do implement it, whats the betting that consenting adults will have to jump through hoops if they want access to such material but their teenage kids will find away round it within minutes.

There needs to be more focus on getting parents to actually police what their children are doing on the internet rather than using it as a tool to keep children occupied whilst they do what they want.

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iPad app that lets mute kids speak menaced by patent lawsuit

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WTF - Fanbois

What planet are you living on, Apple currently has more than a dozen legal spats with people including the slide to unlock patent.....

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Date expired?

Had a read of those patents and they date back to 1987 and 1985, surely those are now expired. My understanding was the patent lasts approximately 20years.

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Lords give automatic smut censorship bill the once-over

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What happen to parental supervision

This new policy is a load of crap, parents should supervise their children on the net rather than have the attitude of "go use your computer" when they cant be bothered. I don't let my kids near the computer when I'm not around to keep an eye on them, no monitoring or filtering software is fool proof and kids being kids will always find what they shouldn't.

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UK net super-snooping clashes with Euro privacy law - expert

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Yep whats the betting the Gov will now complain the EU has two much power over law making and they will force it through anyway, yet when it comes to a terrorists wanted in his home country the moan and gripe but dont actually do sod all about it.

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Home Sec: Web snoop law will snare PAEDOS, TERRORISTS

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No central database - just lots of little ones

"no central database" would be created for such a system.

Yep they thought that out well, they can keep saying there wont be one as its likely there wont. The suggestion seems to be the ISP's will have to store the data so technically they are right and can believe themselves when they say.

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UK.gov to unveil reborn, renamed net-snoop plans in Queen's Speech

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They have access to root CA's so they could pull the same trick as Iran as well, generate your own certificates and Man-In-Middle.

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Reg was a bit late with this one

Sign the e-petition against this:

http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/32400

Its absolute joke, who ever is advising them on these policies must either be:

a) a monitoring solution provider

b) a storage array provider

c) completely computer illiterate

These measures will do nothing to combat terrorism or organized crime, its just spying on everyday people.

I can also see this being open to abuse by the government, how long before they are actively reading your emails and censoring or even completely blocking them from transmission, or altering content and redirecting you from the anti gov site you want to visit to their pro regime website.

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Sality botnet takedown plans posted online

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Re: breaking the law.. how so?

Its still technically breaking into a computer system, it is of no consequence whether the computer system is perceived to be for illegal purposes. The best you would hope for is that if that if you were caught and charged that a judge would go lightly on you, the other issue with taking it down yourself is you could compromise any investigation in progress (not very likely considering law enforcements past history with bot nets).

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Americans resort to padlocking their dumb meters

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If the people are so sensitive that they are affected by having a Smart meter installed in their home they wouldn't be able to function like a human at all, the amount of background radio noise its horrendous and they would surely be affected by that all day not to mention:

Short range radio for ID tags

Short range radio on traffic control systems

Lifts

Vending machines

Photocopiers

Wireless

The list goes on, if it really affected them that much they would probably have already moved to a deep cave in the darkest part of the world.

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The Facebook job test: Now interviewers want your logins

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Would definitely be a no, this would give them access to your data and other peoples data which you could end up being liable for i.e. they know someone who messages you something and then go on to reveal that information you would be the one in trouble.

Although alternatively you could always say yes I'll give you access to mine if i can view yours.... you want to know who your potential employing and I want to know who i might be working for and who I can blackmail later. for knocking off his secretary.

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Game Group shares halted, 'no value left' admits board

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Partly agree with you, we have 2 Game and 1 Gamestation in our local shopping center which seems pretty stupid anyway.

I tended to avoid going in game as they seemed to have complete muppets for staff, the game station people tended to be a lot better.

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UK Home Secretary approves TVShack's O'Dwyer extradition

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Re: I don't understand

Google and other search engines etc have a "takedown mechanism" in place by which content owners can send them a request to have something removed from the site or de-listed from search engine results.

As long as you can show reasonable compliance and action for these requests you have a "get out of jail card". Its pretty stupid really, if O'Dwyer had a button offering the ability to remove content he probably would have got away with it.

The thing I find amazing with these cases it the US constantly quoting how much this site and that site made from advertising which has some serious flaws:

1. The amount they make on advertising has nothing to do with copyright infringement.. the advertising is based on site views, just because someone viewed an advertisement generating income does not mean they then viewed copyrighted material.

2. The figures they use are always based on gross costs they never seem to add the costs of actually running sites which in some cases can be as much as the revenue generated effectively making no profit at all.

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High Court asked to keep 'cheap DVD' VAT loophole open

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This partially the cause of Game and other high street retailers problems because they haven't been able to take advantage of the same loopholes.

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if year > 2013 then PC != Personal Computer

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Well in the case of MS:-

If Date = 29/02/2016 Then PC = Problem Cloud

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Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

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WTF

Currently since there aren't many decent titles out I'm using mine to watch DVD's and listen to music mainly because I cant be arsed to have loads of electrical goods i.e a stereo in the living room (even the media pc doesn't have a drive).

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Punters are the real losers in BT, TalkTalk copyright court blow

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This is the latest attempt for the music industry to try and recoup money they lost on box office flops, the standard of recent films is ridiculously low and the number of remakes coming out is appalling.

Its quite easy for them to blame it on piracy rather than face up to the facts that people are fed up of watching rubbish while actors get rich, want formats which the music industry aren't even contemplating and don't want to be left out by releases being staggered over 6 months whilst their friends on social networks are ranting about them.

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