* Posts by GrumpyKiwi

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National Museum of Computing to hold live Enigma code-breaking demo with a Bombe

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France contributed too

The French were also involved in the initial work to crack Enigma, assisting the Poles. And the Poles who fled after the German invasion went to France first to continue their work.

When France fell, the French first passed on all their work to date to the UK and then (even more importantly) never once let on to the Germans that their systems were vulnerable to compromise.

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Sysadmin misses out on paycheck after student test runs amok

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Nice but dim

Related: Back in the 1990's I got sent to Brutish Rail's Bletchley depo to fix a dead computer in the maintenance area. Got there, wiped rag over monitor that was covered in about 1/2" of dust, looked down at the now visible glowing instructions and said "sorted".

Got a nice cup of tea out it and everything.

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Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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Ye olde Time magazine

Ah Time magazine. That thing people bought at an airport to read back in the days before we had phones and/or tablets instead.

I can't think of a single thing it's done over the past 20 years that's been even vaguely relevant.

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Lenovo Thinkpad X280: Choosing a light luggable isn't so easy

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Re: No LAN, no go

It does have a network connection, it's just that it's one of those external plug in adaptor jobbies. Which I'm against on the grounds of that the one time I'll need it, it'll almost certainly still be on my desk while I'm 2500km away.

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Re: Care

"Lenovo's support has gone to the bottom of the pile."

Sadly got to agree with you here - it's just as true in this part of the world. And that's kind of tragic as it wasn't more than 3 years ago that the opposite was true.

Now I get:

Laptop under warranty (X270) with dead keyboard - two weeks to get parts

Laptop under warranty (X270) with dead screen - four to eight weeks to get parts

I pissed and moaned to my account manager and Lenovo support about how pathetic this is and got a "that's just how long things take" reply.

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Microsoft accidentally let encrypted Windows 10 out into the world

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Big Brother

Ninja Cat?

I prefer Ninja Kitty (NSFW in case anyone is tempted to google that).

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Former Detroit IT boss sent down 20 months for bathroom bung bonanza

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Take him to ... Detroit!

It's Detroit. The surprise would have been if he wasn't taking bribes. The real surprise is just how cheaply he sold out.

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First it was hashtags – now Amber Rudd gives us Brits knowledge on national ID cards

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Sigh, what is it...

… about politicians called Rudd and utter fuckwittery.

Listen you gormless shitbag, if google fucks up with the data collection about me, the worst thing that can happen is I get advertising for something I have no interest in (Asian brides, crotch fungus cures, solar powered back scratchers, etc.).

When the fuckwits in government fuck up and put me in category AAAA414AB4 (dangerously radicalised) instead of AAA414ABA (time-wasting tedious nobody), the worst that can happen is a Hellfire from a drone, or 18 rounds of 9mm in the head because I looked suspiciously dark skinned and was wearing a jacket against the cold.

One is not the same as the other. Stop trying to pretend that they're the same.

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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Re: Phones too

Yep, I keep a couple of iPhone 5's around with the worlds crappiest batteries and loudly tell people that if they break their new iPhone they get the punishment phone for the remainder of their contract.

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Re: Stephen Nicholson

Yes but... they had to work for that conviction. Not just sit around on their lazy asses slurping up all the information and fishing for something to justify their existence. Much easy not to have to do all that nasty work that takes time away from drinking tea and watching porn.

Remember there are three kinds of bureaucrats: Lazy, stupid, lazy & stupid

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Defense Distributed starts selling gun CAD files amid court drama

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Re: No, this has nothing to do with the US First Amendment, freedom of speech

"Lethal" was exactly the same argument used for Zimmerman and the PGP code. It was "a munition of war".

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Re: I'll never understand Americans and their fetish for guns

I really like my AR15. It is a great rifle. Easy to maintain, accurate and useful for going after goats, deer, pigs and any other medium sized game.

It is not without reason that it is described as the best rifle of the past 60 years (with the AK being a close second).

I also like my PS90. It's a great rifle. Easy to maintain, incredibly accurate and useful for going after possums, rabbits, geese and other such pest species.

Am I fetishizing, or commenting on two very useful tools for hunting?

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Re: Good on him

Yes it is well known that the best way to make money is to release something for free.

Also, there is no "assault weapons" ban in place anymore and hasn't been for nearly 20 years.

As for nukes, the right to publish plans for nukes was established back in the 1970's. Good luck sourcing your own enhanced uranium though.

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Good on him

He's fighting the gun-control equivalent of the "teaching abstinence is better than teaching sex-education" crowd.

It doesn't matter how much they stick their fingers in their ears and chant "la la la, I can't hear you", the horse has left the stable, gone for a walk, found a new owner and been re-registered under a new name. No amount of bolting the stable door can change that.

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Judge bars distribution of 3D gun files... er, five years after they were slapped onto the web

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"Luggage? That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me. You know what that is? It's a porcelain gun made in Germany. It doesn't show up on your airport X-ray machines here and it costs more than what you make in a month!"

From the original Plastic-Gun panic of the 1980's. (also contains no less than 5 incorrect statements).

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FAIL

Pointless

Next up - Court issues order supporting King Cnut's "tides may not come in" ruling.

Stupid pointless cnuts.

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Incoming NBN boss inheriting regulation, service headaches

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NBN - bureaucratic, inflexible and tedious

Got told I had to switch two of our store sites over from using (Telstra) ADSL as NBN was now live in the area. Attempted to switch. The process was full of bureaucratic bullshit, was inflexible and was tedious enough that I ended up telling them to shove their NBN up their ass and chalk this up as yet another loss to Optus. Optus 4G connection went into stores. Problem solved.

Here is a free clue for NBN corp. Stop using overseas based help desks full of people who have no idea what I'm talking about when I say the store is a concession in a Myer. "Myer, what is that? I do not understand" is not a good look.

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Early experiment in mass email ends with mad dash across office to unplug mail gateway

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A mate who was working for a company that totally wasn't British and had nothing to do with Petroleum in the mid-1990's told me of a email from a fellow worker in Venezuela that took down their systems for a day and a half. Apparently it was meant to go only to his office and let everyone know he was moving house and had some spare furniture. Instead it went worldwide and even in those days the company was big enough to have a lot of people on email, but not robust enough to cope with that much email at once.

I on the other hand accidentally sent out a sales promo in CC rather than BCC which was not a popular move. Only found out after people started to complain too.

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Trump's Supreme Court pick will decide critical tech issues for decades – so what are the views of the contenders?

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Re: Well, the good news is that Trump's last appointment was pretty libertarian on police powers

Workers rights? You mean the right of unions to steal from workers without them being able to opt out.

Union rights =/= workers rights no matter how much some people may wish they were.

New guy seems pretty good on the 1st and 2nd, meh on the 4th. Can't have everything I suppose.

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MOS-SAD: Israeli govt weighs in on Facebook privacy, promises action

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Re: Democracy?

You mean the ones that have voted in Arab MP's in the Israeli parliament? The ones that sit on the judges bench in the Israeli justice system? The ones that hold a General's rank in the Israeli army? Those Arab citizens?

Israel's problems are not with it's Arab citizens. It's with those next door who like to throw their gays off high buildings, execute dissidents in front of their families, construct bomb factories in schools and hospitals and chant 'death to the Jews, kill them all'.

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That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

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Re: Seattle council = retards

Sorry, not for RICO. Just for "intimidating" public servants.

https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/prosecute-amazon-for-intimidating-a-public-servant

https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/labor-backed-group-asks-washington-state-ag-bob-ferguson-to-charge-amazon-with-felony-over-head-tax-threat/

Same crowd for whom "allowing a company to leave Washington state just because they don't like the rules is economic terrorism"

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Seattle council = retards

Yes this is the same group of tards whom proposed seizing Boeing and Amazon. Who wanted anyone speaking out against the tax prosecuted under RICO laws? The same group who passed an income tax despite is being against Washington state law. They're not exactly civil governance geniuses.

Should I point out (since el'Reg never does) that the local unions were also vehemently against this tax?

Should I point out that it's Seattle city's own zoning laws that have made building houses so damn difficult (because you wouldn't know it from el'Reg's article)?

It never ceases to amaze me that the same dropkicks who claim "a tax on soda/cigarettes/booze will reduce soda/cigarettes/booze consumption" are also claiming that "a tax on labour won't reduce jobs".

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Japanese fashion puts the oo-er into trousers

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Doublets

Damn new doublets, they always pinch me under the arms...

[/Geralt of Rivia]

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Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

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Re: What will happen during a war?

No proof... other than what came out of the opening of the Soviet archives in the 1990's that is. You know, the official records of the debates of the Politburo. In which is was acknowledged that the threat of MAD made going to war with the west a really bad idea.

But hey, keep it going with the both the mental and the physical masturbation just in case.

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Stop Defence reporting, you're crap at it.

Seriously el'Reg, you are rubbish at defence reporting. I see "better" articles in the Daily Mail. Stick to what you're good at - promoting Dev Ops and making nasty comments about IBM.

The F-35 is operational. It's been used in combat missions. Pretty much every "panic" story about it has turned out to be over-hyped horsecrap.

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: "A ship in port is safe. But that's not what ships are built for"

"In both wars UK could have attempted to shorten them attacking Germany or Italy from the sea, and not only from the trenches."

The Imperial German staff knew exactly what they'd do if the six division strong BEF landed from the North Sea. "We'd send the police to arrest them". 160+ divisions Germany had nothing to fear from a BEF landing. Italy (as was already pointed out to you) was on the same side in WW1. The WW2 invasions of her did not do much to shorten the war - if anything.

"Which was the last great UK naval battle after Trafalgar, against a comparable fleet, and not in great superiority?"

Falklands (1914) Dogger Bank (1915), Jutland (1916), River Plate (1939), Cape Matapan (1941), Denmark Straight (1941), Java Sea (1941), Norway Sea (1943) all spring to mind. No doubt others can remember more.

"Italy had the same fears, and instead of attacking Malta with the fleet kept it hidden as well - especially whem Malta air defense was almost depleted."

See Cape Matapan. Not the actions of a navy afraid to be at sea. The Italians stopped going to sea when they ran out of fuel, not before.

"It is true UK carriers were so slow to deploy and refuel their few planes - that they weren't much useful in a true modern battle to enable a CAP and attack enemy ships."

HMS Victorious went to the Pacific to help out the USN in 1943 when the US was very short on carriers. She was regarded as being so good at running CAP that the other carriers ran the attack squadrons and left CAP to her.

"Distant blockade? Germany didn't have a real fleet - and you don't use battleship for a commercial traffic blockade - while its u-boote almost blockaded UK, being free to operate - until US brought in a lot of ship and airplanes to fight them."

WW1, the German fleet was a very real fleet and it engaged the RN in very real battles. Likewise WW2.

"And what blockade was performed in the Mediterranean? The German took Greece, Crete, and almost the Egypt. Thank Suez... and Franco."

The blockade that meant that the blockhead called Rommel couldn't get enough fuel/men/munitions to get into Egypt. That one. The one that sunk the convoy of barges bringing men to Crete for the invasion. That one.

Frankly I haven't see as big a pile of dribble as what you wrote since the last time I saw a toddler with a biscuit.

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Re: @Milton

"I'm going to suggest that that was *one* F35, only..."

Well you'd be wrong. On both counts.

And just to repeat myself, el'Reg's defence coverage is rubbish. I'm starting to suspect that their journalist's knowledge on the matter is based on reading Commando comics and the Daily Mail.

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Re: @Milton

Nope, high altitude. Syria's AA network is severely degraded thanks to a decade of western sponsored "totally not ISIS because these guys say they're moderate head-choppers". So the high level stuff is obsolete and/or not working at all and nothing to worry about. But 250 guys with AK47s blasting in the direction of a low flying jet or helicopter is still valid and the "golden BB" is real.

The oxygen thing (much like the helmet thing) were totally overblown which didn't stop various members of the "defence reporting community" from lapping it up.

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Re: Carriers??

"Whilst complex, the F22 is simpler than F35, but even after an "improvement programme" only achieved 70% mission availability"

Mission availability ratings are generally regarded as a bullshit easily manipulated measurement. A squadron that does no flying can have a 100% availability - yet would be of no use at all.

I'd no more regard such a rating as an accurate assessment than I would a "glorious peoples five year tractor factory plan" production report.

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Re: @Milton

"I'm starting to get the impression that these things simply can't operate all that well in the air."

You wouldn't read it on el'Reg (because they only run F-35 articles of this nature), but the Israeli's have been using theirs in combat over Syria. Without anyone passing out from a lack of oxygen, without them having to wait for Turkey to service them and without any losses.

el'Reg's coverage of all things defence related suffers badly from a lack of knowledge on the part of those who report on it.

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Australia wants tech companies to let cops 'n' snoops see messages without backdoors

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Re: It's simple

Not perfect. Just better. It's a low bar to cross.

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Re: Bollocks

"Given that the PM himself has admitted to using end-to-end encryption services, then what right do they have to demand to see anyone else's messages?"

Don't you know that some animals are (considerably) more equal than others comrade?

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It's simple

Once parliament passes the law that pi=3 then everything else falls into place. It's pretty hard to write working encryption when obeying mathematics laws like that.

As the law will no doubt include the magic words of Terrorism and Security in its title, both Labor and the Liberals will vote for it. And thus Australia will magically be made safe by the power of words and a really strong belief.

And those of us from the freer side of the ditch will continue to point and laugh at the western worlds 2nd biggest nanny state.

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Calm your conspiracy theories, latest glimpse reveals Planet Nine may just be a pipe dream

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There is already a ninth planet and it's called Pluto. Screw you IAU.

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

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Tesco Drones on

Ah yes, it was only last year that Tesco send one of their drones armed with Hellfire missiles to attack the house of David Parker who had betrayed his loyalty card and shopped at the Waitrose instead.

And who can forget all those times the Tesco SWAT teams have smashed in the doors of people's houses at 3:00am to conduct a search for non-Tesco branded marmalade?

When GCHQ screws up it means 'collateral damage', full-body cavity searches and/or ineptly run police raids. Tesco's screw ups mean that maybe the wrong products are placed by the checkout. You are forced by law to contribute to the costs of running GCHQ. You can chose whether to shop at Tesco's or elsewhere without any consequence whatsoever.

One of these is not in any way equivalent to the other.

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Mirror mirror on sea wall, spot those airships, make Kaiser bawl

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Re: Tucker Microphones

A +1 and a "thank you" for the explanation.

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South East post-war detectors

Pretty sure I read that these were positioned there because the only likely Post-WW1 enemy the RAF could think of was ... France.

The stiff upper lips of the newly formed RAF were 100% that morale of the Froggie civilians would collapse from bombing long before our sterling British civilians. But just to be sure, plans were made to deploy the army in working class parts of SE cities.

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It's all true – I bribed big city's IT boss with fat bathroom bungs, admits tech biz chief exec

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Holmes

It's Detroit. The surprise would have been if this wasn't taking place.

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GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

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Re: Legal =/= moral or right

I disagree. I feel myself moral-bound to disobey and (better yet) work to destroy immoral laws, regardless of their support by the political class. If a law was repressing 1% of the population and was supported by 80% of it, that has zero indication of that laws righteousness.

Slavery in the US South was legal. That didn't make it moral, it didn't make it right. It did make lawbreakers of those people who refused to help or actively impeded the Federal US Marshall's who tried to recapture escaped slaves.

Basically, f*** those slavers. Whether 19th century or 21st. If I can assist in making their lives harder then I will.

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Re: Legal =/= moral or right

Governments pass immoral and/or BS laws all the time. Stating that this gives a fig-leaf of virtuosity to immoral or otherwise BS government activities doesn't make it right

You have heard of the concept of the consent of the governed? This BS doesn't have that consent which is why they are scrabbling so hard to find ever more desperate justifications for it.

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Legal =/= moral or right

Just because something you are doing has been made legal by the government(s) of the day does not make it moral or right or justifiable.

Here is a free clue for the likes of GCHQ and NSA - when you treat every citizen as a potential criminal, don't' act all innocent and "gosh we have no idea why people are upset by this". For a group of supposedly smart people you sure act like a bunch of 'tards.

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NAB mainframe turns its TOESUP* after power outage, offline 7 hours

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Our NAB Customer Manager has told us we'll be compensated for lost margins.

Which isn't bad according to the CFO, so I guess we'll live with that. Call it a 'Black Swan' once-in-fifteen years event and ignore the head of Retail who wants some kind of backup EFTPOS solution implemented.

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I'll post it when I find out.

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Cost us about AUS$2000 in lost sales - based on Saturday averages over the past couple of months - and (more importantly) it cost me my nice relaxing Saturday.

Be interesting to see how much compensation they offer.

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Trio indicted after police SWAT prank call leads to cops killing bloke

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Re: Wire Fraud?

I guess that makes as much sense as any other explanation.

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Re: Yank Culture Issues

Hah. Aussie cops (in particular Victoria) have a well known reputation for killing people in similar situations. That's a policing culture thing, not a US one.

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Wire Fraud?

WFT? I know it's the generic "go to" for Federal charges being laid but I'm struggling to see how it's a relevant charge.

As for the rest of it, here's hoping they end up getting to play "Call of Booty: Cigarette Trader" for their new cellmates for a very long time.

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New Facebook political ad rules: Now you must prove your ID before undermining democracy

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Undermining democracy - har har har

A couple of Facebook ads are not what is undermining democracy.

Undermining democracy is things like political and business elites getting away with behaviours that would see commoners put away for long periods of time - whether that's molesting staff or endangering secret information.

It's things like supra-national organisations ignoring democratic results because they're inconvenient to their oh-so-important projects. Demanding the elections/referenda get run again and again until the "right" result is generated.

It's journalists writings on how terrible it is that democracy means that building (for example) high-speed train networks are just too hard because peoples opinions have to be taken into account instead of being overruled like they do in the paradise that is China.

It's hordes of "you can't say that" twitter-twatters trying to prevent dissenting opinions from being discussed.

Cheesy political ads are not the cause of this, they're a symptom.

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Blighty's super-duper F-35B fighter jets are due to arrive in a few weeks

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F-35 successfully used by Israel over Syria. El'Reg notoriously silent on this as it as the pilots apparently didn't pass out from a lack of oxygen, didn't lose their stealth from any passing moisture, didn't have to wait for Italy or Turkey to maintain them and nothing else appears to have gone wrong.

Bring back Lewis or at the very least hire SOMEONE with an ounce of defence knowledge.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-44210403

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RAF Air Command to take on UK military space ops

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Absolutely. The RAF couldn't find their own bums without a course correction supplied by the RN.

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