* Posts by GrumpyKiwi

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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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Re: indiscriminate due to the technologies of the day?

I'm sure the Citizens of The Hague, Warsaw and so forth could take great comfort from the Luftwaffe only targeting "military' targets. Not to mention the vast number of refugees whom the Stuka's targeted during the Battle of France.

The rest of your comments about the atomic bombs are equally ignorant. The Japanese leadership only just agreed to surrender even after the first atomic bomb, the Soviet declaration of war and the utter ruin of their nation. Even with all that they were divided on whether to struggle on. It took the intervention of the Emperor to make the peace stick and he specifically mentioned the atomic bombs.

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Re: Perfect for the job?

That's what's known as a load of cobblers.

The B17 was a very strong aircraft - which was one of the primary reasons why it carried a smaller payload than the Lancaster. In exchange for which it had lower combat losses than the Lancaster. The US lost around 3100 B17s in operations over NW Europe from 12,000 made. The RAF lost almost 4200 Lancaster's from 7400 made (albeit only about half of each set were 'combat' losses).

As for the Mosquito, there is a myth around that "if only we'd built more of them and fewer Lancasters/Halifaxs/etc." that the RAF's bombing war would have been better/faster/more effective. It flounders on the fact that pretty much everyone in the UK with the necessary skills to make Mosquitos were already doing so. There was no spare capacity to make more of them even if fewer Halifax's were made or what-have-you.

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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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Navy names new attack sub HMS Agincourt

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Re: History fail ?

To be fair to the Auk, he had (apart from the Western Desert) also Malta, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Ethiopia and Greece/Crete to cope with, all of which were a drain on his resources. And Churchill wanting him to treat all of them as his #1 priority.

And Malta at that time was of little help in cutting off Axis supply lines being bombed constantly to the point where the RN's submarines (and the RAF's bombers) had been forced to abandon it. It was really only when Sir Keith Park was put in charge of the air defences of Malta that things turned around.

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Re: Wasn't the Ottoman empire allied with Germany in WWI?

"Up until the Erin debacle the Turks had been British allies."

Sort of. The Ottoman navy was quite pro-British (hence wanting British ships for their navy) while the army was more pro-German (there were lots of German instructors).

The UK's seizing of the Erin ruined the pro-British faction and pushed them into the arms of the pro-Germans.

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Re: History fail ?

Rommel wasn't let down logisticians. He utterly ignored them and then expressed both shock and horror as he ran out of supplies/fuel/munitions at exactly the time that they'd warned him he would.

He was the definition of a good Divisional commander, an average Corp level one and a poor Army commander.

Whatever other bad things I may say about Montgomery he at least (mostly) understood the importance of logistics.

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New law would stop Feds from demanding encryption backdoor

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Re: laws vs laws

Indeed. There are a great many (TLA) government agencies and departments for whom laws, constitutions and rules are merely guidelines to be followed or not depending upon convenience. Today I shall follow the law, tomorrow it might make me late for a coffee so I won't.

Still good on these reps for trying.

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Hacking charge dropped against Nova Scotia teen who slurped public records from the web

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It's the usual story. The process IS the punishment. Make the process so painful and disruptive to life that anyone watching will be scared of doing anything similar in future.

As most commonly seen where the Police are quicker to charge someone who beat up a burglar than the burglar himself. They see it as a form of Lèse-majesté against their police rights to beat the crap out of anyone who annoys them.

In short, never annoy those in power by doing their job better than they could.

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Re: The most amazing engineering - translation

Yeah it's very easy for me to critique having worked (as mentioned) immediately outside Heathrow for several years during the Concorde era. As in les than 400 metres away from the runway.

I have all sorts of bad aspects to my personality (hence the ex-wife), but being a whiny little cry baby - or alternatively as its often difficult to tell them apart, an autisticly screeching millennial - isn't one of them.

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Re: TSR2

TSR2 was a victim of being massively over budget and behind schedule. It was a very ambitious aircraft pushing the very edge of the performance (and materials) envelope of the era so it's a not a surprise that this was the project status at the time of its cancellation.

The F111 promised to do much the same things only with the US bearing the development costs which was why it was taken up as the replacement - and indeed the F111 was (eventually) capable of doing all that.

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Re: The most amazing engineering - translation

'Stop being a sooky' = 'stop being a crying baby.

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Concordski

The Tu-144 was (supposedly) never any kind of serious contender as competition for Concorde. According to former Aeroflot pilots every single flight was running close to disaster which was why there ended up being so few of them.

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Re: The most amazing engineering

I worked for several years just outside Heathrow during the 1990's (on the Bath Road to be precise). So I got to experience Concorde taking off once or twice per day. It wasn't that loud. Stop being a sooky.

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Techies! Britain's defence secretary wants you – for cyber-sniping at Russia

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Re: Salary

Clearly you still have some sense of morality too. But if you ever lose that, GCHQ has plenty of roles for you.

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Australian Signals Directorate won't become domestic snoops

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Re: Lying liars deny lying

Someone should give me a thumbs down for not being competent enough to spell liars...

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Lying liers deny lying

Dutton AND Bishop denying it. That's as good as 100% confirming everything to be true.

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Tech bribes: What's the WORST one you've ever been offered?

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Best and worse simultaneously

Was offered a BJ if I drove over and fixed laptop right away from a girl I'd met a couple of days ago.

On the way over I crashed my wife's car, writing it off* and never made it to 'fix' the laptop.

Beyond that little episode the worst tech bribe was probably the crappy D-LINK webcam from a potential vender (BHD) or the bottle of Argentinian wine that smelled like it was mostly methanol based.

*to clarify, we'd seperated and a month back she'd crashed my car writing it off - and had then 'generously' allowed me to use her's while she was off in South Carolina bonking her new American boyfriend.

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GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'

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Oh GCHQ. Well luckily for us they've never been caught out as lying scum. So we can totally trust them. It's not as if they have an employment policy of only hiring morally dubious bumbags after all*.

*have worked with a number of ex-GCHQ people. They've all been morally dubious bumbags with a tendency to move into management where they belong.

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Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

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Yeah no

So if Google/Faecesbook/et.Al. screw up, I get inappropiate ads for toenail fungus cures and other shyte.

When the government screws up I can get ineptly run SWAT raids or (if they screw up badly enough) collateral damage from a Hellfire strike. Of the two, I know which one needs to be stomped harshly on and restricted first. (hint, it's not google or faecesbook).

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Backpage.com swoop: Seven bods hit with 93 charges as AG Sessions blasts alleged child sex trafficking cyber-haven

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More like

Sounds more like the Defs were getting antsy that since pot was becoming legal in too many domains they were losing their 'quick and easy headline' options and so have moved away from drugs and into "hugs".

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