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European Commission decides it won't have a science advisor after Greenpeace pressure

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Minister for inconvenient truths?

Politicians can fog just about anything

But good science well packaged is one of the more effective constraints on their nonsense

And you wonder why they were happy to play Pilate to Greenpeace's Judas?

Its a bad day for everyone - Greenpeace most of all when mob rules drown rational assessment.

(Personally I greatly mistrust GM, but that doesn't alter the truth of the statement the scientific community really are all over the shop with regard the safety of GM. (Yeah, though well informed cynics may say that's because half the vimyd are in the pockets of GM interests)).

Privacy? What privacy? EU's draft law on your data is useless, say digital rights orgs

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Re: good for goose / Mangle proof rules

'Fraid not.

The legislative structure ain't set up that way.

Not surprising most folk don't appreciate that ..... given the blackworks job so many of our own Guvvnmunt lot have done on the EU legislature, pretending they have no control.

But it ain't exactly so.

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Re: Lobbying

Are you doing this deliberately?

Its just been said - Its NOT the EU.

Its our own National Ministers up to their usual their hands in your pockets trickery.

This is not rocket science. Are you inebriated or a Farage fan?

Keep snapping selfies, says Snapchat: Cops NEVER ask us for 'em

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I'm sure that nice Mr Sajid Javid won't like this either

Going to all that trouble to reassure us his nice Conservative party is going to block a third of the internet in case it shows those dreadful porn pictures which he assures us he doesn't want his four children to see (although evidently he has a good working knowledge of the mechanics of it himself vis his contribution to overpopulation) and now he has this to contend with?!

Its just so unfair. Just when people were starting to forget David Cameron's proof the Conservatives haven't a fricken clue about things IT, internet or personal security........ Those nasty porn sites just keep posting those naughty pictures so Javid falls in the hole Cameron just slid slowly out of by assuring us 'We'll require Porn sites to prove age of viewers or we'll demand ISPs block them'.

(Ahem) "Dear reader - to satisfy Mr Javid and his hand wringing nannyish friends, please submit your full credit card details in the box below to prove you're old enough to be the victim of identity theft and blackmail".

No wonder half his mates want to take us out of the Europe and our committment to the Human Rights right to Privacy laws.

Financially I need to vote for them - But how can I vote for clowns like this - More concerned with chasing the long vanished and not coming back Mummies' vote than with common sense security?

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I'm sure that nice Mr Sajid Javid won't like this either

Going to all that trouble to reassure us his nice Conservative party is going to block a third of the internet in case it shows those dreadful porn pictures which he assures us he doesn't want his four children to see (although evidently he has a good working knowledge of the mechanics of it himself vis his contribution to overpopulation) and now he has this to contend with?!

Its just so unfair. Just when people were starting to forget David Cameron's proof the Conservatives haven't a fricken clue about things IT, internet or personal security........ Those nasty porn sites just keep posting those naughty pictures so Javid falls in the hole Cameron just slid out slowly out of with his 'We'll require Porn sites to prove age of viewers or we'll demand ISPs block them'.

Dear reader - to satisfy Mr Javid and his hand wringing nannyish friends, please submit your full credit card details in the box below to prove you're old enough to be the victim of identity theft and blackmail.

No wonder half his mates want to take us out of the Europe and our committment to the Human Rights right to Privacy laws.

Financially I need to vote for them - But how can I vote for clowns like this - More concerned with chasing the long vanished and not coming back Mummies' vote than with common sense security?

Woman caught on CCTV performing drunken BJ blew right to privacy

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Re: Good

.... you're waiting with your child and the lift door opens on that:

What's that man doing mummy?

(i) Err, he hid a stick of rock in his trousers but she's found it.

(ii) Its a very old fashioned remedy for tonsilitis, but you mustn't try it until you're older'

I declare the caption(?) competition to now be open:

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Re: Dazed and confused ...

It might not have prevented her -

But I'll bet it'll make the next slag think twice .

Err, No, hang on a minute ...........

Actually, fk it. I can see all sorts of potential problems if the principle runs riot - but - (whilst I don't care a monkeys about her giving someone a blowjob) If some antisocial cow pisses all over the lift, plaster stills of the event including her face on local billboards and do the same with all the other low-level arseholes who fk up society. Its cheap, its efficient, and its commensurate.

And for everyone who hasn't been in a piss-stinking lift in a highrise, experience that before you start preaching about her 'right' to privacy. This is not disproportionate.

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Re: Pregnant women + very drunk

IIRC there is, or at least there used to be, a let out in the law which made urinating in a public place an offence along the lines 'but if you're pregnant its OK'.

I think this goes back a very long time when there were few public toilets and the legislators, who tended to think women were a slightly different species anyway, managed to figure out that if you have a foetus sitting on your bladder its capacity might be impaired.

That said, recent overhauls to the law might have closed to loophole on the grounds there are a lot more public toilets and the Council needs the income.

Earth-bound exoplanet hunter's eyes blink open

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From twice to eight times 'Super Earths' or ...

(or)... As we like to quietly describe them, 'Not a right lot like Earth after all thens'?

Or put another way - if it can find 8x Earths it can find 9x & 10x Earths and where do you draw the line?

2G doesn't feel so bad but you'd not want to experience 3G for very long. (<Sigh> Cue mobile device jokes).

And yeah, OK that's cos QED we're evolved for 1G.

But you get all sorts of odd pressure effects too, so life would be .....

Cut to the chase here - Presumably its a fair bit more of a technical challenge but if you're going to all that trouble why not go the extra mile (or AU or whatever) and look for 1x Earth size alien Earths?

What will happen to the oil price? Look to the PC for clues

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The Queen asked the WRONG question

The RIGHT question was 'Its well evidenced quite a number of Economists DID leap around and scream about in increasingly worried tones about the imminent excrement / air conditioning interface in the wunnerful world of finance .... SO WHY WERE THOSE GUYS IGNORED'?

(Worryingly, some are doing the leaping about shroud waiving bit again now too).

Still, despite starting from a shaky premise, there's actually quite a lot of convergence in the main (if implied) message of the article - A lot of folk had too much invested to dare try and get off the Tiger's back of their investments, they had to (have to)? try and keep the plates up on the sticks.

'F*** you', exclaims Google Translate app, politely

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Aygif agit caygan hagandle Agi

*Then* I'll be impressed.

'Agi' is a 'baffle' language developed by the Brit troops in the WW1 trenches to fox evesdroppers in the German trenches listening in. It simply consists of puting the letters or 'AGI', sometimes AGE or AIG if e or i are involved (its a bit flexible) sound in place of or alongside the vowels, aigif yagoo saygee whaygot aig mageen?

Simple, fun, and an absolute bagastaigard for non-native speakers to fathom.

(Also the pefect rippost for those North Wales pubs where the locals hear English and switch to Welsh).

I'll build a Hyperloop railgun tube-way in Texas, Elon Musk vows

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California, well known for its tectonic stability

Not going to dis the basic concept. Seems wacky? Maybe, but a lot of our transport systems were deemed unfeasable, before they became everyday mundane.

Is California, or anywhere the ground doesn't stay still a great place to take it to once it works in Texas? Umm.

Professor's BEAGLE lost for 10 years FOUND ON MARS

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Must've been an astronomer who coined the phrase?

Small world eh?

It's hacker jihad: Islamist skiddies square up to Anonymous

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Je suis really surprised

Yeah OK, I'm lying, I'm not at all surprised.

A moment's reflection and about the only real surprise is none of 'em jumped on this particular bandwagon sooner.

On the upside its better than blowing things up.

What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Re: Oh not again

I'm starting to wonder if the real tradgedy might not be that the politicians *have* to behave so venally and roll-out ineffective 'sound-bite' solutions because, bluntly, most of the population is pig-shit thick (QED look at which TV shows get what ratings) and demand simplistic solutions. Which means the politicians dare not fail to pander to the mob's emotions - especially once 'the media' start whipping up hysteria about the 'threat' of (insert today's threat here) - Otherwise they'll crash and burn at the polls.

For those politicians who are decent, genuine folk (there are SOME in all the parties) the dilemma then becomes, 'Do I trot out some unworkable platitudes about how to deal with today's latest witch hunt so I can maybe survive long enough to do something I think is good where it matters, or do I act morally now and get dragged down by the baying mob and in so doing let that unprincipled, self-serving gravy-trainer from the other party in to sell everything out for a ministerial car and a seat in the Lords'?

Bugger innit?

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Re: but very few voted for him

Where is the Monster Raving Looney Party's Green Chicken Alliance in our hour of need?

Personally I think Cleggie might *still* be least vile option ........ But as his manefesto echoes Miliipede's 'Take the money off anyone who ever saved anything', Posh Boy could be the only one who won't rob me.

But then the thought of supporting May, even indirectly, its like,well, bulimia.

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Re: Good luck Dave

"Once he (Cleggie) got a bit of the power, he changed his tone...."

On Student Loans he really did (and yeah breaking that promise could sink him)

But on this he did not - He really did poke the stick in May's rabid spokes when she demanded the right to rummage through your electronic underwear draw.

- YOU, however, are either Millipede or Posh Boy posting in disguise and I claim my free hat &/or tee shirt. (I know you're not May because you're lucid).

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Re: Am I a wrung'en?

Not only do they not know much about IT - They don't know THAT much about the people they want to vote for 'em either…….

Frankly I don't much like the posh boy and I utterly loath May

BUT

All the other B'stards seem irrevocably committed to stealing the pittance I have managed to squirrel away – Apparently to offset their ****ing up of most things economic.

And that pushes me reluctantly into having to support posh boy.

Yet somehow everytime the blue rinse ladies of their lame focus groups come out with more ‘great concepts’ like this (when they’re not obsessing about anyone having the temerity to drive at more then 20 mph) they seem hell bent on making it impossible for me to actually vote for ‘em!

This 1984 ‘Freedom’ to be surveilled - rather than actually have free speech (which they killed off in the 90s) - is unconscionable.

Another ICANN Board member resigns

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Look up 'Groupthink'

An old now but genuinely insightful analysis of how organisations become dysfunctionally self-referencing.

I dunno for sure whether or not the ICANN Board stand in a circle so they can slap each other on the back in congratulation for a job well done whilst the function they're supposed to provide goes to rodent manure........... But that type of behaviour would explain quite a lot. And the Groupthink (all credit to a bloke called Janis (foreign chappie, its pronounced Yannis) nothing to do with me) model would explain how it comes about and becomes sef-sustaining in the face of any reasonable, adaptive behaviour.

Deciding that ICANN is going down the tube just because they're a bunch of self-important ****s may be satisfying, (it might even be 80%+ right) but its not enough by iself to explain the levels of cocking-up currently coming to light.

Bang! You're dead. Who gets your email, iTunes and Facebook?

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Re: Attach account details to your Will in dead tree format

Stuff the Ts&Cs. The Human Rights act states we have a right to privacy (well OK a private life) and as that has the effect of statute any Ts&Cs which seek to negate that are an unlawful contract and automatically unenforcable.

Mind you, I suppose they can still close your account, but then, they can do that anyway.

GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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Re: Suggestion for law enforcement

Or your throat?

You can practice if you like.

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Re: Suggestion for law enforcement

You are an Agent Provocateur (and I claim my free negligee)

Damnit sir - That would cost MONEY.

Oh, and time and effort and an unaffordable &/or impracticable change of culture.

So we won't, so there.

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Re: So

Ahem. Its a three fourths manouver AND you have to call it before making the ply.

No, ply - *you* know what I mean.

Oh, and whilst its all rather bad and unfortunate etc, am I the only one not crying in my beer and instead thinking, 'Well yes, but didn't they pull down the roof on their own heads by wholesale trawling which caused Snow Don to have a crisis of conscience or something which triggered the whole expose'?

No doubt that's just too niaive and there'll be a dark windowed van outside the house shortly to point out to me that's not what you're supposed to wonder about on a public forum or something.

Keep your court orders to YOURSELF – human rights chief slaps US

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Well at least OUR Guvvermint would never .....

..................... do a nasty thing like that.

Ohh, hang on -

Sorry Home Secretary. You would? Oh, you di............? But we didn't hear ........... Ah, I see. Right then.

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