* Posts by Dodgy Geezer

1216 posts • joined 27 Jul 2007

Oz sawbones extract fork from old boy's todger: Gents, start your wincing

Dodgy Geezer

Amongst the list of 'other considerations' from the article....

...thorough evaluation of motivation and psychosocial issues...

Job for life, there....

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Bitcoin blitzkreig as Germans prepare to tax virtual currency

Dodgy Geezer
Coat

Re: Since they are going to be trying to tax mostly drug income...

...But why is laundry detergent being employed as money, and why Tide in particular?...

Non English-speaking drug dealers misunderstanding idiomatic English?

" No, officer, you can't pin anything on me. I'm clean..."

I'll get my coat...

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Dodgy Geezer

I suspect....

...Germany has become the first country to recognise Bitcoin as a real form of currency, which will be subject to tax like any other dosh....

...that ALL countries already recognise Bitcoins in practice.

In the UK the tax authorities are perfectly capable of levying tax on remuneration paid 'in kind', and do so regularly. If I decided to run a company and get paid in Bitcoins I would be required to post company accounts in the usual fashion, and I am sure that the Revenue would simply treat Bitcoins as a payment in kind with a suitable exchange rate. Exactly the same as if I had asked to be paid in butter or some other commodity.

And since commodity trade has been going on for eons, I am sure that no country would have a difficulty taxing it. All that has happened here is that the German authorities have mentioned it in a publication.

Things don't have to be 'currency' to be taxed.....

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British spooks seize tech from Snowden journo's boyfriend at airport

Dodgy Geezer

At the bottom of the BBC story about Miranda's detention...

... are these words:

Have you or has anybody you know been detained at a British airport under the Terrorism Act 2000? Please get in contact using the form below....

Do you think they will get any takers..?

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Dodgy Geezer
Black Helicopters

Re: But

...We next day FedEx our encrypted stuff when we travel abroad. It's expensive but it gets hustled through customs and the packages have inspection measures that let us know if they've been opened/compromised....

I can't believe that you really think that the relevant countries' security services couldn't easily open and read any package without detection....

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Dodgy Geezer
Black Helicopters

Re: Care? Do something!

...I recently began planning and implementing encryption of all my Internet traffic and servers by default including using only HTTPS for the web sites I manage, deploying Apache 2.4 and Perfect Forward Secrecy, VPNs for all traffic moving over my ISP's connections, digitally signed and encrypted email using either or both of S/MIME and PGP....

Not going to worry the spooks one bit. They will use extensive computer databases (paid for by you) to seperate out items of interest.

And unless you operate a sophisticated key management system all your countermeasures are useless anyway...

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Dodgy Geezer

...In fact, however, it seems more likely that the spooks were primarily interested in any information they may be able to harvest from Miranda's gadgetry, which might give them a better picture of what yet-to-be-published information Snowden has passed to Greenwald and/or Poitras....

If you can get some encryption keys off this laptop, then a lot of previously intercepted messages suddenly become readable...

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Dodgy Geezer
Black Helicopters

Re: Keith Vaz?

...Vaz added that he was not aware that personal property could be confiscated under the laws...

They were almost certainly after Key material. They will have intercepted lots of encrypted emails from Snowden and associated journalists and contacts, and now they are going after the keys. I hope none of that crowd keep their keys on their laptops in clear...

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Bureaucrats foil Nestlé's bid to TRADEMARK KitKat's chocolatey digits

Dodgy Geezer

Quick!

Someone patent the idea of a round sweet no more than 3/4" in diameter - the perfect size to put in your mouth...

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Oz bank closes Bitcoin business' bank accounts

Dodgy Geezer

Corporate Speak translation.

..."The Bank apologises if the customer feels they have not received an appropriate level of service. We are looking into this matter, though due to customer confidentiality, we are unable to provide further details."...

In other words, "F*** off and Die..."

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Your encrypted files are 'exponentially easier' to crack, warn MIT boffins

Dodgy Geezer

Breaking messages 101

What the OP is probably talking about is the tendency of people to send things like WORD documents through an encryption stream.

WORD documents are FULL of predictable and repetitive bit strings and characters. They include large amounts of macro data and formatting information, all in standard positions. It's child's play to decrypt something if you have most of the plaintext immediately available.

If you are doing encryption properly, you have a code officer who knows these things, and who formats the messages accordingly before transmission. It helps if you use very short message strings and make extensive use of codewords. The military and FCO don't do this for fun, you know.

Sometimes when I am asked to implement a 'really strong' crypto system which I know will be used to send standard emails and documents I wonder if I should tell the client this. And then I think, 'Why bother his head over it? " I'm not being paid to do his risk analysis as well.....

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Obama appoints intelligence boss to run 'independent' review of NSA

Dodgy Geezer

...President Obama has appointed James Clapper, the US Director of National Intelligence who was recently caught misleading Congress about the extent of NSA surveillance, as the head of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies that will investigate the agency....

Either Sir Humphrey out of 'Yes Minister' has an American disciple in the White House administration, or he's not really dead and has been seconded across the Atlantic...

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NSA to world+dog: We're only watching 1.6% of internet, honest

Dodgy Geezer

Outsourcing?

...it “... touches about 1.6%... “ of daily Internet traffic ...

That's OUR systems, of course. Most of the grunt work of monitoring the ENTIRE internet is outsourced...

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Vulture 2 spaceplane flies to the 3D printing press

Dodgy Geezer

Rudder differential?

You have a slightly odd rudder linkage there - without being able to check your hinge angles I cannot see if you will run into differential throw problems (often described as "the centre is not in the middle").

Have you considered this issue?

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

Dodgy Geezer

Why don't they just...

...torture them all?

We know it works because we've seen it on 24 Hours. And it's now quite legal in the US...

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Study finds online commentards easily duped, manipulated

Dodgy Geezer
Coat

Re: Sure, but uhm...

...This isn't about quality; it's mostly about opinions. And yeah, sometimes people don't agree with yours and sometimes they do. But to link ratings to quality is a bit far fetched to begin with; because wouldn't it take quality to judge quality? So what exactly are the requirements on "personal quality" before one can start voting?...

The Greeks experimented with Democracy over 2000 years ago.

They reported that it worked ok, but it had the great disadvantage that it was effectively mob rule, and a good orator could easily whip up a frenzy and cause a sensible, well thought -out policy determined by the experienced elite political leaders to be rejected in favour of a wild and dangerous adventure.

There were a lot of complaints about stupid wars caused this way...

There's no icon for 'learning from history', so I'll get my coat...

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NASA boffins release Europa mission wish list

Dodgy Geezer
Mushroom

This is an Ocean World we're planning to invade...

...we should be sending tripods with heat rays. Or fricking sharks with laser beams...

And then we want an orbiting pump to take all their water. I've seen the films. I know how it's done...

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Brit Skylon spaceplane moves closer to lift-off

Dodgy Geezer

I forsee a teensy problemette...

...The ultimate aim is to make the Skylon system truly 100 per cent reusable. Italy's Thales Alenia Space (TAS) is mulling the secondary propulsion unit, and the hope is that this will, after delivering its satellite, make its way back to the spaceplane for return to base. ...

The secondary propulsion unit, if it's a rocket, will need to impart a load of extra energy to the payload. That energy will ALL have to be bled off in some way if the rocket is to return to the Skylon. In other words, you will need twice the impulse power.

Of course, if the Skylon SHOT the payload into a higher orbit, the reaction force would slow the Skylon down, and assist it to re-enter. That seems to me to be a much better use of the energy budget...

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Dodgy Geezer

Re: I just want to see it fly

...the B-70 Valkyrie and Skylon's spiritual father, the SR-71...

I don't know where you get your history from, but I'm guessing that it's somewhere west of the Atlantic?

The Skylon (and its 'predecessor', HOTOL, are developments in air-breathing hybrid jet/rocket technology.

The B-70 and, to a lesser extent, the SR-71 are fast top-of-atmosphere jets using wave-rider technology. Quite a different thing. Wave-rider technology was invented by Terence Nonweiler, of Belfast University and later St Andrews. Another Brit.

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Child porn hidden in legit hacked websites: 100s redirected to sick images

Dodgy Geezer
Mushroom

Re: So strictly speaking...

...Things get more interesting when you start to look at where the charges would fall. Network Manager ? IT Director ? Company secretary ? Any one of which has the potential to throw UK business back to the dark ages, if people start getting jailed....

Actually, the way the law is written and interpreted, anyone associated in ANY way with the computer system or network on which a forbidden image resides is guilty. That would probably include the entire company from Chairman of the Board down to delivery boy, and doubtless all the shareholders too.

Looking on the bright side, there are probably a lot of politicians on the boards of companies...

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US Republican enviro-vets: 'Climate change is real. Deal with it'

Dodgy Geezer

@ Rik Myslewski,

...In these days of human-caused climate disruption, let me bring that sentiment up to date. There are only two kinds of people in the world: those who acknowledge the reality of anthropogenic global warming, and those who will....

What a shame the data shows you to be an activist liar. But keep drinking the Kool-aid if you have acquired a taste for the stuff. Until the next scare comes around...

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NASA's cloud strategy panned by NASA auditors

Dodgy Geezer

Not only Cloud...

...The most severe problem identified by the auditors was lax security policies within NASA....

It sounds as if it wasn't only cloud systems - their general security management service sounds poor, and it was just noticed during a cloud audit...

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Siemens to throw CEO overboard after profits slashed a FIFTH time

Dodgy Geezer

Very much a Green casualty...

He announced that he was going to 'green' the company and provide thousands of new jobs in that 'hugely successful' sector.

Amongst other green moves, he announced that Siemens would quit the nuclear industry in 2011...

Just goes to show that hard-headed businessmen can be taken in by a scam, same as the rest of us...

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New Kiwi spook law allows domestic prying

Dodgy Geezer

Spying on Kim Dotcom is one thing.

But what will happen when the GCSB starts to move into banning Sheep Porn...?

Perverted minds want to know...

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PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

Dodgy Geezer

Let's be clear: most UK ISPs already censor the internet using the Internet Watch Foundation's list of sites hosting child porn, and mobile operators have been blocking adult content for years with few complaints, so it's far from obvious what everyone is making such a fuss about....

Umm... is this for real?

These arguments are so poor and condescending, that either:

a) El Reg wants a controversial piece to up the comments, and commissioned this one from Bill Ray (who obviously doesn't believe the argument he's making himself), or

b) El Reg (in common with all the political parties) thinks that we're all as thick as two short planks, behave like sheep, and have no comprehension of individual freedom....

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Burger-rage horse dumps on McDonald's: Rider saddled with fat fine

Dodgy Geezer
Boffin

Re: Does anyone know

...It's called a drive through and is designed for cars. It's intended for you to collect your food and drive off. It's not safe to hand over a collection of burgers in bags and drinks to a cyclist or motorcyclist. ...

It's not that difficult to look up their policies on this issue. They have gathered a number of criticisms, as several of their restaurants partly close at certain times and ONLY serve through the drive-in window at that point. If you try to obtain a burger while on foot at these restaurants you will be refused - you have to have a motor vehicle in order to obtain a burger!

The reasoning given by McDonalds is that the 'drive-in' section is designed for road-users and has no pavement. Therefore any non-road-user is at risk when using it. They interpret this to mean 'motor vehicles' - motor-cyclists and moped users will be served, but cyclists and, we have now found, horse-riders will not.

These rules are not completely logical. A cyclist is (if behaving properly) a safe road user, and should be as safe on a roadway as a moped rider. But cyclists are not served, while mopeds are. I think that it may be reasonable to refuse horses - the drive-in road could be restricted, and if a horse is spooked while in this constrained area it might cause damage or injury to itself or others.

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Confirmed: Bezos' salvaged Saturn rocket belonged to Apollo 11

Dodgy Geezer
Trollface

Re: Don't be fooled

...You have to hand it to the people who faked the moon landings for their forward thinking; who would have thought they would dump Apollo parts in the sea where they could be found forty years later to back up the myth.

They were so clever! if they had really tried I bet they could have made it to the moon!...

Hand in your Conspiracy badge immediately!

It must be quite obvious to all right-thinking American conspiracy nutters that these parts have NOT been on the ocean bed for 40 years. Instead, the Black Helicopter men have been so alarmed by our revelations that they have decided to plant a fake set of pre-corroded rocket parts down there to be 'found' by a paid-off team only a few weeks later. This is an attempt to divert suspicion from the Illuminatii, who ordered the Moon Landing story to be distributed to hide other nefarious operations which are still secret.

Similarly, the Apollo sites on the moon were not really proof of a moon landing - they were put there in the late 60s and early 70s by the same teams as part of a ritual to maintain Masonic influence over the Vatican during the Cold War... blether, blether, blether...

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WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

Dodgy Geezer

I don't think anyone really understands what this is for....

It's NOT to stop paedophiles or rapes - it's obvious even to Cameron that it won't do that.

In fact, it's not to STOP anyone. It's rather more for STARTING things.

The output from this will be long sets of lists of forbidden words (which will be generated by some organisation using taxpayers money), and long lists of people's names who have typed those words into search engines. These lists will be put on databases and filtered to produce statistics that show how all sorts of naughty things are increasing. And that's more work for the civil servants.

These stats will then be used as evidence to provide even closer scrutiny of everyone's activity. Which means even more work for the civil servants running the system. Perhaps they will bring in a penalty system like the 'driving points' one, and have a sliding scale of fines, so that they can become self-funding.

The technology will be readily swappable with the GCHQ spy system software - indeed, maybe Cameron is proposing this because the spooks see a chance to expand into this area and have been bending his ear. They have been really short of work since the Berlin Wall came down, and have been milking terrorism for all it was worth, but I'm sure they would prefer a regular reliable stream of work like the Cold War provided, and sex looks as if it's here to stay longer that the Russians were...

In short, this is NOT a proposal to diminish a real threat. It's a proposal to generate a new civil servant work/revenue stream, and one which can't be argued against.

"Give us the money".

"No"

"What, do you mean you're in favour of rape?!!"

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US town mulls bounty on spy drones, English-speaking gunman only

Dodgy Geezer

You can easily buy these things, both here and in the US.

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__5455__predator_uav_74in_spy_plane_arf.html

Just a suggestion...

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UK parliament presses for pardon for Alan Turing

Dodgy Geezer

I love the way that people seem to think that we have things 'right' today.

Society moves in fads and fashions. Homosexuality was seen as wrong and unacceptable in the 1950s.

Now it's seen as normal, and there is a push to remove all the earlier convictions.

When it becomes wrong and unacceptable again in 2250, are we going to put all the convictions back?

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Personal Ground Effect Vehicals

Dodgy Geezer
Boffin

Re: Personal Ground Effect Vehicals

Using modern materials (ultra lightweight composites, small high efficiency engines) would it be possible to build a personal transport akin to a hoverboard?

If you thinking of using just ground effect, it would have to be either:

a) considerably bigger than a car, or

b) considerably faster than a car

...and in both cases it would be pretty unsteerable. Your call...

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How our shaken Reg Playmonaut survived a 113,000ft stratodangle

Dodgy Geezer

Are you saying...

...The parachute is a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) requirement, ...

...that the CAA won't allow an aircraft to make a descent under autonomous control or radio control? and that all descents have to be ballistic, retarded by a parachute?

Other countries don't seem to have made that ruling... :(

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Curiosity team: Massive collision may have killed Red Planet

Dodgy Geezer
Boffin

Re: The core solidifying removed the magnetic field

An interesting theory, right up to the point where he proposes that Mars does not have a molten core....

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn11962-lab-study-indicates-mars-has-a-molten-core.html refers...

(However, it does not have a magnetic field, so that bit's true enough... The Universe is a more complex place than we think...)

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Sysadmins: Keep YOUR data away from NSA spooks

Dodgy Geezer

I didn't know the Register supported UKIP...?

...because that, in a nutshell, is why we should leave the EU....

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UK investigators finger emergency beacon for 787 Heathrow fire

Dodgy Geezer

If it ain't Boeing...

...it ain't burning....

Given that these planes seem to catch fire at the drop of a hat, I wonder how easy and.or costly it is to repair heat-damaged composite?

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The facts on Trident 'cuts': What the Lib Dems want is disarmament

Dodgy Geezer

I was completely lost...

...and I only found these comments by going through the entire set of all forum topics, one by one.

This is no way to run a comments section... :(

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ARTICLES without comment boxes - Climate, CO2, Anything authored by L. Page...

Dodgy Geezer

I'm lost!

Where is the place to comment on Lewis's Trident Article?

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Articles with no comments

Dodgy Geezer

I'm complately lost!

Where is that place to comment on Lewis's Trident Article?

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Planet-busting British space bullet ready to bomb ice moon Europa

Dodgy Geezer
Facepalm

Re: So ...

...They've already got working devices with slightly more substantial penetration that have been demonstrated to work. Naturally, such things are sensitive military technology and as such much of the useful research will be classified and inaccessible to mere academics, who will have to repeat the research on a significantly smaller budget and without the same amount of prior expertise....

The basic technology is already set down in Barnes Wallis's paper: "A NOTE ON A METHOD OF ATTACKING THE AXIS POWERS" (1940).

It is of interest to observe the US attempts to understand the principles involved. A key part of the Barnes Wallis concept was that, to deliver the maximum energy from an exploding projectile to the target, you needed to pass this energy through a substantial medium. Air was very poor for this purpose - it allowed the force of the explosion to vent along paths of least resistance. So his Tallboys and Grand Slams were designed to be dropped into solid ground (preferably rock) BESIDE the target, whereupon the explosion would emulate a major earthquake throughout the target's foundations, resulting in major damage.

I note that the US, having recently re-invented the Grand Slam as their 'Massive Ordnance Penetrator' (MOP) GBU-57A/B, are trying to fit a void-sensing fuse to the weapon, enabling it to go off when it arrives in an air gap. Face-palm time...

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UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

Dodgy Geezer

What the sub-editor should have said...

UK.gov fines itself harshly for hurling NHS records to the winds

becomes

UK.gov fines patients (as taxpayers) harshly for hurling taxpayers (as NHS patients) records to the winds

There, fixed that for you...

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Boeing batteries back under spotlight as 787 burns at Heathrow

Dodgy Geezer
Facepalm

Re: LiPo batteries

It's not that difficult to google LiPo and find that it stands for Lithium Polymer....

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Dodgy Geezer

Repair will be the issue...

Who cares what the original cause of the fire was? All we know at the moment is that these fires CAN happen, and that the body of a Dreamliner is made of carbon composite...

People will be watching the cost, duration and techniques involved in repairing this with considerable interest. Assuming that it can be repaired...

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Dodgy Geezer
Flame

Re: Theory

...Obviously Boeing need to think again about Li-Ion, they are clearly unsafe for aircraft....

I use LiPo batteries for model boats and aircraft. They are well understood to be dangerous by the modelling community, and usually charged in protective containers to minimise the impact of fire or explosion.

But laptop manufacturers were crying out for a new battery technology, and so the world was disinclined to do too many safety studies when they came out...

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Dodgy Geezer
WTF?

Now I wonder why a perfectly reasonable comment about providing water to arid areas gathers 2 downvotes?

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US Navy robot stealth fighter in first unmanned carrier landings

Dodgy Geezer
Facepalm

Re: Very Nice.

...Now lets see you do it in a storm, with wet decks, and the boat bobbing up and down in a strong swell....

Do you really think that a robot won't beat a human hands down on a complex moving situation with gusting wind and shifting target? That's the kind of calculation they are built for...

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Rest your head against a train window, hear VOICES in your SKULL

Dodgy Geezer
Coat

Re: An alternative approach...

We used to have one in the 1960s. It went:

"clickety-clack, clickety-clack..."

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Dodgy Geezer

As far as I recall...

...this sort of thing is classed as torture when it is done to POWs.

Perhaps we need a Geneva Convention for commuters. Or Red Cross inspectors to visit us in the carriages and deliver parcels.

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PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

Dodgy Geezer
FAIL

Re: Evil?

...I remember being warned that the largest perps of espionage against the US (mid 90's) was.... France!...

I remember people who believed what I told them. You could sell them any old rubbish about where the threat was coming from, so long as it was about spies...

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Dodgy Geezer

Where the problem lies...

Why do people think that the politicians (of any country) are behind this? Or in charge of it?

I'm old enough to remember the late 60s/early 70s, when the UK Security Service were effectively out of control. They do the things that they want, and what they want is a big spying empire. The politicians just mutely agree - if they didn't, the Security Service have the entire set of politicians secrets in their databases, ready for leaking...

I don't know what you could try to stop this. Perhaps bringing back capital punishment for spying would help...

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Jiggy Pennsylvania couple busted by 25 bike cops

Dodgy Geezer
IT Angle

..."There's a bench, she is bent over the bench and our friend is behind her with his pants down to his ankle, banging away."...

It's nice to know that there's a park bench somewhere which hasn't been vandalised by the local kids and then removed by 'Leisure Services'...

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