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  • Apr 4th, 2014 @ 2:25am

    There you go

    But the amazing thing about a rapidly changing world where people are doing things in a decentralized and open way is that each of those failures only contributes to the knowledge for future projects, in which more and more people are testing more and more things
    And here we see why big legacy players like patent and copyright so much... If you lock everything down it slows innovation and they don't have to change how they do things.

    The wonders are that Governments swallow the bullshit and that the legacy players think their stranglehold will last forever.

  • Mar 27th, 2014 @ 11:17am

    Chock-full of dumb

    Dear Future,

    We don't care how useful you are, unless we get paid for EVERYTHING you can go take a running jump. All your culture are belong us.


    The Legacy Entertainment Industries.

  • Mar 21st, 2014 @ 5:15pm

    Re: Scroogled?

    What's the M$ version of being scroogled, screwsoft?
    You've been Microshafted...

  • Feb 14th, 2014 @ 2:52pm


    and help identify other harmful content to be included in family-friendly filters,
    And again the desire to emigrate to a free country increases... if only I could find one to move to.

    "More free" is increasingly easy though... I'm thinking China might make the cut soon...

  • Jan 30th, 2014 @ 12:55pm

    Hang on a mo...

    Much of the ridiculous TheStreet article focuses on the fact that they're shocked (shocked!) that Twitter hasn't magically found all of the prostitutes using Twitter and killed their accounts. Hang on a mo... on the one hand he's talking about prostitution, on the other human trafficking as if they are the same thing. And you seem to be doing the same... There's no doubt a Venn diagram of the 2 would have an obvious overlap, but neither completely contains the other.

    Among other things, isn't prostitution legal in many places? Nevada for example? The Netherlands? (Sort of) the UK? How could twitter ever be expected to block access to legal things based on local geo-targetting?

    So... yet another know-nothing anti-freedom piece of crap from the "moral majority" of politics.

  • Jan 29th, 2014 @ 8:37am


    If they implement these changes they may have to consider removing the word foot from the sport/i>
    Bit late.... American "Football" doesn't involve a ball and barely involves feet as it is. Calling it football is like calling "soccer" frisbee because a bit of it involves catching something.

  • Jan 29th, 2014 @ 7:57am

    How long?

    It makes you wonder how much longer the UK government can pretend that everything is perfectly fine with the GCHQ's activities.
    Sadly, history suggests the answer as:
    Until the story appears on the front page of The Sun under a headline something like "Gov spooks killing British life"

  • Jan 29th, 2014 @ 2:31am

    Re: Trademark?

    Superbowl, Superbowl, Superbowl!

    Let's keep going until it loses it's meaning!
    I'm there already....

  • Jan 23rd, 2014 @ 11:58am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    While he was in prison for this, the thing with the thumb drive came up.
    If it's the crime he was convicted of, the evidence would seem to be fairly irrelevant as evidence would it not? If it's not the crime he was convicted of, then the same protection applies. Just because you're guilty of one crime does not mean you are assumed guilty of further crimes.

  • Jan 23rd, 2014 @ 8:17am


    why not up it to electric shocks for pleasure?
    Why not indeed? But I think you'd find if you asked anyone who's tried it, they still don't want to be tased once never mind 13 times.

  • Jan 23rd, 2014 @ 5:33am


    suggests that Linux and GNU should close their source and start selling because its obvious which s more in use.
    Erm... not sure what you're trying to get at. Are you suggesting that MS software is used more because it's closed source? That's hardly "looking at it neutrally". Far as I can see MS became the most used OS because 1/ It was among the first to develop a relatively computer-illiterate-friendly interface and 2/ It got (illegally) copied massively 3/ Now it's largely inertia from 1 and 2 driven by businesses who think they can't afford to retrain their staff.

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 2:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yes, and so?
    No "and so"... I think you'll find the intent was to sidetrack the discussion from trying to counter your arguments about Snowdon onto a tangential and irrelevant discussion on the FISC court

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 2:29pm

    Re: No Surprises

    I believe our security systems save us from those morons.
    Ah, no... in fact those security systems turn you into "those morons"

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 12:53pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    And planning to bomb people or property by discussing how to do it as part of a terrorist group is enough probable cause for me.
    Except this is the whole point (theoretically at least) of "innocent until proven guilty". Until the plan and the discussing have been proved in a court of law, his denial carries more weight than the police accusation.
    Compelling a suspect to produce private information under threat of a slam-dunk criminal offence (if you refuse you are de-facto a criminal under this law - you will lose in court) is an end-run around the basis of UK law.
    This was Tim's point - no matter how much it might be clear the guy is a terrorist, law should apply equally otherwise it's not "just and fair".
    Imagine you're accused of, let's say, rape. Your word against hers (or his as the case may be), but the police demand you turn over that password to your secure files. You know there's nothing relevant in there, but it's personal and private - perhaps it's embarrassing, perhaps it'll ruin your career or marriage. You now have a choice of those consequences or going to jail for being simply accused of something I'm going to assume you didn't do.

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 12:35pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You can't however, compel the accused to assist you in your investigation.
    Sadly, yes in the UK you can. I think you meant shouldn't be able to

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 12:21pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    I see...a whistleblower is one who releases classified information because he has determined that everyone else is wrong about the legality of what is being pursued
    Yes, now you're getting it. If these things weren't true there would be no necessity to be a whistleblower. In a corporate setting he might be fired for gross misconduct, in a governmental/military setting it it inevitably illegal.
    You can argue his motives if you must, but his actions are textbook whistleblower.
    I find it nothing short of remarkable that Snowden was able to copy all of this information, but apparently unable to get it in the hands of persons within our government who would act upon it responsibly and without disclosing our secrets to the entire world.
    Really? Who? Even now, after months of media coverage and with a decent portion of public opinion to provide a political flak-jacket the vision from this side of the pond suggests that only a relative handful of "the government" are digging for real answers. Would they have done as much (read: anything) without public opinion to back them up?
    Suggesting he "should have gone to the government" is artful at best when it's become clear "the government" is a cunning combination of ostrich, clueless and deliberately misinformed when it comes to intelligence oversight.

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 7:59am


    Uh, unilateral action? What you describe is pretty much the text-book definition of a whistleblower, so your argument seems to be "He's not a whistleblower because he's a whistleblower".
    As for the running away, are you suggesting that in order to be a whistleblower it's mandatory to also be a martyr?

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 7:54am

    Re: Re:

    The results aren't as positive as the title implies
    *shrug* everyone has their own spin, but even with the margin of error, as many or more people don't support the government's policies than do even despite the apparently leading questions. That's gotta be worth at least a minor "whoop!"

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 7:50am

    Very Telling

    "Do you support or oppose the federal government program in which all phone calls are scanned to see if any calls are going to a phone number linked to terrorism?"
    If the survey questions are framed like this it's very telling indeed that it still comes out against the government's policies.
    Imagine how much worse the figures would look if the questions weren't leading...

  • Jan 17th, 2014 @ 5:23am

    Re: If you want an example of a country that loves freedom...

    If you want an example of a country that loves freedom......never look at the UK
    File that one under "sad but true", though there's a difference between what the country loves and what the government loves.

    Not that the US seems any better - all talk and no actuality. Personally I think the US is worse in some ways - the UK has no history of "freedom", but the US is supposedly founded on it which makes it worse that it throws it away.

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