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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Re: Lets Get Real

@bombastic bob: " 'Statute of Limitations' most likely applies here. "

No it doesn't.

You can't dodge criminal charges by playing hide and seek for a few years.

The clock doesn't run out, and you don't get off with "time served". Duh.

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Re: TheUnregister

What's the problem?

Julian himself would be the first to defend a person's right to freedom of expression.

If you don't like the article, read something else.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: He's Not Sorry...

@Doctor Syntax: My opinion is based on my observation of his childish (or some would say sociopathic) abuse of others in any number of exchanges on mailing lists for one.

So yeah, he's a dick...

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He's Not Sorry...

The guy's a dick. He needs psychological help.

Let me know if anything changes.

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Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports

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Re: Makes no sense

@CrazyOldCatMan:"Compare with Tory Blur giving ex-IRA people assurance that they wouldn't be prosecuted - politicians cannot and should not pre-empt the Judicial branch."

A lot of people on both sides got off the hook as the result of an agreement to bring about peace in Northern Ireland - you may have heard of it: the Good Friday Agreement?

The Protestant community in NI has plenty of blood on its hands too...

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Re: So much hostility

@The Original Steve: "That'll be the rape accusations that he was interviewed about in Sweden at the time, case was closed and they said he could leave the country.

Nope, he ran out the clock on the statute of limitations for the "minor" offences he was accused of.

The statute of limitations on the rape charge doesn't run out until 2020.

The Swedish prosecutor cancelled the European Arrest Warrant on the basis that Assange wouldn't become available in the near future, but has stated previously that another will be issued post haste should Jules become available.

Which could happen sooner rather than later...

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LabCorp ransomed, 18k routers rooted, a new EXIF menace, and more

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Re: Silk Road

@Surreal:"Li'l Ross couldn't have been All That busy as a criminal kingpin or he'd have the bushels of cash to get a stern reprimand, rather than life in prison."

At the end of the day he's just another lowlife drug dealer, regardless of what his mum thinks.

El Chapo's mum probably thinks he's misunderstood too...

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Re: Silk Road

@RobThBay: "Hmmm... the boss of Silk Road gets jail time for activities other people did using his website."

Whataboutery...

Ulbricht was charged with drug trafficking, criminal enterprise, aiding and abetting the distribution of drugs over the internet, computer hacking and money laundering. Prosecutors are debating whether or not to dismiss the murder-for-hire charges, solely because he's spending the rest of his life behind bars anyway

He's a big boy and he knew what he was doing. Time for him to take his medicine...

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"Ross is condemned to die in prison, not for dealing drugs himself but for a website where others did. This is far harsher than the punishment for many murderers, pedophiles, rapists and other violent people," writes mother Ulbricht.

Ma Ulbricht, let's not forget that time your little angel hired some Hells Angels to murder six people.

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Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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Re: Sooo...

@disgustedoftunbridgewells:"Trolly dolly is accepted vernacular for air hostess, or whatever you are supposed to call them.

Grow up."

Maybe it was accepted vernacular in the 1950s?

Not so much these days though.

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Re: Sooo...

@Redstone: I've met some dense motherfuckers in my time but you take the biscuit.

Your philosophy seems to be 'everybody for themselves'. I don't see why the thought of same work/same pay gets you so wound up. To be honest I don't care for an explanation cos it would just be more of the same boring crap.

You're such a cliche moaning about 'white knights', 'SJWs', and 'patriarchy' with no sign of intelligence whatsoever. The only thing you left out was a 'libtard' accusation...

By the way, what are your thoughts on blacks, Jews or the disabled earning a comparable wage to you?

Or is it just women who make you angry?

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Re: Sooo...

@Redstone:"Wow, you have a planetary sized ego.."

Lol, pot meet kettle. The irony of that statement coming from you..

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Re: Sooo...

@Redstone: You seem to be a very angry person. I doubt very much that you have either a wife or a daughter. If you did, you wouldn't see equal pay as a way for you to get your panties in a bunch about feminism.

I've defended my position in the comments already - it's so simple even you could understand: same work, same pay...

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Re: Sooo...

@tip pc: There are 39 comments to this article so far. It would probably be more enlightening for you to read from the top of the page rather than having me provide a digest of the comments. It should take you 5 or 10 minutes to read them all...

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Re: Sooo...

@Redstone:"Really? You saddo White-Knight Syndrome suffers should be ashamed of yourselves. If I read this crap in the Guardian or MotherJones or Counterpunch I would put it down to teenage SJW's trying to impress the feminist they would like to get some extra-curricula activity with.

You really have never seen a female cleaner? or a female feminist? or know of any woman taking time off to have children? Maybe you should get out more, once you have grown up."

Funny that you can't defend your position, but instead you go on the offensive.

If you ever grow up and find a woman desperate enough to enter into a relationship with you (or God forbid you somehow manage to reproduce), you might not find it so great that your wife or daughters are paid less than their male colleagues for the job they do.

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Re: Sooo...

@LucreLout:"The point a lot of the posters are making with their poor use of language, however, has greater validity than their choice of words used to express it."

The underlying animosity displayed toward 50% of the population is the main problem.

The other problem is that quite a few are throwing up this straw (wo)man argument that "well of course cleaners should be paid less that CEOs" or "pilots should earn more than stewardesses". That's nonsense, and not what the equal pay argument is about.

If you're, say, a software developer doing the same work/same hours as your colleague in the next cubicle (who happens to have ovaries or any of the other recognised grounds for discrimination) you should both earn the same pay. End of.

I don't think that any woman would argue that they deserve positive discrimination, just a fair wage...

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Sooo...

Reading through the comments so far, I've seen women described as "trolly [sic] dollys", "feminists", "cleaners", studying "gender studies shite", and who have gaps in their working history because they took "time off to have kids". Not to mention "jihad against men" - that's just nuts.

Really? Some of you saddos should be ashamed of yourselves. If I read that crap on 4chan, I'd put it down to stupid teenagers. I had assumed most people on here were grownups but obviously not.

It's not hard to see how women are treated as second class citizens, if the thinking shown here is typical in industry...

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Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails

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Next step?

MS asks the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of the Cloud Act?

Unlikely to get anywhere, but a stalling tactic nonetheless...

/off to read the Cloud Act

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Watchdog growls at Tesla for spilling death crash details: 'Autopilot on, hands off wheel'

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Re: When is an Autopilot not an Autopilot?

@ST:"Either it's an Autopilot that can drive the car with no action required by the person in the driver's seat -- Tesla's own words -- or it isn't."

The Model S owner's manual states:

"Warning: Autosteer is a hands-on feature. You must keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times.

Warning: Autosteer is intended for use only on highways and limited-access roads with a fully attentive driver. When using Autosteer, hold the steering wheel and be mindful of road conditions and surrounding traffic.

Do not use Autosteer on city streets, in construction zones, or in areas where bicyclists or pedestrians may be present. Never depend on Autosteer to determine an appropriate driving path. Always be prepared to take immediate action. Failure to follow these instructions could cause damage, serious injury or death."

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"Autosteer is intended for use only by a fully attentive driver on freeways and highways where access is limited by entry and exit ramps"

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Stupid is as stupid does...

"Drivers are supposed to keep their hands on the steering wheel even when Autopilot is engaged. Think of the technology as a super-cruise-control, rather than a self-driving brain."

I wasn't totally surprised when I saw a YouTube video showing an Autopilot user defeating the 'hand-on-wheel' check by jamming an orange in the steering wheel.

Doubly stupid as an orange wedged next to an airbag is going to turn into a 300km/h projectile if the airbag goes off...

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For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018

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Re: L380 Yoga - Goldylocks MacBook Pro with ugly buttons

@Hans 1:"it is 2018 and the trackpad has buttons"

Nothing wrong with that.

Using one of those godawful buttonless Sony Vaio touchpads will send you into a fit of rage.

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@TooManyChoices:"Why don't more PC manufacturers give us a choice of a TrackPoint or pointing stick?"

Extra cost. Plus, if you've never used a TrackPoint, it won't register in your consciousness and won't be on your shopping list. I have noticed that you can do a keyboard swap on some Dell Latitudes and HP ProBooks to give yourself a pointer.

There's an interview on TechRadar with a Lenovo product designer who says:

"It’s a little bit like an automatic transmission versus a stick shift. If you know how to drive a stick, you don’t want an automatic transmission. If you don’t drive a stick shift, you’re not going to buy a car that’s got one.

One of the advantages of a TrackPoint is that your hands don’t have to leave the home row to move the cursor. So, you can type and move the cursor without doing this [mimes a hand shifting between a keyboard and a trackpad].

Plus, your finger doesn’t really have to move, because a TrackPoint is strain-gauged, so it measures pressure. It doesn’t move around like a joystick, it’s measuring pressure. Some people get it and some people don’t; some people acquire the taste. It’s hard to explain, but I still think there’s a use for it."

Apart from Lenovo, I'd go for the Dell pointer although I don't think they use the sandpaper-ish 'cat's tongue' material which I prefer to the rubber.

The HP and Toshiba offerings are crap imho.

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Blast from the past

"The X series dates back to when IBM was the custodian of the ThinkPad, and long before the term "Ultrabook" was coined, with the X20 launched in 2000."

2000? Was it that long ago? I've still got a couple of X20's around here in a drawer somewhere.

Probably my favourite laptop ever. That or the T20...

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Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads

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Re: Never underestimate students with hardware.

@-tim:"These students who appear to have been about 12 years old also found a way around the anti-plagiarism software by simply including the entire assignment notes into their work. Since every student is doing it, the scores started showing every student was about 30% plagiarized and if they included direct quotes from the teacher they could get that score into the 70% range where the instructor simply ignored the score."

Eh no, that's not how it works.

Including a common cover page or assignment description might raise the percentage, but have you ever looked at a submission report in Turnitin or similar?

That overall % is broken down so the teacher can immediately see the sources of the 'plagarism' within the document. If it's a cover page or assignment description, that can be seen and discounted but the rest stands - the teacher doesn't ignore the overall score.

lol you must think teachers are stupid...

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Re: At the AC...

@Shadow Systems:"My son is a teacher in a K~6th grade school. He has said that "We've only got so much in the budget for the year. If it boils down to buying supplies for the students or paying for the massive IT required to admin all those devices, the devices lose every time."

...I don't blame him for not wanting to deal with the devices either - 45 students per class..."

45 students per class? I see where the budget problem lies, and I hate to tell you it's not IT. Your son's school has more fundamental problems.

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Re: Tablets and STEM

@Mike 16:"I think you have explained your own conundrum. Tablets as they are today teach primarily one thing about tech: It is unreliable and capricious, and will defeat most attempts to Get Stuff Done (tm)."

No, I don't think I've explained 'my' conundrum at all.

As a society we want kids to embrace technology in a meaningful way, yet we have people with no clue harrumphing about computers in the classroom - either seeing them as a distraction, or as part of some global conspiracy on the part of Google or Apple to brainwash our kids.

Some genius further up the comments actually wrote something about "arsing about with animated emojiis" as if that's what happens in the classroom. Other complainers moan about management of Apple devices and then propose, wait for it, Linux - as if schools would find it easier to manage that scenario.

If that's the level of insight into education technology displayed by commenters on a tech website, $deity help us...

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Re: Hmmmm

@Steve Davies 3:"While I agree with you, do those who Might just possibly use an iPad in Education need a cellular version of the device?"

In the US, the Lifeline Program is a federal program to provide discounted 3G internet access to low-income customers.

So a kid in a low-income household submitting homework through Blackboard or Moodle on his government-subsidised connection is just one possible example of somebody who might use a cellular version of an iPad...

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@AC:"It's also far from clear that it actually makes a substantive difference to how well educated kids turn out to be. There's nothing less creative about using pencils, paper, paint and so forth than using a Chromebook. Audio / video is different of course, but that it. It's purely an adult perception that using a smart device is somehow better than using a pencil. It's not. Also, paper and pencil doesn't need a full time member of IT staff to administer it."

Eee when I were a lad....uphill both ways to school...in the snow...a turnip for lunch...etc

People moan when kids are given access to tech in school.

People also moan when kids show no interest in STEM subjects.

There's no pleasing some people, i it would seem...

BTW, in a lot of countries parents pay for their kids textbooks - over five years of secondary school that can add up to the same as two or three iPads. Also an iPad is a lot easier to carry than a rucksack full of books...

Your way of thinking is outdated, Grandpa. Get with the times

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Are you able to read this headline? Then you're not Julian Assange. His broadband is unplugged

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No internet?

The Ecuadorians should have pulled the plug on that smug little narcissist five years ago.

"Waah I'm being unlawfully detained" - No Julian, you can walk out of the embassy any time you want .

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

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Re: RE: EOS 300D

@Timmy B:"Agreed totally. When I bought my camera I was told that only a small part is the sensor/body and it's the glass that really matters. Spent far more on lenses than body and still get great pictures from my 5 year old EOS 1000D."

And what's the call quality like on your camera Timmy?

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Re: Agreed

@ian Michael Gumby:"... you're getting in to the true cost of the phone itself."

Not even close. An iPhone X 64Gb that retails for $999 costs $370* to make. That's some SERIOUS markup but reports suggest that the X's sales are disappointing with Apple slashing production.

The problem for Huawei is that if people can't be persuaded to spend a grand on a phone from a 'premium' brand like Apple, they're sure not gonna throw down 800 or 900 on a Huawei.

*http://news.ihsmarkit.com/press-release/technology/iphone-x-costs-apple-370-materials-ihs-markit-teardown-reveals

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Delusions of grandeur...

€900 for a Huawei?

Not on your nelly. I don’t care how good the camera is.

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

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Re: The heat is on

@streaky:"Zuckerberg's problem is that as CEO of a fairly major organisation he doesn't seem to do public very well."

Watch 'Terms and Conditions May Apply' sometime; Zuck values *his* privacy:

https://youtu.be/Yn0mglH7XLk?t=1m23s

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Re: Dell Orange is the new Blag

@ TheMidnighToker:”It's odd and a shame that video seems to have been extremely edited. ”

The full interview is 3 hours long. Feel free to watch it and report back...

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@csecguy44

@csecguy44:"If only futuristic stuff like video conferencing would exist..."

Ya think nobody thought of that?

Poor Zuck's developed a bad case of social anxiety - he doesn't want to talk to anybody by video link or otherwise. Anything he says now can only dig a deeper hole for Facebook and Cambridge Analytica

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The heat is on

He doesn't want his arse handed to him in a similar fashion to Simon Milner in Singapore:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h47QSqLp_e0

Most striking for me is Facebook's contempt for both citizens and governments in light of recent events

I think Zuck thinks he's too big to fail...

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PwC: More redundos at HQ of UK 'leccy stuff shop Maplin

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Re: At least Dick Turpin wore a mask...

@wolfetone:"And as for costs, £3.50, at the most £4 is what should be charged for a pint of Guinness."

You won't have heard of a thing called 'tax' then, or understand that two separate countries might have different rates of taxation applied to things like pints of Guinness? Booze has always been cheaper in the UK - please tell me more things I already know...

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Re: At least Dick Turpin wore a mask...

Quite an unoriginal shitpost, if I may say so.

Irish people drink Guinness? Next you'll tell me they like potatoes...

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At least Dick Turpin wore a mask...

I was in Ireland over the weekend and happened to be passing a Maplin shop so I went in to see if there were any bargains. Yeah yeah, I know...what was I thinking?

First aisle I walked down had a 40m CAT6 cable (A11WL) for just €79.99 (which I think is about £70 these days).

The same cable is £29.99 on maplin.co.uk and €47.99 on maplin.ie :rolleyes:

Or a 8Tb WD MyCloud €330 including discount. Nope

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Re: I'm (not) sorry

@All gods are bastards:"I have already informed my family and friends that SMS and phone communications from non-whitelisted mobile numbers will be ignored. Numbers are whitelisted only when I have extracted a commitment from its owner not to run spyware on their device

I've heard some bonkers, mental shit in my time but that takes the biscuit...

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Huawei wins patent injunction against Samsung in China

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Chinese courts are capable of making reasonable decisions

Not being snarky or anything, but how do foreign companies fare in Chinese courts when trying to enforce their IP? From my purely subjective view it would appear to be an uphill battle for an outsider, where IP is enforced for the State's benefit rather than anything else...

"Firstly, Chinese companies no longer simply copy, but increasingly develop their own IP.

Yeah, but there's still a huuuuuuuuuge amount of blatant copying/homage going on in the tech and automobile industry... Have a look on aliexpress/gearbest/etc

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UK watchdog finally gets search warrant for Cambridge Analytica's totally not empty offices

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Good Luck Finding Anything...

Channel 4 reported during the week that they had seen Facebook 'security consultants' in the building...

I'll be very surprised if anything of evidential value is left.

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Screw luxury fridges, you can now run webOS on your Raspberry Pi

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Re: Doesn't give an obvious reason

"OSMC works fine for that."

Yet another Kodi clone?

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Re: Web OS TV

@ilovesaabaeros: That's strange. I've got a UF770V and my kids use iPlayer all the time with no stuttering issues. Tried deleting and reinstalling the app or updating WebOS?

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Re: "...all-gesture UI (no buttons)... ...take it beyond TVs..."

"No button TV?

Do you have to stand-up, walk over, and smudge the screen with your greasy fingers?"

No, you could just get one of these for a six quid:

https://www.lightinthebox.com/wireless-2-4ghz-keyboard-mouse-combos-air-mouse-remote_p4579360.htm

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Re: Doesn't give an obvious reason

@Nate Amsden:"The article and the website do not appear to give obvious reasons why people should jump on this at all."

Install it on a Raspberry Pi and turn your dumb TV into a smart TV?

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Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Re: Not useful

"That your posts attract significant downvoting is most likely a reflection of the paucity of intellect you display, and the propensity to attack the poster because you're not capable of attacking the post."

I get that you're too dumb to understand downvoting has no effect on somebody's standing. It doesn't bother me in the slightest.

That's what's funny about it - you're just wasting your own time. Carry on, jackass...

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Whois? More like WHOWAS: Domain database on verge of collapse over EU privacy

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Re: It's about time someone actually read the GDPR

@Mike 137:"No they are not - please read the GDPR. The sensitive information categories (as set out in Article 9)..."

The combination of name/address/email/phone # is way more sensitive than any of the other things you listed. Publishing/withholding this specific information from random people is what the article is about; didn't you read it?

The criteria you list? Irrelevant waffle for the purposes of this article... I've never been asked to detail my religious beliefs or health when ordering a domain.

"BTW there's nothing to prevent anyone setting up a PO Box and/or a non-geographical phone number and quoting these in their registration. "

How much does a PO box cost per year? £315 per year.

So, again, explain to me why the onus should be on the registrant to pay for privacy? A two- or three-line answer will be fine...

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US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

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Re: Increasingly less serious crimes?

@msknight:”I'm sure that the recipient of the sexual battery feels very reassured that the assault they suffered is less important than an arson attack.”

Battery is generally a misdemeanor, while arson is generally a felony.

So yeah, on the scale of serious to ‘less serious’ things would go: murder -> arson -> battery.

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Creepy Bastards

Since I moved from iOS to Android I've been getting "Look at everywhere you've been in the last month" emails from Google. No doubt you can turn that shit off (along with the incessant business review requests) but Google's tracking is very in-your-face.

Anybody thinking of committing a crime should leave their phone at home...

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