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Topics - Earthling Series #6

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The friendly British Bobby has just been given the right to remotely hack into the computers of UK citizens without notifying the owners, or bothering with a search warrant, or even passing an act of parliament for that matter.

A few months back the Brit police proved themselves not to be too worried about the small matter of search warrants when it comes to computers, data and privacy when City of London detectives closed the investigation into BT and Phorm.

Back then the police decided that BT users had given implied consent for BT to allow Phorm to secretly monitor their Internet usage, arguing that no offence had been committed as the trials were in the interest of the users.

Now it seems that the good old British Copper will use much the same argument if caught doing a little drive by hacking of your wireless connection to look at the data on your network. According to reports the Home Office has decided the police don't need a warrant to do this stuff.
The full article here

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Jokes / The Doctor and the Lawyer
« on: August 05, 2008, 02:48:01 PM »
A doctor and a lawyer were at a cocktail party when a man seeking advice on what to do about his ulcer approached the doctor. The doctor mumbled some medical advice, then turned to his lawyer friend, "I hate that,” It’s impossible to go anywhere without being asked for advice?"

“I have a good method of stopping that,” replied the lawyer.

“What do you do?” asked the doctor.

"If anyone asks my advice, I send them a huge bill" smiled the lawyer. “After that they never do it again.”

The next morning the doctor went to his surgery and, rather guiltily, sent the ulcer-stricken man a bill for £10.
That afternoon he received a £250 bill from the lawyer.

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Jokes / Sick Joke
« on: August 05, 2008, 02:29:05 PM »
Two lumps of vomit went for a drive one day and stopped at a little village to get a bite to eat. As they walked through the village green one piece of vomit began to cry.

‘What’s wrong?’  asked the other.

Wiping tears from his eyes the first lump of vomit sobbed, ‘This is where I was brought up.'

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Web News / FSF organizes against Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement
« on: July 21, 2008, 07:55:35 PM »
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Nobody knows yet what the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) will consist of, but the few available indications are so ominous that the Free Software Foundation (FSF) has started a campaign to raise public awareness of the possibilities. According to Matt Lee, an FSF campaign manager, ACTA threatens to "create a culture of fear and suspicion," and, in the worst-case scenario, undermine and demonize free software.
http://www.linux.com/feature/142403

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