South Park got it right.
It appears that The Telegraph is just making this stuff up. They often do this to increase the anti-EU crowd in the UK.
The biggest fact that this story is false is the fact there are no secret EU bodies at work here.
Journalist are also known to make up stories.
Here are some EU myths busted.
I speak from experience (and a lot of it). Never, ever report this type of bug to the owner of the website, specially if this is a big company (a single person websites are different). Since most of the people who are responsible (in many cases) for the website know nothing of computer security, internet or technology in general. The best thing to do is to forget this issue and the website in question fall victim hackers and ID-theft. It is only after such scandal that something is done about it.
This people don't understand good faith and they do not understand how internet security works. It's easier just the let them literally crash and burn, rather then telling them anything about the security flaw.
I smell bullshit moving around the news media at this moment.
You want facts? Here are facts for you. I don't make any guarantees that you understand those facts.
2412Mhz has the wave length of 124mm according to this calculator (http://www.onlineconversion.com/frequency_wavelength.htm). The size of human DNA molecule is far smaller then this. The wavelength of 2,4Ghz and 5Ghz is therefore too big to have any effect on DNA in living animals.
This is not complex, at 2412Mhz (start of 2,4Ghz wlan) does not harm you at the transmission levels used in wireless network. The transmission power is around 100mW, based on the law of square that signal fades quickly when the distance is more then 100 meters. Just if there is nothing blocking the signal. If anything is blocking the signal it fades faster and more quickly. At 5180Mhz (start of 5Ghz wlan band) the signal goes even shorter distance at the same power.
The idea that people can get sick or even cancer from normal radio bands (2Mhz to 60Ghz) is just ridiculous. It is nothing more then a chance that this boy got the brain cancer. It has nothing to do with wireless networks, mobile phones or television transmission masts (they broadcast in the 230 to 800Mhz range). Mobile phones are in the range of 700Mhz to 2100Mhz (LTE/GSM/3G). Depending on country and location.
For the sake of discussion I have simplified use of frequency band used in mobile phones and 5Ghz wireless network.
So NSA got nothing to show for it dragnet surveillance. Instead they just start making shit up in propaganda news that they spread with big U.S media companies. The reality is that such attack would never have worked and the people in China knows this already.
China also doesn't need to do this. All they need to do to ruin U.S economic is to stop exporting cheap stuff (among other things) to the U.S. In less then 8 months U.S would be on it's knees in terms of economic performance. Since it is already junk and is not improving thanks to the idiot bible ass-holes who know nothing of economics or facts.
They say on the front page that they are experiencing unexpected and sharp increase in volumes of orders. That means they are delaying all shipping for 48 business hours. Since working hours are around 8 hours normally, this means 6 days delay at least on shipping when people order from this website. But that is something they should not do, since it is unlikely they are going to get what they did order.
They are also faking reviews and other such things. Claim and information on the fake reviews can be found in the comment on the site I am linking to.
And deny they do. In fact, they are so paranoid about this that is on edge of schizophrenia. It is often not the author of the lyrics who own the copyright. It's the company since most of this is for hire. There are exceptions, but they are rare and not so common.
The lyrics are also often under 'exclusive rights' for some time, often for up to 5 years (sometimes shorter and sometimes longer). I have been reading about this since I was checking for publishing on short stories that follows similar model in terms of copyright and exclusive rights.
While this is in part true. The advances in solar sells for home might change this in the long run. While not everyone might be able to set-up solar sells many people might and that is going to lower the power demand. This has not happened yet for many reasons at the moment. But progress and advancements might change that.
About nr 1: I don't know about this batteries. As there are sometimes flaws in them and for that same flaw they often burn mobile phones, laptops and such things. Batteries are improving with time, but it is going to take several more years until something new appears.
In regarding nr 2: While this is extremely difficult to trace due to shell within a shell holdings (and sometimes shell within a double shell in a tax haven) this is happening. As the oil industry did destroy the public transport in the U.S at the start of the 20th century. That is easy to look up.
Her is an interesting news report on what is taking place in big oil. It is all power and corruption.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/christopherhelman/2012/07/16/the-worlds-25-biggest-oil-companies/ (Warning! Has audio advertisement!)
Here is how big oil got Tesla cars banned in Texas by using side routes that they do have and are not afraid to use.
It is no surprise that the oil lobby is jumping on this. Even when in reality it is more dangerous to be in a car that runs on oil or gasoline than lion batteries. While batteries are not risk free, they are considerable lower risk than using oil and gasoline cars.
Oh dear..... This is not going to end well is it.
Top performers burn out fast and do not return to the IT field.
Iceland is spying on it's population and the laws have been adjusted to account for that several years ago.