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Watching the Olympics at work may annoy the boss, but not as much as the £1,000 fine the company could get if doesn't have a TV licence. Watching live telly in the UK requires such a licence regardless of whether that video arrives over the internet or is broadcast. The TV tax collectors have provided a useful cut-out-and-pin-on …

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World Cup 2010??

When will this stop being a media story.....really Le Reg get with the times with the breaking news on IT

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Employed by the public services?

If you live in London why not work from home during the Olympics, of course your Union will negotiate a huge bonus for you, extra money for doing your job during the Olympics.

Then of course you might want to go on strike to demand a bit more in your pockets, make sure you strike just at the time the country needs you. It doesn't matter what the rest of the world think of us does it.

For the rest of us who live in the North you could offer us a few overpriced tickets to go and watch the football or some other sport we have not heard of, because lets face it, we'd had little chance of getting a ticket in that lottery.

Still,if any decent tickets are left unsold you can give them to your corporate sponsors who can sell them to us at inflated prices. I see that Government Ministers, their cronies and management are not short of seats.

Then once it is all over and the debts have to be paid for you can raise our taxes in the North to pay for the jolly you have had.

I love the Olympics but can't you see how disenfranchised I feel about it all.

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Anyone notice how most of the comments on El Reg

Are put on here during working hours?

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Re: Anyone notice how most of the comments on El Reg

> Are put on here during working hours?

Of course they are - makes sense to post here and to popbitch at the same time.

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Re: Anyone notice how most of the comments on El Reg

Err, It has just enough IT news to get it past our Internet blocks and I actually managed to persude my boss that is needed for me to keep up with breaking IT news etc....

Luckily that day there were no stories about cockfighting, bulgerian airbag, etc....

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Re: Employed by the public services?

Why don't you just enjoy it and stop complaining.

People have a right to ask for more money. My butler and house keeper demanded Olympics bonuses. Fortunately they aren't members of a union so I told them to bugger off. I'm personally looking forward to the Olympics. I was given tickets to the 100m final by Crispin who sometimes drinks in the club. Decent chap - says he got them from Lord something or other for recommending a super off-shore savings scheme. He also got me a pass for the Olympic lanes, otherwise my chauffeur would have to go all the way up to Marble Arch before being able to turn off Park Lane when he's taking me home to Mayfair after an afternoon shopping in Knightsbridge. That would have been unbearable.

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Re: Anyone notice how most of the comments on El Reg

I'm compiling.

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That should be their new slogan...

The Register - just enough IT news to get it past YOUR Internet blocks! Now with added Paris and 50% extra free Foxconn re-branding! Because your IT department is worth it!

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Re: Anyone notice how most of the comments on El Reg

In others' defence, I suspect we're not all in your time zone

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Re: Anyone notice how most of the comments on El Reg

http://xkcd.com/303/

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Re: Employed by the public services?

Really, you could do a lot worse than lose that chip off your shoulder.

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"For the rest of us that live up North" - Why do people keep saying this? What about the people down south such as Londoners who also have no tickets, paid more than their share for this event to happen through council tax and have to endure the total travel chaos surrounding the Olympics?

I think Northerners have very little to complain about!

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Disenfrachised

You feel disenfrachised up North, do you? Maybe you would like to swap places with the people of my part of East London, who have missile batteries on a residential tower block on one side of the park and a massive police encampment in a marquee on the other.

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Re: Disenfrachised

"my part of East London, who have missile batteries on a residential tower block on one side of the park and a massive police encampment in a marquee on the other."

Ah, you must be feeling very safe then. Just like the old days when it normal to not even bother closing your front door, never mind locking it and there was a cheery Bobbie on every street corner.

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Stop

Or maybe

Just book annual leave if you have to watch it and stop wasting company time.

Why people think they have some kind of right to watch sport at work is beyond me. Do your damned job.

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"Why people think they have some kind of right to watch sport at work is beyond me"

Posting on The Register is of course an entirely different matter ......

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for me, at least, The Register has more to do with work than sport and telly does

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@TrishaD

It certainly is: I managed to get it written into my personal objectives at my last company.

Well, sort of, what I got past my boss was that "I must keep up with IT news and developments in the industry." there was also some cock about "discussing developments within my industry with others within the industry", this was part of my job - I was working in infrastructure projects as a senior technical lead, so it was important for me to keep up to date. However I suggested it really so that if anyone objected to me using the various IT news sites, I could say that I was required to as part of my objectives/personal development plan.

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Re: Or maybe

Why people watch sport is beyond me

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@Posting on The Register is of course an entirely different matter

At least until trolling is recognised as an Olympic sport...

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The thing about this site is that, all those little news stories about Apple and the goventards destroying our freedoms, they're like little morish rich tea biscuits - laced with crack - you're boss aint guna mind you having a brew and a nibble now and then, it increases productivity - but because of the highly addictive crack ingredient, you start living a double life of minimised firefox windows, refreshing the homepage and active forums every 15 minuets, checking to see if today's lame jokes taking the piss out of Linux fanbois choice of alcoholic beverage has gained any downvotes or not - no not this time, they aint as vindictive as the apple guys, they are proud of their real ale habbit!.........

You get the idea... Therapy starts next week, its the 42 steps program, involves a mixture of the ten steps, the band Steps, and that Hitchcok film.

Blimey I think I have now lost it.

Mines the straight jacket!

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@LinkOfHyrule

"they're like little morish rich tea biscuits - laced with crack"

True and I claim a new keyboard for that one.

"you start living a double life of minimised firefox windows"

Mine's Chrome with the Decreased Productivity extension.

You'll see an upvote on your post when you check in 15 minutes.

Happy Friday.

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I don't know what our local Vicar is going to do about the Tour de France.

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Poor you.

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I managed to go half a day without checking my upvotes - thanks to my trusty elastic-band worn on the wrist aversion therapy! As used by people giving up smoking and released into the community convicted sex offenders! On the other hand being forced to listen to steps for a whole afternoon made me want to vomit - I'm dubious about this 42 steps program but the Nigerian bloke who emailed me details says to stick with it and keep sending of the cheques (well wire transfers)!!

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Large UPS

Take one UPS, fully charge, plug in laptop charger, unplug from mains*. Simple!

* (optionally disable beeper)

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Re: Large UPS

Why bother? there isn't any way for anyone not physically standing at your desk to know whether your laptop is plugged in or not. If you say it wasn't plugged in, who's going to prove otherwise?

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Re: Large UPS

'cos it's the law, dammit!

You wouldn't steal a handbag? A car?

Watching live sport on the intertubes while plugged in to the mains is stealing, errr electrons out of the wire ... or something. I dunno.

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Re: Large UPS

I think the batteries have to be internal.

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"I think the batteries have to be internal."

You have EAT the batteries now? Jeez!

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Re: Large UPS

"I think the batteries have to be internal."

Nope, the device just can't be connected to the mains. If you plug it into the wall socket it's considered to be a permanent fixture and so the building requires a license. So as long as you're wireless it's fine. Not sure how they'd react to a network cable though, I suspect that most of the people charged with enforcing this would have a hard time differentiating between a power cable and a cat6 cable.

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Re: "I think the batteries have to be internal."

Isn't that also illegal?

You could be charged.......

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Re: Large UPS

Does that mean if your building is off the grid at that point you'd be ok?

The other day our whole office was running on generators for some reason or other - the only way we know is it seems to blow about half the strip lights out.

I think there's plans from the bosses to force us to watch the olympics on the plasmas usually used to display team stats (we unfortunately have a TV license in our building).

I think I might work from home.

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Alternatively alternatively

"Alternatively one could just watch the games on non-live iPlayer or another suitable catch-up service. "

Or you could just ignore the whole, sorry, corporate whore-fest altogether - this is the strategy I intend to pursue.

Flames, because Sebastian Coe and his cronies deserve to burn in hell.

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>Flames, because Sebastian Coe and his cronies deserve to burn in hell.

I turned on the news to hear someone talking about a trial and the "co-accused". Took me a while to realize Lord Seb wasn't on trial. Shame :(

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Re: Alternatively alternatively

Ignoring it, by reading and posting on articles related to it. Well done.

I am, however reminded every time I hear or see Lord Coe, of the Day to Day, where Chris Morris indignantly shouts "But I HATE Sebastian Coe."

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Re: Alternatively alternatively

"whore-fest" sounds good to me. I'll bring the bag of grubby, used £20 notes...

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Imagine watching telly at work

Imagine paying to watch telly.

But worst of all, imagine wanting to watch the olympics!!

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Re: Imagine watching telly at work

We run an office full of self employed people, so as much as I'd prefer them not to watch the Olympics (because of the annoyance of people watching the same thing staggered by 2s), we can't stop them. I'm still unsure of the rules because of the fact they're not employees, but I'm guessing they have to do the battery bullshit.

I've told people that if they see a Cat ^H^H^H TV detector van from the Ministry of Housinge, they should immediately unplug their laptops.

As far as I'm concerned, everyone *is* paying to watch telly - they already all have a TV license, what difference does it make if they're not at home. I'd much prefer that to watch BBC's iPlayer, you have to enter your TV license number, that way they know you're paying up and then there are none of these ridiculous rules.

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Now that iPlayer allows you to watch a program whilst it's still broadcasting then surely you could watch it a few seconds behind real time, then you're not watching live and won't have to wait till the programme is over and the results are in before having to view it

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It is a few seconds behind!

Or is that just because I'm watching on a WfW x386 machine?

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BBC phone app

If you must watch it, try not to distract others around you and use the app (http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/olympics/18810308) - 24 live streams apparently - no mention of licence needed

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If there are indeed any others around you to distract. Most of them won't have made it into work, because of transport chaos caused by the Olympics.

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Perhaps we should just scrap the license fee and accept the BBC can run ads... like everyone else.

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The licence fee actually makes Sky look cheap - it's about £12/month for the BBC yet you get a lot more Sky channels, a recording Sky+ box and free (basic) broadband / calls etc. for about £17/month.

The BBC do make some good content but why can't they be commercial and stand on their own feet rather than bullying everyone into paying for a TV license - you can't even opt out and 'not' watch BBC channels - they want their pound of flesh even if you only watched 'live' non-BBC channels.

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You still need to pay the BBC License fee to watch Sky.

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BBC pay Sky to broardcast the BBC channels

Sky actually get a free subsidy from the license payer. Under a deal done when sky started, the BBC actually pay sky for broadcasting the BBC channels (which seems to be all that is worth watching on sky anyway). If this subsidy was removed, and sky made to pay a commercial rate for the BBC channels like all the other stuff they broadcast then possibly the license fee would be able to be reduced, and sky would not be able to outbid all other suppliers for major sports events.

Nuke, cos thats what should happen to Sky

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However sky don't keep sending me letters saying they want to search my house for televisual apparatus. Next thing we'll have to register typewriters with the police.

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