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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Erroneous Cowherd Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

Hmm,

Let us dissect your latest diatribe, shall we, Matty?

"If you lived in a sewage farm you would think swimming in shit was the norm."

People may work on a sewage farm, but they certainly wouldn't live on one (hint: It's not a real "farm"), and I image the last thing a sewage worker would think as "normal" would be taking a swim in a settling pond. As an analogy that is pretty ineffective.

"I suggest you try getting out and meeting a few people that do not hold the same POV as the challenge will either only make your preconceptions stronger or make you question what you have been told is The Truth."

I rather think you should take your own advice. How long did you spend writing all of those ill tempered replies? You need to get out more if that is the best use you can make of your time.

"The vast majority of the British electorate do not even know The Register exists, let alone express themselves here, so it is simply foolish to think the sheeple that have started flocking here constitute a true reflection of public opinion."

So why bother trying to convince us "sheeple" that we are wrong. We are all, obviously, hopeless unreformable reprobates not fit to share this space with you.

If I were you, I'd piss off to a forum where the participants are more sensible and open to new ideas.

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Re: Erroneous Cowherd Contempt

"I [Matt Bryant] am a British voter that was quite content to see the bill passed, if you think I am in some tiny minority then it seems the majority of MPs from all three parties did not."

Then, prey tell, Matt, why are you the one collecting the downvotes? In just about every forum I have seen, or discussion I have heard, the supporters of this action are, by a large margin, in the minority.

You are the one in error if you think yourself and a bunch of lilly livered yes men constitute a concensus of opinion.

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Contempt

“The Government has shown contempt for both the rule of law and Parliamentary Sovereignty"

Not to mention a level of arrogant contempt for the people they are supposed to serve that beggars belief.

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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

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Re: bing

Sounds like a stitch-up to me.......

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

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Insulting

"That’s why we’ve [BT] worked very hard with rights-holders and other leading ISPs to develop a voluntary programme based on consumer education and awareness which promotes the use of legal online content."

I always fine this use of the term "education" rather insulting.

There is absolutely no point in "educating" us to use "legal" content if that legal content is not available by "legal" means. Trying to "educate" people into not pirating stuff they cannot obtain legally is really trying to brainwash them into accepting the absurd notion of artificial borders and boundaries on the Internet.

Quite happy to pay for stuff as long as I can get it and I can get it for the same price as (for example) those in the US. For example, I am not going to, (and nor should I have to) pay £stupid for a DVD box set in the UK when that same show is available on Netflix in the US.

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Re: @Forget It

What is undemocratic is that insufficient time has been given to organise opposition and lobby our MPs.

MPs are elected to represent their constituents interests, not allowing them time to determine how their constituents feel about an issue before they are required to vote is grossly undemocratic.

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Bastards!

that is all

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Adobe Flash: The most INSECURE program on a UK user's PC

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Holmes

No shit Sherlock

That is all.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

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Ow, clump, OW clump, OUCH, clump....

That is the sound of the boot being on the other foot.

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Google right to be forgotten 'looks odd and CLUMSY'

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Google's deliberate intention?

You have to wonder if it isn't Google's deliberate intention to bring attention to deleted articles in order to create a "Streisand effect" for each.

This is certainly the case for the Peston article. I imagine that whoever asked to be "forgotten" is ruing the day he made that request of Google.

Certainly a most effective way for Google to demonstrate to the ECJ that their ruling is actually having the opposite effect to that intended. Far from being "forgotten", these people are being brought fully into the glare of very powerful spotlights.

Will the next move of the ECJ be to abandon this ruliing, or to ban search providers from telling authors that their article(s) have been excluded from search results?

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When PR backfires: Google 'forgets' BBC TV man's banker blog post

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Dear Barbara.....

It would be interesting to see how many hits that 2007 article is getting now, courtesy of the Streisand effect.

Wonder if this was Peston's intention when he wrote that article?

It was an old backwater blog page.Its now linked from a front page news article. I imagine its getting more hits per hour, now, than it's got in the whole of the last year.

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Super-snoop bid: UK government hits panic button on EU data retention ruling

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Re: Help!

And then there's UKIP who want to rescue us from the EU and ECJ "interference" that is the only thing actually protecting us from the "Snooper's charter".

Despair, indeed!!!

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Want to tell the world how IT really works? Tell us first

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Hmmm......

"Senior IT decision makers"?

Kind of like inviting NHS managers to a symposium on the latest techniques in heart surgery.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

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Re: Really?

Leaving aside the fact that Adam and Eve are fantasy characters, it really all depends on whether you prefer freedom to make your own way and make your own mistakes, or live forever in a pretty garden and have everything done for you as long as you obey the rules.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

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Re: Feed Abrams to the crocodiles!

I have always thought Star Wars was more like a fantasy tale set in space than a space western. Has all the usual fantasy elements, the Wizard, the boy apprentice, the rogue, the feisty princess, the evil Lord, the faithful servants, the quest, the climactic battle where good triumphs over evil, etc.

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Fringe

Let us not forget Abrams' "Fringe"

Sort of like a less believable rip off of "The X Files" with his trade mark make-it-up-as-you-go convoluted subplots and unpleasant lead characters.

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Windows Phone Live: An enterprise story

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Re: Promo

Indeed.

I have concerns about a news site being a "media partner" of an organisation it should be reporting on.

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Internet rejoices over Star Wars, um, clapboard pic

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What?

And miss out on all of those lens flare effect?

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If it is another Episode 1 he'll be known as....

Jar Jar Abrams.

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We'd switch mobile networks, but we can't be bothered – survey

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Glad I switched

I switched from Vodafone to Three about a year ago, after 10 years with Vodafone.

Don't regret it one bit. I was lucky if I got any signal at all with Vodafone, and when I did it was usually 2G. I also had a poxy 500Mb data limit.

With Three, for the same amount I was paying Vodafone, I get a signal in most places, It is always at least 3G, and usually HSDPA, 4G at no extra cost, and "all you can eat" data.

So, why did I stick with Vodafone for so long?

Well, every two years, at upgrade time, Vodafone would offer me something decent for the same tariff, or a modest increase. Last year they only offered a Windows phone (not at all interested) and some "landfill" Android devices to replace my HTC Sensation unless I either upped my tariff by something like 30%, of forked out a huge (£150) upfront charge for something I was interested in (a Note 2)

Went to Three and got the Note 2 for no upfront charge and £3 more a month. Goodbye Vodafone.

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Apple, Beats and fools with money who trust celeb endorsements

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Re: @Fihart re snakeoil

Thank you so much for that link. It is well worth reading some of this guy's other articles, they are comedy gold.

Particularly liked the £995 USB cable (I kid you not!!!)

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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Re: Twats!

Actually they are Lords.

Oh, yeah, right. I see what you mean.....

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Chucking cash at sport and broadband starts to pay off for BT

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Even Sir Tim hates them......

From This BBC Article

"He describes a recent experience where he had to jump through hoops set up by BT - "do you want to set up parental controls? No. Do you want BT's added features? No." before finally getting onto the web, only to be greeted with a BT advert. "If you want me to look at an advert, I will charge an administration fee," he says, to chuckles from the audience."

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Ninten-DON'T: Wii U bomb blows Mario Kart giant off track – but new console promised

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Two reasons.

The original Wii had a genuinely new and innovative feature (the controllers) and was cheap enough for people to give it a go without worrying about it (£170. iirc).

The "U" introduces nothing really standout different and is over that magic "hey, why not!" price point.

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BT fibre 'availability checker' looks into FAR-OFF FUTURE. Again

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Savage Gumming

Another telco gets another serious gumming by the toothless ASA over misleading claims.

Pointless.

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Shocking 'new iPhone' is also - BZZZZT!! - a Taser-like stun gun

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Not exactly new

Tasers disguised as phones have been reported for years, including ones disguised as iPhones.

Oh shit!!! I'm beginning to sound like jake!!!

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Selfies are so 2013. Get ready for DRONIES – the next hipster-cam-gasm

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Re: Relatively cheap, was Flash in the pan

The Parrot AR drone is certainly a toy, but a very capable one, and very hackable (which is where my interest lies, rather than taking "dronies").

Having said that, there is a market for drone photography / video (looked into it). Inspection of high structures (bridges, buildings, masts) and more domestic stuff ( panning aerial shots of guests at wedding receptions / parties, etc) and people will pay good money for this.

The difficulty comes when you switch from flying a drone as a hobby (where it is classed as an RC aircraft) and using it as a business, where the pilot must be qualified and certified by the CAA (in the UK). To set yourself up in business with a suitable rig + getting the required training and certification , you are looking at £10k+.

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Re: @Eponymous Cowherd (was: Boring.)

Oddly, I can SSH to my AR Drone and command it that way, but I largely use QGroundControl / Mavlink.

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Re: @Eponymous Cowherd (was: Boring.)

If you read what was posted, jake, you will note that I said "aerial photography that can be created by anyone". In other words, by people who cannot put these things together for themselves. Today you can buy an off-the-shelf kit to do this for well under £1k that can produce quite stunning results.

Impressed that your 1980's kit could do everything that a modern quad can do. (maintain a stable hover and frame a shot by itself), though.

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Re: Boring.

No, aerial photography is nothing new. But aerial photography that can be created by anyone for a modest outlay is new.

Hint: As a silver commentard, you can use the HTML anchor tag in your posts.

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Re: Flash in the pan

You are looking at the wrong end of the scale. Cheapo toy drones are tricky to fly, but move up to even the relatively cheap (£300) Parrot AR Drone 2, and its more sophisticated avionics make it a doddle to pilot.

Done quite a few "dronies" of friends and family with it. Position it, release controls, and it hovers in place to take your pics. Simples.

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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

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Actually.....

Autodesk Sketchbook Mobile for the Samsung Note range of phones is pretty good and makes good use of the pen.

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Vladimir Putin says internet is a 'CIA project'

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Re: Doesn't matter who "invented" it

"Yes it does, he was British.......... our Tim"

Kind of ashamed that a Reg commentard doesn't know the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web.

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Pirate Bay's 10 millionth upload: Colour us shocked, a SMUT FLICK

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Re: We flicked through his uploads

The problem with BitTorrent, however, is that you are obliged to make the files available for upload at the same time as you are downloading.

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Shhhhhhh! !!

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So, just how do you say 'the mutt's nuts' in French?

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Testicul par canem

as we say in ancient Rome.....

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

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Stick a pony in me pocket....

I'll fetch the laptop from the van.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Re: The needle returns to the start of the song...........

"UKIP are the only real option in the next elections"

You seriously need your bumps felt if you are thinking of voting for them.

Oh, a protest vote is it? Be careful, if enough people do that, you may well end up with what you vote for.

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European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

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Re: At Last !

ECJ != EU

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Torvalds rails at Linux developer: 'I'm f*cking tired of your code'

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Re: So, let me get this right...

Yes, that was my reading of the situation. In any software a subsystem in debug mode is entitled (even required) to emit as much debug info as it deems appropriate. If the host system cannot cope with that level of information then it is up to the host system (the kernel, in this case) to throttle it.

So, agreed, this appears to be a kernel bug.

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Microsoft: Hey, small biz devs – Windows Store apps are for you, too

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Re: Am I reading this right?

Ah, yes, that seems more reasonable. Please ignore my earlier rant.

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Am I reading this right?

"Finally, customers who don't fit either of these criteria but who want to sideload apps will be able to purchase new sideloading keys through Redmond's Open License program, also beginning on May 1. The new keys will cost $100 apiece, and each can be used to enable sideloading on an unlimited number of devices."

$100 extra to install bought-and-paid-for apps on a bought-and-paid-for computer running a bought-and-paid-for OS?

Fuck RIGHT off Microsoft!!

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Say WHAT? ATVOD claims 44k Brit primary school kids look at smut online each month

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Re: Does not add up! @Eponymous Cowherd

"Realistic *simulations* of rape, yeah, that would be classed as porn in my world, I understand these exist (never seen, never want to see) and I would never want a child to see it, along with a whole lot of other stuff (people can be soooo creative....)

Which is the point I was making.

The trouble is, the same sites that contain "nice" porn (people enjoying sex) also contain content depicting women being forced or tricked ( I.e raped) or treated violently. Yes I know this is simulated (or is supposed to be), but does that really matter when deciding whether you'd want your teenage son watching it?

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Re: Does not add up!

"rape != sex. Very, very !="

Where did I say it was?

How about you try to read and understand what was said before replying?

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Re: Does not add up!

"As an aside, what's the big fucking problem with 15 year old looking at porn? Seriously?"

If its my 15 year old watching a video of a couple enjoying sex, then I don't have a problem.

If its my 15 year old watching a video of a gang rape, then I have a big problem with that.

Not all porn is made equal.......

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Dutch doctors replace woman's skull with 3D-printed plastic copy

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Patient's face rebuilt with 3D printed parts

This guy had his face reconstructed using 3D printed parts.

link

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ISPs CAN be ordered to police pirates by blocking sites, says ECJ

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Re: pirated content

Actually, you aren't allowed to make a backup copy of your dvd collection.

The DMCA and the ECD (in Europe) explicitly outlaw the circumvention of any copy protection systems. You have to circumvent CSS to copy your DVD, and that is a criminal offence.

In the UK you are not even permitted to make a copy of unprotected media (like CDs), though that is a civil offence, not criminal. You can copy CDs for your own use in the US as "fair use".

Perversely, if you buy a knock-off DVD (without protection) then copying isn't criminal as that offence was committed by the original copier.

Copyright law is a huge not-fit-for-purpose mess, which is hugely biased towards big business to the detriment of the consumer.

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Re: In other news...

"Wrong again, Eponymous.

Repeating false statements and interpretations over and over again does not make them right. Change the record."

Seems most people disagree with you, Mr Anonymous Coward. How about you reveal yourself instead of sniping at your betters from behind your AC parapet?

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Re: In other news...

"Nowhere in the article does it mention prosecution of the ISPs, simply that they can be instructed to block infringers. Just as taxi drivers can be reasonably expected not to take a booking from bank robbers looking for a getaway driver.

Wrong analogy:

This is like saying taxi firms can be required to not pick up fares from areas where criminals might be operating.

"Hi, Is that ISP Taxis? Can you pick me up from outside of the bank?"

"Sorry sir, that bank was robbed a year ago."

"What about picking me up outside the park gates."

"Sorry sir, drug dealing and prostitution in that area."

"OK. OK. Can you pick me up from my home".

"Yes sir, where would you like to go".

"Can you take me to the cinema".

"Sorry sir, someone was mugged there last week. Can't take the risk that you might be another mugger".

"How about the pub"

"Fight last weekend"

"Zoo?"

"Someone dropped some litter."

".........."

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Next up.....

Postal services to be required to open and inspect all parcels in case they contain knock-off DVDs / CDs.

Yet again the law-makers demonstrate their singular lack of anything remotely like a clue......

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