* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

1503 posts • joined 8 Mar 2008

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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-18.9% = +22%

Microsoft has reiterated to Azure customers that prices will go up by 22 per cent

The value of the British pound has weakened more dramatically against the US dollar, dropping by 18.9 per cent since 24 Jun

A drop of 18.9% requires an increase of 22% of the new value take it back to the same level.

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Virgin Media is so rustic and artisan you get to hand-sort your own spam

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Re: Well bugger me...

I take your point, but what happens when you change ISP?

Perhaps people are confusing using an ISP's email service with using only email addresses on the ISP's domain?

Doing that is a separate issue as to whether an ISP's email service is any good.

Businesses explicitly using email addresses containing their ISP's domain name may well end up with problems, but they aren't forced to do that. I use my own domain name in my email addresses which are routed via my ISP, so I can route those to a new ISP or my own servers if need be.

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Re: Well bugger me...

People still use the email services of their ISP?

There is no reason an ISP's email service should not be as good as anyone else's and they usually have far more resources to handle the job than individuals and smaller providers do.

Virgin Media has, on the whole, done a pretty good job of handling emails. They have had their hiccups and even a few dire moments but it seems they have not been any worse than any other provider.

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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How does it work in practice?

will force internet service providers to impose blocks on porn sites that do not include mandatory age checks.

I haven't read the bill itself but that suggests if the porn provider doesn't do age checks they will be blocked by ISPs.

So how do I prove my age to porn providers without exposing more personal information than I wish to expose?

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

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Re: Slight logical problem?

From the article it appears that the device can only be updated over the Internet. No facility to update locally over the LAN or to use USB

My full-fat Chromecast updates firmware from the net but it can be instructed from the LAN - It has to be that way for the Chrome browser or a mobile to be able to tell it what to cast.

But it likely will be that it doesn't have any capability to get firmware from the LAN simply to stop people loading their own firmware on it.

There are ways to hijack the Chromecast using MITM techniques but if the problem is in establishing a connection between the Chromecast and router there won't be anything there to hijack.

The best solution would be to take the Chromecast round to a friend's house who doesn't have a BT modem, let it update the firmware, then take it home again.

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How-to terror manuals still being sold by Apple, Amazon, Waterstones

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Re: Bah!

I suspect that were my home to be raided I would be in deep trouble.

A simply way to tell; are you brown, Muslim, or both?

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Re: The big news!!!

Apple probably have a special channel for when they suspect not responding would see them stitched up by some journalist poised to accuse them of supporting terrorism for want of a click-bait article.

It probably hasn't done anything to improve the relationship on any other channels.

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Here's the thing: We've pressed pause on my startup

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And on, and on, and on, it goes

Hasn't this TVR project, now commercialised as RADBOT, been in the pipeline for a good number of years?

So far it seems a sorry tale of going nowhere fast, and it's not a particularly interesting story being told along the way.

The only thing I am getting from all this is it's a fine example of how to badly run a project.

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Integrator fired chap for hiding drugs conviction, told to pay compo for violating his rights

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Re: When you've done the penalty, that should be it.

the company was quite within its rights to end his contract.

Not according to the ruling.

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LinkedIn competitor offers to drop Russians into same legal trap that caught LinkedIn

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There's a sucker born every minute

At least they managed to ride El Reg and get themselves a bit of free publicity.

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Windows cmd.exe deposed by PowerShell

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Waiting for the proverbial to hit the fan

As long as those apps which are using 'execute( "cmd", "/c" ... )' and the like keep working exactly as they used to I'll be happy.

I guess we'll find out.

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British banks chuck smartphone apps out of Windows

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Re: Well even though my bank has an app

Perhaps someone who does use banking apps can explain why they need one. Maybe it is a generational thing or that I have a reasonable balance in my account so am not forever in fear of going into the red, but I find I rarely interact with my bank or account and it was the same before I had a smart phone.

I understand one can use them to check balances, set up direct debits, cancel them, make transfers but they just aren't things I do day to day, often not year to year.

Perhaps I am missing a 'killer feature' or just don't need that.

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And with one stroke, Trump killed the Era of Slacktivism

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Re: One thing we can count on with Trump

It might be fun, seeing Carly as FCC chair...

This is the problem with the 'tear it up, burn it down, drain the swamp', populist charge for change; people believe that because it will be different it will be better, that disruption has benefit, or they simply don't care what happens so long as it is different, there is change.

Some even jump on the bandwagon of change because they think it will be funny to fuck up the system just for shits and giggles; often arguing it can't be any more fucked than it already is.

I understand the desire for revolution - I think we do need that (and not only in America) - but it's not just about change; it is what comes from that change. Change without purpose is not much more than riot and destruction.

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That rock and a hard place

“The lame-duck president can hardly complain. If you rule by executive fiat, then you should not be surprised if the next executive undoes your fiats,” Thiessen wrote, barely containing his glee.

Indeed; the problem with Executive Orders and the like is that they can be undone with a change of administration. But what was Obama meant to do if he couldn't get anything done other than doing it that way?

He could have done more to convince Republicans but that wasn't practical; it was always going to be 'you repeal Obamacare, climb down on gun control, and we may consider it'. I think anyone saying he could otherwise have done more through being flexible is not acknowledging Republican resistance and their inflexibility. Republicans were determined to shut Obama down, limit what he could achieve. The glee now shows they would never have entertained what Obama wanted in the first place.

He really had no choice, do it and hope it would stick, hope the next administration would fare better and be able to cement it as law rather leave it as EO, forego important achievements to get less important things through, or do nothing.

He did what he could.

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British politicians sign off on surveillance law, now it's over to the Queen

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Re: Ascent

Could happen and I doubt it would be such a constitutional crisis as feared. If Her Maj stood up and insisted we must not accept the 'Big Brother police state' parliament has decided upon I am sure there would be a hasty change of mind before her subjects arrived with pitchforks, burning torches and a few lengths of rope.

In a Regina versus Those Tossers in Parliament death match I know which side I would bet on.

Unfortunately Her Maj is not going to stand up for her subjects.

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Brit smart streetlight bods Telensa named 'global market leader'

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No video transmitted

That seems quite likely to me given just how much bandwidth would be required if every street light had a live video feed.

I would also imagine cameras are pointing downwards to detect cars passing on the section of road they illuminate, average speed being calculated from the length time it takes for a vehicle to pass underneath; it doesn't have to be that accurate.

The idea that Suffolk Police will be tapping in to the lights to add speeding ticket printers seems fanciful to me. That appears to me to be more scaremongering than credible fear. Had there been more of a technical review of the hardware used and its capabilities we could all have perhaps been better placed to assess it.

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'Pavement power' - The bad idea that never seems to die

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Re: Don't forget the Calories

On the other hand, it might mean that people lose weight, get fitter and healthier. That alone may justify a huge expenditure even if the energy generated is near zero or simply thrown away.

Just having a pavement slab flash once it has accumulated enough energy could bring about a health revolution if we could encourage people to buy into that.

People believe that walking under ladders brings bad luck so maybe we could convince them that making a slab flash has saved a life somewhere, made Jesus happy, or given an Angel some wings.

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UK Home Secretary signs off on Lauri Love's extradition to US

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An alternative solution

We try him here, the judge instructs the jury to find him guilty, sentence him to 99 years and fine him millions of dollars which we will FedEx to the US. Justice done, America can be happy, case settled.

Then we can deal with his appeal and actually have justice done.

Of course, America doesn't want justice, it wants revenge.

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Britain must send its F-35s to Italy for heavy overhauls, decrees US

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It can't be the cost, judging by the F35

The amount we, and everyone else, should be paying would be considerably less than what it would cost to design and build the same ourselves. Our political masters know that and also chose to believe the US when they said it would be the bestest thing ever and be in service years ago. It also keeps us in good standing as loyal lackies.

If it can't be done, will be over budget, late, with numerous problems, it makes more sense to let someone else fail than fail one's self. Though it does rather screw up having a defence force and planning for that, I doubt it would have worked out any better if we'd done it ourselves.

I am a peacenik at heart but not a pacifist, so I do understand the need for defence and it does seem ridiculous to not have sovereign control over one's own military. If it ever does kick off we really don't want Trump or anyone being able to stand-down our military because America wants to protect one of their best buddies.

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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This is what Trump, Farage and Co leveraged so effectively.

According to exit polls, over 80% of those voting for Trump said it was a vote for "change" and that's understandable. It's even understandable that they don't really care who is leading them, or what their politics are, so long as they get change, and particularly when they don't believe they will be any worse off through that.

The peasants are usually thrown just enough scraps to keep them from rebelling but it seems 'the elite' had forgotten to do that in recent years.

There is little "shocking" about Trump's victory; it was entirely predictable. It is what that victory means which is the bigger worry.

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The Reg seeks online community manager

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Re: Seems like a thankless job. Hope the Reg pays well...

And how many times a day will they be contractually required to mention DevOps?

Three things I hope this doesn't encourage; more click-bait articles, articles which are mostly echoing or quoting what people have said on social media, social media users descending on the forums and turning the comment sections into another echo chamber of hate.

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GoPro revenues skydive

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Re: The market is probably getting saturated

There could be an up-tick in sales if people decide to document their involvement in the forthcoming brexit war, as brextremists battle remoaners in the street, or America's implosion as Krooked Klintonites take on the Tremendous Trumpeteers.

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Twitter trolls are destroying democracy, warn eggheads

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Re: old and sad

I remember when trolling was trolling. These days it's just people shouting hate at others. They actually believe what they shout; it's not just to antagonise.

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Teen in the dock on terror apologist charge for naming Wi-Fi network 'Daesh 21'

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Re: Bollocks

And mine - "tv detector van"

"iPlayer_Monitoring_Hub" might be more appropriate to get a rise out of someone these days.

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Build your own IMSI slurping, phone-stalking Stingray-lite box – using bog-standard Wi-Fi

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Re: Don't want to be tracked?

Isn't it sufficient to turn off the Wi-Fi? Who needs it if she's not actually surfing?

Leaving WiFi on is convenient as it auto-disconnects when one leaves home and reconnects when one gets back. That is handy for getting email, alerts, news, weather and app updates without having to remember to switch WiFi back on.

My phone has an expired SIM, is only used as an internet device, so it's convenient for me to have it auto-connect to all the freebie hotspots it can when out shopping. I get almost unlimited free WiFi and that suits me fine.

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Arch Linux: In a world of polish, DIY never felt so good

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But it was a useful learning experience & certainly worth people giving that a go at least once.

Indeed. Difficult installs and having to understand things which an install program could figure out better than me confirmed that, for the average person, auto-install is the best approach. Providing it works.

I had used Slackware and other distros when they used to come on a single floppy and was always willing to try a more modern Linux but no install ever worked flawlessly for me until Ubuntu 8 came along. There was always some problem with partitioning, network, video or sound cards. These days things have got a lot better.

As others have noted; for most people there aren't enough hours in the day to be pissing about getting things installed and making things work. But I accept Arch Linux isn't targeted at those people.

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Hull's City of Culture firework freebie flares up

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Entirely predictable

I don't know why organisers of events and those launching products always go for the 'mad rush' approach which inevitably fails, leaves lingering resentment, leads to criticism and many people complaining of unfairness. It always brings out the worse in people and sullies the whole affair.

It would be far better to let people apply for tickets over a longer period of time then select the lucky winners later. At least people will only be upset at not being lucky enough to get a ticket, not riled and infuriated at the unfairness of the process and incompetence of the organisers.

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Run a JSON file through multiple parsers and you'll get different results every time

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Re: not parse JSON documents that I hadn't created myself

But if you have a public-facing website, anyone can POST a JSON document at your endpoints and potentially crash your server.

To me that's the fault of the JSON parser or whatever causes the crash; not a problem with JSON itself.

It's the same as creating a GIF which blows open some image viewer; it's the viewer at fault, not GIF itself.

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Cynical Apple gouges UK with 20 per cent price hike

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Re: Do the Math(s)

I wouldn't blame them if they also wanted to recover some of their lost profit of the last three months.

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Web devs want to make the Internet of S**t worse. Much worse

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Re: A different point of view

Except Google have announced they're dropping Chrome Apps, and there's no replacement.

Check out NW.js (formerly node-webkit) -

http://nwjs.io/blog/chrome-apps-support

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Internet of Shit

Language like that, the unwillingness to acknowledge that there is more to IoT beyond pointless connected toasters and fridges, the baying anti-IoT mob and down-voting of anyone who may dare suggest otherwise, is having a chilling effect on rational discussion of IoT.

Much of what is being railed against isn't even IoT but simply remote control and browser-based access.

Out in the real world there are many devices which have only a Bluetooth connection, and one needs to use Bluetooth to interact with them. Users want a simple means to do that and a browser-based mechanism which is platform and architecture independent suits them and manufacturers.

Google Chrome already supports a Bluetooth API and it is proving popular, Mozilla are having to play catch-up to stop users moving to Chrome to use that. There are issues which need to be debated and resolved but 'it's a steaming pile of shit' and 'burn it down' is not the right approach.

Don't like it, can't see the point; fair enough, but there are plenty of people who not only like it but want it. They aren't going to listen to those who simply appear to be luddites or a pitchfork and torch carrying mob.

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Hacker's Icarus machine steals drones midflight

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Re: Can the hijacker be hijacked?

It's an interesting thought. In theory, yes.

The hijacker has to get their timing right and send a command just before the real owner sends theirs; this causes the receiver to take the hijacker's commands and ignore the owner's. So a command sent just before the hijacker's should likewise get theirs ignored.

How far one could go would depend on how long subsequent commands were locked out for.

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Re: Hey dad, why is our drone flying the other way?

"not bothering to offer firmware upgrade capabilities"

That wasn't what was said at all; it is "a feat not possible on most devices". That is because code is often burned into microcontrollers which are then soldered to circuit boards without any means of reprogramming them.

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Divide the internet into compartments to save us from the IoT fail whale

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It's not looking good

Something needs to be done because there will be some event which has the usual media suspects and their all-caps commentards calling for something to be done and we probably won't like the kind of knee-jerk reaction that provokes from governments and authorities ... "if only every bit of kit had a backdoor so it could be disabled when it was being a nuisance".

There are ways to get existing and incoming exploitable kit off the net and nuked out of existence in countries which desire to do that. That would only leave those reluctant to do so. Reducing the risk is at least a start to removing it.

There isn't any single and simple solution, it will require a multi-faceted approach. But if we don't do something it will only get worse.

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EU ruling restricts rights to resell back-up copies of software where originals are damaged, destroyed or lost

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What?

It makes sense to me. One can sell-on the original, one can sell-on a downloaded replacement for a lost or damaged original, providing that software is then removed from the sellers system.

The backup only exists with rights allowing it to be restored, thus it cannot be sold-on without obtaining additional rights to sell it.

What the situation is with software restored from backup then being sold-on is not made clear in the article but I imagine the ruling covered that.

It looks like this is a technical ruling relating to those having multiple backups and then trying to sell each and everyone of those on, claiming the defence of being legally able to do that. If the ruling were any different to how it is it would have perhaps legalised doing that. It therefore has to be how the ruling is to make it an offence.

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Parliamentarians ask Obama to withdraw Lauri Love extradition request

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Re: Aspergers when it suits

I can't see why spending time in a 3 * 4m cell in the US or the UK would reduce the risk of suicide, I can't imagine that either would be very happy situations.

There are two aspects to this; where he is held prior to trial (and for how long) and how he will be held if he is found guilty of the charges. It does not have to be a 3x4 cell and does not even have to be a prison.

While it would be nice to think he'll be no worse off in America than in the UK, I think most would recognise that as a very naive outlook and there is plenty of evidence that life is harsher in US prisons than the UK.

That reflects differences with regard to what the the primary purpose of justice is intended for; 'reforming', 'protection of others', and 'punishment'.

I don't believe anyone is saying Love should simply be let off, but we do need to consider what is the most appropriate way to proceed and deal with any crime he may have committed.

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DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

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Nuke Russia.

We know it's Russia. Nuke Russia and see if these attacks stop. If not nuke North Korea. And if they are still happening nuke China, then Iran. We know it must be one of the bad guys.

Joking, but it's probably been seriously considered as the right strategy by some.

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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

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Re: @johnaaronrose

Britain would have to re-apply for membership of the EU, once Article 50 has been invoked

That's not my reading of it - "If a State which has withdrawn from the Union asks to rejoin, its request shall be subject to the procedure referred to in Article 49".

Invoking Article 50 only signals our intent to withdraw, we won't have withdrawn at that point. We will spend (up to) two years negotiating the terms of withdrawal.

http://www.lisbon-treaty.org/wcm/the-lisbon-treaty/treaty-on-European-union-and-comments/title-6-final-provisions/137-article-50.html

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Brexit means ...

May has downplayed giving City firms any preferential treatment.

But May and her ministers are saying we will get the best deal possible with all the implications of that. Some ministers say we will keep passporting rights and the City will get preferential treatment, even that we will continue to pay the EU to have those.

I have lost track of who is saying what, who is contradicting others and even themselves, and the whole mess is buried under "brexit means brexit" and "we won't give a running commentary".

It is an absolute shambles and it doesn't seem things will improve any time soon.

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New measurement alert. The Pogba: 1,200Pg = NHS annual budget

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Re: Less than £2k per person

Really it's no different to any other insurance.

I have long suspected that insurance tends to work like carrying an umbrella around; if you have it you won't need it and it will look like an unnecessary inconvenience but, if you don't have it, you will find you will need it and are buggered without it.

I have unfortunately had to 'make a claim' and I am thankful for the service we have, the nurses, doctors, surgeons and everyone else who makes it work, and everyone paying for it.

Looking at how much my treatment would have cost elsewhere the NHS is a bargain. I can understand why people who don't have that end up selling their houses, being plunged into debt or having no option but to book the undertaker.

I suspect most people will use the NHS at some time in their life and probably will get back a fair share of what they put in even if they don't realise it. Even if people are fortunate enough not to have to call upon NHS services themselves they will likely have family, relatives or friends who do.

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Dynamic IP addresses are your personal property, CJEU rules

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Re: Not unusual

Am i missing something?

Date of birth including year, rather than day of birthday celebration.

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Virgin Media boss warns Brexit could hamstring broadband investment

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Re: Pot -> Kettle

My VM bill has risen 34% in 4 years.

So a compound rate of increase of around 7.7% per year. If it stays the same, next year it will be 45% more than you were paying.

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Re: Christmas Time is here!

The company I am working for has had to put its prices up because imports of USD priced items have risen by some 17% since brexit. Charges for using services in the US have also increased.

These aren't "price hikes" the company wants to make, but it is that or trim back the business. And it's a horrible Catch 22 because it's either keep prices down and trim the business or increase prices and lose business to those better placed to absorb costs.

It doesn't matter where things are in six months or two years time; they are having to deal with things as they are now, increased import costs and and the cost increases which have been absorbed ever since the exchange rate moved.

It was hoped exchange rate turbulence would be short lived; it hasn't been, and there is no guarantee it will be better any time soon. It could even get worse when the government triggers exit next March, and again when we leave in 2019.

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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

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Social media bots. Which are clearly not real. And yet millions of upstanding American citizens follow blindly, without thought or care.

Some people I have encountered on-line are virtually impossible to distinguish from bots. They come up with some crap, they are corrected, their nonsense is debunked, but they simply keep repeating the same crap, over and over and over. Facts and truth simply don't matter.

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Pwned Clinton aide Trumped

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Critical thought

The /pol reference suggests that denizen of 4chan - rather than state-sponsored Russian hacker

I bet Russia (nor anyone else) realised it was quite so simple to have blame so easily directed.

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The exploding Note 7 is no surprise – leaked Samsung doc highlights toxic internal culture

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Re: Business as usual then

That's worse than what we'd see from any large US or UK company

But seems to be where many in the UK would like us to head in supporting brexit, abandoning human rights, and, as they like to call it, freeing us from red tape and the shackles of the EU.

It seems we used to often lead the way. Now it seems we have decided we were wrong and a race to the bottom is the best way to succeed.

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'Facebook and eBay need to be subject to greater scrutiny' - Margaret Hodge

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But it's a fundamental principal of the global tax system that profits should be taxed in the country where they're generated

And there's the problem; profits are taxed. I can take £100 million in the UK, send £99 million to my HQ in another country for licensing, services and anything else I can think of, and I am left with just £1 million profit which gets taxed.

Hodge can look all she wants but there's nothing illegal being done, it's all by the book, all within the rules; I am paying all the tax due on my profits.

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Building IoT London: Still working on your pitch?

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Re: So...

Fire, underwater ... I don't care how it's done so long as it can be controlled from my smart phone, I can watch its progress in my browser, and can be emailed reports of temperature and ferocity.

If we could extend the deadline next week, and again a week after that, I might have a paper ready on that.

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Early indications show UK favouring 'hard Brexit', says expert

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Re: Huh?

We have had a vote and the people have given their opinion and we were told it would be carried out.

Actually it was an advisory vote. But let's take it that, yes, people made their desire to leave perfectly clear.

So we are leaving. That seems an inevitability. But we didn't ask what form our leaving should take, we don't know what form the electorate would prefer.

You mention North Korea. I am saying give people a vote. You seem to be the one against that.

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Police raid India call centre, detain 500 in fraud probe

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Re: No

You AC are Frank N. Stein and I claim my five pounds.

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