* Posts by Jason Bloomberg

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Parliament takes axe to 2nd EU referendum petition

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Democracy

My family 'voted' to go to Glastonbury.

In the face of horrendous weather, ridiculous travel problems, other issues I won't bore anyone with, we 'voted' to change our minds, decided we no longer wanted to go.

Leavers would have it that we were bound by our initial decision, that we had no choice but to go. The decision not to go was wrong, outrageous and impossible to accept, and we should not even have been allowed to make it. We said we would go so we would have to. They would have forced us to go even if it would have killed us.

That's not democracy as I know it.

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Re: Anti-democratic?

If leavers are so confident in the result they would jump at a second chance to prove that is still the will of the people.

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Botnet-powered ballot stuffing suspected in 2nd referendum petition

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(1) Jump out of plane. (2) Check for parachute.

It was a bloody stupid idea to hold a referendum when the electorate were split 50-50 and it could have gone either way. A vote today would likely give a different result and possibly do so for every vote held subsequently.

This isn't the way to decide on the most fundamental matters which affect not just Brits but Europe and the wider world. It was always clear that half would not be happy no matter which way the vote went. All it has done is polarise people and create division.

In some cases such can be the trigger for civil war. I hope we will be lucky and escape that. Will only have to suffer the break up of Britain, the collapse of the EU, and decades of global instability.

I am not happy with what has been done. And it seems many of those who brought us this result are no longer happy either. I believe we should have another referendum or we are in danger of following a path we don't want to follow any more.

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PM resigns as Britain votes to leave EU

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If there's one thing America's taught me...

"AR-15"

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

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Re: @ anonymous boring coward

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-25539843

I remember that. And remember applauding him for that. But it was just a day later, when he realised what he had said or became aware UKIP members were not at all happy with what he was saying, that he clarified what he meant, that he was only talking about saving Christian refugees.

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Re: You're not shedding any light

Is the status quo - with the possibility of it getting better and the option of leaving if it does get worse - better than abandoning ship with no idea if things will be better or worse and being stuck with having done that?

I don't play Russian Roulette, aren't willing to gamble "all or nothing" on something so important as the future of Britain. In that respect I admit I am 'risk adverse' and the status quo seems to be less risky and has better options if that turns out to be wrong.

I like the concept of the EU but I would jump ship if I truly believed that was in the best interests of Britain. I don't buy the nonsense that if we stay now we could never leave. I'm voting Remain because I see that as offering me the best options for the future.

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Re: Responsibility

If there was even the slightest indication the EU was genuinely reformable it might be worth a shot but even then .. What if it doesn't work ? What is plan B ?

We leave! That's a reasonable Plan B; it's just not a good Plan A.

I know; "Cameron tried and failed". But that's because he's an arsehole who only got himself and everyone else into this mess because he was trying to save his own skin and that has remained his priority.

Boris was probably right, waking the EU up, with the real threat of leaving if nothing changes, would have been the best way forward, but that wasn't what was on the cards when Cameron went to the EU to seek reforms. He had put himself in a very weak position.

And let's not forget that Leave doesn't even have a Plan B.

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130 billion imports from the EU vs 78 billion exports to the EU. So in any tariff war the EU would be the loser.

The EU collectively, yes, but individual countries will be better able to handle it. Spread amongst EU countries it's not a lot for each of them and they may well see it as a price worth paying to give the UK a post-exit kicking.

When we analyse impact on individual countries of the EU, and how they would be able to cope and adjust to tariffs and trade wars, things look a lot more riskier for the UK than when we consider the EU only as a bloc.

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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A dog isn't just for Christmas...

Beyond taste and texture; how is eating one edible animal different to eating any other?

There are plenty of things which can be eaten which turn my stomach at the mere thought, and it wouldn't surprise me if I eat some things which disgust others. But I am pretty sure there would be things I would eat if I didn't suspect they weren't something I couldn't.

Each to his own. Live and let live. Though perhaps not entirely appropriate when we are talking of animal slaughter.

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Microsoft cancels Remain speech after death of Labour MP

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"The increasingly tedious referendum"

We sometimes fail to remember this vote will have the most profound impact on Britain's relationship with Europe and the rest of the world. It can be easy to forget what damage has been done in pitting Brit against Brit and the toxic legacy which will endure.

One may even sometimes forget that this is not simply a vote on whether Conservatives should be a right wing or an even further to the right party.

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Dad of student slain in Paris terror massacre sues Google, Twitter, Facebook for their 'material support' of ISIS

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Re: Some points to consider.

Tell me. how can people police terrorism when the bad guys can simply use innocuous code words, like talking about a birthday party?

Such coded messages will only be understood by those who have already converted to the terrorist cause, know where to look, what to look for, and what it means.

It's about limiting the ability of terrorist groups to expand further. It won't stop terrorists communicating but it will help to prevent them radicalising, indoctrinating and recruiting others to their cause.

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Tim Peake to return to Earth after six months floating around in space

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I think NewsThump probably called it right with this piece of satire -

http://newsthump.com/2016/06/17/can-i-stay-up-here-it-sounds-really-shit-down-there-asks-tim-peake

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Terribly sad news

I didn't always agree with Lester's views but I enjoyed hearing them and the spirit with which he presented them.

We often don't realise quite how much someone has become part of our own lives until they are gone. He will be missed.

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Orlando shootings bring Facebook's safety check to US soil

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Re: Hi victim count was caused by coconspirators

It appears the some patrons escaping did block an exit door behind them, and have admitted that in TV interviews with the media -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuGSZAF-gWg

It may be that this is what has been interpreted as 'someone blocking the door to prevent escape' and has led to the multiple shooters and co-conspirator claims.

And the high victim count is partly because 30 people tried to hide in a toilet cubicle with nowhere to go, making themselves sitting ducks when the killer found them there. There was only one survivor.

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Re: Guns don't kill people....

He could have just as easily...

I doubt anything is quite as easy as picking up a gun and putting a bullet in someone. Even kids find it easy enough to kill parents, themselves and each other. Guns are the perfect tool for the job.

Having watched YouTube footage of AR-15 rapid fire, achieving effective rates of 600 rounds per minute with little loss of targeting accuracy - though only in 10 second bursts with a 100 round clip, I can see why it may be the weapon of choice for those wanting to massacre people. It might not be a machine gun but it sits in the next best thing category along with AK47 and similar guns on sale to the public.

The "if we banned guns then killers would simply find some other way" argument is probably true of those determined to murder, but I would venture that most killings only happen because guns make it so easy to kill, requires little effort to actually kill. If one has a gun in the hand it is only a small step to pulling the trigger.

No, banning guns won't prevent murders, but it surely will reduce them.

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A fine gesture.

But what about the other victims of 10,000 gun murders which happen every year in America, the 100,000 who are shot?

On an average day, and perhaps on the day of the Orlando killings, 30 other people will have been killed and 300 shot. It is all too easy to forget the innocent individuals and their family's loss.

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

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Re: Brexit

What I find particularly amusing is the sovereignty argument that aims to put complete power in the hands of a government which is voted into power with more against them than for. I find it quite ironic when Leave complain about how undemocratic the EU is.

The EU is by no means perfect, but it has done more that I approve of and less of what I disagree with than our own elected governments ever have.

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Developer waits two years for management to define project

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My first real job

Straight out of Uni my 'start on the bottom rung' job was as a PFY at a company which had not yet taken delivery of the kit meant to fill out its rather spacious new data centre.

Unfortunately it was shift work and PFYs were expected to wait it out in the operators' room which was as bare as the machine room. No computer, not even a terminal, and reading newspapers or books was frowned upon. Consoles, smart phones, even the Internet had not been invented back then.

I lasted a couple of months before I went stir-crazy and left.

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If The Register made reality music TV, this is what it would look like

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Gary Glitter Balls

Gary provides sparkling classical dance events for the young debonair.

Gary recreates the 70s disco era for the local school end of term dance.

Gary provides entertainment for the gang with just a bag of Poundland Glitter and a Pritt Stick.

You decide. Mine's the one with a receipt from PC World in the pocket.

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Digital ad biz is fraudulent by design, complain big brands

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Re: what's in a word

I note that cases of children getting hold of guns in America and killing themselves or others are usually labelled in some quarters as "tragic accident" to hide the gross negligence and criminal irresponsibility which lies behind what has occurred.

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EU referendum frenzy bazookas online voter registration. It's another #GovtDigiShambles

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On the other hand, the deadline was midnight, so everyone had a reasonable expectation they could register up until midnight.

I feel the same, everyone should have registered earlier - and I am somewhat surprised at the number needing to register - but, as an earlier poster stated, it's human nature to leave things to the last minute and we are well aware of that.

The ultimate question is; is it fair to deny someone the right to exercise the vote they are entitled to because they left it late and the system crashed?

And did anyone warn people that could or would be the case? The answer seems "no"; they were told they could register until midnight, yet they were not able to do so. The fault does not seem to me to rest with the victims.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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Re: Taking offence

You don't see it in the context that it is taken in?

I don't understand the context at all, what it is meant to suggest to me or others. Is Crusader meant to signify some innate Englishness or aspect of English character? If so I don't know what, but would worry as to what that was meant to be.

Fans going to Euro 2016 havea right to dress as Crusaders if they want. I am simply wondering why they would want to.

You genuinely see a football hooligan and/or racist whenever you see the flag?

No, and I did not say that, but there is an undeniable correlation between racists and their rallying around St George's flag. There is also a faction of football fans who do deliberately seek to cause offence and trouble.

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Taking offence

There are plenty of Brits who see St George's cross as the rallying banner of violent racist football hooligans that I would be surprised if there weren't those who would take offence at those dressed in full Crusader garb, both here and abroad.

What exactly are they trying to tell us when they do that?

It doesn't 't seem unlike dressing up as a KKK member or marching down the street dressed as Nazis, carrying guns, and wearing swastikas.

Such things may be acceptable in America where free speech and the right to hate is protected by the constitution and upheld as American virtues but this is Europe where we have greater sympathies for those harmed by hatred.

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Brexit: UK gov would probably lay out tax plans in post-'leave' vote emergency budget

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Leaving the EU; the least of our problems

It is the division and polarisation, resentment from the half who don't want whatever we get, which is going to be the real long term problem.

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'Whites are taking over': Race storm hits heart of Africa's internet body

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Re: Then why does the police keep pulling me over? Let us examine this.

Sorry, but I call bullshit on this 'incident' of your German teacher.

It does seem rather convenient. In much the same way that the 'all lives matter' movement seeks to diminish and derail specific complaints from blacks in America.

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Who's to blame for the NHS drug prices ripoff?

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That £10 pack of polos

Sounds expensive; but only if you know what price you can get them at. And what if you don't have the time or the money to investigate the cost and alternatives, are too busy to do that before you need to buy polos again?

Probably the best thing to do would be to get a middleman who can get you the best deal.

Of course, you might not have the time or money to check the middleman has got you the best deal, are too busy to do that before you need to buy again.

Regulation which sets the price of polos would mean buyers would instantly know what they should be paying and don't have to waste time and money on ensuring they have got the best deal they could get and sellers not being able to exploit the lack of either.

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Tech titans demand free speech law to head off President Trump

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Free Speech and Political Correctness

It seems to me that it's always the ones demanding unrestrained Free Speech and damning Political Correctness when it comes to demonising and insulting others who most demand redress and apology when it offends them or they don't agree with what is being said.

Hypocrites - and very often fascists in libertarian clothing.

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

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"Give me a wearable that I didn't ever have to recharge, or only needed to recharge once a month, that cost under £20, and that gave reliable notifications of calls or messages received on my phone, and instantly gave me a zoomable map - and maybe then we're talking"

Apart from the maps and data coming from what some would now call "the cloud"; that is pretty much what my pager did. I believe there were some which had graphical LCDs which could show stock price graphs so could probably show maps.

We are currently in that phase where there is a premium cost to a smart watch and it's expected to have functionality to justify that cost and also a limit to technology which can extend battery life at the size required. And we won't be solving those problems unless there can be shown to be a return on such investment.

We are really looking at technology in its formative stage and still figuring out where it can go or should go. Same too for IoT in general. There are bound to be missteps along the way until we hit that magic sweet spot of what people want at a price they are prepared to pay.

It is rare for anyone to get it right first time. Not even Apple, who have the advantage of an audience which is prepared to pay for the brand.

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BBC's micro:bit retail shipments near

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Better late than never

Considering the big-name entities involved, it has been a bit of a fiasco, especially in missing the original release date. That meant the associated Make It Digital tie-in never happened and the deliveries are so late in the school year that the freebies will have mostly been wasted. It would probably have been better to hold off to next school year.

None the less I wish it well, hope it does encourage some students to get excited about coding, programming, hardware and electronics.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Re: "Universal" anything is always a disaster...

But people keep chasing the holy grail...

Lying behind that is probably a mistaken belief that 'we'll get it right even if everyone else has failed'.

But on the other hand divergence can equally be a problem. Look at Google with Android, Chrome OS and, coming soon, Brillo. There is often no commonality at all bar the corporation or branding.

Developers would like to 'write once, run anywhere' so it's not surprising some sort of 'universal' crops up time after time.

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Swedish old timer pulls airsoft gun on broadband salesman

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Re: Need more of this

Whoa there; I don't mind people trying to sell me something as long as they take my "no thanks" as intended. Those who do, and certainly those who apologise for having disturbed me, I can forgive for trying to earn a crust.

But those bastards who won't take "fuck off" for what it is, still keep trying to sell something to those who clearly aren't interestedt... that's a different matter. Dogs, guns, tanks, nukes; I think anything becomes fair game then.

BT are the worst I have to suffer. Last time, after saying I wasn't interested, they pretty much insisted I have a quote, so I let them waffle on for about half an hour before they went ballistic that I wouldn't tell them my address details to check I could have what they were trying to sell me. Apparently it was my fault for wasting their time.

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Microsoft won't back down from Windows 10 nagware 'trick'

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Re: so

> Thus failing Microsofts own 'Windows Certification' then?

He's right, you know.

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The Close button on the title bar should have the same effect as the Cancel or Close button within the dialog box. Never give it the same effect as OK.

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I am not sure he is, even though I would class it as a dubious move.

This is not the normal nagware to install Windows 10 but appears to be the notification that it will be installed.

There is no "Cancel" button, only a link to change the installation date or abort the installation.

Closing the form is accepting things 'as they are'.

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Irish data cops kick Max Schrems' latest Facebook complaint up to EU Court

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Re: Another thumbs up to Max!

If Max keeps this up, keeps pissing on the dodgy deals America and the EU make to circumvent the fundamental problem, he might find himself having to share a room with Julian Assange.

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Pointless features add to browser bloat and insecurity

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Re: What we need

... your comment doesn't exist

Utter rubbish as anyone who allowed comments on their web site in the days well before these new fangled HTML features came along will testify.

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Photoplethysmography up

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A professional Pulse-Oximeter as used by the medical profession is likely to be £150 - £200 or more.

Anything cheaper is likely to be inaccurate, or unable to compensate for patient movement or circulatory variations.

A lot of the cost in professional medical kit seems to be a premium added because it is certified for medical use and to cover all which goes with that with a small market.

Non-medical equipment may be less accurate, but that's not necessarily inaccurate to any appreciable degree outside a clinical environment. My GP and healthcare workers all seem to find using equipment one can buy off the shelves in a high-street chemist acceptable enough.

They are good enough for most cases, don't need to be perfect, just good enough to indicate when things are amiss which should then be checked out more accurately.

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Modular phone Ara to finally launch

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Re: too much bother

I can't see the average consumer adopting it either because there will inevitably be a price premium over a cheap but 'good enough' phone from other manufacturers.

But there may be a big enough market for hobbyists, geeks and nerds if it gives them what they want.

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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N-gger

Nagger. Or something like that.

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Would we want to regenerate brains of patients who are clinically dead?

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Re: ick, ethicists

I am all for trying it but not without informed consent or with complete disregard for the rights and future life of the person being experimented upon.

I'm not sure if you are being serious, trolling, or simply haven't thought it through.

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Art heist 'pranksters' sent down for six months

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FAIL

There is a line, and I think scaring people shitless, putting them in real fear, and the consequential wasting of police time definitely takes it over that line.

Some things just aren't funny.

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Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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What actually changes on 20th May

This seems to be a reasonable synopsis of what actually changes come 20th of May, though I cannot vouch for its correctness -

ash.org.uk/files/documents/ASH_937.pdf

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FBI director claims that videoing police is causing crime uptick

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People that go into policing are fundamentally on the whole good individules

Is that true though?

The police don't seem to be fundamentally good enough to weed out the racists who join the force and exercise their bigotry nor hold wrongdoers to account, aren't fundamentally good enough to demand change in laws which allows cops to mostly do whatever they want and get away with it.

If those in the forces are fundamentally good then why did they not speak out, left it to Black Lives Matters and other groups to highlight the problem and instigate change?

Those fundamentally good people need to explain themselves.

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Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could

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The Why and When

It is not clear in what circumstances a covert identity would be necessary to access the information contained in a private group on Facebook. RIPSA legislation already allows for a wide number of authorities to seek the info directly from Facebook.

Presumably it's for when they seek to entrap a suspect into revealing something that Facebook really would not have any details on after weaselling their way into their lives - "I conned them into paying for kids I did not have and for a house I did not own. Have you ever pulled a fast one on the council and got away with it?".

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Label your cables: A cautionary tale from the server room

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Labels

I believe in labelling everything as soon as signed-off as working as the way to go as it can be hard to figure out what anything is after any period of time. I usually put tape over unused sockets so it's easier to not mistakenly use a wrong one.

I also draw a diagram of the panel and note which cable goes where and how that cable is labelled. Bung it in a "documents enclosed" sticky-backed envelope and slap that on the unit so it won't get lost and is still likely readable in years to come.

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Spaniard live streams 195km/h burn-up

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Re: I found... @Serenely

To get an hour in front, they would have to be consistently doing 80 to my 70 for seven hours straight.

Which is why I drive at 120.

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Russia poised to unleash 'Son of Satan' ICBM

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Re: Two steps forward...

NATO have long been pumping up the rhetoric against Russia, particularly over Ukraine. Their ambition to see Syria taken out of Russia's sphere of influence and the movement of military forces ever closer to Russian borders won't have gone unnoticed.

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Watch it again: SpaceX's boomerang rocket lands on robo-sea-barge

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Alien Space Bat at 54:19

I guess it's not, but I'm no rocket scientist ...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lYZLxr3L4E&t=54m19s

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ZX Printer's American cousin still in use, 34 years after purchase

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"Cheap-as-chips ZX81 computer"

It may have been cheap for its time, but still around £70 in 1981, equivalent to £270 today.

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Brits who live in 'smart cities' don't really know or care

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Re: More fluff....

Second, some of the suggested "smart services" are pretty dumb. The motion detecting streetlights for example. If I am walking down the street, I want to be able to see a couple hundred yards ahead.

I would expect a decent interconnected streetlight system (which is what this is all about) would be smart enough to figure where you were coming from and likely going to so it could turn on the next light before you needed it. If they lit up far enough in advance you might never know they weren't permanently on, always are from your perspective.

As someone earlier noted; 'smart' works best when you don't even notice it.

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Re: Soooooo.......

Had to look it up myself. Paraphrased from Wackypedia; it's connecting everything up with the intent of improving quality of life and efficiency of service delivery for residents.

So basically monitoring the monorail and the bridge someone sold you.

I imagine the general public's view will be, "sounds great, let me know when it's working and what benefits it's giving me".

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Clixta: A copyright-friendly way to share your family photos

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Re: Unique ID

I guess this "unique ID" is meant to provide a link and an audit trail which ties each photograph to its owner / copyright holder and any licensing terms.

I don't agree "It’s a world without property rights"; handing over or weakening property rights is a choice the property owner actively makes, whether intentional or not.

If people want to share but don't like the consequences of that then they have got to figure out what to do. Services like Clixta would appear to be a welcome addition to the choices available, but I would want to study the small print. Too often things turn out to be no better than 'bait and switch' when a service has a change of direction or is taken over by another owner.

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