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1662 posts • joined 19 Apr 2007

David Cameron defends BT's taxpayer-funded broadband 'monopoly': It's a 'success story'

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Re: I don't think that Prime Minister David Cameron knows what he's defending.

Translation of Cameronspeak:-

"I don't know what the suppliers have done; I don't understand what they're trying to do and even if I had a glimmer, I wouldn't understand what was involved; but I do know that I've spent absolutely oodles of your hard-earned on it. That, naturally, makes it a huge success."

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BT Tower to be replaced by 3D printed BT Tower

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@AC:- Re: 10 Downing Street

"...self-serving, publicity-seeking politicians..."

Is there any other kind?

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UK cops: Keep yer golden doubloons, ad folk. Yon websites belong ta PIRATES

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Re: 'Evidenced and verified'

Of course they would:- but I look forward to the time when someone on the list, but otherwise unconvicted, tests their inclusion under the UK's (archaic & draconian) libel laws...

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Life support turned off: NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death

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Fitting.

"...NHS Direct dies silent, undignified death,,,"

As did some of those who put their faith in the service.

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Original iPhone dev team was 'shockingly small' - Apple engineer

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Dead right...

As the old saw puts it, "A camel is a horse designed by a committee."

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Apple vows to add racially diverse EMOJIS after MILEY CYRUS TWITTER outrage

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Re: Well-

Not fair: I can only up vote you once, and your discernment and obvious exquisite taste deserves multiple up votes!

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Apple hires ex-SENATE staffer for added WASHINGTON POWER

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Re: Hmmm

Could be, admittedly. But unless Apple specifically state their reason(s), any supposition remains just conjecture.

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"Apple has hired a veteran Washington lobbyist in an apparent attempt to boost its influence in the seat of American power."

Objection, m'Lud. Speculation* not fact. The writer can not possibly know the reasoning or purpose behind the action.

*Or sophistry:- take your pick.

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MPs blast HMRC for using anti-terrorism laws against whistleblower

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Re: Lawmakers and the law

Not just Enver...

Look at the track record of the fragrant & delightful Ms Homer...

Although it's from the DM, she would have sued if it were materially incorrect. It seems in today's civil service, incompetence gets you to the top, the innocent are punished and the guilty rewarded.

Just like Parliament, really. What do we have to do to cull these terminally incompetent self-serving arrogant troughers?

"Born in Norfolk, Ms Homer studied law at University College London, before working at Reading Council for two years then Hertfordshire Council, where over a period of 15 years, she rose to the position of Director of Corporate Services.

This proved the springboard for her first major town hall job, in 1998, as chief executive of Suffolk Council.

Just four years later, the married mother of three daughters was parachuted into the same post at Birmingham City Council, on a jaw-dropping £174,000-year.

In 2005 she was accused of throwing ‘the rule book out of the window’ in a major postal votes scandal in Birmingham that ended up before the courts.

Election judge Richard Mawrey said fraud in the city ‘would have disgraced a banana republic’. He described Mrs Homer’s decision to allow postal ballot papers to be transported to the count in shopping bags as ‘the direst folly’.

But later that year she was chosen by the Home Office to run what was then called the Immigration and Nationality Directorate – this time on £200,000, plus bonuses.

Already in chaos, it was on her watch in 2006 that we learned of the mistaken release of 1,000 foreign criminals.

It later emerged some 450,000 asylum cases had not been dealt with but left in boxes at the Home Office.

The new UKBA was meant to clear up the mess, and Mrs Homer became its first chief executive, on an astonishing £208,000 a year.

But among a fresh run of scandals was the revelation that nearly 400 of the 1,000 foreign prisoners were told they could stay in Britain and dozens remained untraced.

Promotion came again in 2011 when she was handed the the post of Permanent Secretary at the Transport Department where she stayed for barely a year before winning her biggest job to date – running HMRC.

Since then she has been criticised for failing to tackle tax avoidance, admitting in November last year that over half of Britain’s biggest 770 firms funnel profits overseas.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2298578/There-penalties-poor-performance-civil-service-MPs-astounded-boss-failing-Border-Agency-Lin-Homer-charge-HMRC.html#ixzz2wywFWe6n

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To much hassle...

...just have a friendly chat with Hartnett over lunch, like Vodafone did.

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Bono bests Bezos in Fortune's 'World's 50 Greatest Leaders' list

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Re: Inspiration

Bono?

Is that the one who bullies us into parting with some of our pittance, whilst moving his fortune & financial management to Holland in order to reduce his Eire taxes?

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Cops bang up squiffy, nude Virginian minx

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Re: These days...

Damned good job you commented as AC.

Your real name/handle could have ensured it was your last ever comment...

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BOFH: On the PFY's Scottish estate, no one can hear you scream...

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Re: "Sending money to Uganda" has a nice ring to it"

You mean that where you work, you don't get screwed?

Must be a first...

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'Arrogant' Snowden putting lives at risk, says NSA's deputy spyboss

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"Ledgett said the NSA's core problem was that it was lousy at PR, rather than that it was invading innocent people's privacy"

It would appear that Ledgett is (one of) the NSA's core problems.

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Say CHEESE: Samsung files patent for transparent camera

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Re: Transparent display?

"Windows mobile"???

Redmond will sue!

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Oxfam, you're full of FAIL. Leave economics to sensible bods

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Re: Erm... really?

Not only that, but why do so many charities need a CEO on upwards of £150k p.a.?

Add to that a chief fundraiser on @£95k, and various 'strategists' on anything between £65k and £75k per annum, and I am beginning to have just the teeniest suspicion that our old friend "Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy" is sneaking in here...

Iron Law of Bureaucracy

In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.

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China's annual TV smear segment drags Nikon's name through the mud

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Re: China and ethics??

Long John Silver gave The Black Spot to Blind Pew...

Who wasn't aware of its colour...

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Report: Apple flushes 12.9-inch MaxiPad plan down the drain

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It's not the Sammy TV...

...it's the 45 miles of extension lead that's wearing you out. :-)

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Top UK e-commerce sites fail to protect 'password' password-havers from selves

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But...

then they'll blame "lax security at the website" instead of considering their own action (or lack of it).

I've seen this happen...

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Sony can't wait to flash you its enormous disc ... a 1TB Blu-ray spinner

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"...I wonder how well DLT tapes will fare if you'll store them next to a neodymium magnet..."

err, they'll probably be OK.

The data stored on them, however, is another matter.

Now to get back to the new issue of "Pedantry Today". :-)

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Samsung narrows counter-claim against Apple in US

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Both companies...

...would probably be well advised to initiate a cull within their respective legal departments.

Perhaps then they could begin to operate and compete rationally, with the main winners being the customers and not the sodding lawyers!

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Foxconn preps for Peak Apple with FIFTEEN THOUSAND new hires

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"...for Hon Hai, which builds iStuff for Apple..."

"More than a million people now work for Hon Hai, which builds iStuff for Apple."

...and also builds a hell of a lot of non-i stuff for customers other than Apple.

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Ballmer: 'Microsoft would have a stronger position if I could redo the last TEN YEARS'

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Hindsight always has 20/20 vision...

Who wouldn't change (at least some of) their deeds or decisions over the last 10 years if they had the chance and were armed with hindsight?

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China bans TXTing and Tweeting in Parliament

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Re: Biased Westen Reporting,

the selfserving elite misgoverning our land.

There. Fixed it for you.

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Can you smell bacon? Yes! And it's coming from your iPhone!

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Re: Sad

No: hungry is how I would feel.

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Botnet masters using Tor to hide control tools for ZOMBIE SLAVES

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Re: "Bet you're shocked to hear that, aren't you?"

This specific case.

As Tor is backed by some part of the US Gov, I didn't think they would make it not spook-friendly.

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"Bet you're shocked to hear that, aren't you?"

Yes.

Answers?

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Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad

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Sloppy research??

"Cupertino locks its tablets to a specific Apple ID "

Not at all. I've reset several whose hapless owners (or more likely, their offspring) have reset the passcode and promptly forgot it. All you need to do is set up the iPad as a new device and it's fully usable, but whatever was on before, is lost.

What you are - or rather should be referring to is accessing the mother's Apple ID/iTunes account without the password. That's a totally different thing and Jasper should know it.

But hey! Why let reality & facts get in the way of a good anti-Apple snark?

A little bit of FUD & sophistry always appeals to the anti-Apple adolescents...

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Europe floats DIRTY ORE plan, rights groups scoff: It's VOLUNTARY?

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Do as I say, not as I do...

"The aim of the plan is to restrict the flow of "conflict minerals" gathered from resource-rich but war-torn regions of the world – such as the Congo, where armed groups* often force local residents to work in mining and harvesting operations."

And this is coming from governments who make a fortune selling (at least some of) the arms* in question.

Nice.

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Roll up, roll up for the Commentards' Ball

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Or even...

...the rail fare...

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

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I wonder...

'the corporate slogan plastered on their cars; "with you, for you, always".'

Now do they mean that as a promise, as a threat or just as a warning?

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Blimey! ANOTHER Bitcoin bleed brouhaha

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@Ben Rosenthal

"...are you saying banks have never lost money due to incompetence or been robbed?.."

Nope, but when a bank is robbed it's generally not the customer's/depositor's loss - or it has rarely been - up until now.

I know the banking bar stewards are in the process of changing the rules, so depositors are deemed to have 'loaned' their deposits to the bank, thus, in the event of any untoward occurrence, being given the highly desirable status of "unsecured creditor" which will mean that banks can say to their depositors "Screw you:- Tough luck:- Take a hike" even more than they do now.

Notwithstanding government guarantee schemes, our revered leaders are so in thrall to the banks that the banks can pretty much do as they like, and show two fingers to the rest of us.

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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

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@csmac3144

Maybe he'd have been a trillionaire - but being a twat kept him down to mere billionaire status... ;-)

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CIA snoops snooped on Senate to spy spy torture report – report

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Well, not really...

Although it's been depicted in many movies, the fact that the CIA has operated autonomously as a law unto itself certainly in the 1950's, 60's & 70's has been pretty well documented in several serious & respected publications/whistleblowings.

The only difference between now and then is that they're a little less blatant about it.

After all, they're keeping the world safe for Democracy, Mom's Apple Pie, and the American Way...

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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Re: Clearly...

Not to mention the ego of hitherto unforeseen dimensions...

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Anti-snoop Blackphone hits shelves in June: NOW we'll see how much you value privacy

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It doesn't have to be the handset...

If various forms of spookery switch (or reinforce) their attention to examining things at the telco end, then wouldn't Blackphone users be living in a fool's paradise?

Sure it might not be easy, but never underestimate the twisted genius of the spook community

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Ethernet boffins get ready to kick off 400G development

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Wow...

If my employer installs that, I can only imagine how much more quickly Lotus Notes will be able to tell me it can't find the server...

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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

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Hmmm...

"...maybe such charity donations are the only way his life has any meaning for him..."

Possibly so, but I still consider his reasons or motivations are irrelevant. His foundation will, inevitably give life a lot more meaning (and, hopefully some ease) to some poor sods somewhere.

That is what really counts.

I'm no Microsoft fan (MacPro, iPhone & iPad mini) but I give Bill a thumbs-up here, and doff my metaphorical hat to him.

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Labour calls for BIG OVERHAUL of UK super-snoop powers in 'new digital world'

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"...do more to tackle paedophiles, extremists and terrorists who operate on the internet..."

And as a byproduct, keep tabs on anyone else who happens to use the internet.

A pox on them all, and a plague on all their houses.

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UK.gov back-office battle may see British Justice offshored

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It follows... (Re: Utterly fantastic)

After all, British Government and lawmaking has been offshored to Brussells...

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Fanbois sent into FITS of RAGE by fake Steve Jobs statue competition

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Come on, Jasper...

"...sent into an incandescent rage..."

I've told you several million times - "Don't exaggerate"

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Who earns '$7k a month' but can't even legally drink? A tech intern!

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Re: Ummm...

You mean my degrees in "Golf course management" & "Media studies with creative dance" won't make me rich???

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PayPal row heats up as eBay chair calls Icahn claims 'false and misleading'

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Carl Icahn...

...is beginning to appear like a spoilt brat. Everyone's wrong if they don't want to do things his way.

He's starting to resemble an opportunistic asset-stripper...

All 'allegedly' and IMHO. of course...

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Insecure hipsters with BEARD ENVY spur facial hair transplant craze

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Re: I can't keep up

Since when did baboons shave their asses?

Is there anything else they're up to that I don't know about?

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Climate change will 'CAUSE huge increase in MURDER, ROBBERY and RAPE'

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I take it...

...that Mr Ranson resides in secure accommodation.

If not, why not?

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Samsung and Apple BEWARE: Huawei is coming to eat your lunch

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Love it:-

"...Samsung should be very concerned at what Huawei might be demonstrating in two to three years' time. So should everyone else..."

Great:- effective competition spurs everyone forwards. The consumer/purchaser only gains from this.

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BOFH: He... made... you... HE made YOU a DOMAIN ADMIN?

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Fervent wish...

If only life could reflect this episode 100% - mind you, I doubt if I could afford all the wardrobes I'd need...

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Another U.S. state set to repeal rubber duck ban

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@NumptyScrub Re: *facepalm*

"...government for the people..."

Too few words:

"...government for the people who form the government..."

That's more honest & how it is...

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European Space Agency: PLATO will seek out 'ADVANCED LIFE forms'... 'SLIME'

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No need...

...to go that far.

"...survey of nearby planets for indications from advanced life forms (as well as slime)..."

A survey of this planet would show some pretty advanced life forms, and if they checked in local and national government offices all around the planet, they'd find the semi-intelligent slime.

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