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SCRAP the TELLY TAX? Ancient BBC Time Lords mull Beeb's future

Circadian

Re: Leave it out

Re: "Why not meddle in the stuff that needs fixing, ie. tax evasion/avoidance". As far as the politicians are concerned, it's already working perfectly. You and I are paying all the taxes while they and their paymasters get to avoid them.

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Almost everyone read the Verizon v FCC net neutrality verdict WRONG

Circadian

Nice straw man

"...what lingers is the image of the American consumer who doesn't even realize his or her Netflix stream has been blocked, and simply (presumably) stares at the screen".

The way it would really be done would just be via degradation. Dropped packets, occasional freezes, stuttering. Stuff that would be hard to track down and prove responsibility for. I'm reasonable technical, but I certainly don't have the networking knowledge or tools to be able to track and prove that type of degradation. So instead of a completely failed service, there would be a perception that (say) Netflx doesn't give as good a service as (ISP company X)'s own competing service. Or at least wouldn't unless Netflix ponies up some readies ("nice streaming service you have there. Would be a pity if some packets got... dropped").

However, in spite of that, I enjoyed the article. Nice to make it clear that the judges were basing their decision on how the law was framed (such that the FCC were overreaching their remit) and that it is the responsibility of the law-makers to resolve this if they wish FCC or some agency to have those powers.

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Europe MPs: Time to change our data-sharing policy with US firms

Circadian

Re: Ban dragnet surveillance data for use in domestic law enforcement

<sigh>Stop falling for the lies. The "use against terrorists" is only an excuse to get the powers, and not the real reason. Once the data is gathered, regardless of the reason deployed (or, as it seems for NSA and GCHQ, without any reason given - they just did it because they could) it can and will be used for any other reason that someone in power (or even access) can get away with.

Think on this - look at the information Snowden has given us. Now consider what a bad actor could have done with the data that he had access to. If the data is there it will be used and abused.

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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

Circadian
Joke

Re: After the General Election

Ah, more people hoping for a hung parliament. There's also an opportunity to bring significant income to the country as well - sell lottery tickets for the role of hangman....

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NHS carelessly slings out care.data plans to 26.5 million Brits

Circadian

Re: ANOTHER opt-out?

You will have to continue opting out until you give the "correct" answer.

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Parents can hide abortion, contraception advice from kids, thanks to BT's SEX-ED web block

Circadian
Childcatcher

Speechless

If the children are so young that the parents do not want them to have access to sex-education sites, then why are they being allowed onto the internet unsupervised?

I don't know what to say. And before long, I may not be allowed to say what I want.

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Those Xbox One first-day glitches: GREEN screens of DEATH, disc crunching

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Big Brother

Re: Mine's fine

@ Confuciousmobil

Dare you say anything else as it is listening to everything you utter Muahahahahaha<cough, cough> Sorry, where was I?

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Xbox One site BELLY-UP in GLOBAL Microsoft cloud catastrophe

Circadian
Trollface

Re: Working here

@Brandon

Please name your company so that I have an idea of the "quality" of service I may expect. Oh, Microsoft you say?

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Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

Circadian
Trollface

takes a long time

But you are all forgetting the time it takes for the thumbnail to be uploaded for NSA approval!

(Wonder how long it'll be before this meme gets stale? <sniff, sniff> Ah. Too late.)

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MPs to review laws on UK spy-snoopery after GCHQ Tempora leaks

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Translation

(From article) "Although we have concluded that GCHQ has not circumvented or attempted to circumvent UK law, it is proper to consider further whether the current statutory framework governing access to private communications remains adequate," a statement by the Committee issued on Thursday explains.

Translated: "We thought we had everyone sewn up tighter than a kipper's arse, but somehow that guy Snowden got through. We need to be able to snoop more to ensure that no further leaks embarrassing to us get out."

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MI5 boss: Snowden leaks of GCHQ methods HELPED TERRORISTS

Circadian
FAIL

Mandy Rice Davies...

..."He would, wouldn't he?"

Rev. Spooner (unattributed) - "Cucking Funt."

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Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

Circadian
Trollface

Re: Smaller device

NEW! Smaller, more convenient, arse-wipe size!

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Ex-BT boss bags £9 MILLION bye-bye bundle, moves to key gov post

Circadian
WTF?

Impartial minister...?

Surprised not much has been made of "...unpaid job in the House of Lords as Prime Minister David Cameron's Minister of State for Trade and Investment" along with "(payoff of) 2.6 million shares (in BT)".

I'm sure that the advice he gives government regarding the Communications Infrastructure within Britain will be completely impartial given those facts.

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iPhone 5S: Apple, you're BORING us to DEATH (And you too, Samsung)

Circadian
Trollface

Re: Same old same old.....

Supported. What about supported with updates? Anyone? Bueller?

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Data broker Acxiom lifts skirt, reveals your private bits

Circadian
Stop

Re: Tell you what, mister

@Mystic Megabyte

you're missing the bit where this company is seeling broken details about you - whether you personally see adverts on web-pages or not.

If this stuff spills over into credit checking or insurance databases (or, for UK, CRB or whatever that rumour mill is called this week)...

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The bank that likes to say... crash: TSB's online banking goes titsup on launch day

Circadian
WTF?

Re: What's the point?

Not actually Lloyd's choice. Pretty much imposed on them - can't remember if it's by the UK government or by European rules - but definitely an externally-imposed requirement.

However, re "What's the point?"... Feels strange to feel sorry for a banker, but first they were pretty much forced to buy a failing bank "for the good of the country", and then got told "you're too big now - sell some stuff off".

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Hunt's 'paperless', data-pimping NHS plan gets another £240m

Circadian
IT Angle

Re: I am in support of this idea.

@Maharg

The problem is "as long as it is done properly and securely". Do you seriously believe that there is any chance of that happening?

The set-up is already proposing handing your data over for "research purposes". I wonder how many safeguards are in place to make sure that it's not insurance companies doing actuarial research (even if not actual de-anonymisation research)?

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Fandroids blow $200,000 on secret PANIC BUTTON for their smartmobes

Circadian
FAIL

Re: Very clever

@Anonymous

"Maybe, but no real world use in a mobile phone that cannot be done in another way. This has solved a problem that doesn't exist.

"That is the reality, dispute and downvote if you wish."

What this really means is that you are unable to think of a problem that this will not be a solution for. It goes along the same lines as "anyone can design an encryption system that they are unable to break".

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Obama proposes four-point plan to investigate US data spooks

Circadian
Trollface

Re: See what you did?

I need coffee. I initially skimmed the article, and missed a few words, so "the US was 'out there willy-nilly sucking in information on everybody,'" was read as "the US was 'out there willy-sucking on everybody,'" Not sure re-reading improved it.

Also, how can BO expect people to believe the rubbish he is speaking. President you say? Of America. Oh. Carry on.

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New in Android 4.3: At last we get a grip on privacy-invading crApps

Circadian
FAIL

...and that's a problem because... ...?

Maybe it would encourage better programming techniques - learn how to fail gracefully.

It would also serve as a notice of an application that requires far too many permissions to do the job that it said it was going to do, but is instead doing other "stuff" that wasn't menioned in the puff-piece trying to attract users.

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Universal Credit: ONLY 6 job centres to get new dole system in October

Circadian

Re: Sympathy for the devil

It's just a shame that it hasn't been planned or phased as an Agile development process. It's just turned into an "Oh F... this is all that we have that even sort of works at the moment" rollout. For something this complex, with so much impact for everyone involved, it's not something that can be dropped in place and then upgraded as and when new features are added. It's definitely something that needs to be designed and piloted in parallel with existing working* systems, especially to see that complex cases can be handled.

It actually appears that this is the way it is being delivered - but from the way it's being presented, only because it got so screwed up it could not be launched in any other way.

*Ok, maybe calling the existing system "working" is pushing it a bit, but at least it is there

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Cosmic blast mystery solved in neutron star's intense death throes

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Re: Magnetic field

@Destroy All Monsters

Thank you for trying to explain this. (It's just a pity that my brain whimpered and gave up. I think it's time for more caffeine. Or, considering that QFT was mentioned, maybe stronger drugs are needed?)

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Apple dodged all UK corporation tax in 2012

Circadian
WTF?

Re: Justification

Let's see - I get taxed at income, I get taxed when I spend money (and when I buy fuel, I get taxed on the tax I pay - yes, to add insult to injury the government charge VAT on fuel duty...)

So to say that companies should not be taxed twice, when citizens are taxed every which way possible...

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UK sitting on top of at least 50 years of shale gas – report

Circadian
Unhappy

Re: Down the tubes we go (again)

Not only that, G.O. has already announced he will give tax breaks to those companies exploiting this resource. So whatever revenue will be brought in from this, the UK will see very little of it. And you just know that somehow this will be spun as "green energy" and find a way to attract extra tax from the average person.

Also, 100k incentive to communities - that's half a house. Wow, his generosity knows no start.

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US DoJ: Happy b-day, Ed Snowden! You're (not?) charged with capital crimes

Circadian

Re: As ye sow...

@BornToWin

Loser

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BT boss QUITS telecoms giant for front-bench gov job

Circadian

Re: "I am immensely proud to have led this co"

"co" - It'a just an abbreviation for "Crap Offering"

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NSA PRISM-gate: Relax, GCHQ spooks 'keep us safe', says Cameron

Circadian
Big Brother

It's legal so...

With the (deliberately) overbroad laws on the statute, it could well be legal. Still does not make it right.

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Obama weighs in on NSA surveillance imbroglio

Circadian
Unhappy

Re: AND

(long list of words)...

you missed Tom Bombadil

Does that mean that every Tolkien fan is now on a watchlist?

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Circadian

Re: Then...

"A man with nothing left to lose is a man without fear"

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BBC boffins ponder abstruse Ikea-style way of transmitting telly

Circadian
Unhappy

Re: Interesting

Looks like the obvious is missing (even though it's coming under the BBC banner) - adverts. Adverts customised and inserted into the "product" targeted at who the system thinks is viewing, and at what location. (Anyone want to take bets that that is the part of the system that is not user-configurable?)

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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

Circadian
Trollface

Re: Windows RT

New marketing effort required?

"Windows RT - now 7% less shit!"

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

Circadian
Unhappy

@JDX

"You can do it already and it works great."

(rant continued...)

No it doesn't - not from the point of view of those making the decisions. How on earth can you expect decent kickbacks/excellent board prospects off the back of a cheap device that is optional? To really secure the gravy train it needs to be mandatory and overpriced/underspecced/require replacement in a much shorter timeframe than existing devices ("Oh, that security vulnerability? Just have to get all the old models replaced. Just put it on the consumers' bills. Trebles all round?").

(/rant)

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Circadian
FAIL

@zmodem

Yes there is - the present "pay as you go" does not have an easy way to switch you off remotely at the behest of commerical forces/governement of the day/some jumped up oik in local government you gve the bird to (you just *know* that the rules are going to be so over-broad on this that even dog-wardens will have the authority to switch off your power).

(/rant)

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Mobes' pay-by-bonk just isn't cool enough, sniffs Tesco bod

Circadian
Flame

Re: Revolutionary small payment method

@Bill B

you, sir, are a cunt.

Hopefully you will survive long enough to "enjoy" the effects of old age described above and maybe realise a bit of patience is required at times.

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Health pros: Alcohol is EVIL – raise its price, ban its ads

Circadian
WTF?

"evidence based" my arse

Let's see - where is the evidence that people addicted to alcohol are "price sensitive" in that they will drink less if price is increased? From other addictions it seems that more healthy items like food or shelter are sacrificed to feed the problem - are they saying that alcohol addiction will turn out different? Mucking fuppets.

Only real reason I can see this being pushed so hard right now is that increased prices will mean increased taxes (government don't just take a duty on it, but a percentage as well). Follow the money, not just the moralists.

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Bong: My DIGITAL KINGDOM for a HORSE

Circadian
Stop

Re: Let me be the first to say

@Eadon

Next thing you will say you know nothing of the moderatrix of El Reg, the marvellous Sarah Bee (ah, she is sorely missed. Even with using the cream).

Still, her influence remains, for I find myself channelling her most common response to commentards: ODFO. And in case you are unaware of the meaning - "Oh, do fuck off" Eadon.

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'UK DNA database by stealth' proposed in £100m NHS project

Circadian
FAIL

Re: "100 IQ would change over time"

@OrsonX

nice of you to volunteer to be "data-cleansed". You seem to think that you would make the cut, but from the very shaky knowledge you have about genetics and how IQ works, I have serious doubts on that front.

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BT to rent cheaper FTTP lines to ISPs - if they stump up £1k a go

Circadian
Facepalm

Re: may be worth it

Shame that they will most likely keep "fair usage" policies in place that limit monthly downloads to 2Gbytes (or something ridiculously low). Seems like the speed of the network keeps increasing, but all it really means is that you hit allowed limits in minutes instead of hours...

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

Circadian
Mushroom

Who watches...

...the corrupt scum making these laws?

If she is absolutely devoted to this, then we should at least have a pilot to see if it is of any worth. I propose 24/7/365.25 (ish) monitoring of MPs and senior civil servants with full openness so that we may see how many "meetings with interested parties" go through on a nod and a wink.

After (say) approximately 25% of our elected representatives are jailed, let the rest vote on whether this is a good idea.

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Why 'slow light' might just save the Internet

Circadian
FAIL

Re: Servers

@another_vulture

way to completely miss the point of the article. Your optimistic "...will continue to increase exponentially" is about to run into a brick wall called "physical limits of the current technological process". Which is the whole point of this article - scientists and engineers trying to find new technologies to replace those that are about to hit their limits.

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YARR! Library Wi-Fi PIRATES can't be touched by Queen's men!

Circadian
FAIL

Don't worry, the library problem is already in hand

The government is busy closing them. (Please note that I intend no slur against any particular party - I think they are all in this together...)

Sheesh - a place where people could get education and entertainment for free is being chopped to the bone, and you are worried about a few downloads? How many sessions could be in use at any one time - a few thousand even if every possible session os being used for infringement? A trivial number in the scheme of things, especially compared to the costs associated if libraries had to maintain legal services to protect themselves. Also, you did not mention any software protection libraries may have or put in place to place roadblocks to casual downloading.

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LAST EVER British typewriter manufactured in Wales

Circadian
Stop

Re: Innovation

Tired meme is tired.

(For recursion: see recursion.)

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How Intel's faith in x86 cost it the mobile market

Circadian
Paris Hilton

Re: Intel, embrace ARM.

(daydreaming) wonder what an ARM processor fabbed on Intel's current fab technology be like? (\daydreaming)

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Foxconn: Worker who lost half his brain in accident must leave hospital

Circadian
Facepalm

Re: Sounds like

Quite a few downvotes for complaining how the disability system (fails to) work. Must be a bunch of Atossers reading this site.

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Microsoft Research man: It all starts with touch

Circadian
Trollface

Re: Sorry but

@Brangdon

Digitus Impudicus...?

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Health minister warns ISPs: Block suicide websites or face regulation

Circadian
FAIL

Re: Actually...

...and we are supposed to trust the word of an Anonymous Coward without any links to any such research.

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Circadian
Facepalm

Re: As "ruskie" (the poster above) says.....

And just how would you find out which sites are on the banned list, without being one of the "insiders" making the decisions? I suppose you could only know if you happened to know of the existence of the site beforehand - in which case, you will soon be contacted by the Department of Love for re-education.

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Windows Phone 8: What Nokia and Microsoft MUST do

Circadian
Stop

Re: another Poorly researched poorly written Nokia / MS bashing article

Don't you just hate Microsoft shills? They are so stupid that they don't even recognise when an author is actually attempting to boost the company they spin for. AO has long been a supporter of competition, and, as explicitly mentioned in the article, an *actual* user of the device in question. So go ahead Simonbuk and Zarniw00p (gah, don't you hate it when someone takes a Hitchhiker reference as a handle and turns out to be a complete turd?), keep attacking a journo who is at the very least is fair to your product - you might just succeed in turning him into an MS-hater.

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Circadian
Joke

Re: live tiles and pit to start

I didn't notice a "posted from my Nokia", but if it was, then the keyboard input system must be fairly rubbish (going by the number of typos in such a short post)

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Police mistake reveals plan for Assange's Embassy capture

Circadian

Re: Sharp shooters need some practice

@NFI thank you.

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