* Posts by James 51

2098 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

EU GDPR compliance still a thing for UK firms even after Brexit

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Re: Pop!

This sounds a lot like 'Our cars are cheaper because we don't need seatbelts.' style of argument.

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Brexit and data protection: A period of shock and reflection

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You missed the step were the post office has someone standing at the door with copies of the forms to become an Irish citizen/get an Irish passport in Irish because they've run out of the ones in English. The website which comes first in google for getting an Irish passport/becoming a citizen was unavailable this morning. I'm guessing was effectively DDOSed by people looking for information.

BTW is that German beer?

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Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day

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Re: An issue that bitterly divides the country

No cream, just jam.

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Germany: If Brits vote to Remain, we'll admit Hurst's 1966 goal was a goal

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Re: See what can happen when you work together?

There aren't that many regulations on pillows. John Oliver exposed the manipulation of the facts required to come up with that number.

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Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'

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Re: psst,

Long live BB10! Blackberry have a father's day sale on as well. Sorely tempted to pick up a Passport SE.

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No contract protected against the risk of bid-rigging, says expert

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Kick backs or knowingly underbidding the actual cost. You see this a lot in UK government IT contracts. When we said it would cost, a hundred million, we really meant two hundred and it might end up costing a billion (which we knew all along but would never have won the bid if we had told the truth).

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Intel still chip, chip, chippin' away at the European Commission's anti-trust fine

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Inflation has eroded the impact of the original fine. Wonder if the extra money in lawyers fees was worth it though. Guess no corp is going to let any fine be imposed without a legal WW3 first.

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Cash-strapped English and Welsh cops prepare to centralise all 43 forces' websites

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For a moment I thought the headline was going to end with civil forfeiture. Still got a bad feeling about this. Not that it couldn't work but would need prove that it will.

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Drubbed StubHub carder grub guilty, faces 12 years in cooler club

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I think the lesson we can all draw from this is that if you're a Russian cyber criminal, never target Russians and never leave the country.

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Lycamobile offices 'raided over fraud allegations' – report

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Re: I smell a refund

With the general level ability displayed by the SFO we'll end up paying Lycamobile for something.

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Good hacker uses vid vulns to spy on Quebec Liberal Party meetings

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Re: The ROFL moment in this article ?

They might be locked into a contract that makes it difficult to get out no matter how incompetent the supplier is. Of course perhaps they were warned to change passwords and such but didn't. I doubt there will be enough detail released (commercial confidentially and all that jazz) to find out why.

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Baidu tech chief: AI smart enough to take our jobs, not our lives. Yet

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Re: So lawyers will be obsolete?

I can't remember the details of the story but there is a si-fi novel were an electronic pope can pardon or condemn criminals to a penal planet. Of course once the hero gets there he finds out his father rigged the electronic pope to keep bad people away and let only people they wanted through.

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Meet the 1,000 core chip that can be powered by an AA battery

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So we know which CPU the iPhone 7 will be using then.

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Hey cloud lawyer: Can I take my client list with me?

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In my last job I had four weeks leave built up. Handed my notice in and was told I might get paid that but I wouldn't know until a month after I left and it was entirely at the mercy of the HR boss I'd just had a massive row with. I staid two days for the sake of decency and handing stuff off to the rest of my team and that was me out of there.

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What's to stop you giving your client list a call to say 'Cherrio, I'm off to greener pastures at x. Not sure who/y will be handling your account in the future. Good luck.'?

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Dell close to selling software division for $2bn – reports

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“three people familiar with the matter”

Oh please let them be called Curly, Larry and Moe.

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Snoopers' Charter 'goes too far' says retired Met assistant commish

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It will be good for embarrassing people you don't like.

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Re: So then

A referendum on a less undemocratic election process and reigning in the worst of the Tories excesses.

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I know (haven't forgotten the whole ID cards thing) but was hoping they'd at least pretend to care and step in here.

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Time like these I wish the Lib Dems still had a big voice in parliament or that labour stood up against Tory rights bashing.

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Apple's 'lappable' iPad Pro concept is far from laughable

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Re: Shock Horror - A positive review of an Apple 'thing'

It wasn't exactly a review, more of an anecdote. I'd think if it was a review there would be more rigor. I was able to do much the same with my playbook and a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse (or even my 9320 and then Q10) four or five years ago. I was able to create some fairly complex diagrams with an app I bought for it too and type up coursework for the OU on it. Stuff like this useful, but it's not ready to be a primary device for anyone but the most undemanding of users.

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Ransomware scum build weapon from JavaScript

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Re: Say what you like

They don't impress me any more than someone stepping out of a dark alley does. There is just less risk for the criminals this way.

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Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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I think the pivot to pfitbit is unfortunate. Discrete notification, long battery life and excellent screen (particularly in direct sunlight) and the three things that made them stand out for me.

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Looks like my first gen pebble steel is safe for now.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Sad for us readers but sadder still for those who knew him I am sure. Rest in peace, got a feeling the place isn't going to be the same without him.

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EPO president caught threatening independent appeal board

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"an international organization is not beholden to any individual country's laws."

Google, MS and even a few UN bodies have tried this one. Never seen it work though.

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US plans intervention in EU vs Facebook case caused by NSA snooping

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Re: Oops

So that's what happened to the air force complaints database.

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Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

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Re: Bravo

That's for the hololens, not the new xbox.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

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The model is already there in desktops and laptops.

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Which is a pity. I have managed to upgrade through three versions of Ubuntu with my current desktop. When the new generation of AMD chips come out I might upgrade keeping the same OS and applications.

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The first stable release of CM13 was only three months ago so not that long.

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Last time I checked Cyanogenmod was based on Android 4.4 and Android is on version 6. If they don't hurry up they'll soon have problems getting features and apps to run on it. If Google goes full blob it might be the end is neigh for them.

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I'd prefer something like fairphone were you could upgrade it modularity and replace components as they fail.

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We need something like linux for phones. Something that users can install on a wide range of hardware and still have something functional. That there are several variants of so people can focus on an area that they need/want.

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British Airways slaps 'at risk' sticker on nearly half its app delivery dept

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"BA parent IAG reported profits of €1.76bn for the first nine months of 2015, versus €1.048bn in the prior year period."

It annoys me when profitable companies pull stunts like this. I know the 'they need to do this to stay profitable' line but the whole point of paying extra for BA is the level of service you are suppose to get in return. Perhaps because good news is not news but I've never heard of one of these deals ending well.

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

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Re: I wouldn't blame Windows 10

Unlike desktops phone manufacturers have a not so secret weapon to perpetuate enforce obsolescence for the foreseeable future, non-removable batteries.

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Get ready for Google's proprietary Android. It's coming – analyst

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What will happen to the likes of cyanogen when that happens?

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Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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Re: Windows 10, amazing for some reasons, awful for others

Even if they kill the privacy stuff they can bring it back in with an update you can't refuse.

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Re: I noticed this a year ago during the 'insider' program

Until I read the name I thought this was amanfrommars1 who had taken some dried frog pills.

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Startup Knupath offers world a new CPU architecture

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Classic or NuDoom?

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Do you have a 'co-working mindset' and 'ephemerally involve others' in work?

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I misread Gigjam as something else. They really need to change that name.

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England just not windy enough for wind farms, admits renewables boss

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The headline is very misleading. The article says any more wind farms, not at all as the headline implies. What about off-shore? Steadier wind although more expensive to build and maintain.

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

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Re: You can't make any accurate predictions,

You go be a unique and special little flower. Let the rest of us live in the modern, interconnected world.

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Re: Here is an idea for the twats at the top.

Actually if we remain in the EEA or want to sell a bunch of stuff to the EU Brussels will still make a lot of UK law.

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Re: If the UK did not join the EEA on leaving the EU

I am not sure if you're a troll, trying to be funny or just stupid but here goes. The UK steel industry is screaming bloody murder because Chinese produced steal is being dumped for less than it cost to make on the world market in an effort to soften the blow reducing over capacity will have on the Chinese internal jobs market and prevent social unrest. Without tariffs how do you plan to stop this abuse?

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Re: So basically...

The EU has been stitched together by treaties our government signed up for. We didn't vote for them directly but the people we voted for to vote on our behave did vote for them.

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Re: So basically...

So do I but until we get it there are plenty of examples of the EU protecting the citizens of constituent countries from their governments, particularly over things like privacy protection and spying on law abiding citizens:

http://www.politico.eu/article/uk-high-court-strikes-down-british-data-retention-law-policy-act/

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Re: So basically...

My post wasn't a direct response to yours. Tom_ and Julz also mentioned (indirectly) super national courts and the leave campaign often talks about those issues the ECHR handles as if it was part of the EU. They criticise decisions it has made and then say that leaving the EU would prevent the UK having to abide by those decisions so in this context, EU courts doesn’t always mean ECJ (even if it should).

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NASA 'naut to boldly enter pump-up space podule

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Just because you can't save it all doesn't mean you don't try to save something. I think it's important as it's far more likely that this technology will be used to build a very large percentage of future space stations if it works out. Not being able to fold it again does make that impractical however.

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"The habitat will remain attached to the ISS for two years, after which it'll be cut loose "to burn up on re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere""

Surely some museum would like to have what could be an important footnote in space history for a future exhibit and you could conduct more tests on it. I know cost is probably the reason not to do it.

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