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Sky loses pub footy case

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Wider Implications

I know this result is non-binding right now. But if the final decision is binding what is this going to do to the ruling that the non-UK adult satellite channels cannot be used in the UK?

The law in the UK is already a joke considering that you can view the stuff on the net or buy videos, but you cannot watch it via your satellite dish.

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UK tech retailers are rubbish

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PVR or DVD Recorder

To be honest I wouldn't be advising someone to by either of these, instead buy a DVD Recorder with a built-in Hard Drive so you have some means to get the files off the machine if you want to keep them.

At least until they bring out a decent priced PVR that will record to a decent compressed (DivX etc) format and comes with a ethernet port so you can pull the files off that way.

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Ofcom: T-Mobile probe? Er, not really

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T-Mobile Backed Down

T-Mobile Statement:

“On Monday 10 January 2011 we announced that, in line with the rest of the industry, T-Mobile would be reducing its Fair Use Policy for data usage to 500MB a month for all mobile phone customers. Following a further review of our policy, these changes will now be introduced from 1 February, to new and upgrading customers only - not existing customers.

There will be no change to the data packages for existing customers for the duration of their contract and we apologise for any confusion caused. The revision to the Fair Use Policy is designed to ensure an improved quality of service for all mobile internet users."

Lysa Hardy, VP, T-Mobile UK

Information on new data policy:

From 1 February 2011 new and upgrading customers will be given a monthly 500MB data allowance. There will be no charge for those customers exceeding that limit, and those who do will still be able to access important services such as email and web browsing, however file downloading and streaming services will be restricted. Customers will then have the option to increase their monthly Fair Use Policy to 1GB a month by purchasing a Mobile Broadband Booster. This will ensure an improved quality of service for all of our mobile internet users.

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Should Help Cancellations

If they change the implimentation date to 1st March that will mean that they are admitting that the change is classed as a change that requires the 30 day notice.

In which case, they leave themselves open to people using that period to get out if they can show that they have been affected detramentally.

The more they wriggle, the more they tie themselves in knots.

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T-Mobile Don't Have a Clue

Copy of post made elsewhere for information

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Still no notice of changes here.

Just got off the phone with OFCOM and put in my complaint.

OFCOM phone number is : 0300 123 3333 or 020 7981 3040

Call them and tell them why the changes will be of 'material detriment' to you too.

My argument was that as I currently use about 1.2GB of internet per month (which is steadily increasing) my phone will stop accepting data after about 2 weeks into the month, which will basically stop most of it from working. The only way I could continue to have a fully functioning phone would be to sign up to the new booster which gives you a 3GB FUP if you pay £10.64. This would mean an increase in my bill of over 40% which is unacceptable.

As I still haven't been given notice of these changes T-Mobile are also in breach of the OFCOM General Condition 9.3 which requires 30days notice of any change.

OFCOM General Conditions url=http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/binaries/telecoms/ga/cvogc300710.pdf]

I also asked about if I am allowed to demand my PAK code and then cancel my Direct Debit in order to stop them taking out the £370 cancellation fee as I feel the fee is in dispute, and was told that I would be within my rights to with hold the monies whilst the dispute is dele with.

When I spoke to T-Mobile cancellations department this morning the guy on the other end had heard nothing about this change and thought I was just 'going from rumors' as an 'Android phone needs much more than 500mb data'. When he spoke to his boss he came back he still couldn't believe it. He also said that the Android phones will be going down to 1.5GB rather than 0.5GB (first time I've heard that one), but I told him that I still wasn't satisfied. He also couldn't supply that in writing, it was just 'what the manager said'.

I was told that if I wanted to complain I should email cust.rel@everythingeverywhere.com as they didn't give out a postal address, but Companies House gives you:

T-MOBILE LIMITED

HATFIELD BUSINESS PARK

HERTFORDSHIRE

AL10 9BW

Company No. 04347402

and

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE LIMITED

HATFIELD BUSINESS PARK

HATFIELD

HERTFORDSHIRE

AL10 9BW

Company No. 02382161

OFCOM also suggest that you send in these sort of letters by post (recorded etc) instead of email.

My plan now is to write to them explaining that as the new changes are of 'material detriment' to me I therefore reject these new changes and demand my PAK code by XXXX, or an agreement to maintain my 3GB data limit for the duration of my contract with them.

I wonder if it is also worth adding that if I do need to change suppliers I will be holding them responsible for any increased costs that may be charged until April 2011 (when my contract ends).

Considering that I'm paying T-Mobile £25 per month right now and the 'three' unlimited dataplan is £35, it would only be fair to take T-Mobile to the Small Claims Court for the extra £140.

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T-Mobile imposes swingeing cuts on fair use data limits

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Latest?

Ok just got off phone with T-Mobile after 50mins.

Phillipines: ALL internet contracts are affected by the new changes from Feb 2011.

Me: OK then I reject the changes to the T&Cs and therefore you leave me no choice but to leave T-Mobile, please give me the PAK code.

Phillipines then put me on hold.

Glasgow: I was told something about this yesturday, let me get the FAQ. Reads through FAQ to me, yes Android Web'n'Walk Plus customers are also included, and it states that customers cannot end their contract due to changes.

Me: UK law says differently and in 2009 OFCOM also found against T-Mobile when they messed with the T&Cs. So I have to request my PAK code then.

Glasgow: I cannot give you the code without generating a charge, I will talk to my manager.

Few minutes later,

Glasgow: My manager has spoken to Technical and they state that Android WnW+ aren't included in the change after all.

Me: Could you (or her) send me an email stating that I can keep my 3gb limit?

He goes back to manager again for a few minutes,

Glasgow: My manager has been told that they cannot send out an email as legal are now looking into sending out some form of clarification about exactly what the changes are. He will call or email me today.

It looks like this change has been rushed through and no one has bothered to spell out clearly who is/isn't affected by it. I cannot faullt the guy at the Glasgow call centre, he was polite and helpful as much as he could be. It's just that the main company seemed to just not bother making it clear what's happening.

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Gordon861

On Phone Now

Talking to T-Mobile on phone right now and they say that the 'plus' contracts are affected.

Trying to get code to leave now.

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Last Time T-Mobile Changed T&Cs

Just found this post from October 2009 when T-Mobile last played silly buggers with the T&Cs, should be good ammo for this time

http://www.bitterwallet.com/ofcom-back-consumers-right-to-cancel-t-mobile-contract-but-did-t-mobile-contact-you/20352

Get out there and spank T-Mobile!

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Gordon861

Not heard yet

I'm on T-Mobile, running a HTC Desire and not been sent the text yet.

I believe that with such a major change to their T&Cs you can just use this opportunity to 'reject the new terms' and take your phone and number to a new provider with zero need to buyout the remainder of the contract.

This is how people got out of the old Screaming.Net and WorldOnline ISP contracts a few years back.

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Gordon861

Phone Support

It appears that T-Mobile are being swamped by people complaining about this change. When you phone 150 to get their customer services you get, the T-Mobile jingle followed by "Sorry, we are unable to transfer your call, sending you back to the main menu" which then just repeats until you hang up as it is transferring to itself over and over.

From the T-Mobile forums

http://support.t-mobile.co.uk/discussions/index?page=forums&topic=8010380bff24f8012d6da8429f007d13

http://support.t-mobile.co.uk/discussions/index?page=forums&topic=8010380bff24f8012d6da8429f007cec

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Mobile operators handed content billing blueprint

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Title

If this happened on mobile ISPs it would only be a matter of time until it ended up on your home internet as well.

But, until all internet providers actually supply you with an accurate way of monitoring your internet use so you can accurately tell how many MB/GB/TB you need each month how can they really blame people for using too much?

Just telling people to download 3rd party apps onto each home PC/Laptop etc just doesn't solve the problems, as these often just record data passing through the network port etc.

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MPs shocked at Taser supplier overlap

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stuff

I'm suprised they didn't call the new company Tect-Pro.

You will probably find that they have formed a US middle man company to supply the units to the UK company and it'll be owned by the original Pro-Tect owners.

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World of Warcraft bot ban ticks off world of critics

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What's Next?

I expect the next stage will be a developer asking for a fee to allow modders to continue to modify their titles.

First it'll be the power graphs that tell you how much dps you are doing in real time and tells you what button to press. Then it'll be the ingame maping software that tells you where to find targets/places.

This is only a matter of time.

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Judge puts Assange behind bars ahead of extradition hearing

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Bail Refused

I doubt he wants to leave the UK anyways, there is probably a reason he wanted to be arrested in the UK rather than elsewhere. We are more likely to let the courts decide to send him abroad rather than let a US snatch squad pick him up.

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Alan Sugar's 'cockup braindead in call centre clueless' BT row

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BT Coming Back?

From what I heard earlier in the year BT are in the process of moving all their call centres back to the UK due to all the complaints they get about foreign ones.

Everyone from the UK should be telling companies that they are pleased that there call centres are in the UK when they are, and complaining about the fact that they are abroad. This is the only way they will ever bring them back to the UK again.

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Gordon861

Who I Am

"After 5 mins told BT bloke on phone who I was" is NOT the same as pulling the "don't you know who I am" line.

If you phoned BT you would also need to tell them who you are otherwise they won't talk to you.

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MP wants age verification for net smut

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DNS

There is no reason to make things more difficult for every ISP out there, also they would never all be the same or be updated as often.

Why does the charity not just start up it's own DNS and allow any parents that wish to use just connect to that one?

Just setup the Mary Whitehouse DNS and let the Daily Mail readers etc point out what sites should be added to "here be boobs" list and blocked.

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Christians vs metalheads in FB flame war

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Tolerance?

Dawkins and co don't single out Christianity, instead they are anti anyone that still talks to invisible friends instead of using their brain to realise that none of the 'invisible friends' actually makes any sense.

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Cyber cops crush plod-snapper site following Millbank riot

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Random Idiot

"it wasn't some random idiot from the street that contact the host"

Correct, it was instead a highly paid idiot that went above his authority by implying that there was no need for him to get a court order to get the site removed.

The MET should have asked for the page to be removed whilst they got a court order to remove the offending post, insted it just seems like it was an excuse to remove an unhelpful site.

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Sue the Host?

I hope Fitwatch decide to try and sue the host for acting illegally.

Also if the police don't now try to get every other site that has posted the information closed down it will prove that they were just looking for an excuse to his this site rather than just acting on the evidence of this one post.

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Volunteer biker gang foils Westminster CCTV car fleet

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Evening Standard

One of our videos got picked up by the Evening Standard today

http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23894808-outraged-resident-bags-a-couple-of-parking-cctv-spy-cars.do

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Gordon861

Missing the Point

Owen - I think you are missing the point of these cars.

These cars do not detect or stop dangerous actions by any road users, if they did we'd leave them alone. These cars are being used as a more efficent way of collecting parking fines and fines from other ambigous road signs. Westminster Council have a history of issuing tickets even when they know that the ticket is unenforceable if challanged, they ignore government rules/guidance on placement of road signs in the hope that people will be caught out and just pay up.

When the law was changed to allow CCTV enforcement of parking regulations it was done on the understanding tat it was only used where it wasn't safe or practical to do so by a man on foot traditional parking attendent.

Most pedestrians and cyclists don't have a problem with us doing what we are doing in relation to these cars, take a look at a few of the videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OuJnIIDqblY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaqPcaneDLw

If these cars were being used to aid Road Safety we would not be doing anything to them but they are in truth just mobile money printers for Westminster.

Re. the Police

We have had a number of discussions with the police about our activities and they are perfectly happy with us following these cars and what we are doing.

This is just another extension of our fight against Westminster Council and will continue, along with our protests every Wednesday at Trafalgar Square. If coming into Westminster on a Wednesday bring a packed lunch, you may be a little while.

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Title

These rides started off as a Saturday event and have now expanded to any day people are free. We had a single rider out on Monday who must have saved motorists over £1000 in fines.

There is now a Twitter feed that we update with locations as we find them and people can let us know where the cameras are easily. http://twitter.com/NoToMob

We are also starting to expand operations outside Westminster due to the fact that the Westminster cars have developed a habit of running back to base when we turn up.

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Dead baby taunting troll feels wrath of law

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Real Life

At the end of the day, don't post anything on the web that you wouldn't do face to face or don't have the bottle to admit to posting to family and work collegues.

If he'd done the same things to these people in person he would also have been locked up, so doing it on the web is no defence.

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Power grid scare stories a 'bunch of hooey'

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Really?

I thought there was an incident a few years back when the powergrids went screwy due to one part going BANG?

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Coalition promises to kill three-quarters of its websites

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Closing Museums?

"Maude said that since 11 May, the government had already found another 81 sites - giving a total of 742 websites which are either run directly by the government or run by charities, museums or other bodies with government involvement.

Maude promised an announcement alongside the spending review to cut 75 per cent of these."

Does this mean they will be closing the charities and museums or just stopping them for having websites?

Does it really matter how many sites there are as long as they are being used by the public and kept upto date by the admins?

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Cambridge chap's todger topiary gets the chop

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Stupid

With incidents like this becoming more common is it any suprise that the Head of the MET wants to make it harder to sue the police?

The idiot that reported this and the cop that threatened to fine him for it both need to get a life.

He should have kept the hedge and refused the fine, then the police would have to drop it or get the CPS to prosecute, which would have been a case worth seeing in the Magistrates court.

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Dixons touts tablets

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Getting There

I know a few people that have been eyeing the iPad and/or an eBook reader, and keep telling them not to buy anything yet as there is so much stuff coming onto the market in the next month or so.

So far from what I've seen the Archos 70 Internet Tablet looks to be the best hope for price/performance/abilities http://www.archos.com/products/ta/archos_70it/specs.html

Capacitive Screen - yes

Recent OS - yes (Android 2.2)

Fast CPU - yes (1 GHz)

Good Storage - yes (8GB flash or 250GB HD), also micro SD slot

WiFi & Bluetooth - yes

Battery - 10 hrs surfing (will probably be 7 in truth though)

Also has built in webcam.

Just need to see what their service will be like and actually get hands on time messing with one now.

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HTC launches Ovi-ogling cloud service

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Limited Phones

According to the HTC Sense site it only works on a couple of their very new phones and not most of their range.

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McCanns join CEOP quango row

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Babysitters

Of course if the McCanns had been using a babysitter, the babysitter would have been prosecuted for neglect when the girl went missing.

Why then, do we hold parents to a lower standard than the minimum wage hired help?

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Virgin Media introduces P2P throttling

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Throttled

I don't have too much of a problem with throttling during peak hours, I just wish I could get more than a 1.5mb down max on my BT line.

Also any company expecting you to stay within a download limit for a month should supply you with software that will allow you to monitor the stats on your line from their system.

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Bill would let feds block pirate websites worldwide

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Real Target

I expect the real target will be Wikileaks and so called extremist websites (basically anything considered unamerican)

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Trident delay by the Coalition: Cunning plan, or bad idea?

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Grenade

Yes Minster said it best

It's suprising that this clip is still pretty much correct even over 20 years later.

Push the button?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX_d_vMKswE

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Pirate Bay beset by tainted ads

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Don't Use It

I stopped using the site ages ago due to the number of virus and trojan warnings/infections. Not had any problems since I avoided it.

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BT's onshoring call centres scheme continues

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Great

Next time you get an insurance quote check if the call centres are in the UK, if not go somewhere else and tell them why. Every call centre job being done overseas is another person on the dole in the UK who you are paying for with your taxes.

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Bye-bye to bizarro bye-laws, says UK.gov

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Nice Idea but ...

... this law won't be used to get rid of odd existing laws, instead they will use tha facility to create a whole new set of strange local laws to nick you for.

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Acer Android tablet release date wobbles

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Release Now?

Why not just release the damn things now with 2.1 or 2.2 and try to get some market share before they have to spend the next 5 years chasing Apple. As long as the OS can be patched to version 3 when it's released there should be no problem.

I know people that are looking for these now and if the delays keep going they will just end up buying an iPad before the end of the year.

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Police told terror ads too terrifying offensive

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Title

But isn't the Red Dwarf quote going to become true soon with people ratting on their neighbours for claiming too much Benefits in order to win cash rewards?

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Council wins motorbike charges case

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Stop

The fight goes on ...

All the people saying that WCC have added extra spaces and security devices in return for the charge are talking bollocks.

At the start WCC put in a few security devices and then stopped doing it for the other bays. Also WCC have not increased the provision for parking bikes in the last 4 years. The charge is £1 per day right now, it'll probably be a £1 an hour when they feel they can get away with it, then the scheme will roll out accross London and the rest of the UK. According to WCC just to impliment this scheme is costing the £430k per year, if that's true why continue with it.

In order to pay you need to stand in the street reading out your credit card number to a foriegn call center, this might be fine in the summer but wait until the winter when it's pissing down with rain and you are trying to shout over the phone to pay for the parking. At the court they claimed that anyone that didn't have a phone could use their underground car parks for free, but failed to mention that they were about to sell off the underground car parks.

We lost this court case, it's not the end it just means that now the gloves are off. People that have been avoiding Trafalger Square on Wednesdays had better get used to being delayed on other days. We aren't going to stop, we will be turning up at any location in Westminster at any time we choose and cause even more chaos. After the case we closed Lambeth Bridge roundabout with about 10 bikes, no cars got onto it for about 5-10 mins, we can do this anywhere. On Wednesday we blockaded Westminsters Offices for an hour in the morning, we can turn up any day we like.

We are organised, we can avoid the traffic that we cause, we can stop any part of London we wish, we are here, we are not going away...

If you go to London, take sandwiches because you may be a little while, see you on the streets.

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For sale: Dr No's Scottish bunker complex

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Eek Broadband

Availability for the DD10 0TA area on the Inverbervie exchange

Exchange Your local BT Exchange (Inverbervie) is ADSL broadband enabled

Line Your line should be capable of supporting download speeds up to 512kbps (around 10 times faster than dial-up)

Your line will be fully tested when you place a broadband order

Postcode-only checks are not 100% accurate

Oh well that scuppers that idea then.

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Gordon861

Police Stop

I want it.

I would love to see the cops on SKY trying to raid that place using their puny enforcer.

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Romford coppers try to stopper young snapper

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V2 Rights Sheet

The only problem with that 'cheat sheet' is that it's so damn long-winded, you are probably just better off printing out the MET police webpage.

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Oklahoma granny sues cops over tasering

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True Story

I'm more inclined to believe the people suing in this case because the money they are asking for isn't like the normal sue-hungry idiots that sue for $15+million for a stubbed toe.

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Voting chaos in not-fit-for-purpose electoral system

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PR Hybrid

The system I'd like to see would double the size of the current constituances so we'd have half the MPs, and continue to run these posts using the current voting system. So that would be 325 local MPs.

Then run the other 325 MPs via a pure PR system. The MPs from the list could still be assigned constituances to look by their party, so some areas would have more than one MP people could go to for help.

This way you could still vote for a 'local MP' but you could also vote for a National Party that you prefer, often not the same when you have a good local MP. It would also give the more popular parties a chance to still get a pure majority in Parliment.

I would also add the prison population as a single constituancy with one MP to solve the problem with them not being able to vote.

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UK polling stations turn away 'hundreds' of voters

Gordon861

Voting

I was one of the people working at this election in a London Borough.

We were open from 7am until 10pm, and the Polling Stations are all very local to the registered address of the voter so public transport is not required. Add to this the fact that if you were disabbled you can almost bet that one of the local parties would have been willing to give you a lift if they thouht you might vote for them there is no excuse not to get there on time. The staff were there from 6:15am until about 10:30pm and unable to leave the station or take any proper breaks unless things got quiet.

At our location we had about 5k people on the voter lists, this list was then split into three parts. So after the postal votes etc each station probably had about 1500 people to look after. We had papers for about 1200 people at each station, we could have got more if we needed them but it's very unlikely. Everyone wants us to stop wasting money and printing papers for every voter would mean an extra 30-40% of paper being paid for and wasted.

People have to go to the particular station and be marked off their list to ensure that they only vote once, so there is no way we could just add extra staff once we had started. Most of the day we had 30-40 people delt with each hour, at our peak 6-8pm we were dealing with 100 per hour (I logged the number every hour), and queues were stretching out the door but we were working as fast as possible. the voter cards made our life much easier because we could use the number to go straight to the place on the register instead of having to look it up via street name, house number and name.

We didn't have to turn anyone away for being late, but most elections we end up with someone that seems to want to see how fine they can cut it and still vote. The rules we were working to were if you have a Ballot Paper at 10pm you can vote but we will not issue any papers after 10pm.

I've seen a lot of posts/comments all over the place sugesting the use of computers for doing the lists so people can vote anywhere they like. The problem with this is that most of the voting is done for a particular Ward so the papers would need to be kept together in that ward for counting etc. If you moved the whole thing to an electronic system I think we'd have even more problems than we do now and more claims of tampering with the systems.

The great thing about the current UK way of voting is that there is a true paper trail that can be looked over later to see what happened and we don't require electricity to set a station up. If the only location available is a portacabin we can use that, there have also been ocassions where the start of the poll has been run from the back of a car due to keyholders not turning up.

The UK system might not be perfect but it's robust and for the most part it works well.

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Couple More Thoughts

Weekend Voting

This has been looked at before including the 14hr voting window. A big problem with this is the fact that a lot of our Polling Stations are in church buildings that are often in use at the weekends, or would cost a lot more to hire.

Postal Votes

You can hang onto your Postal Vote and hand it in on the day of the vote but (in London) it needs to go to the station that you would normally vote at(due to ward boundaries) or the Town Hall. Also if you loose your Postal Vote you can normally get a replacement on the day from your local Town Hall.

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HTC Desire

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On Order

Spoke to T-mobile last week, they had run out of stock, and getting rid of them as fast as they come in. Mines on order now...

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Xperia X10

It will be interesting to see this phone when compared to the Sony that should be out any day now. That's the only thing delaying my move to a smartphone now.

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Mandy quango says Apple, Amazon are too obscure

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Online Songs

I have never bought a downloadable song from anywhere and probably never will unless things change a lot.

I buy the CD and then rip it to whatever format I want.

Reasoning

1. Normally cheaper or close to same cost.

2. If I have a hard drive failure I can re-rip or use a backup.

3. I get to choose how much definition I loose.

4. I control what machines I can put it on.

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El Reg insults 'millions of Irish Catholics'

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They are Catholics

So forgive the reg, don't wine about it.

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