* Posts by Jason 24

96 posts • joined 6 Jul 2009

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Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

Jason 24

Stadiums

I can understand only wanting to sell 41% of games, if every game was televised there would be less incentive to go to the ground to watch. If anyone watched the recent Man City game in Russia where the supporters were banned from the stadium you'll know that the atmosphere is a huge part of any game.

I am noticing a round and round pattern forming with BT, Sky and Virgin, all whinging to Ofcom cos "it's not fair that they can rip consumers off but I can't".

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Shuddit, Obama! Here in Blighty, we ISPs have net neutrality nailed

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Re: Pick your ISP and get what you pay for

Are you my doppelganger??

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UK consumers particularly prone to piss-poor patching

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Re: Java autoupdate

Mines been borked in so far as every time I click the icon in the tray it says "failed to download install files" and I have to go to the damn website and do it manually.

Has anyone ever tried to access ASDM after a java update (for the noddy monitoring stuff, not programming it!!)? Being told that java run time is not installed, but go direct to the path of the .jnlp file and it runs fine?

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DVLA website GOES TITSUP on day paper car tax discs retire

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Re: A little common sense is called for...

"So why, for the love of Mike, would you leave it until the last possible day?"

I thought this was SOP for any software release testing.... It is round here anyway.

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Game pirates 'donate' compute power to Bitcoin miners

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Re: Pretty much every game, OS, or application torrent has some form of malware.

Gotta agree, Steam has definitely moved me away from pirating. It's not so hard to just keep an eye out for when titles have a 70% discount and buy them then, that's near as dammit stealing anyway. Or at least the equivalent of buying 2nd hand, with the added bonus that the studio gets a bit of cash for the sale unlike 2nd hand games.

I have also bought a number of games on Steam that I have pirated in the past. I've no intention of playing them again, but a fiver or so for something that has kept me entertained in the past is well worth spending on.

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China is now 99.8% sure you're you, thanks to world's-best facial recognition wares

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Had this at Stansted recently...

5 of us coming back, 1 didn't have a chip in his passport so I went went and stood with him in the longer queue for pictures only, and we beat the other 3 lads out who went for the "fast" track.

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Brits STUNG for up to £625 when they try to cancel broadband

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Re: Setup costs

"And I imagine there are companies that will rent that kit as well."

I'd hazard a guess that that is part of the problem. Once upon a time to be an ISP you had build and own a physical infrastructure and employ well trained and highly paid staff to run it.

Now anyone can become a virtual ISP with minimal effort (compared to building a network across the country) and since you don't have highly trained staff to pay and you're happy with a smaller cut you undercut everyone who has to run their own networks, thus starting the race to the bottom.

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Jason 24

Setup costs

"in fact they should often pay less, to reflect costs providers save because the contract ends early,”"

Expect that with the margins on Broadband being so slim it often means a customer has to be retained for 2 years before a provider breaks even on the setup cost, let alone making any money, so the providers are out of pocket if you leave early.

This may be different when a MAC code is used, I'm not sure what BT charge for processing them.

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BT slapped down by BSkyB over O2 broadband 'switch off' porkies

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So...

Who do I write to to complain about the ASA? Clearly they are not performing their advertised function of regulating advertising because so many complaints are being upheld after the campaign has finished running.

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

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Re: yep, vm status pages are useless, as is the telephone status

"iv) planned, in what way?"

Planned as in "bollocks, I rebooted the wrong server". "Ah well, may as well do that maintenance since it's off anyway". "Oh shit, that didn't go to plan, what do we do now??"

I would suspect.

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

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Re: Gaps?

Exactly those gaps. Why waste time researching them yourself when you know someone else will do all the leg work and you can jump in at the last second?

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Microsoft in 1-year Windows XP survival deal with UK govt

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Re: Maths?

"£250 per computer (which is ever so slightly higher than the $200 "

$200 = £120, so it'd be considerably more expensive. I'd guess they just swapped $ for £ and then whacked an extra 50 on for Office/Exchange.

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EE...K: Why can't I uninstall carrier's sticky 'Free Games' app?

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Re: Not just on the Galaxy,

I've had it to, seems to have disappeared after stopping it, clearing the cache and then "uninstalling updates" from the settings > app menu.

Still, given me the kick up the arse I need to look at rooting the damn thing.

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

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Re: worried?

Oh FFS stop it.

If an unauthorised DD comes out of your account just ring your bank and tell them, the money is instantly recalled and the DD cancelled with no damage done, used it many times when "administrative errors" result in my monthly bills getting FUBARed by various companies.

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

Jason 24

Re: Money problems

You appear to have commented on the wrong article, I think you should be over here - Telegraph

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You've been arrested for computer crime: Here's what happens next

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Re: Question.

Down vote withdrawn :) Sucks to be you though, they must have been really grasping at straws if they had to find evidence from another avenue!

On the whole though I do believe that the vast majority of plod are interested in doing a good job and don't want to cause unnecessary problems for people being investigated. Only takes a few jobsworths though to make it seem like the exact opposite.

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Jason 24

Re: Question.

On the opposite end of the scale I had absolutely no issue whatsoever with them finding other stuff. I've a lot of music that's been ripped from various sources as well as more than a few films and when they got a tip off for kiddy porn and didn't find any they didn't press on anything else, they just nuked the hard drives and handed them back completely blank (yes, returned them, contrary to other comments on here).

Hell they weren't even bothered about the weed they found in the house when raiding, said they couldn't leave it with us and put it down as being found outside (was only about 30 quids worth, but still).

Therefore I do find it hard to believe however that they'd prosecute for trespass based on a grainy video they found, you must have had a real grumpy bastard looking at your case who was just out to get something. Unlucky!

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Re: Question.

From personal experience (check my post history), if they are looking for kiddie porn and find non but find a few pirated films you'll get your disks back, but they'll be utterly wiped to the nth degree. So no, they are not interested in doing you over for a few films/MP3s if they can't find what they really want.

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Dear Apple: Want to stay in business? Make an iPhone people can afford

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@DougS

I see your comments and raise you a bendy phone.

There's still plenty of headway to be made in the computing industry as a whole.

To use the car analogy I'd have to say fuel injectors were a major technological advancement, we refer to any post-2000 engine as "modern" and that's well over 100 years since the first engines.

Even if we accounted for the idea that the computers themselves are allowing us to invent the next jump that much quicker we've still a long way to go before we're close to the level engines are today compared to their inception.

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UK plant bakes its millionth Raspberry Pi

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Re: Well done

<article>Education Secretary Michael Gove, who appears to have decided it’s more important to teach little'uns how to program than to use the technology they will sit in front of when eventually they enter the workplace.</article>

"So you're saying you, me, most El Reg readers, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Charles Babbage, Alan Turing all suffered because we weren't taught Word and Excel in school?"

I deliberately chose not to not take "IT" at GCSE level because I know it was actually "office drone 101", so yes, that section is completely off the mark.

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Storage rage: Like getting a nice steak and being told to only eat 80% of it

Jason 24

Very odd article...

Someone wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?

As a general rule of thumb it's inadvisable to run anything at 100% all the time because you'll fuck it quicker than not. Would you red line your car constantly? Would you run an AC unit at 100% because it just about cools the room or do you install a second unit to alleviate stress on the first? Hell, do you ever sprint everywhere you go? Sure you'll get there quicker, but at the cost of being a sweaty mess?

As for capacity what happens when some muppet uploads an extra 100GB of data to that storage space and there's no room? It either fails or you get charged an extortionate "burst" rate until you bring the amount down or up your package?

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Ministry of Sound sues Spotify over user playlists

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FAIL

Re: Do they mix?

They do mix, but recently I'm sure I've found a few that start of mixing for the first 5-10 tracks but then after that they just seem to give up and the rest are just on one after another.

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Telefonica and Arqiva set to mop up BILLIONS in smart meter cash

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Stop

Re: The utilities will own our souls!!!!!!!!!!!

"It's not about turning off power to houses but to specific appliances. If a fridge gets turned off for the ten minutes"

And who exactly is going to be buying me a new fridge that supports this? My current one works fine and I've no plans to spend a fortune upgrading it to appease this lot of muppets.

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Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

Jason 24

Sounds tempting...

My main reason for not having Spotify at the moment is a) 3g is simply to unreliable to jump and switch tracks as I see fit, I need to cache a playlist with wifi before setting off anywhere, so if I've selected a load of random crap the playlist is useless, plus b) 4g (which should be fast enough to allow me to just select anything at any time) doesn't offer near enough data allowance for me to freely jump anywhere on spotify without bankrupting myself, so I'll still be caching stuff before setting off anywhere.

Giving me enough data and spotify in one go, that is awfully tempting.... let's see what the first adopters make of the networks reliability first though...

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Government IT contracts to be scrutinised by UK competition watchdog

Jason 24

Don't the NHS have...

A nice shiny new system which allows them to order IT equipment with ease, cost us a few billion, can't everyone else borrow this?

Oh wait....

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REVEALED: Google's GINORMOUS £650m London Choc Factory

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Well I wish...

I had £650m to sink into a country that is making me no profit....

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The Reg's best-looking reader reveals list of jobs for the beautiful

Jason 24

Re: Good looking on Radio

The trouble I tend to find with "beautiful" people is they are quite dull. You don't need to be exciting when everyone thinks you're amazing and fantastic to look.

It's about 4-5 months in you realise they don't actually do anything but look pretty.

Therefore they can't be any good for radio. Moyles wasn't pretty, but he was entertaining.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

Jason 24

How long are these apps actually kept open for?

I know the only time I open a metro app is when something has reset the file type associations and it's defaulted back to the music player or picture viewer for mp3s and jpgs.

It's open for about as long as it takes me to hit alt+f4 before changing the association back.

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The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!

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Flame

@owen

I think you'll find he probably didn't read the article.

Neither did I, I stopped at MacRumours on the second paragraph and went looking for the flame war

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That $1,000 the lad in Lagos needed? Just email it with Google Wallet

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Go

@NomNomNom

I hope you're being ironic with your own spelling :)

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Weary quid-a-day nosh hack fears colonal mass ejection

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Stop

Paypal only??

Can we donate by any other means?

I'm not having those cocks cream some off the top.

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Google 'will be pulled back in front of MPs' on its UK tax affairs

Jason 24

Re: Commission?

You're both quite right in what you are saying and I certainly wasn't implying otherwise, tax is paid on where the sale is made.

Google is, it would seem, is trying to say that they have absolutely no sales at all in the UK. Only sales people work on commission, so if bonuses are changing that a very good sign of commission being paid, meaning that Google is lying to us here.

I don't know where it gets us exactly, but it shows them being dishonest in these statements at least. It's up to our politicians to decide what to do with this information.

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Jason 24

Commission?

Surely this is as simple as checking what bonuses are paid to these "non-sales" people? If their bonuses are changing month to month then there's a fair chance this is actually commission being paid to the staff, which means they are sales droids, regardless of where the deal is technically rubber stamped?

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ISPs: Get ready to slurp streams from Murdoch's fat pipe

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Re: Who else has left already?

"Then got offered half price for the next 12 months and decided my moral values would be sidelined"

Yeah, just wait til the service becomes abysmal in the next 3-4 month, you'll be wishing you hadn't agreed to that, it's a 12 month tie in at the lower cost (I've just had the same offer and told them where to stick it).

Mac code is en route, bye bye bethere, hello Andrews and Arnold!

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

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Happy

Re: Surely in this world of equality,...

Have an upvote for the mental image that gave me, haha!!

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Official: Sky to buy O2 and BE's home broadband product in £200m deal

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Pint

Re: Sky's planned acquisition may upset some of the subscribers who are with O2 and BE.

Check out Andrews & Arnold, seen them mentioned in the comments on the Be post and it all sounds above board from reading their site, will be asking for my MAC in the next couple of months.

I think they've missed the point that BeThere has technical users, not consumers, we happily pay a bit more because we know we get more bang for our buck and we need that extra bit of bang.

Here's to hoping Sky have bought an empty network

A Beer for BeThere, they served us well

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Reg readers scuffle over the ultimate cuppa

Jason 24

Re: Tea making

Simple solution to that - I point blank refuse when anyone is offering to make a cuppa so I then don't owe anyone either.

I never let anyone near my cup, partly because most people can't stand the stains left from the previous week, but mainly because they just never get it right!

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Microsoft tries to sell home Office users on subscription pricing

Jason 24

Is anyone really suprised....

MS staff are keen to show that sticking with them would save the country money

Council staff are keen to show that the changes they implemented have saved money

If either set argued the other way they'd be sacked, and no one wants that.

The number can always be fudged depending on your view point.

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Clap Google, Amazon in irons to end tax shenanigans - MPs

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Re: @Pete 2

Ok, so Starbucks decide that if they have to pay this tax then they are simply going to pass the cost straight on to the customer, and whack whatever % on top of their current prices.

Costa, who already pay all their tax and still turn a profit don't increase their prices and so are now undercutting Starbucks by whatever %

Given Costa are already making a profit they are happy with why would then increase their prices to match Starbucks?

Yes, in the pursuit of pure profits this may seem an easy thing to do, but they'd have to be retarded to bump the prices in line with Starbucks in this situation as it's just another way of showing themselves to be better than Starbucks, thus driving more people into their stores, leading to more profit anyway.

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British car parks start reading number plates

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@Phil O'Sophical

> charges must be a genuine pre-estimate of loss, or actual damages caused by trespass

This is an interesting one. If there were still spaces in the car park available to other customers, you could argue that your presence there cost them nothing, since they lost no business.

Could I then take that one step further and argue that in the same way people are more inclined to go into a busy restaurant as they tend to be good restaurants, a fuller car park gives an illusion of a better car park and therefore others are more inclined to park there?

I know I've decided not to park on a few of the "car parks" in Manchester when I've seen they're empty apart from the dodgy geezer in his track suit at the entrance...

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Jason 24
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Re: Confuse the system

A friend of mine tried to confuse the system in a Milton Keynes car park by reversing into the car park and then driving forwards out of it, hoping it would look like he'd exited twice

They weren't impressed and sent him a fine!

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Vandals break into congressman's office, install Linux on PCs

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Re: Non-story

Live boot disk? If I dropped one of those into all the machines at my place everyone would go nuts and I'd get an easy day "restoring" all the machines.

Not a bad idea...

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Court confirms $675,000 fine for sharing 30 songs

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Alert

Re: Thats fair then......

Given the amount of back handers that are probably flying about I've a feeling the judge does now see $675k as mere pocket change....

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Console content can cause crime, claims cop

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Re: Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat....

I was, but now I've smashed some hookers skulls in I actually feel much better and less inclined to kill half of the office!

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Stop

Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat/Rinse/Repeat....

Seriously, just fuck off with blaming the games, every 6 months some one else has a pop, can we just stop printing articles about it and ignore them and maybe (just maybe) they'll go away?

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UK physical game sales hit rock bottom

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Facepalm

Wasted drinking time..

Back by 10 and still up until past 12?

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

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FAIL

All that really matters...

Is this last line;

"They said the ad was no longer running and would not be aired again"

What's the fecking point if the adverts have already run and even finished? Useless bastards yet again.

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'Unfair' tariff tweaks yield networks £90m

Jason 24

Re: Glad I'm not on contract

I've always found it comes out about an even break between a contract and a buying a phone out right, I've got a HTC sensation (the week it came out) on £25 a month from Orange so that's £600 over 24 months. When it launched the sensation was £500 (and even now it's around £250). I'll sell it when I upgrade, get say £50 for it, that's £50 left, 50/24 = £2.08 a month for 200 minutes, unlimited texts and 750MB data, the other £22.92 is just an interest free loan on the phone, I'll take that.

On 18 months I'd be quids in, but they were having none of that.

And of course you could always argue I'm a sucker for getting it on the week of release, but I'm happy this will last me 2 years, I don't need to upgrade to the latest greatest all the time, just once so it lasts.

Plus it never hurts your credit rating paying a contract every month, I know my Orange payments show on there in green.

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Why embossed credit cards are here to stay

Jason 24

But...

No good to a click clack reader if they're flat

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Child abuse suspect won't be forced to decrypt hard drive

Jason 24

Re: Re: Re: Re: The law is there to protect us.

@ bobbles31;

"If they have done their homework then surely they have some evidence of his guilt that would then cause a Court to compel him to release the keys to the drive."

Bwwwwwwhahahah! Don't make me laugh, I got raided and and everything computer related taken from me for 9 months because someone had given them a "tip off" that we were kiddy fiddlers. The officers doing the raid even stated "we don't have any internet logs or anything or we'd be arresting you right now", though they couldn't actually say "it's just a tip off" it was near as dammit implied.

Thankfully I'd already gotten rid of our backup tapes for the day so they couldn't go blagging me for the encryption keys to those, my boss would not have been best pleased had they taken them.

Don't get me wrong, I'd rather than over checked stuff and cleared me than skipping over stuff, they'd get far more of a pasting if they didn't respond to a tip off and later something happened.

However, I would have been happy to hand over the keys to the tapes, I know full well there's nothing dodgy on there. I would be very interested to know why they are even looking at this guy, do they have logs to show he has been accessing dodgy content? Or has someone he's pissed off decided this would be a good way to get a bit of easy revenge?

"There is a subtle difference between "you have some encrypted disks, you must be a peadophile." and "We have evidence that you are a peadophile and believe that there is more evidence on those encrypted disks.""

That is the key difference I think.

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