* Posts by Spanners

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Just a quarter of Brits trust businesses with our personal data

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Black Helicopters

It depends on which commercial organisations

Do I trust all companies 100% - no

Do I distrust all companies 100% - no either

Which ones do I mistrust more?

1. Very large ones that have been convicted, without help from rivals, and fined for abusing monopolies.

2. Ones that spend the most on lawyers and PR whiz kids.

3. Any headquartered in the land of the NSA. CIA. FBI and other criminal groups like them.

4. Any that think that consumer rights are "liberal nonsense".

As for trusting my own government. - Very variable. They got my fingerprints and some blood a few decades ago for an army ID card.They are the default repository for a lot of my other information anyway - DOB, family, driving licence, NI number and so on. Do I think that they can't get my travels, phone records and medical stuff as fast as they want? - Don't be silly but I trust them more with it than I would Microsoft, Apple or IBM.

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Unhappy

Too Young

I agree with what others have said, some ashes should be taken up by the next Vulture Flight and released .

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Scots denied Saltire emoji

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Thumb Up

Re: @ Khaptain our national animal, the unicorn

Haggis is pretty common around the world. Apparently, there is even something similar in (South) Korea. It are just poor people food that has been adopted as a national icon because it's very nice.

Like several items of Scottish culture, they can be traced to France rather than the southern half of this island.

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'Acts of war in a combat zone are not covered by your laptop warranty'

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Alert

Re: It's not "Help Desk"

I've done ITIL. Whatever we call it, users call it "Help Desk" and are irritated by other names.

Who thinks "HR" is better than Personnel used to be?

Nobody rings 666, or whatever, to be serviced. They want help. As for what help the caller wanted, I suspect it was somewhere between the entire Brigade of Ghurkas and perhaps 100 Tornados.

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Google stretches Scratch

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Meh

Re: It's in my diary

Google will have to buy it first. Scratch is from MIT.

That said, I agree with you. I have lost useful things from Google dropping them. You don't know a replacement for My Tracks do you?

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Ireland's international tech sector bumps up against language barrier

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Meh

Esperanto?

Not a perfect idea.

At least with German, English, French, Mandarin and so on there are a large number of people who speak it already. There are no native Esperanto speakers and more of us did Latin in school than that.

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@ disgustedoftunbridgewells

The problem may be that the "English" they standardise on is not quite English.

I'm not talking about, for example, a German using their own sentence construction. That just depends on their fluency. I'm sure my French grammar follows the rules of English at times. Fair enough..

I find it slightly naff that a lot of people from Central Europe etc seem to have learned their English somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic!

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Reduced roaming charges, net neutrality come into force in EU

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Paris Hilton

Re: That will be why my VOIP suddenly works over my mobile data

I didn't know the referendum was only for England!

The leave campaign seems to be pretty overwhelmingly so,

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Reprogrammble routers axed by TP-Link as FCC bans custom firmware

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Black Helicopters

Future plans

A lot of providers like to block you from changing your DNS to something other than them (OpenDNS, Google etc) People changing that for themselves has irritated the powerful in the past. Are they just thinking ahead on this?

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Boffin

Re: WiFi Routers are multi-functional devices

I'm sure that I saw a project for making one with a Raspberry Pi. Anyone who proposes to firtle around with their router can do one of those.

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SAP backs UK remaining in the EU ahead of vote

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Pint

No surprise there.

How strange. People in SAP can count!

Their whole business is maths, Of course they will see that if it is better for their customers (us), we will have more money to buy their stuff.

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Raspberry Pi 3 to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth LE – first photos emerge

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Big Brother

Re: Not having BLE on perfect for IoT board was quite stupid

"wired Ethernet is a pain or a security risk"

Either, I am not understanding what you mean or both those statements fly in the face of any evidence I have seen.

Pain - how much more pain are you caused by simply plugging in an Ethernet cable than, A. paying extra for a Wifi dongle, B. installing the drivers, C. fardling around with connecting up to the right WiFi and D putting in the password? At least you can avoid A&B now.

Security - You do use a WiFi passord I assume. This is famously not secure and easy enough for crims/spooks to swamp out and so on,

I have uses for WiFi Pi devices in future but they are inherently fiddlier and less secure or reliable than a length of CAT5/6/etc

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Building a fanless PC is now realistic. But it still ain't cheap

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Pirate

How about

I recently got myself a Raspberry Pi to play with. Apparently, it runs Ubuntu and has everything your non-tecchie friends want out of a desktop PC - Chrome web browser and email.

There are no fans. The box is less than A7 and 2.5cm and the reason it stays cool? It runs off a standard (ie non iPhone) mobile phone charger..

I can't see it replacing my PC thoiugh. I wonder if it runs the GIMP?

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Hash-tag CompSci: FBI grooms pre-weed teens

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Devil

Re: and if you smoke weed ......

It wasn't the tobacco companies they were trying to help. It was the paper companies - both the people that made poor quality paper and the people who made poor quality papers.

Specifically William Randolph Hearst (Pattys grandpa) helped push the laws which conveniently also blocked imports of cheaper, hemp based, paper made in Mexico.

I think Lisa Simpson has mentioned it.

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Facepalm

College Quote

"Ladies and gentlemen, by the time (some of) you graduate, the paperless office will have become the norm."

That was from my induction lecture - in autumn 1979!

I have and it hasn't...

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Safe Harbor 2.0: US-Europe talks on privacy go down to the wire

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Facepalm

Re: Re: simple question..

It is one thing for me to choose to put information on the internet where it may come under the view of criminal organisations like the NSA.

It is an entirely different thing for any hospital, Doctor or NHS organisation to do so for me.

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Blighty's Parliament prescribed tablets to cope with future votes

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Flame

Whilst they are modernising

A huge improvement to democracy would be the removal of the three line whip. I want my (and everyone else's} MP to vote for what they think is right. If they think that the party line is tight, fair enough but they need to decide - not some bully (whip) in their office .

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Lettuce-nibbling veggies menace Mother Earth

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Coat

Re: Strawy man, strawy man, does whatever a straw, er, can...

My father in law was be head science teacher where he used to work.

He has a story about a biology teacher who, every year, went on an all fruit diet.

She could not explain why she always used to get diarrhoea...

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Australian cops rush to stop 2AM murder of … a spider

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Go

Re: Sharks

"It's just as well that sharks don't throw coconuts."

Good job the coconuts haven't got spiders inside.

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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

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Pint

Re: A couple of thoughts...

Why do "they" never mention W2K? I still consider it to be the best thing that MS ever did.

There were 2 versions - desktop and server. Simple and easy.

The PFY here says that only 2 versions of Windows is not profitable and a precedent that MS do not want us to remember!

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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

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Black Helicopters

Re: My, my ...

Can I infer that he is not an "African American"?

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If MR ROBOT was realistic, he’d be in an Iron Maiden t-shirt and SMELL of WEE

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Coat

Re: The worst hacking trope of all

Or have we given up that 'lost cause'?

On that one probably but I'm still arguing that a Kilobyte is 2^10 and a megabyte is 2^20 and so on.

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Future civilisations won't know how the universe formed

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Boffin

Re: The Universe is only 4000 years old and was made by God

I've got that book too but I can't find anything that gives a date. I can't even find agreement on how long a day is. In fact, it seems to say that time as we understand it is not important to the creator.

I would infer therefore that the universe formed somewhere between 0.01 seconds ago and 4.4E17 seconds ago. God is above all this time nonsense anyway...

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Want to self-certify for Safe Harbor? Never mind EU, YES WE CAN

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Black Helicopters

Did anyone ever believe?

Did anyone ever believe that the Safe Harbor (sic) was ever worth the paper it was printed on?

We may not have known about the sheer level of data slurping that was going on but there can't have been many people who thought that it was any use whatsoever.

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Mars water discovery is a liberal-muslim plot, cry moist conspiracy theorists

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Black Helicopters

Re: I, for one, welcome our Martian Kaaba!

Not all that oil money stays in Saudi hands.

Read Confessions of an Economic Hit Man for more details...

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FOUR STUNNING NEW FEATURES Cook should put in the iPHONE 7

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Pint

USB3

Many years ago, the EU told Apple that it needed to use some form of standard connector.

Apple showed them the finger by not only failing to do that but by inventing an entirely new one that was, by definition, even *less* standard.

USB3 is going to happen - eventually. Apple would be in the unusual situation of actually showing technical leadership . Peripheral manufacturers market would expand from 10% of the new phone market to almost all of it as manufacturers as new models replace existing ones.

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Viper sinks fangs into unwary Indian farmer's todger

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Alert

Re: Milder hazards in England

I remember someone doing that in the OTC.

An acceptable military radio usage for the male member is the "One Percent".

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Jeremy Corbyn wins Labour leadership election

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Happy

Does this mean there's hope now?

The last time we had an admitted socialist elected to 10 Downing Street was 1974.

I was a couple of years too young to vote anyway. I suspect that plenty people here were too young for solid food.

We don't know what the all results of this will be but at least we will have a choice for a change!

The labour party has had at least 1,500 new members today (Sunday). As the Murdoch press and other ****bags gets their lies into gear tomorrow, it will be interesting to see how many more join. I'm thinking about it.

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WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

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Do you mean a makefile then?

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Promise of ‘higher profits’ sees US targeted by Android PIN-locking ransomware

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Holmes

There is not much data on my phone.

My stuff is in the cloud(s).

My email and contacts are in Gmail, or whatever other ones I use.

Photos are synced away pretty instantly. It stops some idiot telling me that I "can't take pictures here" and forcing me to delete them.

Documents I edit are generally on Box, Google Docs or whatever.

Things like Evernote, Onenote and so on deal with notes.

What do I use all the space for? Music, podcasts, audiobooks, ebooks and so on.

An unwanted factory reset would be irritating but not disastrous. I would just have to re-download them again.

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NASA reveals secret 1970s SPACE PANTS

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Meh

@ravenviz

If I dealt with a company that had an excessive interest on inconsequential items, I would wonder what was being skimped on to see that the appearance was "just right".

I'm sure we have all seen the company that has the highly glossed pseudo-secretary on the reception desk. She has bright varnish on nails so long that she can barely type. Although she is wearing something that looks like the company uniform, hers has been specially tailored to fir her BMI15 form and her hairdo probably cost over £100. Some of them are chewing gum as they file those long nails.

Companies with that sort of gatekeeper are trying to make a statement rather than a product.

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As US$12bn is wiped off Apple's value in one day, iOS 9, OS X 10.11 and Watch OS 2 dates set

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WTF?

Market share?

What is the global market share now for iPads, iPhones and other iThingies?

Perhaps a year ago, someone pointed me to a link for this but I can't find it.

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Well, what d'you know: Raising e-book prices doesn't raise sales

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Boffin

Elasticity of Demmand

I remember this from lectures long ago.

The problem is, what is the ratio and sometimes in which direction.

If you drop your prices 10% and get a 5% rise in sales, you are in trouble. If you drop your prices 10% and get an 11% rise, you are doing well.

Some things however, if you drop your prices, your sales will fall. For example, Rolls Royces and Ferraris could have this counterintuitive property. If the Rolls is seen to become cheaper, it may be perceived as moving down market and some people may get Aston Martins instead.

There will always be a market for "nice" books. Big beautiful things to put on your coffee table or present as prizes and mementoes. eBooks are not this. There is zero marginal cost to the maker and there is generally zero emotional attachment to the file.

So the latest SpyNovel by X has gone up? I'll get the one by Y for 15p less. Maybe, I'll get Xs book next week when they have dropped the price again. If they don't, there is always Z.

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Right, opt out everybody! Hated Care.data paused again

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Re: Facepalm

"We will never, EVER, sell your data to any 3rd party. For any price"

How about an additional line - "and we won't give it away free to our chums and future employers either."

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The Raspberry Pi is succeeding in ways its makers almost imagined

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Happy

I'm fairly sure that my son had done it around 12 or 13.

He was discreet and quiet about it so I did not question him much. He is not terribly interested in IT in any role other than a user now but he is aware that there is more. If he feels the need, he may ask me.

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Hold that upgrade: Critical bug in .NET 4.6 'breaks applications'

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Facepalm

Re: Doh

A supplier who asks for something that bleeding edge is asking to be replaced.

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How British spies really spy: Information that didn't come from Snowden

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Black Helicopters

Re: Once anything is legalized, it will be used by those in power against the people.

If people are enjoying a pleasant spliff, they are more suggestible.

It is surprising that our owners have not thought of this.

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Bank: Without software mojo, Android OEMs are doomed to 'implode'

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Happy

Recent Upgrade to a Samsung

A few months ago, I upgraded to a nice shiny new Samsung phone.

It was not an S6 or even an Edge. Those were complete fails before they are powered up.

It was not the software that informed my choice. It was the hardware. Samsung just dropped external storage and removable batteries from their new offering. I therefore dropped those.

I got a nice new Note4. Possibly not the very latest thing and certainly not the iShiniest one around either. Hardware wise, it is close enough to the S6. Like most Samsung offerings, it is a bit thin for comfortable use but the case cures that anyway.

Samsung software is not a selling point - far from it. It is a negative point. A few years ago, I had an S2 and learned that you need to avoid opening some of their offerings at all. It was an interesting learning experience that involved a couple of resets. It seems better now and there are no "hubs" to duplicate all of the functionality. I managed to avoid the Sammy calendar long enough to install the proper one and make it the default.

I now have a very functional device. It runs Android well and the "S-Pen" seems interesting. I can put in additional storage when I need it and can even get an even hight capacity battery. It does not have pretty round corners like the S6 but it has a much better battery.

The N4 camera software is probably non-standard but seems simple enough and the pictures still end up on my Google account.

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Obama issues HTTPS-only order to US Federal sysadmins

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Pint

He has a cunning plan.

I have noticed how some of the terminally uninformable in the USA seem to be shouting to the rest of the planet that they will do specifically the opposite of what their democratically elected, US born, Christian president advises.

If Barry suggests that HTTPS is a good thing, there will be some who make a point of never using it again. If he then suggests encrypting all email, the crazies will doggedly use plain text.

The process could carry on until they are walking about in their underwear and making their plans over the PA system.

We are unlikely to know if their Pres' has thought of this but it sounds a fun idea.

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Ed Snowden should be pardoned, thunders Amnesty Int'l

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Black Helicopters

Pardoned? He should be decorated!

Anyone who objects to his actions is condoning what he uncovered.

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Windows 10 to MELT YOUR BRAIN and TAKE OVER YOUR LIFE

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Pint

Re: Not just Eye Candy then

I have an anecdote.

Some years ago, I was working for a firm in Northamptonshire that makes accounting software.

I was dealing with an engineer from Microsoft and I asked if it was a true rumour. He confirmed it to me that they were specifically to teach point & click with Minesweeper and Drag & Drop with Solitaire.

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Pint

Surely this is self defeating?

Apart from the customary xenophobia, the rest seems to be fairly well aimed at the Conservative Party.

If they push this insanity through, they will be banning themselves.

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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Facepalm

"Outside the USA"

Not being able to vote for him is not the only reason Rand Paul has no interest in the rest of the planet.

Some of his co-religionists think "Outside the USA" is somewhere near Canada.

Some of them think it is the sandy area where the terrorists live.

Perhaps there are even some who just do not believe in the existence of "Outside the USA" and think that those troops supposedly sent there are being used for some nefarious liberal purpose...

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ISS 'naut: How we collect our POO and DROP it FLAMING on hapless Earthlings

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Holmes

I wonder

Was this designed by Howard Wolowitz?

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Facebook 'fesses up to running an ideological echo chamber

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Happy

Facebook is not a discussion site

I have a facebook account. The nearest I have come to political discussion lately is when a number of people I know put in pro SNP commentary.

If I want intelligent, or otherwise, conversation beyond the level of family and people I went to school/College with, I use Google+.

If you talked about nothing but politics, it could end up even more of an echo chamber than FB though.

I seem to have escaped that by never having intended to talk politics in the first place. My initial discussions included IT in general, Android, photography and travel.

After A while I found that some posters also posted on other subjects and some people from the US were "conservatives" and there were even some from this country who seemed to be supporters of UKIP! Neither of those groups would appear in any echo chamber...

After a while I realised that I was also getting postings from people I didn't know but on subjects I was already commenting on.

There will be different algorithms on FB and G+ but I certainly, regularly, get my opinions challenged. It can be done then.

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Facebook echo chamber: Or, the British media and the election

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Facepalm

@Disgusted

When I left school, I would have been a conservative, it was that sort of school.

When I left college, I was probably still a conservative. Bearded shouty people don't work on me.

A few decades later, I am very much NOT a conservative.

The change has been living in the "real" world. I have worked in private small scale industry uop to large scale public. The last thing anyof them need is what we are now getting - another 5 more years of taking from where it is needed to give the undeserving and unproductive more money to not spend in the economy.

Give someone on £10k a raise and it will all be spent.

Give someone on £30k a raise and they might save a few quid more but they will spend most of it.

Give someone on £1M a raise and they will invest it.

Tax raises to the rich are poor economics.

They are all most conservatives are interested in

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Encryption is the REAL threat – Head Europlod

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Another Possibility

Perhaps they have figured a way around what is available at present and this is to encourage the "bad guys" to use it thinking that they are safe.

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Smartphone NOT INCLUDED: Google plays with Mattel – plugs VR into retro toy

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Pirate

Re: used to have a Viewmaster when I was small

The original use was to for looking at pretty scenes but it really caught on during WWII when the US military tried to teach (aircraft?) recognition to its personnel.

That's not a great recommendation though. Ask their allies!

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Switch it off and on again: How peers failed to sneak Snoopers' Charter into terror bill

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Boffin

Re: Organising the Techies

what can we as techies do

We can Follow the Money

Yes some/many of them push these idea because they like to keep the peasants in their place but they are all either past, present or future beneficiaries of the system they seek to expand.

This information is almost all out in the wild. It is just not organised. Organisation of information is what we all do.

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Why Microsoft's 3D HoloLens goggles aren't for Google Glassholes

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Boffin

?Windows Only?

Will it be possible to integrate it with other operating systems?

For those into #iShiny things IOS

For 90% plus of smartphone users - Android

For the future - Linux

When MS brought out "Kinnex" (I know but they sound similar) it was XBox only but that is no longer the case. Hopefully this will do the same.

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