* Posts by peter_dtm

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Ad-blockers are a Mafia-style 'protection racket' – UK's Minister of Fun

peter_dtm

@Graham Dawson

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TVL's own page clarifies it quite nicely.

/quote

TVL are not the courts (nor are they Parliament) and have no legal standing to make this statement - OfCom told them off about this years ago; but they persist in miss-representing the situation.

The law is specific - if some apparatus is capable of receiving broadcast tv signals then you require a TV licence. However TVL and their attack dogs Capita MAY DECIDE NOT TO TAKE ACTION.

The licensing laws remain on the books AND ARE STILL ENFORCEABLE.

TVL should say something like this :

If you own or possess a television set without installing or using it as a TV receiver (e.g. you only use it to watch videos or DVDs, or as a monitor for a games console) then ....... WE WILL TAKE NO ACTION if you do not have a tv licence

sorry.

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peter_dtm

@Grahma Dawson

The TV licence is a licence to posses apparatus capable of receiving broadcast tv signals.

The USE of such apparatus creates the ACT of live broadcast reception.

In order to record a (TV) broadcast receiving apparatus has to receive broadcast TV signals. The mere hapanstance of being recorded instead of playing to an empty room or being watched is totally irrelevant; the information you recorded was RECIEVED from a BROADCAST tv signal using receiving apparatus. Said apparatus requires a licence.

If you take an off air capable video recorder (or satellite box) - you need a licence unless you cripple the off air receiving section; in which case no one cares & you can play your betamax; vhs or hitatchi system videos or mpg3/mpg4/html5 streams all day long.

Because I hold various radio licences & various certificates of competency; I MAY get away with shorting the aerial input on a video recorder/satellite box and not need a licence for any (TV) receiving apparatus in my possession; but I would need a damned good reason (fixing it for a mate may pass muster).

Tell Capita to go away - and as advised elsewhere tell them they have no right of entry to your property and to stop harassing you. As long as you have no apparatus capable of receiving broadcast TV signals you are legal - as long as you don't stream off the interwebs in real time either

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peter_dtm

Re: @Cynic_999

Nope

a piece of wire is not an apparatus. Nor is your brain - although there is evidence that indicates it may interact with certain frequencies of radio waves.

Apparatus - (in this case) equipment designed and/or built to recover information from radio waves.

So take your bit of wire; wind some of it into a coil with a capacitor in parallel; connect that to a 'crystal' (diode)and connect that to a pair of high impedance high sensitive earphone - you have just built a crystal set - apparatus for the reception of radio waves. It all needs to be put together to make it 'apparatus'. They don't get all pedantic over what words they use for nothing.

You may by now wonder what the difference between a household & a house is (or even premises ) - a household has been found by the courts to include a rented room in a house where the person renting did not live with the rest of the people in the house as a common community - and was thus illegally in possession of a television set contrary to the licensing laws.....

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peter_dtm

Re: @Martin-73

yes

the whoie computer based thing is a massive thorn in their side.

The dividing line is HOW you get the 'last mile' of tv viewing into your household. If it involves radio broadcast; or point to point radio link (does NOT include networking technologies.... at the moment (cynic) ) then it all falls under the Receiving apparatus clauses. If it comes in over the interwebs then you are in the live streaming clauses - live stream - need licence; delayed streaming - licence free.

Yes capita is evil.

Yes the RA will rouse out plod and confiscate illegal radio apparatus if you make a nuisance of yourself; and take you to court; fine you & bang you up if you are really naughty.

Capita does not have any search & seizure rights; under certain circumstances the RA does (being the duly authorized body all the licences go on about)

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peter_dtm
Coat

Re: @ peter_dtm

it is all governed by various treaties actually. The government currently hold you Radio Receiving Apparatus licence for you (with no charge).

All 'radio' apparatus is required to be licensed. OfCom/the Radio Agency used to have a sample copy of the tv licence lying around somewhere on their web site. You may also note that I pedantically use the term apparatus as the definition is in the capability of the equipment. Note that radio apparatus for receiving Broadcast Television signals has an added section regarding the use of computer equipment to receive real time streaming of broadcast material that is in addition to and different from the (original) clauses referring to the use of apparatus for receiving television broadcast signals. Needless to say I can not put my hands on the latest iteration of the TV licence; but I did throw out an old 70s era licence a few months ago....

Your present of a COMPONENT of receiving apparatus (the sim card/TV card you refer to) does not require a licence because it is not Apparatus for the receiving of broadcast television signals; it is also NOT apparatus used for streaming video. It is merely an decrypt key that is not specific to radio apparatus at all

Even so called licence free PMR radios (or radio equipment of very low power) are technically exempt from requiring the issuing of a licence (note again not exempt from a licence...).

All radio equipment (radios; TVs; PMR walkie talkies; mobile telephones; wireless routers etc) are made to (international) standards and work in either specific bands or on spot frequencies. Where exempt from licensing you can go buy & use to your hearts content. Use some of the non licence exempt frequencies (the vast majority of the radio spectrum) and you need a licence to HAVE the equipment in your possession. People who are allowed to 'play' with radio equipment always have to have a licence OR are legally limited in what they are allowed to do. So I am licensed to operate; repair and experiment with radio apparatus for the Amateur Radio Bands (see relevant Radio treaties and regulations eg BR68 which is the Amateur Radio Licence issued by the Radio Agency). Someone doing business repairing PMR radios either has their own licence to work on certified equipment - or works under (cough cough) supervision of a duly licensed person.

I guess I didn't end up pointing you to a copy of your TV licence - but troll through the assorted different types of licence on the Radio Agency/OfCom web sites & you will soon get the feeling about how it all works. That is; if you can stand the turgid, pedantic and recondite language used.

As an illustration; the Radio Agency does not normally prosecute people who end up with Amateur Radio apparatus because their licensed partner/parent/guardian/child died - but they don't expect them to hang on to the kit (or use it !) indefinitely either.

In summary :

By international treaty (IIRC started with the Convention of London around 1911) ALL radio apparatus must be licensed.

Some apparatus using defined frequency bands may be made licence exempt

Some governments (UK US etc) hold licences on your behalf (eg broadcast radio receivers which are still licensed as they do not operate in an exempt band)

BR68 is an example of a radio licence - other examples are available on either OfCom or Radio Agency web sites

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peter_dtm

@ A Ghost

NO

you need a fishing licence to go fishing. You do not need to have a fishing licence to have apparatus for fishing in your possession - but I wouldn't give you much chance in the courts if you took your fishing apparatus for a walk near a canal/river/lake

You do however need a licence for Television Receiving Apparatus if your household has a piece of equipment capable of receiving broadcast television signals OR if you use apparatus to view live broadcast content in real time. (just look closely at that OR statement; watching on PCs is NOT the same as watching a goggle box)

You need to Tax your car whether you use it or not (unless you have a SORN notice) - there is NO equivalent of SORN for TV receiving apparatus. You have it in your household you are supposed to licence it.

Why do so many people get this wrong every few months

A TV licence is a licence to have in your possession apparatus capable of receiving broadcast TV signals.

No; it does not have to be turned on. It does not need an aerial attached. The fuse in the plug can be removed. It just has to be capable of being energised.

However; you MAY NOT need a TV licence if you have an Amateur Radio licence and you can demonstrate you do not use your TV receiver to receive broadcast signals; and have it purely for experimental reasons for the furtherance of your technical investigations. And; of course; you can demonstrate the same for any other TV set in your household. For the man in the street that is about the only legal way of not needing a licence when there is a TV set in the household (OK so most 'Man in the Street' types do not have Amateur Radio Licences).

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peter_dtm

@Cynic_999

NO and NO again

It is the APPARATUS that is licensed. Whether it is plugged in; has an aerial attached does not matter. It does not matter whether you 'operate' it or not. (now go and think about Vehicle Excise duty; I am sure you wouldn't try to make the same claim?)

They only have to prove you have on your premises (actually worse than that in your household) an apparatus for receiving TV signals (and note the apparatus does not have to be able to decode said TV signals).

What they do not have is ANY right of entry or inspection. To get access to your household requires a warrant.

The requirement to have a license to watch live streaming over the internet (or any other method of distribution) has been ADDED to the Television license; as your PC is not (in terms of the Radio Regulations) receiving apparatus.

OfCom used to have a copy of the Television Receiving Apparatus licence on their website

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@Martin-73

NO

you are licensed to posses RECEIVING equipment. Nothing in the licence actually presumes you actually use the equipment.

In order to posses (television) receiving equipment you are required to have a suitable licence.

A TV can be sat locked away in the basement; but if it is capable of being powered on then you need a licence (aerials are optional).

Pedant note - you require a licence per HOUSEHOLD. Be careful here; the definition of a Household may surprise you (Student digs; 2nd house etc etc).

So you will be whistling all the way to court if you think they have to prove you had the thing turned on. The old detector vans were used to detect the TV set; not if you were watching.

Have ANY receiver section capable of receiving TV signals off air/satellite or in real time from the internet/other real time technology - then you need a TV licence; the receiver doesn't even have to be capable of displaying moving images; just the ability to recieve the audio sub carrier STILL REQUIRES A TV Licence.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

peter_dtm

UV light anymore to erase them

uncover eprom window

place on windowsill in direct (UK) sunshine for about 30 minutes

Cool

Repeat 3 or 4 times

Note : using windows correctly saves cost of UV eraser.

About the only decent use I have ever found for windows & electronics ....

Note - in Tropics or high altitude places (Jo'burg) 10 minutes is about all it needs...

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

peter_dtm

@Robert Baker

opens LO spreadsheet

picks random range

ctrl + arrow down -> goes to end of contiguous block (some 50 rows down to a blank cell - step over & repeat)

ctrl + arrow right -> goes to end of contiguous columns (in this case the end of the table NOT the end of the spread sheet)

LibreOffice 4.2.8.2 & as far as I remember LO has ALWAYS done this - since before it forked; so $deity only knows what antiquated version of what Office you are using - perhaps a pre- steal everything from Lotus 123 MS spreadsheet ?

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'iOS 9 ate my mobile broadband plan'

peter_dtm
Mushroom

Are you listening MS ?

Posted in reply to Are You Listening Microsoft - somewhere up page from here ..

I hope so - because their stupid Win7 wireless behaviour burnt through my 2G allowance on one device in 2 days (1 GB each day) because the stupid %^&*(^ thing slected my Wireless Hotpot over the local WiFi signal.

And; it takes a ^&*$"£$$ reboot to make the 'preferance' control take effect. Not that it tells you this of course - it just looks as though it worked. But by then at least I knew I had to monitor my Wireless connection in Windows AND double check on the iThings. Who know how much of my company data plan I chewed - fortunately I don't see that bill...

2GB on one device (100% of months data in 2 days ); I found out what was happening when it had chewed another 2GB of my phone's hotspot - that was 4GB in 5 days

Gee thanks MS for making it so obvious that the default wifi connection is totally bloody random; unless you happen to chance on the wireless preferance page - which then doesn't work until after a reboot - at least the ithnings (at least mine do) change the wifi indicator when wifi assist kicks in

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Dear do-gooders, you can't get rid of child labour just by banning it

peter_dtm

Re: Hum, - not Western Countries

he is talking about THIRD WORLD countries - hence the referances to work or starve (and that means that the whole family potentialy starve).

This is typical of a spoilt western born 'check your privilege' mis understanding; and indicitive of an inability to frame the problem realisiticaly; and hold some understanding of what absolute poverty realy is and means.

Let's try again to frame the issue :

The economy is underdeveloped; corrupt and still dependant on menial/manual labour. The economy is incapable of maintaining a level of income for the majority of the citizens that allows them to buy enough food to feed their families.

There exist a large number of jobs for children which bring in sufficient income to the families to allow subsitance feeding of the whole family. The failure of a single child's income means the family starves (or one or more members - normally the youngest - get kicked out to starve on their own).

UNDER THESE CONDITIONS banning child labour does not work.

Banning child labour is a luxury that can only be afforded by high GDP economies. Failure to understand the issue generates the formation of the (virtue signaling) action of the banning of child labour

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Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER

peter_dtm

Re: @Alan1kiwi - Disruption

Pay As You Go

cheap phone. cheap SIM. pay as you go - sometimes in advance by payments of cash; sometimes monthly for those with some form of simple bank account.

The whole point is that being able to communicate (and text) allows local entrepaneurs to make money; and keep it in the local economy rather than having some outside skim all the profits off to the nearest bank/corrupt government official/town.

SInce the money stays in the community (buying services - cleaning/school/taxi) it lifts the local 'GDP'. Which in turn allows for more entrepeneurs (teach a man how to make money and the whole comunity benefits)

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peter_dtm

Re: "mobiles" != "mobile money"

But not in a semi corrupt society - where the nearest bank may be several 10s of miles away; where getting a bank account is dependant on having a job in the legal economy and knowing the right people (and belonging to the right tribe). There's also a literacy (and to a lesser extent a numeracy) issue. If you can't write so can't sign your name ......

The mobile phone revolution also means people get a phone today - not wait for many months to get a dubious quality landline; and that only after paying considerable backshesh. And landline phones don't normally make it into the squatter camps (other wise coyly known as informal settlements to avoid upsetting westerners' sensibilities).

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America's crackdown on open-source Wi-Fi router firmware – THE TRUTH

peter_dtm

Re: phones...radio frequency...include 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and NFC

um - in the radio world the default meaning of the term Bandwidth is the frequencies contained between the -3dB (power) points. Using an un-weighted power meter referenced to peak signal power (Yes, yes; we know an un-weighted power meter is a theoretical machine; just like an isotropic radiator).

It's in the ITU definition of what bandwidth means. So even your definition is not good enough if you are not using the standard ITU one - which weighting curve do you mean when specifying dBc ? One of the many audio weighting curves ? Or something more esoteric ? Does it specify whether it is voltage or power dB ? These all need noting else it's meaningless. Which is why the ITU specifies what bandwidth means.

Of course some people have this strange notion that bandwidth (and so many other standard descriptors; like Power) needs to be re-defined to some non-standard and arbitary definition peculiar to their own weird and wonderful concepts. Normally to look good to politicians and/or in sales brouchures.

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IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

peter_dtm
Pirate

Re: Nah - carpentry is where its at

um - the 1st word was the same as the colour for 0

the rest by comparison is totally innocuous

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Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

peter_dtm

Re: Personal responsibility?

it is so damn difficult to make airdrop 'safe'

you don't even have to 'log in'

Just slide up the bottom menu

select airdrop

Turn OFF (or set to contacts only; or if you are a sensitive type on the tube set it to everyone)

LIFE IS NOT BUBBLE WRAPPED

It is YOUR responsibility to understand something so mind numbingly simple to use. You DELIBERATELY open it to everyone then you are responsible for DELIBERATELY leaving it that way. It is not rocket science; it's even easier than 10 + 10 = 100

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HP slaps dress code on R&D geeks: Bin that T-shirt, put on this tie

peter_dtm

indeed

I knew a bloke in Southern Africa who turned up at the HQ of a global IT company wearing shorts; open neck shirt with assorted 'bling'; and sandals.

Promptly escorted out; with bin bag full of his personal belonings

Then managemnet had to appologise and re-instate him; when they were shown to allow women to wear such clothing all the time and only had a dress code of blue suits (and ties of course) for the men.

( He actually planned this; arriving and going through security between two very 'undressed' young ladies; all caught on the security cams of course....). Visits to HQ were a lot less interesting after the dress code was tightened up to incude ALL staff; not just the males.

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Being common is tragic, but the tragedy of the commons is still true

peter_dtm

Re: Logical management?

Thesis :

Long termism is inversly proportional to the influance of bean counters !

Collory :

Long termism is directly proportional to the influance of Engineer (type people)

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Microsoft attaches Xbox stream bait to Windows 10 hook

peter_dtm

Re: The Challenge to MS is to keep the hype going for the next 3-6 months

Pascal Monnett

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Personal Computing started with Microsoft,

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UTTER TOSH sir.

MS were very late to the PC world. Before MS came along riding its 'No one's been fired for buying IBM' misunderstanding - there were LOTS of PCs around before MS joined the party.

It would be more correct to say MS wrecked personal computing until it was set free again by smartphones & tablets. I still remember being taken aback by just how crap IBM clones were compared to all the other PCs I'd used (Sinclair; VICs; the mighty Beeb ; Amstrads etc not to mention Dragons (speaking FORTH ...)). And the plaeasue of having SCO Xenix V instead of the microsoft thing.

Do you also think MS started the interwebs ?

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Happy NukeDay to you! 70 years in the shadow of the bomb post-Trinity

peter_dtm

Re: Bombing Japan

Dresden

Fire bombing of Tokyo a couple of weeks before the Bombs; the Bombs prevented multiple city fire bombing (and therefore reduced the casulaties). And of course the after effects (radiation sickness) was not anticipated; unlike the after effects of fire storms

and bonus downvotes for trying to conflate the holcaust with acts of war; you really need to understand what the Nazis were up to in their genocides; it is not hard to do.

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Microsoft sprints to finish, emits possible Windows 10 RC build

peter_dtm

Re: " ... customers will start to receive on 7/29," Gabe Aul wrote

and there is a perfectly good ISO way of doing unambiguous dats to :

yyyy-mm-dd - and amazingly it will sort properly too

Then there was the rather clever idea WHO (the Doctors - not THE Doctor)came up with in the 70s -

days - 1 or 2 numbers

months - Roman Numerals

year - 4 numbers

so 9/11 always comes out as 11/IX or IX/11 (or in full IX-11-2001) such a simply concept

(of course in English we'd say the eleventh anyway - none of this funny inability to use ordinals and cardinals properly)

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Apple Music: First three months for free? We lasted less than 3 hours

peter_dtm
Happy

Re: How do you un-subscribe? - ta Paw Bokenfohr for the How To !

how refreshing - you can turn off the auto sucbscribe and still leave the free demo period running ! - I could almost accept that as a valid way to offer a free trial.

Now change calander entry made for 1st Oct which says turn OFF Apple Music and review to just 'review Apple Music' and turn on if wanted ...

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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Re: @ Flocke Kroes

don't blame me !

Blame Flocke Kroes for the gratuitous hand wringing after claiming to be a scientist !

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peter_dtm

@ Flocke Kroes

I'd just refer you to the models on which the whole catestrophic anthromorphic climate change theory is based.

All of which predict a tropospheric hot spot.

Which is not there.

Models falsified.

Then I'd refer you to the lack of any measurable (statistically significant that is) warming recently - again the models on which CAGW is based; insisit that increasing CO2 concentration WILL result in increased warming. During the current lack of warming; CO2 concentration has continued to rise - at a not insignificant rate.

Again the modles are falsified.

Since the models on which the CAGW theory are falsified; it follows that the theory is falsified.

Occams razor -- the null theory (current levels of observed climate change are natural) remains un sullied and unchallanged and it still remains for the proponents of CAGW to demonstrate an argument that provides falsifiable experiments that robustly back up their currently poorly evidenced theory. Until this is done CAGW remains an unsubstantiated theoretical exercise in bad science.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

peter_dtm

Re: And the Perpetrators @william 10

and let's be sure we know WHO was to blame for the changes in the law (laws put in place following the 1920's crash - to explicitly stop what happened from happening )

In the US President Clinton

In the UK Blair (& Brown)

I'm sure Tim can remind us all which law it was that Clinton had removed (Shannon Act ??) whilest insisting Fredie & Fannie leant to high risk borrowers (the 'poisonous' mortgages that infected the whole system - even now); and that great economic giant Blair & Brown matching the insanity this side of the pond - boom & bust indeed.

The greedy capitalist bankers aided; abbetted; encouraged and coerced by the 'great' socialist leaders

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Right Dabbsy my old son, you can cram this job right up your BLEEEARRGH

peter_dtm

Re: Post-It note? Miserable amateur!

which reminds me of the correct reponse to that 'tidy desk; tidy mind' stupidity ..

empty desk - empty mind

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

peter_dtm

What ?

Like probably the vast majority of human beings (of which; obvioulsy; lawyers & EU court judges are not part of) I had never heard of some (then) mickey mouse UK media comapny when I and thousands of others in Africa started using Skype.

I do assume; that the EU does know the rest of the world exisits ?

and is populated by humans - not scum bag lawyers and EU drecks ?

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C'mon! Greece isn't really bust and it can pay its debts

peter_dtm
Mushroom

Re: There was never a need for a combined currency all over Europe

I think you'll find the recent period of peace through out Europe has rahter more to do with

NATO

the Cold War

than any movement aiming to federalise Europe (what do you think 'ever closer Union' means ?)

Devoltion is NOT a UK weirdness - see also Spain (Catalonia; Basques) France (Basques) and of course the ex Soviet Balkan contries.

If anything the imposition of so many foreign laws through out the EU is upsetting people; and (as evidenced in France; Greece; Portugal even Germany) there is a popular backlash against pro EU parties - that the MSM still keeps trying to describe in terms of Left-Right politics.

EU responisblye for the Peace Dividend post WWII ? - no sorry; self agrandismation by a bunch of anti democratic plutocrats that we know as the EU.

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Didn't the Left once want the WORKERS to get all the dosh?

peter_dtm
Pirate

Re: However

no; the German president costs a hell of a lot more (an infinite amount more ?) than 'Brenda' WHO PAYS HER OWN SALARY -- see up post for the arrangement

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peter_dtm
Flame

Re: However

I suggets you trouble yourself to find out how the Monarchy is funded.

Then perhaps you would like to volunteer to have the same arrangement with the government.

Including the working hours and the removal of all your rights to free speach; freedom of association; right to privacy; right to a family life and perhaps most infuriating the right not to have assorted envious no hopers going on about how little of their OWN money they are allowed to keep

But then; a certain type of envy ridden coetirie have always perfered fiction to fact; especially when they run out of everyone else's money and actually have to use their own - though; being shameless; they normally bluster on and on and on and on.......... refusing point blank to use a single penny of their own ill gotten gains

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Sitting on one's ARSE is the new CANCER, says Tim Cook - and an Apple watch will save you

peter_dtm
Unhappy

you beat me to it

title says it all

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: The long-ago geek gifts that made us what we are

peter_dtm
Go

Re: What that stationary Mamod steam engine needed was...

I still have mine - its base plate has meccano spaced meccano screw sized holes in; and the drive shaft is meccano axle shaft diameter.

That; the clockwork motor & later the multi geared electric motor meant I had proper red an green meccano vehiles puttering around. Part of my meccano came from my Uncle - who must have had some of the very first ever made.

I could never see the point of lego...

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Blind justice: Google lawsuit silences elected state prosecutor

peter_dtm

Re: very good article, thank you, with one minor nitpick and one major

"intelligent progressives" is an oxymoron

any one claiming 'progresive' in the political sense is

1) using double think

2) refusing to acept the reality that almost with out exception 'progressive' policies are at the least bad for the majority of the people. And the poorer your are; the worse the (unintended) consequences tend to be.

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Sign off my IT project or I’ll PHONE your MUM

peter_dtm
Flame

Re: Special @terry 6

that must have been the SAP CRM system at work !

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Radiohead(ache): BBC wants dead duck tech in sexy new mobes

peter_dtm

Re: Aunty Shirley off on one again.

and don't forget all the boddles of lolly that OFCOM get in access fees & (FM) spectrum sell off fees.

I suspect OFCOM will be the real thieves/winners here

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peter_dtm
Flame

Re: Spectrum is go?

quite possibly

it costs a lot more to licence a multiplexer than a straight forward FM/AM tranmitter(s)

It costs a lot more to run

and - you can cram a lot more (low quality) DAB channels onto a multipexer than you can squeeze FM transmitters into the same broadcast bandwidth

It may just be all about maximising OFCOM's income - to the detriment of the public

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peter_dtm
Coat

Re: Digital radio

AM is the lowest power consumption

FM comes next

iPlayer/TuneIn radio app would come along behind FM

and then a long long way behind that is DAB - particularly if you want a 'hi-fi' solution (decent stereo bit rate not the cut down minimum spec (often mono) bit rate used in the UK DAB system - the 'new' 'improved' standard for DAB used to squeeze as many channels as possible on the the multiplexers is nowhere near CD standard - never mind BBC FM Broadcast standard)

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WOMEN, your 'SUPERPOWER' is ... NOT asking for a RAISE: Satya Nadella

peter_dtm
Alert

Equal pay - it would be good if it was

Lets take a well publicised real world example

Wimbledon Tennis Final

After years of screaming & shouting the proze money for both men's & women's finals are the same.

except this is a very good example of why it is so hard to get this right.

Women play 3 sets

Men play 5

And they play that through all the rounds; so by the time a person gets to the Final; the male has been vastly underpaid; all because many people seem to confuse SAME with EQUALL VALUE

Which also explains why there is a massive failure to understand the importence of experience in SOME jobs; taking a year off; needs more than a year to regain the lost experience & exposure; even 3 months off can cost more than a year's experience in some fast moving industries.

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Antarctic ice at ALL TIME RECORD HIGH: We have more to learn, says boffin

peter_dtm

Re: Antactica is melting too

what are the error margins on that sir ?

oops - the so called warming is less than the error margin which means it is merely NOISE not a trend or anything else.

There has been no statistically significant warming over the past 18 years. If you insist on being pedantic (in which case never stoop to talking about Carbon - its CO2; never complain about the risks of Climate change - its CATASTROPHIC climate change that could be a problem).

CATASTROPHIC climate change is a myth - CLIMATE CHANGE is natural and the observerd changes over the last 100 years are with in bounds of previous changes and are not unique nor unprecedented over many thousands of years.

The null hypothosis that the observered changes to the climate are entirely natural has yet to be disproven; therfore the CATASTROPHIC climate change hypothosis remains just that - an unproven hypothosis. But don't let the scientific method get in the way of the hysteria; or the correct interpretation of noisy graphs.

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peter_dtm

Re: Antactica is melting too

but to melt the ice; the air temperature has to be > 0C.

Which only happens rarely over the Antartic.

And only in the Antartic Summer - which is still a couple of months off

Yes there is some anomolous warming (probably caused by vulcanism) around the Antartic peninsular - but that is a comparatively small area (.. of the Antartic land mass) and last time I heard; vulcanism is nothing to do with man; or CO2 emmissions (on the contrary; vulcanism is a large producer of CO2).

The climate models used to predict Catastrophic global warming failed totally to predict an increasing Antartic ice extent; just as they failed to predict the 18 year lack of warming; or predicted the non existant tropo hot spot. In short the climate models are a busted flush. Let me put it in IT terms - if your model of your corporate network predicted that you coud not exceed 1MB bandwidth; but you constantly achieved 1GB bandwidth; what would you do with the model ? Junk it; or insist that reality is wrong and the model right ?

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Want the EU to work on making cloud snoop-proof? Speak up, my good 'stakeholder'

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am I just paranoid ?

cutting through the “jungle” of technical standards, developing safe and fair contract terms and conditions, and establishing a European Cloud Partnership

sounds more like a way to enforce one monolithic arbitary (but probably the worst possible) set of standards on EU companies & people.

It wil then be made llegal to offer anything that some ignorant politician can broadly define as 'Cloud Computing' using any other standards, methods or contracts. Especially once they work out how to tax it all.

No doubt there will be lots of compulsory back doors so they can keep an eye on things (for our own benifit -not).

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Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Could we have some screenshots on a widescreen monitor

well of course you can

You've been able to put the task bar on any edge since W95

the fact that most WIndows programs & WIndows OSs can't cope with it is the fault of the user not the naff programming by Windows OS devs

Of course; with wide monitors it is obvious that no one would want to move Application menus to one side or the other as well I mean; look at all that height you have to fill up with ribbons & stuff

what;; you wanted useful stuff for users from Redmond ?

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peter_dtm
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Re: Windows 7 with a flat theme

because there is an old old Engineering saying (probably pre-dates Brunell)

'If it ain't broke; don't fix it'

which is fully understood by Engineers to be an ironinc play on English (and the 'ain't' construct).

But then Engineers tend to be clever people; wot can speak english proper like what they was taughted to when having to deal with non-Engineers; and can recognise an old chestnut when they see it as well !

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What’s the KEYBOARD SHORTCUT for Delete?! Look in a contextual menu, fool!

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but the basic (and most common ones) are all Windows standards

and work just about everywhere in MicroSoft Office - all flavours and in just about every Windows OS since Windows was first foisted on us.

And amazingly they almost always work in every other WIndows hosted program too !

OF COURSE this requires a small smidgeon of effort - most people will only need about 10 any way (select all-copy/cut - paste-save-close window-close program-print-open explorer-undo-redo)

Now they can get stuff done with less risk of RSI & a damn sight faster !

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: It would save time if ...

and Churchill also said that the UK did not need to have an HRA - because we had the far supperior Common Law & Bill of Rights (yes we do have a written constitution - oh my; they had to break it illegally to get the stupid HRA into law)

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peter_dtm
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that depends if they re-instate Common Law & Habeas Corpus that they had to (illegally) abrogate before they could REDUCE our rights with the un-needed by Common Law jurisprudence EHRC & the enabling act.

When originally mooted the EHRC was not deemed to be as strong as UK Common Law rights & therefore it was not only unnecessary to 'enable' the EHRC but would in fact (and did) remove our Common Law rights leaving us all less protected (30 day detention ring any bells ? Illegal under Habeas Corpus).

You did know that Habeas Corpus is no longer part of the law didn't you ? Because Habeas Corpus & assorted other Common Law rights PREVENTED the EHRC from working.

So get the right end of the stick - get rid of the pathetic HRA and restore Common Law rights; so for instance just one example of REDUCED rights :

- No extradition unless

-- it is a crime in the UK

-- there is prima facia evidence that there is a case to answer under UK law

-- No foreign governments/courts would have primacy over the Law Committee of the House of Lords ( now replaced by the very inferior Supreme Court - a court that is NOT supreme because it can be overruled by FOREIGN courts who run a complete different jurisprudence that is NOT compatible with Common Law)

Shove the Human Rights Act; Common Law countries don't need an inferior copy of what we have (because that is what the EHRC is; an inferior copy; weakened because Code Napoleon can not tolerate the State NOT being supreme)

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

peter_dtm

Re: Proper clipboard support

so that is 20 years of abject stupidity then

it is such a stupid concept; where the hell did they ever come up with it ?

along with some 15 other defaults - mosty in Explorer

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

peter_dtm
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Re: lets look at this in another way..

But it is normal people NOT geeks who make up the market

as has been shown time & time again geek sales != profit (quite often geek != sales | geek = give away)

so geek sales are either niche; marketing or supported by volume sale to normal people

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SHIP OF FAIL: How do we right capsized institutions we thought would NEVER go under?

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since Thatcher ?

since long before Thatcher - probably since the end of the 1st World War.

WIlson & co had no truck with engineers or scientists either - unless they were party credentialed (lysenkoism)

What is it with people who blame Thatcher for everything - ? She's been gone these many years; we've had Blair and Brown who definatlely hated engineering & science; & Cameron who wouldn't understantand what a thesis was if you made him learn the definition by rote; using single sylable words ! News for you - NONE of the governments following Thatcher have attempted to reverse any of her most conservative/capitalist/sane anti-big government policies; so if you don't like Thatcherism you must hate all the modern political parties.

Perhaps the only hope we had was a secretary of education who was prepared to fight the establishment so ALL kids had a chance at learning to try to excell instead of being told how useless they are (indirectly of course; what else is the refusal to allow competition but a subtle way of saying you aren't goog enough ?)

Why do we not value producers & doers - because kids are taught NOT to that's why - science/maths/engineering ts too 'difficult ' so do a gcse in hair straightening or grass growing. Gove had the guts to challange that and finally halt the academic dumbing down.

Why has this come about ? Many reasons no doubt; part of it is that science & technical studies demand ABSOLUTE answers that are mostly either right or wrong - unlike all the soft skills where there are as many right answers as there are politically correct views. And the current powers that be do not believe in ABSOLUTES; evrything is realtive (to their political leanings); to have to face the posibility of being wrong is just too damned soul destroying for the poor things.

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