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Google's teeny UK tax bill 'just not right', thunders senior MP

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and there you have it.

Why nothing will be done.

A scary thought is how much Google have on public officials. How many emails pass through Google servers, how much dirt can an internal-to-Google search throw up ?

Imagine the power Google have to skew search results to sway public opinion ... search for "David Cameron" and you get pages of results detailing every negative story from the past 10 years. Search for "Ed Miliband" and you get pages of stories with him kissing babies and posing with puppies .....

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"A functioning transparent system"

Did she mean transport ? In which case she's wrong.

Oh, and if she didn't, she's still wrong.

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BadNews, fandroids: MILLIONS of Google Play downloads riddled with malware

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@Andy

Not on that phone, you can't :(

Anyway - why "disable" ? She doesn't want the bloody thing at all - especially as it sits there taking up precious storage space on the phone (*not* the SD card).

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Don't need to download dodgy apps

Wifes WildfireS came preloaded with a Facebook app, which you can't remove, nor stop running (she hasn't got a Facebook account).

When you try and access settings, it lists all the permissions it has "Access my call data", "Access my contacts" etc etc (pretty much all from what I can see) with no option to deselect them.

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Securing the Internet of Things - or how light bulbs can spy on you

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Sigh

never underestimate the banality of evil.

If history has shown us anything, it's that it's pathetically easy to get 80% of the public to willingly give up any and everything for some shiny - or the promise of some shiny.

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Blogger, activist pals answer Anons' CISPA website blackout call

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Surely T&Cs cover this ?

"An amendment to the law which would ban employers asking their minions to hand over Facebook or Twitter passwords has already been blocked"

anyone who *did* hand over their details would be breaching Facebook/Twitters T&Cs.

Anyone any idea what the UK position would be here, if a candidate declined to provide these details ?

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Harassed Oracle employee wins case, cops huge legal bill

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@AC 9:08

Ah, found it. It was the *High* court that ruled.

A small error of fact,

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YouTube beats off $1bn Viacom copyright case once AGAIN

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very simple question

as time goes buy are you

a) more likely to buy Viacom stock, and less likely to buy Google stock

or

b) less likely to buy Viacom stock, and more likely to buy Google stock

I think the answer might be illuminating - if bleeding obvious.

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British bookworms deem Amazon 'evil'

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Re: Amazon is more than e-books

It's nice that when searching for individual books, Amazon list secondhand copies available.

It's a shame it doesn't aggregate, so you can search for several books, and then see if there's a *single* secondhand source.

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Once again, people miss the point ...

arguing over *which* eReader you like diverts attention from the facts.

1) Publishers often set eBook prices to be the same (or more) than the dead-tree version

2) We have to pay VAT on eBooks.

Why not put the same effort into addressing those as to a bunfight over Kindle/Nook/Kobo ?

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

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Re: I'm confused...

Didn't they say you need a Google Wallet account linked to the glasses ? In which case it's trivial - simply have a complicated procedure for changing accounts, where you verify it's a gift.

Presumably the glasses won't work if they can't access a valid Wallet account.

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Ofcom fines TalkTalk AGAIN - a whopping £750k over 'abandoned calls' gaffe

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Distress

there's nothing preventing a victim pursuing a claim in civil court. Talk Talk can hardly deny it. The only tricky thing might be to demonstrate that it happened. However, since you are only working on the balance of probabilities, I wonder if the court would accept it happened *unless* TalkTalk could disprove it ... would make for very interesting times ...

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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And the Windows Phone version

No mention of that ... anyone want to big up WP here ?

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Gov.uk named THE BEST THING Britain has made all year

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http://archive.org

Is that accepted evidence in court - particularly a criminal one ?

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On a more serious note

if the UK gov does insist on "digital by default" then presumably web pages become primary sources of information. Has anyone developed a mechanism for keeping track of websites so that you can prove what version was displayed when ?

Otherwise, I can see pages with incorrect information being put up, that people act on, and when they have to defend themselves ("the government website said this...") they find the page has mysteriously changed.

Or are they not *that* serious about DBD ?

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Move over, Mythbusters: Was Archimedes an ancient STEVE JOBS?

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Re: water power

Indeed ... the recent excavations in London have demonstrated that the Romans management of water was not to be equalled until Victorian London.

If you like your history and engineering, there's a cracking Time Team special about an experiment to recreate an amazing piece of machinery found in London - unknown anywhere else in the Roman Empire. It was a conveyor belt of buckets powered by animals.

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TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

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What kind of installation is needed?

The kind that costs £50

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Google erects tech specs tech specs, APIs hit the decks

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Starting to be excited about this ...

although not in a boys toys way.

Mrs JP has MS, and it's knackered her vision (optic neuritis) making it hard to see at a distance. It's not a lens issue, so specs don't help. If these gadgets can be used to project a TV picture so it's viewable as if it were a foot from the eye as opposed to the 6-8 feet in real space, it could be a godsend.

So bring it on.

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Dell tried gobbling doomed Brit IT giant 2e2 for £350m, say insiders

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Smile of the day ...

"The negotiations collapsed after 2e2's venture-capital backers Duke Street Capital held out for more."

Overweening greed ....

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Anonymous squirts all over NORKS in birthday surprise outrage

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Re: News from NK

you read Korean ?

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Brussels clears Liberty Global's £15bn Virgin Media takeover

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What does it mean for the end user ?

Better service.

Lower prices.

More choice.

Exciting innovations.

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Antarctic ice sheet melt 'not that unusual', latest ice core shows

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From HHGTTG

England no longer existed. He'd got that - somehow he'd got it. He tried again. America, he thought, has gone. He couldn't grasp it. He decided to start smaller again. New York has gone. No reaction. He'd never seriously believed it existed anyway. The dollar, he thought, had sunk for ever. Slight tremor there. Every Bogart movie has been wiped, he said to himself, and that gave him a nasty knock. McDonalds, he thought. There is no longer any such thing as a McDonald's hamburger.

He passed out.

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Re: To be fair...

How do you measure ?

Go to Victoria embankment - see how many times it's been raised in the last 100 years. No because of rising sea levels, but the sinking south east ...

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'You can keep it' - Brit's nicked laptop turns up on Iranians' sofa

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Wow - quicker than you can say "judgemental"

I couldn't quite see the bit in the OP where it said the new owners *knew* they had received stolen goods.

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Hey Intel, Microsoft: Share those profits with your PC pals, eh? - analyst

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@AC 14:43

I wasn't saying there has been a slump of sales because *I* don't need a new PC. I was pointing out that if you extrapolate my situation, you can work out why PC sales are nosediving. All I was doing was using my personal situation to inform my professional view - with the appropriate level of caution.

There was a Samsung stand in my local shopping mall last week. Despite their being loads of phones, the few times I walked past it in a 2 hour period, the only things people were eyeballing were the tablets.

Hardly scientific, but it would cause me to want to know more before I invested in selling Samsung phones.

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Why is there such a disconnect

between the industry, and the market ? It's painful to see, and certainly isn't great PR for capitalism and the free market.

PC sales have tanked, because nobody needs a new PC right now. I'm working on a 3 year laptop supplied by work. My wife and sons PCs are 4 year old boxes I put Win7 on. I see absolutely no need to upgrade. Possibly replace in the event of a failure, but even then, I have some older XP boxes in the loft that would probably do.

Now, Win2000 ran software that people (especially in business) needed to run. Therefore NT4->Win2000 was a big event.

XP ran software that Win2000 couldn't. So there was a push to that. The first crack in the dam occurred when Vista didn't really add anything to XP.

Win 7 came along at a lucky point in the cycle, and drove a few upgrades, but given I am working on a Win7->XP machine, it wasn't essential

So here we are today. Win8 just doesn't add anything people *need*.

It's like mobile phones ... in our household (we've not drunk the Apple kool-aid) we're all happy with 2+ year old phones.

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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ITYM

"Green" ?

And it's not so much a nugget, more of a splat.

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Finance bods probe RBS over bank-crippling IT cock-up

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Re: Moving away slighly

not really - T&Cs are subject to civil law, and can be struck out if unreasonable or unfair.

Anyway, RBS T&Cs only apply to RBS customers.

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Moving away slighly

does anyone know how far the consequential losses claimed can go ? ISTR at the time there were stories of house purchases falling through, and businesses being forced into bankruptcy.

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Microsoft: Here's some cash, channel. PLEASE sell Office 365

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EU hosting makes no difference

People still don't get it. MS are a US company. MS have to abide by US law. US law (PATRIOT act) means that Uncle Sam can ask MS to cough up data from *anywhere* it controls it - and to hell with any other arrangements they may have promised. Uncle Sam can also require MS to shut down any server they control - again irrespective of location. MS admitted last year that wherever they hold data, it's available to the US government if requested.

Also, (or so our Information Security guys tell me) if this were to happen, any person whose data was snatched would have a case for suing the company that lost it.

Two reasons for being *very* careful where your cloudy data goes.

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Hard luck lads, todger size DOES matter: Official

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Did no one notice ...

the subtle shadow of the todger in the pictures ? Perhaps they should have used examples lit from the front, not side ....

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US Air Force reclassifies 6 cyber tools as weapons

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Nothing to see here

don't forget encryption was also classified as "munitions" to control it's export.

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Maggie Thatcher: The Iron Lady who saved us from drab Post Office mobes

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Sadly, the under 40s

will think we're making it all up.

*If* you were lucky, you could get a phone in less than 2 months. And as for a *second* phone ....

One of my first paying jobs in electronics was (illegally) fitting extensions for neighbours - because in those days only GPO engineers could do that (phones were hardwired - no plugs and sockets) AND you only rented the handset.

Anyone remember party lines ?

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Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review

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Once again ...

a suspicion that those in power *really* don't "get it". It would be funny, if it didn't result in ludicrous laws, and the appalling waste of money sunk into IT schemes that could have easily delivered with a managed FOSS solution.

And to the commentard who suggested that new eBooks are the *same* price as the dead tree version ... I have seen many eBooks that are *more* expensive than the paper version.

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Orange is the new TalkTalk of the broadband complaints league

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Re: Is there a GOOD broadband provider?

Bad form to reply to oneself, but just to add about routers ....

VM supply a crippled rebadged router, which would be flattered with the epithet "pants". However (although I had to await a firmware upgrade for this) it can be put into "modem only" mode, which allows you to use your own preferred router.

Make sure you do use the VM supplied kit though - it's DOCSIS 3.0

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Re: Is there a GOOD broadband provider?

I know it's less than fashionable, but for me, VM are tops. On their basic package, can download an hours HDTV prog in about 4 minutes, and never had an outage.

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MI5 undercover spies: People are falsely claiming to be us

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I've fallen victim to this scam

The caller identifies themselves, and then tells about a system called "government" which you have to pay into, and you can get the most fabulous prizes. They then threaten that if you don't pay them, they'll lock you up.

Despite me sending off over £15,000 last year, I haven't seen a bean.

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Watchdog warns UK.gov not to create 'them and us' digital divide

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Is there not a precedent ?

Going back to my childhood, it was not uncommon to know some people who just did not have a phone. And this was London, not some backwater.

Clearly, at some point, it was decided that the telephone would be the primary point of contact with the state.

I appreciate it's a little more complex to use the web, but that's where we are heading.

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Torygraph and Currant Bun stand by to repel freeloaders

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Explains recent YouGov surveys

I had at least 3 in the past few months - I could almost sense the hysteria when I happily told them I didn't buy *any* newspaper, or subscribe to (i.e. pay for) *any* site.

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

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Re: was it yesterday?

Yup.

And I was the one who said that if you believe that you need to step away from the internet.

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Angry commentard mobs to feel Facebook jackboot in site tweak

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Or, to use a newspaper expression:

"Below the fold". Because no one reads that. Oldest trick in the book. Beloved of politicians, as it can be done with absolutely (a) no money, and more importantly (b) no trail linking you to any media outlet.

Ever wonder why with the state of the country, newpapers have stories about X-Factor fallouts on the front page ?

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Experts doubt Anonymous Mossad spy outing claims are kosher

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Why are security services exempt from incompetence ?

I love the reasoning that this data can't possibly be real because "no one would be that incompetent".

I would submit that anyone whose posted that needs to step away from the internet now.

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Software glitch WIPES OUT listings of 10,000 eBay sellers

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Re: Effectively another "cloud" failure.

Actually, that was a lie. Sort of. What I *could* have said, is that our DR plan has a risk of the office being unavailable and a compensating control of some rented war rooms to be available within 2 hours for key staff, and systems being switched to 3rd party providers. So airliner hitting building, gas leak, flooding, fire. They are all things that could make the office physically inaccessible.

And yes, it does get tested. The compliance guys have a secret pow wow with facilities, and when a fire drill is planned, key employees are stopped from going back into the building, and the DR plan is tested, so they have to make their way to the backup site. Quite a faff, but not quite as much as discovering your plan is flawed. Like one company that had a 300 page DR manual that was supposed to be issued to staff in the event of a disaster. Come the disaster, a murder in the estate their office was in, they discovered the only copies were kept in the office the police had sealed off and no one was allowed in.

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Re: Effectively another "cloud" failure.

Big boy businesses have backup generators, and disaster recovery plans.

Part of being a "businessman" is that you actually know a bit about "business". Axiomatic really. This is why there are so many failed "businesses" in the world. I know it's fashionable to knock people who get high salaries, but don't throw the baby out with the bathwater - some of them are worth every penny.

I have known a few directors of "tech companies" who couldn't program a microwave, yet were very canny at managing sales, staff, and resources. They could spot flaws in plans and account for things that you just couldn't imagine.

ISTR aircraft crash investigators don't have any concept of "accident". The same should go for businesses.

Let's put it this way: our disaster recovery plan has an airliner hitting the office as a risk.

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Effectively another "cloud" failure.

Anyone you *relies* on eBay to make money (as opposed to the odd hobbiest) really should factor "eBay goes titsup in someway" into their business plans.

Men, boys, etc.

Is there a *shrug* icon ?

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Stephen Fry explains… Alan Turing's amazing computer

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Feynman

bongos and strip clubs ???

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Re: God I'm getting sick of Fry

In a survey 8% of people wanted Fry to be Chancellor and 3% wanted Cox, no idea why as neither have anything to do with economics.

And Osbornes qualifications are ?

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Stop excluding vulnerable Brits from digital agenda - MPs

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My beef with digital government

is that I don't want to see private business (especially non UK ones) being used to implement it.

I don't want government agencies to have Facebook pages, or Twitter feeds they expect you to use. Quite aside from the ethical question of why you must sign up with a third party to use a government service, would be the observation that if FaceTwitter were to go offline for any period of time, you've effectively cut yourself off from the world.

I've noticed a few companies have started now ... the *only* way you can contact them is "via our Facebook page".

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Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

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Re: I'm gonna start up my own social network

Hasn't Louise Mensch beaten you to it ?

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Re: Prior art

worryingly there are lots of so called "techies" who have never heard of usenet. Take Virgin Media, for example. When I had problems posting on usenet a few weeks ago, I logged a support call. The first reply from the "engineer" asked if I had "contacted usenet to see if they had any problems".

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