* Posts by John Brown (no body)

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Bloke sold cash register code to restaurants that deliberately hid sales from taxmen

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Re: the various tax boards WILL check up...

"So what part of "you're gonna get caught" did they NOT understand???"

The bit where skimming a little of what you want turns to greed and the tax returns are blatantly not enough to represent the purported business model and causes blindness to the obvious.

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BAE Systems' autonomous research aircraft flies itself to Scotland

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Re: Some catching up

There were slightly fewer aircraft to dodge back then, and it probably didn't have to worry about stacking up in a holding patter, ATC strikes or baggage handler strikes :-)

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Re: Probably easier to do than autonomous car driving

"the main issue right now is the humans around the self driving cars!"

Since the meatbags currently outnumber the robots by billions to one, then the robots will have to work within the system.

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Maybe it's just a sort of insect-like antenna with a flag or pennant attached to let people know who owns the aircraft. They did, after all confuse us, implying singular by using "an" then using the plural form "antennae", so maybe it's not actually radio related at all and is just decorative. Do we know if it's painted with black and yellow stripes?

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Re: Maybe this is me being dumb...

"Struggling to see the point in commercial operations though."

Two extra paying seats you can charge a huge premium for?

Or, slightly more realistic, no cockpit so a couple of extra rows of seats and no expensive pilots wages and hotel layover costs. win/win for the airlines.

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Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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200,000 viewers

That many? Really? Are they counting individuals or are they counting the even sadder viewers who wtahc it more than once as multiple viewers?

I remember seeing the channel appearing on the program guide when it first started. I managed about 2 minutes before my eyes and ears began to bleed.

At least in the old days of "local" TV we had Naked News, Cello News, etc.

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Re: Erm

You'll be telling me next HIGNFY is scripted. "9:10, Paul, you can start saying "twat" now. But no fucks till 9:20"

You need to watch the extended HIGMNFY (M for More), about 15 minutes longer, less cuts, sometimes includes "backroom boys" coming on to fix mics and stuff,

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Take that, creationists: Boffins witness birth of new species in the lab

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Re: Creationists aren't listening.

"Fossils are the remains of plants or animals (or fish or whatever..) that once lived on the earth, but were rapidly buried at some stage a few thousand years ago."

Yeah, they'd probably say they are the flood victims. If Lots wife can be turned into a pillar of salt instantly, then fossils from flood victims should be just as easy. Sadly, I've heard that put forward as an argument :-(

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Apple again late to another market others pioneered. Or is it?

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Re: Revisionism

"That's just incorrect Mage"

The main thrust of his point is still correct. Apple improve rather than invent. It's still innovation to some extent, but they don't invent new products or markets.

Considering their own PR and the general public perception, they are surprisingly conservative in their outlook.

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Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

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Considering that "teleworking" and video chat was supposed to be the holy grail of cutting cost, improving productivity and working conditions, it;s interesting how many IT companies are consolidating sites. It might be more to do with site/building running costs, but "letting people go" because a site closed rather than working from home sounds like it's as much about reducing headcount as anything else.

The problem is that reducing headcount by closing a site many miles from the remaining sites means you lose most or all of the people from the closed site, no matter who they are or how good they are,

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Icelandic Pirate Party asked to form government

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Re: The Trifecta

Dear £deity, if I'd put a fiver on an accumulator I'd be retiring today!

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Why your gigabit broadband lags like hell – blame Intel's chipset

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Re: Is there an OS in the modem itself?

"There has been some OS-related mudslinging, but does anyone actually *know* (ideally with evidence) whether there is an OS (e.g. an RTOS) in the modem itself?

The VM superhub, at least, has a web server for management/config etc so I'd be surprised if there's not some sort of minimal OS in there.

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'Toyota dealer stole my wife's saucy snaps from phone, emailed them to a swingers website'

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Re: Unless you're the FBI...

"Being a pastor, he should know better!"

Maybe be did, but then he employed "high-powered human rights lawyer Gloria Allred" and we all know where that leads....

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HMS Queen Lizzie to carry American jets and sail in support of US foreign policy

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Re: Pussies 'r' Us ……. and as Paper Tigers in the AI Space and Virtual Jungles

"Just a small reminder to any depressed RN Matelots of what the stars and stripes look like.."

Hey, one of those models was holding a Union Flag!

(Yes, I did mean to post this yesterday, but I got a little distracted)

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Exclusive: Team Trump's net neutrality guru talks to El Reg

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Dr Roslyn Layton...

...looks like Dana Scully before she got old and had plastic surgery to make her face even less expressive.

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Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Pandora's box?

"I knew a girl at school called Pandora. Never got to see her box, though..."

Is that you Adrian?

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Re: Not much of a chemist then?

"These pellets get heated, mixed with colours and then injection moulded or, I suspect, rolled into sheets of some description."

IIRC from an episode of How It's Made or a similar program, they use air to blow a huge balloon-like structure 3 or 4 stories high of clear plastic in a continuous manufacturing process (so I suppose it must be a cylinder rather than a balloon) Quite impressive from what I remember, but no, not rolled into sheets to make money.

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Sysadmin figures out dating agency worker lied in his profile

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"except the SHIFT lock also locked the special characters above the number keys."

There's a key combo which does on (some?) keyboards too. I've not had it happen for some years now, so it may have been an OS artefact rather than a keyboard function. I never did find out which key combo it was or how to turn it back off other than by bashing the keyboard (with ctrl held down IIRC) It only ever happened on rare occasions when I fat fingered the KB.

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Renewed calls for Tesla to scrap Autopilot after number of crashes

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Re: Maybe consumer groups...

"Maybe non pilots don't understand how little an autopilot does in the air..."

I think that might well be it. Most people have probably heard of passenger aircraft with automatic landing systems, autopilot etc such that even in news stories we hear about aircraft which pretty much take off, fly to their destination and land almost without pilot input. To the layman, that's all one big fancy "autopilot" so the perception is that an "autopilot" does everything for you.

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Re: 98%

"I'm all for self driving cars but Tesla has jumped the gun in releasing this semi-autonomous system to the public."

Very few countries allow new car models to be sold to the public without all sorts of testing and safety analysis. Maybe the relevant authorities are as much to blame for allowing these on the road without demanding full and complete information being shoved in the drivers face along with proper testing, especially real-world usability testing. The semi-autonomy of these vehicles is quite a significant step changes from your average new car model with pretty standard controls and features that people get trained on when learning to drive.

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Still too much discretion when it comes to that 'terrorism' stuff, repeats David Anderson QC

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Re: muppetry

"The terrorists have long since won - precious liberties & privacy lost, creates a climate where authoritarianism thrives by means of a few, small attacks. (less lives lost than (some say often a bit dubious deaths) in police custody, but don't hear many calls to get rid of the police)"

<tinfoil hat>

Considering how many "terrorists" come from places where so-called "safe" democracies have barged in and caused mayhem with little to no planning for later stabilisation, it almost make you wonder if there's a plan to create a terrorist pool so those "safe" democratic governments can grab more power for themselves.

</tinfoil hat>

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Re: Huh ?

"So deaths in N.Ireland don't count?? Maybe it's because ..."

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Yes, it's disingenuous to not include NI in the stats, bit then that's how "spin" works. Stick to the truth, part of the truth and embellish the truth so as to not actually lie.

It's a bit like "90% fat free" sounds better than "10% fat included"

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European Council agrees to remove geoblocking

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Re: This is a great idea.

"They could mandate exactly the same tax rates everywhere, and the same minimum wage. Same pension age everywhere for everyone? What about the same terms and conditions for unemployment benefit? What would everyone be happy with, one year @ 50% ? Two years at 70%?"

Well, so far, most of the harmonisation of EU rules and laws seems to be to take the country with the best/worst/biggest/smallest optin and bring everyone else into line with them in a way that the country being harmonised with doesn't have to "lose" anything. eg copyright extensions across the EU to bring the rest into line with the likes of Germany so that the Germans didn't "lose" their 60 year copyright period and everyone else had to increase to match. Lots of stuff went back into copyright in many countries instead of averaging it out.

Oh, hang on, harmonising unemployment payments at the highest levels isn't going to happen. Unless taxes are also harmonised at the highest levels. Except we all know which way the harmonisation balance will tip when it comes to benefits to the people or benefits to the governments.

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"so that people can tangibly benefit from their country remaining."

Yes, I was think this the other day. Whatever peoples feeling on the merits or otherwise of Brexit, the referendum result has kicked the arse of the EU into gear and they finally seem to be taking steps to sort out at least some of the issue that have been dragging on for years.

It's possible the Brexit could be what saves the EU from implosion.

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Re: Now I understand why Murdoch rags were so vehement on BrExit

"Hehe... All that lovely revenue from price gouging Sky subscriptions..."

Except that by the sounds of it, the EU is moving towards being a single market on digital goods too. If geoblocking is not allowed, then the content providers making geoblocking part of the licensing contract will have to remove those contract restrictions for their content or simply not sell into the entire EU market.

So Sky, instead of having one big EU market will have the Eu + UK. Maybe they can gouge one or the other, or even both, but they can't gouge 27 26 EU members separately.

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Chap creates Slack client for Commodore 64

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Re: “artisanal, locally sourced, homemade cable”

"You say that, but I notice that there is no mention of organic practicea or fair trade agreements."

Yeah, but it's Dolphin Friendly!

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Tobacco giant predicts the end of smoking. Panic ensues

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"If people want to "put a cumbersome contraption to their mouths, and exhale perfumed steam", some people would still prefer it if they don't do it in an enclosed space where other people have to breathe it."

You could say the same about people who overdo the aftershave, deodorant or perfume too. And those smells are with them all day, not just the few minutes they are having a vape.

And FWIW, there a plenty of vaping devices which are not "cumbersome contraptions" and don't look like huge bongs. Many are smaller and less conspicuous than a normal pipe, never mind the emotive image you are trying to generate.

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Jersey sore: Anchor rips into island's undersea cables, sinks net access

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Re: "on the UK island of Jersey"

"Doubtless there were other waves of migration before that."

Especially when what we now call Doggerland was still above the waterlevel and what is now the UK was just an outcropping of the rest of europe. There doesn't appear to be any archaeological evidence of any border controls either so it was just a free for all as far immigrants were concerned. Anyone brave enough to hitch a lift on a Mammoth was in.

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UK.gov was warned of smart meter debacle by Cabinet Office in 2012

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Re: Pull the plug then

"Another crap EU crap, actually."

Except that gov.uk obviously wants this to happen. Now that Brexit is going to happen, it would be easy to call a halt to the whole program "while we re-visit, re-test and re-build the network security, because hackers/terrorists" and then suddenly find we are no longer in the EU and don't need the smart meter commitment any more. Or any other apparently valid excuse to delay projects such as this.

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Re: Pull the plug then

"tallow lamps to bark torches"

Hah, amateur! You can tell where the real clever people live because they grow their own carrots! We don' need no steenkin' lights at all!!!

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Re: Consumer benefits?

"By all means, choose to hate energy suppliers, but don't blame us for smart meters"

But I do blame them for the underhand methods being used to force deployment of smart meters. eg my supplier phoned to say they'd made an appointment to install one and would I please confirm the date was acceptable. Luckily I was home and told them that no date would ever be acceptable. My wife would likely have thought I'd arranged it and just said yes to them.

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Chernobyl cover-up: Giant shield rolled over nuclear reactor remains

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"In the meantime the cleanup of the reactor will finally start, so there is a good chance the containment won't be needed anymore when this structure hits end of life."

Indoor basejumping park? Waterpark? Snowpark? There must be something fun to do with an enclosed structure of that size once it's all cleaned up :-)

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UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Well...

"includes people who operate random wifi hotspots who may be required to install certain software or do certain things."

Will they? It seems to me that only the "big boys" will be affected as it stands due to the proviso in the bill which states "CSPs subject to a technical capacity notice".

So those smaller ISPs who are nit currently subject to website block orders today will not be subject this backdooring. I may be wrong now, and will almost certainly be wrong as feature-creep sets in, but at least for now they won't be enforcing this on smaller companies without the money and resource to do and not on individuals either.

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Six car-makers team to build European 'leccy car charge bar network

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Re: @Lotaresco

"90kWH (less 5kWH hence actually 85kWH), referred to as 100kWH presumably for marketing purposes."

Maybe marketing use 210 for kilo-? Shades of the infamous 1000/1024 kilo- hard drive "scande" in reverse?

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Re: Interesting supply questions

"If each car can pull 350 kW, and there are half a dozen charging points in one place, that's a helluva big mains cable!"

I was thinking that too. Especially for the more rural motorway service stations.

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Internet Archive preps Canadian safe haven to swerve Donald Trump

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Re: Backup v. Mirror

"I have no idea what the resilience architecture of the Internet Archive might be, but creation of Copy 1 cannot make it worse, I think, so I've bunged them a few quid."

Same here.

As for copies, how about that terrorist scum sucking piracy tool, Bitorrent? A special client so that millions of PCs each storing a few GB of "backup", with extra algorithms to make sure that each GB "block" is stored out to some multiple of clients with clients passing each other various chunks randomly so it's all moving arounf all over the world.

(only half joking)

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Re: Over reaction?

"The schoolbooks say that we have laws and rights that are protected by checks and balances; but if the government as a whole chooses to ignore or abrogate them, what recourse is there?"

Isn't that why you have so many guns in private hands?

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UK Parliament waves through 'porn-blocking' Digital Economy Bill

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Re: How does it work in practice?

"I would like to know though whose job it is to constantly patrol the world's porn sites looking for which sites do or don't do age verification."

I applied for the job but I've not heard back yet. I'm sure they'll keep my CV on file though.

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"Shouldn't they have started objecting to this sort of thing by now?"

Both Labour and Tories have tried to push similar stuff through multiple times over the last couple decades. They've failed in some cases (not all) for three reasons.

1. The opposition want the credit to oppose the incumbents plan as being unworkable despite being almost identical the own plan because they oppose as a matter of policy and they assume they'll be in next and can claim the glory for themselves.

2. The EU rules the Act as being incompatible with the RIghts of the People.

3. The Govt. doesn't have a majority and combined with 1 above means it fails again.

It seems that Labour have given up trying to grab the glory and have accepted that they will eventually get back into power and be able to play with the new toys anyway.

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Re: Stazi

"Just wanted to point out that nobody but MPs (who have a vested interest) voted for May"

So how did she get to be an MP then? Like most PMs, she was elected as an MP and like most PMs, she was chosen by her party as the leader. (there have been a few instances where the Monarch didn't like the option and chose someone else)

Both John Major and Gordon Brown became PM mid-term just like May, so it's not as if there's no precedent. (although I'm not sure I could think of a worse choice than May).

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Vegans furious as Bank of England admits ‘trace’ of animal fat in £5 notes

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"Come to think of it though, old style currency was quite greasy compared to normal paper. Perhaps someone has been doing this for years already."

Nah, just oils from peoples hands, likely exacerbated by passing through chippy and other fastfood places and accumulating.

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Re: Perhaps the Superior ones

"breath in molecules of air that has been contaminated with animal (and/or human) fats"

Bacteria a separated into flora and fauna. Many of them floating in the air.

Then there are all the microscopic creepy crawlies that live all over the outside of the human body, not to mention the herds of wild beasts roaming up and down your eyelashes. A true vegan should never wash!

Don't forget, sweat doesn't smell (much). The bad smell is the by-product of the bacteria using said sweat as sustenance!

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Re: Rational?

"But plants are *ALIVE*."

When is a strawberry legally dead?

For further discussion, see many, many episodes of The Infinite Monkey Cage on BBC iPlayer.

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Re: Tell you what then,

"I think your case study design may carry a risk of selection bias.."

Probably because, like people of varying sexuality, you don't really know who or what they are in day to day life unless they are "in your face" about themselves so it's "militants" that most people are aware of.

(yeah, I know, not a great analogy since most LGBT are not choosing a "ifestyle")

A guy I worked with for years, never knew he was gay until recently, but then he doesn't dress up like one of The Village People or talk like Julian Clary. I never knew, didn't care and still don't care. He's just a bloke.

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Re: Blasphemy?

"until fairly recently they used fish by-products to clarify it after brewing - as is done with most beers."

I've heard a self-proclaimed vegetarian state that fish are not meat. I guess he was brought up old style Christian.

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Re: Pedant Point

*Quelle* rue ?

Danny?

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Re: @Patrician Animal walware

"Given those concerns, Fruitarianism would be the appropriate choice of ethical food consumption"

Does an Apple tree feel pain and distress when you snatch it's embryonic offspring away from it? And how does it feel knowing you'll only eat the casing and thrown the life-giving seed away?

I remember an SF story many years ago where one of the characters was from a society which refused to eat anything that had once been alive. Their only food was artificially manufactured from chemicals. A bit of a bummer when they got stranded in the wilderness with no supplies.

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"There's no sensible reason for using animal fat when making money,"

You don't actually thing there's a special farm somewhere fattening up animals for the slaughter just to make fivers and throwing away all that meaty and leathery by-product, do you?

If the fat is being used to make some plastics, it's most likely that it's "waste" product. Selling it for other uses instead of disposing of it (at a cost) means less waste so those of us who have chosen the blood thirsty, murdering lifestyle of eating meat can feel better that more of the animal is useful in death.

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50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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Re: Korolev, Challenger, Columbia...

I think he's suggesting politicians/administrators over-ruling engineers is not a good thing. Whether he's right (or I've interpreted his intentions correctly) is another matter.

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Ofcom to force a legal separation of Openreach

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"Data doesn't travel along the roads so there is no particular reason to mention it."

Many, if not all motorways do have data running along them. That's how smart motorways and the big matrix signs and CCTV cameras work. It's what is in that purple flexi-pipe you might have seen running along bridges etc.

I've no idea if that is an entirely private network or if it's shared backbone or something else. But if government is genuine about building out fibre then maybe the various departments need to talk to each other about what resources they have in place and how it might be shared, either the capacity or just the space for others to run fibre.

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