* Posts by Dave 15

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Russian hackers target MH17 journalists for embarrassing Putin

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They really need to learn

The British government is much smarter at rubbishing stuff without people linking it.

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EU ministers look to tighten up privacy – JUST KIDDING – surveillance laws

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Didn't we...

Instruct people in the 'French resistance' on what to do and when using broadcast of plain language on radio the whole continent could hear?

Wouldn't parts of the German government at the time have suggested that blowing up trains, convoys of equipment, roads, bridges etc was terrorist incidents?

Really, all of this is just crud,

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European human rights court rules mass surveillance illegal

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Re: The UK government ... would lose international standing and reputation

As if it cares... the US says invade everyones privacy (or we will), the UK government does.... doesn't actually stop to ask how far it needs to go just gets rubber gloves on and away it goes.

No spine, no backbone, and a bunch of people here pushed around by a bunch over there when both ends go further than Stalin or anyone else would have dreamed possible

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Apple: Samsung ripped off our phone patent! USPTO: What patent?

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Re: Taketh away

Fit for purpose... thats certainly NOT prior art

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Reavers! Google patent would affix pedestrians to car hoods

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dont miss...

dont want to be stuck up do you

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I like it... high speed hitch hiking

Pity about getting them off at the end of the lift though

Kind of like the idea that you could stick some fat **** to the front of your car and use them as an extra bumper (and yes wit my bulk I could protect against a large impact, but your fuel economy is going to suffer).

I do wonder how it will cope with car washes, kids playing football and other such normal things?

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Revealed: The true horror of being a big CEO

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Best thinking

My best thinking is done on the throne... if I am highly productive I am highly productive... :)

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The wait is over: MoD releases latest issue of Ship Paint Monthly

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oooh now I know how to classify the corrosion on my old Moggy

Thought it was simple...ooh look a blister, ooh heck a hole, oh hell the floor is missing...

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High rear end winds cause F-35A ground engine fire

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oh heavens

Thats not the sherpas fault it is because your maintenance department didnt know squat about setting up the toe in.

Struth.

TBH at least if we bought BL (or perhaps even built a fighter ourselves... tsr2 would still show the existing fighters up, and a modified supersonic harrier is certainly feasible), around a British engine (yes, Rolls Royce can still make engines), using some British computer trickery for the weapons (and British, not outsourced to India) we would have a product we could sell to others, have some money left in the bank and would have people in Britain employed by the British tax payer, spending their hard earned in the local community etc etc etc and perhaps we wouldnt be a broke country heading rapidly down the u-bend.

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

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that would require

The companies to have some flat price per kwh and you to have continual access to all prices, and if that were possible we could devise software that kept switching all the time which would give them all a big headache

Far better to join you in the leftie revolution and take the whole lot into public ownership. Frankly I don't really care if that means employing too many people as that would mean paying less dole, and I dont mind if the company makes too much money as it would go back to the exchequer and mean less of an overdraft on the countries finances.

Unfortunately no political party is run by mere plebs who have to work to pay the bills, they are all run by the rich who have shares in all these companies and dont give a rats about the UK or the UK economy as long as they are richer by the week.

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Re: Many sellers, with identical products

Market... pah, no its not. **they** know we **need** the power, they also know they can cartel well enough (like the supermarkets) so surprise surprise prices go up in case prices go up, prices stay up because they bought at a higher price, they go up because there might be an issue, they stay up because they had hedged their bets, they run the generator is a different company so the supplier can claim it is making nothing out of over charging youl

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Valid logins to your workplace are on the net, right now

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iOS or Windows? Why?

TBH we all know that it is the popular OS that get attacked because there is most chance not only of success but also profit. If you have a pathetic market share (Windows) then you will not be attacked for a very long time (brings us back to the Nokia idiot who dropped a phone with a large market share for one with none and said he was clever).

iOS is not too far behind Android and I suspect also has its hacks and exploits despite the walled garden protection.

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I want to remotely disable Londoners' cars, says Met's top cop

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Re: Why would the Met would need this capability considering....

They only blew the doors off

The thing about London is that on the few miserable ordeals of 'driving' through the hell hole I can confirm escaping by crawling on hands and knees would have been quicker anyway.

Personally I would just build the M25 up 300feet and fill in the whole thing and turn it into a giant lake... problem solved

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Re: On-Star

Break off chases... seems that the only time the police stop the chase is when the police have killed a number of bystanders by not driving properly...

Sometimes of course they are also only training when the kill others

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Re: Because Criminals will follow the rules?

Most of the boxes have lots and lots of cables coming in... all potential antenna. (Have been doing some testing with a car box which uses a modem we wanted to cut from the outside world ... harder than first thought ... and that was only against mobile phone radio waves.

Still, yup, a good old fashioned no electronics diesel powered car would be fair... and probably can be made pretty quick without the weight of all the safety equipment.

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Re: "without having to smash the windscreen and pay damages to an innocent man."

Or beating a newspaper salesman to death because he was somewhere in the general area of a demonstration

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Accenture leans back, receives £86m Met Police contract

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Accenture

They win the contract because the civil service refuse to allow any new company to win a contract on the stupid clause that 'they havent done it before'... of course they havent because only one company hs.

They then pass the work out to a bunch of engineers in Bangalore (further destroying British industry, further draining money from the UK).

Those engineers will never have done anything like this before (the company has, but not the teams used).

The engineers will get paid nearly the same a month as the police are paying accenture a day.

And so the rich fat cats at the top get richer, the lubricating money slides to the civil servants and politicians who ensure the cosy relationship is protected

The tax payer ends up paying a huge bill for nothing much, gets some platitudes, pays unemployment to engineers here that should be doing the job, and sees shops etc. going bust because the engineers who should be being paid but are on the dole aren't buying anything. Then the taxpayer pays housing benefits to the whole damned lot who should be working but aren't

Then the 'powers that be' insult our intelligence by telling us this is all in the name of 'best value'. Not just the computer systems but police cars, army uniforms, guns, tanks, planes, ships, wall paper.. everything is handled in the same way.

Britain goes down the pan

In the meantime OTHER countries go and buy local and their economies survive and sometimes even flourish (find a foreign build cop car in Germany or France... just try, you will fail)

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7,800 people's biometric data held on police anti-terrorism database

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er... what

What about the biometrics the home office takes from vistors and all those police records which are never deleted of the biometrics taken when you happened to walk past a police station on a day of the week containing 'y'

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Samsung’s consumer IoT vision – stupid, desperate, creepy

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Re: Brainstorming here....

Get a life... things out of date!!!!! Food goes off but most food that is out of date is very very far from being even slightly dodgy. I prefer to check the food by smell, texture and so on and decide if it is fit for eating or fit for the bin.

And as for everything else.. I have light switches which I can use when I want to put a light on because it is dark (or if I want to turn them off when I have finished reading), I can judge when I need light for a particular task or if I am watching TV and don't care. I can also judge when the room will be used so that when the person walks in they don't have to wait freezing their brass monkeys off for the heating to warm it up! I also know what washing needs to be done and if I need to put on a half load because I need a particular item, or if the jeans are dirty because I have been fixing the car... I have a perfectly acceptable mk1 eyeball and use it!

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Re: Yeah, but...

Dont be too sure... the politicians are all happy to take a back hander to introduce legislation to force manufacturers to only make the things the person giving the back hander profits from.

And yes it IS the case, just look at the number of MPs and Lords in the UK caught by regular sting operations by the press doing JUST what is described... but who get elected time and again (or in the case of the lords just left in place)

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Re: Dumb ideas for IoT

Oh come now, drifting off topic, but really, do you think having some bloke in a dirty overall tut tutting over your car and insisting you have several hundred quids worth of pointless repair that he benefits directly from actually helps safety?

Oh that rubber on the anti roll bar looks perished ... yes, the outer surface was no break, no dirt getting anywhere, no problem, no looseness, no safety issue.

Oh there is some oil on the bottom of the sump... yup, I was careless topping it up the other week, look its clean oil... oh no, even though it is clean and clearly never been through the engine you need to have all seals in the engine checked...

Balls to both, a wipe around with newspaper and a re test in another garage... no problems.

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Re: Why....just why?

Of course not... it is a cheap machine with an expensive label, and no more reliable than the cheap one.

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Re: Why....just why?

BTW when tempted by the highly expensive Miele have a check on the internet what other appliances the same company makes, look at the parts in both the cheap and expensive machines, conclude that the only substantial differences between the cheap and expensive are the logs and shape of the plastic buttons... and use that to realise that expensive is not always better... yup... Miele is a cheap machine with an expensive label.

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Re: Why....just why?

Cheaper if you learn the skills to do the job yourself.... changed the pump the other day on mine... same pump in the very expensive appliance the wife was convinced was best as in the very cheap appliance that I told her was the same... still, told her she could pay the difference, she did, but I still had to fix it.

All that shite aside, its not just the cost of replacement but also the cost of the EU regulations... now new washing machines will only fill from cold ad use electricity to heat it up... no more filling from the hot water tank. (And for those environmentalists who think that is great... a summary of the old fashioned way.... cold water, gas boiler, hot water... washed clothes. And the new way... cold water, gas heater, steam, steam turbine, condenser to cool the boiling water that wasn't converted to energy, rotational energy (and hot bearings etc), electricity... lossy switches and cables... my house... cold water, electricity, hot water). The ONLY thing I see is more waste and a hell of a lot more cost.

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THeromstats and radiator valves

Having rented a house with a 'smart' heating controller with remote operated valves et al I can inform you that you want that less than having your knee caps done good old IRA style with a hammer drill.

The software is awful, the stuff doesnt work and you end up paying a massive bill for the house to be too cold to use.

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She cannae take it, Captain Kirk! USS Zumwalt breaks down

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Re: weapons?

Could use the Royal Navy technique of shouting bang with your fingers in your ear... doesn't waste so much expensive ammunition, doesn't break the ships hull, doesn't get anything dirty... top job

Or (again as with royal navy) you can fit the necessary tools to fire the weapons but save money by not having any missiles or shells.

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Re: Displaced, by gad.

Probably only a dribble

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Re: OK it looks small to radar

We tried using optics in ww1 and ww2, didn't really work too well in either.

Radar was a big improvement.

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Re: With this tonnage...

Obese? It is American so what do you expect?

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The next Cuban gristle crisis: US Navy warship powered by beef fat

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WHAT A WASTE

Fry your chips in beef fat.... they taste SO much better than those miserable veggie oil fried things.

THEN use the chip fat to power your ship (or landrover)

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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Windows 10 downgrades

Yup, my machine 'updated' itself... the result half of everything didn't work, the settings were all destroyed, went back to foreign language and wrong keyboard etc etc

And as for the latest versions of office... FFKS what do Microsoft not understand about I opened a word document so I can edit it, print it, read it... WHY OH WHY OH WHY do I now need to find different options in a pile of different places, click on 2 dozen different banners in order to do what I obviously wanted to do in the first place!!!!

An opportunity for linux etc. to take over... if only that weren't just as bad

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MI6 to hire another 1,000 bods 'cos of private surveillance tech

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Struggle to recruit...

Not surprised, salaries are so low as to e a joke, then there is the above mentioned 'buggins turn' and 'never mind the quality see the length of service' matched with the idea of joining in with unmitigated spying on everyone and anyone just because it can be done.

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Going, going, done: Trio of prolific auction fraud fraudsters jailed

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Re: Bank security

Strange, I have NEVER been asked about what I am taking money for or where I am paying in from.

Yes I had to provide some id when opening the account but that wasn't exactly a lot.

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Wonder how it compares

A quarter of a million theft and the sentences... how does that compare in hours per pound to other thefts?

OF course the BIGGEST thefts... the banks, the fraud of taking payment for goods then pulling the plug and going bankrupt (think world of leather, land of leather, leather world.... etc etc etc who have done this many many times) ... these huge corporate scams are totally un punished... not one single bank boss, ceo or minister has been sent down for these massive scams.

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Skype shuts down London office, hangs up on hundreds of devs

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Perhaps now..

Perhaps the now ex skype people can rebuild the skype that used to work before Microsoft f*****d it up.

Get rid of the bloody annoying prompts to upgrade which prevent you using

Stop hiding useful functionality

Get back to calls that work

Scrap the rather poor skype for business, just let business have their own directories and encryption keys

Frankly for those who think ARM is going to stay in the UK for more than a week then look at skype and all the other businesses swallowed and shut by foreign companies (including 3 of those I worked for).

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Non-doms pay 10 times more in income tax than average taxpayer group

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Re: @Fonant

In our 'democracy' a minority of votes regularly leads to an unstoppable government majority, mps that dont do their job (representing their constituents)) and governments that fail to listen or live up to promises. Part of this of course is the civil service (if I were elected I would shoot the whole lot on day 1)

However as all the mps do what the boss says we effectively only need a single dictator. As there are only ever two parties elected we could draw straws to see which dictator has the next 5 years.

The electorate don't help much... Conservatives have lower taxes despite all evidence that says no is a regular argument with my dad. Conservatives always win here so voting for anyone else is a waste is not even worth arguing about with my mum. Couldn't vote for him his suit doesnt fit is one I have also heard... frankly democracy needs intelligence and thought, it also needs people willing to look at each individual thing on its own merits... our people are not up to the task... either the politicians or the public.

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SICK OF THIS BULL!!!!

If I am given 20 million pounds a year for being a totally useless piece of sloppy shouldered 'boss' at the top of an organisation I can spare the odd 50k for tax.

It is NOT the amount that it is paid it is the grossness of seeing these people greadily take far more than they deserve, multiple hundreds of time what they earn, slope the responsibility when things go wrong while grabbing more credit than they should when it goes right (mainly through someone elses hard work and sleepless nights) and then pretend that paying 0.001% in tax is in someways better than the rest of us who get screwed for 60%

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Did you know iOS 10, macOS Sierra has a problem with crappy VPNs? You do now

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windows 10 unusable

Rendered so by company network which wasnt perfect, strangely enough the one at home is better.

BUT

windows 10 is a wart in the a... tract of mankind. This morning I switched on my machine to check a timetable.... 25 minutes later it was still doing an update I didnt ask for, didnt want and was stoppign me doing what I paid good money for a computer to do. I am going to upgrade the machine to windows 7 or linux this weekend.

Just how an os can make a quad core 2.2 ghz machine with 8 gb high speed ram and a highspeed solid state disk run worse than my old 286 did I really dont know, but windows 10 manages it

Perhaps we should install software in all the cars on the Microsoft campus, randomly when they want to go to the shops, hospital or work it will just lock doors, seal windows and sit there spending half an hour updating before it allows you to get out???? Perhaps then they will realise what a real PITA this is.

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So, Gov.UK infosec in 2015. 'Chaotic'. Cost £300m. NINE THOUSAND data breaches...

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Re: Tinfoil helmet alert

What would be really interesting is to hack in and find out what they actually store on us. They being some nosey small minority of us given cart blanche to ensure the rest of us are not allowed to argue. Have you noticed the lack of protests, strikes, demonstrations, even the lack of pop protest songs. Everyone who even thinks it is locked up. The fact the government has no ability to look after data doesnt stop them collecting exponentially more of it and stupidly sharing it with anyone and everyone.

Stasi... gestapo... nope, those guys never had a single candle to the groups at nsa and gchq and the governments that fund them

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Sorry Nanny, e-cigs have 'no serious side-effects' – researchers

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Re: Who cares if it isn't harmful? some pople do

Does that also mean people in your office arent allowed perfume or aftershave... both stink, or deodorant? And of course I guess they arent allowed to not wear deodorant either because that also stinks. Or eat garlic.... frankly stupid stupid comment

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Addiction... so bad coffee as well

For heavens sake most humans are addicted to tea and coffee, pepsi or coke, fatty food, internet.... the list is pretty long. These devices replace one very deadly addiction with another which appears at the moment from all available testing, evidence and common sense to be none damaging and certainly not deadly.

But as others have said big business, civil servant greed and the need to continue to rake in billions of tax to pay for the mistakes of the political classes means they need to find an excuse to tax every new thing that comes along. I am taxed for earning, taxed for driving to work to earn, taxed to live in a house, taxed in case I might be ill, taxed to park to buy food, taxed to buy clothes (fined or locked up for being naked... bizarre eh), taxed to throw away the packaging that I didnt want, taxed for a bag to carry it in (all that charity nonsense is that... the money does NOT go to charity)

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Re: Looking for an excuse to regulate (tax) them

Add to the above that the medical profession is full of very lazy doctors and the smokers die even younger. For example in my own family someone who gave up smoking several years back received lectures on the cancer and other health affecting problems of smoking and a cheap inhaler, rather than the doctor actually checking the real reason for the shortness of breath which was.... cancer, yup, he lectured about it and never checked it. Despite the fact that the person concerned had already had a previous cancer issue (so there was a very high risk of a repeat). Following this the person concerned is unlikely to be a burden on the tax payer for more than 6 months, they are receiving no treatment as the situation is too far gone, so having paid in for pensions and treatment will get none, and none of the money taken from the ciggy tax will be used either.

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Yelp wins fight to remain morally bankrupt

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Re: Calling the El Reg Detective Agency!

You could always actually test it.

Set up a venue

Get some friends to write a mixed bag of reviews, some every hostile, some ok

Check they are all present and take a copy of the page

Then complain

Take out an ad with the quid pro quo

Then see if the reviews have materially changed.

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Really more shite

Look, lets be honest here.

I have just bought a quad core 2.2 ghz laptop with a top spec ssd and 8gb of ram. If I were to write a review of it and the MS windows 10 that is on it the review would fail to match any single measure of polite. The experience is shit.

The last laptop fell apart for no good reason... good review for that? No chance

BOTH were brand name laptops of supposedly good reputation. The work laptop failed with a hard drive collapse on Friday, the 24 hour support changed the drive today and insisted on walking away with a drive with sensitive company information... would they expect a good review?

My sons toys... if I buy something on ebay from the 50s and 60s they still work the next day, if I go to the toy shop and buy anything today (apart from Mamod and Mechanno) it will sure as hell not be functioning by the end of this evening ... good review???

Most dinners out in the UK? Good... not really, edible? Only sometime

Most hotels in the UK... frankly over priced flea pits

The problem is that review sites tend to let people tell the truth... and the truth is that almost everything today is utter crap.

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HMRC: We've got £1.3bn for digital tax schemes. Tell us how to spend it

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Some suggestions

You could choose to spend it on getting some UK IT guys to write you a nice simple tax program??? Oh stupid me, forgot, you are part of the government so you couldn't possibly spend the money in the UK could you?

You could always not spend it and cut the national debt a bit... but of course you are part of the civil service so see it as your job to take our money and give it away to some rich foreign people who incidentally seem to pay for your holiday chalet. And of course, if you don't spend the money your department might shrink to the size it should be

You could spend it on checking the sensible assertion that a single flat tax rate on all income of companies and people would be simple to do an fair, and if matched to a single flat social security payment to all legally here would lead to a tax and benefits system the average laptop could run in the corner of number 11's kitchen dispensing with the whole HMRC!

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Microsoft thought of the children and decided to ban some browsers

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Re: Nanny Microsoft strikes again

In days gone I would have said because it is bad but not as bad as the others.... tbh these days I don't think that argument works anymore.

But walled gardens still seem to be gaining ground because no one seems willing to stand up against the scaremongers who claim the internet is a den of porn and perversion that our little ones should be kept clear of (after all no perverts in the BBC and ALL their reporting is clearly accurate... cough cough)

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Simple?

I guess a simple OS would be useful, perhaps CPM?

Perhaps if the linux admirers of the world would be more helpful when things go wrong and not insult people asking questions linux would already be that.

But I like the MS bashing here, wonder how easy it is to even install a nonApple browser on an iphone or ipad (real question, ever tried, but I guess it is probably not easy)

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Smart meters set to cost Blighty as much as replacing Trident

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Germany

Nothing smart here... theres a meter on each radiator that a man replaces every year just before they send a massive bill, no timer on the heating, no meter for your electric...

Frankly we are (as usual) the only country in europe paying through the nose to give money to foreign companies to implement yet another idiotic eu directive.

Love it if we ever get brexit (which I doubt), would love it even more if they hung every civil servant, mp and government minister as the traitors they are (and recycled them as a source of bio energy in a proper coal/dead body fired power station.

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Playboy... oh yes, thats one way of avoiding gchq knowing what you look at :) good idea, think I will go back to paper ones (as long as the pages..... )

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Re: Cost Benefit Analysis?

550k rebuild would be about 200k to remove the old and 300k for a new... yes still a big place, unless it is near London in which case it is probably a garden shed

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