* Posts by Dave 15

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

Dave 15

haven't had a problem?

Wow you are lucky. I don't have a TV anymore, nor devices for watching. I get a letter every other week (which I save and deliver to my MP). I get a visit around once a month (which I refuse to let in my house). Eventually they will get tired of the game and turn up with some court order I expect.

This is intimidation. If I were a little old pensioner instead of being a bloody minded miserable grumpy old man then I might be scared into all sorts.

In the UK we are supposed (and I know it is now very clearly no longer the case) we are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. It is up 'to them' to build a case and prove you are guilty of an offence, it is NOT up to you to prove yourself innocent.

I expect we will soon see the day when MPs back down and allow the BBC to charge us all regardless of whether we have any means of viewing tv. They will argue that the bbc provides online stuff for everyone and therefore is allowed the money. This will lead to situations like the one in Germany where a guy with no power never mind tv in a shack in a forest clearing has to have a licence.

Frankly I would prefer the MPs dismantle the bbc and let it go to a warm place in a handcart

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Dave 15

Re: Arrgh Beeb

So now when the police and jackbooted licence inspectors visit then they will check not just for TVs but now have an excuse to take every computer, fondle pad, smart phone etc, in the house away for forensic examination... probably for months...

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Dave 15

Re: Thankfully...

Maybe you don't live somewhere they can easily find, I have had plenty of visits. You don't need to let them in of course... in fact you can write to the TV people and withdraw their right to cross your garden to the door. However eventually they will turn up with legal enforcement to search (and then of course you could in theory sue them for defamation of your character by implying you are a criminal, not that you will win)

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Re: Thankfully...

there is Dr Who... but can wait for the dvds if I am honest. But you are right, nothing else

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Dave 15

Oh what does it matter...

After all the minute the police and uberstazi May cotton on their is another source of information available the BBC will be forced to keep it for 20 years in case they can prove a link between watching big brother and terrorism.

Then of course the bbc demand an email (heaven only knows what for)... easy enough to get a temp email from a number of places. Its hardly defining data, just really quite pathetic, an unnecessary hindrance that will put a number of people off bothering with the 'service'.

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Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?

Dave 15

Re: As a rule of thumb...

Paypal is a whole different world of pain

Used them for about 10 years to buy ebay stuff.

Then suddenly they decided they think they need a copy of my passport... so my bank and my passport stored together on a server with heaven only knows what backdoors, security holes etc... no bloody chance.

So now I can no longer use paypal for anything.

Oh well, so now I can't use ebay either

oh well

so now both ebay and paypal have lost a customer.

big deal for them I guess... but if others were only to follow suit it would be worth setting up something to replace them.

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Microsoft ordered to fix 'excessively intrusive, insecure' Windows 10

Dave 15

Trust the government...

Not a hope, they are the primary driver of this slurping in the first place. May wants MORE of it.

And as for the census... dont forget the BRITISH government spent BRITISH tax payers money to employ an AMERICAN company (with a lot of profit) to gather the data... meaning that by American law it was available to the Americans... so we paid the Americans so we could give them what they wanted... Bizarre.

Use a British company... not the British government... tanks from Spain (ready to defend Gib?) planes from the US (not as good as the harrier, not as good as tsr2... but at least foreign), police vans from Germany, police cars from Sweden, NHS software from India (well it would have been if it had been delivered).... the list goes on.

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Dave 15

Petition?

First people have to know about it... not easy when you are proposing something that would make it harder for NSA and GCHQ (aka May) to check your underwear.

Second, even if people did know about it and it was supported it is even less likely to actually make any difference to the government and ensure they act than the Brexit vote (which has admittedly claimed one PM to be replaced by a PrimeIntrusiveTyrant...) Certainly all those that voted in the recent referendum must share one disappointment, whether you backed it or not seeing the government just plain ignore you is really p*** poor in a 'democracy'

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Re: @soulrideruk

See my post as well, EXACTLY the same when I asked for help.

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Dave 15

Re: I've said it before

The replies to this guy seem typical of my very unfortunate experience.

A few years back now I took a machine of mine, cleaned the drive and followed the instructions for a linux distribution.

It booted

It then told me that the monitor was not a graphics one and proceeded to leave me with the command prompt.

This being a graphics monitor on a graphics card that had been displaying graphics for about 5 years.

When I asked 'the community' to point me (as a new to linux but experienced guy) in the right direction the abuse wasn't believable even though I read it. Not a single answer that helped . My ability, my skill, my knowledge were all called into question, I think even the marital status of my parents.

There are definitely people that think this is acceptable in 'the community', and the comments about a guy who has clearly had an unfortunate problem, possibly from his installation, who may or may not be a professional of hours or years standing show that 'the community' hasn't grown up and still can't understand that help is sometimes needed not abuse.

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HMRC research finds 'resistance' to proposals to shift contractor tax compliance burden

Dave 15

Suggestion...

a) Flat rate benefit to all

b) Flat rate tax on all company turnover in the UK

No need to tax individuals at all really. Anything I get paid will already have been tax paid by my company... job done. No taxing every penny two or three hundred times.

And more importantly no more offshoring Tesco, Starbucks, Natwest etc etc etc profits abroad by dubios charges for use of logos etc.

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Microsoft to rip up P2P Skype, killing native Mac, Linux apps

Dave 15

I dont get it

So... if I understand correctly we are going to end up having to browse to skype

So now the browser needs to load a page and then I guess download from the national security agency your entire contacts list as some xml.

xml clearly being brilliant as a compact way of transporting data will not take more than a couple of days for each contact.

Then of course the whole UI will then be some server cack rendered by a browser... probably forcing you to use internet exploder-

I can't see why this would improve voice quality or bring any other benefit over the existing apart from the fact I could then do skype from someone elses machine without downloading it... tbh this is not a feature I have a need for anyway.

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UK employers still reluctant to hire recent CompSci grads

Dave 15

Re: I see nothing has changed

But of course the standards at O (sorry GCSE) and A level haven't been eroded since the days when 3 A levels was normal and 4 outstanding to the situation today where 8 seems fairly average.

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Dave 15

Skills gap??? More like pay gap

Sorry, I am an old fart now but I do still look at job adverts from time to time.

Contracting... mostly less but occasionally the same rates as last time I contracted 20 years back

Permanent... nothing better than 70% of my perm salary from 10 years back.

If you think you really can get it all done in India, China etc. then go ahead do, will be amusing watching you fail and going bust.

If you think you can get it done in Eastern Europe you at least have a brain but when you want to discuss that urgent defect or the design... don't forget the plane flight.

UK employers need to wise up.

An engineer is NOT worth less than a dustcart driver, and has certainly spent a hell of a lot more getting educated

An engineer could really benefit from some recognition, an office with decent lighting, whiteboards, proper computer, sensible desk, comfy chair... not some piece of nearly as good as mfi junk you got from the cheapest store on the internet in a filthy hovel with no storage, no shelves and a pile of junk in every corner. Oh and while you are at it mr Employer can you please stop making 200 people share one pee covered crud encrusted never cleaned toilet.

An engineer could do with some feeling of working on something interesting and forward looking (not copying someone elses idea), and have some prospect of getting thanked for the 6 months of 18 hour days forced on him by a salesman unable to realise it takes time and effort to craft a functioning anything.

People wonder why those that are any good moved on and are now earning 100x as much in a bank (stealing other peoples money and producing nothing), or have given up and gone fruit picking.

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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Really... you think we should??? Honest???

Even more intrusion and logging of everything you download, run, do, dont do piped to some American server for the Americans to spy on... heavens above I object to it when they need to work at it, sod giving it to them for free on a silver platter

And since when has ANY new version of windows been faster, more bug free or used friendly than the previous. Just look at the absolute abortion made of the UI on the newer office and outlook programs, these new menus DO NOT WORK, every time I want to open an excel from my email I have half a page of stupid banners I have to get rid of before I can do anything, come back the old days when I opened stuff from people I knew (mainly me) and processed it and left the porn to porn sites and caught nothing worse than a cold

As an experiment once I had a 286 at 6mhz booting to dos and then command prompt to win3, a 386 at 40mhz running windows 3.1 and a pentium something or other at heaven remembers how many gig running NT.... and getting a word document open from the hard drive happened in that order!

My current machine takes an age to stop drawing stupid pictures before it lets me log on, then I go and make tea while it huffs and puffs and draws the dozen icons on my desk top and gets its self in order so it will respond in under a day to a mouse click.

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Top IT bod Sally Howes leaves the UK's National Audit Office

Dave 15

On track to fail

What else is expected?

They are invariably outsourced to massive companies who have 'relevant experience' (mainly in failing and extorting more money), these companies then farm the work out off shore to transient work forces who lack any experience.

Any small or medium UK company employing UK engineers with actual relevant experience is discounted because even though the employees know what they are doing the 'company' doesn't have the 'relevant experience'.

The worst of course is the long term effects on UK IT

a) no point in training as an engineer in the UK as there is now so little work and so much unemployment in the sector that wages are so low even people in Bangalore don't see a point in moving

b) No UK companies get the work to get the experience to get the work

c) The country is going to be totally bankrupt because it isn't just software the government sends our money abroad for it is US missiles, US planes, Spanish tanks, German police cars, German ambulances... and if they can't find an excuse of 'buying' they send it as foreign aid.... there will be NO money left at this rate - and that won't just be a retreating Labour quip, it will be the truth... and ALL governments over the last 40 or so years are GUILTY of wrecking the country... ALL of them

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UK 'emergency' bulk data slurp permissible in pursuit of 'serious crime'

Dave 15

Re: No such thing as "safeguards"

Agreed.

Heaven knows what that chap yesterday had really done or not done but the police now have to be notified a day before he has sex... no trial, no prosecution, no anything just a direct intrusion into his private life because they **think** (cough... police think, an oxymoron surely) that he **might** (who might not) be a **threat** (of what) in some sexual context (apparently he did go to some bdsm club... but then they haven't banned that 50 shades have they)...

Who the hell can trust the government or police? Certainly not me.

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UK's climate change dept abolished, but 'smart meters and all our policies strong as ever'

Dave 15

Re: 5 MW?

And Didcot A ... according to the Europeans a terrible polluting green house gas producing object ... is now producing cheap electricity in China (along with the same pollution) making sure they can compete better with us than we can with our expensive Russian Gas fired replacement (which doesn't really make a lot less pollution if all be told).

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Dave 15

Re: All for doing away with meter reader

The Americans have been remote reading meters for decades... no need to have all the rest of the functionality for that trivial action

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Dave 15

smart meter

What is smart about it? So it tells me how much energy I am using... so what I can tell by the speed of the spinning wheel now. Worse it takes power to tell me something I don't need to know.

TBH its a bit like the energy comparison on a washing machine... I need to wash my clothes, I will change the machine when it breaks, I will buy the cheapest... regardless.....

Oh, and my current washing machine uses hot water from my hot water tank, heated directly by gas... more efficient than the EU mandated cold fill on modern machines...

Think logically.... my gas boiler burns gas to heat water and the machine uses it. Your shiny new machine uses a power station to heat water to steam, which it uses (not very efficiently) to drive a turbine, which (not efficiently) generates electricity which is then transported by a lossy (electric cables lose energy) system to my house where my washing machine uses a not particularly efficient system to turn th electricity to heat.

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Softbank promises stronger ARM: Greater overseas reach and double the UK jobs

Dave 15

Is this the double size already announced or double the double size...

Frankly I suspect its a reiteration of the already planned growth.

In the long term this will be VERY bad for ARM and the UK:

the UK operation will be shut in favour of a more 'local' (or cheaper) option in China.

the profits will be offshored and no tax in the UK

the profits will be sucked up by softbank and not go into R&D so ARM will fail to keep ahead

The government should realise the strategic importance and block this.

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IBM scraps loyal staffer gifts in favour of... a congratulatory social page

Dave 15

save the effort of...

Carrying a gift home is such hard work I can imagine many feeling glad.

I wonder how many of the board feel like saving the effort of thinking how to spend their money?

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

Dave 15

Re: A dog isn't just for Christmas...

If the laws on underage don't apply... you would have to check (as I have no idea) whether bestiality is outlawed ... given how prudish the UK is I expect it is

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Dave 15

At one level

At one level the organizers are right, it is ridiculous to complain about eating one sort of animal while eating another. (and yes I am a meat eating dog owner).

However, it is not really the eating of meat that annoys me so much but the barbaric practices around the killing. According to the Chinese the meat is better if the animal dies in fear and agony, for this they go to quite hellish extremes. They aren't the only ones, seems to be a far eastern culture in general.... using sledge hammers to slaughter cows is fresh in the mind from earlier in the week, and pumping large whales full of harpoons is hardly friendly.

No slaughter house is going to be nice, no killing is 'cute' or 'done tenderly with love' - I know I used to work in one when at college. However there are some limits in western culture and a desire not to make things worse than needed.... a total opposite to the eastern approach.

Perhaps people should remember this when buying Chinese made products... both directly or because so many of our manufacturers have most of it made in China and merely stick a label on in the UK.

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Lightning strikes: Britain's first F-35B supersonic fighter lands

Dave 15

Re: The supersonic Lightning II, as it will be known in RAF service,

Yup and then there was tsr2... faster and according to spec 3440 miles range.

But even back then the British government were busy stabbing British industry to death... probably on the instructions of our masters in the US who like having the British pay for their development

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Dave 15

Re: !Wings of 12

Mind the carriers are much harder to miss with your missiles, torpedoes and bombs.

What did the idiots do scrapping the harriers and the old carriers... I guess they lined their back pocket..

Just watched the BBC video of Cam moron standing on the Ark telling the sailors just how amazing they are, how much he wants to thank them, how important it is to have the capability.... blah blah blah... when they say he is a two faced slimy ..... they aren't wrong.

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Dave 15

Re: Harriers

Yeah, another great f*** up by the idiots in power, creating an aircraft carrier that needs a fleet of vulnerable, unprotected, slow tankers to keep them going... tankers that also need fuel... which we won't be able to get from the yanks when we are fighting their best chums the argies, or the middle east when the yanks have taken control of that, or our own north sea when a couple of bombs have laid waste to that.... great thinking from a brainless bunch of politicos and has been idiot admirals.

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Dave 15

Re: Curious minds want to know

Lift fan.... good God, I know the yanks were behind the curve but basically this is not much different to a jet powered helicopter.

I just LOVE the way the British government continues to stab Britain in the back... scrapping a proper British plane for a load of bug ridden American junk...

Sorry, but this is crap, when will we ever get a British government willing and able to back the country whose tax they are spending? They STILL haven't got us out of the EU, they STILL haven't put together a FUNCTIONAL aircraft carrier to replace the 3 they destroyed, they STILL don't have aircraft capable of watching the enemy or aircraft capable of taking off from anywhere rather than needing lovely runways. At least the Harrier operated in places like Afghanistan and didn't need to wait for the guys to go in and clear a massive area and put down a runway.

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Here's how police arrested Lauri Love – and what happened next

Dave 15

Re: So the Rozzers went "Softly, Softly" on them then

The thing about the rozzers is that the world would be a happier, better, quieter, safer and altogether nicer place if we sent the lot on a one way trip to the outer solar system. Once upon a time there were at least a few decent people serving, now a days they seem to have lost all common sense, all decency and all morals. Led now by a woman who wants to lead the country but seems happy to give these nasty creatures any and every power they think they might want.

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Dave 15

Re: Time to stop this

No chance.

The UK political establishment to a person wants to bend over and let the Americans take what ever liberties they want.

The 'special relationship' in detail...

a) Hold an auction between UK and Germany through 1914-1918 for war goodies, making sure to take only cash

b) Rip the UK off for war supplies from 1939 to 45, taking cash, gold, overseas bases, companies and everything else they could get hold of in return for 'tommie cooker' tanks and leaking destroyers.

c) Force the UK government to destroy the UK aerospace industry because it was too advanced compared to the American one. (and the total destruction of everything and anything to do with TSR2 is proof)

d) Stab the UK in the back in Suez

e) Repeat this in the Falklands

f) Take our money for a pile of almost flying software bug ridden crud to pollute the decks of our aircraft carriers

g) Tell us we are such lepers they don't want to trade

And then these 'special relationship' people get the 'right' to come in and take which ever British citizen they want without rhyme or reason...

Guess why I like politicians

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Visiting America? US border agents want your Twitter, Facebook URLs

Dave 15

Re: 'murican airports

Problem is... decide to have holiday in New Zealand, don't pay quite enough attention and find that the plane stops for fuel... go through the whole rigmarole above to stand in a room (without even a coffee) for half a hour before being herded back to the plane... ok I guess the concrete room is literally in America, but really? Not even an exit door for emergencies!

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Dave 15

Re: Is this so wrong-headed?

but really, *must* they be so wilfully cretinous?

I think you misunderstand, I don't think this is an intelligent person deciding to be a cretinous obstructive .... I think these people really are cretins.

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Dave 15

Re: Ah the joys of CBP

2 hours, only 2 hours, you were in one of their efficient airports.

Going into seatac a few years back (with family... including 4 year old) we spent 11 hours in immigration... one massive queue of several jumbos and one guy... as usual reading not just the green card answers but each question in case he had forgotten.

They eventually added one more guy... but ONLY the people from the next plane were allowed to go to that queue.... the rest of us had to stay obediently in line... they have NO idea (government employees are the thickest in the world).

But, yes, we have our own hell hole airports... anyone been through Stansted recently? They moved the passport control BACK because the queues were so long... no, they didn't add more people, or faster kit, or anything, just made the queue space bigger. Thus they can get a full 4 hours worth of queue in the arrivals hall (they leave any more on the plane... ever wondered why it takes so long to get the stairs sometimes?).

The input to Stansted is also all messed up. The queues for the scanners are so so long (especially on Friday evening) that they have installed metal barriers and more queue pointers (no, they still only man upto 40% of the scanners, never any more). Of course you might say this is safer than letting anyone on the plane, but those queuing have rucksacks on, suitcases... none of which have been checked at this point. Everyone hemmed in by metal barriers and one way gates... no escape... lovely terrorist target.

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Dave 15

Re: I dont have ANY of the above mentioned

In America you are right, intimidation... but then the people you are intimidating might be armed.

In Europe, the police are too busy manning speed cameras and telling you off because your music is too loud to give a fig about anything.

In other places the police are out extracting cash payments.

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Dave 15

Re: I guess it's good then that I'm a citizen and not a visitor....

Cute accent like British... what do you mean? The US HATE the British with a passion. Of course if you are Irish you are a legitimate freedom fighter bashing against the hateful tyranny of the out of control British empire and so deserve support and funding. But other British, certainly not, you are more likely to be cavity searched just to remind you not to visit again in a hurry.

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Dave 15

Re: I'll have whatever you're smoking.

I don't buy the whole 'its not the bosses fault when it goes wrong' attitude. Frankly he takes the credit when things go right, he takes the power, the prestige and the money regardless of things going right or wrong.

No, if he is being paid for being in charge then if it is wrong it is his fault. He could simply step in and say 'oi idiots, scrap this idea right now, then take yourself off to pension land so I never hear your name again'... prove who is in charge and prove he knows his arse from his elbow.

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Huawei taps ex-Nokia devs for 'secret phone OS project'

Dave 15

Why?

I don't have android, I don't have apple, I don't have some flavour of linux or microsoft

I have an old symbian device. Why? Well it was a development of epoc32 which was designed around a low powered processor with a pathetic battery. Because of this it was actually pretty good, even with some of the dubious additions on top of the basic OS the battery life was very good (multiple days), you can write and deploy apps, the browser functions, the whole can have a real keyboard etc etc

Huawei., the code is out there and it is the answer you need.

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Pressure mounts against Rule 41 – the FBI's power to hack Tor, VPN users on sight

Dave 15

The rest of the world might but...

But...

a) The Americans spend so much more of (our) money on 'defence' than anyone else no one could hurt them

b) The Europeans and Brits especially can never find fault in anything the yanks do... even if it is to invade another country to secure the oil

c) The Russian and Chinese are probably already doing much the same

d) The British ARE doing the same

e) The British government (and most European ones) are so far up the Americans....... that we ALL use their weapons and weapons systems (just look at the British buying American planes for the aircraft carriers... despite the fact that the Americans deliver their planes late, just like they turn up to wars late). Given we use their technology what chance do we have of winning... they know all the bugs, the back doors etc etc etc

No, frankly the Americans can do this sort of thing and really don't give a toss whether it is sensible (America sensible... that would be the day), whether others approve (after all they have more nukes so you can get stuffed) or whether it tramples all over the 'sovereignty' of others because they will just invade on some cockermaeny excuse about your alleged weapons of mass destruction.

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Why you should Vote Remain: Bananas, bathwater and babies

Dave 15

Re: @Custard Fridge: Cracking article

All problems in every set up... in or out can be fixed.... but ONLY when someone wants to fix it. The EU does NOT want to change. When the Irish said no to the constitution they were asked again and told to say yes... When they thought we would say no the renamed it and didn't even ask.... no, the EU is NOT democratic, it is NOT going to change and it IS a very very very expensive club with NO benefits to us at all.

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British Airways slaps 'at risk' sticker on nearly half its app delivery dept

Dave 15

Re: The Empire strikes back....

The beer... went into one place and had their own brew beer... it was revolting.... tried a different type of their home brew... it was disgusting as well, on being asked what they had done to it they proudly said they added coriander... every one knows that improves the taste.... not

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One way to ensure stability, or employment for contractors

No new apps will happen post outsource, just loads of excuses

I would suggest that those made redundant just take a short contract and polish up their contractor CV's... the oursource will fail, the management will need to deliver, they will have to bring in contractors to patch up the mess... always the same. ... but of course it was lots cheaper right up to the point it went tits northward

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

Dave 15

I would say that this is a VIRUS

Installing itself on your machine without you wanting it? Nagging and demanding from you all over the screen effectively blackmailing you?

Yup, it is a virus... a nasty corpulent virus. I have one laptop at home where it keeps coming up and I can't get shot of it. Fortunately all others have the update function off by default.

Hate MS? Yup, the only problem is who else... Apple are just plain too expensive and the last time I tried Linux it claimed my graphics monitor was a text one and the support from the Linux community was to tell me what an idiot I was and obviously the monitor (that had been displaying graphics for over 5 years) was a text monitor and I knew so little they were surprised I knew how to operate the on switch.

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Don’t let the Barmy Brexiteers wreck #digital #europe

Dave 15

tongue in cheek

Certainly read like that.

Valid point though... there are billions available (if you make sure you are a tiny German/French/Dutch speaking friend of a Belgium and agree that most of the billions can be given to companies in these other countries. What there aren't are anything more than pence for the Brits.).

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Brexit threatens Cornish pasty's racial purity

Dave 15

Re: Sarcasm

Thing is that they can churn out pasties in Brum...and most people wouldn't care to notice that it was a pasty not a Cornish pasty...

then of course there is this...

http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/North-Devon-baker-beats-Cornish-game/story-11691620-detail/story.html

Yup, North Devon baker won a prize for the best Cornish pasty

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Arrests for 'offensive' Twitter and Facebook messages up by a third

Dave 15

Re: Freedom of speech is dead in the UK

So what is active abuse... for me it is actually more a physical thing or even a face to face confrontation that can't be side stepped or ignored... 'social media'... to be honest if you are addicted you should just go and get a real life.

Apart from when I am working (or idling away a bit of time while the compiler does its job) then I don't go near the **** computer and I stick to an old fashioned phone that makes phone calls and nowt else

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Dave 15

Re: Bored plod and freedom of speech

yeah yeah, whatever... even if as you claim someone went to the police and moaned then the police still have to get off their backsides and do something... and frankly for most situations they don't... so I guess I will stick to my conclusion

(Hint...

Car written off in hit and run ... no police action

Assaulted while working in the pub... no police action

Daughter 14 abused by 25 year old... no police action

Major road accident leading to serious injury caused by the other driver... no police action

Son assaulted .... police did eventually attend, but only when I pointed out that now the ambulance had arrived I was going for a walk... but you know what, I should have taken the walk as the police did nothing beyond drink my tea

)

In fact the only time I have known the police do anything was when they slapped a speeding ticket on me at the edge of a village (while I was slowing down anyway)

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Dave 15

Re: Lies, damn lies and statistics

I disagree with you

The headline figure DOES tell us something. It DOES tell us the police are sticking their nose into things and causing a reduction in our ability to freely express ourselves. It also suggests to me they have more free time on their hands than enough and so could be hacked back to save us tax.

The next statistics that you allude to...

how many of these arrests led to court tells us whether the police are just operating scare tactics (like the in EU in campaign... yup someone had to divert the stream :) )

How many of the arrests lead to punitive action from the courts would then give an indication of whether these jumped up twerps have the backing of the state for the interference.

Yes... the headline DOES tell us something. But as with most reporting it is only skin deep and even more alarming information is lurking behind the headline,.

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Bored plod and freedom of speech

Amazing (not really but there we go) that PC Plod has nothing better to do with his time than trawl social media seeing if he can be offended... I guess he has to do something while waiting with his speed gun.

If I was honest I would far rather someone was rude and offensive in such a banal and pointless way (I mean does anyone with a brain take social media seriously... I did say with a brain) than have PC Gestapo snooping and preventing me saying what the fuck I like

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Windows 10 market share jumps two per cent

Dave 15

Every up (sorry down) grade of Windows is a total disaster

Fatter, slower, more bug ridden and far more annoying.

Office 360.... what a pile of manure

How long does it take to start a version of windows these days... hours and hours.

The only reason I still have it on my laptop is that I have an older version and continue to find linux is even worse. One day that will change, or maybe someone will get enough finance together to build something decent. (I discount iOS as a serious contender as I am neither an artist nor loaded)

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UK Home Office is creating mega database by stitching together ALL its gov records

Dave 15

Re: Modus Operandi

Pushing it through 'the back door' fnar fnar indeed... I do not really understand when the government and civil service stopped doing what we wanted and started taking complete liberties without even giving us the benefit of lube.

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