* Posts by Dave 15

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Queen's Speech: Ministers, release the spaceplanes!*

Dave 15

Re: Age Verification

When thinking about voters remember....

I know a pensioner voting Conservative for lower taxes (despite the evidence to the contrary)

Another voting Conservative because Milibands suit didn't fit

A non pensioner voting Conservative because the minimum wage would lose them a job

someone telling me how they vote conservative because everything else is a waste as the conservatives always get in

So, I guess the IQ of the average voter gets them what they deserve.

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Dave 15

correct

We will never be as open about the abuse of our own subjects, nor will we have the economic success.

Obviously better....

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Remember when gov.uk said it would give big biz contracts to SMEs?

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today

They pay experis et al a thousand a day per engineer + manager + whatever and then these companies swiftly head to India. The project then slips and more money is poured in. Finally the project fails and is cancelled with experis (or whoever) taking a payment for the fact it is cancelled. Of course the profits form this find their way out of the country nearly as fast as the employment and money.

It is EXACTLY the same as buying a shed load of tanks from Spain, it does harm to our economy

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Dave 15

SME... or UK SME?

I have little doubt that any German, French, Italian, Russian, American or Chinese SME is getting a large chunk of UK tax payers money. I am certain that NO UK business is able to obtain a single solitary penny of UK spending. After all, which MP, government minister, councillor or civil servant would wish to visit Scunthorpe or Tyneside to check on the ability to build the MOD a new tank when they could do an all expenses paid trip to sunny Spain?

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Microsoft and Hewlett Packard Enterprise salute EU flag, blast Brexiteers

Dave 15

Re: listening to lies?

Suez ... a great example of our 'US' 'special friends' taking us without the benefit of lubrication.

Much the same as the 'help' provided in WW2 was actually over priced and revolved around us paying with gold, later companies and finally land.Before of course the US helpfully helped themselves to everything they wanted in Europe.

The support in WW1 consisted of letting us and the Germans try and outbid each other.

I am quite sure both the US and the EU will think about making trade difficult until they realise they lose out. The US when they can no longer let us pay development costs for an unsuitable and out of date fighter for our carrier, and the EU when they want to offload another pile of 20 year old Spanish tanks on the MOD and BMWs on the police force.

Even if both did decide better to cut off their nose to spite their face then we could trade with the rest of the world... all those Commonwealth countries we share values wit for example, China (not part of the EU but trading with it) and even Russia (who sacrificed millions to defeat Hitler and then sell us oil and gas despite us pretending to be shocked over Crimea).

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Dave 15

More rot

Everyone in the stay campaign is writing scare stories based on the complete cessation of any trade, any investment or even any visits between an exited UK and the rump of the EU.

Frankly these are stories, fairy stories, nothing more. The fact is that there will be more work kept in the UK and done in the UK after the exit leading to more jobs etc.

But I expect the stay campaign will scare a large enough contingent of gullible folk to be able to pretend they have won after polling when the votes will be 'counted' in whatever way gives Cam moron his all important win (and even if it can't be massaged such we will have a second opportunity 3 months later when suddenly we have all changed our minds).

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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

Dave 15

Maybe

Maybe these guys might be brave enough to provide me with a phone of Nokia quality... i.e. if I put it on the table the screen won't craze, Perhaps if I am lucky enough they might actually try providing a phone with a keyboard or keys, a flip or a clam shell so I don't have to put up with endless they all look the same and frankly are unusable apple styled slabs with a cheap and nasty touch screen that I can't use on the move.

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

Dave 15

Re: Cue the EU competition watchdog...

Takes me back... did some work for a company a number of years back that had a system that could turn the good old command line stuff into windows... so yes a gui on vi, a gui replacement for your vt100 terminal and its old fashioned text apps, even dos with a gui... what madness, give me a command line where I can tell it what I want anyday

Is there an icon for grumpy old git? There should be

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Dave 15

Re: They never learn

I bet they have learnt... this time they will have paid off a few hands and worked a way right around the anti-trust stuff. They may not be nice but they are also not stupid

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Dave 15

Re: Bing is reliable

Yup, seems like fairly typical experience. The more Microsoft 'progresses' the more and more unusable it gets. office 360 is a crock - really, I would rather jump up and down on my own testicles than use it. The latest OS releases have been the same. Outlook... well, if that is the outlook then roll me back a few decades.

It only wants the linux world to actually deliver something useful and I (exmsft or not) will move to linux in a flash. Its a pity that the mobile phone world lost symbian, at least that was usable.

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Dave 15

This will lasst all the way to court

Unless the money has already been changing back hands :)

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Central gov spent £6.3bn on IT. Nearly half handed to just 3 suppliers

Dave 15

Re: going overseas

The NHS computer system was let to a large company who employed Indian engineers in India.... very very very little of those billions ever found the route back to Britain.

The tax system was similarly done entirely abroad.

Two examples in a very long list. There are to all intents and purposes NO pieces of work that find their way back to the UK. Same in other industries as well. As I say, no fancy business trips and so on if you buy from Birmingham

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Dave 15

As per usual...

So most of the money goes to the big boys... nothing new in that, all to do with back scratching I guess.

That the big boys are mainly foreign, almost exclusively American is another blow to the British economy.

Every pound taken from tax payers and sent abroad is another pound NOT spent here. By not spending here the reverse of Keynes happens... less demand, less jobs, less jobs to less money to less demand to less jobs... oh yes PRECISELY what we have seen in the UK for the last 20 years since Thatchers cornershop mentality was persuaded it was a good idea...

Imagine if all those Merc council vans and police wagons were LDV, or the Renault army lorries were Bedford, or the BMW police cars were Rover, or the Merc bin lorries were ERF... or the NHS computer system had been programmed here, or the census carried out by British people working for a British company, or the engines in the new aircraft carriers were British, or if British steel had been used to construct them.... ALL your neighbours would be working and paying tax, your tax bill would be one hell of a lot lower.

BUT the poor little souls in government departments wouldn't have to fly first class and stay in 5* hotels while attending 'business meetings' in various warm and pleasant parts of the globe, perhaps they would only make it as far as Birmingham.... ah

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Panama Papers graph database cracked open for world+dog

Dave 15

illegal?

Now who makes the laws... oh yes, the rich, who don''t pay tax... er yes, the rich.... who is being prosecuted... oh yes some poor erk who got fed up with seeing millionaires paying less tax than he does.

Nothing illegal...of course its perfectly legal for the rich not to pay tax.

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Watch it Apple: time has come for cheaper rivals' strap-ons

Dave 15

Time to to Elop the watch then

I mean, such a drop, must be a burning platform if ever there was one... do an Elop, get rid of it, hey, shut the whole company, I mean such a low market share must be a disaster.

After that follow in Elops shoes to the next job.

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Heathrow Airbus collision 'not a drone incident'

Dave 15

What next

Does make you wonder what excuse they will come up with for the next ban or tax...

Perhaps it was a high flying sugar bag?

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Line by line, how the US anti-encryption bill will kill our privacy, security

Dave 15

I am visiting Auntie with a cake

Could mean just that or perhaps that I am taking a bomb to bomb the queen.

There was similar with ww2 giving the information about dday to the french... all that is needed is both sides to know what you really mean. Terrorists are not as thick as the rule makers but the rule makers have big egos and never admit how stupid they are

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Fancy £200m? Tell HMRC you'll help them sort their IT out

Dave 15

SME? Well, if it does go to one it will NOT be a British one

Government contract to a British company? Not a hope in hell.

No, it will go to one of the huge French or German consultancies who will take the money spend a fraction of it on an Indian engineer, fail to deliver and then charge the tax payer a fortune for amending the contract to something that might work.

When **they** choose they will decide that no sme in the UK has the 'experience' of doing this... even though the ultimate winner will be employing Indian graduates with no experience of anything.

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UK Home Sec's defence of bulk spying: We 'found' a paedo (we already knew about)

Dave 15

Re: I don't see what the problem is.

Right up until they find something to pin on you.

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Dave 15

It is all sbout

It is all about ensuring that the general population are cowed and scared into behaving themselves. If you can't fart without the thought police beating down your front door you certainly can't organise protests, can't organise labour, can't organise anything that might possibly upset the status quo. Thus the rich get to continually add to their pile of wealth while the rest of us squabble over the occasional microcurmb. What is the statistic... I think it is 62 people own half the worlds wealth. In the UK 1% at the top have more than 55% of the rest....

No wonder they want to keep their beady little eye on the plebs... the situation is worse than in France before the revolution, Russia or China.

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Land Rover Defender dies: Production finally halted by EU rules

Dave 15

Re: The Evoque

Indeed

The other big, actually huge issue, it is only the real Landy that has a chassis, so only the real Landy that can be used for custom vehicles - fire engines, ambulances, tow trucks (I have even seen them doubling as steam engines on tourist street trains)...

The army need them, the public want them, the others should go and find something else to do.

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Dave 15

another reason

Another reason to say good bye to the europeans. They hate us, perhaps not as much as the Americans do but they do hate us. Best get out of it and reinstate the Landy as a one very very solid benefit of getting out.

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Last flying Avro Vulcan, XH558, prepares for her swan song

Dave 15

Saddest thing

The saddest thing is that the current boffins in government and the spineless pile of US **** suckers don't seem to think that the UK can make planes any more... of course we can, we can make better, more amazing and stunning planes than anyone else, pity the politicians and civil servants have zero faith in us any more (same of course goes for everything... software, cars, lorries, trains... seems that whitehall is wedded immovably to the idea it is better to buy foreign and let the tax payer pay the unemployed=

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Five reasons why the Google tax deal is imploding

Dave 15

Suits me....

I will send HMRC my profits in terms of fractions of a google profit... then send the odd shaving off a penny piece for my tax.

Good enough for the rich goose its good enough for this poor gander.

Our law seems all based around precedent so this should be fine

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Uber driver 'pulls handgun' on passenger

Dave 15

if this was a non-uber taxi?

Then there would be no story would there.

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Australia's smut-shocked senators seek net censorship (again)

Dave 15

same rubbish in the uk

Used to censor anything and everything.

Same lax thinking used for mass surveillance

Also today a stupid and incorrect report about alcohol

Unfortunately the stupid masses keep voting the politicians into their cushy jobs with the backhanders, pay hikes and benefits packages.

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UK's internet spy law: £250m in costs could balloon to £2 BILLION

Dave 15

Re: They want Person of Interest's T'he Machine', but they will fuck it up royally

It will be created by one of the wonderful foreign (french, german or american probably) sub contracting consultancies who will charge 1500 to 2000 or more per day per engineer,. The consultancy will then spend 2000 a year on an engineer in bangalore

Guess - nothing will be delivered, and even if it is delivered (late) it will be vastly more expensive than if it were built in the uk by uk engineers (who otherwise are on the dole)

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Dave 15

cost and value

It will cost far far far more than even the new bigger estimates

And the value? Zero.

Let us be honest there are several points...

a) In the 70s and 80s the IRA blew up a dozen or so bombs in London every year, life did not come to an end. Compare that to the 1 bomb in 10 years record for the new bread of terrorists... they have a pathetically low output and impact. And NO it isn't some wonderful ability of law enforcement.

b) The BBC broadcast D day to europe before it happened in order to get the resistance to do their bit... and guess what the Germans listed to the broadcast and didn't realise... If I tweat that I am taking a cake to my Gran will the law enforcement understand the code that says that means I will bomb the queen??? Probably not.

The whole thing is NOT about terrorism, it is really about snooping on the rest of us so they can black mail us about porn downloads if we get uppity, can stop the 'tanker drivers disputes' and such things... control our farts ...

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UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

Dave 15

Its rot

If I need to cook dinner or wash my clothes I will, I do NOT care what some 'smart meter' says. I will NOT be changing my washing machine until it is beyond repair (after all the modern ones insist on using electricity to heat the incoming water instead of cheaper and more efficient gas available in my house).

The whole concept is flawed, expensive and pointless.Technology for technology sake... like a lot of things today.

Add to this that I have zero doubt, that the meters will all be made overseas by foreign companies so once again the British government will be forcing British citizens to provide employment to others while paying their neighbours to sit at home with no jobs.

British governments of ALL current political shades should be lined up on the wall and shot.

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Dear Santa: Can gov.UK please stop outsourcing?

Dave 15

Re: There's one born every minute

You are right. Frankly the council don't have to provide a profit and the outsource company must, so the council can ALWAYS do it cheaper (sometimes they need to learn how).

Worse than this - outsource often means transferring UK tax payers money outside the country - while going to the same tax payers and forcing them to pay unemployment, housing benefit, medical costs etc etc etc etc etc etc etc to the UK people who could and should be doing the work!

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Směrť Špionam! BAN Windows 10, it SPIES too much, exclaim Russians

Dave 15

They are probably right

Pretending that hiding a few settings in the back of beyond, probably badly labelled that the user 'could' change to stop the spying means it doesn't spy is ludicrous.

MS and many other providers already share your data. Google does as well... seems a favourite hobby of US companies (but not limited to them).

My Android device spent £15 in about 48 hours uploading Chirst only knows what to the server... without once asking me... it is a good job I hadn't put any data on the device.

That the Russians and Chinese spy on their folk does NOT make it more acceptable that the UK spies on its people or the US spies on everybody (often with the help of the EU.... who share ALL your bank details, ALL your flight details with the US)

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Global spy system ECHELON confirmed at last – by leaked Snowden files

Dave 15

And how good is it anyway

After all in ww2 the BBC sent a message in the news that alerted all the resistance to the dday invasion but the Germans missed it. Perhaps taking my auntie a cake just baked could mean taking a bomb to blow up the queen...

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Dave 15

Re: @moiety.... google et al

Google et al are probably even doing the spying directly for the nsa these days.

Microsoft and Apple are there too...put all your data on a US server and then the US have the right to read it... stick it on an Irish server and the Americans think they also have the right because it is an Amercian company... basically put it on the cloud and then the Americans will read it easier than they can with their viruses and backdoors. What they do with it is anyones guess but there have been rumours of American companies profitting from knowledge about what other companies are doing.

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Dave 15

If...

If any of this spying really did stop any bullets flying it might even be worth considering if it was valid. It isn't.

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Austria joins the long list of Pirate Bay access deniers after court order

Dave 15

Pay

We all end up paying.... paying for a bunch of numpties to pretend the world is the same as it was 50 years ago. Perhaps if they were not as greedy in the first place?

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What balls! India blocks 0.00008 per cent of web in anti-pr0n move

Dave 15

Government

The world would be best off without them. They start the wars, they spy on people, they clamp down on rights and freedoms.

Most of the thickos seem perfectly happy as long as they can watch east enders or other monotonous drivel and get a pint of beer.

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Driverless cars banished to fake Michigan 'town' until they learn to read

Dave 15

Re: Fantastic projets

Didn't really answer the point of the question... the point was that the car is made by reliant and the model is a robin... so it should be Reliant Robin. For some reason the mistake persists and because we are English and English is a wonderful language we don't care enough to avoid the problem

On to your other point... the Bond Biug was a pretty looking car but exactly like the Robin it falls over because the design is fundamentally wrong - the laws of physics say any car with this configuration will fall over at the first decent attempt to go round a corner.

To remind folk the 3 wheeler was (and actually still would be) a good idea because of the strange UK taxation rules that make it cheaper to tax.

Strangely I also don't understand the design for more practical reasons - the differential that is required is far from efficient or cheap to manufacture/source so why use it? The single steering wheel is also a completely custom creation. The approach taken by Morgan with their 3 wheeler (even the updated version of the original) and the German 3 wheelers...

Basically :

take the front suspension of any small rear wheel drive family saloon for the front two wheels

take a motorbike engine and transmission (maybe use a propshaft thats a bit longer than normal)

And then you have all you need... pretty near straight from a parts bin and perfectly stable.

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Dave 15

Re: Fantastic projets

If your Robin fell on its side you forgot the Top Gear stabilizer wheels

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Dave 15

Need other cars

Both self driving cars from other manufacturers and themselves along with something imitating real drivers - could be done using remote control and a fixed computer program (press accelerator now, turn left now, stop now....) Some of the cars should have defective lights and lazy 'people' who don't indicate (I don't :) )

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World+dog will soon watch 'at least 200 pr0n vids a year'

Dave 15

at least

While watching porn they aren't reproducing... we should encourage more

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

Dave 15

Re: Indeed

Would love to have a tank with a gun able to blast things apart... just imagine how much fastrer the M25 would be if you could blow the overtaking lane hoggers and the 3 abreast lorry drivers from here until kingdom come... What fun, problem would be with such a prolific number of targets fitting the criteria which would you choose?

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Attention dunderheads: Taxpayers are NOT giving businesses £93bn

Dave 15

Tax system

Indeed the tax and benefits system is just plain broken.

I as an individual pay tax on the money I am given... why are companies only paying tax on 'profit'? Why can't I write off the cost of my car, fuel, transport, clothes, training (degree) etc?

The current situation allows large companies to offshore their profits to low tax countries... not illegal but hardly fair - I can't offshore my salary to pay no tax.

What we need is a simpler system.

A single flat benefit for all people legally in the UK

A single flat tax on all earnings/takings for people or companies in the UK.

This would be simple, transparent and so easy my laptop could run the system from the corner of the kitchen. I would not need to have a huge paper shuffling group of people processing benefits claims and tax.

Further doing it this way would allow people to go fruit picking in the summer, or take low paid jobs (allowing us to ditch the minimum wage) and to take a chance on a business idea without worrying their family would starve. It would also mean that those with only benefits would move from London etc. to cheaper areas so balancing the cost of housing over the country.

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Natural geothermal heat under Antarctic ice: 'Surprisingly HIGH'

Dave 15

Its still a wonderful excuse to tax some more

Which is after all the ONLY thing that western governments have ACTUALLY done about the much vaunted threat. I STILL have to travel to work in an office doing EXACTLY what I could at home. I STILL have to sit in a traffic jam caused because fixing it means sorting out 2 or 3 rules and a few junctions (stop lorries using 3 of the 4 lanes of the M25, restrict them to 2, 1 in rush hour, make lane hogging a hanging offence and hang people at the side of the road for breaking the rule).

Then of course we look at the electric generating... could be run off methane from the sewers (supposedly worse than CO2) but no, lets build windmills and solar parks where we once would grow crops... while selling the coal burning plant direct to China for them to use....

When you add to this the naturally occurring peat fires and volcanoes that drown the drop in the ocean humans cause and you have a recipe for misunderstanding and ever increasing tax.

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China unveils Internet Plus plan for FIRST time (actually third time)

Dave 15

no, no, no.... you have it all wrong

What you need to do is to spend billions on foreign trains and then pretend that adding to the countries debt was a really good idea while you pocket the bribes and take up the nice shiny attractive position in the european gravy train.

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Look! Up in the sky! Five Brit satellites on one Indian rocket!

Dave 15

Re: The natural result of abandoning a space program

All those reasons are just as valid for the UK.

As would recreating our motor industry, ship building, mining, aircraft and promoting without shame our military production.

Instead our governments (Labour, Conservative, hybrid) all seem to actively embrace getting rid of as much British know how as possible

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Dave 15

Re: The natural result of abandoning a space program

Using our aid to make space rockets, nuclear missiles and buy British companies...

I guess though we also give billions to the EU so they can write rules the UK paper shufflers can use to ensure we buy foreign while they don't...

Frankly the worrying things are:

a) We seem to think we can afford to give money away when we have a massive deficit and a colossal debt.

b) We have so little self respect

c) The Indian run companies appear to have a better grasp of basic management than the over paid fruitcakes that run the few remaining UK companies

d) The people of the UK have so little in the way of balls that the situation continues government after government with not one of the governments being held to account for it

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Dave 15

Re: The natural result of abandoning a space program

So the Indians are making the rockets as a loss leader?

And France still makes some for fun... and the Americans, Russians...... et al.

Of course rockets are profitable, if they weren't these other countries wouldn't do it.

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Dave 15

A country that can't afford

So a country that can't afford a space rocket of its own is using the rocket of a country it sends billions of pounds of 'aid' each year... you couldn't make it up

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Do svidaniya to public record as Russia passes NEED to be forgotten bill

Dave 15

Where we are heading

Wait for the first 'google didn't remove me quick enough' law suit and the EU law will become like this.

We have censorship here already, the Germans are now trying to restrict when certain books can be sold, the UK shut down website access all the time. The Russians are just a bit ahead of us. Just because the web could be a useful source of un-molested information doesn't mean that governments of any flavour will ever allow it. Those who think that digital books, news sources and cloud storage are a good idea forget how easy it is going to be to manipulate them and deny you access .. the ministry from 1984 will not have to do any 'real' work to rewrite history :)

For myself I buy books and paper ... and keep it, sure a fire could destroy all but I hope to get away with it for a bit longer than waiting for some arbitrary government manipulation of data.

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Polish plane IT attack? Apparently not, just a simple DDoS

Dave 15

simple...

Yup... sounds like simple to bring all of europes planes to a halt even more effectively than Iceland :) Perhaps a suitable attack could stop America flying...

The terrorists will be watching and thinking by now

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