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Hollywood star Robin Williams dies of 'suspected suicide' at 63

NW Cynic

Re: Disbelief

Not much I can add to what has been said elsewhere other than to say 'Live at The met' is possibly one of the funniest comeday shows you will ever see, pure genius albeit fragile, flawed and human.

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You didn't get the MeMO? Asus Pad 7 Android tab is ... not bad

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Re: ASUS Intel Tablet Android App compatability

I have 2 of these, albeit the previous iteration, both of which have Skype and run without any problems over WiFi, even my parents rather flaky BT connection!!

A good value tablet which I use mainly as a media player and we have the second for my daughter for much the same reason. Far easier than lugging a portable DVD player and DVDs with us when we go anywhere.

Peronally I've never had any problems other than running certain branded apps on my daughter's tablet, the House of Mouse ones are terrible for draining the battery life if you don't shut them down properly.

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Evidence during FOI disputes can be provided in SECRET

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Re: AC obviously

Not strictly true actually, the only companies directly subject to FOI are those wholly owned by a public authority/public authorities such as Manchester Airport Group or various Housing Depts that council's have hived off.

That said public authorities will often include clauses in contracts with suppliers to say the information relating to the company and their involvement in public contracts may be disclosed as part of a FOI request.

Even so you could refuse an FOI made to you as the Act doesnt apply to you, only the authority you are providing a service for.

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NW Cynic

Actually it makes sense (albeit in a FOI context).

If information is exempt from disclosure and the requestor goes to the Tribunal where it is disclosed to them as part of the process it defeats the object of the exemption(s) in the first place.

That said I can see an argument for a requester's legal representatives having access as part of the process but given that many people that go to the Tribunal represent themselves so we again find ourselves in the position of circumventing the exemptions.

Tthe commercial interests exemption is a mess anyway but that's a whole different story!

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Murdoch calls for ISPs to be liable for users' activities

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FAIL

Obvious that senility has set in...

Last time I checked he was a major shareholder in Sky which apart from being the purveyor of 000's of pointless TV channels is also an ISP...

So essentially he is legislating, or at least looking to if he spreads this manta worldwide, against himself!

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: But the demanding public need to know...

Not forgetting 3 hundred weight of tealights and a bag of treat size Daim Bars!

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Comet-chasing Rosetta spies SWEATY prey

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Coffee/keyboard

Have an upvote sir... and you owe me a new keyboard... brew everywhere!

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Rockall pod-dweller braces for stormy weather

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Joke

Re: How does he take a dump?

away from the wind at a wild guess...

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'World’s dumbest' suspect collared in Facebook sting

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Joke

Re: not password protected?

Says the Admin with some of Red Tube's finest tales for Discerning Gentlemen downloaded

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PICS ON GROUND: Cabbies PARALYZE London in Uber rebellion

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French taxis..

pfft, try Naples taxi drivers!

Imagine the Italian Job (the proper one not the shonky remake with that Wahlberg bloke) on speed and you are getting close.

Possible the scariest 20 minutes of my life.

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GAME ON: Top 10 tellies for a World Cup kicking

NW Cynic

Re: So much money.....

Not quite, Russia is the next one... Qatar is the one after

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Plucky Playmonaut bails out of smoking Vulture 2

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Coat

I assume the Playmonaut was listening to Drake on his iPod?

Ok, ok, I'm leaving!

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Watch Dogs: Eat, sleep, hack, repeat

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FAIL

Re: PS4 version looking pretty fine here.

Because Sony NEVER pay marketing/publishing companies to 'fluff' their goods do they?

Oh and who are this Conte Nast you speak of?

I assume you mean the multi billion pound publishing company Conde Nast who are no doubt as willing to take Sony's cash as Microsofts!!

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French teen fined for illegal drone flight

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Mushroom

Re: I read that as...

Does the loser die? If so I'm sure can come up with a comprehensive list of participants with (insert fcuk nugget of choice) top of the list!

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For your next privacy panic, look no further than vending machines

NW Cynic

Re: Masks

You forgot Piers Morgan

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Don't snap SELFIES at the polls – it may screw up voting, says official

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Like I havent got enough to think about tomorrow....

I now have to stop numpties taking selfies in the polling booth!!!

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NASA preps flying saucer ballocket flight

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Joke

Patents...

Does this not infringe on some LOHAN patent or other?

You must sue, its the responsible thing to do.

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Curiosity GOUGES AND SCORCHES Mars with drill and laser

NW Cynic

Where's the safety barriers?

Have you had a slip, trip or fall that wasn't your fault?

Then call NASA on 1-800-DONTFALLIN

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US alliance strengthens LOHAN imaging arsenal

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Pint

Last Words

To record the last words of the Hero Playmonaut before he launches himself into the unknown strapped atop a lit firework...

Playmonaut, we salute you and raise a glass in your honour.

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Teen jailed for ARMED ROBBERY says he and pals had been inspired by Grand Theft Auto

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Pint

Re: Anti-game crusaders in 5, 4, 3......

or he'd have stolen loads of crisps and chocolate to feed an attack of the post pot munchies*....

*so I've been told

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Chinese iWatchers: Apple's WRISTPUTERS ALREADY in production

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Coat

Re: Off the cuff

***cough*** iT-Shirts ***cough***

OK, leaving already...

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Stone the crows, Bouncer! BT defends TV recorder upgrade DELETION snafu

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Re: I'm no Murdoch fan but...

As someone who does Data Protection for a day job I've seen some pretty shonky uses of DP as an excuse but I have to say BT have taken the prize here.

I cannot possibly conceive that this information is personal data unless the owner of the box is in some of the programmes stored on the HDD. Even then it would only be the programmes they are in that would be affected and in reality how many people would that cover? Probably Jake Humphrey and Clare 'National Treasure' Balding plus one or 2 others!!

Totally baffling!

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Honeybee boffin STINGS OWN WEDDING TACKLE... for SCIENCE

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Did it double his manhood in size?

Is this a new El Reg Metric, the Bee Sting Pain Scale?

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USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

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Waaaahh Waaaahh

Mom those darn Europeeeens aint playing fair and are stopping us snooping on them...

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White House blasts Samsung for tweeting Obama-Ortiz selfie

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Not News...

See title

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El Reg's Deep Outback XP upgrade almost foiled by KILLER ARACHNIDS

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Mushroom

Re: Don't use fly spray

Not if you light it first

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Morrisons supermarket hit by MASSIVE staff payroll data robbery

NW Cynic

That would be funny...

... were it not for the fact I've worked at places where that sort of logic prevailed!!

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ICO issues guidelines on #FOI #requests through Twitter, Facebook

NW Cynic

Except FOI responses arent always as black and white as you seem to believe.

Its entirely possible that an FOI response might contain the personal data or the requestor which would be disclosed to them (albeit under S7 of the DPA) but not to anyone else under FOI.

Your view is far too simplistic and doesnt reflect the often conflicting realities of responding to FOI requests.

And yes I do have a vested interest here as I am a FOI officer who oftens spends his days butting heads with Service Directors to get information released, mainly because they have an ingrained bias against disclosure.

FWIW although technically right in law i think allowing FOI requests via twitter is a fundamentally daft idea unless the request is very simple.

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Oscars backer Samsung can't catch a break: Host Ellen snaps stars on iOS

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#NotNews

See title...

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Steve Jobs statue: Ones and ohs and OH NOES – it's POINTING at us

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Modern art maybe... if a pickled (insert species Damian Hirst has pickled most recently) animal is art then that certainly is!!

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Birds Eye releases 'mashtags' social spud snacks

NW Cynic

Re: Mashtags....

You forgot #JustSaying

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This tool demands access to YOUR ENTIRE DIGITAL LIFE. Is it from GCHQ? No - it's by IKEA

NW Cynic

Re: Cheap

200 tealights, a hot dog and one of those bags of sml Daim bars?

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NW Cynic

Only if the data being collected is personal data and I would surmise that much of the data potentially collected by the app wouldnt be personal data.

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Korean credit card bosses offer to RESIGN over huge data breach

NW Cynic

Sounds like a job description for a politician!

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UK.gov recruiting 400 crack CompSci experts to go into teaching

NW Cynic

Re: By Gove! I think he's got it!

Its nothing to do with not liking change, its because he's a pompous, self promoting arse biscuit who thinks he's beyond reproach and doesn't listen to his advisors (proper ones, not the political apparatchiks that are SPADs)

And before anyone asks no I'm not a teacher or married/related to one.

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Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

NW Cynic

Re: More incompatability

Santander's online banking is generally a crock of s**t anyway... possibly the most user unfriendly system anyway and awful to try and set up.

I must have tried a dozen times to set up my online access and in the end I gave up and we both used my wife's access (it was a joint account).

The piss poor online service was one of the reasons we upped sticks and moved our account to First Direct, far more user friendly.

That aside I wouldn't use this system as to be honest it seems a real faff compared to just swiping a card or entering payment details.

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Never mind bungled Universal Credit rollout, Maude wants UK to be 'most digital' gov by 2015

NW Cynic

Digital Government...

What could possible go wrong?

(Please note I reserve the right to trot this line out again at relevant points throughout the year)

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Space Station bags extra 10yrs of life as SOLAR STORM scrubs resupply

NW Cynic
Joke

Re: Oh crap.

Aquaducts...And its safe to walk the streets at night

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Ten classic electronic calculators from the 1970s and 1980s

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Happy

All these comments...

and no one has mentioned the simple schoolboy pleasure you got in your maths lessons in the early 80s of typing 58008 and turning the calculator upside down

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Google and Apple in DRAG RACE: It's fanboi Mercs VS fandroid Audis

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Joke

I never have found the 'Any Key'... which one is it again?

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California OLDSTER in WILD golf course SKATEBOARDING spree

NW Cynic

Re: Scooter

I thought it was Mark Twain who said that?

Still not that it matters as whoever said it was right!!

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You gotta fight for your copyright ... Beastie Boys sue toymaker over TV ad

NW Cynic
Pint

Seems the company have been pretty shonky in the way they acted but there is a certain irony in a group that prided themselves on being anti-establishment and subversive* when they started out have become increasingly 'establishment' in their outlook.

*just how anti-establishment and subversive the BBs were in the 80s is a whole different argument

Fwiw parody or otherwise the company have appropriated the BB 'music' for commercial gain so I'd reckon the BBs have a good case.

Beer because its Friday obviously!!

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Big Trak

Got one in 79 or 80 for Xmas and it was broken... totally dead.... as you can appreciate for a 7/8 yr old on Xmas day this was a total catastrophe and I remember my dad struggling like anything in the days after Xmas to try and find a replacement.

I think I eventually got one in late January, along with the trailer but my trauma was eased by a trip to Hamleys for more lego.

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Shivering boffins nail Earth's coldest spot

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Splitting hairs...

but if the Mesosphere in in the atmosphere how can it be the coldest place ON Earth? Just asking.

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Justin Bieber BEGGED for a $200k RIM JOB – and got REJECTED

NW Cynic

Am I the only one...

that read 'Pop Prince' as Pop Ponce?' (which I think is a far better description for Justine

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Bold Bezos aims skywards with liquid hydrogen and SPACE ROCKET engine

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HDNL

'We tried to deliver your satelite but you were out so we have left it with your neighbour on Mars...'

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Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

NW Cynic

Re: Cheap at twice the price

OH... DUCK house.... sorry, must have misheard you

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Qatar whips covers off giant footballing vagina

NW Cynic

No doubt designed to reflect the See You Next Tuesdays running round on the pitch...

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

NW Cynic

Re: For shame

The subjet access suggestion stands or falls by whether or not this information actually constitutes personal data and based on what is in the article I'd say it probably isnt . Thats not to say that this type of monitoring isnt of concern.

As for who the data controller is that'll be LG, the 'corporate person' holds the statutory responsibility rather than any specific individual.

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Whovians, your Doctor needs you: Take back the Day from One Direction

NW Cynic

Re: Well hello ducky...

Mixing my sci fi metaphors here but surely such an act would contravene the Prime Directive in interfering in other worlds and their development.

It may also constitute a war crime...

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