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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

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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

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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

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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

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Re: Cheap

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

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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

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Sounds like a job description for a politician!

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Gov mulls making it easier for ICO to squash marketing pests

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Re: But does the ICO really want to do anything?

Where do I suggest that the ICO is or isn't part of UK government? I make no statement either way.

All I said is the law had been drafted in a half arsed way that makes it difficult to enforce and the actions of the current governemnt in Brussels are doing their best to make DPA/IG law weaker rather than stronger.

Newsflash Vagabondo, the Cabinet Office drafts the laws not the regulator and they have repeatedly ignored ICO requests for more powers or for powers to be fully implemented (custodial sentances for DP offences) but why let the facts ruin a good conspiracy theory.

Still you just go off on your own tangent rather than actually adressing the points I raised.

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Re: ICO

Anonymous coward == someone who doesn't obviously have the faintest clue how IG law is drafted in this country

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Re: But does the ICO really want to do anything?

Except they have been taking action but the law is drafted in such a half arsed way it makes it very difficult for action to be effective.

If you'd actually looked rather than spouting a pavlovian response you'd see that under Chris Graham the ICO has been far more pro-active in taking action that it ever was under his predecessor. Granted more could be done but with the way the law is framed at the moment it makes it hard for him to do so.

Also its quite ironic that the Govt talks about providing more power to the ICO regarding unsolicited marketing while actively working to eviscerate that new EU DP Directive. The changes the Tories want will see far less protection for personal data than we have now, something their moves to improve data sharing for the greater good are already doing.

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We've found it – the ULTIMATE man-cave accessory

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Re: Toolboxes

And don't forget any proper toolboard should have the outline of the relevant tool painted where it is supposed to be hung.

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Re: The ultimate recliner

Tea... pffft Algerian Sherry more like

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NO! Radio broadcasters snub 'end of FM' DAB radio changeover

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Re: Not a fan

To be fair I had a courtesy car about 18 months back (a Ford S-Max) and it too had DAB.

I travelled thick end of 1000 miles in it over about 2 weeks and I can hand on heart say the DAB worked perfectly although the majority of its usage was in and about Manchester with a trip to the West Country thrown into the mix. There was no discernable loss of signal throughout the 200 mile drive South or on the return trip on the stations I listened too and I was actually surprised at how well it performed if I'm honest given how flaky my DAB radio can be at home!!

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Re: Technoluddites

Except newer doesn't always = better.

To use a well worn cliche if it ain't broke don't fix it

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Re: Yes to FM switch off, but only if it switches off BBC radio.

The difference is easy, R3 plays music and R4 doesn't, not that difficult to work out surely?

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Does 'Star Wars' casting call hint at DEATH of LUKE SKYWALKER?

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Re: I am your father

These aren't the offspring you're looking for....

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Re: This is Disney

Aurora (Sleeping Beauty for those of you without 7yr old daughters obsessed with Disney Princesses)

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None of your Bezos: Jeff's wife gives one star to journo's Amazon tome

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Bias maybe...

but it doesn't necessarily mean she is wrong either...

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Can't stand the heat? Harden up if you want COLD, DELICIOUS BEER

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Re: Total, complete & utter bullshit.

Thank you for your comprehensive and rigourous scientific analysis

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Cameron pledges public access to list of who REALLY owns firms

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Part of the problem as has already been highlighted is no politician has the bottle to radically restructure the tax laws along the KISS* principles.

The more complicated and convuluted tax law becomes the easier aviodance is.

That said the Grant Thorntons, KPMGs and PWCs and their paid puppets.... I mean Non-Exec Directors who also happen to be MPs... would lose out financially so I can't see that happening any time soon.

*Keep It Simple Stupid

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Like iPads? Like stuff called AIR? Here's our REVIEW ROUNDUP-squared

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Joke

Re: is 164g enough to make the difference?

Make sure you dont have helium with rounded corners...

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Hard-as-woodpecker-lips MOUSE GOBBLES live scorpion, LAUGHS off stings to face

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All Hail...

our pain defying Grasshopper Mouse Overlords

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Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

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Netflix stretching the definition of original there...

given that House of Cards is a remake

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Island-hopping Beardy Branson: I'm dodging rain, not taxes

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Re: UK resident Tax dodgers

I thought you were talking about the OTHER proud Scottish Nationalist who seems to spend as much time as possible avoiding Scoltland and jetting between Spain and the Caribbean... Mind you... Branson.. Private Island... Minions in boiler suits... That's why Connery is in the Caribbean, he really is James Bond!!

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Payday loans firm rapped for failing to register with Info Commissioner

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Re: Pitiful

Except the Courts levy the fine (fine levels set by government not the ICO) for non-registration breaches but hey, why let the facts get in the way of a good story

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IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground

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Coat

Re: Do you know which IT firm Lovell works for? Email me and spill the beans. ®

Ewenysys surely?

Already leaving...

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Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends

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And the Annual 'You don't say award...'

For stating the bleeding obvious goes to...

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David Attenborough warns that humans have stopped evolving

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Happy

Re: Overpopulation is a horrendous threat

You can bugger off if you are using the one at my folks place, I have first dibs on that one

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Bitcoin laws are coming: US Senate launches virty currency probe

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Joke

Re: Merchant Network

Shirley that should be Tat for Tit?

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