189 posts • joined 16 Jun 2011
Google contributing to the destruction of News International? I'd say that's clear evidence Google are living their Do No Evil' mantra to the full
From a personal perspective I have always found CPW far less agressive and hard sell than P4U but that isn't saying much!!
My last couple of phones have come via online channels as I am perfectly happy to wait a day or 2 to get my hands on my new kit.
Tariff wise it doesnt help that the same company (EE I'm looking at you) has such a varied price structure among its brands
Hardly surprising since their online offering is bonkers too
Mrs Cynic wanted a Asus T100 Transformer Tablet with Windows (I know, I know) so looked online for best prices.
32gb model at PC World came in cheapest (£229 online vs £249 in store) yet for some bizarre reason you could only 'reserve and collect' for collection and payment at some stores. For other stores you could only purchase online for instore collection!!
It can't be a space issue as I live roughly halfway between 2 stores and the much much larger store was the one that didn't offer 'reserve and collect'.
Mind you it didn't get any better in store, the muppets had picked the Android version when I went to collect it!!
And they wonder why their physical stores are dying on their arses!!
As an aside the T100 is actually a useful bit of kit for what my wife wants and it has expandable memory unlike a certain fruit based kit provider.
Trust me WDTK is FAR FAR from the place that most FOIs come from.
Most of them come directly to us via corporate inboxes.
In 4 years I have received about 20 FOIs from WDTK vs 400+ via the corporate inbox.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
Re: But the demanding public need to know...
Not forgetting 3 hundred weight of tealights and a bag of treat size Daim Bars!
Have an upvote sir... and you owe me a new keyboard... brew everywhere!
Re: How does he take a dump?
away from the wind at a wild guess...
Re: not password protected?
Says the Admin with some of Red Tube's finest tales for Discerning Gentlemen downloaded
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.
Re: So much money.....
Not quite, Russia is the next one... Qatar is the one after
I assume the Playmonaut was listening to Drake on his iPod?
Ok, ok, I'm leaving!
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!!
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!
You forgot Piers Morgan
Like I havent got enough to think about tomorrow....
I now have to stop numpties taking selfies in the polling booth!!!
Does this not infringe on some LOHAN patent or other?
You must sue, its the responsible thing to do.
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
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.
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
Re: Off the cuff
***cough*** iT-Shirts ***cough***
OK, leaving already...
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!!
Did it double his manhood in size?
Is this a new El Reg Metric, the Bee Sting Pain Scale?
Mom those darn Europeeeens aint playing fair and are stopping us snooping on them...
Re: Don't use fly spray
Not if you light it first
That would be funny...
... were it not for the fact I've worked at places where that sort of logic prevailed!!
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.
Modern art maybe... if a pickled (insert species Damian Hirst has pickled most recently) animal is art then that certainly is!!
You forgot #JustSaying
200 tealights, a hot dog and one of those bags of sml Daim bars?
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.
Sounds like a job description for a politician!
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.
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.
What could possible go wrong?
(Please note I reserve the right to trot this line out again at relevant points throughout the year)
Re: Oh crap.
Aquaducts...And its safe to walk the streets at night
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
I never have found the 'Any Key'... which one is it again?
I thought it was Mark Twain who said that?
Still not that it matters as whoever said it was right!!
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!!
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.
but if the Mesosphere in in the atmosphere how can it be the coldest place ON Earth? Just asking.
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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