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Britain's housing crisis: What are we going to do about it?

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Re: MORE regulation might help the situation

Bearing in mind that the bank didn't lend you any money. The balance they created in your account didn't exist until created. So you're paying interest on nothing!

www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/mar/18/truth-money-iou-bank-of-england-austerity

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Govt control? Hah! It's IMPOSSIBLE to have a successful command economy

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Re: Inefficiency

We COULD have a command economy.

The problem being; we could not have freedom at the same time.

And it would not be an efficient economy, central control is inherently regressive and slow to implement change.

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UK.gov wants public sector to rip up data protection law

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Everyone legally in this country has a unique identifier: a national insurance number.

Your NI number will identify you to any gov (local or national) IT system. If you have a passport or photo drivers licence it will photo-ID you.

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Re: Green vote

They're not against nuclear power, just people.

A world with less people is a greener world, a world with no people is the greenest world. I have yet to decide whether they're dedicated, or dumb.

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Re: Very little choice left....

Problem solved re children and vulnerable/old adults and those chronically sick.

Information sharing via HSCIC.

You didn't think customs and revenue joined for efficiency did you?

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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

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Re: As to the person who started it in 2010.

All of the high echelons of politics are the same. Highly educated in a very narrow field. Thick as bricks outside that field.

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Re: We don't need no new meters

But then the meter-makers-installers would be minus several billions. Better they have the money rather than us. Like the man said: Follow The Money. Whenever a gov decides we need to spend tens of billions, to no reasonable gain, check the companies directors/owners against who's-who. Then look around for a hedge fund.

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Re: Perfectly logical

And the companies can have MP's on the board, if not owning them!

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Re: EVERYTHING translates back to monetary value.

How's the temp trending over a century and a half?

It's risen by nearly 0.9 degrees centigrade.

If you graph it in whole degrees rather than the more impressive 1/10, it produces a nice flat line. As if mercury thermos' are that accurate anyway.

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MPs to sue UK.gov over 'ridiculous' EMERGENCY data snooping law

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Re: Anti-Angels?

Superposition: If we do not look at them they will then exist in all possible states at the same time.

That ought to confuse the hell out of the bastards..

Alternatively, we could do a Schrodinger on the Houses of parliament, cyanide and all.

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Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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It will be us that pays, not the gov. Since our "lords and masters" (or toads and arseholes) have LONG ago been captured by Big-Biz, and well rewarded for so being, it will be a case of using lawsuits to increase profits and not because any great harm is being done.

I guess the 0.1% don't quite have enough of the 99.9%'s money yet.

Or maybe they just want cheap arse lickers?

Anyway, what's on the box tonight.....

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UK Parliament rubber-stamps EMERGENCY data grab 'n' keep bill

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Does it really make a lot of difference?

After all, the organisations allowed to access your communication data (as in the who to/from rather than what) is long, and includes just about any organisation in the country (apart from my local primary school board of governors).

Labour built the wall in AD2000, the present mob are just sliding another brick into it.

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UK gov rushes through emergency law on data retention

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Re: Can someone explain ...

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 Section 18

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You would be surprised at how much access local authorities have to your personal information.

DVLA records.

Some health records.

Financial information.

Criminal records.

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Re: No problem for me then !

"I suppose that that definition will exclude most of the cabinet then"

And the shadow cabinet.

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Broadband bumpkin BONANZA: 8 altnets shortlisted for £10m UK.gov subsidy

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One can but hope that my ¨hard to reach¨ village will be reached by over-600Kb/sec internet soon. After all, it´s only been three years since they planted fibre right through the place.....still only got copper though..

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UK govt preps World War 2 energy rationing to keep the lights on

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Short answer: No

If you have not gone to Oxbridge, or joined the Eton duvet-sharing elite, you have more chance of shagging the Queen than becoming a front-bench polo.

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ARG! A GHOST SHIP! Pirates sunk by UK cops return from watery grave

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Re: Due process

Not really, The first-run-up was done years ago. They´re on home ground now.

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Re: "Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit"

It comes before ¨crime¨....anything to do with crime is ok.

These are the people shortly to have access to your medical data, with no court order.

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

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Re: lack of content

I'm on netflix until tmrw.

Largely because since I started using it my ISP has managed to deliver a download rate of 600kb/sec.

Buffer..Buffer..goodbye.

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Britain'll look like rural Albania without fracking – House of Lords report

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Re: Energy Policy

Of course we have an energy plan.

It depends upon which part of the elect-oral cycle we are in.

At the moment we are in the ¨12 months to go, start slagging the energy producers¨ part of the cycle.

Shortly we shall be in the ¨five years to go, start planning to cut washing machines off when things get sticky¨ part of the cycle.

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Re: What a surprise: "Economic Affairs Committee" prefers...

Factor-in the environment all you want. The FACT remains that, as in Germany, electricity will be generrated no matter what. You can either factor-in the environmental problems of giant wind turbines everywhere, generating power when it is not needed, and immobile when the power is needed, or factor-in the problems of larger amounts of coal being used. No electricity equals no heating. Expensive electricity equals no heating and raises the costs of industry.

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The British Geological Survey estimates Bowland shale resources to be about 1,300 trillion Cu/ft. let me see here..a house of commons report (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201012/cmselect/cmenergy/795/79506.htm#a5) gives 20 trillion Cu/ft as good for about 5 years current consumption..Hmm.

Anyway:

http://www.nohotair.co.uk/images/stories/Reports/downloads/uk%20shale%20gas_where%20are%20we%20now.pdf

http://www.nohotair.co.uk/index.php/library

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NHS patient data storm: Govt lords SLAP DOWN privacy protections

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Yawn:

¨Will anything be left at my GP?

Free text notes -- conditions are all coded and it's these codes that are extracted -- and "sensitive data", which includes details of infertility and assisted conception, sexually transmitted infections, abortions, gender identity matters and abuse. However, this list ** "might be reconsidered" ** at a later date¨

¨Who can access the data?

Information from your Care.data record will be made available to organisations within the NHS (such as commissioning bodies) but also outside of the NHS, potentially (subject to approval) to pharmaceutical companies, health charities, universities, hospital trusts, think-tanks and other private companies¨

I could go on, and on, and on..just from that website...

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Re: Opt outs are ready!

You really think ¨they¨ will pay any attention to opt-outs?

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Re: Please share my medical details, far and wide.

You didn´t need to sign-up for it.

Everyone is automatically signed-up for it.

This fuss is about nobody bothering to consider telling the common (non-private patients) people about it, and consequently selling pseudo (non) anonymised information to their friendly back-pocket-filling insurance company friends.

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Re: Talking to Patients

Your data, when harvested, will be available to medical professionals (which is a wide-ranging term) (and local taxation authorities) irrespective of your opt-out (if any).

Given that my dentists tooth cleaner is a registered medical pro, that gives me loads of confidence.

And even when they have accurate info about medication in hospitals, they still regularly dose patients with the wrong drug, or the wrong dose of the right drug.

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Up to 500 GP practices to test plans to share patient data

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They are nothing to do with the surgeries. The data is going to be extracted anyway, the opt-out only affects what happens to it at HSCIC. You hope.

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Re: Sweepstakes time

Nahhh...there will be the tick-box where you have to affirm you have the right to access the information. everyone knows that individuals and companies are honest....

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Re: Around the UK

And that´s exactly what pseudoanonymised NHS data will be: DoB/full postcode/gender.

A hald decent credit reference agency could de-pseudo-anonymise that with ease...oopps, they already have been doing that!

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All men are part of a PURE GENETIC ELITE, says geno-science bloke

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Re: Lean and mean

¨It seems apparent that rather than some ancient devastation occurring to the Y chromosome that nature has simply discarded any unnecessary genes and retained only those required to get the job done¨

Yep; a man gene thing....

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Re: But ...

Are you sure the frillies are hers ?

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Research bods told: Try to ID anonymised data subjects? No more CASH for you

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Re: Research vs commercial interest

You just use the credit ref agencies. They already have all the info, gleaner from using the electors register, loans, bank details, etc. After all, even the DWP has a contract with them!

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/insurance/10667245/NHS-database-will-it-push-up-your-insurance-premiums.html

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Now, about the cost of changing entire banking systems, including atms', over from XP to whatever. By April 8?

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Really?

90p?

On my rail station a packet of crisps is £1....so is a mars bar......so is a 250ml bottle of filtered tap water!

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Re: Maybe this will incentivise operators

If you look on your ticket you will find it says "non transferable"

So there...

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Re: ROI

It isn't forged coins that piss me off...it's tescos' constant palming me off with 1-euro coins....do they have a separate coin tray for 1-euro coins so they can get rid of them?

And they wonder why I pay with card for everything ?

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It's not you, it's EE: UK mobile network goes titsup, blames gremlins

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I'm on EE via virgin mobile.

I'm surprised anyone noticed anything abnormal, the level of service is pretty poor anyway.

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

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Re: "choice and competition were best served by having a single service provider.”

"car workers, unions and management working together"

Hmmm.

Somehow the idea of management working seems to be an oxymoron.....the idea of management is that it manages, while Leylend management seemed content to manage to get in some mornings...mainly those after Wednesday.

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Re: courage of convictions

The problem with the current crop of seat warmers isn't that they have no convictions, it is that they have insufficient criminal convictions. Given their rampant expenses fraud a few more convictions would be nice.

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Care Bears... share: NHS England promises to heal careless data-sharing plans

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Re: (N)HSCIC

Because it's always another's fault.

That's government all over.

Rubbish people managing to construct a disaster at our expense.

Because it's government you knew it was going to be a disaster (for us).

The anonymised data will be able to be deanonymised, as if by magic (but you just know that system was designed from her start to be insecure)

"We're from the government, we're here to help you"

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Review of UK data protection: Should fines go OVER HALF A MIL?

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It is not the mistakes that bother/worry me, it is the deliberate actions taken to avoid the requirements of the DPA . Such as the data sold from the hospitals being de-pseudoanonymised, deliberately, in order to put a name to the data.

Although many have pointed out the method of anonymisation seemed to have been chosed so that it COULD be associated with the original person!!

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Triple-headed NHS privacy scare after hospital data reach marketers, Google

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Re: Healthcare information stored on Google?

Oh look...my house on google earth now has my NHS number by its side....and I just click on it to find my appointment for the GUM clinic..

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Re: Damned easily predictable

Except that your data will be extracted along with everyone elses....is you are lucky your dissent for use of and dissent from disclosure for codes will take effect after that. However, it is guaranteed that if a large number of opt-outs happen, and they are sufficient to materially affect the data adequacy, the codes will be legislated away.

Nothing is more temporary with gov data than confidentiality.

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Wot a COCKUP: Poorly NHS websites spawn SPAMMY VIAGRA ads

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Good job the NHS isn´t US-based!

http://www.testosteronepit.com/home/2014/2/26/data-breaches-couldnt-get-worse-now-an-onslaught-of-attacks.html

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NHS England tells MPs: 'The state isn't doing dastardly things with GP medical records'

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Re: One big database

The data is extracted as-is. Even the opt-out only refers to the data when it is on HSCIC system.

You can bet your ass that the opt-out is worth less than an ice creams lifespan in a volcano.

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Re: Do you trust the Government to oversea a sucessful IT scheme?

I think they´re trusting ATOS. What could be wrong with that?

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Re: Fine then.

Perhaps they should really anonymise the data. Not pretend-anonymise. It is almost as if it was anonymised in a way that could easily be de-anonymised if wanted. I mean, birthdate, gender and full postcode. Never attribute incompetence to a government, when you can as easily attribute malignacy to it. Government employs enough people with univ degrees to get it right, to get it wrong has to be deliberate.

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Bosses to be banned from forcing new hires to pull personal records

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Re: Explanation?

¨ I'll suffer the less-employment in the meantime in order not to work for an employer performing potentially ILLEGAL activities¨

Sounds like an average working day in the small and medium enterprises sector!

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