* Posts by localzuk

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Untangling .NET Core: Open source for Windows, Mac, Linux

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Re: Dear microsoft guy...

You seem to have forgotten a key thing - Microsoft are a profit making corporation. They have to protect their assets, and that includes their IP. So, they are *never* going to just go and give it away with no wiggle room for them to operate in. It just won't happen, its not capitalistic.

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Re: Dear microsoft guy...

As far as I can tell, they've not removed many frameworks from use... VB6 evolved into VB.Net, and it wasn't really a framework like this. Silverlight, ok, they've kinda depreciated it but they're supporting it until 2020, and considering it is a web technology and the pace at which the web moves, I'd say that's generous!

You mention MySQL and OpenOffice, but as far as I can tell, both are current and developing projects. Sure, development of OpenOffice went through a dip, but that's the thing isn't it? Its open source, so Libre Office appeared to fill any perceived gaps. MySQL as well - problems with it? Forked and now MariaDB.

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'Turn to nuclear power to save planetary ecology from renewable BLIGHT'

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Re: What? Have these people learned nothing?

Solar is not cost effective yet in many countries. In the UK, it is heavily subsidised (it has the highest strike price of all the renewable technologies). Introducing it en-mass in the UK would cause yet more rises to electricity bills, which would not be acceptable to many.

No, we need nuclear in our mix. We could have 20% of our energy provided by geothermal, at most, according to the last surveys done, which is great, but we'd have to dig very deep to achieve that. However, for heating, we could very much use geothermal, only problem would be the cost and disruption of installing such a system.

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Cost per MWh to the end user is still cheaper than current wind, far cheaper than solar and tidal, and even cheaper than "clean coal" stations (in their various guises).

The government aren't spending anything on the nuclear plant themselves, they are just insuring the project, and guaranteeing the return for the investors via the strike price. The strike price is up to 50% lower than the strike price agreed with many wind farms.

So, even after all the issues you list about the cause of the expense, it is still not *that* expensive, long term.

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Re: How convenient...

The cost per MWh for Hinkley C, even with the agreed strike price of £92.5 per MWh is still below the price paid for wind power (which is between £95 and £155 per MWh). Its actually cheaper even than modern "carbon capture" coal stations.

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

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Re: Too big?

Only problem I can see is the back-haul part, but it'd basically be the same situation as OpenReach/Wholesale have with the retail side of BT now.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Security concern?

I wasn't referring only to actual street lights, I was being more general and speaking of all the different random lights we have on our streets. Such as the little lights that highlight street signs, the millions of traffic lights that still use incandescents, the "bollards" that sit on islands etc... There are plenty of places where incandescents are still in use which could be switched out.

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Security concern?

So, as these devices have a remote "off" switch, what happens if, say, some reprobate comes along and figures out how to disable, say, 20 million of them in a very short period of time via a bot-net or whatever? Can the national grid cope with the excess electricity production at that level? That's suddenly a lot of electricity being produced and going nowhere...

Also, at a cost of £11bn, how far would that go reducing real demand by, say, switching street lights to LED or insulating more homes etc...?

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: I'm confused...

@YANC & AC - Oh, yeah, my idea would need a lot of work to make it actually workable.

The problem we have is not just with internet companies, companies like Starbucks also do this by charging for branding etc... But they also charge for products imported from other countries/subsidiaries, so there'd need to be something to cover real costs.

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Re: I'm confused...

I think a simple rule of "costs paid to any company in the same legal group (ie. parent company, company owned by the same parent company, subsidiary etc...) do not count as costs for taxation purposes in the UK", or something like that would help.

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Microsoft hikes support charges by NINETY TWO PER CENT

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Re: Arseholes as ever.

Last I checked, Microsoft don't charge to bug fix. They do charge to fix misconfiguration issues, which are down to the customer in the first place. You ought to have configured your systems properly in the first place, then you wouldn't need to use a premium support ticket. In 15 years, I've used them once, when I was still finding my feet (luckily, it was a free ticket included with our volume license too).

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Re: The value depends on the issue.

All complex software has a cost to run. If a problem was on a *nix system, it'd take someone who knew *nix to figure out there was a major issue too, but you'd likely also be paying them more than an MCSE qualified tech or whatever would be paid.

TCO depends on your use case. For some businesses, *nix is a lot cheaper, for others not so much.

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The value depends on the issue.

If someone pays for a support ticket from MS, the problem is usually a significant one, and takes a bunch of time to fix. So, for most businesses who would pay for such a ticket, $499 ain't so bad. Its cheaper than hiring an external consultant to come in and look at it!

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RIP Microsoft Clip Art – now you can fill your slides with web cat pics

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Oh God!

Our teachers are going to go mad!

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Sony Pictures hires Mandiant, asks FBI for help after MASSIVE cyber attack

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A good network security team at Sony then...

Surely they should've been able to detect such a large-scale intrusion?!

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: Makes sense

@Uffish - no. When you go to the cinema, you are paying to watch a single showing of a film. You aren't buying a copy of the movie.

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The key is fair compensation

The key in the EU ruling is about fair compensation. The UK has simply determined that zero compensation is fair, and I agree with them. The music industry is doing nothing to earn any compensation, so why should they be compensated?

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Re: Makes sense

So, taxation on devices that have the potential to be used for copying is not charging twice? I've not ripped a CD in over 6 years. I have, however, burnt dozens of CDs of data, my own videos and photos etc... I've used mobile devices to play legally paid for music via Spotify, and to play for legally purchased downloaded music.

How would my paying tax on those items *not* be my paying twice? That's the scheme other countries have used, and it amounts to an unfair tax in my mind.

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Gov.UK annual IT spend edges down... to £4.3 BEEELLION

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Breakdown of costs

It'd be great to see a breakdown of costs for this spending. Is it mostly going on external contractors? Staffing? Bespoke software? Maintaining legacy systems?

Its a heck of a lot of money going on IT, yet we see a constant stream of articles about their mess ups.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Waaay too close to home.

Ah yes, Ricoh drivers. Want to print in colour from Publisher (which is a nightmare on its own)? All those settings you carefully chose, pah, ignored. Here's your single black and white A4 print.

At one point we had to print to PDF and then print that to get it to print anything in colour!

Its a bit more reliable with the PS drivers, but even now it still randomly ignores things.

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Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins

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Re: ALL YOUR XP BELONG US?

@LDS - that doesn't seem right... Why would a patch for Windows client OS's be issued then?

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UK urged to stop bigging up startups, feed 'growing' firms

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Re: More to the point...

1. Not really. We're part of the EU in the UK. The EU is a larger market, being 500 million people (plus the population of Switzerland and Norway etc...)

2. Again, business locations in the EU are all over the place. OK, the UK alone doesn't add up but hey, we're part of the EU.

3. The interstate is falling apart (to the extent that a recent report put it at $3.6tn to actually repair it all. Not to mention, the rail system in the USA is shockingly bad.

4. What? Not sure what your point is...

Also, American beer is pretty much awful, unless you hunt down micro-breweries!

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Re: More to the point...

I dunno, I'd be more interested in how many scale up compared to how many get bought up by the existing giant corps like Microsoft, Google, Apple and HP.

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FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools

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Re: Only the #@#$%!! FCC

Might have been this line, where you accuse teachers of being lazy... "Perhaps so everybody in the class can watch Youtube tutorials and the teachers can relax and go home early?"

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localzuk
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Re: Only the #@#$%!! FCC

I dunno, why not find out, rather than being indignant and basically attacking teachers for making use of the internet as a teaching tool?

Internet access was recognised as an invaluable tool for education over a decade ago in the UK. Most schools have at least 100MB connectivity over here (obviously, if they're a school with 20 kids like some around here, that will not be the case, or if they're a school with 1500 kids). We saturate our line here.

There are so many resources available for schools now, its ridiculous to start going around blithely arm waving and shouting "why?" without actually looking into it.

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localzuk
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Re: It's a crisis?

You do realise that multimedia educational sites exist now? We can have 90 kids all using a site, rich in video content and interactive activities, each chomping away at the 100MB fibre we have here. It gets to the stage were 100MB isn't enough, and we only have 550 kids in the school!

The advent of "cloud" services has allowed schools to have much more access to complicated services, without the need to implement more server infrastructure in house for each application too.

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Soz, web devs: Google snatches its Wallet off the table

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Re: This is bad

Don't worry, Amazon has an alternative...

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BOFH: An UNHOLY MATCH forged amid the sweet smell of bullsh*t

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A lot of organisations ignore their own staff's expertise for whatever reasons (many simply think they're just trying to get budget increases I guess), so getting an external "consultant" to say exactly what you've said previously is a good way of hammering home your message, even if it does end up costing you a chunk of cash.

Sadly.

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UK PM Cameron says Internet must not 'be an ungoverned space'

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Re: Government regulation usually ends up with overreach

Any and all "censorship" related law. Laws to control child pornography online ended up being extended to include copyright infringement, which then get extended to include extreme material etc...

Unless you mean it should be "always"...

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Government regulation usually ends up with overreach

Whilst blocking extremist material (whatever that is) might make for good headlines for people who don't think things through, in reality such a policy has been shown repeatedly to lead to massive overreach by governments. Who decides what is "extremist"? Will the definition only include people who want to bomb somewhere? Or will it be a fuzzy definition that can be used as a blunt tool to control any dissent?

How would such a system be implemented also? Transparently, or entirely in secret? I figure it should be transparent - that way people don't think you're hiding things away.

And then, behind all that, why is the focus on end results, rather than prevention? Surely we should be putting our effort into preventing radicalisation and the like?

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The last PC replacement cycle is about to start turning

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Re: Fascinatingly myopic

Thing is, with a thin client, you're still effectively running a PC - you've just moved the processing power to a cabinet in a room elsewhere. The productivity and working practices for end users are still the same.

Many banks already do operate VDI infrastructure, or data-centre based workstations for users. I still consider them as PCs though. The work paradigm is still the same. The only difference is geographic location of the processor.

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Re: Businesses don't work like that

@Charles 9 - You are still effectively running a PC, you've just moved it to a server instead.

My question is this - why? The cost of introducing a VDI solution which has enough grunt to handle the work of a proper desktop (eg. if you need a graphics card to do stuff) is pretty high.

It'd take a proper cost benefit analysis to decide if such a setup would actually gain you anything.

It certainly wouldn't here. A VDI solution powerful enough to do the job of our PCs would cost us roughly 2 times the price of simply continuing to use full fat clients.

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Fascinatingly myopic

Articles like this seem to like presenting a tunnel vision view of the world. The author's little niche works well with a phone and a pile of video clips (I hate presentations that are all videos btw, you get very little actual content out of them), so why shouldn't everyone else's?

I hate to break it to you, but your local bank won't be doing all its work on tablets any time soon. They might augment certain roles with them, but the bulk will still be a traditional PC or similar. The local call center? That'll continue to use something PC-like for a while yet. All those businesses *creating* stuff, will continue to use some form of PC to do that design and engineering work.

There's actually only a very small group of people who could make the move to *just* a phone and tablet. These people being mostly consumers of info, and people who give presentations for a living. As much as I'd love to be able to do my job using a 5" screen, I suspect that my employer would have to hire 3 more people to do the job as well, whilst I'm busy jabbing away at the screen and getting annoyed with auto-correct. Even this post would've taken 5 times as long to enter on a phone or tablet.

Once again, the death of the PC is predicted and once again I think the author is living in cloud cookoo land.

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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History disagrees

If what you say is true, surely there shouldn't be any not-spots, as the telcos would be busy rolling out more coverage to compete in these "borderline" areas? But they haven't. In this area of 20,000 people, there are are large areas of the town which don't have coverage from a number of providers. Leave the town, even by a half mile, and you struggle to get any signal at all. The telcos certainly aren't all competing to roll out masts down here...

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Million Mask March: Anonymous' London Guy Fawkes protest a damp squib

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Re: Great journalism...

Or do I actually know a number of the people who were there (who, amazingly, all have at least 1 job, some more, have families and who are worries about what the government is doing to the country), and therefore have actual evidence, not just an impression based on prejudices and hyperbole.

So, yeah, make assumptions. Really helps.

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Great journalism...

Let's blindly call them a left-wing rent-a-mob, without any actual evidence. Let's not interview any of them. Yeah, just reaffirm your own beliefs, not bother with actual reporting.

What did you expect? Riots and burning buildings? If there had been, you'd no doubt be attacking them for it as well, so they can't actually change your view.

Basically, your article should have been on the Daily Mail site. I'd expect more from this site to be honest.

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Not even 60,000 of you want an ethically-sourced smartphone

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Who made what now?

Not really seen this anywhere. No advertising. Not in any phone shops or electrical retailing stores. Not in any "ethical" focused stores either.

The market they're aiming at are one, in my experience, that don't spend a lot of time looking for a new phone online...

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RBS faces BIGGEST ever fine for THAT huge IT meltdown – leak

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Yay, lets fine the victims...

Any fine paid by a company ends up being recovered via their customers, who in this case are also the victims. So, effectively, the FCA are fining the victims.

When the management of a company are held fiscally and legally responsible for the performance of their company, we'll see real change. Until then, we're just gonna see more of the same.

I'll sum it up like this - only a single banker was prosecuted after the crash. Just the one. And he wasn't even a high level executive.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS: SpaceShipTwo is a PRIME EXAMPLE

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Re: Space isn't orbit

Thing is, the technology is also a proving ground for things like truly reusable rocketry - it'll be no use to Virgin Galactic to have to strip their ships down to bare components, replace half and rebuild every time they launch (like the Shuttle did). So, in essence, even though it is sub-orbital, its a technological stepping stone to further advancements.

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Manufacturers SLAM UK.gov: 'High speed broadband' rollout is TOO SLOW

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They want it at affordable prices. An example - until BT had started the upgrade process in this area, a 100Mbit BT leased line was close to £30k per year.

So, I don't think businesses particularly want consumer pricing, but they do want affordable pricing. £30k is a heck of a price for internet connectivity, even for relatively large businesses.

The price has dropped down a huge amount now, even for leased lines, but it'll still be well outside the price range of the majority of local businesses. So, until FTTC is full active here, many will be stuck with less than 8Mbps.

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Re: Agree with that!

BT are being paid billions of taxpayers pounds to roll this stuff out. It isn't that much to ask for them to keep an accurate log of what they're doing and when...

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Agree with that!

Communication is the worst part of it all I reckon.

Our area has suddenly been marked as having FTTC. Well, part of it. Well, on the area organisation website anyway (if not ISP sites).

It went from "Under Investigation" for the entire district, to "active" in one massive update, skipping the "installing" stage. When I asked the organisation in question whether BT Openreach installing cabinets everywhere in the town meant it would be coming soon, their response was "we can't say, maybe, the cabinets can appear and it can be ages until they're active" pretty much.

There seem to be 6 month gaps between massive updates too, rather than just updating the site when things are actually activated.

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Branson on Virgin Galactic fatal crash: 'Space is hard – but worth it'

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Re: Is it really worth it IN THIS CASE, though?

Its about making space easier. Things like space planes and getting things into LEO with reusable tech, or "easily launched" tech, to reduce the cost of space.

Every big leap of this form is the playground of the rich at first - because they can afford to buy into the early stages. In the future though? Could be very good for us as a species.

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Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals

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Re: Providers pay too

I still disagree Andrew. I'm a customer of my ISP. I'm paying for internet access - that access is for the entire internet, not just the "non-video" bits. The ISPs should be using that money to provide the back end needed to cover it. If they aren't earning enough, they need to charge customers more, not look to charge the content providers, else you end up creating a 2 tier web - one where there's companies paying ISPs for access, and one where companies don't pay and the end users can't access their sites properly. I don't want that internet.

Put it this way - without content providers, ISPs wouldn't have a business. The sole purpose of ISPs is to connect people to content...

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Re: Providers pay too

Let's put it simply.

I go and slap a server into a data-centre. I pay that data-centre for the power usage and net connection, which they pay for via various peering arrangements with companies like Level3.

A customer of mine wants to connect to my server, so they sign up to an ISP and pay for the data they use, and that ISP then pays to peer with companies like Level3. My customer can then access my server.

What Netflix is saying - we already pay to peer with people like Level3, so why should we pay the ISP of the customer accessing us? No-one else does!

They even go one step further and provide free caching hardware to stick into peering locations, so data is going the shortest distance possible. Yet people are saying they should still pay even more.

I entirely agree with Netflix on this.

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Computer misuse: Brits could face LIFE IN PRISON for serious hacking offences

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Re: Needed

That is the very definition of victim blaming. You're saying that someone who doesn't dress conservatively is basically to blame for being raped. The company that doesn't invest millions in their security systems is asking to be attacked. Your exact words: "If securing your computer isn't a priority for you, then why should jail time for your hacker be a priority for society?"

So if a company doesn't secure its network, a hacker shouldn't be prosecuted. That is shifting the blame for a crime onto the company and off the hacker. You are specifically saying that the crime is only a crime if the victim tried to do something to prevent it!

As you say, in an ideal world, we wouldn't need to do things to protect ourselves - I don't deny that or the reality of the world we live in, but making the punishment for a crime dependant on the victim having done something to prevent it is simply not the same thing.

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Re: Needed

@LucreLout - that's victim blaming at its finest. "Why didn't they secure their computers better?!" "Why didn't they have tougher locks on their doors?" "Why was she wearing a short skirt in public?"

Companies shouldn't have to spend millions of quid on making their systems operate like Fort Knox. The idiots hacking their stuff are the ones who need eliminating.

@Sir Runcible Spoon - Wait, so you're blaming me for not reading back to the original report, and looking at the article instead?

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Re: Needed

So you're arguing that our punishments should all be weak because some others are already weak? Surely the answer is to tighten up the weak sentences rather than stick with poor sentencing across the board?

Here's the report on that number too - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-cost-of-cyber-crime-joint-government-and-industry-report

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Re: Needed

You all seem to be underestimating the damage done to economies by computer crime. Govt figures put the cost to the UK economy at £27bn per year. That's a huge amount of money being lost through crime. That's peoples jobs and livelihoods. That's people's pensions and savings. Are those things only worth a metaphorical slap on the wrist?

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Needed

I do think we do need reform with our computer crime laws. The current 5 year maximum is far too low considering the damage that can be caused by "hacking".

Just need to make sure they get the details right!

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