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Labour has a pop at the government over missed GDS targets

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Perverted inverted or is it ...

... inverted perverted?

Anyway the point is what good could the opposition do?

Time shows that when in guvmint they more or less run around private secretaries and mandarins bleating "Just let me know what you want me to do so I can help you"?

Isn't it just "Yes Minister" with the roles of politico and unservile servant pervertedly inverted (or is it inverted perverted?)

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When cash is King, mobile money means economic freedom

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I'd guess that HMRC in the UK has been doing that for years.

For example: identify dodgy pizza parlours by comparing declared sales with use of pizza takeaway boxes no?

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Capita shuns its own £2.5bn framework and touts G-Cloud IT

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Why take public money once when you can take it two, three, four times or more for doing the same job?

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BT Home Hub SIP backdoor blunder blamed for VoIP fraud

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Tee hee?

"... starting to run SIP, so could explode as a source of toll fraud"

Of course BT is not going to change anything.

It has made an extra £90 and hopes this figure will increase over the years to come.

I mean, why else put a backdoor in like that?

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NHS England has some sneaky plans for Care.data acceleration

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My UK GP ...

... lets me make appointments online.

That is to see nurse, GP, visiting specialist, ...

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NYPD cop in court for allegedly hacking into the FBI

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Tee hee!

Did he install the kit when rest of squad were asleep?

If so, his defense could be NYPD/FBI negligence and lack of due diligence?

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Russia's Putin IT spend in reverse gear, fast

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UK? £154 million?

Its nowt that - £154 million is peanuts.

Potential example:

(Previous) UK guvmint spent (that is gave) UK power generators £630 million to burn trees/wood in power stations. Motivation: UK green credentials were a bit tardy, burning wood is carbon neutral so massages UK carbon emissions (ommissions?) a little.

Consequences: £630 hot millions in UK buy wood campaign sorta puts up the price of wood dinnit? Now you can't buy wood easily in UK as most of it is earmarked for burning in electricity generating power stations.

What remains of UK coal industry has had its order books slashed because big customers are burning wood/trees and not coal. Miners are uneasy again?

Businesses dependent on wood other than for burning it are facing increases in cost of product that makes them noncompetitive in todays market.

Decisions taken in previous guvmint have taken a while to kick in but kick in they did.

Or so I am lead to believe.

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Bulk interception is NOT mass surveillance, says parliamentary committee

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C'mon peeps - give em a brake?

Is Hansard mass surveillance of MPs activities?

Or is it just bulk interception of what they spake in t'ouse while in formal capacity?

(this isn't going as I thought it would - the point I am trying to make is that bulk interception is not mass surveillance but it does have potential to be both surveillance and bulk surveillance and targetted surveillance (did I tell you I can't count?))

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Dutch telcos build data bonfire after judge nixes retention law

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It's in the wording dude?

" no longer obliged to retain internet and phone traffic data for law-enforcement purposes"

Well so long as it is for some other purpose it is alright then?

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UK Supreme Court waves through indiscriminate police surveillance

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Easy targets?

Maybe it is just that easy targets willing to cooperate and comply are worth pursuing because a few hours can get results?

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Hmmm? Maybe?

Maybe a better approach is to take action on wasting police time and the cost of making non-intrusive monitoring of people who had not committed any crime nor were they likely to?

Inefficient management of a public resource (police personnel, police time and that ain't cheap, equipment, ...) might mean that those responsible for ordering inappropriate non-intrusive monitoring might have their career paths (and pensions?) cut short?

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ps: I don't think any reasoned approach will work as the individuals have the power, have the authority and are motived to abuse them anyway?

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UK.gov in pre-election 'Google tax' blitz against internet firms

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Re: Question...why just US owned internet companies.

Over here in Blighty the tax people employed by guvmint like to make examples of high profile people/companies/enterprises (apart from their own that is. You will not find an example of tax prosecution of HMRC against civil servants?)

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Rip off Britain?

It seems that rip off Britain is worth defending?

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We have no self-control: America's most powerful men explain why they're scared of email

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Damage control?

Seems reasonable - the best damage control seems to be don't use email at all.

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Hated smart meters likely to be 'a costly failure' – MPs

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No?

Never?

What?

It can't be true can it?

But they never waste money like this?

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Why Wi-Fi won't solve mobile telcos' data dilemma

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Why is it ...

... that some EU countries prohibit wider use of technologies by hiking up price barriers?

Any idea where the UK comes in the list?

Is there a list and if so will el Reg publicise it?

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Lost WHITE CITY of the MONKEY GOD found after 500 years

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(Optional) Tsk you humans

Perhaps wealth in those times placed more emphasis on health, family, food, ... since Banks were not readily available and holes in the wall not really reliable.

The stock exchange did not really get under way for quite a while and as every ruralist knows, you can't eat gold (but it can add a sparkle of something to your daughters/sons weddings?

So maybe extrem e wealth implied a longer lasting relationship with the environment capable of sustaining life for generations rather than a magpie habit of putting stuff (usually non-perishable?) in safe places?

Just a thought that's all - humans? What you like?

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EU annoys industry and activists with net neutrality proposal

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Yeh butt?

What do the paying customers want?

I'd guess that most people interested in mainstream use of t'internet would be happy to pay a small premium (a quid a year?) to have a system devoid of intrusive porn, ads, scamming, phishing, ...

The quid seems reasonable on basis of the cost of hardware required to widespread popularity of the medium and also to prevent cash strapped organisations/guvmints from trying to turn it into a nice little earner? No?

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Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Is he daft?

For an intelligant man it seems a very dim thing to do.

Once in US will he live long enough for the justice system to do its business?

Alternatively will it give the House of Reps and/or House of Congress to award him the highest award to a citizen defending the constitution of his nation?

Maybe it will just keep oodles and oodles of lawyers, judges and legal beagles employed and in the dosh for decades to com?

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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OI! Moderator

Paragraph 6, link to contact samsung .com

href="http://www.sodnpoo.com/posts.xml/spoofing_the_samsung_smart_tv_internet_check.xml" contact code www.samsung.com code to check

Please explain

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UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

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Re: Ah, the traditional model

They do things that way by design (whoever 'they' happen to be).

It is the limited/no liabilities approach and explains why a lot of psuedo-companies chase after guvmint contracts (either with or without help from capita?)

From a taxpayers point of view no liabilities model looks like what it is - a waste of public money.

From a psuedo-company or procurement process point of view it is a nice little earner in which those involved will never snitch on the others doing the same.

Why do you think guvmint funded stuff needs inspectors?

psuedo-company is roughly what used to be fully funded directly by guvmint dosh employed by national, regional, shire-like, local guvmints byt now pretend to be private companies but usually owned by the state?

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Perfect answer here

I've got the perfect answer for them but I'd have to charge consultancy fees :-)

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MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Did he take his wallet with him?

Alternative title: Death of altruism (it never lived here anyway)?

I reckon the Cousins are used to dealing with people handling brown paper envelopes filled with dosh but anyway ...

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Microsoft: You want on-prem wares, UK.gov? We'll make you pay

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Chances are ...

... that MS is big enough to make it work (provided UK civil servants don't put the kiss of death on it. And if they did would it be a treasonable act?)

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Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

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Can run cross platform (XP?)

Can run cross platform (XP?) I thought that was one of the aims of Windows XP?

And didn't Adobe try something similar about 2008 (write your app once export it freely?)

And how compatible is compatible?

(Some seem to think it is a binary inclusion/exclusion thing others that compatible is a %-age thang?)

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Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

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Don't hold your breath on that...

UK hierarchy looks after itself whatever plods or software imply?

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'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Google drive too

If he saves it and syncs it to google drive and deletes will be safely (?) reachable in Google Drive Bin no?

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I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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Re: But how do I connect it to a lightbulb?

Easy-peasy with this kit: http://www.lightwaverf.com/

Disclaimer

Nope, I am not connected with the company/organisation nor have been apart from purchasing consumer via Maplins (in the UK)

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Best solution is ...

... EU (okay, Germany) approaches ARM and asks for a a hardware, firmware, software arrangement that is a bit more secure than what is presently on the market.

EU tools up (Greece and Spain?) to produce quality stuff at bargain basement prices and further annoy the G by commissioning a European search engine.

If not, why not?

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Dutch MEP slams 'cowboy practices' of GCHQ 'n' pals following Gemalto allegations

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Fade to gray

As the US and the UK fade into self imposed and self inflicted (they shooda known beta?) obscurity maybe the new orders if China, Rusland and Germanies will be more peaceful, peaceable and based on law?

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'NSA, GCHQ-ransacked' SIM maker Gemalto takes a $500m stock hit

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Shame?

Tough on Gemalto.

Maybe they can go to ARM to redeem the situation?

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Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

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Shame about a landline tho?

It seems that a landline of some sort is needed somewhere in the arrangement.

Wouldn't it be nicer to dispense with wires altogether (and at the same time say: bye bye BT (and not buy buy BT?)?)?

Imagine the cost savings there, no holes in the ground, very few wires in the ground?

(Just in case it works I'll get a few IPs on tin foil hats)

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Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Don't be daft?

Politicians did not dream this up.

Neither did they initiate all motivations to the same.

They probably just chose the recommendations put to them by their and our obedient, loyal and trusting civil servantry?

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What does America need right now? Data science! (says, er, the first Chief Data Scientist)

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Well done el Reg.

You are catching on at last?

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Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Awesome in his awesomeness!

Great!

How rare it is in these times to hear someone say

"I am responsible therefore I am the responsible one!"

(Or something similar)

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Have YOU got Equation NSAware in your drives? Meh, not really our concern, says EU

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Now here this!

Public management of revaluation.

You are advised to play down the event.

Smile, shrug your shoulders, say something suitably appeasing.

Privately we will let you in to what you should now know.

Send to all friendly guvmints.

Signed NSA?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Death of altruism?

Of course, people working in the public sector see it as a vocation. They are not in it for "the money" but for service to the public. The is true even for the most senior civil servant of manadrin rank.

But just try to entice them to take a 20% wage cut, reduction in job related perks and ... well you know the point I am trying to make?

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Re: The General Public Sector VAT Conundrum

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It strikes me ... about NHS funding...

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Governments merely set the aims, aspirations and policies.

How those are made real is usually the work of civil servants.

If it is very complicated it is usually civil servants doing the obfuscation really (I don't think John Prescott wrote the social housing amendments while he was deputy PM but some develishly craft individuals did?)

Government = policy

Making policy manifest = many but if a budget is involved almost always it means the work of UK civil servantry

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Qualcomm, ARM: We thought we had such HOT MODELS...

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Q: what if smartphones DIE

A: they will - soon after the killer asteroid hits Earth or after the aliens attack

Q: When will the smartphone gravy train end?

A: as soon as something better attracts public attention and people wish to purchase it (like water, food, spacecraft to avoid impaction meteor/asteroid-alien invasion.)

Alternatively ARM could just design stuff that falls outside of NSA grasping tentacles?

(that would seem to be a bit of a killer advertising campaign no?)

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Yeh but?

What happens when it gets into the foodchain?

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PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

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Inverse evolution?

The ones that could taste food stopped eating it, sought a vegetarian diet and, well, died due to shortage of green crops in the snowfields.

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Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

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Eh?

Is it first of April already?

(I'd guess Bzeh-chish-chik-ee-eh-veech for Brzeczyszczykiewicz)

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We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

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Isn't there a story about a king commanding the tides to cease and the sea to remain where it was?

Truth is in the UK the overlords are the same today, tomorrow and yesterday - we are ruled by UKs (un)civil servantry

Politicians come and go but capita remains in charge?

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They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Models of reality are just mere models that is all.

I mean take Marylin Munroe or Madonna for example?

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Maybe ...?

... there are important differences in reality and what is perceived to be reality?

If so, then it is a relativistic term for example is perceived reality to a human different to the perceived reality of the earthworm?

And what if the cat was not bothered and did not participate as an observer?

Edit: some creation theories are merely models of reality to explain observed phenomena so exist as realities of their own usually quite separate to that of the observed phenomena (for example: simplifying assumptions in mathematical modelling)? Discuss?

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Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

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maybe

In a free democratic state the owners if capita can reveal themselves to the public?

Maybe that is where and when altruism went into its final death shudders?

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Point of order?

It seems sort of important (maybe even critically important?) to tell the public who the shareholders are as well?

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What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on

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A shame really

A Tory lead guvmint sponsoring a (ahem - cough - splutter) a state monopolised creation?

You couldn't make it up as an act of fiction

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'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

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For example ...

... suppose a big, really, really big company in a sector not only dominated the sector it also owned either outright or in major/minor part some other organisations working, earning and service providing in the same sector well, ... that company might be inclined to use influence (as owner or part owner) to create outcomes that wholly support itself (that is, for example, employees of executive rank in the first instance) and its wider strategies (for example: shareholders).

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Restrict/split/hive off BT

BT has to be removed from providing front line services direct to customers and needs to be restructured so it (BT that is) only deals with hardware networking across the nation sort of stuff (or possibly by extension to selling services to front line service providers).

Maybe someone cocked up in the great (but useless?) attempt to privatise publicly funded services?

All that seems to have happened is those organisations with monopolies/oligopolies merely have the same monopolies/oligopolies as before but with different names and/or lots more earnings?

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