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SCREW YOU, EU: BBC rolls out Right To Remember as Google deletes links

arrbee

Nice to see the BBC doing what Google tell them to.

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NO MORE DOUBLE IRISH, thunders Dublin. Erm, from 2020 that is

arrbee

Au contraire, a UKIP government would concentrate on rounding up pro-independence activists.

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Brits: Google, can you scrape 60k pages from web, pleeease

arrbee

Yes it applies to all search engines, but Google tend to publish only their own numbers - probably provided in journalist-friendly form to increase the chance that the Google version is the one that appears (i.e. standard procedure for large corporations and overworked journalists/unpaid interns).

The search results affected when Google agree with a request (or are overruled by a court) are those where the query mentions the relevant person by name.

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Doctor Who becomes an illogical, unscientific, silly soap opera in Kill The Moon

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Re: Regenerating The Doctor

"I have never read a Doctor Who novel "

Harvest of Time by Alastair Reynolds; an entertaining read, especially if you remember the Jon Pertwee doctor and, indeed, Delgado's Master

There is also "Wheel of Ice" by Stephen Baxter, set in the era of the Patrick Troughton doctor, although I thought that was a bit more obviously 'young adult'

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I'll show you the D next week – billionaire space baron Elon Musk

arrbee

The other letter is M and he will be revealing his new secret agent identity: DangerMusk

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Ordnance Survey intern plonks houses, trees, rivers and roads on GB Minecraft map

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"I’m looking forward to seeing if people eventually build a working railway system in game"

So not *that* realistic then.

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Early result from Scots indyref vote? NAW, Jimmy - it's a SCAM

arrbee

Re: sick of it all

You do know that having "Scotland" in the name of a bank doesn't make it Scottish ?

hint: look to see which larger groups they are part of

The proposed move of bank HQs to London is of course less about the so-called "guarantees" and more about the worry that a Scottish government might introduce actual regulation.

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Re: What are your predictions?

60% No.

but this will prove to be not the beginning of the end, but the end of the beginning.

oh yes

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JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!

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Re: The recriminations start on Friday

Be careful with media reports on anything to do with this; I know, it sounds swivel-eyed conspiracy loon stuff, but I was in Scotland for a few days last week and was totally taken aback by the gap between reality and what the media were saying.

The SNP have no power to do any of the stuff you mention, except maybe try to convince people to boycott companies, at which point they will get the usual answer people give to political parties; remember, Yes supporter is not the same as SNP member.

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Re: Bad Science

It seems likely there will be a record turnout - quite possibly well over 80% .

There will be no "silent majority" ( who mysteriously always support whoever invokes them ).

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arrbee

Re: I'm fine with Scottish independence if it's what they want.

Curiously Salmond was not that popular with many of the Yes supporters until the concerted media campaign against him, whereupon I think many felt obliged to defend/support him because he had been made synonymous with voting Yes.

I think a basic mistake of the No group, and the media, is treating this as just another party political fight - it isn't.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

arrbee

How to improve the interface:

"Whats on at the moment, any recent films ?"

display shows list of films made in last 12 months, optionally sorted, that I can access from any source to which I have a connection; any additional costs are flagged

"nah, what about something funny, like, err, something with Fred Bloggs"

"display shows... etc"

"ok, lets see xxx" ( or, more likely, "sod it, I'll watch zzz on Blu-Ray" )

info display above can be shown on TV in 'monitor mode' or on some other device

The killer item is to be able to treat all connected sources as one (which doesn't mean they have to be covered by a single subscription). It would also be nice if there were no ads, but...

Add in music sources and give it a name: "cornucopia" ( or maybe "orchard" )

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Brit telcos warn Scots that voting Yes could lead to HEFTY bills

arrbee

Re: duh

The Euro Commission oppose Scottish independence because they know it would increase the chances of the rUK voting to leave the EU - no doubt after the English papers currently lauding the wisdom of business leaders warning against a "Yes" vote pour vitriol on the same people when they use the same points to argue for staying in the EU.

Given that there is no legally set period between the Scottish referendum date and actual independence (voters I've spoken to are talking of 3 or 4 years, with 'interim' agreements for issues such as Faslane covering 10 years after that - during which time the SNP would cease to exist), one interesting question is when the next UK government would schedule a in/out vote; before or after the Scots leave ?

All hypothetical I suspect; my prediction is 60:40 to the No side, who will later discover they won the vote but lost the argument.

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Scottish independence: Will it really TEAR the HEART from IT firms?

arrbee

I suspect the reason for financial organisations wanting to move south is because they prefer BoE regulation to actual regulation - not to mention all those schemes that funnel tax-payers money into banks where it simply disappears.

The UK government guarantee for individual accounts works as a bluff, but note that they've changed the rules to make all depositor accounts available assets to a bank that hits major problems.

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Is there life on Mars? Cloud-gazing Curiosity accused of lacking scientific focus

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Re: Climate change

If it is irony then you should be able to pick it out with a magnet.

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Oz biz regulator discovers shared servers in EPIC FACEPALM

arrbee

Of course if the Register applied this solution these comments sections would be a lot shorter.

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My big reveal as macro-economics analyst: It's a load of COBBLERS

arrbee

The thing about QE being beneficial is that we don't know the whole story on this yet, and we wont until someone has worked out how to undo QE without breaking everything - you may have thought they'd have sorted out an exit strategy before spending 375 billion GBP on this, but apparently not.

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Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

arrbee

"... and 50% justifying the effect of that bullshit ..."

FTFY

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Government's 'Google Review' copyright rules become law

arrbee

Re: I invent a cure for cancer.....

Yes, but these new regulations don't change any of that as far as the large copyright holders are concerned, since they have the clout to make sure they get paid. This is aimed fair and square at individual "creatives", i.e. everybody, and its intent is to enable companies such as Google to use any and all material they can find for whatever purposes they wish without having to worry about irrelevancies such as ownership. The only thing they can't do is sell the stuff for cash.

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British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

arrbee

Maybe if Google had opposed this specific issue in the lower courts, rather than seeking a declaration that they were immune from European laws, this could have been sorted out by now.

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

arrbee

So if there is no protection then any corporate can just grab whatever new stuff they think looks promising, repackage it & sell it as their own, drowning out any attempt by the actual creator to even associate themselves with it and hence gain any benefit from their creation at all ( where "sell" would be to benefit the bottom line, i.e. not necessarily directly for cash ).

Or, even better, have your creation used as part of some propaganda to promote killing handicapped kids - who could complain about that when they know that it means that they're not trampling on the peoples' god-given given right to not pay for stuff ?

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

arrbee

Makes sense to me. Both copyright cartels and ISPs get useful market data on things like:

- rate of false positives

- effectiveness over time of telling people they've been 'caught'

- overall customer reaction, especially to erroneous messages

and they get people who never use the internet themselves to help pay for it.

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New Russian law punishes online 'extremism'

arrbee

Re: How long

quid pro quo for support from the Orthodox church

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What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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Re: Apdsmith AC Military Industrial Congressional Complex

I'd have said that the current situation in Iraq and Syria is another example of how the Saudis have been running rings round the US and its allies for the last 15 years.

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If Google remembers whom it has forgotten, has it complied with the ECJ judgment?

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Re: Pointless...

All internet corporates, including the other search engines, are affected by this judgment, since what it said was that doing business in the EU means that you are subject to EU laws, irrespective of where you claim to be based. Having failed to win the legal argument Google are going all-out to negate it via political lobbying, no doubt encouraged by a lot of truly pissed fellow corporates.

With regard to the current example of the effect of this judgment, anyone can get any search engine to excise a URL from their search results by merely showing that :

- it refers to themselves

- it harms them unfairly

- it is in nobody else's interest to have this information preserved

- they have a legal order from an EU court or national data commissioner agreeing that the URL should go

At which point the search company must either appeal the legal order or arrange for the URL to be removed from their search results.

If only Google are affected so far then maybe they should proclaim the fact since it could be because their search results are so much more comprehensive than those from anyone else.

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Missiles-on-rooftops Brit spy Farr: UK gov can slurp your Facebook, Twitter ... What of it?

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Re: Dangerous terrorist plots..

"I don't understand how the terrorists don't ever attack officials of state and only ever go after ordinary members of the public."

Professional courtesy.

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Internet of Things fridges? Pfft. So how does my milk carton know when it's empty?

arrbee

I think you're all being unambitious.

What is needed is a per-dwelling system which tracks every item once it has entered the house/flat/yurt until it leaves, including in/out fridge, into bin, etc. Of course for the best results, and to handle flat shares (*), you'd also need to tag all the people in the house, and any animals, in order to properly track (and then predict) consumption patterns.

(*) excluding student flat shares, lets not be silly about this

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USA! USA! ... Aw, screw it. Motorola to close Texas smartphone plant

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Re: Great Thinking

You could always try the UK approach - turn yourselves into an international tax haven.

( I see that as a result of the latest tax changes Vodafone are now applying for a GBP 17 billion, sorry BEEELION, tax rebate )

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

arrbee

It would be nice if at least 2 of the computer systems I use at work used the same key for delete.

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Son of ACTA pours fuel on IP trade fire

arrbee

Re: No!

"our representatives" will be the same civil servants that do such a sterling job negotiating & managing PPI contracts etc. A combination of being out of their depth and concentrating on personal development.

At the end the politicians will be presented with volumes of dense text with nicely coloured graphs showing what wonderful things will happen while they're still in power (that last bit is important). The media will just regurgitate the PR releases.

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UK.gov data sell-off row: HMRC denies claims it'll flog YOUR private info

arrbee

Just ask them how much money has been allocated for monitoring those who receive this data to ensure compliance, including on-site spot checks etc.

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

arrbee

So will previous opt out letters be honoured by these (unidentified) trial surgeries ?

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Over half of software developers think they'll be millionaires – study

arrbee

The trouble with any plan that involves "invest for 40 years" is that it usually fails to allow for the 2 or 3 times during that period at which a large chunk of your investment will mysteriously transfer itself to City institutions.

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BSkyB, CityFibre, TalkTalk pull clear of bigwig BT's bundles – plan to set fibre to York

arrbee

Presumably they picked York so that BT can see if this approach allows them to compete with Virgin who are already entrenched there (via NTL as was). If they've got any sense they'll ignore the 'historic centre' and concentrate on the new builds around the edges.

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Technology is murdering customer service - legally

arrbee

Working for a software company we tend to be pretty strong on customer service - after all, the alternative would be to make us write proper user documentation...

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

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Re: Secure forever for you and close relatives?

Following on from this - what are they doing with the data of people who have died since GP records were computerised, and what will they do with my opted-out data after I've popped my clogs ?

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MtGox boss vows to keep going despite $429 MILLION Bitcoin 'theft'

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Re: Hands up who's shocked?

Anyone who expects, say, the UK government to provide real compensation if one of the major banks were to go under is in for a nasty surprise.

The process would be to reconstitute the failing bank by agreement with its creditors, which would involve first emptying all savings/investment/current accounts (savers are legally not creditors of a failing bank) and then issuing shares in the new bank to those who lost their money. These shares will have a notional value that meets the requirements of the relevant compensation scheme, although it may be years (if ever) before they can actually be cashed in for that value. This allows the government to say they've met their promises without having to pay out large amounts to the wrong sort of people.

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Prez Obama cyber-guru: Think your data is safe in an EU cloud? The NSA will raid your servers

arrbee

So that kills off the NHS England 'care' database then.

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Ill communication delays NHS England's GP data grab for six months

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Black Helicopters

Any bets that current opt-out declarations will be (quietly) declared invalidated by this delay ?

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UK libraries trial free access to scientific research

arrbee

Presumably its a 2-year trial because thats how much longer they expect the public library system to last.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

arrbee

Surely this is hardly news - fiddling these 'discount' rates to justify some action/inaction has been standard civil service practice for many years; it is low risk since it involves 'best estimates' and is rarely challenged later on when the numbers turn out to be badly wrong. Recent examples have included PFI, various BoE actions, new inflation measures such as CPI and CPIH, etc.

The mainstream media have never been interested in challenging this stuff, possibly because it involves numbers, but then I guess thats why the civil service keep doing it.

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Andrew Fentem: Why I went to an arts quango to fund pre-iPhone multitouch

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Re: So, Why did he go to an arts quango to fund his pre-iPhone multitouch?

Ah, but it wasn't officially an arts quango - hence the S and T in the acronym. The mistake (with 20/20 hindsight) was not to realise sooner that they had no capability or interest in understanding the technology and were effectively useless.

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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

arrbee

Nope, the case was never decided because they reached a deal with HMRC.

However they had made provision for a substantial payment in their accounts...

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Snowden: I'll swap you my anti-NSA knowhow for asylum ... Brazil says: Não

arrbee

Hmm, lets see; he has lost his job, lost his pension rights etc, he is at risk of losing his liberty, and none of the appropriate authorities are doing anything about his claims, preferring instead to "play the man".

Sounds like a bog-standard whistle-blower to me, thats exactly how we treat them in the UK (especially if deaths are involved).

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Looks like Google may ask you to PAY for YouTube music - report

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Re: I'd pay...

Hmm, picks a CD from the shelf...

"The phonographic copyright in these performances is operated by <company> on behalf of the artists, with whom it resides."

I guess you gotta pick the right Man.

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Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an ANOMALY, now over'. And it's no secret I think that

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Re: One does have some choice

Providing false data is the only approach that has any chance of obfuscating your details - expect it to be made illegal in the next couple of years (probably in order to protect the children).

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Delia and the Doctor: How to cook up a tune for a Time Lord

arrbee

Thanks for this - what a dramatic contrast to the Doctor Who "specials" on BBC 3 which have been clear evidence that there are still plenty of people at the BBC that hate the program.

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QUANTUM COMPUTER in WORLD RECORD qubit stunner

arrbee

Re: The *big* point is 39 mins at *room* temperature

Quantum Forth - the programming tool of choice when coherence wont last.

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MANUAL STIMULATION: Whack me with some proper documentation

arrbee

The problem with meaningless icons is down to recent designer fashion that decreed that representations of real-world objects or symbols were holding back the progress of the digital society.

That *might* make sense if all your software comes from one source with a consistent set of icon designs, so I guess it reflects the walled-garden aspirations of our current crop of major software producers

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ULTIMATE ELECTRIC driving machine? Yes, it’s the BMW i3 e-car

arrbee

Hmm, anything that implies 8 years and 100,000 miles are in anyway similar limits is probably not for me.

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