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Has Europe cut the UK adrift on data protection?

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Re: Democracy

"Looks like yet more evidence of how undemocratic and tyrannical the EU is"

What part of democracy do you not understand? We are in a minority of one: in a democracy, that means we lose.

Further, we're threatening to leave and our government is doing everything it can to engineer that exit, so from a purely pragmatic point of view: why waste time on us? Particularly when we're esssentially just another lobbyist for business interests with zero concern for our citizens' interests?

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Losing Data Protection rights will be the least of our troubles if we leave the EU.

The world is dividing into increasingly large and powerful trading groups - next year, the EU and NAFTA will effectively join to create the largest and most powerful trading group (ironically, the EU's lead negotiators in crafting the deal have been we Brits). Leaving this new grouping will leave us out in the cold, economically and diplomatically.

The idea that we will be gifted favourable trading terms on exit from the EU is nonsense: why would EU leaders, who want to discourage other countries from leaving the EU, go out of their way to make life easy for the first high profile country to leave? Where's the benefit for them? They hold all the power in any future relationship: between them, the US and EU account for around 70% of our international trade. We account for a tiny percentage of theirs. Clearly, they matter way more to us than we do to them.

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Mozilla keeps its Beard, hopes anti-gay marriage troubles are now over

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Re: Mozilla Lost Me

"Then there is the issue of differentiating between gay unions and gay marriage. We had equality in the UK, but still the gay lobby pushed through legislation to call gay unions "marriage". That's not a rights or benefits issue, that's social engineering. "

If you don't agree with same-sex marriage, don't marry someone of the same sex. What other people choose to do is none of your f****** business.

Small minded, petty prejudice does not give anyone the right to affect the happiness of others, even if they do find them offensive. Unless of course, you're claiming a new right? In which case, if you get that right, so do i and using mine to veto the happiness of obnoxious bigots because I find them totally offensive.

Before you even go there, forget religious objections, too: marriage is and always has been a civil institution - even Luther admitted that - that pre-dates any current religion. It will doubtless be around when the current lot are but a distant memory.

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Another good skill to have --- Understanding the business you work for.

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I did some work for the Japanese part of global SAP roll out for a US mutlinational. Everythin ran on servers in the US. For some reason, the system kept going down around lunchtime in Tokyo .. because everything was taken down at midnight US time for backups

Not so much knowing your business as how the globe affects your global system

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World Meteorological Organization says climate data is uncool

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Globally, 9 of the 10 hottest years ever recorded have been in the 21st century and 2013 was 37th consecutive year the yearly global temperature was above average (http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/global/2013/13) .

Even if you accept that, in one country there was some marginal cooling .. so what?

It's not like that country's on a separate planet.

Really, grow up and accept reality.

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Re: Ministry of Truth demand more LIES....

[cough]bollocks[/cough]

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So, what exactly defines a 'boffin'? Speak your brains...

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Did I miss the mentions of Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking ..?

My brother went to a lecture by Stephen Hawking. Claims he understood everything up to and including "Can you hear me at the back?".

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Klingon and Maori roar into 'mutt's nuts' dictionary

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What does el Reg have against Spanish?

Cojones de Pero

I happen to be going to e-Spain tomorrow where I fully intended to confirm the precise reaction it gets. Former efforts at translating English idioms - cabeza de tortuga (requred a visual hint) and tocar algodón (self explanatory .. in context) - went down well. Not quite so confident about this one.

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Our Reg reader 'mutt's nuts' dictionary is le chien's biens

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Re: Wot no e-Spanish?!

Just been reliably informed that the Spanish would be 'cojones de perro' - and that it wouldn't anything to a Spaniard

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Wot no e-Spanish?!

I'm guessing it would be something like cojones de un pero .. though I'm sure no Spaniard would have a clue what you're talking about.

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Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Now Cameron's pushing a US-style religious agenda here, how long until a majority of Brits join the tin hat brigade. It's not like we're immune: look at how many have been taken in by the anti-climate change fruit cakes.

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MIT boffins moot tsunami-proof floating nuke power plants

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.. Fukishima Residents Never Allowed Home?

.. didn't el Reg have any number of articles around the time of Fukishima assuring us that it was all being blown out of proportion and that actually, it was all about as dangerous as wearing a glow in the dark watch?

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Not just websites hit by OpenSSL's Heartbleed – PCs, phones and more under threat

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"the real benefits of stretching what is possible from an engineering standpoint have already been realized"

From a business standpoint they need to up the payload to carry a bunch of cameras and a couple of hellfire missles - then the money'll roll in!

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Gay marriage foes outraged at Mozilla CEO flap, call for boycott

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Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 16

Yes, marriage is a human right and has been recognised as such for nearly 66 years. And there is nothing in article 16 about the parties having to be of different genders.

If you don't like same sex marriage, don't marry someone of the same sex. What anyone else does is none of your ******* business.

As for Eich: his free speech rights entitle him to support bigotry, mine entitle me to boycott companies that support him.

It's not just right wing bigots who have rights - despite the current Supreme Court's best efforts.

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Reg slips claws across Nokia's sexy sixties handsets, fondles flagship too

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Sub Fail ..

.. again

Somebody betting a WP article wouldn't be read ..?

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Dear Reg: What is a 'Lag' and a 'Jacksey'?

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Re: Oh Cecilia!

I down on my knees

I'm begging you please

To STFU and stop embarrassing yourself

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Plusnet goes titsup for spectacular hour-long wobble

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Been with PlusNet for around 18 months and so far they've been fine. I had a few issues with a dodgy profile after they switched me to unlimited but the support was excellent and got things sorted in a couple of days.

The router they supplied is a bit basic (though still WAY better than the one TalkTalk provided) but what can expect for under £7/month for an unlimited, 12.5mbps service? I keep meaning to buy a better router but I somehow never seem to get around to it.

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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Excellent Idea!

.. my rear-wheel drive Beemer's a total nightmare in the snow!

.. re Woz: right idea, wrong company - and timing. Should have been three years ago and Nokia

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Nudge Unit flies into Nesta's arms: Is the hype justified?

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Re: More like the coercion unit

Err .. no.

Their biggest success - which effectively paid the cost of the unit for it's first 3 years - was looking at how to encourage people to pay their tax bill on-time. The research - which was all about what is the best 'design' so the article kinda seems to have missed the point here - looked at various methods and came up with some slightly personalised messages that pointed out the fact that 90-odd % of people in whatever location the recipient lived, pay their taxes on time.

Nothing really creepy or weird about it: it simply trying to find the least intrustive but effective way to resolve problems.

Having said that, I'm not sure how many other successes they've had, but presumably as an independent body, they could now be paid on results .. they won't be, coz that would set a very bad example for government initiatives, but in theory, they could.

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F*** you very much Google.

SiempreTuna

.. or use a different mail app. I have my gmail go to the regular mail app on my Nexus 4. Works fine.

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Tell us we're all doomed, MPs beg climate scientists

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Really people: take the tin hats off. Man made Climate Change is real. I know it's kinda scary and it will involve some costs (though also plenty of benefits), but pathetically attempting to deny reality isn't going to help. Try just dealing with it it - it's not that hard.

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Data caps be damned, AT&T says providers can pay for mobile broadband

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Sub Fail ..

.. or Google translate?

Somebody's clearly having a bad morning

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Microsoft wields turkey knife, slices Surface to $199 for Black Friday

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£122 + VAT?

Under £150? I'd buy one!

Don't really want or need a tablet - if I did, I could use the missus' iPad - but also can't resist a deal ;)

But when they demand almost double what they do in the states - suddenly start to hate 'em

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Cow FLATULENCE, gas emissions MUCH WORSE than thought - boffins

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Reality Denier Gas Collectors

I'm sure we can MacGyver something out of the climate change / reality deniers' tin hats that would not only capture all that hot but also cut the volume of their delusional nonsense

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Hello Warsaw: Greenland ice loss will be OK 'even under extreme scenarios'

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The Science IS Settled ..

.. questions remain about what the specific affects will be, but Climate Change is real.

Only fully paid up members of the Tin Hat Brigade continue to deny it and they should be dismissed with the utter contempt they deserve. Really, grow up: reality isn't going to change because you don't like it.

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Goodbye cruel world: Robot 'commits suicide' in KITCHEN FIREBALL

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ROTM - suicide bomber! Be scared. Be very scared.

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El avión Buitre 2 rinde homenaje a nuestros amigos españoles

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Re: It's all in foreign.

Actually, it's also how my Spanish mother-in-law attempts to make me understand her

Personally, I prefer the adding-'o'-to-the-end-of-the-word approach ..

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Virgin Media to hike broadband prices by nearly 7 per cent

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Virgin raising prices by only 7%?!

We were with them for 2.5 years on a TV/BB/phone deal and in that time they doubled the amount we were paying - and reduced the number of channels in the package. Talk about short termism: I'll never use them again.

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Google's Nexus 5: Best smartphone bang for your buck. There, we said it

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"If you are an existing Android user you'd be happy if Santa dropped one down your chimney"

I'd be livid: that screen's not replaceable!

None of the lucky owners have mentioned reception: the service around my way is dire and my Nexus 4 really struggles - as in: rarely gets a signal. The missus' iP5s is way better (it pains me to admit): just wondering if trading up to an N5 would help ..?

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Z30: The classiest BlackBerry mobe ever ... and possibly the last

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.. and all they need to do to sell boat loads is produce an Android version ..

It's completely incomprehensible - and utterly deplorable, if you're unfortunate enough to be a shareholder - that the Canucks didn't do that 4 years ago. And at this point, really: what have they got to lose?

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Everything's going to be all white: Google Nexus 5 mobe expected Friday

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“how often do you spot a given device on the London Underground”

Not too useful for spotting the 5s of course, given it is virtually indistinguishable from the 5 - to the extent that my missus picked up her old 5 yesterday and didn't realise her mistake until hours later when she tried to make a call and realised the phone had no SIM ..

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How to spot a coders comment

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I worked with a guy once who never commented code because "it was hard to write, it should be hard to understand".

His boss went completely the other way: she was converting code from one tool to another and in the middle of the most important section she had a comment "Didn't understand this bit so left it out" - so comments instead of code. What could possibly go wrong ..?

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Get your mitts greasy with FREE hands-on Windows Azure training

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Download - yes, please!

Y'know, for those of us who actually work for a living ..

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Google lifts skirts, reveals Play All Access to UK market

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Re: UK vs Euro pricing

I don't see how tax and consumer law justifies Google charging very nearly double in the UK (£9.99) compared to the US ($8 / £5.16) - that's daylight robbery. They clearly think Brits are too thick and / or too insular to know what the prices are elsewhere and to be able to apply the appropriate exchange rate.

Not that I would ever spend money on a music service given the vast variety of free, themed radio stations on t'interweb already.

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New Google Maps colours

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Not really. Noticed that it's different to what it used be, but couldn't actually remember how it was before. Also hadn't thought about it not matching other UK mapping conventions, but I guess that's hardly surprising, given it's American :D

Still struggling to see where the traffic's bad - I find the red road thing is a bit hit and miss .. but that could just be me.

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'First' 3D-printed rifle's barrel splits after single shot

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Re: One up the spout!

"igniting a bullet's" is a shortening of "igniting a bullet is".

Err .. so "Adam's mistake" actually mean that Adam is a mistake ..?

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Android sig vuln exploit SEEN IN THE WILD

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OEMs?

....its availability depends on whether the OEM has shipped the new code through carriers to end users

Err .. I have a Nexus - so my updates come direct from Google - and according to the information on the phone, it hasn't been updated since January. What happened to this update in March?

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Asterix rules!

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Asterix v TinTin? No Contest!

.. Asterix knocks him clean out of .. Gaul (with the help of the magic potion, of course)

Don't know how good the English translations are, but even with my very flaky French, the originals are absolutely hilarious. And they haven't dated one iota - I've been a fan since I lived in Bxl (home of TinTin) as a kid. TinTin, on the other hand is so dated it's hard to take sometimes - that sort of casual racism just doesnt' wash these days.

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Insufficient Storage Available - El Reg should investigate!

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Wrong Storage

Sounds like you have plenty of 'storage' (space for photos, mp3s and the like) available but not enough 'memory' (space apps install into).

It is possible to allocate more of your internal storage for apps however you will need to root your device. For more information, check out a forum like http://androidforums.com - they'll have a section for your device with lots of information on rooting and re-allocating space.

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Google battery drain.

SiempreTuna

I guess they fixed this in 4.2.2 as I don't have the issue, however you could try disabling any apps that you don't want running but can't remove (Settings .. Apps)

You might also try other standard battery conservation stuff:

- turning off location services

- turning off sync and any radios you're not using (see Power Widget)

and since this doesn't cover everything:

- turn off / increase times between syncs for things like e-mail, facebook, news and weather widgets etc

- setting screen brightness to auto - or just lowering it

- reduce the screen timeout time

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

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Re: so what?

Quite. Phones have reached the stage PCs did around 10 years ago: they're fast enough for anything a regular user wants with the possible exception of high end gaming.

I have an N4 and the missus has an iP5. I find her screen way too small, she hates Android. Never noticed any difference in speed in every day usage. These numbers are going to change anybody's mind about what to buy as their next phone.

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Samsung hiring students to post negative HTC one comments online?

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Joke

Don't know but it sounds like fun: how do enrol? :D

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Ding! Dong! —the witch is dead!

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Not quite sure I would call destroying the entire industrial base in order to beat the unions 'right' exactly ..

In the 70s we at least had the real economy plus the 'invisible' economy (basically the city gamblers). The Thatcher legacy is that we now have an 'economy' that's equal parts city gamblers and property-related Ponsey scheme.

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Weird interview questions

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At one interview, I was grilled by 10 interviewers each firing really, really tough technical questions at me. I was doing OK-ish, then we got to one that left me totally flumoxed. I said I had no idea and asked what the answer was. They said they didn't know: all the questions were about problems they'd failed to solve. Guess the one that beat me was crucial coz I didn't get the job.

Re a question about my attitude to diversity in an interview for a govt job: I answered with a list of previous girl friends. Got that job.

Heard about the following:

Q: what would you pitch to your previous employer to increase our sales to them by 15%

A: (long meandering reply)

Q: if you were the buyer at your previous employer, would you be convinced by that?

A: No

At least they were honest.

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FAIL - the most incompetent IT pros

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Happy

My favourite: we paid a consultancy a fortune to convert an app that we calculated was saving the company a minimum of £100 million a year (in the 80s when £100 mill was big money).

When we came to test the code, we saw some very strange results. I investigated and found that in the crucial part of the code, a couple of hundred lines of the original had been converted to a single comment that read: "I couldn't understand this so I left it out".

And that part of the conversion had been done by .. the principal consultant.

Another consultant, when asked why his code wasn't commented and looked like he'd had a fit at the keyboard, said in perfect seriousness "It was hard to write, it should be hard to understand".

He might have been the guy who gave an urgent fix I'd written a critical failure (= absolute no go) for .. a typo in a comment.

Another time, at a trading company, an operator chatting to a mate in the server room, leant on the emergency power cut off and killed all the servers in the building. There was a pause of maybe 15 seconds before every phone in IT lit up with irate traders screaming about their screens going blank.

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Who coined the term 'App'?

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I think the question should be "who coined the term application?" because I'm sure whoever they were talking to coined "app" around 30 seconds later.

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Boffins build ant-sized battery, claim it's tough enough to start a car

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FAIL

I've lost count of the number of stories I've read over the years about awesome advances in battery technology that will increase battery capacity two fold, ten fold or in this case so many fold that a battery a few square millimetres in size could start a car.

What I want to know is: what happened to 'em?

Coz they all say they'll be on the market in 5 years, I've been reading about them for 10 years but my phone battery still only lasts a day

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Paying a TV tax makes you happy - BBC

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BBC is a bargain!

The problem is that, outside of the BBC, the TV market is gradually becoming a Sky monopoly. Virgin, TalkTalk and the rest are essentially Sky re-sellers.

Sky currently costs most people around 3 or 4 times what the price of the TV license - for a stream of adverts occasionally interrupted with brief program breaks. If you remove the - very reasonable - license fee, the BBC will go the way of other independent TV stations and Sky will be left with an effective monopoly. How much are they going to charge then?

Sure, Sky has a lot of political support, particularly on the right: they have a bit of a history of influencing politicians .. and not for anyone's good but their own.

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Farewell, Reg: This hack is hanging up her Apple jacket

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Unhappy

Lots of people with stuck keyboards this morning - v strange ..

Good luck at the WSJ - you know all that stuff your Vulture boss called bollix about? You can start believing it all again :)

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