* Posts by S4qFBxkFFg

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Official: EU goes after Google, alleges it uses Android to kill competition

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Re: Alternate operating systems

CyanogenMod != CyanogenOS

I discovered this shortly after buying a Swift, various shenanigans were required to root the thing but CyanogenMod comes pre-rooted.

In the end I just replaced CyanogenOS with CyanogenMod because a rooted CyanogenOS won't accept OTA updates.

Personally, if I was in charge of this stuff for the EU, I'd make the phone retailers sell them with just enough of a bootloader to select and download an OS as part of the setup process.

The following operating systems are available for your device; please select one:

Windows 11.05.253 Mobile (by Microsoft)

Android 7.01.028 (by Google)

Android 7.01.028 (by Amazon)

Android 7.01.028 (by RIM)

Android 7.01.028 (by Naeem's 24 hour Barbershop and Phone/PC repair)

Firefox OS (by Mozilla)

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Who'd be mad enough to start a 'large-scale fire' in a spaceship?

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Re: Why would NASA want to turn a strip into a crisp? (Or into smoke)

"There is also the scenario of an oxygen cylinder leak, and in such an oxygen-enriched atmosphere many materials that we think of as not flammable can catch fire."

Also, there are better (or at least, more interesting - look up ClF3 for example) oxidisers than oxygen - the potential for them to be present in a space vehicle is obvious.

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'Leave' or 'Stay' in the referendum? UK has to implement GDPR either way

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Re: The Tracer Bullet Effect

"When will England get a vote on Scotland and the Barnett Formula ?"

As another commentard implied, you specifically, or the English in general, are perfectly free to make this happen. It works as follows:

1. Identify party with the policy you want (e.g. scrapping Barnett, turning the population of Scotland into Helots, establishing an English parliament (I suggest Birmingham), etc.)

(If this party doesn't exist, then start it - how about the "English National Party"?)

2. Vote for them.

I want Scotland to be independent, so I joined the SNP, donate to them, and vote for them. It's probably more effective than doing what I'm doing right at this moment (typing stuff that only the people who read El Reg, read this article, and click on the comments button, will ever see).

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Re: The Tracer Bullet Effect

To those mentioning the possibility of the Scots/English voting differently on EU membership:

Look at Greenland and the Faroe Islands, (still) part of the Kingdom of Denmark, but unlike the rest of Denmark, not in the EU.

It is therefore theoretically possible (ISTR some EU officials stating this recently) for England and Northern Ireland (for example) to leave the EU, Scotland and Wales (for example) to remain in the EU, while all four parts of the UK remain in the UK.

This may be messy, but would obviously be more respectful of the democratic wishes of the voters in June.

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Shopping for PCs? This is what you'll be offered in 2016

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Re: Grandfather's axe

"Trigger's Broom" is another one.

(Originating from "Only Fools and Horses".)

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Cisco's purple princesses gush workplace joy

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Re: my little girls "Lego Friends" magazine.

"Hopefully when the boys older the Mrs will let me get Mindstorms for him or at least Technic. Or some of that cool Halo stuff."

<bragging>Mine buys Lego for me! (10179 and 10177 so far) </bragging>

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Google to deep six dodgy download buttons

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As an alternative, root the device, and install a whitelisting firewall (e.g. droidwall).

(There are options that don't require root, but I found they used too much battery to be useful.)

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'Powerful blast' at Glasgow City Council data centre prompts IT meltdown

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Re: If the amount of kit in your data centre changes significantly

P.S. The SNP will most likely blame "Westminster" and/or David Cameron. Still, we've got road signs in Gaelic, and that's really important.

No need, Glasgow City Council is Labour run (and has been for years).

Also, the Gaelic tends to only get added when the signs are getting replaced anyway.

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UK.gov finally promises legally binding broadband service obligation – by 2020

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What use is a "right to request"?

...if an ISP or whoever deals with the physical links can just say "no"?

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Tesla X unfolds its Falcon wings, stumbles belatedly into the light

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"similar to the one currently applied to diesel"

I'd love to overhear the conversation where a civil servant tries to explain to a treasury minister why it isn't possible to dye electrons red.

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As we all know, snark always comes before a fall. Mea culpa

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Er...

"For example, there's a famous experiment where people are invited to taste jam in a supermarket. When there's 24 varieties everyone says “Oooh, yes, that's lovely!” but almost none of them buy any. When there's only six, then more people buy one or other of them."

Is this controlled for the fact that someone who's just tried 24 (even if they're using a tiny spoon) samples of jam is probably done with jam for that day?

On a more serious note, when I notice myself trying to eliminate options when making a decision, I'm now going to try and determine if some sort of "switch" happens when I get the options to <=6.

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Galileo, Galileo, Galileo good to go!

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Re: When can we use the system?

Yes - ISTR that the frequencies are close enough that the same chips/antennae can receive navstar/glonass/galileo/beidou signals, so it may just require the software (or firmware?) to be updated.

Certainly, I'd be very surprised if anyone making or selling phones in China hasn't been told to make them beidou compatible. The Russians used legal force to make all smartphones sold there glonass compatible, but in China it probably only requires a quiet word with the factory owners.

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FORKING BitcoinXT: Is it really a coup or just more crypto-FUD?

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Re: What's always puzzled me is, where are the fraudsters?

Given my interest as a connoisseur in financial "schemes" I can think of a couple of ways in which a small team (someone who actually understands the psychology of financial markets and a couple of tech heads) could wander off with a couple of $10s of millions by Christmas.

It would even, probably, be legal. And yet I can't see this being done, or at least we're not hearing about it. And I really cannot work out why.

Well, what are you waiting for?

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D-Wave: 'Whether or not it's quantum, it's faster'

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There's a game based on that very scenario: http://www.emhsoft.com/singularity/

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

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Joke

First they came for Flash, and I said nothing because it's an insecure irritation.

Then they came for Java, and I said nothing because I haven't had any reason to run Java code since writing my uni projects with it.

Then they came for C/C++, and I said nothing because pointer arithmetic is a pain in the brain.

Then they came for assembler, and I said nothing because that's the compiler's job innit?

Then I said nothing because I didn't have a working computer to post my protestations.

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'Unexpected item in baggage area' assigned to rubbish area

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Happy

Re: Fucking self-scan tills!

Sorry - I use the self-scans to get rid of all my 1ps and 2ps. They're a lot more accommodating than vending machines.

What puzzles me is that there's often someone using a change machine a few metres away, for the same purpose, who's happy to pay a percentage for the privilege.

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Botched Google Stagefright fix won't be resolved until September

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Unhappy

Irritatingly, the last nightly for my phone was back in 2013.

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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WTF?

Re: WTF?

Yes - ISTR that the Swedish prosecutors originally concluded he should be free to go, but then changed their minds (specifically, a more junior prosecutor got overruled). Whether this is uncommon enough to be suspicious, I don't know - someone familiar with the prosecution process in Sweden would need to comment here.

Another question of this sort that I'd be interested to hear answered by the hypothetical Swedish commentard, is whether the vigour with which Assange is being pursued is typical of cases where a suspected sexual offender is outside Sweden, and wanted there for questioning/charging. (I remember at least one organisation supporting victims of sexual offences stated that they cynically welcomed the exceptional efforts in this case.)

While knowing the answers to the above doesn't tell us whether or not he actually did it, it would go a long way to figuring out if there are some deeply sketchy reasons for him being pursued.

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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Re: Pop quiz

So, find a trustworthy non-middle-aged bloke who fancies a cross-Europe road trip and pay his fuel.

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OnePlus phone fanbois flock for a shiny phondle

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FAIL

Re: specify parts like on laptops

Yes, called "Ara".

It's certainly not "right now", and disappointingly, "very soon" probably means "Maybe in 2015".

It could finally be the antidote to the manufacturers locking batteries inside the phone, or leaving out SD card slots.

I just wish they'd hurry up, I've got a middle-aged HTC that, because of Ara, I've not replaced yet.

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Don't want pranksters 'bricking' your Android? Just stop using the internet, duh – Google

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FAIL

The day when Android devices get updates direct from Google, whether the retailer objects or not, just got a little closer.

(Although as said, Stagefright is a bigger issue.)

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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I hear the worm cannery is hiring.

Plenty of kids lie about their age to use social media - will it only be people in Twitter's/Facebook's/Whatever's databases who were listed as <18 at the time of the now-regretted career-threatening idiocy who get the big red delete button?

Can I claim to have been <18 even though I put a DOB of 01/01/1900 in their form?

Seriously - make people learn the internet is in pen - either the kids will learn to keep a lid on it, or a dubious internet history will become so common that no-one cares.

<joke>Maybe people could even stand by their past actions and defend them (or admit all and ask for forgiveness).</joke>

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Bitcoin fixes a Greek problem – but not the Greek debt problem

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The Greek government's problem is that it doesn't have enough euros. It also doesn't have the power to simply print more.

It doesn't?

I've seen several claims that Greece (the central bank, as opposed to the government) has a €uro printing press.

Indeed, wikipedia says there's a 'Y' prefix for the banknote serial numbers printed in Greece.

So, what's to stop them just running this press until it melts? Using the local plod/squaddies to commandeer it and whisk it off to a Natanz-style fortress if necessary.

Just for lulz, they could print them with 'X' prefixes instead of 'Y'.

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Adobe: We REALLY are taking Flash security seriously – honest

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Paris Hilton

This may be a silly question - but how does Adobe benefit from the existence of Flash?

It's free to the end-users, but do people creating Flash content pay Adobe for the privilege?

Do Adobe get a cut whenever a server delivers a flash file?

Why do they bother when they could still make cash out of Photoshop and its siblings after killing Flash?

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Shapps launches probe into Wikimedia UK over self-pluggery allegs

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Windows

DoesDid Grant Shapps write for The Register?

Why yes he doesdid!

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/06/tory_tech_savvy/

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Google yanks fake Android battery monitor

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Captain Underpants:

The reason why, is that that allows users to do things like remove ads (which is the main reason I installed a firewall in the first place...).

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German army fights underground Nazi war machine hidden in Kiel pensioner's cellar

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Re: Must have been an interesting sight

The German for "motherfucker", is, in practice "motherfucker".

Something like "mutterficker" would probably be taken in a literal sense as someone who has sex with a mother.

English seems to be the preferred language for obscenity in Germany (and the Netherlands too, apparently).

(I'd like to sit a German down with a copy of the profanisaurus one day, and see how seriously they take it.)

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BBC (sort of) sorry for Grant Shapps Wikipedia smear reportage

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Windows

Obligatory link to the only* article on El Reg written by Mr. Shapps: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/06/tory_tech_savvy/

* allegedly

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Will a data centre be driving your car in 12 years' time?

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Re: All this will require very wide band communication into the car.

"So it will have to be possible to drive the car manually with all the remote stuff switched off. In the case of systems/network failure, as well as when you are in a remote region."

No, I would expect the robot cars will be required to operate autonomously if there's a loss of communications - they just won't be able to co-operate with other vehicles or traffic management systems (which is less of an issue in the areas with poor connectivity).

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Open-source Linux doesn't pay, said no one ever at Red Hat

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Re: Even if it doesn't pay.

Does KDE still have the little yellow turd (I know, I know, but that was the first impression and it stuck) in the upper right corner of the desktop that can't be removed?

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YOU ARE THE DRONE in Amazon's rumoured new parcel delivery plan

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Thumb Up

Re: Insurance

I'd assume Amazon (being careful not to actually say so) is planning on potential drones neglecting to consider that point.

Amazon is happy - delivery gets made for cheap.

Customer is happy - delivery gets made for cheap.

Insurance company is happy - when the drone's car hugs a lamppost, no payout!

Drone is unhappy - no worries, plenty more where that came from.

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LastPass got hacked: Change your master password NOW

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Re: Security limbo

That's a thoroughly depressing thought - would there be any way for Lastpass to prove otherwise?

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Hola! TV geo-block botters open bug bounties

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Remember, we have Hotwheels, the Ever-Based, to thank for this.

So Hola might be getting its act together.

Never did I imagine that the "This man is your friend, he fights for FREEDOM!" pictures of Fredrick "Hotwheels" Brennan (and all the associated exaggerations) would start to become reality.

The internet hero of the moment being a crippled dwarf operating from the Philippines is fitting somehow; Neal Stephenson could be imagined writing something like it.

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NASA picks tools for voyage to possibly LIFE-SUPPORTING moon Europa

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"would the lower gravity and negligible atmosphere cause the water underneath to sublime and blast the drilling probe into space?"

Probably not. The hole would have to be several km deep, and there would be an unfeasibly long piece of drilling equipment in the way.

Don't drill the ice, melt it. Google "melt probe".

"what would happen if it was struck by a large asteroid and the ice shell melted/was destroyed over a large area"

"would you end up with a floating ball of water (like the earth)?"

Yes, if the impact was severe enough.

"would it just freeze again immediately?"

No.

"would it go shooting off into space like a deflating balloon resulting in an ice shell with a bit of rock rattling around inside?"

No.

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NEVER MIND the B*LLOCKS Osbo peddles, deficits don't really matter

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Trollface

Super!

"At which point it matters whether you're borrowing in your own currency (whether from foreigners or not) or borrowing in another currency. Because if it's your own you can just print more. If someone else owns the printing press you can't."

Given that North Korea may be doing exactly that ("super"dollars), what's to stop Greece printing "supereuros"?

If they didn't get too crazy with it, would we even find out?

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Re: Down the pub

"You could always upgrade to Mr Bean type locks."

Not really, the Bean car security system requires another action to work as designed, and steering wheels are too heavy these days to carry around with you.

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So why the hell do we bail banks out?

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@Tim

As an alternative to bail-outs, how about making it illegal for a limited liability company to hold a banking licence?

It would certainly increase the scrutiny of management by shareholders, although I'd consider the main benefit to be the comedy value of bank share prices occasionally going negative. (Are the exchanges even set up to do that?)

edit:

Also, "ATM machines". Don't do that.

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Swedish Supreme Court keeps AssangeTM in Little Ecuador

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Police presence at the embassy, their salaries, overtime, NI, other employment costs.

Yes, they'd get paid anyway, but the assumption is that other police would be needed to do what the new embassy guards were doing before.

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Boeing 787 software bug can shut down planes' generators IN FLIGHT

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Re: RAT trap

I'd assume the designers thought of that - either the clearance is enough that it won't, or it should detach in a non-dangerous (but probably expensive) manner.

edit: just had a look at some photos - it seems to be located in the middle of the fuselage (on the bottom) and doesn't appear to be longer than the main gear.

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Is Grant Shapps being naughty on Wikipedia – or did a Lib Dem stitch him up?

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WTF?

For those who need a laugh.

New readers may not be aware, but Mr. Shapps once decided to try his hand at writing for El Reg:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/04/06/tory_tech_savvy/

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UK's annual PCB waste = 81 HMS Belfasts, says National Physical Lab

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Re: Reminds me of the classic

Equivalents from catering, when the new kitchen porter gets sent to the supplier for:

1lb bell-end cheddar

20 salmon legs

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Mt Gox LEAKED Bitcoin for years before heist, says WizSec

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Any predictions about the Next Big Thing associated with bitcoin?

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Swedish prosecutors finally agree to London interview for Assange™

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Re: Good for him… maybe?

It does sound very much like Sweden is preparing the ground for a "hey guys - not our problem any more" statement. It would be extremely easy to revert to the original decision of the other prosecutor.

What this would mean for the extradition is unclear though - if the reason for the extradition is retrospectively done away with, is the extradition itself is no longer valid (or considered never valid)?

Probably not, but it could easily be enough for the (future Labour?) government to justify washing their hands of it all and telling him to bugger off to Ecuador.

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Crap employers banned from enforcing backdoor crim records checks

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Re: And what about?

Probably not. If the applicant simply refuses to supply the information, they won't get the job offer and there's nothing for them to reject.

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BBC: SOD the scientific consensus! Look OUT! MEGA TSUNAMI is coming

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"If you watch live TV over iplayer or on a website, you still need a license though. I'd imagine if you have a TV with a tuner in it capable of picking up telly signals the effort in convincing the TV licensing bods you don't watch any live TV is probably more effort than the £145 saving. Pointing out you don't watch live telly to the bailiffs or the chaps in the court when the summons arrives is probably a lot of aggro too?"

Thing is, I don't actually bother convincing them of anything; thanks to the presumption of innocence, it's THEIR job to prove their case through some sort of judicial process, not mine. I probably could make their lives easier by being a bit more open, but I like the idea of wasting the time of an organisation of which I disapprove.

I don't have a TV (not really relevant anyway), but they don't know that. I've had them come to the door, and the response is "No thank you, I don't need one.", before turning off the intercom, which takes seconds. Hardly worthy of the term "effort".

The threatening letters (full of "could"s, "may"s, "up to"s, etc., nothing formal like a court summons) get filed in the recycling. They can't be bothered taking anything further when there are easy victims who actually invite the inspectors in, or answer their questions.

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Stop

Coming up on 5 years without a TV licence here, and I certainly don't regret it.

If this type of thing bothers you, take some time to figure out whether you need a licence. It's only required if you watch or record TV transmissions as they are being broadcast.

Merely owning a TV or recording device doesn't require a licence.

Watching catch-up services (e.g. iplayer) doesn't require a licence.

You do not have to let TV licence inspectors into your home, or even answer their questions (they need to get the police for that - and rarely bother).

Isn't there something on which you'd rather spend the £145.50?

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SCREW YOU, BRITS: We're going through with UK independence ANYWAY – Scotland

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(disclosure: card-carrying member of the SNP writing here)

As opposed to doing what?

Expecting the SNP, in particular, to renounce its core policy / wither up and die would be laughable.

The main reasons it's doing well, therefore "carrying on as if they won"? Pick any of the following:

45% loses a referendum, but in almost anything other than a pure two-party system, it landslides a first-past-the-post election - like the rest of the UK, the big thing in politics at the moment is the May general election which looks to be shaping up very well indeed for the SNP - some of the wilder polls predict a constituency map looking like Bart Simpson with a couple of plooks (spots, for the English-speakers) - i.e. most of Scotland going SNP (yellow) with two (red) bits holding out for Labour.

Speaking of Labour, its support appears to have withered spectacularly. Some of this is probably due to the referendum - Labour and the Tories shared a platform, and it should not be underestimated how much some voters in Scotland still hate the Tories. Considering it was the Labour areas that, on the whole, voted "Yes", it's not difficult to see how this political realignment happened. The Lib-Dems are still suffering from being in coalition with the Tories who will be lucky to keep their one Scottish seat.

However, the most sensible reason is probably that a large enough percentage of voters see Lib/Lab/Con as predominantly English parties, focussed (understandably, considering England's far greater population, number of seats, etc.) on delivering what English voters want with little regard for Scotland. The SNP can make a good case for being the only party that will try to get the best deal for Scotland in Westminster, especially if they become the third largest party and either Labour or the Conservatives are unable to govern alone or with the other parties. Lots of Scots find the idea of Ed or Dave being impotent unless conforming to Scottish interests extremely appealing. (Having said that, there is the nightmare option of a Labour/Conservative coalition...)

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Win! The Ultimate Cash 'n' Carrion Survival Kit

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Unhappy

Re: A knife?

Superfluity, we're all on them already because the knowledge that David Cameron and his accomplices are deeply and blithely IT-illiterate is considered sufficiently dangerous.

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Assange's cop chaperones have cost £10 MEEELLION to date

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Re: i cant beleive

'cos then anyone with an inconvenient person in a British embassy on their territory would have justification (in their opinion) to do the same.

Screwing around with other countries' embassies sets a dangerous precedent, if they don't force entry when the occupants start taking pot shots at police officers (see Yvonne Fletcher), they're not going to do it to put a stop to Assange's couch surfing.

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Re: Why does it cost so much per day

Can't be bothered doing the sums, but as well as wages, there's going to be NI, presumably someone in charge back at the station, they've probably got a van parked nearby which is practically useless for anything else now.

Still seems high though.

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