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Trick-cyclists defend Facebook emoto-furtling experiment

wobbly1
Windows

Re: Misinformation from an uniformed individual

If this was the first ethically questionable piece of psychological or psychiatric research, you might have point AC. But it's not , research standards and ethics are not just there to protect the individual but to attempt to give some credibility to the research. In psychiatry and psychology this credibility is often spurious as research is not an open question (what's good for depression) but a closed one (does our new wonder drug cause problems). results even with standards and ethics committees are manipulated until a small statistical anomaly becomes a therapeutic advantage. the research is hard to reproduce with patented proprietary chemicals because of the financial implications . This partly because research is carried out for or on behalf of public companies , the shareholder needs must also play a part in the skewing of results. for an interesting historic perspective on fraud in research and some really gross examples for psychology and psychiatry see Betrayers of the Truth Wade Nicholas (Author), Broad William J. (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0671447694

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EE unleashes birds of prey onto unsuspecting customers

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Windows

Birds of a feather

No, the buzzards that fly over Chiddingly in East Sussex, have same coloured heads as their body plumage. from memory, vultures are carrion birds of Africa and Asia and condor is a large raptor of South America.

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Facebook switches itself off and on again after GLOBAL meltdown

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Sneer away oh superior beings.

If Facebook isn't important for you ,fine you clearly have too much time on your hands, if you need to let everyone know that.. But some of us rely on facebook. My care is managed via facebook Personal messaging. It means my principal carer can be contacted by meor about me more easily than most other methods. I don't use voice comms. for reasons of disability. When "menwantingsexwithhamsters.com" is down, don't worry , I won't sneer in return.

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Dragons' Den badboy's biz Expansys is soaked in red

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their security colander means i get knob pill spam to the unique address i gave them. Notified them twice , no response , black listed them for mails and purchases. prices were not that good and support problematic.

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Facebook adding new privacy control tools for your 'stuff'

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FAIL

voting system was borked

tried to vote , voting system wouldn't allow my "retain current t and c's" vote , no reply from reporting non functioning voting page.... NBC news described it as an end to facebook's fling with democracy, more like one night stand with the elections for Muammar Gaddafi...

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Microsoft aims Windows Embedded 8 at $1.4 trillion market

wobbly1
Windows

for the internet of things , it doesn't matter what OS the device runs, as long as it uses standard communication protocols. Why waste storage on my Arduino with windows libraries I am unlikely to use? if it doesn't include the standard windows libraries , what advantage does it offer me? At the moment all my tools for embedded controllers are Open Source. Why would I pay a tithe to Microsoft?

Microsoft 's failure to recognise the the coming importance of the internet. led to the lash-up that was internet connection in windows for workgroups 3.11 and Windows 95. Microsoft recovered from that, partly because it was almost unopposed in desktop OS, and partly because they managed to improve the network interface in windows 98 to the point of usability. I don't think the embedded market is going to offer a similar route to relevance.

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Microsoft offers cut-price Win 8 PCs and fondletops to UK schools

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this worked in the past because...

Microsoft were first to market , I can imagine children getting hacked off, because the use android or apples ios at home. It will only work if the decision makers in academia don't understand the market... Oh f*ck, As you where.

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Psst: Heard the one about the National Pupil Database? Thought not

wobbly1

Re: In my experience...

The problem is once the data is out of your control , it's protection is as good as the weakest or most corrupt link.

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wobbly1
Big Brother

OK but can we have a trial first using data about MPs to make sure the security is robust?

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review

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Re: unsatisfying review :(

Top of page 3 "How does it work as a phone? Superbly, thanks to a size that puts speaker and microphone closer to ear and mouth than smaller devices can manage and very good active noise cancellation".

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Tim Cook: 'So sorry for Apple's crap maps app - try Bing or Nokia'

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It's like Microsoft, post Gates

It happened to Armstorng-Vicars too. Once the charismatic founder is no longer in sole charge and the committees take over.

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Democratic congresswomen 'less feminine in appearance' than Republicans

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Holmes

Psychologists present a subjective assessment as objective fact.

further undermines their tenuous claim to scientific credibilty. A friend routinely refers to psychologists as psychiatry's hand-maidens.

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UK kids' charity lobbies hard for 'opt-in' web smut access

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Re: It's called "pr0n"

"the local church representative told us in no uncertain terms what's what." ..and in some cases showed us what was what and where it went even if you didn't want them to. Subsequently many church representatives needed the help of the bishop to avoid prosecution for their unwarranted demonstration. The church should hold it's tongue on the morality of porn and children, if it doesn't want accusations hypocrisy.

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Disney sitcom says open source is insecure

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Childcatcher

Re: Payback?

" the target audience of this show aren't exactly those people making enterprise software purchasing decisions"

So Disney should have put it in their hit show "Pete's Purchasing Posers" targeted at chief technology officers? ;) FUD should be ubiquitous and pervasive. Exposure of the the embryonic CTOs in their formative years to this message is to the good and a triumph of long term investment of short termism.

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Apple patents shopping lists

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Milk, Bread, Catfood... Ok, Apple now sue me.

Even with the bells and whistles of barcode scanning, this should NOT be patentable.

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Virgin Media's 'bye-bye to buffering' beardy Bolt boast BANNED

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FAIL

Fascinating that BT made the complaint , their latest advert suggests that 10 or more people can be connected to their WiFi router simultaneously, and stream video. I count 9-11 Spanish bints entering the flat . The implication being the WiF router could get around the limitations of WiFi bandwidth... a similar claim to VM's claim to ending buffering by use of their service. Might the ASA (Absolutely Supine Authority) employ some pointy heads to review ISP adverts?

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Windows 8: We kick the tyres on Redmond's new tablet wheels

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Re: flash baked in? so adverts unavoidable?

... until Microsoft do the deal with the ad networks and adds them to the "allowed" list in an "update". Reminiscent of the deal they did with Big media rights owners...

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Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

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windows 8 doesn't figure

in my future plans. It's not the insults from Balmer for resisting Vista. It's not the Microsoft seeing Big Media as their customer whilst asking consumers to pay for their products. It's the nature of my computing has evolved away from their behemoth system view. I administer a small network. I encourage users to access services through a browser . The Synology NASs that hold the data run linux, but the user don't know or frankly care . the data is visible from anything running a browser. so they use a single access method from laptop to tablet to phone. The laptops run XP or ubuntu. . The op sys merely acts as a host for the browser. the visual effects of windows 8 will only be visible while Chrome fires up. Then there is the problem of windows 8 for ARM based tablets , no 3rd party browser. To have Windows 8 tablets on the network would mean changing system polices and standards. good luck with your retirement Mr. Balmer, you make a bull look like a good customer for a china shop.

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BT outage kills phone lines in Eastbourne and Brighton

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WTF?

Strange , its not all lines in eastbourne

My talk talk unbundled bb and land line is still fine. the f*ck up may be restricted to BT customers of the exchange.

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LinkedIn offers MORE SECURE hobnobbing option

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Flame

SSL or not the buggers stull send me invites...

After pointing out that there was no "don't send me invites" on the Spam.. err "invites" they send to every one in the mug's.... er professional's address box they agreed to stop mailing ,me , a week ago 2 more punters with my address in their books signed up and again they send their UCE. Why would anyone want to use a service that spectacularly fails to maintain its data? Linkedin : says more about you that an a loosely shaken hand ever can. Wuckin' Fankers...

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Australia should head-hunt Michael Gove

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R Pi is a "me too" product

Arduino is established and cheap. it has plenty of support materials for learning , many many affordable add ons and an eco system of inventive users. it helps in the understanding of coding AND hardware. Oh and has the advantage of being open source.

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Kindle Fire: An open letter to Jeff Bezos

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repeatingyour earlier assertion...

...does not increase it's voracity.

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Saddam 'double' kidnapped by smut flick gang

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Coat

with that mustache

Would he also be required to wear a leather cap and backless chaps?? Coat is already on and heading to the door....

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Jobs: 'I'll spend my dying breath destroying Android'

wobbly1
Unhappy

sad.

What a shame he died with such a stiflingly negative wish. I wonder what the floppy haired idealist young Jobs would make of the embittered older man? Suing as often as innovating, working hand in hand with big media, producing fashion and fad instead of revolution.

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Ballmer disses Android as cheap and complex

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the distance between ....

"Steveworld" and the rest of us seems to increase.... Whilst in the past Microsoft has conquered larger deficits in market share, they had a technologist at the the helm. The late Archeo-engineer, Fred Dibnah, noted that the Victorian equivalents of Microsoft (Armstrong's for one) lost their pre-eminence when the charismatic founder left the company and as corporatism took over form individual leadership, corporatism slowly strangled the organisations. Perhaps the best option for Microsoft would be the the mode lIBM sued when faced with similar levels of corporate torpor. and hive off as separate entities the individual divisions (IBM's printer division lives on as Lexmark and the consumer computing as Lenovo)

Its better to do a few things REALLY well then be in every market as an also-ran.

The option to buy the opposition inst available this time around and i bet he price ticket on Android , even if it was for sale , is not even in the same galaxy as Qdos.

Personally i prefered the pre DOS Microsoft products to the post, I struggled at school with programming , Microsoft basic for the Commodore Pet soon had me flying and then programming in assembler.

I'll get me Gannnex coat....

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CERN's boson hunters tackle big data bug infestation

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Was...

...The same software framework used for the neutrino experiment that seems to show the speed of light is not an absolute?

When they have finished using scarce resources to look at esoteric particles, can we use the CERN for f1 racing?

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Google does a mean spring clean

wobbly1
Facepalm

Sadly discontinued Aplication Inventor development in house

Some of the services that duplicate or impinge on their other products i can understand. Ai for android did not. It is(was) shaping up to be a decent way for unskilled and semi-skilled programmers to produce usable code. I hope it survives the transition OT Open Source. I think that move is going to skew its development towards education though :(

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Coder Android love (nearly) matches iPhone lust

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"keep banging the rocks together , guys" ( D. Addams)

No need to feel sorry for me , by that logic we should be building difference engines before attempting anything more contemporary ;)

Keep taking the courses!

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wobbly1

Blazing Blaise

I remain unconvinced about pascal, but app inventor is used in the place of the dreadful logo and turtle combo for much younger children than those formally studying CS. My experience of CS is that the academic course material approval cycle is often longer than the period of relevance of the subject being studied. (particularly in a fast evolving area).

there is a saying that a weekend of messing around with perl does more for your job prospects than 2 months of CS study

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Paris Hilton

It's not just professional developers, Have a look at at google app inventor.

Based on an MIT system, an earlier incarnation was on a mid -90's programmable Lego device . Except this time it works. You can develop for an emulator or a phone . It uses a jigsaw like metaphor so parts only link where they are logically applicable in the code structure. it supports sensors on the phone , it's able to mail , text and use the voice phone . It produces easily understandable code. the GUI designer is easy to use and separates the code from the GUI by having separate development environments. it can start and receive data from other applications running on the phone via intents.

It has a relevance in drawing in previous non-coders to programming. Despite multiple cognitive disabilities, i have been coding since the early '70's.. this has been the easiest system to produce code that lacked the input errors inherent in most ide's. logical and structural errors remain , but debugging is fast.

In Google's usual way, its a beta with regular updates. it has some spongy areas; the current IDE has some way to go in terms of display of the code, larger than phone format support is partial, accessing web based resources is a bit of a hack.

the leap from this to using eclipse to write Java is still a brown trouser event, but as a launch pad it is likely to get more people to try.

If The UK education system can wean itself off the Microsoft teat, I'd urge schools to deploy this widely, It supports the absorbing the fundamentals with little of the brain numbingly boring theory lessons.

We will need to produce coders for economic survival.

Paris? Because even her dog could use this.

PS can we have a male equiv. for the Paris picture? Probably the outraged Neanderthal from Kiss who believes the internet to be designed with sole intent of depriving him of his music royalties.

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Microsoft 'sorry' as Hotmail bug hits 17,000

wobbly1

Less adept users or flakier technology?

i give everyone a unique e-mail address to reply to. The over whelming quantity of the spam i receive use "To" address given solely to Hotmail users. Both Hotmail users who's unique "To" address comprise the largest proportion of the spam are sufficiently technical to operate an email account but not to understand it. It may be that the users of Hotmail remaining may be less aware of the problems at Hotmail and therefore more likely to have an unrecognised breached account.

On the other hand I retain a hotmail account for historic reasons the quantity of spam to that account has dropped over the last year.( almost certainly most random spamming eg Sending spam to "a random word @hotmail.com")

It's not clear from my tiny sample if hotmail is easier to breach or has a higher level of less adept users.

do other spam tracking readers have similar experiences?

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UK.gov ignores 'net neutrality' campaigners

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here on the south coast...

We are unable to receive the digital BBC stations we contribute to ,other than via iplayer, without paying a further tithe to Rupert Murdoch. We aren't scheduled to get terrestrial digital coverage until the year after next. There is no cable/fibre option either, the market forces didn't force the cables or fibres down here. Allowing market forces to decide priorities in traffic or infrastructure will lead only to enrichment of the shareholders , not meeting public need. The laws for commerce in this country make the shareholders interest paramount. What happened to the idea of caching Iplayer files or other heavily used files at the ISP? If Sourceforge can manage localised caching...

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Police-baiting website Fitwatch returns

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Fahrenheit 451... or what is the flashpoint for HTML??

The first Phase of Thatcherism was to get the forces of repression and control on side, with wage hikes for the judiciary, to ensure minimal interference , the top brass of the police , to ensure they would lead on overtime and then some "Maggie's boot boys", and if they failed, a wage hike to the upper echelons of the military as a back stop. THEN the assault on the lower classes began.

the first months of the Thatcher regime may not be analogous with the un-mandated current Junta This government failed by not getting the police on side. Rumours continue to circulate to the effect that when the Security workers in Millbank rang the plods for help in the face of the stoodents understandable anger, they where told because of manpower cuts , there may be some delay in turning up.

Frankly putting such websites off line is more like book-burning than policing by consent , that is supposed to be the hallmark of our democracy, (Demos was in fact a slave state.)

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Scareware cold-callers target 1 in 4

wobbly1

The benefit of TPA...

... Is that you KNOW that any commercial call is a scam.

I therefore unload all my pent up anger and bile on anyone calling me. My ISP/telco took 4 requests (each responded to with a request to give them 28 days grace to cease) and finally a threat top refer to the ICO for ignoring a "do not call" stipulation. The last call from them claimed to be the "accounts" office, (but was from their Sales number), that my contract had finished and i needed to renew it. I pointed out that my contract was open ended and that this seemed like a scam not worthy of a company licensed as a telco Increasingly bolshie A*hole at far end became quite abusive at this point and as i replaced my receiver said that my line would be cut off. 4 months later the line is still functioning.

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US forces drop dead drug-poison killer mice from helicopters

wobbly1
Coat

they couldn't lace the mice with aspirin

...because the parrots eat them all.

coat already got and i'm on the way out of the door

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.NET for Android prepares to get probed

wobbly1

that just shows their long history of p*ssing off developers.

Agreed it was merely the most egregious example, we switched away entirely from Microsoft's later visual studio when it became clear that we would have to junk our entire code base after some tinkering to the .net code base by Microsoft. that's within the last 7 years. many other examples available stretching back to 1979

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FAIL

Paid for and emulating a closed system versus...

...(beer)Free and open source? let me think for a nano-second ... sorry just got distracted again by Google app inventor for android... cost £0 learning curve so shallow it appears parallel to the bottom.

I'm shuddring at the memory of the programmers development kit for Microsoft mouse C 1990. that took two programmers 1 night and 1 medium bag of weed to get a bamboo stick mouse pointer...

nah, not again

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Telco sets honey pot for nuisance marketers

wobbly1

a modest proposal...

"...Telephone Preference Service, so any unsolicited marketing calls they get are likely to be the result of illegal use of autodialler software."

Oh were that true. I find phones tricky and painful to use for a variety of reasons. Consequently my number has been registered with the TPS for the thick end of 6 years, there has never been a time when my current number has not been registered .

I get 3-4 calls a week, admittedly most auto diallers, but large UK based companies ( I mean you, Brutish Teleprong) too, take the voluntary status of the marketing code and ignore it when financially advantageous . I interrupted one Australian twanged sales drone to explain that he had called a TPS registered number and to ask where they had obtained it? he lied that registration lapses after a year and what was my problem with his call. Expletives issued forth at this end and i terminated the call.

Most "advisory codes " in UK society (especially those that value the consumer over vested interests) are used as "best practice" , but if a penny could be earned or saved by flouting them they go out the window.

Make the code statutory with real teeth. Then that least those traceable companies could have their financial nadgers slammed in the door for it .

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Regular domains beat smut sites at hosting malware

wobbly1
Jobs Horns

Proportion of the web that is big and bouncy?

@ Sam Liddicott and @Ken Hagan

3rd June 2010 El Reg Reported research showing a smut quotient of12% for the net. So not less than 1%. If it were , the smut industry would not be the driving force for net standards ( they are more likely to decide the fate of the <video> tag for html 5 than Steve Jobbies).

Like it or not, smut is part of human intercourse ( fnarr fnarr), the net reflects global society including it's dangly bits.

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Skype boosts results for exclusive operators

wobbly1
Flame

I'm on the churn

I bought a Skype phone from 3 because i use Skype instant messaging extensively. .. Or at least I would on the mobile, if the Skype system worked on the phone. latency of up to 24 hours for phones in the same room ditto form a pc to a phone, now on my 3rd phone and the second the credit has gone, I'm offski. 3 may commission adverts of their operatives putting up masts for better reception in wild and wooly places , but they cant get a chuffing signal to my gaff in Eastbourne...

Perhaps the low churn is due to people trying to use Skype to cancel their contracts.

Skyped? Scalped!!

a not happy bunny

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Salacious smut soaks 12% of web

wobbly1
Paris Hilton

may I toss this in the pot...

What percentage of cave paintings or the writings on the walls of Roman towns are salacious depictions of sex... might I guess 12%? in which case we have reached porn homoeostasis on the net.

Paris for her upstanding (so I'm led to believe) contribution to this global achievement.

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Time to kill the zombie health records

wobbly1
Unhappy

opting out is facebook-like

I live with iatrogenic health problems , and such wish to have very little to do with the healthcare system. The letter from GP arrived some moths ago, informing me they intended to upload the records from our local surgery. My P.A. read the letter through to me. In order to opt out we had to go to the website of the NHS download a pdf , print it , fill it in and post it to the surgery. A system designed to either fail or hack off the individual so they give up.

As with all data , it has a value, it will make research very much easier for health department researchers and drug companies. ..but also if breached Insurance companies and sellers of snake oil, potions and stair lifts. The value to the individual is presented as any doctor can have access to your records and thus your treatment can be fast and without delays from locating your records.

The PNC criminal data base has been breached for profit , it is fair to assume this one will be too. The borderline for a data breach against you medical records is no longer the network at your gp surgery but the most compromised terminal in the NHS system.

I think the mindset is to collect the data what ever happens. The fast-flux transfer between political and civil service sides of the Dept. of Health and the serving Industry means the boundary between the needs of the indigenous UK pharmaceutical industry and the greater good of the individual user of NHS services has become blurred in the eyes of those over seeing this project.

Not only should this monumental data colander be abandoned , but A 5 year moratorium on any one with decision making powers involved in a ministry or department and them transferring to a provider industry. If civil servants and minsters want to strut about talking about their "services to the public" and wearing pretty little bows and "good boy" stars from Queen Betty then this is the price they should pay.

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BT could face criminal case over Phorm trials

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..and following that

...Can the CPS examine the relationship between the BBC and Sage analyst? I mailed The BBC when noscript picked it up about 18 months ago and asked if they could explain why data was being sent to the states.. Clearly too busy looking up their own fundaments , they didn't feel compelled to provide an answer. Why would a non-profit making body be off-shoring the data of it's visitors ?

And why do quasi-governmental and ex government controlled organisations like BT and the BBC believe it is permissable for them to act like an covert arm of the state?

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Man loses fight against firm that suffered data breach

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fine in a singular loss...

However , 3 organisations tell me that they have suffered data security breaches. If I subsequently have my identity stolen and suffer actual loss, Would I then have to prove which company loss provided the data was used to steal my identity?

The structure of the laws governing corporate culpability are built with lobbyist induced loopholes. Really creaming any company that loses data is the only option. Companies can take out insurance against losses In the same way they carry public liability insurance. The treating of personal loss should not be any different because it involves data.

The Individual HAS suffered a loss and injury (the time taken to change any user controlled temporal data (e.g. passwords) . And the time taken to clarify what has been stolen and how it was protected by encryption ; one government agency gave bland assurances that bore no scrutiny ("they would need an identical network set up to extract the data"). and of course the attendant anxiety.

Corporate law allow a water muddling disconnect , that usually protect s the individual who's (in) actions allow the breach and the chain of command above them. The "I was only following orders" and " I can't be held responsible for the actions of everyone under my direction" bifurcation.

Perhaps ensuring that liability stretches all the way to the board room or minister's office is enshrined in the corporate liability laws might make companies take the protection of other people's valuable data more seriously.

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YouTube to broadcast Channel 4 shows

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Pint

Volte face?

or just farce. The CEO of C4 lectured us all on the parasitic relationship that the Internet has to the Broadcast media this summer from his vantage point on the moral hight ground. from wich he slipped on his arse and in to the quagmire with his channel for the the second week filling a prime time C4 Friday night slot with culled viral videos from the net. I'd love to hear him square the circle of using the parasite to get his goodies to the masses. If he had brains rather than bonuses, he might realise that this sort of symbiotic relationship will help slow the death that is increasing obsolescence for a few months more. TV is just a delivery system for content, a bloody bad one. The means of dissemination have passed form their hands of the media moguls, they just haven't realised it yet.

the death throes of one-way-media (TV,Cinema, CD, Print-media) , is as revolutionary as the passing of the horse powered transport system or steam engines. It just lacks their poignancy. The vested interests that try to hold the convenient cheaper more reliable alternatives where as desperate and amusing in their legal machinations as the TV guys and Murdoch. RIP now how to re-institute peer to peer to by pass the ISP parasite... oh FIDO where are you when we need you ;)

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Wolfram Alpha API lands with price tag attached

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Paris Hilton

Whilst the service was free it was overpriced

I tried wolfram alpha when first launched I used every variation of the search string for "average age of onset of schizophrenia", every order, every permutation. I had read the reviews and was sure this was the sort of question the system is designed to answer, after all it was a maths heavy question that should be possible to deduce form published on-line papers... sadly not wolfram alpha would dump me at the sparse root of health. I sent a mail to the appropriate address... still waiting for them to get back to me. Needless to say , shan't be paying anything for an APIi can get my arse or Paris Hilton to replicate.... wind and not much else.

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Database containing 1.8m UK postcode locations leaks online

wobbly1

sorry to piss on your chips

database is not complete , just checked; my own post code not there , my partners, not there, my dealer, not there.

so no home, leg-over, or drugs...

Perhaps it has been edited by the Calvinists?

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Firefox users flip out over sneak MS add-on

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Paris Hilton

Dear Auntie Reg...

Dear Auntie Reg, I have fallen for the old "security update" scam. I run some schill ware for the major copyright holders, I downloaded a "security update" this included a program that significantly altered the function of a third party application without permission or notification. I am told i need to use Reg edit to remove it. Might you send him round ASAP? In the past the worst the schillware did was to change file associations to their app from 3rd party apps and DRMing some mp3 files that where legitimately not DRM'ed.

so my question.. Should i contact PC plod to report that Microsfot buisness network, purveyor of poor quality security colanders to the masses (formerly controlled by the mysterious multi billionaire Byll Gits ( for defamation avoidance , i think that's how you spell it). has hacked and circumvented my careful security measures?

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