* Posts by Graham Marsden

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Global DNS power grab: US senators want a word with ICANN next week

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"we have to protect that internet from evil dictators and authoritarian governments"

I'm sorry, I think another Irony Detector has just melted down...

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

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

"Surely all MPs represent the area which voted for them"

That's a good one! Tell us another...

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A cookie with a 7,984-year lifespan. Blimey, Roy Batty only got 4!

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"it is difficult to justify an expiry date in the year 9,999...

"...for even the most innocent of purposes..."

But it's dead easy if you're a lazy programmer!

(Many years ago a girlfriend worked for a company where people had developed the habit of putting 9999 as the expiry date for a document. As the calendar ticked towards September 1999 there was a massive rush to check whether anything important was going to get automatically wiped!)

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So use something like CS Lite which allows you to permit cookies to exist only for the duration of the session and cleans them afterwards.

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BLOOD STAR of the NEANDERTHALS passed close to our Sun

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WTF?

Re: Flares would have to be HUGE to be visualle impressive for Neanderthals

Apparently flares are coming back into fashion...!

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What the...

... smeg?!

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

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Mega Tsunami?

Or a storm in a teacup?

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First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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@Tom Wood - Re: "while no one would go to prison for false VAT claims"

And that makes it ok???

The point is that there's a fundamental attitude which seems to be that it's ok for them to do this and get away with it, whilst we would end up in court and possibly prison (or, at least, face huge fines) for doing something like this.

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"while no one would go to prison for false VAT claims"

See icon for details.

One rule for them...

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Fight back against illegal GCHQ spying with PAPERWORK!

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Re: Yawn

And so AC sleep-walks into a total surveillance state...

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DARPA's 'Cortical Modem' will plug straight into your BRAIN

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Re: How bad will the HC be on that?

It should be ready for you to jack in by 2.0.2.0

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Speak your brains on surveillance, despots. No we don't mean Five Eyes

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Re: But I assume it DOES include

But the USA are on *our* side!

(Of course whethet they think that we are on theirs...)

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Chinese food safety officials drank so much during working lunch that one of them DIED

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"the tradition of mixing booze and business"

Is it Beer o'Clock in China yet?

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Apple LIGHTSABERS to feature in The Force Awakens

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@Vladimir Plouzhnikov - Re: Retrogression of the "Force".

The quote was in Splinter of the Mind's Eye by Alan Dean Foster: "Leaning back, he regarded the mist silently as his father's ancient weapon sucked power"

Of course Splinter... is an Expanded Universe story and they're not necessarily considered to be part of the Canon...

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Gamers reach for BFG after Nvidia turns back the overclock

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WTF?

"a user risks serious damage to the system"

Erm, excuse me, but isn't that THE USER'S CHOICE?!

Tell them that it's dangerous to over-clock it and, if they do, it voids their warranty, but don't be so bloody arrogant as to say "we're going to stop you from doing this because it's bad for your computer"!

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Amazon's delivery drones SHOT DOWN by new FAA rules

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So...

... how are we going to get the remotely piloted helicopters that Arnie flew in The 6th Day?

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Want to find LOVE online? Make sure your name is high up in the alphabet

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@Stef 4 - Re: Judge Caligula

Unfortunately Mr Aardvark was the first one chucked into the execution chamber by the Kleggs.

Now if he'd kept his name as Eric Plunkett he'd have survived a bit longer...

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It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: What is a market anyway?

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Money isn't everything, despite what TW seems to want to think.

Looking at things from a blinkered Smithian point of view might make you conclude that people doing things for themselves are"poorer" thereby, but him using this as an excuse to jump on his hobby horse and ride it around trumpetting the virtues of the Free Market whilst sneering at Greens with petty and childish comments about knitting yoghurt and organic lentils just doesn't wash.

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Accused Goldman Sachs code pilferer sues FBI for 'wrongful arrest'

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Re: The US - a corrupt police state

Au contraire, you get the Justice you can afford...

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I'm sorry, I'll read that again...

"A former programmer for banking firm Goldman Sachs who has been accused of stealing company secrets has filed suit against the FBI agents who arrested him for allegedly violating his constitutional rights."

He was arrested because he violated his own constitutional rights...?

Punctuation, the difference between "Helping your uncle, Jack, off a horse" and Helping your uncle Jack off a horse"!

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Wink if you want to see more of me, say Swiss boffins

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A contact lens...

... which requires you to wear glasses?

So why not just put the eyelid tracking etc in the glasses in the first place?

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Cricket's nervous nineties are a THING, say econo-boffins

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See icon for details...

When Commentators et al keep trotting out figures about the number of Centuries someone has made or perfect games pitched or birdies made or whateve other such figures are relevant in a sport, is it any wonder that sportsmen and women start keying in on this and tailoring their play towards it?

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Update - Boffins: COMETS are like FRIED ICE CREAM. Mmm

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But...

... what flavour?

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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How did I know...

... before I even got down below the massive image that pushes everything else "below the fold" that the byline would say "Lewis Page"...?

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Just wait...

... I can forsee a time in the not too distant future where programme makers include greenscreen hoardings in the background of their productions which can then be used to send tailored, targetted adverts directly to you!

You might see it and get an advert for Product A whilst your neighbour gets an ad for Product B...

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CAR? Check. DRIVER? Nope. OK, let's go, says British govt

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@Chewi - Re: Bristol? Try taking them to Clifton...

Unless and until *all* cars are either driverless or have such communication systems, it's not going to deal with the sort of situation I described.

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Bristol? Try taking them to Clifton...

... especially Clifton Village where you have narrow streets with cars parked both sides, where you can be faced with a stopped delivery lorry ahead of you and then someone else driving up behind you, *then* someone coming the other way in front of the delivery lorry.

Driverless cars can, I'm sure, deal with everyday situations, but how is your software going to cope with that scenario?

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HISTORIC HOVER-ROCKET takeoff held up by 'SLEDGEHAMMER' winds

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Just Read The Instructions

I hope it doesn't have a Screw Loose

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Worried you got PINK EYE when you shook hands? Doctor Google will see you now

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"Doctor Parkinson declared 'I'm not surprised to see you here...

"...You've got smokers cough from smoking, brewer's droop from drinking beer

'I don't know how you came to get the Betty Davis knees

'But worst of all young man you've got Industrial Disease'"

- Industrial Disease - Dire Straits

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REVEALED: TEN MEEELLION pinched passwords and usernames

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"ambiguous Computer Fraud and Abuse Act"

Many a true word spoken by accident...!

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Blighty quietly signs deal to read giant EU border control database

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"terrorists, murderers and paedophiles"

... Oh my!

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BEHOLD the magnificent lunar backside in our MOON VIDEO

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Re: Obviously...

... and the World War II Bomber

Oh, no, hang on, that disappeared again, didn't it?

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Obama's budget packs HUGE tax breaks for poor widdle tech giants

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Re: @codejunky @ Preston Munchensonton - "The argument will be that...

> The 'trash the business owner' approach is an argument to reduce the people employed. Not a good idea.

Balderdash. How many million pounds of bonuses does the owner need? How about they give some of that money back to the little people who are actually doing the work instead of just paying them thte minimum required by law? Who knows, that may even help improve staff morale and reduce turnover! (But, hell, there's enough unemployed people out there that if someone quits, there are plenty more desperate for a job...)

> I know a number of these people who found work too hard so quit then came boasting how easy they had it. I do hope that option has been removed.

Oh gods, someone else who has swallowed the "Scrounger Narrative" hook, line and sinker. Try looking up how much money is lost through that, then how much is lost through big corporations dodging tax. Again, take the log out of your eye first.

> Also self employed is not a swear word. Just so you know.

I know, given I started my own business on a self-employed basis over 20 years ago, however there is a difference between that and people who have been forced to sign contracts where they "work" for businesses on a self-employed basis, meaning that they can be sacked without notice, don't get sick pay or paid holidays or any of those other tedious and expensive annoyances...

> When you take something from someone without permission is it stealing or confiscating?

And I bet you believe Copyright Violation is theft too.

> there are people who would prefer to have a job/income than no jobs.

Great, but how about we actually pay people a *living wage* insted of a pittance? Or is that too left-wing for you?

> Your argument seems to be "how can I make more money without having to work for it"

Erm, excuse me? Isn't that what you're saying that the business owners should be able to do? Because that's sure as hell what they're doing! The little people do the work, the owners trouser the profits...!

> Look at what the financial markets do with the money.

I have, they run it around in a massive hamster wheel that generates lots of money for them, but precious little of it (if any) gets back to the people at the bottom of the pile.

> the simple problem of borrowing so much more is due to the clusterf**k left by the last lot.

Are you naiive or just ignorant? Yes, Labour made a mess, but Osborne has made the problem worse and dumped the costs on us, the tax payers, not on the banks and businesses who caused the issue!

Anyway, as fascinating as this is, I see little point in continuing this discussion because it's clear that your ideology is blinding you to what is *really* happening out there. Money is going *up* the tree, it is *NOT* coming back down. The rich are gettting richer, the poor are getting poorer and until *that* reality slaps you and them in the face and the government keeps colluding with them to maintain the status quo, it will only get worse.

Feel free to have the last word, I have a business to run selling sensibly priced products instead of trying to gouge every last penny of profit because I can see the flaw in that model even if you can't.

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Re: @codejunky @ Preston Munchensonton - "The argument will be that...

> If they had the job and earned the money the cost of the item would be greatly more expensive and they would be poorer.

"Greatly more expensive"? Or just that the businesses profit margins would be smaller? Oh, but of course, the aim for the business owner is simply to get as much money as possible for the least possible expense and they don't care who gets screwed thereby. (Business owners are not allowed to have a consciene, are they?)

> The assumption that they would then be non-workers assumes the gov have screwed up the country so bad that no other job exists but low skilled sweatshops. How many successful countries are in that position?

Hmm: Number of workers on minimum wage has DOUBLED to 1 in 20 and that doesn't include all those on benefits, nor all those who are self-employed who are on low incomes, but aren't included in these figures.

> By not having the earned money confiscated they can afford more workers and more R&D which employs more people who then have more money to spend

"Confiscated"? Oh dear! Yes, they can afford more workers but they will probably only be paid the minimum wage. And what's the betting the R&D will be devoted to "how can I make more money with fewer people and less expenditure so I can make more profit".

> the lawyers and accountants are also consumers who spend and so cause other people in the wider economy to be employed

But there's a *limit* to the amount that people will spend as I've already pointed out, so more of that money will not be passing into general circulation, but squirreled away into investments which will then be used by banks and other institutions to make *themselves* more money in the financial markets...

> If the gov is so easily swayed to spend your money in such bad ways then it surely makes more sense not to suggest they take more.

Oh ye gods, codejunky, you don't get it do you? The argument is for a more *compentent* government, not one with idiots like Osborne at the helm who has borrowed *more* money than anyone else before and *still* failed to clear the deficit *despite* taking lots of money off the little people who can least afford to lose it!

> To try and frame us as uncaring is amusing but if you think about it frames you as the uncaring one

Oh I've thought about it and I've looked at history and I remember the words of George Satayana: "Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it", yet that's exactly what is happening now and what you seem happy to continue.

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@codejunky @ Preston Munchensonton - "The argument will be that...

> low income workers are benefited far more by the low cost of goods produced by emerging markets than by higher cost goods produced locally. Is it really that hard to admit that capitalism benefits everyone involved?

You rather miss the point that the local low-income workers are probably now local non-workers because the money that they would have earned from the jobs they've lost is now going to other countries and to those with a lower cost of living, because capital is really only interested in ROI and doesn't give a damn about those who get screwed in the process.

So those local workers can buy cheap stuff made by others, but they're going to find it harder to earn more to be able to afford anything better. Is it that hard to understand this? "Geez"

> Marginal Propensity to Consume isn't really a concern when we're talking about an investor receiving dividends.

Yes it is, when we're talking about the benefits of labour not going to the workers who would actually *spend* the money!

> You obviously aren't a dummy, so why do you allow your ideology to cloud what is otherwise a very, very simply picture?

Because the picture is bigger than the one that you want to look at. Take off your ideological blinkers.

> Amazon and google pay what they must in tax.

Lol! The rich can afford to pay expensive lawyers and accountants to help them dodge paying tax. Do their workers benefit from this? Do they hell.

> The capitalists who took the risk and so should be allowed to fail were rewarded when things collapsed. It was the gov that did that

(Facepalm) And *WHO* do you think persuaded the governments to do that??? Us? Or their rich mates?

> Again, I think the sentiment is admirable, but making one group poorer doesn't make another group richer.

Riiiight... That's why Carnegie and Rockefeller and JP Morgan and so on were sooooo poor...

Never mind, you go on enjoying your Right Wing ideology, I'm sure you're alright and that's all that matters, isn't it?

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@ Preston Munchensonton - Re: "The argument will be that...

> You really don't understand capitalism at all, do you?

On the contrary, I understand it all too well and I can also understand the flaws in your proposed outcomes:

1) Investments are not just national, but international, especially on the scale we're talking about. What benefit will someone on a low income in the West get if the money us used for currency speculation in the Far East? Or investment in Emerging Markets?

2) You don't seem to be familiar with Marginal Propensity to Consume. If someone on minimum wage gets an extra £100, they'll probably spend most of it. If someone at the top of the corporate ladder gets an extra £100 (or more) they're unlikely to spend it or, if they do, they will most likely spend it on goods that won't benefit those at the bottom of the ladder. And even if they did, how many flat screen TVs or Rolexes or Luxury cars do they need to buy?

3) See point 1)

4) Right, just like Amazon and Google and all the others are paying *sooo* much in taxes right now...

The fact is that the current system is more "trickle up" than "trickle down" and will stay that way until the big employers start paying their workers sufficient money that said workers can start spreading the money around at their level instead of it all going to boost Directors bonuses and shareholder dividends.

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"The argument will be that...

"...returning this money to shareholders will stimulate investment and thus benefit us all"

Oh, sure, because the Trickle Down principle worked so well in the past.

After all, the rich shareholders will go out and spend more money, won't they? It's not as if they'll just find other ways to invest it and benefit themselves whilst the minimum wagers get screwed again...

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Dissidents and dealers rejoice! Droid app hides your stash in plain sight

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@Cliff - Re: No matter how many laws they make

> Encryption isn't illegal

Not yet...

But that won't stop idiotic and ignorant politicians trying to "do something" about it to protect us from paedos and terrorists and drug dealers...

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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It sounds like...

... you're having a wank in front of the television. Would you like to access the porn channels?

PS Remind me to change the combination on my luggage...

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Robot vacuum cleaner EATS WOMAN

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It makes a change...

... from those guys who turn up at A&E having "accidentally fallen over whilst vacuuming in the nude"...

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

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@AC - Re: Completely irrelevant Friday physics fact

ITYM "Amazing physics fact: If you could accelerate continuously at 1g, it would only take you a year to get to light speed".

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NSA raided hackers' troves of stolen data: report

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@Robert Helpmann?? - Re: Avast!

> Unauthorized copying is not theft!

Not when The State is doing it...

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Forget robo-butlers – ROBO-MAIDS! New hotel staffed by slave-droids

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Re: Consistency

Nothing can go wrong... go wrong... go wrong...

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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This celebrity went to vote...

... you'll be amazed at what happened next...

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'Revenge porn' law to arrive in spring – MoJ

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Re: reasonable person?

The problem with the "reasonable person" test is that those who are passing these laws very likely consider themselves to be the archetypal Reasonable Person, therefore it's obvious what is and isn't criminalised according to their law.

Unfortunately they don't seem to realise that not everyone else thinks exactly the same way as them, so many of us are left worrying that we're not "reasonable" according to their lights and thus are forced to self-censor just in case we might fall foul of another ill-defined and poorly thought out law.

Of course keeping the people scared and confused tends to benefit those in power...

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Breaking news: BBC FINALLY spots millions of mugshots on cop database

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@smudge - Re: What purpose?

> One of the requirements of the Data Protection Act is that personal data is used only for the purpose for which it was collected.

Yeah, but there's a lovely weaselly cop-out clause that adds an exception for "the prevention, detection or investigation of a crime".

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Abuse of health data deserves JAIL, thunders ethics body

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Good to see...

... at least *someone* gets the point that it's not simply about how you can monetise our health information, but how and who should be allowed (or, more importantly, denied) access to the data!

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National Lottery sleeps through Sunday

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@AC - Re: "Punters are grumpy about the outage because...

Shows how long it is since I realised it was a con...

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"Punters are grumpy about the outage because...

"... it means they can't check to find out that they've most likely not won a prize or, if they do, they win £10 on a bet that should pay off at 57:1"

FTFY!

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Google Now now SLURPS data from third party apps so YOU don't have to

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@Larry F53 - Re: Sigh!

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