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@jake - Re: Can anybody point me at ANYTHING that is not GMO?
Gene splicing from unrelated species != Cross breeding different varieties of the same species.
Re: Southsea Arcade
Damn, you and I must have been wasting (erm, spending) money on the game around the same time because I was one of those people standing around in Clarence Pier waiting for my turn!
I was never as good, though, as my friend Raf (tall, dark curly hair) who would casually sit there, can of Quattro in one hand, joystick in the other, blasting his way through the entire game :-/
"It’s hard to comprehend...
"...why so much love is still felt for this half-baked (by today’s standards) shooter."
Because it was *FUN*!!!
A game that ran at an almost insane speed, which required lots of concentration, a chair you sat in that *moved*, great (for their time) graphics, what is there not to love?!
“Welcome to the Fantasy Zone, get ready!”
... is this going to stop people picking their house as their "special location" which is going to be as secure as using their birthday?
... my data!
All that is needed is for it to be able to say "here I am" to any other such equipped cars in the vicitinity. Anything else is going beyond its remit into the realms of monitoring and spying on me and where I go, just as the last Labour government wanted to put ANPR cameras at every major junction.
It doesn't matter whether you're the government or the motor manufacturer, you do *NOT* have the right to demand that information from me.
Re: @M Gale - Unfair Tax?
@M Gale - You can call it whatever you like, it's still not "a tax that pays for the roads", but you can keep (and will) wriggling as much as you like too as the rest of your post demonstrates.
Re: @Graham Dawson - Leave it out
"Avoidance is not paying taxes that you aren't required to pay. What's unethical or immoral about that?"
Ask Vodaphone or Amazon or Google or Starbucks.
Blatantly manipulating the system may be legal and profitable, but it hardly qualifies as ethical.
@Neil Barnes - Re: TV a necessity?
People went to the music hall and then the movies and watched News Reels.
Re: @M Gale - Unfair Tax?
M Gale - *NOBODY* pays "Road Tax" and haven't done since just after WWII, you are taxed on your ownership of a motor vehicle but you don't get a discount because "I don't use that sort of road, therefore I won't pay for it."
I'll spell out what this has to with the Goggle box: It's just like someone saying "I don't watch the BBC therefore I shouldn't have to pay for it." Is that clear now?
(Oh and BTW, if you ride a motorbike, which does not contribute to congestion and causes less damage to a road than a small car, you *still* have to pay VED, even though its capacity is less than those cars which are exempted from VED.)
@M Gale - Re: Unfair Tax?
> Oh lovely. I don't want the BBC. Can I watch Channel 4? ITV? Sky? Anything?
> Guess not, then.
Right, so if I only ride a bicycle, can I withold the part of my taxes which go to pay for motorways because I don't use them?
And who would produce...
... documentaries like Michael Moseley comes up with? Pain, Pus and Poison? Eww! Nobody wants to watch that!
Or what about Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades? A bunch of people sat around a table nattering about music? Too boring (the fact that the guy has forgotten more about music than most people know seems to be irrelevant).
And The Sky at Night would get the axe because it has no mass-market appeal.
I'll leave the last word(s) to Mitch Benn... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3q2iZuU5WM
Re: fund it from general taxation
Great, and leave it it *WIDE OPEN* to government meddling and BS austerity because it's not "paying its way" and "we're all in this together"...
@Graham Dawson - Re: Leave it out
"avoidance (entirely legal)"
But not necessarily entirely ethical...
... sorry, wrong punchline.
Re: The other shoe drops...
As I said in the last El Reg article on this: The system is fine as long as *we*, the public have control over the "brick code" and decide when it's used.
If the State gets their hands on it, however...
Pots and kettles...
... come to mind, bitch!
Re: @Fibbles - WTF is "tiles"?
"this means that some of my most visited sites are buried 3 levels deep in the bookmarks menu"
Erm, are you aware that the Firefox Bookmarks tab has a "Most Visited" section...?
@Fibbles - Re: WTF is "tiles"?
Perhaps you should re-organise your bookmarks a bit more coherently, then?
Re: WTF is "tiles"?
They're what disappear if you open a new tab and click on the faint grey 3 x 3 block in the top right hand corner so you never see them again...
@Smarty Pants - Re: Not received the leaflet
I suggest you read the link I posted above: This data is *NOT ANONYMISED*!
The first I knew about it...
... was when I read this document that I got this document forwarded to me:
I thought I'd done enough by opting out of the Summary Care Record and similar nonsense, but this is something completely different and I'd urge everyone to opt out ASAP because this data doesn't even make an attempt at the fig leaf of being "anonymised" and you'll be giving your information to Cameron's Cronies in perpetuity for them to use in any commercial way they want!
... you Europeans!
(Copyright Benny Hill ;-) )
"this truly unique moon"
As opposed to what? An only slightly unique moon...?
... does he have an assistant called Cyclone Boy?
@skelband - Do the guidelines mention how to protect yourself from the NSA?
Yes, but they were written by the NSA...
@Rule of Thumb - Re: Sounds a bit desperate?
"I'll bet their money would be better spent exchanging laser pointers for $10 McDonald's coupons."
Great, so they'll buy a cheap laser pointer for a buck or two and swap it for a coupon that's worth five times the value and then buy another pointer...
... a few drones, a Hellfire missile or two with "home on laser" capability...
And of course...
... in the case of all those '"tons" of fraudulent transactions', the card issuer immediately snatched the money back from the retailers and gave it back to him before actually *checking* with the retailer to see if they were fraudulent in the first place...
... Oh, no, hang on, that's what PayPal does, isn't it?
"Flappy Bird scammers pounce on unsuspecting users
"Scam artists seeking to capitalise on the demise of popular mobile game Flappy Bird have released harmful clones.
"Apps that appeared to be identical to the original have been designed to trick users into sending premium rate text messages."
@Sir Runcible Spoon - Re: Coming soon, privacy masks
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
60AA Powers to require removal of disguises
(a)an authorisation under section 60 is for the time being in force in relation to any locality for any period, or
(b)an authorisation under subsection (3) that the powers conferred by subsection (2) shall be exercisable at any place in a locality is in force for any period,
those powers shall be exercisable at any place in that locality at any time in that period.
(2)This subsection confers power on any constable in uniform—
(a)to require any person to remove any item which the constable reasonably believes that person is wearing wholly or mainly for the purpose of concealing his identity;
(b)to seize any item which the constable reasonably believes any person intends to wear wholly or mainly for that purpose.
Re: Coming soon, privacy masks
Coming soon: Laws to prohibit you from disguising or concealing your face...
... oh, hang on, they're already here...
"Mozilla's browser moves closer to offering...
"...what Google has delivered with Chrome for years."
What, offering all your data to them so they can target adverts at you...?
What a great idea...
... nothing can go wrong... go wrong... go wrong...
But who has control...?
This is a great idea *in principle*, but it also has the potential to be abused as a tool of repression.
Already we've seen totalitarian regimes shutting down phone service in areas where people are protesting (or even sending messages saying "you're in a protest, we know who you are!") so now imagine that they can remotely brick any phones they want.
The only safe (for us) way for this to work is that the "brick" code is owned and stored by the customer, not by the phone company so I can call them and say "My phone has been stolen, the brick code is 'Correct Horse Battery Staple', please shut it down."
Re: look what happened when they got smartphones
The "Downing Street police porn arrests" story mentions the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (sec 63-67) which is the "Extreme Pornography" section.
It will be interesting to see what (if anything!) is done if they are shown to have possessed extreme porn...
@Sandtitz - Re: Can I get a refund...
I find it ironic that you claim I am using a Straw Man argument by using a Straw Man argument!
(Hint - You don't need a driving licence to buy a car...)
Can I get a refund...
... for all these vinyl albums and cassette tapes I have here and which I can't play any more?
(Ok, yes, I can get technology to digitise them but why should I have to pay for that to be able to use them in a different format when I've already paid for them once?)
"report has cast doubt on the ability...
"...of many of the US's largest government agencies to properly secure and maintain their systems"
*cough* Gary McKinnon *cough*
"When calling tech support they do not acknowledge an issue...
"... usually claiming the fault is with [the] customer-owned router."
This seems to be Virgin "Support's" default position and they'll try to get you to book a technician to come round in a couple of days and tell you that, no, it's a fault with their BB Network...
"why politicians often appear to think we're stupid"
No, it's because they *know* that the majority of people are either too lazy to actually *do* something about the crap that our lords and masters come up with or are so cynical about the whole political process that they realise that it really doesn't matter what we try and do, the politicians are going to do it anyway in their usual "completely divorced from the real world" manner.
@Mike Green - Re: Security? How about letting US have a choice...
"One of the more useful applications of QR codes is the ability to store contact info."
Ok, fair enough, that was an application I'd not considered.
But why can't (or isn't) such a thing be done on a case-by-case basis: "This application needs your permission to write to your Contacts - Allow/ Disallow/ Allow Permanently"?
I'd be happier with a system like that rather than one that demands over-arching permissions as a condition for installation.
Security? How about letting US have a choice...
I just tried to download a QR reader for my Moto-G. For some reason it said it needed access to my Contacts list!
Until *WE* get the choice of what data and personal information gets passed to Apps and the ability to say "You can have X and Y, but not Z" then there is *NO* real security.
"The competition is limited to students in the US"
Meanwhile that prize could create a whole bloody *school* in some parts of the world...
To the pedantic hair-splitters:
"In the UK a firm is said to have monopoly power if it has more than 25% of the market share. For example, Tesco @30% market share or Google 90% of search engine traffic."
... there was some sort of resource where they could look up this sort of information...
"Annoyance or distress at having failed or been humiliated."
Why were the customers annoyed or distressed? It wasn't them who had failed or been humiliated.
"Most of what gets spat out of office printers is...
"...glanced at once (if at all) at the start of a boring meeting and then ignored until it's consigned to the recycling."
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