* Posts by graeme leggett

2016 posts • joined 6 Oct 2007

The lady (or man) vanishes: The thorny issue of GDPR coding

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Re: How many decades ?

ICO say

"When can I refuse to comply with a request for erasure?

You can refuse to comply with a request for erasure where the personal data is processed for the following reasons:

•to exercise the right of freedom of expression and information;

•to comply with a legal obligation or for the performance of a public interest task or exercise of official authority;

•for public health purposes in the public interest;

•archiving purposes in the public interest, scientific research historical research or statistical purposes; or

•the exercise or defence of legal claims."

Accounts records being legal requirement comes under 2? So looks like you'd need system to hold requests until the right period had expired.

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HMS Frigatey Mcfrigateface given her official name

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Re: Battle of the Falklands is not that little known

Fisher had only been back in the job for less than a week. I should think the newspaper coverage meant he had little option but to send something - and they were theoretically the fastest. It also gave him an opportunity to get Sturdee out of his way by giving him the command.

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Re: Towns again....

HMS Invincible was hit, blew up, and sank at Jutland. Six of the thousand plus crew onboard survived.

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SQL Server 2017's first rc lands and – yes! – it runs on Linux

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Re: Drawbridge?

If Microsoft are lowering the drawbridge is it to let Linux in, or for defenders to sally out?

Obviously nothing as dramatic as Charlton Heston, El Cid style (and isn't it a lot of film to sit through to get to that part)

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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Design cues

Strikes me as 1 part the Guard robots in Portal and 1 part the Federation Security robot in Blakes 7 "Seek locate Destroy"

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Two comments

Though the numbers can be made to tell a different story.

Hartnell season 1 - 42 episodes, 2 -39 episodes, 3 - 45 episodes. Plus 8 from Season 4. Total 94 episodes

Colin Baker - Season 22 - 24 episodes (counting 45min as 2 x old length), Season 23 - 14 episodes. Total about 1/3 of Hartnell rather than at first glance 2/3rds

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Let us not forget Chibnall's episode for Torchwood was Cyberwoman.

Reviews and opinions of it are ....mixed.

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Re: The good old days

If the BBC hadn't announced it, then Fleet street would have enventually found out and they'd have done it as a scoop. This way Beeb makes it about the programme and DM/The Sun etc doing their "New Doctor Who actor gets clothes off" headlines are following not leading

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Overstated importance of fans

The die hard fans represent a relatively small component of the viewership, the majority of the viewers will only be concerned with if the stories are entertaining.

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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Re: "its who runs out of ammo last that matters."

Battle of Britain hung (partly or wholly) on who would run out of pilots or planes first.

And in that context the battlefield location was important. Every British (Polish Czech etc) pilot who baked out or came down over UK, or picked out of Channel by rescue launches (see clasic Airfix box lid) coil be back into action within days (depending on injuries of course) . Every German aircrew that came down on UK even if unharmed was out of the war for good.

Other factors included Germans operating at limit of range. British dispersal of aircraft building and training out of reach of German bombers.

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Re: Sea Gripen

No Rolls Royce parts in the Gripen programme.

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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dichotomy and delay

Brexit - all about increasing trade with restof the world and making it easier to do business.

Any rational organization would have thought "Is there anything we really need to have in place before the two year cutoff for negotiations when it could go a bit WTO?"

But like Euratom debacle it seems to be full speed ahead and damn the torpedoes (and enemy air cover, shore guns, etc etc)

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Hackers able to turbo-charge DJI drones way beyond what's legal

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unfortunately unsurprising

In the same way that teens in 1980s fitted non-standard (usually illegally loud as well) exhausts to their restricted 50cc Fizzie mopeds to give more speed, it's all about personal achievement and damn the safety implications for anybody else.

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Bonkers call to boycott Raspberry Pi Foundation over 'gay agenda'

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"nuns with rulers"

- worst auto spellcheck correction of 'nunerals' yet

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Google DeepMind trial failed to comply with data protection – ICO

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Re: we need a new icon

Or a Claude Rains/Captain Louis Renault icon

" I am shocked- shocked- to find that [bleeding obvious] is going on in here"

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Ubuntu 'weaponised' to cure NHS of its addiction to Microsoft Windows

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Re: Pipe Dream

"Secondly, the NHS is a big customer"

The (English) NHS is a lot of large customers (hospital trusts), and a really big number of medium size customers (GPs etc).

And then there's Scottish and Welsh NHSs which are two more sets of customers, and the NI Health and Social Care which is yet another set of customers.

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Search results suddenly missing from Google? Well, BLAME CANADA!

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Re: Shootout at the OK court

There's the WIPO for making international registrations. Simplifies applications for trademark protection in 114 countries under the "Madrid System"

China is a member, so is North Korea

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Re: Everything should be on nix

"it's not beyond the realms of possibility for the government to do it in 5yrs"

Best one yet. Look how long it took to get started on building the carrier.

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Google hit with record antitrust fine of €2.4bn by Europe

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Re: Next up -Microsoft...

It's not different but it is Whataboutism.

see also https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/tu-quoque

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Blighty's first aircraft carrier in six years is set to take to the seas

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Re: Bit stunned to find it's not nuclear

"Nuclear would've meant never refuel for 20 years or so"

And then phenomenol costs to refuel, replace, or dispose of ?

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South China Sea...traditionally not a place that Britain pays much attention to

Maybe not recently, but traditionally an area of interest for Britain East of Suez.

Malaya, Singapore, Straits of Malacca, Hong Kong, Borneo, Brunei....

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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Paltrow and Goop - a mine of woo

Enough to keep Dr Jennifer Gunter occupied

https://drjengunter.wordpress.com/category/bad-goop-advice/

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'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers

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It'll be fine once Humbrol get new stock in.

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The Type 45 has problems with the intercooler (an American part) which has proved not to be up to requirements when operating in the Med (or presumably other warm waters).

The power setup of the 45 being gas turbine -> generator -> induction motors for screws + rest of the kit.

As the intercooler isn't up to snuff, in warm water they can't produce enough power to run everything and the lights go off.

The solution being to cut a hole in the hull to put in (more) diesel generators.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Re: How would Storm know?

" Not to mention the ***ers outside the station asking for my name - I've been impolite to them in the past"

Those will either be political party volunteers asking on your way in who are trying to find out if those directly canvassed have turned up to vote yet. Or, if on way out, carrying out an exit poll so the majority of us can go to bed with a fair idea of how the election turned out.

Either way, no need to be a ****er to them.

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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

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Hanlon's razor

"Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity politicans"

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Hotheaded Brussels civil servants issued with cool warning: Leak

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Original memo and Politico's article both have “You are advised not to drink alcohol”.

Must be hot in El Reg office, sweaty fingers skating over the keyboard. Guess it proves they didn''t cut n paste.

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Labour says it will vote against DUP's proposed TV Licence reforms

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Re: I Think We Need The BBC

Student flat - could be joint tenancy so only needs the one licence.

Buckingham Palace - HM QEII, as an employer, should get a Company Group licence and cover Windsor and Balmoral as well

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

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Re: Not just commercial forensic labs...

Specifically from EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005

"5.8.1 The laboratory shall have procedures for the transportation, receipt, handling, protection, storage, retention and/or disposal of test and/or calibration items, including all provisions necessary to protect the integrity of the test or calibration item, and to protect the interests of the laboratory and customer."

I'll paraphrase the remaining three paragraphs in the section on looking after samples.

5.8.2 says lab needs a identification system for samples

5.8.3 is about recording if the sample is not in an expected state when received

5.8.4 says that handling procedures need to be in place to avoid sample deterioration, and that eg if fridges are needed temperatures etc need to be monitored. That the sample should be kept secure if necessary.

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Cabinet Office minister Gummer loses seat as Tory gamble backfires

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Re: Well look on the bright side

DUP do not want a hard border with Ireland.

From the Metro:

"She has said that no-one wants to see a hard Brexit, and ‘what we want to see is a workable plan to leave the European Union’.

Her stance is that it needs to be done in ‘a way that respects the specific circumstances of Northern Ireland and our shared history and geography with the Republic of Ireland’ "

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Microsoft founder Paul Allen reveals world's biggest-ever plane

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Re: Not Maetric not interested

Pound may be consistent weight in UK and USA. But even for that population element of the UK that is not comfortable with kg and tonne, any large number of lbs is expressed in stones, hundredweight and (long) tons. (so 8lb of potatoes, 6-stone woman, 1/2 ton of gravel* )

*though actually bought by the cubic yard as I remember from when I was younger.

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I like to imagine

That somewhere in the UK, a boffin has looked up from their calculations to watch on a tv in the corner of their office news coverage of this plane.

After a moment's consideration they grunt, shift the (unlit) pipe to the other side of their mouth and go back to their work.

[camera pulls back to show wall covered by enormous blueprint outline of Skylon spaceplane]

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EU axes geo-blocking: Upsets studios, delights consumers

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It's between VAT registered businesses rather than consumer and businesses.

this might help explain. http://www.vatlive.com/eu-vat-rules/eu-vat-returns/reverse-charge-on-eu-vat/

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single market benefit?

What a time to taking back control.

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Scientists are counting atoms to figure out when Mars last had volcanoes

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Re: Soon now...

Cue Deep Purple.

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Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

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Re: "as well as knuckleballs and sliders"

Perhaps Game of Thrones metaphors.

Jupiter throws out not only a 'Red Wedding' but a 'The Winds of Winter' as well....

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Re: "as well as knuckleballs and sliders"

"I'll assume you're not trolling... Both are terms in American baseball for two distinct types of pitches"

NASA uses a phrase incomprehensible to much of the remaining English-speaking world. So much for science communication.

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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

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The licence fee paid for it to be made and broadcast that time but not necessarily for it to be shown again.

A lot of old material was made with the expectation it would be shown once, and that was it. And the scriptwriters, producers, actors, etc were paid on that basis. With the introduction of VCR, DVD, and streaming the contracts have moved to reflect the new distribution and repeat showings but the old contracts are not necessarily retroactively changed.

See also

https://www.directors.uk.com/distribution/bbc-residuals

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You pay for distribution costs plus residual rights.*

*agreeing rights is the reason why some tv may never see the light again (in our lifetimes). On the plus side, it's the same reason Dimensions in Time is restricted to poor quality on youtube.

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Availability of material on other services

While much of the popular older material may be available on Netflix (Top Gear, post 2005 Doctor Who, Red Dwarf, Yes Minister) the BBC Store did offer some old but less popular and less available material - eg Goodies, and Play for Today type material.

It seems while the BBC has been encouraged to make its archives available, there isn't enough interest in them as a whole to make it feasible in online format.

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Britain's on the brink of a small-scale nuclear reactor revolution

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Re: £875 per household per year!

"I thought the North Pole was supposed to be ice-free in 2015? What happened?"

Go listen to the most recent More or Less broadcast on the BBC. Tim Harford will explain to you 1) what "ice free" actually means 2) how that claim for 2015 came to be reported 3) why it's all more complicated than that and 4) the effect of removing ice layer from the seas

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Re: Renewables are not as green as its promotors claim

And those socks need washing machines- Hans Rosling explains how they break (absolute) poverty in a TED talk

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UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

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Hardware

Is the digital charter going to specify a strong and stable platform?

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Backup crack-up: Fasthosts locks people out of data storage for days amid WCry panic

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Re: to be fair to Farthosts

were these 2003 systems that customers had specified when first putting their websites on Fasthosts but not updated? In which case the outage ought to be considered partly of the customers own making.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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Re: My old teacher...

I'd like to be able to spend more than £5 on headphones/earphones - not for the sound quality but so they don't fall apart on me - but everything seems to be Chinese (other low cost economies are available) thin plastic and thinner cable and plugs which must have been fitted with blutack instead of solder.

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PC repair chap lets tech support scammer log on to his PC. His Linux PC

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Re: For the phone scammers ...

I do try the "are your parents proud of what you do?" angle

But I have such a strong fight-or-flight response* to these scam artists, that I can seldom enjoy trying to get one over on them.

*I guess it's because if I was in same room I would try and plant my fist in their face- for what little good that would do...

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Dyson celebrates 'shock' EU Court win over flawed energy tests

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Re: Petty?

A hoover that used less power when it had less work to do is good idea.

Fits in with 'smart' dishwashers, washing machines etc.

Doesn't make it a defeat device as such.

Issue more that whereas vehicle testing has three or more cycles under test, this hoover test had only one - gentle drive round the block.

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Suitable tests

That there are not suitable equitable tests seems unlikely

BSI catalogue lists a few, you'd have thought one or more would be appropriate or adaptable to the job

http://shop.bsigroup.com/SearchResults?q=vacuum&id=161026&filter=cleaner~

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SpaceX settles $3.9m shift pattern class action lawsuit

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Re: Meh...

An earlier report suggested the lawyers would get a third of the $4 million.

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Re: Remind me again what the ex-labour cabinet are doing now?

Perhaps that's why the Spartans had two kings...

....plus a massive subservient helot class

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