Re: Re : The Register will be reporting the case as it progresses.
It is very refreshing to see journalists actually reporting court proceedings. It seems to be a lost art. Well done, El Reg!
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@Jim Birch: interesting point (I didn't down vote you), but there is a difference between visible evil and what is being talked about here. Visible evil can be fought against *because* it is visible. Manipulation is difficult to fight against, even if you recognise it. Education helps, but it is easy to manipulate people - as a species, we are both skilled and vulnerable to it.
I'm not convinced that regulation will make any difference - the manipulation being claimed here is only a small change from what newspapers and pamphleteers have been doing for centuries. Unfortunately, short of proper education (and, as I said above, it is not a panacea), I don't have a better solution.
@AC - I share your frustration. It is almost as if the majority of people in the UK don't want to understand. In general, they seriously believe that the British system is the only way to do it, and they are not remotely concerned about the lack of accountability of the government here.
If as much effort had been put into creating an actually democratic system in the UK (starting with a proper Constitution), as has been put into getting out of the EU, we would be very much better off.
I hadn't heard of camelcamelcamel before, and just went to look via your link. They are having some problems with their servers at the moment, but the information given about it is exemplary! Even though I have done nothing but get a 502 error, I like them so much I'll definitely use them when they are back up and running!
@muddysteve - nope, not the only one. Maybe we are a minority, though. I used to like trying to get the strip of gunk off rollers in one piece. Unlike others, I was quite happy to clean any mose I could. Then again, I like removing big blackheads from people's skin, so I probably am weird!
I'm from Yorkshire originally, with one parent from North-East Derbyshire. There isn't much overt enthusiasm in most responses in my family as a result. Many years ago, there used to be an advert for something (probably tea) with the catch-line "If a Yorkshireman says 'It'll do', you know there's nowt better" - members of my regarded this as wrong, because no one would ever be so effusive!
Many years later, I still have trouble being as enthusiastic as others think I should be. My wife regularly grumpily says " 'It's alright' is exactly what I was aiming for", when she has produced something wonderful from the kitchen*...
*She enjoys cooking, I don't, hence why she is the kitchen expert - no sexism involved.
Which definition would that be? There is nothing inherent in the concept of government that makes one group of people habe priority ovet another . History is full of governments that ignored entire sections of the populace, even (or especially) if they were native.
I'll leave the bollocks about citizens only being those people born within an arbitrary line fo someone else to pick up on.
I have probably told both of these stories before, but it's Christmas... :
My dad was a pipe-smoker and in the fire service. He tended to put his pipe in his pocket when he'd finished with it (thinking about it now, he must have had filthy pockets...). Usually, that was no major problem, but there were the times he answered a shout but forgot to knock the pipe out - cue smouldering trousers in the fire appliance...
My first career was as a psychiatric nurse. There were few (if any) patients (or staff) on longer-stay wards that didn't smoke (I didn't, but still went through two packs a week - giving them to patients). There were very few bin fires - cigarettes were hoarded, and tab-ends recycled until nothing was left (cigarette papers were also de rigeur kit in my pocket!) I reckon I saved the NHS a fortune in major tranquillisers and overtime by diverting potentially violent incidents with a well-timed offer of a cigarette (and tea - never forget tea!)
When my parents used to buy the stuff, I referred to it as the "Golden Bazooka" (PIAT = Projector, Infantry, Anti-Tank* - https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/PIAT)**, mainly because of its effect on my mum.
*I read "Battle" comic every week, and used to be very knowledgeable about arcane bits of killing machinery.
** Yes, I know/knew it isn't really a bazooka, but it was funny to my ~13 year old mind :-)
Replying to my own post - I've just read the case report, and the employer is clearly in breach of the Equality Act with respect to disability.
In a properly supportive environment, Ms Hoang sounds like the sort of diligent, methodical, and tenacious person who would do really well in infosec - I wish her well for the future.
"Modern equivalent of striped paint, long stand, etc.? Honestly wouldn't be surprised. Bullies are rife."
I find it wrong to class such trivia as the striped paint and long stand as bullying. There is a serious risk that the term is going to become entirely devalued, making it harder for anyone who actually *is* bullied to be taken seriously by others. There needs to be a minimum level before bullying can be effectively claimed.
@Mike Pellatt - "Try as I might when answering the questions, I can't drag myself out of the bottom left-hand corner :-)" I also occupy that corner, and have done for many years. I haven't tried too hard to game the results to move closer to the centre, though - I'm proud of bring a socialist libertarian. Of course, I've been told more than once that such a thing can't exist, both by people who resist the idea of socialism, and those who font thing libertarianism is possible. Me, I'll stick with John Stuart Mill...
@Nick Ryan - "... make it an offence to pay for education." I'm wondering how far you want to go with that. I have two-and-a-half year old twins, and I'll be damned if they are going into any institutional education, especially state "schools". They are going to be home-schooled/un-schooled. This means we will be paying for their education through having to work part-time, paying for activities etc. I will stand on my right to decide how my children will be educated, and, whilst I think private schools are disgusting, I can't think of a way to bring it about without being a hypocrite.
@ Charles 9 - "... the situation's deteriorating to the point neither parent can be counted to be home for any significant length of time (or else they go behind on the bills and lose their domicile)."
I would expect that to part of the overhaul of the system. Valuing parenthood is something 1st world countries should be doing.
... and what about those who are Scottish and love Scotland/Welsh who love Wales/Northern Irish and live Northern Ireland/Cornish who love Kernow etc, etc?? There is much more complexity than you realise. I was born in England, moved to Scotland less than ten years ago, and consider myself a Scottish. Instead of referenda about individual nations of the UK having independence, what we should have is Scotland, NI and Wales having the chance to throw England out.
But it means that you are putting your mother in a category you imply you are not willing to be put in - i.e. those being spied on by corporate interests. There is something deeply uncomfortable about those saying "my privacy counts, but theirs doesn't" when posting on a forum where most people are aware of the risk:benefit ratio and can make an informed decision.
"... another fad that will be put to rest along with Google Glasses."
Whilst I still think Google Glass was/is a bad idea in so many ways, having two-year-old twins has often had me wishing for a means of taking photos without use of my hands! If Google had marketed them at parents instead of hipsters, history could have been very different! (I hope this doesn't give them any ideas...)
I recently bought two of the magnetic cable/connector combos. I'm not impressed, personally - the magnets are weak, so the flap on my phone cover pushes the cable laterally out of contact. On my tablet with no cover, the slightest twist in the cable will deranged the connection. Maybe I bought from a bad manufacturer, but I now have no confidence in the set up at all.
"Or take the easier option - torch a dozen ambulances and cause a lot more deaths."
That's a blunt tool with a different type of outcome. The scenario you responded to is directed at an individual, probably with a specific reason. Your scenario is not directed at a specific target, but catches random others. To me, it would be part of a disruption of society, and, though I never use the term lightly*, would probably be classed as terrorist action.
*For example, I spent several minutes swearing at the TV for classing a Fiesta driver's actions as "terrorist" simply because of location and skin colour. Morons.
"The nearest to "off-road" they ever get is going up the bloody kerb."
And that only to park in the most inconvenient place. My experience of posh 4WD drivers on the move is that they will always be at least 2 feet from the edge of the road - annoying when on a road that is two cars plus 18 inches wide...
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