subject to close supervision by the British authorities.
We're fucked! Pretty much every terrorist attack across the UK and the wider EU has been carried out by people later announced as having been "known to the security services".
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"an excuse for the usual "funny" stereotyping that it probably wouldn't have occurred to the staff to include if the guy in question had been a fellow up-his-own-arse Londoner. If you're going to do this, at least do it to everyone."
It's El Reg,, and they do do it to everyone if they can find a humorous stereotype link. If he'd been a Laaandoner, then no doubt some sort of cock-a-ney reference would have been raised. If he'd been a Wearsider, no doubt a pun on "going down" would have sufficed. I'd he'd been from Newcastle, something about "on the up" and a link to financial shehanigans would have been slipped in.
"Yup...I'm sure that your blokes in Parliament there on the right side of the Pond will come up with a proper, objective, repeatable definition of "extremist material" that won't trample on anyone's rights, copyrights, or property rights. No doubt at all...."
Correct. I have to live with their decisions, and I don't trust them one iota. But I trust Facebook to enforce their own Ts&Cs even less.
"holding a third party responsible but getting the money out of them could be way harder."
I think the point, as per the article, is that Facebook et al are not even trying to enforce their own community guidelines and this may be one method to get Facebook et al to at least try to do so instead of using the Ts&Cs as a feel-good fig leaf.
"I think the Tories would be in a frenzy if massive fines were aimed at UK companies for promoting woman's equality / rights. "
If they do so in a jurisdiction where that is illegal and have a physical or financial presence in said jurisdiction, then yes, they will be fined, either judicially or via extra-judicial bribes. If Facebook et al had no physical or financial presence in the UK and were not making large amounts of money from UK advertisers, then they could quite legitimately tell the Uk Gov to fuck off. UK gov would than have to accept that end either negotiate with Trump to get action or block Facebook. The crucial point being having a physical presence in the relevant jurisdiction.
"Is *THAT* how you *FEEL* (not think) what 'net neutrality' REALLY is about?"
No. And since that negates the rest of your rant, it being based on the above misconception, I'll not bother to waste time replying to that.
Can I assume that you will all for the new American Technology Council?
"If your goal is a more free internet as a conduit of ideas you do not want more government agencies taking control of want has been a free resource without them."
You do realise that net neutrality is about restricting control by corporations, not taking that control for government, don't you?
Yeah, I was wondering about that Comcast quote. Why are they against net neutrality if they are not going to do anything to break those rules even if the rules aren't there? It seems to me that the current net neutrality is not affecting them in way and they don't intend to allow it, or lack of it, to affect them. Very odd!
"to be fair - the longest ive ever run a device was 3 years and by that point it was so out-dated it was barely usable."
Not sure how old my company Galaxy S5 is, but it'd still working fine and showing no signs of being "outdated" or "barely usable". Wifeys Galaxy S2 is also fine and running her required apps, although showing signs of overheating the last few weeks.
Maybe it depends on the users use-case.
"I now cannot afford the latest gadgets, so i am looking for 5 years use at least from any new purchase"
Under UK (and EU?) consumer protection law, a fault in a product at the time of manufacture is under warranty for the reasonable lifetime of the product, which could be up to 6 years Maybe one day, someone who can afford it will take this to court and get buggy software confirmed as being covered by this since by definition the bugs and security vulnerabilities were faults there at the time of manufacture.
"I always wondered about the "organised crime" argument and wonder is that real or just marketing to stop people purchasing pirated material."
I think it may depend on what you think is organised crime. If it's Al Capone and/or the Mafia, then maybe not. But if it's a DVD pressing plant in the Far East or Africa pumping out millions of unlicenced copies in proper cases and printed covers to a quality level that it's not obvious it's a fake, then yes, organised crime is making a lot of profit from "pirated" films.
Mind you, even in the days of Al Capone, there were a lot of seemingly legit businesses acting as fronts to launder the cash from the more overt crimes. Plenty of examples also of "criminal" builders using cheap substandard materials, or even operating a citys rubbish collection/disposal service while avoiding the regulations to illegally increase profits buy unsafely dumping the rubbish. Italy especially and Sicily in particular come to mind.
"Apple are in dispute to the point they're refusing to pay the license fee I'd suggest they also stop using the technology that is at the centre of the dispute."
Yes, isn't this how capitalism and the free market is supposed to work? As consumers, we get told to vote with our wallets and go somewhere else if we aren't happy with a product. So why don't Apple do this too? What's that you say, there is no choice? Well we consumers get told continually that we always have a choice, even if that choice is to accept the conditions/prices or do without.
"Take a bacteria-rich environment, and then pump warm damp air over a dark surface such as the interior of the blower. What could possibly go wrong?"
Wrong? How about the places which have both paper towels and air dryers and place the waste bin full of wet paper towels directly under the air dryer, for added dispersion joy.
"Who washes their hands but then can't be bothered to dry them?"
I do a lot of driving, which sometimes requires stopping at a motorway services for a quick slash. It's mind boggling how many people who
a) don't wash their hands at all,
b) press the tap and wave their hands near the water or
c) at least wet their hands in the water before walking out with wet hands.
Many times, it's the people in suits, freshly pressed shirts and probably an expensive car outside.
"or maybe the issue wasn't widespread."
According to the article, "1000's" of about 2 million were affected, nationwide, so the odds are pretty good for an individual to not be affected. In their favour though, they said a "significant" number were affected instead of the more usual and mealy mouthed "a small number" we usually see.
"I'm sure the Institute of Engineering and Technology is looking after the interests of professional engineers in the UK. Not."
It's way, way too late for that, at least in terms of the use of "engineer". In the UK at least, "engineer" became the guy who operated the then static steam engines at the beginnings of the industrial revolution.
"Computers in reprographic shops are likely to get clogged up with toner dust. "
I found the best solution for computers in dusty environments was to reverse the PSU fan, ideally by taking out and remounting it the "wrong" way around. Slap a sheet of bog-roll over what is now the intake and tell the user to put a fresh sheet on every day. This massively reduced the numbers of service calls. This was some years ago so the PSU fan was usually the only fan in there. If there was a case fan at the front, then that also was reversed to become an extractor instead of intake.
on an unregulated, non-neutral internet? Yeah, only if you can afford it.
I also find it interesting the the US Government tried to intervene in the law-making process of the sovereign nation of Canada over net neutrality. Why, that's nearly as bad as trying to influence an election!
"Of why I think the only way forward for the US out of this partisan mess we're in is to amend the Constitution to require a 2/3 majority from both the house and senate to pass legislation."
And disallow unrelated "riders" on Bills. Do you really want every bit of legislation, good or bad, to end up like the attempts to pass the budget?
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