* Posts by Slx

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Where to implant my employee microchip? I have the ideal location

Slx

I worked for a large organisation which I will not mention, but they had a very sophisticated RFID tag based security system that required you to tap-in as you moved around the campus and there were tag-operated self-opening/closing security gates at all of the perimeter

It was an extremely comprehensive system that met all of the latest technical requirements for system-security but had one massive flaw; other than these gates, the campus was surrounded by a wall that you could simply step over!!

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France: Let's make the internet safer. America, Russia, China: Let's go with 'no' on that

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I'd be all for improving security and having some kind of bar on cyber attacks carried out by states, but I would assume that would be utterly unenforcible.

However, what I would be concerned about is a move like this could simply be a backdoor to censorship, filtering, restricting encryption and more top-down control. Some very well meaning political efforts to make the internet a safer place have tended to go that way.

They also usually tend to think of the internet as if it were the PSTN - a radial network with nodes and lines all managed from the centre and completely fail to comprehend how IP traffic flows and how the internet is a giant organic mesh with very little ability to control anything or why encryption is utterly necessary to allow any of that to work safely.

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European Union divided over tax on digital tech giants as some member states refuse free money

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I'd remind you that Northern Ireland is in the UK - and that is where there was political and sectarian conflict, not in the Republic of Ireland. All Ireland's trying to do is avoid a hard border to ensure that the Northern Ireland (again: I stress part of the UK) troubles do not become a live issue again. The status quo of having almost dual identity in Northern Ireland and the border not mattering at all since 1993 played an enormous role in calming that region (of the UK) down.

The Northern Irish conflict occurred in the UK, it is part of the UK and there are no sectarian or terrorist issues in the Republic other than when there was some brief overspill which occurred 44 years ago in 1974 with the Dublin and Monaghan Bombings carried out by the UVF

There are far, far fewer issues with terrorism in the Republic of Ireland than there are in much of continental Europe.

I'd also point out the UK Government is currently propped up by a party that has very close links to all of that conflicted period.

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My question is will we also be taxing Renault, Peugeot-Citroen, Siemens, Lufthansa, Air France, the banks and so on based on their revenues rather than their profits in each EU state too, or just tech firms?

There is genuinely an argument to be made that they do not make profits in the countries they do not operate in. They simply make sales.

I'd rather see the tax loopholes closed, but it's a bit rich saying that you can have a single market, but not when a company wants to base itself in one part of that market and sell across the whole region. You can't on the one hand want a single market and then when it doesn't suit you just try to undermine that concept. It's as cakeist as Brexit.

You're going to end up with some countries, much like some US states, being gateways to the whole EU market and each country already collects rather substantial VAT on sales in their countries.

The stacking tax systems back-to-back to line up the loopholes has to stop, but I don't realistically think that you're going to see a rush of companies trying to relocate to France just because of a tax shift. There are huge problems in the French market with lack of flexibility (which can be overcome in the context of a modern a social democracy type situation as is clearly seen in Scandinavia), and there are huge issues with strikes and disruption and so on.

Realistically the tax avoidance schemes need to be tackled at global / WTO level. In a lot of cases, it would genuinely be a case of the EU tying its own hands behind its back and trying to compete in the global market if it goes too far on this stuff.

I don't agree with the massive tax avoidance, but I just think this is the wrong way to go about tackling it.

I could genuinely see the US jumping on this is a grossly protectionist move too, which it could be interpreted as with counter moves on EU companies in the states.

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SCISYS sidesteps Brexit: Proposes Irish listing to keep EU space work rolling in

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Ireland actually has genuinely huge practical advantages for Brexit fleeing UK companies that are of smaller size.

1. Speaks English.

2. Similar common law legal system.

3. Similar business culture.

4. UK citizens, even after Brexit, are considered 'non-aliens' in Ireland and thus can live here without any need for work permits, visas or any of that kind of thing due to the Common Travel Area. That won't be changing as it's not an EU based right. It predates it by a long time.

If they're continuously resident in Ireland for 5 years (which requires no visas/permits for a UK national), then they can apply for Irish citizenship and regain EU status again. Or, if they're married to an Irish citizen, it's reduced to 3 years.

Or, if you've an Irish grandparent or parent, you can apply for citizenship by descent and get a passport without naturalisation.

For the majority of UK SMEs, a move to Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick or anywhere else shouldn't be much different to a move to Edinburgh or Manchester. It's a different country and legal jurisdiction, but it's about as familiar to a UK person as you could possibly get.

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Judge: Georgia's e-vote machines are awful – but go ahead and use them

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Have you forgotten how to count?!

In ireland we manage to manually count very complicated proportional representation ballots, where there are up to 5 seats in a constituency and you cast a vote by ranking candidates in order of preference 1,2,3.. and so on.

It takes a couple of days, but it's an epic exercise in sorting, bundling, pigeon holes, rubber bands and it all takes place in public and under the gaze of 'tallymen/women' from various parties and organisations, all scrutinising everything and also trying to predict the outcome.

It's nail biting stuff and is like watching horserace, except that it's already happened and is being decoded two days later. The sheer geekery of it is part of the fun of elections.

All the statisticians, the experts, the pundits, the bookies, the campaign, the raising people shoulder high and giving them the birthday bumps when they get elected - It's what elections are about.

For the sake of a few days of chaos and recounts, I prefer the very verifiable manual count system human touch.

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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My mom died a few weeks go and this topic has been very much on my mind as I had the grim task of tidying up the social media world of someone who was *very* tech savvy and all over various platforms.

She died incredibly unexpectedly and without any warning, so there were no plans at all and no opportunity to talk to her about what to do. She just took a massive stroke caused by a fault in a blood vessel which, despite every modern technology and intervention being available, it was not repairable. She went from a happy weekend brunch, to unconscious, to dead within barely 24 hours.

All of a sudden, I realised I had to not only contact all of her friends by phone, text and even letter, but she had made me a legacy contact on her Facebook, so I was able to very quickly memoralise it and lock it down. There was a whole virtual world connected to her that had to be wrapped up without breaking into it or trampling on her right to privacy and the confidence of those who she was in touch with over the years.

It got me thinking about all the other social media accounts she had that I am aware of and others that I probably will never know about.

I felt extremely uncomfortable about the idea of going anywhere near her phone. There's just so much confidential information in these devices and I was thinking about it from my own point of view and I would utterly dread someone (even if they were very close relative or my best friend) trawling my devices. There's nothing embarrassing or weird on them, but there are a lot of very personal discussions that were never intended for consumption by *anyone( other than me. So, I took that approach with her data and basically avoided opening / looking at anything.

In the end I closed ( strictly without reading anything) the majority of her social media accounts, at least anything that was directly identifiable with her real name. Anything other than that is really just none of my business and irrelevant. I then closed and deleted any connected apps that have databases behind them, deleted them and closed off all iOS subscriptions and eventually closed and deleted her iCloud account and Gmail account etc.

My major concern was someone might either hijack an account or that any account where people could post to her could become a source of unpleasant spam. So, I pretty much locked or fully deleted anything I could find. My logic is that while they may be secure to within 2018 norms, in 10 years time they could be completely vulnerable or some of those companies may have gone to the wall or who knows what could happen. I just didn't want to leave data floating around in cyberspace in the control of companies that I have no relationship with on her behalf..

It's a really horrible task to have to do and I wouldn't be so sure that my own nearest and dearests would be so concerned about my privacy after I'm gone as I might have been with hers. People have very different views of confidentiality and nostalgia could outweigh where I see my private life beginning and ending.

I decided that I will setup a legal framework in my will for my own accounts and devices that they be completely erased when I go. I will always keep things I specifically want to share in a shared space, but anything else is almost like an extension of my brain. I don't want to necessarily share it with anyone. It's far more sensitive than diary in many ways and was never intended for anyone's consumption. There are certain things that will go when I go and that's just how life is.

All I would say is everyone should make plans for this. Hopefully we'll all live to a ripe old age and have lots of time to plan and prepare for the inevitable, but a % of us may be struck down by sudden illnesses, accidents or other bolts of lightening out of the blue. Life's not predictable and we're not immortal, but our digital legacies may well last for hundreds of years after we're gone and it's worth remembering that it's *you* who should be telling your story and leaving that legacy, not having it interpreted or reinterpreted by someone else.

It's also about protecting your personal contacts. Do you really want a relative or possibly even a total stranger suddenly having access to conversations that may be of the utmost confidence with your online world of contacts?

I mean, I know I have had some of my most intimate conversations where I've been very open to others and they've been very open to me online. Some of those people I know very well in my real life, but others are online only. I've acted as a counsellor at times over the years and I know some of them have to me too. I would doubt that experience is all that unusual as sometimes we can really pour our hearts out online in a way we might not do face-to-face. I feel I have a duty of care to those people to keep those confidences, even after I'm gone.

Even forgetting about the confidentiality, morals and ethics, it will be your partner, your kids, your parents or someone else who's close to you who's left with this grim task, so it's probably better that you make positive decisions about it now and have it all happen automatically when your brain does eventually power off, rather than leaving it to a grieving relative who might not be able to make rational decisions for months after your passing or who might have very different values to yours.

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Ah, British summer. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the internet is on the fritz

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Re: Talk Talk went down?

At least it's environmentally friendly - the whole network can be run for several hours on a sandwich.

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The internet's effectively a mesh, but a mesh is only a mesh if it has more than one fibre route.

It looks like they had a single point of failure and basically what that amounts to is cheap infrastructure.

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There will be blood: BT to axe 13,000 employees

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Re: 106,000??

If it's anything like what has happened with Eir (formerly Eircom, formerly Telecom Éireann) in Ireland, they'll outsource everything for "flexibility" i.e. very few people will have real jobs.

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NASA dusts off FORTRAN manual, revives 20-year-old data on Ganymede

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I wonder if it would make sense to just publish and make the raw data from these old probes available to anyone who wants to crunch it.

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Royal Bank of Scotland decision to axe 160+ branches linked to botched IT gig – Unite

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The banks don't actually want to be dealing with customers. They just want you to give them your money and have you do your own banking.

They've far better things to be doing, like calculating senior executive bonuses and gold plating the toilets and managing art collections in their HQ to be dealing with smelly little people coming in with their cheque books and actually attempting to speak to the bank!

Who do you think you are? Expecting personal service! The cheek of some people.

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Aviation is a lot less glamorous then the days when Concorde was envisaged. We've gone from expensive, luxury to mass market and that has entitled a huge switch towards ultra efficiency both environmentally and economically.

The other aspect has been post 9/11 security. No matter what you do, you seem to end up taking hours and hours to get to a flight these days. So whether your aircraft shaves a few hours off the journey starts to become less relevant.

Extra security has decimated the use of short regional fights too. Often even though the flight night only take 35 minutes, you would still be quicker driving due to all the rigmarole at even very small airports.

If we want to see supersonic passenger flight again, it's going to have to somehow archive ultra efficiency. That's a huge engineering challenge.

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Mannequin Skywalker takes high ground on Bezos-backed rocket

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Could they not have made it look... you know.. a bit .. nice (and less like a fiery sex toy with crude branding?)

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Apple's QWERTY gets dirty leaving fanbois shirty

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People also need to get a bit realistic about how thin a computer they actually want. The anorexic lappy wars have gone a bit insane. I mean the current Macs are so thin that a headphone jack barely fits into the case.

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The problem is you're all typing wrong and need new fingers, obviously!

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

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I know we all love to hate Apple, and there's plenty of things that I can think of about them that annoy me, particularly the way they've become quite arrogant since things really took off.

However, at their core (If you'll pardon the pun), they're a 1970s/80s vertically integrated computer company and one of the very few examples of one that still exists in that space.

Comparing them with Google is really impossible as they don't operate in the same business model. There's some bit of overlap with Google attempting to push into the hardware market and obviously Android's THE big challenger to Apple's ecosystem, however they're as similar as Google and are to Sony or Bang and Olufsen.

Likewise the comparisons with Samsung, a company that makes everything from pharmaceuticals to ships, to washing machines to smartphones, is also a bit ridiculous.

Most of the other phone markets are effectively like PC makers, producing generic flat black devices with mostly Qualcomm chips and Google software. Whatever badge and tweaks they have they're, it's very much like the "Wintel" arrangement with generic X86 PC hardware running Windows as their OS.

Also, I would just say that Apple have had plenty of opportunities to delve into "big data" but haven't either because they don't have the ability to or they don't have the inclination to. I suspect, it's a bit of both. However, they have been offering pretty respectable cloud services since at least 2000. I remember iTools which had many of functions of Dropbox 18 years ago. The only issue was it was mostly built to fit with OS 9 and OS X. They also have a history of chopping and changing services and abandoning customers who've started using them, as was the case with iTools when it become MobileMe and so on.

I think if Apple toned down the arrogance and the pomposity and rediscovered the fact that it had a great fan community and dev community, who were always enthusiastic they would go a lot further. They need to stop doing crazy things like throwing sue balls at fan-sites and so on they would actually have a far stronger future as they genuinely have some decent (if expensive) products.

They also need to stop doing stupid things like abandoning pro users. I am still using Aperture for example, as there's nothing really as slick to replace it.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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You could also argue that they failed to keep accurate data that was relevant to these people's cases and then not only that, but made false and extremely damaging allegations that they were illegitimately and illegally in the UK, based on inaccurate data and then gave them no reasonable opportunity to correct this.

All of that looks like data protection breeches and mismanagement of data.

Not only that but they falsely accuatons have resulted in significant material and reputational damage.

I sincerely hope that there are plenty of very expensive law suits. They turned people's lives upside down for no reason whatsoever.

There may even be people who were actually deported because of this who may have no means to get back and may be in bad circumstances. Many are elderly, maybe unwell or disabled. Just when they should have been selling info to a long and happy retirement they were sent threatening letters and all sorts of crazy nonsense kicked off.

I wish them every luck in any legal actions that they take!

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: What planet are you on?

Don't forget they burnt down Cork City too!

The EU hasn't been threatening anything like that.

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Europe doesn't owe the UK a living. You've chosen to leave. That means leaving.

I find this ranting and raving stuff a bit ridiculous.

You've chosen to leave. So go and stop endlessly moaning and throwing hissy fits when you realise there are practical consequences to your decision.

It's like a toddler who's just throw their ice-cream on the floor in a big tantrum and then throws an even bigger tantrum because now they've no ice-cream.

All of these consequences were forewarned. All of the experts were told to shut up and go away.

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NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal

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Is this not also INCREDIBLY dangerous for public health?

If you think about this from a person who may be undocumented / have questionable immigration status, there's a huge risk that they simply will not access any form of healthcare.

The result of that could be anything from children going with out vaccinations, people suffering from highly treatable and highly communicable disease that could impact the general population. People becoming disabled and ending up wrecking their entire lives, people even dying from highly treatable common illnesses!

If you want to control immigration, this is most definitely not a source of data that you should be using. It's just creating a whole load of dangerous and inhumane situations.

It just seems very counterproductive and dangerous to me.

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Apple leak: If you leak from Apple, we'll have you arrested, says Apple

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People also just guess what their next product might be. A lot of them are fairly obvious or can be deduced.

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Russian regulator asks courts to disconnect Telegram

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How is Telegram funding itself?

I'm genuinely curious, how does Telegram fund itself?

I can't understand how it's making any money. It's just providing a completely free service and is somehow supporting significant infrastructure.

As an end user, I'm always suspicious that when something's free of charge, you're the product.

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Telegram's genuinely a very useful app - it works flawlessly across multiple platforms without any complications. You can blabber away on your iPhone, Android Phone or anything running Windows, macOS or Linux and do it all seamlessly, which is a lot more than most of the other messengers can do.

Russia doesn't strike me as an obvious place to base a company that provides secure communication though.

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US spanks EU businesses in race to detect p0wned servers

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Re: EMEA =/ Europe

EMEA is a also an absolutely huge area that would contain 2.2 billion people if it were a geopolitical entity (which it isn't). The European Union only contains 508 million people.

It contains the entire African continent and the whole Middle East.

So the figure are utterly meaningless for the EU and contains a huge amount of countries (in fact far more than are in the EU) which would not have anything like its level of development or regulation.

It's actually twice the size of the population of the entire American continent (North and South).

As a region it's utterly meaningless and probably has something to do with using 230V 50Hz power or something like that.

You might as well compare the EU to AMChina (some weird amalgamation of North and South America and the Chinese Market)

It's about as useful a term as "Overseas" vs "US"

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Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot

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Re: Of all places

Strict gun control in one state, one city or a gun-free zone in a country that is awash with guns and where guns are nearly as easy to come by as a cappuccino? Of course gun controls are ineffective when they're about as relevant as a sign saying "Please don't shoot your guns here. Thank you for your cooperation."

I mean, US gun controls are only as good as the weakest link in the system and that isn't California. It will be a neighbouring state with far, far weaker controls.

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A strange, violent, copycatted behaviour and narrative that's playing out again and again.

Forgetting about the specifics of who this was and what they attacked for a moment, the thing that is worrying me is that there's this pattern of behaviour that's playing out again and again. It's almost become a narrative and a metaphor for expressing anger with the world.

i.e. : Someone is 'angry with the world' and then decides to go out and shoot random innocent people who've nothing to do with anything at all. This time it was YouTube, but it could be a school shooting, it's even somewhat the same with the radicalised, home-grown terrorist incidents.

Every time one of these events happen, the media, particularly in the US, tends to go on, and on, and on, about the 'shooter' and who they were. They were a ver y dysfunctional and utterly deranged asshat with a gun who decided to go out and take other people's lives for some notion they had in their head.

Stop glorifying them and giving them a notoriety and even celebrity that they do not deserve. It's time to just start describing them as they actually are - sick, twisted and extremely strange individuals who really don't deserve any publicity at all. We need to start looking at them in the media in a much colder, dispassionate and even more clinical kind of way.

The narrative needs to be broken!

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Intel outside: Apple 'prepping' non-Chipzilla Macs by 2020 (stop us if you're having deja vu)

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Re: This doesn't surprise me

Yeah the Mac Pro was a completely stupid move. It's managed to be totally impractical and easily confused with a rubbish bin!

A surprisingly poor product for a company with Apple's reputation.

I've a sense the company will be back to its pre Jobsian days, floundering around again. It’s easy to forget Apple was a mess in the 1990s and even well after the initial iMac launch, which was a huge risk - had that failed to catch on, the company was finished.

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This doesn't surprise me

From Apple's point of view, this is an opportunity to distinguish their hardware from being just another X86 PC, albeit a more expensive one with a different OS and nice looking form factors.

With modern approaches to software, I can't really see how it will make any difference to end users, other than just bringing a new processor to the ecosystem.

I don't really see any evidence or logical reason why they would remove macOS either. It would essentially completely kill their Mac business as iOS is absolutely not a competent replacement for a proper desktop OS. I would drop Macs like a stone if that were to happen and never look back.

It may not be their biggest product, but macOS and the Mac platform is still a pretty big niche. I mean they've the 4th highest laptop shipments globally, which would indicate that there are a lot of machines running macOS out there. Also the professional user base is like marketing gold dust.

They've got all sorts of creatives using Apple hardware and keeping it relevant. They've idiotically messed around with that in the past and it really is an area where they need to remain, as a lot of that 'cool' will wear thin if they're just a mobile phone and tablet maker.

I'd suspect you're just going to see iOS and macOS apps continuing to share more of the same code and a lot more inter compatibility between what are essentially two forks of the same OS anyway.

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Big tech wants the ICO on EU data protection board in Brexit fallout

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Re: Smile, it's Tate & Lyle

Well, they'd have fun explaining that one to the DUP, which has the ability to collapse May's self inflicted minority government at a whim.

The Tories are, quite amusingly, snookered by Northern Ireland. They have to somehow come up with a solution that involves preserving the absolute status quo.

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Not a hope in hell of this happening.

This is about as likely to happen as flying pigs, particularly after the whole CA issue being UK based, but also due to UK tendencies towards extreme data retention, snoopers charter etc etc etc

Not a hope in hell of this happening. It's politically toxic across Europe and if anything data protection is something that's one of the core policies of the EU and something that's more likely to end up as a quasi federal central agency eventually, largely due to small states like Ireland not having the resources to police mega corps like Facebook.

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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You're leaving ... Leave and stop moaning!

Despite all the abusive terms like "remoaners" all I see is a group of commentators who think they should leave the EU, yet have absolutely everything remain exactly how it was.

There are consequences to massive structural changes like this. The UK is leaving the world's largest and the most complex, entirely voluntary and peacefully created intercountry organisation that has ever existed.

The consequences aren't "punishment", they’re reality. Unfortunately, reality isn't a strong point amongst tabloid writers (I'm hesitant to use the term journalists), Brexiteers, Trump supporters and so on. Everything's about rhetoric and spin and private ownership of facts, that are just rebranded opinions.

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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Re: legal?

That could get quite interesting in Ireland as in Dublin and Shannon Airports you actually clear US customs and immigration in Ireland, and land effectively as a US domestic flight. It's very convenient, but I wonder about the exact status of those areas of the airports here in terms of EU data protection laws.

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While it won't impact the majority of us (at least from the UK, Ireland, Australia, NZ, Most of Europe end so on) just visiting on 90 day visa waivers, it's still potentially incredibly intrusive. Also a lot of people coming from countries with rapidly growing IT sectors, aren't entitled to visa-waivers into the US, so will be subject to this kind of stuff.

Also, given the way the US has gone politically, pretty normal views could be seen as 'un-American' by someone with a very right wing political leaning.

I could see a lot of people deciding to have conferences and so on in Europe or elsewhere instead of US cities as a result of this. It's really over the top.

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They'll want your TheRegister handle ...

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SpaceX blasted massive plasma hole in Earth's ionosphere

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I've always thought that the best approach would be to float something up to the edge of the atmosphere then have a much smaller rocket blast to get it out into space.

Using huge rockets just seems unnecessarily crude.

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We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: About time

There's no such thing as a 'Commonwealth Citizen' the organisation has no legal powers at all. It's neither a trade organisation nor a political union. It's just a symbolic organisation for former British colonies and nothing more.

A UK resident (citizen of the UK or not) or, possibly someone resident elsewhere in the EU (until Brexit), if the UK could execute an EU arrest warrant would be under pressure, otherwise standard international rules of extradition would apply.

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London Mayor calls for social networks and sharing economy to stop harming society

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It's a bit of a genie-out-of-bottle situation though. I'm not really sure that you can put it back in.

On the other side of it, the UK's nice traditional tabloid media has also been hugely responsible for what's happened with Brexit and Fox News and others are deeply responsible for the rise of Trump.

Is the problem social media, or is it just a world where we've lost the ability to distinguish between 'content' and 'journalism'.

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Good news: Apple designs a notebook keyboard that doesn't suck

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I just wish they hadn't gotten rid of MagSafe! That was genuinely very useful and I haven't found any USB-C adaptor / cable approach that works quite as well.

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They generally have done on my Macs.

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Just as long as it also feels ok to type on. I can generally manage to avoid throwing cups of coffee over my MacBook, but I HATE typing on rubbery keyboards.

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Brexit to better bumpkin broadband, 4G coverage for farmers – Gove

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This has *absolutely nothing whatsoever* to do with EU policy. It's blatant opportunism by a Minister to blame the EU on poor rural broadband that has been entirely in the gift of the UK government i.e. him and his buddies, to solve for years.

There are tons of EU funded programmes, notably cap, but also lots of cohesion funds going into UK regions and rural areas, that will have to be replaced by money from the UK exchequer anyway. A lot of what you put into the EU actually comes back anyway in terms of regional funding.

Then there's all the added costs on the economy of increased export/import costs to access market i.e. possible tariffs and unnecessary bureaucracy and then if £ takes a hammering (which is likely when/if no deal is struck) then the cost of rural broadband equipment and onward connectivity will go way up in relative terms, reducing bang for buck big time as none of is likely to be built in the UK (and even if it were it would be using foreign technology and components).

At this stage, sure why not blame the EU for bad weather. It's utterly bonkers!

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iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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Too expensive and not different enough!

Perhaps the phone market is just plateauing in terms of features, but I'm not seeng any phone that I am rushing out to buy as my 'must have'. I have an iPhone 7+ and a Nexus 6P and I quite happy with them and see nothing that's convincing me that I need to upgrade.

A few years ago, display technology was changing very rapidly, screen sizes were increasing and there were all sorts of innovative camera features that actually made a difference.

On top-of-the-market phones, you just expect and get fantastic displays, really good audio, processors that can do most of what you want them to do, etc etc.

I really think this is the point where you'll get a lag as the products don't offer anything amazingly compelling to upgrade. There needs to be some kind of major breakthrough on battery and charging technology, beyond just rapid charge, or something like that before I would jump to an upgrade.

Otherwise, you're really just looking at incremental processor upgrades and natural produce lifecycles as they fail after a few years.

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Perv raided college girls' online accounts for nude snaps – by cracking their security questions

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Multi-factor security should be required.

In my opinion, any site holding personal data would be required to use multi-factor security. These hacks are becoming too frequent, and it's fairly obvious that a significant % of users do not understand how insecure their data is, if they don't take adequate precautions.

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Liberty Global's sale of Austrian biz paves way for Voda merger plans – reports

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If they do merge, I'd say that's the end of the Virgin Media brand. It will just be Vodafone.

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Hancock's hour: Minister of fun makes quips as GDPR questions cover old ground

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I despair!

So, in other words, they hadn't realised this was going to be an issue and are now prepared to try to bluff their way out of it in a negotiation with people who are incredibly well briefed on every nuance of both EU and UK data protection laws.

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Euro Patent Office fails miserably in key accountability case

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Re: Irish Referendum Coming up ...

Previously when we voted again, the EU added protocols to treaties to satisfy the Irish voters. We weren't just voting again on the same treaty without change. That's a total myth that's endlessly repeated by Brexiteers and others who want to make out that the whole thing was anti-democratic.

Irish protocol on Lisbon Treaty - have a read:

https://www.dfa.ie/media/dfa/alldfawebsitemedia/treatyseries/uploads/documents/legaldivisiondocuments/treatyseries2014/No25-of-2014.pdf

http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2013:060:0131:0139:EN:PDF

If we vote it down and they then address the problems and put it to me again, I might change my mind. Until then, it's getting a big fat NO!

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Escrow you, Apple! Ireland expects Cupertino to cough up to €13bn

Slx

The reason for the delay was the Irish Government and Apple spending months putting legal and financial structures in place to allow the money to be invested in a mutually agreed way and in such a way that the Irish Government isn't left holding the can, should the value of the investment fall.

They spent several months basically crossing all the t's and dotting all the i's.

The issue is that they Irish Revenue Commissioners aren't simply collecting this as tax. They have to set up a special purpose system to hold it. You can't just put that kind of money into a deposit account.

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Yes, your old iPhone is slowing down: iOS hits brakes on CPUs as batteries wear out

Slx

How about an off-switch for this feature ?

I've no issue with the feature, but why do it sneakily without user control?

If you want to have performance and no battery life, surely that's a choice issue?

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European court: Let's not kid ourselves, Uber. You're a transport firm, not a 'digital service'

Slx

Sense and logic prevails

I am getting a bit fed up with what I tend to see as "tech washing" or "app dazzle".

If you are using online technology to simply streamline an existing business and shake up an established market without really providing anything new, it is not a new business.

Other than a change of medium of communication and payment, I don't really see any difference between booking through an app with GPS location, using a phone and a radio cab office or using a telegram, a carrier pigeon and a chequebook and quill for payment. You don't get to just not be regulated because you're an app-based service.

I am also getting a bit sick of this 'gig economy' thing. It's piece work / freelance work and it's incredibly bad for society to start dismantling regular employment, deconstructing what it is and turning people over to what are effectively even worse than zero-hour contracts. The cab business has generally always been a bit like that, but I see other online companies pushing it out in other sectors.

There are tech companies out there who've pioneered entirely new business niches that haven't existed before, but there are plenty that are just shaking up existing markets with an app / website.

People need to start looking beyond the hype and finding the radical innovators that are really creating new markets.

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