* Posts by Dave 15

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US surveillance court declined less than 2 per cent of applications

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The land of the ....?

Frankly the USA is as bad as the UK. Both are considerably worse than the supposedly diabolical regimes in Russia and its satelites. More spying on the citizens of USA and UK than the Stasi, KGB et al managed on theirs... far far more.

It is nothing short of a disgrace.

And then to blame terrorism is so far from believable it might as well be the far side of the sum. How many attacks? Nearer zero than makes no odds, and no its not due to some impressive performance by the security services it is because of a lack of threat, TBH acts COULD be done without alerting anyone but they aren't, whole targets are ignored for decades at a time, not believable if there were a real threat.

And anyway, the USA is in large part to blame for most of the few issues there are, funding the IRA for decades, funding BinLaden etc etc etc and providing training - very often with the help of the British government not to mention the unconditional support of Israel even when it is doing wrong (which is not all the time folks).

TBH readers should read 1984, it explains it all. Unable to create a good honest reason for the imbalance of wealth, unable to provide jobs for people the politicians are turning to the oldest tricks in the book, blame outsiders, back the blame up with measures and incidentally use those to control any one stupid enough to point out the fraud the leaders are committing.

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Can you make a warzone delivery drone? UK.gov wants to give you cash

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Decent equipment... oh really

Why would you want to do that? The government sends our troops to war to get them killed and thus cut down on the redundancy and pensions bills.

Remember how much Thatcher wanted to cut the RN, Airforce and Army prior to the Falklands (in part the moving of the one RN boat in the area is thought to have contributed to the Argies thinking we didn't care about the islands). Do'nt forget that she got rid of those that survived. Similarly with Blair and Iraq... Its a pattern, they decide to cut the military and send it to war... every time.

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Re: When you think about it, isn't there a lot of obvious work to be done here?

Can see that, mind you, the idea of a soldier wearing camo and hiding behind a rock while broadcasting on bluetooth where he is seems a little odd...

Next will be drones designed to pick up the same info and shoot the requesting squadie

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really

40k for 6 months including the materials for building a prototype.

Astonishing

Given that when they admit this has failed (and blame the apparently uninterested Brits) they will then go and give Capita or whoever 40k a day for some project manager to manage a project based on him and 2 people in India its a bit of an insult

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Chap 'fixes' Microsoft's Windows 7 and 8 update block on new CPUs

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Re: "you won't be able to access all of the features of the hardware."

Not sure this is about reselling data.

I suspect it is more about windows 10 makes it simple for nsa and gchq to watch your every move

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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"My job, I think, is to tell you that you... "

What you paid me to tell you... all those backhanders will come in very useful towards paying my grand kids private education thanks very much

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Brexit factor lacking in Industrial Strategy, say MPs

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Re: IIRC HMG put up £5.5 Bn over a certin period to EU R&D nad got back about £8Bn

What the EU wants and what we will give it should be vastly different. We have always put more in than we got back so the only plausible bill is the one we give to the EU for our share of the 'investments' back. Of course I doubt our politicians have the spunk or backbone to drive that one.

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Easy solution

Government should stop buying foreign stuff... spanish tanks, german police cars, yankee planes (you know the ones that promise everything but never fly)

Spend those billions on setting up factories to build our own here, using our own labour. You never know we might just cut unemployment and create a UK manufacturing base that can earn the country money by exporting.

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Consumers go off PCs as global shipments continue their decline

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What I want

A PC with an ability to select a suitable OS preinstalled, maybe a linux variation, maybe an older windows or maybe (if I was crazy) windows 10, or perhaps just dial boot?

What about a solid state hd with the apps/os/temp storage and a large slower one for stuff I want for longer

A decent screen resolution doesn't affect me as I am blind as a bat, but at least the ability to plug in a couple of the newer connections and enough usbs to have mouse and a few other connected devices. Hopefully not weighing in at a ton either

With all of that and a sensible price I might update from the really old one I still lug around,

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Qualcommotion: Sueball return alleges Apple 'pay-to-play' deal

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er Bribery?

We pay you to buy from us? Surely even if this is somehow at a corporate level is this not bribery? We all make products and invest in products in the hope of sales... hats one thing, but to actually pay another company money on the understanding that they will then buy from you seems a bit underhanded. Of course this being two US companies there will not be any issue with the courts or government, but can you imagine if Rolls Royce had paid Boeing to make sure Boeing bought their engines????

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Law Commission pulls back on official secrets laws plans after Reg exposes flawed report

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So a total f'''''''' means an unpublished delay of a month

All that consultation, all that time, all those manhours and when they are caught being wrong they manage to delay a month. What this means is you can have an extra month to moan but we will change zero, zilch, nada about it. Another farce. What about living in a democracy don't our dictator overlords not understand? I suspect nothing, they understand perfectly that they have given the vote to people with no education, no knowledge, duff and misleading information and the continued naive beliefs that government can be trusted, that if you have nothing to hide there is nothing to fear from the intrusion into their private lives.

Until the people get away from EastEnders and learn to think then things in the UK and the rest of the west will continue to get worse and worse. Another month is a very very minor hiccup in the progress of the totalitarian police state that replaced the country of freedom and democracy I was born into.

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Toshiba conglomerate: Can we keep going? We don't know

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I wonder

How many of the execs etc will be sitting pretty on pils of cash despite crashing the company... ok they wont get a bonus this year but I bet they made a pretty penny the last few.

What about the pension funds etc. who have invested our money in this and failed in their duties to oversee the investment and watch what was going on, I bet our pensions suffer but not the rake off they have or their personal fortunes.

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UK.gov cuts deal with Microsoft to avoid £15m post-Brexit price hike

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Mass info give away

Really, MOD and the rest of Whitehall using the Microsoft cloud.... I guess that just makes it quicker to let the US government know all our state secrets.

What annoys me is that if I publish a secret then I get locked up, Whitehalls gives them away to our enemies without thought

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Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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What?

750 is cheap compared to some of the kinky folk on the net (apparently)

TBH you could give 750 to the homeless rather than 750 - cost of nails and cross, but where would the fun be?

I really get fed up with the various people who think it is their job to control what I do... unless I am doing someone harm why shouldn't I be nailed up if thats what I want....

nail them up I say, nail them up

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Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

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Link

I wish I could remember it but it is on youtube somewhere... an Australian journalist did an indepth about this whole f35 fiasco. There are more than one or two hints at major bribery and corruption on the part of politicians across the globe.

Even if the thing weren't to drop out of the sky at the sight of a thunderstorm (yup, it does) then its range and massive radar footprint from the back (as it returns for fuel) means it will be shot out of the sky by the far cheaper, faster, more manoeuvrable, more heavily armed longer range and (again for those that didn't realise 1/3rd of the price) Russian Sukkov.

Add to that my suspicion that having a stupid fan and flappy covers means it is unlikely to actually prove as masterful in the sky as the old (and even more vastly cheaper) Harrier I would love to know how much was pocketed by the ministers in the UK who signed that deal. Even more annoying that they scrapped 3 aircraft carriers in favour of 2, neither of which will be equipped with as many F35s as any of the originals had Harriers. Adding insult to injury these two 'biggest ships the Royal Navy has ever had' can fly a single 'normal jet'... something that even the veritable Hermes could mange, a ship we could probably have bought back from India for a couple of quid as they only got round to decommissioning her this year!

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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Re: No, it's not settled

Saved as plain text? Well thats a pretty poor system. Even on the old MS phones I did encryption for the only time anything was decrypted was at display time. After the display the unencrypted was destroyed. Of course there is a time when it exists decrypted but if you have access to the device (by lookign over someones shoulder or mugging them) then there is not much that can be done

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D'oh! Amber Rudd meant 'understand hashing', not 'hashtags'

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Dumb and dumber

Well she is clearly a tad out of her depth, but frankly in an era of career politicians with little or no knowledge outside of politics and far less in the areas they are supposed to be responsible for this is not unusual. Indeed, just look at the way people are moved from education to defence, from their to home and the treasury etc. at a whim you can see the system of patronage is rotten and serves us badly. However this is not restricted to politics, you can go from destroying a bank to running a chain of chemist shops, but we all know you aren't allowed to go from embedded software to banking software because 'it is all so different' (or put another way, if you could those already there would get paid less).

However if using image hash to prevent duplicates becomes widely used I wonder how it will work or avoid circumvention. Already youtube features many videos with the top or bottom few % removed, or a frame added, or sometimes mirror imaged. I assume all tricks to avoid the bulk removal of your content when someone is claiming copyright theft on some old film/tv program you can't get legally anyway.

And yes, I know about the dea of hashing producing 'unique numbers' but the pool of values is limited (depending on the size of the hash), given the number of images on the net these days I wonder how much computing power is needed to hash them and how often we will find two images sharing the same hash...

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Drone complaints to cops are up twelvefold in three years

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hail the next knee jerk legislation then

3000 complaints, wow, what a tizzy, get an air rifle and shoot it down if you really care. 'Thieves using them to check back windows' as against the old fashioned method of walking round the back or peering over a fence... really, panic, moral outrage, hang them all... hang, hang, hang

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UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

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'elf and safety me old mucker

This will continue to get worse. The worst thing about it is that the processes to 'prove it is safe' really don't, you just prove you followed a process that creates a ton of paper for every line of code (quite literally a whole ton). It proves you think you know what you asked it to do and that it apparently does that and little more , it does't prove what you asked was sensible and further we know from experience that 'wrong' or 'test' software or data can be loaded despite the supposed procedures...

Frankly we need to learn to accept a little more risk. Can anyone imagine trying to produce a car involvign heat, flame, high speed, bendy metal and explosive fuel in todays climate?

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Researchers steal data from CPU cache shared by two VMs

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And next....

Lets face it stealing info is not uncommon, worse with the promise to ensure encryption is broken it will be easy to understand the data you steel. Oh well, all this keeps the rich safe from revolution and allows the yanks to give your companies secrets to the yankee competitor.

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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Unfortunately

No it isn't moronic, it is the truth, well sort of.

No she doesn't control paramilitary police forces with ability to lock up without trial nor armies.

However the governments that she effectively instructs DO have these, and worse it is the governments that want to spy on everyone.... mainly to ensure that none of us snotty little prols dare to try and upset the rich get richer and you get screwed current political system. (It has nothing at all to do with terrorism or child porn, these are fig leaf excuses for the stupid)

I personally can't see the army of any country being involved (they are such a small number anyway and the British army don't possess enough bullets and shells to make a significant dent in London never mind elsewhere).

However I do see them using the police to enforce such barmy laws and there is already sufficient provision even in the UK to pretend the arrest might be somehow related to some mythical terrorist plot the details of which and the method of discovery of are too 'secret' to be shared (even with a media already muzzled from publishing 'secrets' like the MPs and councillors expense claims). If they pretend the arrest is to do with terrorism they can keep you as long as they like - or ship you out to the Americans for Guantanamo or similar.

I am white, getting long in the tooth I still remember the IRA blowing London every Christmas (not just once in 7 years) and we survived, we actually survived the dirty habits of the then tv, football and other over paid stars created by the media. I also remember that the BBC broadcast D-Day to the resistance without encryption and that the forerunner of gchq managed to break the ciphers that the Germans had been told couldn't be broken (probably by using exactly the tricks that gchq can still use on the things we are told are secure today).

This is about control, about fear, about keeping the masses at home watching collywobble street and not protesting about their lack of work and opportunity while the rich get on and take increasingly large amounts of wealth.

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Blinking cursor devours CPU cycles in Visual Studio Code editor

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Re: "13 per cent of CPU"

ONLY, ONLY, ONLY.... Only 3% is precisely 3% more than shoudl be wasted on such crap

Really, I don't care if it is 13, 3 or even .0000003 it is extra crud that adds nothing useful and should not be present. It also adds to loading time, causes more memory page errors and use of cache etc etc etc

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Re: The solution -

only for linux, for real pcs (!) try edlin or debug

edlin was wonderful and simple

debug is a bit hardwork but can do a whole lot more fun things

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yup crappy code from crappy design from crappy requirement

Who the hell needs a blinking cursor, and who needs one with an option to switch it to solid and a timer for a refresh rate so high....

*For heavens sake, I buy a more powerful processor with more ram so I can do more USEFUL things (like designing good porn finding programs) and NOT to waste on pointless screen decoration.

I mean... from what I can see the code needs...

setup()

create a timer()

on timer ()

go to the options storage area, find the option- probably including parsing some xml these days()

// yes, done every time in case someone has changed the option!

check cursor is on()

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if cursor not on'

set cursor on

else

if cursor not on

set cursor on

else

set cursor off

retrigger timer if needed by the os design

ffks sake really, all this for something I don't need, and all the potential security holes as well (i.e. make sure the option code is good etc etc etc)

And then the writing the code for the setting and clearing of the option

No wonder modern computer code is slow, shit, bloated and requires gigabytes to print hello world on the screen

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Lloyds Banking Group to hang up on call centre staffers

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For heavens sake

Can't they learn from other people????

Indian call centres SUCK. The people in them are at the other end of a crap connection, are only trained to follow a script, have no clue about the way the UK runs its banking (or phone or whatever)... it is ALWAYS a terrible answer. (This is not meant to be offensive to the Indians working there, I have seen the centres, heard the phone calls... its not the workers fault it is crap, it is the way it is implemented)

Then there is the continuous staff turnover in India, rarely is a team intact for more than a few days.

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First the Rise of the Machines, now this: UK military's Exercise Information Warrior

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Warships?

So they are moving Victory? or maybe commissioning Warrior again?

Lets face it the royal navy have squat else thats is a war ship, no missiles, no guns, engines that dont work and missing planes... pointless, good job they only have a handful of these wastes of space

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Its ok because the UK government is going to start banning them...

Well at least on 'direct flights' from some middle east countries (similar to a US imposed ban it has to be admitted).

They clearly don't think any terrorist happy to blow up a flight into Heathrow is able to book two tickets... one from Turkey to Germany and one from Germany to UK, or, heaven forbid driving to Germany first. Heaven help us when our security people are so stupid.

Add this to the fact that Stansted features as a stunning terrorist target given their inability to staff more than 40% of their security belts leads to several thousand men, women and children in an enclosed space with metal barriers, suitcases and rucksacks... God the world has gone potty

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Re: I've said it before...

Yes but then you have two things to cart around and extra batteries etc etc etc. They are typically not much use unless they have a mount to hold the screen. The psion series 5 managed to have a keyboard, a mount, a screen all in one nice neat package that balanced well and worked a treat. It strikes me as totally unbelievable we are still not capable of inventing the wheel a second time.

Seems to be very common in computing and most other fields, ever more concentration on bigger numbers and forgetting basic utility. Like having an electric motor driven emergency brake in my car... what egit thought of that and why? More weight and when the electrics in my car fail it is totally and utterly useless... can't take the brake off if I have stupidly put it on when I parked before the battery went flat, can't put it on when the engine has failed rendering the over servo helped footbrake practically useless.

Nope, give me a series 5, then if you can make it a colour screen as well I would be ecstatic.

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I often wonder

My laptop sucks air from underneath and pumps it out the side... so also sucks in dust, gets blocked if you put it on a sofa/jeans whatever... stupid. Why do laptops continue that basic design mistake rather than taking air from above the keyboard with a filter you can easily remove and clean?

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ipad/whatever copy

I have one (a cheap tesco android based tablet thingy), it is very useful for keeping the kid happy on flights (at the moment before some person blocks me from saving any of the 'free' films on youtube with some poxy drm) However with no keyboard it is pretty useless for surfing, searching, emailing etc. and with limited power and zero keyboard no use at all for anything further. The fact it is a cheap tesco pad not an ipad is not the issue, it is the keyboard and performance.

Now, if someone could do something a bit like an oversize psion series 5 where I can use a touch screen and then a keyboard for those email messages and put it on a desk, and ... you get the picture.

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It's happening! It's happening! W3C erects DRM as web standard

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Re: @DougS - Inclusion in free software

Problem is that what will happen is that every place you can download anything will sharp add an encryption and you will need the drm engine to get past it. You won't be able to do squat with the stream apart from watch it right when you are connected.

So no more downloading a pile of stuff for my daughter to watch on the plane, back of car or anything else. That would be ok if that same stuff is available to BUY legit, but mostly it isnt

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Thats just a general place

Looks like there is no specific point to push back... unless you are an 'organisation' with enough dollars to join and make a statement that will likely be overridden anyway

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Road accident nuisance callers fined £270,000 for being absolute sh*tbags

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Re: Was about to say the same thing

Not true.

The police issue the ticket and threaten that if you try and fight it then they will turn up to court and it will cost you one hell of a lot more. The judges side with the police and basically you have squat chance of winning. People have been convicted of driving faster than their car will actually go!

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Re: Was about to say the same thing

Nice idea destroyed decades back.

Want to work as a teacher, coach kids, run a dance class for the elderly... then you have to go and get a bit of paper saying you are not guilty.

Its all the same these days. Because they have worked out they can scream terrorist or child molester at you if you object to anything and the bulk of the public believe its all ok when you have nothing to hide the authorities (other people) have or can take as much power over our every day lives as they want.

On the other hand, if this company really was proven guilty of deliberately making bad calls (as against couldn't show it was innocent or had real reason to believe it had permission) then the fine should have been really big--- at least a pound a call.

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Anti-TV Licensing petition gets May date for Parliament debate

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Re: Yours is really the standard pro argument

My son and daughter both watched trumpton (as I did). I had to buy the DVD in order for that to happen (you can't see it on the BBC now. This is NOT an excuse to charge me for the BBC. The BBC could have produced such programs and sold the dvd, subscription, pay per view option (perhaps even provide it pay per view online along with all the other content I can't get on dvd or youtube), and make money to produce new content.

Other commercial setups can provide quality without the need for everyone to share in subsidising it. If I want a Jaguar I can go and pay for it (well at least in theory) or I could choose to buy a cheap alternative. The choice should be mine. What I should not have to do is buy a Jaguar so that I am allowed to buy a Nissan!

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oh God the advertising argument again

So you pay for the company selling you washing powder to advertise on TV, you ALSO pay for them to design packaging that means you recognise it, logos, brand names, transport to the shop you buy it from, the advertising billboards, the newspaper and magazine adverts, the shop assistant, the shop roof....

This is NOT an argument to FORCE me to pay for the BBC in order to see adverts on ITV!!!!!

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I will bite

OK, assume that you are right and most people like the content on the BBC then most people would pay to watch it (they do with the licence...) thus you could fund the bbc from all those who love it just by getting them to payperview or pay a subscription. Thus you dont need a licence at all!

Second the lowest common denominator argument does not hold water at all, Rolls Royce, Bentley, Jaguar, various other companies and brands exist and are profitable from NOT offering lowest anything.

If the bbc chose they could very easily take an approach to provide payperview or subscription, perhaps even a number of channels or types of program to suit both those with no brain cells to stir, those who like science, those who enjoy engineering, those who want properly researched news (the bbc would need to change its journalistic staff for that) and even those weird folk who like 'the arts'.

Above all it means that I could choose what to watch and what to pay for instead of either being forced to not have TV or (worse) to pay my hard earned so that some crass and stupid individual can be paid millions a year to mess up reading someone elses script (think of all the stars) or even more perversely get paid a fortune so they can demand to have helicopters or chauffeured transport while they touch up other peoples sons and daughters.

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Simple fix

If the BBC either commissioned work with the explicit requirement it had a worldwide licence or just produced its own then it would not have a problem.

If it was reasonably successful at providing a solution for people to watch for a subscription/payperview/dvdsales based income then people would be very willing to provide content (I don't see youtube, apple or andoid lacking content)

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Re: Good reasons for BBC

IF it does good things then people would pay subscription/pay per view/buy merchandise (dvd, books etc)

Then it would not need the licence

There are plenty of examples of commercial organisations producing decent quality stuff for the discerning and making a living WITHOUT the benefit of an enforced poll tax.

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Re: Public good

What????

The BBC does not investigate any story in enough depth to provide any facts. Further most of its 'news' output is merely personal opinion or guess work. It fails to follow up on anything. Its constant bleating that it is impartial and provides information is demonstrably false. The BBC is no better han any of the american channels and it could be argued is worse than some. Once upon a time it might have done some real reporting but is does NOT now

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some of us like...

Yes we do, pity the bbc has no real science, engineering, history or even real music left. And if you cut the licence out it might choose to go up market and cater for people who are not knuckle dragers on at least some of its programs.

BTW radio 4 used to have some content but is now just an arts paradise - even when they try and cover science or engineering they find an author or painter rather than a scientist or engineer for the interview.

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Re: Privatise It

You pay for the advertising, the packaging, the shop, the staff, the delivery to the shop, the chairmans massive wage... if you don't like what is would in the price go and grow your own lettuce

As for the BBC I would have to pay for it if I want to have a tv to watch videos... or would have to take steps to remove the antenna. I also can't watch discovery et al without paying for eastenders. If you have a subscription/advertising/pay per view/make money from merchandise/donation type model then you have the choice of satisfying many with crap or a few with better quality. This works in ALL other commercial fields from toasters to cars, from cafes to restaurants.

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Re: Cool - - - but

Planning for a replacement? No need. If the bbc produced compelling and interesting content they could sell it either to other companies or as dvds, maybe with books. It is possible if people want your stuff. The issue is that 99.9% of the bbcs current output (or maybe 100%) is rubbish, why I don't bother.

What annoys me is that I can't watch another more worthy provider without paying for the crap.

The bbc should be forced to fund itself through selling product, advertising, subscription or per-program pricing (all frankly possible these days).The argument that this leads to a race to the bottom is crap as providers of interesting programs can testify.

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The capita bloke will show

And demand to look round your house to prove you dont have a tv...

Of course you aren't obliged to let him in and you will then be able to add to the collection of threatening letters (I package min up every few months and send to my MP).

Eventually I expect to get a court backed requirement to show people around my house, not that it will prove much to them.

Interestingly if you wanted you can write to them and deny them the presumed right of access onto your property - at which case they can't come up the garden path :)

As you say iplayer complicates things, and I expect in the fullness of time the UK to adopt the German system where any household has to have a licence regardless of whether they even have electricity.

Frankly given the drivel from what the BBC claims to be news and the pathetic level of programs I last witnessed visiting friends I would cut the obscene amounts they pay 'stars' (often it seems paedophile stars) by scrapping the whole lot. If they can't survive by selling their output on dvd and in books or from advertising then we can do without them.

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Re: Good going cobber - Pollution reasons

Probably from a bit of reasoning. One of the figures tested and published is economy under ideal conditions at 56mph, since we know manufacturers want to appear good (to the point of cheating if needed) the conclusion has to be the 56mph figure is probably going to be one which they 'tune to'.

BTW a 1.6 petrol Zafira A (also in my interesting stable of vehicles) is good for best part of 50mpg at 50mph, but this is already dropping off by 56 and is noticeably less by 60, by the time you take it on an autobahn 'flat out' (about 100mph) you are down to 15mpg or less.

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Re: Good going cobber

2 down... mmm, ok, explain why.

The fixed camera is where I say... a good distance after the accident zone, in fact (confirmed by MP with the chief constable) on the border of how far from the accidents they could get away with.

The A11 mobile camera situation is exactly as described

Both are chasing revenue not safety.

As I say elsewhere, if speeding is safety related then take the speeders off the road using the points system. If it is revenue related keep taking the fines, it is obvious and simple.

Interestingly could probably do what the Germans do and leave large tracts of motorway with no speed limit, depending on the study you quote this has some safety down or some safety upsides, what it does is encourage people with fat wallets to spend a lot more on fuel and therefore fuel tax to show how fast they can go.

Next argument of course is about the arbitrary nature of the number.

In town the number 30 is chosen as some compromise between moving at all and killing any pedestrian you come across, the kid stepping off the pavement is not always a predictable occurrence (although I slow down for any group of kids, especially the young equipped with footballs).

On a motorway the number 70 was not chosen for such reasons. At 70 if you hit a pedestrian you will kill them (not that you should find too many on a motorway). But now consider the safety peoples argument... at 69mph you are safe, at 71 you are magically unsafe. Now consider my Austin 7, the footbrake operates prestretched cables on the backwheels only (to operate front brakes use the handbrake), it has no airbags, no abs, vague steering, plywood and fabric for a body... if it could manage 69 (probably only down a very very long steep road with a tail wind and out of gear) it is a veritable death trap (indeed it is at 40). Compare that to an Aston Martin with airbags, abs, crumple zones,hydraulic multi caliper ceramic brakes... at 71mph that car can outstop anything you have a chance to see. Even allowing for the distance you travel while thinking the idea that breaking the speed limit of 70 is dangerous is obvious complete bollocks.

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Re: Good going cobber

So if it isn't about revenue generation then use the points system. Too many times speeding and you lose your licence. If you are a dangerous bad driver you are no longer on the road and therefore everyone is safer. Do this and stop making money from them and suddenly the charge of revenue generation is clobbered. But do they do this? No... why not... because it is about revenue generation purely and simply.

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Re: Good going cobber

Roundabout on a dual carriageway is the WRONG solution... a traffic jam and additional pollution from stopping the lorries (and roundabouts are certainly not low accident solutions).

What they should have done is a slip road and bridge - the basic flow would not slow

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Re: Good going cobber

Not revenue generators????????

Off your head, they ARE revenue generators.

Police chiefs are on record with comments about if you cut our funding we will raise more from speed cameras.

Just look at where the cameras are and how they are hidden, deterrence? Not a chance they are positioned to catch the most people possible often when the danger spot is past (a very very good example is on the A14 just after the A11 has joined east of Cambridge, not before the junction where it might help but after the junction where there are 3 lanes to catch, and far enough after the junction for people to have recovered from the mess and started to speed up.

The Suffolk boys also regularly put a mobile setup on the A11 at Red Lodge, apparently there was an accident on the north bound sliproad 10 years ago where a person got a bruise which justifies a speed camera on the southbound carriageway of the dual carriageway road...

Yes in theory you can avoid the fine by not breaking the law, but in truth there are a number of laws which are frankly beyond sense and if we became like the Germans and did everything we are ordered the country is going from terrible to worse

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Re: Needling me?

Advertising is a wonderful thing. The Japs did the same here, pretended that the only cars broken at the side of the road were British and theirs were perfect. It wasn't true here and I don't believe it is true in Australia. Similarly I remember how the iPhone was the only device that could do this and that and the other that Nokias (and sometimes even Microsoft and Blackberry) had done for years.

I have a number of old Brit cars which I use, its fun to drive them, and yes now most are 50+ years old they need occasional work, but I have not yet found myself stranded by any of them.

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