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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

no chance of me ever watching the BBC, its for brain dead people, every program is mundane, if they have anything intelligent on it, its all dumbed down for 11 year olds who watch eastenders to understand it, i have'nt watched nothing on the BBC for 20 years, and it is all deleted off of my freeview channel list

should'nt need to pay for something you care nothing about

Be careful what you wish for: if we ask gov to abolish the Licence Fee they'll just add the sum to income tax.

TV-free for 20+ years here too and neither do I pay, if El Reg mucks this arrangement up I'll be annoyed!

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Re: Sigh

Since PC is cheaper, sells vastly less number of units, where the PC has an open and diverse architecture which can cause more work to ensure the games works on it, then the PC target is already subsidised ?

You overlooked the console title resale value in you calculations Shadmeister.

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Re: Telly Tax Is Value For Money

Are you really all Dad's Army fans?? It's was vaguely amusing 40 years ago when they last made a new episode, but come on!

It's largely about class and hence never gets old.

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Re: the Beeb don't do anything that is or requires a natural monopoly

Labour Party has largely managed to unite behind Corbyn

Nope, he has achieved popularism but he's leading the most divided Labour Party there has ever been.

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Re: RE: Lee D - tax on TVs

There'd need to be system in place whereby you can buy your telly tax-free if you show your pension book.

Old people got all the money!

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Re: the Beeb don't do anything that is or requires a natural monopoly

Agreed. However, the BBC is required by law to be impartial. Commercial stations just have to make a profit and keep their owners happy. That's a pretty big difference and one that I think is worth paying for.

Sky News do a great job and arguably outpaced the Beeb some time ago. MP's expenses, the biggest political scandal of my generation, was broken by The Telegraph. Meanwhile the Beeb quash Jimmy Savile stories while bothering the airspace over Cliff Richard's house and there are certainly many individuals within the BBC who are anything but impartial.

It's not as good as some people think it is, it's certainly not good value (it's just that lots of people pay which get the individual price down) and while it exists it stops something good coming along to replace it.

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

I have spent several years ignoring the TVL letters sent to me on a ridiculously frequent basis...

If the frequency starts to bother you, just answer one. I now get just one email every four years which I think simply exists for people to perjure themselves should they get caught out.

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

Secondly, the presence of the BBC raises the standards of the other channels. Without it there would be a rush to the bottom with 3 minutes of programming per 30 minutes of adverts.

The 'rush to the bottom' was started by the BBC when it began chasing ratings after ITV launched in the 50's

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It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

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I wonder if Fentanyl will still be around in a few years time?

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DHbEhRWXYAEqMKr.jpg

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Kebab and pizza shop owner jailed for hiding £179k from the taxman

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Re: **straining**

the utter hypocrisy of a government stealing/ wasting billions and then spouting this off...

There are rightly big penalties for not paying it but seeming none for wasting it? Funny how it's "tax" on collection, "tax payer's money" at local government level but then suddenly it's "Westminster money" as soon as MPs get involved.

I really don't understand your message downvotes.

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Bill Gates says he'd do CTRL-ALT-DEL with one key if given the chance to go back through time

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Except that MS DOS was dominant long before Windows arrived.

'One on every desk' - every business, schoolhouse, home was his goal. So he broke IBM's stranglehold by commoditizing the hardware and supplied a cheap, dirty little OS for others to sell their applications on.

I suspect he's always been an altruist but that's not mutually exclusive with being a money grabbing filthy rich capitalist animal :)

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UK PC prices have risen 30% in a year since the EU referendum

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Re: Markets are mostly psychology

If the pound falls in value against the value of foreign currencies, it takes more pounds to afford to buy those items from foreign countries, irregardless of trade deals.

A slightly selfish viewpoint as conversely, the things they buy from us get cheaper. As an exporter, a rising gate price can be passed on under such circumstances. Your problem here is that you're not exporting your house!

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Re: Markets are mostly psychology

After all if you open a factory in the UK it's much less usefull when you cannot sell to the EU

If you open a factory in the UK, the entire EU will barely take a tenth of your exported output (and falling). Having an overvalued pound won't help with most of what you do.

As for manufacturing having been 'killed' by some mysterious outside entity, if only Germany had taken more Austin Allegros! They've missed their chance now...

An overvalued currency shafts your balance of trade, and in an effort to compensate sees your assets flogged off abroad and it badly handicaps exporters. OK, cheap imports can disguise your underlying inflation rate but like QE, that's not healthy long-term.

The EU is all about kicking financial cans down the road and the wheels have already come off across southern Europe. Now is a great time to get clear and look to the rest of the world.

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Re: Markets are mostly psychology

Some Brits seem to think they are very special indeed

The 'rebate' is a discount off a retrospectively applied EEC membership fee for all the time UK wasn't a member.

A very special cash-cow indeed.

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Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report

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Is this projected saving just based on usage?

It's not about savings - there are practically none! It's about forcing a change of behaviour through differential pricing as there is no longer enough generating capacity to allow further increase in peak demand.

Old and polluting capacity reached end of life with replacement green generating capacity too small and variable to properly replace the base load loss. That variability also distorts the market making it difficult for your energy supplier, who is in essence a big hedging company, by increasing risk. It's an ages old problem that successive governments all saw coming and all chose to kick the can down the road.

Also, Hinkley Point C. Also, legislative commitment to electric vehicles and the massive load they'll present. We have no energy security, that is the sort of thing we used to fight military battles over and I think we're about to find out why.

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El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive

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They'll kill themselves, eventually

The longer HDDs persist the more the capital cost of their research & production is paid off - they'll just keep getting bigger and cheaper. Eventually that approach will fail (for whatever reason) resulting in insufficient profit margin to provide a return on capital invested and that is what will do them in.

The 'will they die' and the 'what will kill them' are best treated as separate questions.

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New iPhone details leak: Yes, Apple is still chasing Samsung

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iPhones are cancer - but don't worry, I have this weird nut diet cure!

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Nearly three-quarters of convicted TV Licence non-payers are women

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Re: Haven't had a TV licence in years

The truth is our delightful political masters know we need to tax the plebs to support this make-work scheme for Oxbridge thirds as if they got into the wider economy they'd cause havoc!

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And the criminal record is for not paying the court fine rather than for not paying the licence fee, a technicality that conveniently allows the BBC to claim it doesn't criminalise people.

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Your social circle is not a representative sample frame. The BBC has close to 19,000 staffers, their median wage was £43k in 2016 (BBC's own figures) and if they are binned their redundancy averages 16 months pay.

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I imagine most enforcement visits happen during the day when women are more likely to be at home. It's been generally known for a long time that women carry the brunt of these prosecutions, hardly news but good to see it brought to public attention again.

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Citation? The BBC's own 2016 accounts: staff salaries increased to £990 million (up from £977 million) with headcount only cut by 54 leaving 18,920 on the payroll - that many people just for two and a half telly channels and some radio, why?

They did save £154 million but mostly from cutting content rather than bureaucracy. Entirely the wrong thing to do.

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Facebook hit two billion users today and SugarCRM reminded us you are Zuck's product

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'Faecesbook' FTFY!

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: They still call it Autopilot?

Indeed - plus the benefit of a bunch of human beings on the ground making sure no other vehicles are in the way

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Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

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Poly-lined inner sleeves keep vinyl pristine but foresight is required, an attribute in great deficit across swathes of humanity.

CD made second hand easy, MP3 made 'stealing' easy. Now music just comes licenced with the video game.

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

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Throw Away Comment

'Alth thr r > efnt aud cdcs w/adv feats vailbl tdy, mp3 stll v pop amgst cnsmrs', the Institute said in a compressed statement.

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FAIL

Lays down £5k challenge, posts as AC

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Risk Management

Of the >140,000 million NHS yearly budget, only about 40,000 million is available for things like buying drugs, new hospitals, MRI scanners and desktop refreshes. The rest goes on wages. That's a political failure.

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PC survived lightning strike thanks to a good kicking

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Sony laptops, so many acronyms! VAIO, RMA, DOA...

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"But at the time it seemed so bad"

Had a user claim the PC we supplied (but didn't install) was trying to kill them. Apparently the back panel was 'electrocuting' them. Yep, Cat5 to another PC on a different mains phase, back plate of the NIC had the difference on it. Chargeable.

In another case, PFY asked for help when his malware scan went into the *second day* on a very slow customer's box (the PC was slow, not the punter - although we had them too). Was it Intel? Yep. Had it been dropped? Hmm, happened less after the change to rivet fixed coolers but it still happened - they just resorted to dropping from higher up. Always chargeable, AMD even more so.

In another, the boyfriend-that-Mum-didn't-know-about got into the Autoexec.bat of the family W95 machine which subsequently booted with some very rude remarks indeed. Clean-living, God-fearing daughter swore blind she knew nothing so Mum naturally assumed it must have been us, the supplier right? Actually not a free-fix ploy, Mum genuinely believed her darling teenaged daughter couldn't possibly know what a **** was or that it could be ****ed until it **** all over her pert ****.

@ECHO OFF

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Re: "rather than any anatomical reference"

Or, variation on 'belly-up'? In drowned humans or animals, a phase when belly and breast fat has a buoyant tendency to float the corpse upward against the mass of limbs turning it face down. In females there may be less limb mass and more breast fat, hence the somewhat indelicate expression.

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Re: Interfering mice

...if you lose the wireless usb dongle, you toss said mouse and keyboard...

Already solved: Logitech 'Unified' adapters will sync to any of their Unified peripherals. I gained a collection as the adapters outlast the micro-switches in the mouse buttons.

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Blimey, did you know? It's World Backup Day. But... surely every day is world backup day?

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Those two types of disk drive: failed and ones that have yet to fail.

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Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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Re: Two sets of traffic lights are needed

Hey, maybe we could have them follow each other in a kind of, I don't know, erm - train! Then the one at the front could have a real driver, let's call them the, erm, train driver!

If you're going to rework city infrastructure at public expense to cater for transport, do it properly and put in a decent mass transit system. This ticks not just the 'cheaper' box but also the 'safer' and 'less polluting' ones.

If Uber want something different they can lease the space to install and maintain their own equipment, city by city.

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Wow, a downvote for the guy who tried to bring facts into the discussion.

Don't know about the others but my down-vote was for the 'ban all humans' stance.

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Murder in space: NASA orders astronauts to KILL cripples – then fire bodies back to Earth

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Cheap Seats

That scratching sound (it *can't* be the mice) is the sound of Virgin Galactic taking notes...

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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10 is a fixed 8 which is rehash of 7 which is Vista with the boot-up dependencies rearranged leh

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Cut off: Big government IT wallets snap shut on BT's fingers

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good, the sooner BT become bankrupt the better

Not really, there's a 'crown guarantee' on their horribly-in-deficit pension scheme that will have tax payers picking up bill if BT go TITSUP. Something to do with it having once been a public utility although somehow the guarantee also covers post-privatisation joiners which is great if you're a BT employee (which most of us aren't) but not so good if you're a tax payer (which most of us are).

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Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

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Simplistic bordering on naive. For years professional bodies such as the BMA, the Royal College of GPs have restricted the numbers entering training citing 'standards' with the happy by-product that scarcity maintains high remuneration. NHS managers respond by recruiting from overseas where ironically some medical qualifications are of low standard.

None of this benefits patients but the phrase 'Our NHS' was never truer than when issued from the mouths of staff and it doesn't surprise me that Google's traffic algorithms can't quite believe how overstaffed the NHS is.

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Apple sings another iTune following Brexit as prices rise by up to a third

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Re: When in the us

Anyone else think running a big balance of trade deficit for a long period of time caused problems? UK has been flogging off assets at a furious rate to compensate and whereas cheap imports are great for offsetting lack of growth and hiding underlying inflation the real price gets paid when the cheap money runs out - the new owners will not start by cutting costs in their home markets.

I'm hearing $1.10 as a mark of sustainability.

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Re: More more more.... like Apple less less less

I mean we obviously know what to do with our money - give it to Apple. It is just that they don't know what to do with it...

Oh but they do. That cash pile will be slowly returned to shareholders in an effort to prop up the share price once those investors finally realise the sort of growth iPhone brought about ain't gonna be repeated.

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Re: Bright ideas - not

Have one back:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-37921356

'truly grasping you're making a big mistake in having really believed that you know what's best'

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Re: For Once

'incompetent many' is a phrase often used by the liberal consensus to justify foisting their minority ideas on a population that has resoundingly rejected them at the national ballot box for over 100 years.

The liberal response to that was entry-ism. Local government, schools of ed, charities, the BBC, the EU: places where you couldn't be voted out because you were never voted in in the first place.

Along with the feel-bad factor of static incomes ('immigration') the rejection of non-democratic political institutions was a major influence in the referendum outcome and recognising that bought Theresa May her current meal ticket.

If you're a liberal, expect a generation of pain.

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

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Re: BBC should not charge for lrgacy programs.

How many employees does the Beeb have? And they all have salaries. The big cheese probably has a MASSIVE salary.

Undistorted reality from the BBC's own 2016 accounts: they had around 23,000 staff costing £990m. The soon to be abolished Trust cost £4.2m, exec board was a not-massive £3.65m - all increases over 2015 though. Although 'stars' were down £8m to £200m it seems the cost reductions the BBC have been making have been to content rather than staff. Utterly timid.

Average redundancy appears to be around 16 months pay - somewhat more than employment law requires.

On the plus side head of BBC Worldwide Tim Davie is paid more than the DG and none of it comes from the Licence Fee.

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Re: Content is king

To comprehend the BBC is it necessary to understand that it is a make-work scheme and pension fund for metropolitan liberal-consensus hot-housed Oxbridge thirds. The two-and-a-half telly channels and some radio is just a side-line.

If we took the whole four thousand seven hundred million pounds the BBC gets annually and used it solely to commission content, we would truly have a world class pro-UK cultural resource.

Virtual BBC FTW!

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And yet it's been competing, wrongly, with ITV since 1955 and you hadn't noticed?

The rot set in at the BBC a very long time ago.

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Re: End of the TV Licence

Just take a few old copies of The Guardian with you

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Apple ordered to cough up $2m to store workers after denying rest breaks

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That would be the ad for the Mac 128 which despite a high price had insufficient RAM that couldn't be upgraded and for serious application development required the additional purchase of an Apple Lisa - one of the slowest, least productive dev machines ever.

So, over priced + under spec with no upgrade + lock-in - seeing a pattern here? Apple didn't change, they've always been like that.

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Re: Should the courts hold an entire huge company...

There might be a reason why Apple franchisees are few and far between, Jerry Pournelle in 2003:

'Back in the early days of Macs we bought 3 of them; each from a different local store; in each case the store was out of business when we wanted another. Apple had a habit of devouring its own children, and any dealer who sold a lot of Macs was in peril of having the company move in and take over its customers, leaving it dead.'

http://www.jerrypournelle.com/archives2/archives2view/view277.html

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Apple Watch sales go over a cliff: Down 2.8 meellion per quarter in a year

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So that 'we might be vaguely working on a car' leak a few days ago was nothing more than an effort to prop up the share price for when the watch sales figures came out?

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