* Posts by NW Cynic

292 posts • joined 16 Jun 2011

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How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

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What about the music...

I assume the volume is off because that frigging tune is enough to drive anyone to a murderous rage

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Nuns left in limbo after phone line transfer hell

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Coat

Re: surely purgatory, not limbo !?

Must.. Not... Type... Obvious... Smut...

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

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Re: Again.

£0, it goes, assuming it is ever paid, to The Treasury

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Iconic Land Rover Defender may make a comeback by 2019

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Re: Needling me?

Put a stop to slave trading we had a healthy role in establishing in the first place...

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Scammers hired hundreds of 'staff' to defraud TalkTalk customers

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Joke

So...

is Talk Talk a scam or not?

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Revealed: UK councils shrug at privacy worries, strap on body cams

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Re: What if I object?

Not strictly true.

For a subject access request to be valid you have to provide sufficient details to allow the data controller (DC) to identify the relevant personal data so any request for 'all of may data' regardless of media/format can be refused.

Just saying a specific date isn't enough as those cameras could be running 24/7 so a time frame would be a reasonable clarification from the dc.

Also when providing the data a permanent copy doesn't have to be provided if it would require disproportionate effort to provide it but the dc would still be required to allow the requestor to view the footage.

When it comes to the images of 3rd parties most councils in my experience just blur faces (although there is a technical DP argument that the images aren't personal data if the council and the requestor don't have sufficient information to identify the individual).

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

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Lets be honest though..

who at least hasn't at least once in their life wished they could do something like this to some sh*tehawk of an employer who is royally shafting the staff left, right and centre?

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Netherlands reverts to hand-counted votes to quell security fears

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Re: I am for pen and paper!

It hasn't been metal boxes for a while now, its black plastic crates these days.

As a Presiding Officer clear boxes would be a boon as people could see you weren't fiddling things but given the bat shit crazy conspiracy theories you get from some voters no system is perfect.

I was personally accused of gerrymandering an election by moving a polling station across a road from one church hall to another (and I mean literally across the road all of about 50 feet).

That the church hall we used to use had been condemned and was scheduled for demolition was all a smokescreen to prevent people voting as they had 'always' used the previous hall.

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Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

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Well as an NHS employee (non-clinical) I access Google regularly for finding information rather than having to leaf through reams of printed information to find specific stuff.

Also huge numbers of enquiries at set times of day as staff access Google at lunchtime etc. for personal use.

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MEEELLIONs of Brits stick with current broadband provider rather than risk no Netflix

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Re: Not always

Not necessarily true.

I left Virgin and took my phone number with me about 8 months ago with no fuss other than them bitching I hadn't notified them of my intention to leave before I started the process of switching.

When I pointed out that they were already 18 months into 'fixing' a piss poor broadband service which wasn't due to be finally resolved for at least a further 3 months (not great when Management works from home) they got less whiny.

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Chelsea Manning sentence slashed by Prez Obama: She'll be sprung in the spring

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Re: The real culpability lies...

I seem to remember a similar logic pervading in Germany in the 1930s and early 1940s...

Failures of Senior Officers and Manning's mental state may have been mitigating factors but they don't absolve the individual of responsibility.

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What do you call a firm that leaves customer financials unencrypted on a hard drive? RSA

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Re: ICO Fail

There is no 'will try for GDPR equivalence', the UK will have to introduce the GDPR as it will be in force well before we leave the EU so we will have to have it.

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BT and Plusnet most moaned about broadband providers. Again

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Customer Service

Was with VM for over 10 yrs until I switched to Sky earlier this year.

Our broadband was so flaky it wasn't worth the money due to a network issue which had been ongoing for 18 months and was due to go on for a further 6 so we sacked them off for Sky and got a nice tidy chunk of money from VM in compensation.

The speed isn't as good but it is stable and as my other half works from home a lot she needs a reliable connection rather than one that drops out all the time.

For me Sky was the lesser of several evils and as much as I dislike giving my coin to Murdoch overall the package worked best for us, certainly far better than BT.

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WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas

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I prefer pocket billiards...

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User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again

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Coat

poop up surely?

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Lily Cole: You'd hate me more if Impossible.com were a success

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Eh?

Surely to hate something you actually have to give a toss about it?

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Sony wins case over pre-installed Windows software

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Re: How many consumers want a pc with no OS?

I think Paris knows what constitutes 'heavy browsing' ;o)

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BBC will ‘retain your viewing history’

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Re: Top Gear

I think you'll find it was Clarkson that buggered up Top Gear when he threw a diva strop and twatted a producer rather than the BBC.

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How's this for irony? US Navy hit with $600m software piracy claim

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An upvote...

purely for the use of Playmobil

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It's not our fault we don't hire black people, says Facebook

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JUst a thought

But what % of applicants to FB were from the BME community?

You can only (potentially) employ those that actually apply.

That said equality and diversity requirements can be slightly bonkers.

In a former life I worked for a local authority in the North West who were criticised by race relations groups for a lack of diversity and for not reflecting the borough's population. That these groups hadn't done their research seemed to pass the critics by as the council employed approx. 10% of its staff from the BME community while the BME population of the borough was a fraction over 1.5%!!!

Still people will always be outraged by something regardless of what people/companies do, good or bad.

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

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Lawsuit..

in 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...

Cynical? Moi?

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Lester Haines: RIP

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Pint

A retrospective...

Sleep well Lester, our loss is your deity of choice's gain.

El Reg, any chance of a retrospective of Lester's greatest hits?

Beer.. well it seems as appropriate as a way to commemorate Lester.

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Q: Is it wrong to dress as a crusader for an England match?

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Re: Taking offence

I believe the technical term for what you are saying here is b@ll@cks

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Help! Our Virgin Media TiVo boxes are stuck in a loop! Help! Our Virgin..

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Ex-Customer

The litany of VM's clusterf@*ks continues, we have had an intermittent but ongoing Broadband problem in WA3 area since January 2015... Estimated fix date is mid August this year!!

According to the engineer who came to visit the problem is with the network cluster of 12 cabinets we route off and it needs major infrastructure works to resolve. I was told by one of their drones that these sort of repairs take time... Well yes I get that Einstein but 18 months?

I suspect that they were just leaving it carry on in the hope that customers wouldnt notice but as my wife now works from home a couple of days a week a reliable internet connection is a must and their attitude was appaling.

The gist of their customer service drone's response was 'well we will get it fixed eventually but until then you can always leave...' I expect that tactic has led a lot of people to put up with it. I went straight online the next time our internet was up and moved lock stock and barrel to SKY. And yes I know they aren't perfect but slow but reliable internet is better than it dropping out and staying off for hours at a time.

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Hulk Hogan's sex tape, a Silicon Valley billionaire, and a $10m revenge plot to destroy Gawker

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Public Interest...

Another case of the 'press' (and I use the term loosely) in the form of gossip rag Gawker confusing the 'public interest' with 'interesting to the public' (and even that is debateable)

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RIP Prince: You were the soundtrack of my youth

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Re: Unexpected

Keith RIchards isn't alive, he's just chemically preserved

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Reality TV Stars

I think the use of reality tv and stars in the same phrase should be banned by law!

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Kent Police handed domestic abuse victim's data to alleged abuser – a Kent cop

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Re: Disgraceful penalty

You are a clueless numpty!!

The ICO can't do anything other than fine the plod as 'Call Me Dave' and his chums have ignored repeated requests to issue the necessary statutory instruments to allow breaches of the DPA to result in prison sentences

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Re: The shyster?

You'd be stunned at the number of solicitors with a startling ignorance of the Data Protection Act.... Actually you probably wouldnt, bunch of clueless feckwits who make my life a misery

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Larry Ellison's Brit consortium in 'advanced talks' to buy Aston Villa

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I thought Bernstein was Man City Chairman?

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Utah declares 'war on smut'

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Plasticine porm..

Careful it'll Morph into something more serious...

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Censorship FTW! China bans Paris Hilton, minor Kardashians et al

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Best advert for censorship I have ever heard

Now if they can just add Piers Morgan and Donald 'Spunk' Trump (et) to the list I'll be straight to the airport

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BOFH: If you liked it then you should've put the internet in it

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All this 'time spent on the khazi' talk reminds me of a spread sheet (poor choice of words) I used to have back in the day that calculated how much you earned while on the throne.

Dredging my memory now to try and remember what the most someone earned in a visit was.

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US bus passenger cracks one off for three hours

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Coat

Loony

You can clearly see the guy's nuts...

Already leaving.

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Would you let cops give your phone a textalyzer scan after a road crash?

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Re: Don't talk to police ever

Not true, the Police's role is to investigate and gather all of the relevant evidence.

It is the prosecuting authority (the CPS in the UK) of the relevant state so it would be the DA here to decide whether or not to prosecute based on the evidence gathered.

That certain categories of crime such as DUI automatically go to prosecution is neither here nor there, the prosecution is still done by the authority not the rozzers

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Truly crap exhibition dumped on Isle of Wight

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Re: @ x 7

Yep, a couple including Parkhurst Forest right next to the 3 prisons...

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Yelp-for-people app Peeple is back – so we rated Julia, its cofounder

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Re: What? Shaddup!

Well he patently has no soul so I can only echo the 'doesn't want a soulmate guff'

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Prison butt dialler finally off-hold after 12-day anal retention marathon

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Coat

I assume he was getting a bum signal?

I know, I know... coat... leaving...

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The paperless office? Don’t talk sheet

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Re: Paperless office - about as likely as the paperless loo.

I assume you need your coat as the khazi has run out of Andrex?

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***Yoda Mode On*** In AC the stupidity is strong it is. Cannot un-stupid can I ***Yoda mode off***

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Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

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Joke

Re: Seems unnecessary

You are Boris Johnson and I claim my £5...

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Why the Sun is setting on the Boeing 747

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In the late 80's I flew from Sydney to HK and then HK to Heathrow on the upper deck (in those days the upper deck was cattle class and as there was only 6 or 7 of us sat up there we had 2 flight crew looking after us.

The closest I will ever get to turning left as I get onto a flight!!

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999 What's your emergency: Mega millions Met call handling IT muckup?

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Re: You can't solve all your problems with air strikes.

Or a small localised fire in which no one gets hurt...

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Re: after Lockheed and Northrop Grumman won the 17-year "partnership"

Perhaps because no-one in Government can write a contract worth it's salt.

There, fixed that for you

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Brit 'naut Peake gears up for spacewalk

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Re: Spare Parts...

well played AC, well played

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Re: Spare Parts...

You can never have too many allen keys...

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Holmes

Re: According to BBC doc.

with the sleeve rolled up to hold his tabs

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Competition watchdog to rubberstamp BT gobble of EE

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Oh FFS...

Company with (insert description here) customer service bought by a customer with even more (insert description here) service...

Looks like I shall be trotting off to a new provider at the end of the month when my contract is up!

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Watch out, er, 'oven cleaners': ICO plans nuisance call crackdown in 2016

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Not strictly true Even if you have a relationship with the company you can still opt out and failure to comply with an opt out is an offence under the PECR regs but that initial call is allowed (assuming you havent checked/unchecked any boxes allowing/preventing marketing) at the point of entering the relationship with the company.

If you have told the company you dont wish to receive marketing at the outset then they can't contact you for marketing purposes.

The issue comes with what the companies define as marketing. The regs and the ICO are quite clear as it being anything which promotes something (such as the Torygraph's 'Vote for Call Me Dave' email) wherewas companies seem to see marketing as only relating to selling you something.

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