* Posts by fruitoftheloon

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Security robot falls into pond after failing to spot stairs or water

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2+2=5: Re: @Michael H.F. Wilkinson: Your thinking about it wrong...

Well, you would hope the lucky bunny would get overtime for each 'sheesh' too...

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@AC: Re: Caption Contest

AC,

is that some trendy game???

Jay

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@Michael H.F. Wilkinson: Re: Your thinking about it wrong...

Michael,

not even close matey, can you imagine how boring it must be to have the job of sitting in front of a microphone all day and having to say "mind the doors" EXACTLY the same way just before the doors on the lift are about to close???

Sheesh...

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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@Allan George Dyer: Re: @King Jack:

AGD,

ah, but bearing how fast them there particles come out of the linear accelerator, look at the options for long-distance treatment eh?

Cheers,

Jay

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@King Jack:

KJ,

indeed, when I mention to folk that my wife works in the local hospital, the reply has ALWAYS been "is she a nurse then?"

My reply usually stuns them: "nah, she has a masters in particle and astrophysics and is head of radiotherapy cancer treatment".

Funnily enough most of those assuming she is a nurse are female, NONE of male acquaintances have ever made the same assumption in the midst of a conversation etc.

Have one on me boyo!

Cheers,

Jay

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Brickbat unwraps in lap of crap Snapchat yap app technocrat brats after stock splat mishap

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Yes!

...and i'll read the article in the morning.

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Microsoft boasted it had rebuilt Skype 'from the ground up'. Instead, it should have buried it

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@itzman: Re: Market research

Itzman,

yup, I'm one of them....

Have one on me!

Cheers!!

Jay

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Linux 4.12 kernel lands: 'Go forth and use it' quoth Linus Torvalds

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@Haldus the minor

Haldus,

are you old enough to use a computer without a grown-up making sure you don't venture into dodgy waters?

I was going to ask if you were a virgin, but that may have been inappropriate...

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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@Dominion: Re: @Sabroni

Dominion,

you haven't quite thought this one through have you matey???

So you think that people who own a bit of a company (via their shareholdings) should pay more tax.

So what happens to companies or organisations (such as pension funds) that own shares in other companies, should they be paying more tax as well??

Jay.

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@Sabroni

Sabroni,

a question for you, why shouldn't folk who have presumably worked there derrieres off earn £x out of a company that they may have built from scratch, whilst potentially not having a f'ing clue how to pay some of the bills in Y months time??

It's called taking risks matey, and most people FAIL, which means some succeed.

The politics of envy perchance???

Ooi how many people does the current business you setup employ?

The above aside, the dickhead in question does sound like a pillock of the first order...

Cheers,

Jay

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Ex-NASA bod on Gwyneth Paltrow site's 'healing' stickers: 'Wow. What a load of BS'

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@andy 103: Re: @45RPM

Andy,

it's a shame I can only give you one upvote! I say this not in jest, have you considered going into politics?

I'd vote for you matey...

Cheers,

Jay

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

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malle-herbert: Re: Looks like Microsoft is copying Apple...

m-h,

you do realise there are other non-weather related backup options?

I find an Apple timecapsule quite adequate for our reguirements.

Ymmv.

Cheers,

Jay

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ICO fines Morrisons for emailing customers who didn't want to be emailed

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@wolfetone

Wolfetone,

how many mums have you got??

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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@ lorisarvendu: Re: Christian Berger: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

lorisarvendu

right, I'll type really slowly....

Have you heard of the IMF? Do you know the reasons why they have been called in in recent decades to help countries get out of deep, dark, fiscally sharp holes?

They have been called quite a lot in Euroland in recent decades - the UK included, do you know what party was in charge then?

Which party kindly left a note for the Exchequer [somewhat in jest] recently saying 'there is no money left'...?

You're also half right in that HMG can usually assume to be rolling over debt as it matures, but our children and grandchildren will be funding it out of general taxation, for debts that are being accrued NOW...

There is no such thing as a free lunch matey!

Cheers,

Jay

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@Mark 110: Re: @PapaD: Christian Berger: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

Mark,

yup! I agree with you completely.

May I also point out that I didn't state that CT should be canned?!

Thanks,

Jay

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@PapaD: Re: Christian Berger: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

PD,

it's a tax on economic productivity, for money which could otherwise have been passed onto shareholders [increased dividends] staff [higher salary and/or more employees] and customers [reduced prices].

And yes, I have worked for myself for years, and done my own sole-trader/ltd co accounts.

And no, I certainly don't think that it shouldn't exist, but no matter what ideology one believes or which party you do or don't follow, simply hiking CT will not result in a corresponding increase in actual money coming in, but some politicians never learn...

Thanks for your input.

Jay

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Christian Berger: Re: The problem isn't ideologies spreading on the Internet

Christian,

economics 101:

Earn £100/month

Continually spend £100 month and another £20 'borrowed' from someone, at a cost of £25 a month.

You're fucked.

At some point the money going out needs to kind of match that which is coming in, otherwise the kind folk that are funding the disparity will demand such a premium that the house of cards will come crashing down, which in the UK is pronounced 'A Labour Government'.

There are a few choices for any government:

- spend less

- tax more

- do both

FYI companies do not pay taxes, their shareholders, employees and shareholders do, if the government takes an ever increasing amount of other peoples money, there is always a point of diminishing return.

It would appear that the Rt. Hon. Jeremy hasn't quite figured that out yet...

Cheers,

Jay

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Eh what?

'Clear and obvious logic in staying' [in the EU]?

I mean, horrific youth unemployment, lots of screwed economies - which are hamstrung by the EU and ECB policies, a refugee policy which INCREASED the horrific plight of those already in desperate situations, many folk across Euroland being none-too-happy with the performance of their leaders...

Yup, why would anyone possible want out of that?

And for the benefit of the inevitable mute downvoters, I have no problem whatsoever with folk from overseas choosing to move to and live/work in the UK. BUT I understand why others may not share that viewpoint.

Love the rest of the article tho!

Jay

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Microsoft totters from time machine clutching Windows 10 Workstation

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@Def: Re: 4 Processors Chips which could be 88 cores, 6TB of RAM...

Def,

you do realise that there are a number of reasons WHY MS (and not Google/Apple) are determined that the victims (sorry, customers) should be able to run an app on their desktop or their phone...

They think there is a substantial benefit to their 'customers'.

I think they are even more deluded than usual - and that is saying something...

Cheers,

Jay

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Wowee, it's Samsung's next me-too AI gizmo: The Apple HomePod

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Right...

Well horses for courses, BUT I have never used Siri on my MBP, seems like a half-arsed idea if ever I heard one.

And this 'speaker' will sound SHITE, in our kitchen we have £200 of Tibo Plus 3, I recently used them for PA purposes in our village hall - I was surprised how well they worked, and they sound frikkin amazing for the money (and modest size).

Fools and their money...

Jay

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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@ Hans Neeson-Bumpsadese: Re: Windows 98

HN-B,

you think you're old, I remember the joys of Windows 286....?

Regards,

Jay

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'Major incident' at Capita data centre: Multiple services still knackered

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@gingerone

They aren't....

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the other data centre...

I left Capita 10 yrs, ago, we had a v v important internal system in West Malling and a 'warm' Dr standby in the other data centre.

We did a real fail-over test (ironically) on my last day, it worked fine...

I wonder if some of those afflicted by this fsck up haven't been paying for a warm/hot DR, if not, TOUGH SHIT!!!

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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@Tachikoma: Re: We're already being asked for email addresses at the till

Tachikoma,

in case you weren't aware, we do not necessarily need a receipt in the UK for warranty purposes, [iirc] the actual wording in the legislation is 'reasonable proof of purchase'.

Either way if they give me any sh!t like that when I am about to purchase something, my reply is a polite but firm No!

In my experience most low-level bods doing that job don't mind in the least...

Cheers,

Jay

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LastPass now supports 2FA auth, completely undermines 2FA auth

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@julian.smith: Re: @big_D: Banking

Julian,

First Direct, which is owned by HSBC.

Cheers,

Jay

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@big_D: Re: Banking

big_D,

likewise [in the UK] my bank allows two types of e-banking logon, if I don't generate a string on the little gizmo in my wallet, I cannot setup any new payee destinations, if I logon to e-banking with the gizmo, I can.

And it uses part of the a/c code for the generation of the unique key that I have to type back into the browser.

So pretty good, not a pain in the butt and works!

Obvs I have no clue how robust the underlying schema and approach is, but there is only so much you can do...

Cheers,

Jay,

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You think your day was bad? OS X malware hackers just swiped a Mac dev's app source

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@cb7: Re: Deathly silence

Cb,

I take it that you didn't actually rtfa???

Are you old enough to use a computer without adult supervision???

/sighs

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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@Oh homer: Re: Forced to support forever

Oh homer,

in principle I agree with you, there are many health care capabilities that have VERY specialised kit, wifeys team has a cluster of whizzy Dell kit that does incredible number crunching and real-time modelling for radiotherapy treatment, what chance is there of a team of well-intentioned souls developing something to replace it???

We live in hope...

Cheers,

Jay

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Microsoft to spooks: WannaCrypt was inevitable, quit hoarding

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@Sean12: Re: @AlbertH: XP

Sean,

I don't ever remem hearing of or meeting a Richard Granger...

Cheers,

Jay

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@AlbertH: Re: XP

Albert,

well matey, the London Congestion Charging Scheme achieved its' objectives, plus it started on time, with no significant variance from the contracted budget [when adjusted for additional functionality etc].

I was part of the senior team that delivered it, ironically one of the reasons it did work, was that no Senior TFL folk had much influence on proceedings after the contract was signed, FYI the area where TFL's "Consultants" were housed was nicknamed 'the creche'...

I don't recall many others succeeding tho!

Cheers,

Jay

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User loses half of a CD-ROM in his boss's PC

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@Murakh: Re: Paper yes...

Murakh,

glad to know it's not just me, also whilst I don't use much paper nowadays, is there still an orientation [up/down] arrow on reams of A4??

Cheers,

Jay

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'I feel violated': Engineer who pointed out traffic signals flaw fined for 'unlicensed engineering'

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@Tom 38 Re: @fruitoftheloon

Tom,

indeed, sometimes they do, so what say you about the latest scandal of an NHS surgeon thaw has been butchering patients for years....

Did the BMA or any others DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT?

Re wifeys job, the IPEM doesn't actually DO anything, aside from remove several hundred pounds from our pockets each year...

Thanks for your input.

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@MiguelC

Miguel,

quite, here in the UK wifey has a Masters in Nuclear Medicine & Astrophysics, but has to pay the annual fees to be a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine before she can actually treat cancer patients.

It's just a bullshit tax that puts actual/virtual gold chains around the neck of some 'dignitary'

Cheers,

Jay

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

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@ Shogunate:Re: Hyped up nonsense...

Shogunate,

err, because some people DON'T LIKE touchscreens, or have physical coordination problems that make them a complete pain in the derriere to use...

FYI on a bad day, I find it f'ing difficult to type on my MBP, can you imagine what it would be like on a touchscreen that is trying to 'help'

Horses for courses my friend!

Cheers,

Jay

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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@Wolfetone

Wolfetone,

I could be wrong, but I suspect that the study of Economics isn't one of your strong points???

As to 5,000,000 sprogs in poverty - eh what, would this be absolute or relative poverty?

My grandad grew up with eight siblings in a two-room London East End slum in the early 1900s, no heating, no running water, no inside toilet, THAT was poverty.

[In the UK] having to scrimp and save a bit or heaven forbid, not having a 56 inch 3D TV or perhaps needing to learn how to do a domestic budget ISN'T poverty.

Also a year or so ago, we would regularly lean on our local food banks to put grub on the table, I regularly care for my wife (who has a chronic health condition) when she can't work and I am currently awaiting the outcome of a mandatory re-assessment for my ESA benefit whilst trying to startup a little business, so I have a better idea than most of life at the sharp end...

On a related note, have you written to the ex-President who actually signed off the legislation that fundamentally caused the sub-prime crisis in the first place to ask him to chip in???

So what is your plan to settle the deficit?

Btw 'soaking the rich' might make you feel better, but it would be like peeing in the wind re the deficit...

Chin up matey, the world is still spinning!

Jay

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@AC:Re: This goes to show one thing

AC,

a question for you, how have you come to the conclusion that there won't be any seasonable labour available for crop picking?

Did the PM drop you a note confirming this???

Cheers,

Jay

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Mondays suck. So why not spend yours playing with an original Mac and games in your browser

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Blimey, am I really THAT OLD?

Err yes, I have v fond memories from 1988 of a Mac SE with a 17" screen (for doing this new-fangled DTP thing), which was quite a bit of kit then, if memory serves correctly [it probably doesn't], it cost about £7k.

Cheers,

Jay

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Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data

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@AC

AC,

indeed the various bodies MAY have such capabilities, I wonder how often they have been used???

Apols as I don't have time atm to do some research...

Cheers,

Jay

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@Nick Kew

Nick,

indeed!

And we have the possibility to kick the 'offending' MP out of office at the next election if enough of the local & grumpy population choose to do so...

Cheers,

Jay

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@Adam 52

Adam,

there is no such thing as EU law in the UK (or any country in the EU as such), what our Parliament does (as do others) is ENACT laws here that meet the requirements of a specific EU law - paraphrased a bit, hopefully you get the gist....

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Squirrel sinks teeth into SAN cabling, drives Netadmin nuts

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Mind the gap...

Fellow commentards,

when faced with a creature-related hole in a wall/partition, I was advised to put lots of wire wool in situ first (the type that plumbers uses for cleaning joints/ends of pipe with first), THEN fill it with expanding foam.

Apparently rats have the determination to chew through the foam, but can't if it is also mixed in with the steel wire wool etc...

Cheers,

Jay

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'Sorry, I've forgotten my decryption password' is contempt of court, pal – US appeal judges

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@AC:Re: so Desperation

AC,

out of interest, how many friends do you have that are black and live in a major metropolis...?

Please post the publicly visible IP address of the webcam in your bedroom, because of course:

YOU HAVE NOTHING TO HIDE, do you now?

On a related note, why isn't your handle visible too???

Be careful what you wish for my friend...

Regards,

Jay

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Thousands of NHS staff details nicked amid IT contractor server hack

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@AC: Re: Welcome...

AC,

yup, wifey is a medical physicist, she and her colleagues have these whizzy doo-dah badges that keep track of radioation [wot with all those linear accelerators, and isotopes to hand that are used for cancer treatment]

As to the NHS having a f'ing clue about running it themselves, every trust would do it a different way, with a different supplier, AT MUCH HIGHER COST.

They still insist that all PCs in the trust are kept on 24/7 as there could be a an update that needs dropping on them urgently, I wonder what the marginal cost of 'leccy is for that?

/rant over

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@Kain preacher

Kain,

commentard doesn't read the article.

We've heard this before...

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Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree

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@AC

Dear AC,

'stupidity/ignorance/name-calling [delete as inappropriate], the most destructive weapon ever invented'

FTFY

Jay

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BlackBerry's comeback: El Reg gets its claws on the QWERTY KEYone

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@m0rt:Re: @Rnixon Sadly, I predict failure

m0rt,

I love my Passport, the only android app I wanted on it is todoist, which isn't available from app stores etc, so I copied the file (I think it was an .apk, can't remem at the mo) directly across from my Samsung NotePro tablet to the Passport, lo and behold, on opening todoist, it insists that it must have google [something] services present to run - which clearly isn't present, then it runs just fine anyway...

I look forward to hopefully getting my mitts on one of the new androidy-blackberries when my currrent contract conks out in Q3 this year.

Cheers,

Jay

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New UK laws address driverless cars insurance and liability

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@AC[s]: Re: We are living through the end of private motoring ...

ACs,

err no, it's a great idea (for a given set of n assumptions) if you live in a metropolis that has enough folk living on top of each other for the economics to hit critical mass.

But completely f'ing useless here (little village in the middle of Devon), where many 'roads' are literally no bigger than footpaths...

Horses for courses [pardon a terrible pun].

And I'll be keeping my road-legal track day toy no matter what, but the option to have a family taxi that can drive me to wifeys folks, then mine, then home is a VERY ATTRACTIVE concept (1,100 mile round trip).

Cheers,

Jay.

Jay

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Sysadmin's sole client was his wife – and she queried his bill

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@ Ardvark Master

AM,

err no, it should be "restart your d*mn computer NOW"

FTFY!

Cheers,

Jay.

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'We need a new Geneva Convention to protect all citizens from snoops'

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WTF?

I would loved to have watched this spiel live!

How the feck could he spout that with a straight face, it may be admirable, but has less than ZERO chance of ever actually happening..

I mean if a given government were to agree a £Bn-worth-it amount every year for access to all clients info (and of course make it perfectly legal), would [insert USA corp. name] really say: 'no thanks, we're earning quite enough now thank you very much...'

Of course, even if they did, us plebs are pretty unlikely to ever know about it.

/sighs

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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@DavCrav:Re: @silverfern: Don't accept it, act on it

DavCrav,

indeed, I didn't have time to put that in the post prior to scooting out.

Thanks!

Jay

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