... this isn't just something else the Tories have flogged off to their mates...?
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... this isn't just something else the Tories have flogged off to their mates...?
... Yes, there are scam sites out there who will try to rip people off by charging a fee for simply forwarding on data, but the flip side is, for instance, the business that a friend of mine runs.
She sorts out US Visa applications which is something you can do yourself, but she does it for well known celebrities, pop bands and so on and it's quicker and simpler for them to pay her to do the work rather than spend time trying to sort out a dozen or twenty Visas by themselves. This also means that, sometimes, she has to travel to London to get to the US Embassy when it opens in the morning to sort out a problem for someone whose plane is leaving later that day.
So, yes, we need to do something about the scammers, but not at the cost of catching legitimate businesses in an overly big net.
... moves like a fish...
... steers like a cow!
Or is Lewis getting more desperate to prove his view of the argument...?
But will you be able to go to Las Vegas and get a Steve Jobs lookalike to perform your wedding ceremony...?
... and there was me thinking he was spying on his neighbour who was sunbathing...
... if you think you're hard enough. You have ten seconds to comply...
So now what we need is for someone to write an App that will act as an over-arching sandbox for all the others to run in such that *WE* get to decide what (if any) data leaves it!
I'd certainly be willing to pay for that.
"...although the extra gigabytes are only good for twelve months, after which customers must either start paying for them or lose them."
Well isn't *that* generous of them! Start to use those "free" 100GB and then you have to decide whether to fork out money or lose/ delete whatever you were storing in them.
And the pushers always offer a "free" sample too...
"...so it can’t say “Hello Chief Anderton”, nor does it remember people with a view to selling you whatever you bought last time"
Pour encourager les autres...
Lol! That's a good one, tell us another...!
... so now not only will we get pictures of people's dinner on Failbook, they'll be hashtagging their mashtags too!
I've also written to my MP asking him and his colleagues to get this whole nonsense put on hold until we get a proper say in what happens to our private data!
I thought for a moment that said "Slood" and was a nod to Terry Pratchett ;-)
Gene splicing from unrelated species != Cross breeding different varieties of the same species.
Damn, you and I must have been wasting (erm, spending) money on the game around the same time because I was one of those people standing around in Clarence Pier waiting for my turn!
I was never as good, though, as my friend Raf (tall, dark curly hair) who would casually sit there, can of Quattro in one hand, joystick in the other, blasting his way through the entire game :-/
"...why so much love is still felt for this half-baked (by today’s standards) shooter."
Because it was *FUN*!!!
A game that ran at an almost insane speed, which required lots of concentration, a chair you sat in that *moved*, great (for their time) graphics, what is there not to love?!
“Welcome to the Fantasy Zone, get ready!”
... is this going to stop people picking their house as their "special location" which is going to be as secure as using their birthday?
... my data!
All that is needed is for it to be able to say "here I am" to any other such equipped cars in the vicitinity. Anything else is going beyond its remit into the realms of monitoring and spying on me and where I go, just as the last Labour government wanted to put ANPR cameras at every major junction.
It doesn't matter whether you're the government or the motor manufacturer, you do *NOT* have the right to demand that information from me.
@M Gale - You can call it whatever you like, it's still not "a tax that pays for the roads", but you can keep (and will) wriggling as much as you like too as the rest of your post demonstrates.
"Avoidance is not paying taxes that you aren't required to pay. What's unethical or immoral about that?"
Ask Vodaphone or Amazon or Google or Starbucks.
Blatantly manipulating the system may be legal and profitable, but it hardly qualifies as ethical.
People went to the music hall and then the movies and watched News Reels.
M Gale - *NOBODY* pays "Road Tax" and haven't done since just after WWII, you are taxed on your ownership of a motor vehicle but you don't get a discount because "I don't use that sort of road, therefore I won't pay for it."
I'll spell out what this has to with the Goggle box: It's just like someone saying "I don't watch the BBC therefore I shouldn't have to pay for it." Is that clear now?
(Oh and BTW, if you ride a motorbike, which does not contribute to congestion and causes less damage to a road than a small car, you *still* have to pay VED, even though its capacity is less than those cars which are exempted from VED.)
> Oh lovely. I don't want the BBC. Can I watch Channel 4? ITV? Sky? Anything?
> Guess not, then.
Right, so if I only ride a bicycle, can I withold the part of my taxes which go to pay for motorways because I don't use them?
... documentaries like Michael Moseley comes up with? Pain, Pus and Poison? Eww! Nobody wants to watch that!
Or what about Danny Baker's Rockin' Decades? A bunch of people sat around a table nattering about music? Too boring (the fact that the guy has forgotten more about music than most people know seems to be irrelevant).
And The Sky at Night would get the axe because it has no mass-market appeal.
I'll leave the last word(s) to Mitch Benn... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3q2iZuU5WM
Great, and leave it it *WIDE OPEN* to government meddling and BS austerity because it's not "paying its way" and "we're all in this together"...
"avoidance (entirely legal)"
But not necessarily entirely ethical...
... sorry, wrong punchline.
As I said in the last El Reg article on this: The system is fine as long as *we*, the public have control over the "brick code" and decide when it's used.
If the State gets their hands on it, however...
... come to mind, bitch!
"this means that some of my most visited sites are buried 3 levels deep in the bookmarks menu"
Erm, are you aware that the Firefox Bookmarks tab has a "Most Visited" section...?
Perhaps you should re-organise your bookmarks a bit more coherently, then?
They're what disappear if you open a new tab and click on the faint grey 3 x 3 block in the top right hand corner so you never see them again...
I suggest you read the link I posted above: This data is *NOT ANONYMISED*!
... was when I read this document that I got this document forwarded to me:
I thought I'd done enough by opting out of the Summary Care Record and similar nonsense, but this is something completely different and I'd urge everyone to opt out ASAP because this data doesn't even make an attempt at the fig leaf of being "anonymised" and you'll be giving your information to Cameron's Cronies in perpetuity for them to use in any commercial way they want!
... you Europeans!
(Copyright Benny Hill ;-) )
As opposed to what? An only slightly unique moon...?
... does he have an assistant called Cyclone Boy?
Yes, but they were written by the NSA...
"I'll bet their money would be better spent exchanging laser pointers for $10 McDonald's coupons."
Great, so they'll buy a cheap laser pointer for a buck or two and swap it for a coupon that's worth five times the value and then buy another pointer...
... a few drones, a Hellfire missile or two with "home on laser" capability...
... in the case of all those '"tons" of fraudulent transactions', the card issuer immediately snatched the money back from the retailers and gave it back to him before actually *checking* with the retailer to see if they were fraudulent in the first place...
... Oh, no, hang on, that's what PayPal does, isn't it?
"Flappy Bird scammers pounce on unsuspecting users
"Scam artists seeking to capitalise on the demise of popular mobile game Flappy Bird have released harmful clones.
"Apps that appeared to be identical to the original have been designed to trick users into sending premium rate text messages."
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
60AA Powers to require removal of disguises
(a)an authorisation under section 60 is for the time being in force in relation to any locality for any period, or
(b)an authorisation under subsection (3) that the powers conferred by subsection (2) shall be exercisable at any place in a locality is in force for any period,
those powers shall be exercisable at any place in that locality at any time in that period.
(2)This subsection confers power on any constable in uniform—
(a)to require any person to remove any item which the constable reasonably believes that person is wearing wholly or mainly for the purpose of concealing his identity;
(b)to seize any item which the constable reasonably believes any person intends to wear wholly or mainly for that purpose.
Coming soon: Laws to prohibit you from disguising or concealing your face...
... oh, hang on, they're already here...
"...what Google has delivered with Chrome for years."
What, offering all your data to them so they can target adverts at you...?
... nothing can go wrong... go wrong... go wrong...
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