" If the criteria really did have to do with countries with a history of terrorism, then the Irish nations would be on the list too, wouldn't they?"
Nations plural? Maybe you're including the US.
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"Should be mandatory reading for every CEO."
CEOs reading el Reg?
Following on from my previous comment, and much as I hate powerpoint presentations, maybe the first chance anyone gets to do a presentation for upper management or marketing should start off with a slide saying in large letters:
IN MAY 2018 WE BECOME LIABLE FOR A FINE OF €20,00,00.00
That should get their attention.
"Don't envy anyone over there in IT."
The core problem is often marketing wanting to gather too much information and then handing processing of it over to some friendly
spammer digital marketing agency. Alternately it's top management wanting to scrimp on IT. In either case pointing out the possibility of €20m fines should give IT a useful line in to put in any powerpoint.
"But I don't believe schools or NHS/Trusts should be fined, it just takes money away they desperately need."
OTOH public bodies handling personal information, especially that from people who virtually have no option but to give it, should not get a free pass if they fail. It's a difficult issue and needs a solution.
Please let us know how you get on.
But be warned "First their solicitor told me that she had fully answered my questions but in her defence, she argued that she did not have to answer my questions." The two are not mutually exclusive and this sort of defence in depth is normal. If the court rules they didn't answer your questions fully they'll fall back on they didn't have to and vice versa.
I don't know what the DPC will be arguing but given that the primary weakness in the system still remain it's difficult to see how the case can be defended. There seems to have been an added assurance from the US DoC which doesn't have any real ability to restrain other arms of the US Govt.
There's also a so-called provision for redress which fails on several counts. It's not in the injured party's jurisdiction and will, therefore, be very difficult to enforce; it would rely on the IP to detect than an illegal disclosure had occurred, a very unlikely event given that the data handler would be under no obligation to disclose and possibly legally obliged not to; and there are no criminal penalties for disclosure.
In order to be anything but a Privacy Figleaf the following should be required:
1. The EU-based organisation shipping the data to the US should remain responsible to the data subject in the data subject's jurisdiction in both civil and criminal law.
2. The US data handler should be legally obliged to notify their EU counterpart of any breaches including disclosures to official bodies and this requirement should override any gagging orders.
3. In the event of a breach the EU-based organisation should be obliged to act as if it were a breach on their part.
If this makes transatlantic trade in data commercially infeasible, tough. There's a perfectly workable solution: ensure proper arm's length arrangements to ensure data sovereignty in the EU.
"We have considered the responses in full and think it is possible to prosecute low-level cases via an automatic online conviction procedure and impose an automated, standard penalty in these cases without compromising the principles of our justice system.
Translation: we've ignored the consultation & will go ahead with whatever we feel like doing.
"Seems like a new take on 'Shoot The Messenger'."
It might have been better if the dissenting report had simply said "don't shoot the messenger". It might be a cliché but clichés are an effective means of getting simple ideas into the heads of simple people.
There needs to be an induction process for people entering high office. Learning not to shoot the messenger would be one part. A recitation of Ozymandias would be another. The pail of water experiment* would be a third.
*Dip your hand into a pail of water. Take it out again. Examine the impression you left behind.
"2)Where the seller sells goods in the course of a business"
The problem here is that the seller is the retail outlet. Not the vendor of the kit it was in. Not even the vendor of the motherboard that went into the kit. And certainly not a component vendor. That's a whole chain of businesses that can get screwed when a component maker supplies a duff batch of components. And a whole chain of businesses who might then wonder whether to buy from the competition in future if the component maker doesn't see them right.
"Very difficult to get down to brass tacks with a supplier when you have an incestuous Board of Directors relationship like that"
it would depend. A board member in that position should be able to short circuit a lot of internal obstacles on the vendor side in the short term and persuade them that quality issues matter in the long term. The long term benefits would be mutual.
"Once while in a departure lounge at Heathrow waiting for a flight to Belfast or somewhere equally exciting."
I can beat that: queued up waiting for take-off - to Belfast - and Concorde was just a few places in front so we saw it on the runway from close quarters. The captain pointed it out. I don't think other flight crews ever tired of seeing it. Whilst it was in development we'd hear the occasional sonic boom in Belfast when they went supersonic over the Irish sea.
I also saw it a couple of times from Kew Gardens. I think it had its own approach path different to most planes; it never seemed to come in over High Wycombe like so many others.
"plus cheaper and better antibiotic"
Let's pick out one of those. We've abused the cheaper antibiotics by careless use and bred populations of resistant bacteria. That in turn means that "better" are effectively no better than the last and we're in danger of the best becoming not good enough.
We haven't got smarter in the last few decades. In fact we've not been anywhere near smart enough.
Another of the things we've done: taken one of our most versatile raw materials, fossil fuels, and wasted in in static power plants when for decades we could have used nuclear in place of it, leaving fossil fuels to be used as chemical substrates, a role for which there are no adequate substitutes available in similar quantities. Again, because we lacked ambition.
One of the flaws with this approach is that the people who will leave voluntarily are those most able to get a job elsewhere. Those who you end up keeping will be those you should have got rid of in the first place, including, of course, whoever came up with the dumb idea in the first place. And so the average IQ of the business gradually drifts downwards due to Niwradian (reverse Darwinian) selection.
"Just askin' (apologies if it's a daft question)."
Not a daft question. I'm not familiar with the product.
If the drives are nothing but data and the whole thing is driven by firmware on the processor board then it would be a tad difficult. It would depend on being able to find an alternate device with sufficiently similar firmware which would be entirely down to the software being generic. Without going off & researching that I've no idea whether it is or whether it's proprietary.
If the drives have an OS on them then it would depend on the OS including the right drivers. There's always a problem, even with general purpose OS's, of having support for newer or even older hardware.
Short answer, "similar-enough" might not exist.
"the sale of mmo2"
Touch of the alt news here. BT split. If you had n shares of BT you woke up next morning wiht n shares of BT, now worth something less, and n shares of MMO2.
Repeat after me: "BT did not sell MMO2"
After some time as an independent company MMO2 was taken over by Telefonica.
AFAICT the reason for the split was that BT thought that the licence bidding was too rich. It was a typical piece of BT management's thinking. It ended, of course, with them having to pay out a huge chunk of cash to buy themselves back into the market and still ended up being 12% owned by Deutsch Telekom.
" Maybe it is just sediment from past wind blown dust that has been buried and under huge pressures for millions of years and then exposed and eroded by wind and extreme temperature changes to form a feature that looks like a lake bed."
I'm not sure if it's possible for a wind-blown deposit to look like a lake bed. Dunes lead to cross-bedding which is pretty distinctive, see the pictures in https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cross-bedding . I'm not familiar with loess but the same source suggests it's not stratified: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loess . Possibly wind-blown deposition effects could happen on Mars but I'd expect that these two would be readily recognisable to geologists.
"Anyone else think merger with a BT free Openreach to Make UK Comms Grid?"
Here's an alternative thought. BT float off Retail and the various odd non-comms bits that they're crap at under some vacuous names such as P2, O3 (Ozone?) etc so that the BT is now just the old OpenReach business. Then they buy Arqiva.
"Do you tell your boss every little wrinkle that would just worry him? I don't"
1. Backups not working is more than a little wrinkle.
2. Managers need to be told significant stuff, especially if it's bad news. Managers who discourage being told bad news are very bad managers and wide open to any passing disaster looking for a place to happen.
"f you want a specialised A-to-Z style road map then Streetmap is definitely the one to go for. For general purpose mapping, including satellite overlays, then Google Maps is better."
Specialised A-Z mapping doesn't have contour mapping. Streetmap has the OS maps. Maybe you were just looking at the name.
For maps of Great Britain Streetmap is what I always recommend. Google may have satellite imagery but for anyone able to read maps Streetmap gives a much better view of the lie of the land. I usually prefer its placename search although it does have a few quirks. It's a great pity it doesn't extend into Ireland, not even N Ireland.
"As a middle aged, balding, pot bellied man, I don't want to see adverts for Barbie dolls or frilly dresses, I want to see adverts for powertools, beer and gadgets."
Frankly, unless I'm specifically looking for something I don't want to see adverts for any of them. If I need something I'll conduct a search. When I've done that I'll try to avoid any vendor who's managed to piss me off by slinging ads at me in the past.
"My biggest worry is one day stores will just cease providing direct purchase options via CC, and you will have no choice but to go through Google or PayPal."
OTOH, if you pay through PayPal you have to trust just one business. With CC you have to trust every single place you shop to keep your CC details safe; good luck with that.
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