* Posts by PapaD

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Amazon, eBay and pals agree to Europe's other GDPR: Generally Dangerous Products Removed from websites

PapaD

British Nanny State

Erm

If you think brexit is going to reduce nanny-state-ism in the UK, you really haven't been paying attention for the last 50+ years.

Westminster are notorious for trying to create a nanny state. Either by outlawing the viewing of things that you are legally allowed to do, or going all Mary Whitehouse on everything even remotely fun.

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

PapaD

More productive lives????

“By using this combination of visual data and AI to see through walls, we can enable better scene understanding and smarter environments to live safer, more productive lives,” said Mingmin Zhao, first author of the paper and a PhD student at MIT. ®

I don't want to live a more productive life, i want to live a significantly less productive life, one that maybe involves lots of travel, no money worries and the freedom to do whatever i fancy.

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Post-Facebook fallout: Americans envy Europeans' privacy – top EU data watchdog

PapaD

re: I'm terrified by how much "privacy" their governments have.

You got any credible sources for all of those claims?

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Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down

PapaD

Re: I actually like Virgin media...

Same here

I seem to be able to negotiate a price reduction each year, by accepting an upgrade to my service. I've rarely had problems, and when i do the really easy to remember helpline number* hasn't had long queues, and i've had an engineer out fairly quickly.

I can only assume based on the complaints against Virgin Media is that they have totally different service centres for different parts of the country. I've used them in 4 properties so far, and generally been happy with the service

*Its really easy to remember, just dial 150 of 151 from your Virgin landline

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Here we go again... UK Prime Minister urges nerds to come up with magic crypto backdoors

PapaD

Almost, but not untirely unlike

Well, they have 316 seats our of 650 - 18 seats represent Northern Ireland, so if we knocked that down to GB only, they'd have 316 seats out of 632 - so they have exactly half, and are 1 seat away from a bare minimum majority.

So not quite a majority, but very close.

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

PapaD

Whats so inhumane

About someone voluntarily remaining under 'house arrest' in a luxury accommodation, for free, with full internet access.

I'm guessing he spends his days watching TV, browsing the internet and playing games - pretty much a dream lifestyle for most teenagers in the UK.

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5 reasons why America's Ctrl-Z on net neutrality rules is a GOOD thing

PapaD

Re: @dan1980

This, however misses the issue

Its not saying 'tractors' have to pay more to use the road, its saying 'Brand X tractors' have to pay more to use the road, however, 'Brand Y tractors', who, btw the road owner owns, can't travel for free.

Or, to use a simpler analogy, if Ford owned the roads, they could say 'all cars travel free, all vehicles with more than 4 wheels have to pay extra, unless they are made by ford, then they travel for free'

Thats a better analogy for roat (net) neutrality.

The internet is already not equal for types of packets, some things take up more bandwidth, and get higher priority - but the ISPs don't currently differentiate between different flavours of X (where x is a specific type of internet traffic)

The loss of net neutrality means that they can now discriminate based on the source of X.

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Lauri Love's US extradition appeal judges reserve decision

PapaD

US has form

To be honest, the US has lots of prior experience of claiming jurisdiction over things that haven't had anything to do with them.

Examples:

NatWest Three – extradited to Texas on fraud charges against a UK bank while they were living in the UK and working for the UK bank.

Ian Norris of Morgan Crucible – alleged price fixing (while in the UK and price fixing was not a crime in the UK at the time).

Chances are, they will get there way in this case as well, though tbh, Lauri broke UK law, whilst in the UK, and has never visited the USA. He should be tried in the UK.

The fact that in the UK he will be assured of a viable defence team is one thing that should be considered - there is no legal aid in the USA, and as many have pointed out, the US justice system is a profit-mongering abuse of power and has a very low rehabilitation rate.

Alex Stone – alleged child abuse, charges subsequently dropped after 6 months in US jail. According to Mr. Stone "there appeared to be no defence to extradition and no evidence at all was presented in this case"

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Net neutrality nonsense: Can we, please, just not all lose our minds?

PapaD

re: 2 questions

Well, from what I can see

1. Clearly the ISPs, as they will be able to increase the cost of purchasing online services that they don't provide (for instance, Netflix vs the ISP's own streaming video service) - not only by increasing the cost to the consumer to get access to Netflix, but also by charging Netflix more to send data across their services. This second cost will then end up being passed on to consumers by Netflix.

2. Anything new will likely by stymied by having to pay the fees needed to get decent access to the ISP's bandwidth. Services may not suffer, but rather costs will go up, and all of that additional cost will end up in the hands of the ISPs.

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Team Trump goes in to bat for Google and Facebook

PapaD

Re: Funny isn't it

Actually, i think a lot of them had a problem with Clinton rigging the democratic primary - and i suspect a lot of democrats that were complicit in that are deeply regretting doing so, as Sanders would likely have stood a much better chance of winning than Hillary.

Tbh, an election with two candidates unhappy with the status quo would have made for a much more interesting election.

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FCC boss Ajit Pai emits his net neutrality extermination plan

PapaD

Re: Time to face facts

No reason at all

Unless they are succeeding at the expense of the populace. If their success makes things worse for all of the people, then they need to not be allowed to succeed.

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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

PapaD

Re: There wouldn't be such a push to kill neutrality...?

The problem here is the near monopoly in regards to ISP provision in large parts of the US.

You don't need any form of net neutrality regulation if you have a healthy amount of competition, because then the various nasty things that not being neutral can be tested with real customers, to see if they walk to other ISPs or not.

However, if you only have 1-2 options for ISP, and they both decide to throttle your access to streaming TV if you don't pay extra, you are basically screwed.

So, if the plan is to fix the massive monopolies, then you can go without NN, however with the monopolies in place then you need to regulate how much they are allowed to screw their locked in customers.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

PapaD

Re: It works..

Of course they pay tax on it - of course, if all they are earning is the UBI, then they have a tax bill of zero (cos £4800 a year is less than the £12k or so a year that is the minimum for paying tax)

If, however, they are already earning £35k a year, then the extra £4800 will be taxed as any other income.

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PapaD

Re: Great idea, pity

Current welfare costs in the UK are about £253 billion a year - that's where most of this comes from - the universal income, set at £150 for pensioners, £100 for working age adults and £50 per child, would cost around 49% of the UK's income from tax. The current welfare provisions cost about 33%, so it would be more expensive - however the majority of that 315billion that it would cost would actually get spent and would circulate back to the government, increasing the annual tax income by some.

You could reduce the UBI cost to around the same as the current welfare provisions by reducing the amount - this is why people suggest that the amount would need to be calculated based on the current economy - the richer the country was, the more would be paid to everyone

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PapaD

Re: Great idea, pity

Pretty much every time i've seen a reasonable UBI proposal, the amount has always been in line with current benefits (pensions, child benefits and unemployment)

No-one has suggested UBI be set to be enough to live on, its always been a 'safety net' of a small amount. Sure, in the far future where all work is done by robots, we may have to look at a UBI of a level enough to live on, just so that the companies can make profit by selling things to people.

But what is being proposed these days is a replacement for most of the current welfare benefits (which does mean unemployment, pensions, child benefit will all go) - all that will remain will be a top up for disability and housing. The rest is removed by the UBI

Btw, getting £100 a week per adult, and £50 a week per child is more than you would get on unemployment in the UK, and more than you would get for child benefit in the current setup.

In all honesty, if you dropped it to £75 a week for a working age adult, and £35 per child, (£150 for a pensioner) the costs would be in line with current UK welfare provisions, but with reduced administration costs

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PapaD

Re: It works..

"If this happens how much do you think we'd have to pay such roles to fill them?"

About the same as we'd pay them now, minimum wage - or do you think people will give up nearly £1200 a month (before tax) to be paid £400 a month (before tax)?

How much UBI do people opposed to it think everyone would be getting?

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PapaD

Re: Great idea, pity

And yet, in places where they have actually trialled UBI, they have found that almost everyone involved used the income to improve their own situation, either by education, or by spending.

Getting £400 a month on UBI for a working age individual isn't going to give you an easy life - however, continuing to get £400 a month even if you are employed is going to encourage those who want to live on more than the bare minimum to actually seek employment.

The whole point of UBI doesn't seem to be to give everyone a cushy wage so that there is little to no incentive to work, but rather to give everyone (employed or unemployed) a small amount of income based on the wealth of the nation. An amount that will allow them to improve their lives, buy things they otherwise couldn't, or even work a little less and enjoy life a little more.

Doing so actually improves the economy, because contrary to the belief in trickle down economics, what actually improves an economy is having more people spending small amounts of money, rather than extremely rich people hoarding extreme amounts of money.

All done in a way that reduces government spend (by decreasing bureaucracy), reduces the need for fraud investigation into tiny amounts of money (if all benefit fraud occurring right now stopped, the amount recovered would be a fraction of the amount that could be reclaimed by focusing on big tax avoiders)

If done right, UBI could greatly improve society, provide a decent safety net for most, and encourage spending amongst everyone else.

What could you do with an extra £400 a month - pretty sure you wouldn't give up your job for it, because even minimum wage is nearly three times that.

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Amazon to make multiple Lord of the Rings prequel TV series

PapaD

Lets hope its better than Shannara chronicles

Though in all honesty, they would need to do some serious butchering of the source material to manage that.

I gave up when they switched my favourite character from being an honourable loner with a serious desire to test his martial skill into a greedy, amoral, honour-less bounty hunter who just happened to be decent in a fight.

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Slashing regulations literally more important than saving American lives to Donald Trump

PapaD

Re: Wow

Well, regulation can be a tricky thing, too much and you stifle creativity and create untenable situations, too little however and you get companies making decisions purely on the bottom line, regardless of whether it harms people.

Like decide that its cheaper to pay the fines for dumping chemicals rather than spending the money to properly dispose of such things, or not caring about seatbelts because hey, who gives a monkey if a few thousand people die in car crashes, we've already sold them the product so we don't lose out.

Granted, some financial pressure can be applied by people not buying cars without seatbelts, which is great until you have monopolies (like the US telecoms companies) where often the other choice is 'nothing'

Still, its a fine line that needs to be walked, and the US invariably seems to walk on the side of the line that favours corporate profits over the rest of us.

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Windows 10 Fall Creators Update tackles IT's true menace: Cheating gamers

PapaD

Why would game companies even care

About you cheating whilst playing their game.

Unless its an MMO, once you've bought it, surely its irrelevant to them how you play it - they've already got your money.

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Blade Runner 2049 review: Scott's vision versus Villeneuve's skill

PapaD

Re: Ruined by fan service and truly awful product placement

That's exactly what I experienced yesterday - when the bass line got too heavy the screen vibrated, making a horrible wood on wood impact sound.

Were you in Dudley by any chance, or is this just all cinemas having the same problem?

As for the film - overall it was good, though the pace is a bit slow at times, and it felt like it was maybe 20-30 minutes too long.

Otherwise, pretty impressive visuals, decent score, definitely worth a watch - Huge Blade Runner fans are likely to be happy with it - people who aren't that fussed with the original, or who haven't seen it, i think are likely to be a little bored at times.

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

PapaD

Audio jack

Though it may not have an integral audio jack, it was mentioned that the phone comes with a USB-C audio jack converter - so basically, you plug one extra little bit of plastic into your phone, along with your headphones, and its exactly the same as you have now.

And since its included, it's no extra cost.

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Bad news! Astroboffins find the stuff of life in space for the first time

PapaD

Well, the earth is young.

I mean, its only been around for 4.5billion years, whereas the universe is like 13.7 billion years old....

Its practically a whipper-snapper.

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Harvard, MIT boffins ink up with health-monitoring 'smart' tats

PapaD

As a diabetic

I'd certainly be interested in one, though i'd probably have it on the bottom of my left forearm, rather than on the back of my hand.

Then it's more of a conscious decision to look at it, rather than it being evident to anyone who wanted to take a look.

As for design, i'd go for something aesthetically pleasing, rather than some boring scale - so most people would simply assume it was a normal tattoo, rather than a medical alert tattoo.

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CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

PapaD

Detecting the malware

What I did find interesting was that Avast's own anti-virus software failed to detect the malware with a full scan, but Windows defender found it quite happily - and then removed it.

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BoJo, don't misuse stats then blurt disclaimers when you get rumbled

PapaD

Erm

"This is a side-load of politics into the Register; the views of one of the unelected 'experts' who see their power over us slipping away as we become a sovereign nation again."

Are you suggesting that the head of the Office of National Statistics (a UK government organisation) is somehow actually an unelected european expert, and when the UK leaves Europe, we will no longer have the ONS (A british institution), because (and i hate to quote the moron who first stated this) we have had enough of experts?

In all honesty, when i make a decision, i like to talk to experts in the relevant subject - i seek financial advice when making financial decisions, I seek medical advice when suffering a medical problem - I VERY much have not had enough of experts, and i really hope no-one is stupid enough to believe that ignoring experts is a good move when you are making decisions about things in which you have little to no knowledge.

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PapaD

The magic money tree

We've previously established that the Tories currently control the magic money tree, which is why, when there was no cash for anything, they were still able to pony up £1billion to bribe the DUP into backing up their minority government.

Tbh, I'm not much of a Corbyn fan, but what I'd really really like to do is prosecute any politician, or newspaper, that lies - granted, that would be almost all of them - I've seen articles in newspapers claim one thing about Corbyn that was so easily shown as bullshit that it was laughable, and then other newspapers do the same about May

I've seen a Scottish edition of a newspaper have the exact opposite headline and slant as the English version of the same newspaper, purchasable within a mile or two of each other.

It seems our politics is all about media and lies, used to further drive the people apart until neither side can understand the other (because all the information they are given about the other side is just made up rubbish).

Personally, i'd much rather we all be given the facts, and left to make up our own mind, but unfortunate that wouldn't sit with the people in charge, who want us polarised and unable to come to a consensus.

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Google sued for paying women less than men

PapaD

Equal Pay for Equal work....

Only covers part of the problem though.

If the real problem isn't that male and female engineers aren't being paid the same, but rather equally capable male and female engineers are being sorted into higher and lower paid career paths based purely on their gender - then that's where your issue is.

Tough to prove, but its actually the most likely cause of most gender based pay gaps - its very easy to highlight that Bob, who does the same job as Carol, gets paid more for it - but harder to identify that Bob, who has the exact same skills and experience as Carol, was given a higher paying role, and thus is technically doing a different job, whilst Carol was given a lower paying role, despite being fully qualified and capable of doing the higher paying role.

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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

PapaD

"So let's say a hosting provider said it would not host far left sites, or Muslim sites, or gay marriage sites because of their ethics - would that be okay too?"

Well. no, because sexual orientation and religious affiliation are both protected characteristics, and to discriminate based on them is illegal.

Being an asshole is not a protected characteristic, as a business owner i am totally within my legal rights to not do business with assholes, up until being an asshole becomes a protected characteristic, whereupon i am no longer allowed to base my decisions to do business with people upon whether or not they are an asshole.

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PapaD

Free Speech

That word, i do not think it means what you think it means.

In this instance, the US right to free speech just means that their free speech will not be abridged/removed/prevented by their government - (First amendment)

Non-governmental organisations are under no obligation to care at all about your right to freedom of speech under the law.

However, in this case, its essentially a business decision, one caused by TDS - since the last people to host them got accused (by TDS) of supporting their white supremacist views - which has now meant that any further registrar won't work with TDS because they don't want all the flack that comes with being branded a white supremacist supporting organisation.

And, since being a white supremacist isn't a supported classification under the discrimination laws, they are fine to do so.

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UK.gov wants quick Brexit deal with EU over private data protections

PapaD

Re: It is not that hard

Yeesh, the last thing we want is to find ourselves inundated with US foodstuffs that cannot legally be sold in the rest of Europe because they contain an insane amount of drugs/steroids/pus/whatever and don't meet any of the standards that are put in place to ensure a certain quality/standard for our food.

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PapaD

I still want to know

What happens if the plans to allow EU citizens about to be dragged out of the EU by a member state to retain citizenship (for whatever fee) come to fruition, and a lot of people choose to do so.

I certainly intend to.

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UK government's war on e-cigs is over

PapaD

Re: Jesus, NO!

Probably because NIMBYism has never been a good reason to make a law banning something

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President Trump to his council of industry CEO buddies: You're fired!

PapaD

Re: Political Correctness "key words" and "tricky phrases"

So, by this logic

During the second world war, the allies were as much to blame as Hitler and the Nazis, for not just accepting their hateful rhetoric, invasions and general destruction of everything we hold dear.

And to not condemn this kind of rhetoric is a tacit acknowledgement of it as acceptable.

This is not an alt-let/alt-right thing, this should be an everyone vs a hateful/racist minority.

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Google bins white supremacist site after it tries to host-hop away from GoDaddy

PapaD

Re: Nazis love diversity

A white minority is already projected in every major country across the West within mere decades - so may of you need to WAKE UP and realise that what you see as a moral crusade is nothing if the sort.

Now this is just rubbish - the current population of the UK is 92% white - that's about 54million white people.

It would take nearly the entire 'global displaced population' to move to the UK to take the country below 50% caucasian - (granted, the countries population would then be around 127million)

If we dropped the 65million globally displaced individuals into Germany, it would still have the majority of people be of European descent.

If the entire population of the middle east (around 411million) moved to Europe, it would still not be a majority (current population of Europe: 739million)

So please. stop spouting rubbish

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Old Firefox add-ons get 'dead man walking' call

PapaD

Regarding 'legacy' apps

Just to stop some of the fearmongering:

https://blog.mozilla.org/addons/2017/08/01/noscripts-migration-to-webextensions-apis/

(Noscript are going to still be around)

https://www.ghacks.net/2017/07/20/ublock-origin-webextension-firefox-amo/

(as is ublock origin)

The down side - classic theme restorer definitely seems to be going - and likely a few others.

Hopefully something will come to replace them soon - but to start with, Noscript, ublock and blur will all still be working.

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Can the last person watching desktop video please turn out the light?

PapaD

Pretty sure

That you still have to pay the licence fee/TV tax if you are able to watch streamed content.

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Trump tramples US Constitution by blocking Twitter critics – lawsuit

PapaD

Re: Another ridiculous lawsuit

Please don't use Strawman arguments

The reasoning here is that because Trumps twitter account is being used as an official communication tool of the president, then it has to abide by the same rules that other official communication tools of the president abide by.

What they are, i couldn't tell you - i'll leave that to the lawyers and politicians to work out.

What it isn't is a purely private account - and any comparison between this account and the official account of any other government office is purely a strawman.

If the lawsuit wins, and forces Trump to unblock everyone he has blocked, and not block them in the future, this won't then mean that the vulnerable user blocking their abusers will then have to unblock them.

It will also not mean that Trump can't mute anyone he wants.

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

PapaD

Re: Future Supreme Court case

I just said consequences - If you tell some guy that you want to have sex with (in a cruder way)his daughter, and he punches you out - sure, he committed a crime, but hey, you're protected freedom of speech resulted in a consequence, now you have to cope with it. You certainly aren't protected from it.

If you had true freedom of speech, you wouldn't have libel or slander laws either - both of which are potential consequences of utilising your legally granted freedom of speech.

You can say what you want, just be aware there are consequences - that doesn't mean legal or criminal, it just means consequences (like being ostracised, as you said)

However, if you incite another to commit a crime, then you may very well end up facing criminal charges (the classic example being the incitement to terrorist action - convincing someone to blow themselves up in a public place isn't an allowed freedom, its conspiracy to commit a crime)

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PapaD

Re: Future Supreme Court case

I think people really misunderstand the idea of freedom of speech.

In the US, you can say whatever you want - freedom of speech though doesn't mean freedom from consequences - so if your 'speech' results in another's death, or gets you punched - well you'll just need to deal with those consequences.

Getting convicted of a crime because you said something stupid (like inciting a riot) isn't an abridgement of your freedom of speech - its just a consequence.

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Yet more reform efforts at the Euro Patent Office, and you'll never guess what...

PapaD

Re: Leave remain

And you feel that somehow, once the UK has left the EU - you'll be involved in any treaty negotiations.

It will be exactly the same, except it will just be a different bunch of politicians doing the defining and decision making

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Teen texted boyfriend to kill himself. It worked. Will the law change to deal with digital reality?

PapaD

Assisted suicide

Is assisted suicide illegal there? Could they get her on some assisted suicide laws (in that without her encouragement it is reasonable to believe that he would have failed in his attempt to commit suicide)

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

PapaD

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

@ fruitoftheloon

Just a quick question, if companies don't pay tax, what is corporation tax?

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Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

PapaD

Re: It ought to be.

Damn, I'd loved to have done something at 23 that meant I could retire then - but honestly, that's because I am lazy and the idea of living a live of idle luxury appeals massively to me :)

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Virtual reality upstart UploadVR allegedly had in-house 'kink room,' drugs, rampant sexism

PapaD

Re: The law?

It's possible that all of these examples will be used to illustrate that the company fostered a hostile/toxic work environment that would be considered distasteful by any woman working there.

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

PapaD

Re: Sealed the deal for me.

Which, unfortunately, is probably why the Conservatives will win.

Opposition too split to be of any real threat

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

PapaD

Re: Unions

Its a balancing act

No unions = all power to the companies and employees treated like crap

Too powerful unions = excessive strikes, unrealistic wage expectations, diminished productivity and union 'bullying'

So, there needs to be a middle ground - but not allowing unions is not a valid response to powerful unions.

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PapaD

Unions

This is what you get when you can't have unions

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Murdoch will get EU green light for full Sky takeover – reports

PapaD

Re: Churn factor

Don't think Sky1 has been their flagship channel for the best part of a decade, not since the whole 'withdraw it from Virgin Media to make more money' affair.

Pretty sure Sky Atlantic is now the channel they use to put out all of their top shows.

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US Customs sued for information about border phone searches

PapaD

Intent to purchase in country

If I have to go for non-work reasons, i'm likely to try the following.

TSA: Do you have a mobile phone

Me: No, my provider doesn't supply roaming so I figured i'd pick up a cheap phone and SIM packed once i'd landed. Save me a fortune in roaming fees.

No idea how that will work, but I have no intention of taking any electronic devices through US customs, unless they are work devices.

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