* Posts by anothercynic

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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Unfortunately...

... Private companies *have to* police the political views of their employees... *expressed in the workplace* (as is their right under appropriate workplace legislation). By saying 'Keep politics out of the workplace' you are expecting them to police the workplace (to ensure politics stays out of it). Of course, the fact Google find themselves in this situation because they possibly *didn't* police their workplace appropriately (they possibly felt that being able to express your political view in a respectful manner is possibly conducive to good workplace morale, and had lax controls/rules surrounding this), is somewhat ironic.

One motto that has held true for online communities/IRC channels/workplace communications is: Don't discuss religion. Don't discuss operating systems. Don't discuss politics. :-)

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Re: Does that mean...

Do you feel discriminated against when one of the male sex refers to others of his own sex as 'sausage fest'? Really? REALLY?

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Re: Does that mean...

Google can't get it right, can they? Rock. Hard place. Oy vey!

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He's cheesed it! French flick pirate on the lam to swerve €80m fine, two-year stretch in the clink

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Re: Historical?

It only becomes expensive if the different services don't cross-share. Some do. Having Prime + NowTV works, but yes, having to add Netflix is potentially a necessity soon. :-/

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This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

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Re: To be honest...

Amen, @K, amen. That's how you deal with this problem.

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Developer recovered deleted data with his face – his Poker face

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Ahhhhh Clarion!

Like @OffBeatMammal, I had that pleasure. And COBOL. IBM COBOL II, I think... or was that VS COBOL II? Hell knows...

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US docs show Daimler may have done a Dieselgate – German press claims

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Re: Testing irl

This is how a certain Buckinghamshire business (Emissions Analytics) does it. They are the experts who were brought in for this gem by the BBC News team:

How Toxic Is Your Car Exhaust

The results are actually rather surprising... And it does involve that famous German two-letter brand caught cheating in the US.

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Transport for London to toughen up on taxi firms in the Uber age

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Re: Bizarre calls for legislation

Just to follow up on this, the Beeb now reports a slightly different version:

The mayor wants a change in the law so the journey has to start or end in the area the minicab is licensed. But at the moment, technology has again outpaced regulation.

Now that makes a lot more sense. If you are registered in the lovely City of Dreaming Spires, the job you accept must either start there or end there, or both. But you shouldn't be able to take a job that goes (with Uber) from London to London even though you don't have a TfL licence. But there it *still* is a question as to how this resolves the current Uber problem.

I want to play Uber driver, I'd get a licence from both my local authority *and* TfL... They have TfL-licensed vehicles all over the South of England and Wales (apparently Brighton is teeming with TfL-licensed cabs).

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Bizarre calls for legislation

It's lovely that TfL is starting to take safety seriously.

But the Beeb also reports that TfL has a bizarre request for the government... national legislation to require journeys by private hire cabs to *both* start and end in the authority where they are licenced.

It added it was also lobbying the government to introduce national legislation which would require taxi journeys to start and end in the area in which a driver and vehicle was licensed.

So, all cabs operating in Oxfordshire would need to be licenced by the Oxford City Council, the Vale of White Horse, South Oxfordshire, Cherwell District Council... and, oh... Tf-bloody-L for those journeys to Heathrow.

And this is supposed to solve the Uber problem how exactly?

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: "Yeah, stop reading us."

Yet, @troland, you're still here! You really do still like the SJW 'propaganda' from the Reg San Fran office...

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Life's a beach – then you're the comms nexus of the British Empire and Marconi-baiting hax0rs

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Excellent article...

More of this please! I *love* this stuff! *adds Porthcurno to the 'Things to do in Cornwall' list*

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Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back

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Re: Don't forget to sue them for time lost...

@Charles 9,

Except there needs to be a justification for an amount that high.

This is the United States. You don't need *any* justification for *anything* in a lawsuit. Just launch it and see if it sticks...

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Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

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Trust science...

... To both take the fun out of an off-the-cuff comment, and add more fun into that off-the-cuff comment to see if it leads to actual science.

I love this field of work. *inserts PMSL icon here*

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Funny that...

... Here multiple executives are very good at using the Surface Pro. I have yet to see someone here using an iPad Pro...

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OpenSSL alpha adds TLS 1.3 support

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"A grand redesign"...

... Should we be worried?

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

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Classic...

... Especially when you've just had the person come off the naughty step.

Hell, in some employers, you'd be escorted back to your desk to collect your personal belongings only, in others, you can collect them at the end of the/on the next day in a box.

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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Good.

Skipping bail does not excuse you from going to jail for skipping bail just because the original offence that you've been placed on bail for has gone away. You're *still* on the hook for skipping bail. End. Of.

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National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

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TNMOC is not inside the fence

While BPT owns the whole site, TNMOC has a separate building and site (it's past all the parking lots all the way to the top of the site). You can easily visit TNMOC without having to enter the fenced-in BPT 'attraction'. :-)

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Simple...

Bletchley Park Trust own the site. The whole kit and kaboodle. Everything. TNMOC and TWBRT are "just" renting space from BPT for their assets. What was once a very collegial atmosphere between the two (TNMOC and BPT) went sour when BPT acquired the full site after successful funding efforts and started charging others rent. The spat between BPT and TNMOC cost BPT at least one trustee and a *lot* of goodwill. I for one haven't been back after they banned their volunteers (many of them site veterans) from telling people about the Colossus exhibit at TNMOC, and started rushing them to do a tour in less than 90 minutes. They have so much more to tell but these days tell you that 'sorry, we must move on or we'll be late'. :-/

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Austrian privacy chief handed leash to EU's data protection beast

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Simple...

1. The GDPR goes into effect in May. We brexit (*if* we do) *after* the GDPR goes into effect.

2. Under the current law working its way through Parliament, the GDPR becomes a UK law after Brexit (as per 1.). The ICO will then have the authority to levy the fine on you.

3. If the government then chooses the revoke the UK version of the GDPR, if you do business in the EU or with EU citizens, you are still liable for any fines brought under EU regulations. How that fine is applied is another question that the Supreme Court will probably have to deal with.

It might be as simple as the EU instructing a law firm in the UK to act on its behalf and sue you in the UK for the amount of the fine, and it may then wend its way through court (with the attached costs), or the EU might simply choose to attach any EU assets you might own (your house in the Costa del Britain, the house in the Provence, your EU bank account) and use that to recover the fine...

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Indiegogo to ailing ZX Spectrum reboot firm: End of May... or we call the debt collector

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Indiegogo...

Given how Indiegogo washed its hands of a campaign I helped crowdfund, and the campaigners then demanded another payment for us to get our hands on our rewards, I don't trust Indiegogo anymore, at all. That said, I wrote that crowdfund off on the basis that it was an investment into a risky venture, and that intrinsically carries risk. It's just the fact that the owners in question decided to ransom off the rewards (which they *did* have ready but got screwed by their factory) is what rankled.

Kickstarter on the other hand... every single campaign has delivered on their promises. There's one outstanding...

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Newsflash! Faking it until you make it is illegal in Silicon Valley: Biz boss pleads guilty

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In Silicon Valley everything goes...

... Just don't get caught doing it.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Great Headline, Register

Someone actually downvoted you. I can't believe there are 4 people who actually had a complete and utter humour failure to downvote you on this. Really. REALLY? What's wrong with you people! :-O

That said... Damn nice job, Elon and your Musketeers. Well done. Does the Tesla have rockets behind the headlights like any good Bond vehicle? ;-)

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‘I crashed a rack full of servers with my butt’

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Re: Was filling the truck with diesel ...

prefer pay at pump myself (at which point pre-auth is sufficiently easy to make sense - particularly since the 'refund' doesn't then need the card a second time)

The newer way of Pay-at-pump systems (for card payment) make a lot more sense... no need to ever go and pay someone in person.

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Re: Was filling the truck with diesel ...

I noticed that his rear number plate appeared to be covered with tape

That's why ANPR in the UK uses cameras for the front plate on the forecourt and there are some that check the rear plate as well as people drive in. :-)

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Re: Was filling the truck with diesel ...

Ahhh, @John Robson, but that's why those civilised countries have a higher incidence of fuel theft and have to resort to ANPR camera usage to prevent that.

At least in this instance, it actually makes sense to pre-pay (although I've never liked this weird way of doing things). :-)

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Re: L-shape

@DainB, I call BS on your BS. Anyone can visualise this scenario (I can. I've seen these kinds of designs before...)

That's a downvote from me...

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Peers approve Brit film board as pr0n overlords despite concerns

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"The government has done its best..."

Riiiiiight... you mean you thought about it for a few days and then assigned it to the BBFC 'because it's easier'.

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Nothing new to see here, move along now, move along...

Given that Icelandair, Aer Lingus and Air Astana run the Boeing 757 (the narrow-body sister of the 767) intercontinentally with great success, I don't see why the A321LR will be something to be horrified by. Since the A321LR will have the new Airbus cabin designs, it will more likely be a nicer experience than any 757.

Thomson and Jet2 also use them, so if you think the A321LR is going to be bad, don't fly them either.

*inserts huge eyeroll icon here*

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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Re: Quality of British Business versus Service to British Customers

@Triggerfish, they do indeed. Jeff Bezos knows my emails well... ;-)

Those emails should however be used only as a last resort really, not for the 'I chipped my fingernail on your product, now I demand...' kind. Not unless you're Paris Hilton or one of the Kardashians...

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The taxi...

... Is there to inconvenience you the way they feel you inconvenienced them. Not saying they're right, but that's the kind of privilege they expect you, the retailer, to suck up.

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Just can't catch a break, can ya, Capita? Shares tumble 40% amid yet another profit warning

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Given how Carillion went to the wall...

... With several profit warnings and warnings about projects, when is it Capita's turn?

I'd be concerned *now*, not in a few months, or once the Chief Transformation Officer gets going... NOW.

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NASA finds satellite, realises it has lost the software and kit that talk to it

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Re: Need help, NASA?

I have a PP ZIP drive too here... anyone need any?

Also have a 2GB Jaz Drive that still functions...

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Tsk-tsk, fat cat Softcat: Milk-slurping reseller taken to court

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Agree with David Nash...

... Small suppliers are being taken for a ride, and that someone like Mr Malik had to resort to a court order is downright stupid.

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US Pentagon scrambles after Strava base leaks. Here's a summary of the new rules: 'Secure that s***, Hudson!'

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There's a difference...

We're all human, squaddies, journos, techno geeks, all of us.

So someone had a privacy zone set up for their home location when they signed up to Strava. Four months later, they sign up to the US Marines. They've forgotten about this privacy zone thing. They end up at Camp Pendleton. Given they (and everyone in Oceanside, California) know where Camp Pendleton is, and how... tightly controlled and 'safe' it is, it's not a Strava issue. So six months after that, they get deployed to Kandahar. Now we're getting into more... *ahem* problematic territory, but, again, they've forgotten that now they're deployed actively, they should update their privacy zones (and/or enable group activities that makes things 'safer'). So their Strava account continues to broadcast their locations.

So who is at fault here? The squaddie? Or perhaps should the Department of Defence work with people like Strava to define privacy zones inside Strava, and then auto-filter any routes that start/terminate or spend the majority inside that zone to be visible only to users that start/terminate spend the majority inside that zone etc? Ultimately, the data is Strada's USP, and if that's their business case, they could be a little bit more sensible with using it. This is again the classic 'just because you have the data doesn't mean you should use it' scenario.

Would options like 'Are you in the military' be useful (i.e. you select it and verify you *are* in the military), which automatically blanks you for bases? Granted, that doesn't resolve the 'I work as deep cover operator for the <insert alphabet trifecta here>' situation, but it just may lessen the impact this has. It does require someone like Strada to work more with different organisations, but would also place a big responsibility on them (like which organisations would trust someone like Strada with the locations of their most secret bases, especially when their enemies do the same)!

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It knows where the gravel pits and power lines are. So, Ordnance Survey, where should UK's driverless cars go?

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Re: Maps are useful, but things change

At times, Google is more up to date with its stuff given it pulls data from a variety of sources, including the OS. Case in point:

OS: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/51.5968055,-1.2752334,16

Google: https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.5968055,-1.2752334,16z

Google shows the new Harwell Village bypass (the little road to the east of the A34), OS doesn't. The road isn't even open yet... yet Google already includes it. This comes from the Highways Agency whose proposals to the Oxfordshire County Council (well, the SODC) included the complete alignments...

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Zombie … in SPAAACE: Amateur gets chatty with 'dead' satellite

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Re: That's pretty nifty!

Well, TRT, it's not targeting it, it's rescuing it and seeing if it still lives. :-)

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That's pretty nifty!

Well done, Peter! That's pretty cool.

Rescuing space junk since... when exactly?

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Re: Come on it's not that old

Ahhhh Zip disks... *happy memories* ;-)

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Apple whispers farewell to macOS Server

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Xserves...

... Were indeed fab-u-lous. And yes, having to get OS X Server just to manage iThings was... a PITA. Oh well.

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Julian Assange to UK court: Put an end to my unwarranted Ecuadorean couch-surf

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Re: Oh do fuck off.

He's not being arrested and shipped off to the land of the free. That that might happen while he's in jail for bail dodging is another animal altogether. But then again, he can do the whole song and dance then anyway. Or his besties in the Ecuadorian embassy can petition the UK for his release given he'll be an Ecuadorian citizen...

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EU bods up GDPR ante: Threatens legislative laggards with ‘infringement procedure’

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@anon boring coward

That's where you're wrong. Any EU citizens within your purview? SURPRISE! You get to comply with GDPR or you'll enjoy a fine of €20 million (or a percentage of your turnover, whichever is greater).

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H-1B visa hopefuls, green card holders are feeling the wrath of 'America first' Trump

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To be fair...

... It is about time that H1-B visas are controlled more strictly and that they are followed up on, especially considering past coverage on El Reg about court cases where the p*** was taken by some... *ahem* entrepreneurial souls from the largest democracy on the planet...

If you have a visa system, apply the rules consistently and properly, all the time, regardless of nationality. However, this may unfairly affect those who have taken advantage of the H1-B pathway in the past because it was 'easy'.

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Re: In-Person interviews

@Dropper, some nations are more favoured than others when it comes to approvals and 'nods' to approve... Back when I needed a visa to the US (because the visa waiver process would not have been sufficient for what I was doing), being British helped immeasurably. Citizens of other countries applying for the same in the same consular office were not so lucky.

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Mark 58 is right...

... Part of the furriner-to-green-card and green-card-to-citizen process is an interview (or in some cases, more than one).

I assume that in most cases, it's been a conversation that doesn't come across as an interview (and possibly wasn't described as such), but the notes coming out of that have been used to approve/reject applications. Now, I can imagine that the officials are being a lot more... direct/confrontational/rigid in what they're asking, how they're asking it, and how the whole process works. Of course, being the right skin colour and being the right nationality helps (or being *married* to the right nationality)...

Green cards used to be easy. They're not anymore. If your paperwork is not perfectly in order, expect to be told to FOAD.

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EU citizens in UK could face 'deliberate hostility' policy after Brexit

Could? COULD?? They already *do*. The Home Office is extremely hostile when it comes to applications. It's embarrassing when this comes up at a dinner where transplanted continental Europeans are present.

It doesn't stop at EU citizens. They go after *anyone* these days. See the news coverage about Paulette Wilson (Jamaican and long-term UK resident) and Shane Ridge (UK-born).

Then there are the extremely hostile letters that those applying for UK citizenship got during the application process. If anything, get an immigration lawyer to deal with this crap, the hostility ends with them and you only get the cold facts and figures.

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New Zealand joins the Space Race

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Congratulations Aotearoa!

*applauds* Now the fun starts! Have a beer!

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Re: Cool...

You have to start *somewhere*. This is just the beginning.

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'The capacitors exploded, showering the lab in flaming confetti'

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Wow!

That's an explosive debut of a new column! That's impressive... taking out pretty much *everything*. Well done!

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NHS OKs offshoring patient data to cloud providers stateside

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Re: Why Don't We Have a Choice ???

MPs haven't even seen this... and if they have, it's likely to be buried in some report they just scanned over. And despite the current government's belief in this misplaced thing called 'the special relationship' with the US, Privacy Shield is not worth the paper it's printed on.

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