* Posts by Patrick Seurre

10 posts • joined 22 Apr 2008

Snooper's Charter: 19,000 Emails Against, 0 In Favour

Patrick Seurre

Snooper's Charter: 19,000 Emails Against, 0 In Favour

http://blogs.computerworlduk.com/open-enterprise/2012/10/uk-snoopers-charter-19000-emails-against-0-in-favour/index.htm

From the article:

'The Joint Parliamentary Committee makes a comparison to an earlier campaign against a proposed bill, the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill, and comments:

The distinction is that while in the case of that Bill opinion was fairly evenly divided, we have not seen a single email supporting the draft Communications Data Bill, or even agreeing that there may be a case for the security services and law enforcement agencies having greater access to communications data than they do at present.

Got that? Out of 19,000 emails received by the Committee on the subject of the proposed Draft Communications Bill, not a single one was in favour of it, or even agreed with its premise. Has there ever been a bill so universally rejected by the public in a consultation? Clearly, it must be thrown out completely.'

Samsung using updates to install crapware?

Patrick Seurre

Samsung using updates to install crapware?

On two occasions now I have updated my Samsung Galaxy Note and on both occasions have found a handful of applications installed that simply should not be there (mostly with what look like German names for some reason - with the exception of myTaxi).

My Note was bought unbranded and unlocked so I could avoid this sort of stuff and choose whatever operator I wanted. I'm assuming therefore that the update is coming directly from Samsung. It's bad enough that the operators put all sorts of stuff on their phones that I would never want to use and in some cases prevent us from uninstalling it now it seems that the handset manufacturers themselves seem to be getting in on the act...

Evidence submitted re: draft of CCDP

Patrick Seurre

Evidence submitted re: draft of CCDP

http://dropsafe.crypticide.com/article/8104

Comment rejected but not obvious why?

Patrick Seurre

Re: Comment rejected but not obvious why?

That sounds perfectly reasonable, but I have a couple of additional comments: firstly I went back to the article quickly as I wanted to see if my comment had been unhidden and if there were any further comments as a result. The thread has since been closed to new comments, presumably because of the age of the article, but as I recall there was more than one page of comments. There appears to be only one displayed at the moment and no links displayed to subsequent pages. Was the hiding of additional comments intended for some reason?

In addition presumably the majority of comments get blocked for one of a number of fairly well defined reasons: abusive language, racist language, anything that could be considered libellous and so forth. Perhaps it would be possible to get the moderators to click on a reason out of a list when rejecting the comment so that we have some idea why it was rejected? Apart from anything else in this case I would have been able to provide the proof had I been given the chance to provide it.

Patrick Seurre

Also if you need proof in regards to the face that the Stephen McCartney is the same person on both cases:

http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/google_streetview_and_angry_lett#incoming-293948

Patrick Seurre

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/jul/05/google-uk-privacy-manager-ico

Patrick Seurre

It might also be relevant that the ICO have since apparently confirmed that the Stephen McCartney working for Google did in fact used to work for them.

Patrick Seurre

Comment rejected but not obvious why?

I posted a comment recently about ex-ICO employee Stephen McCartney and his move to google (see this article: http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2012/07/04/google_third_member/). This was based on an FoIA request showing him to be involved in the google related workings at the ICO and his publically viewable LinkedIn profile that shows his subsequent move to Google. It would appear to be factually correct, so I would be curious to know why it was rejected?

LibDems back copyright takedowns

Patrick Seurre

You could always try...

You could always try using this website:

http://www.writetothem.com

I believe this site allows you to write directly to lords and your MP. You don't even have to know who your MP is - just your post code.

Nintendo Wii 'like a virus', games boss sniffs

Patrick Seurre
Gates Horns

Only 3.5 games compared?

Maybe that's just a poor indication of the quality of XBox 360 games rather than the playability of the Wii ones? XBox owners need to buy more to keep themselves amused...

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