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EU annoys industry and activists with net neutrality proposal

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Yeh butt?

What do the paying customers want?

I'd guess that most people interested in mainstream use of t'internet would be happy to pay a small premium (a quid a year?) to have a system devoid of intrusive porn, ads, scamming, phishing, ...

The quid seems reasonable on basis of the cost of hardware required to widespread popularity of the medium and also to prevent cash strapped organisations/guvmints from trying to turn it into a nice little earner? No?

Snowden 'ready to return to US', claims lawyer

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Is he daft?

For an intelligant man it seems a very dim thing to do.

Once in US will he live long enough for the justice system to do its business?

Alternatively will it give the House of Reps and/or House of Congress to award him the highest award to a citizen defending the constitution of his nation?

Maybe it will just keep oodles and oodles of lawyers, judges and legal beagles employed and in the dosh for decades to com?

MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Please explain

UK.gov shuns IT support tower model. Now what the hell do we do?

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Re: Ah, the traditional model

They do things that way by design (whoever 'they' happen to be).

It is the limited/no liabilities approach and explains why a lot of psuedo-companies chase after guvmint contracts (either with or without help from capita?)

From a taxpayers point of view no liabilities model looks like what it is - a waste of public money.

From a psuedo-company or procurement process point of view it is a nice little earner in which those involved will never snitch on the others doing the same.

Why do you think guvmint funded stuff needs inspectors?

psuedo-company is roughly what used to be fully funded directly by guvmint dosh employed by national, regional, shire-like, local guvmints byt now pretend to be private companies but usually owned by the state?

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Perfect answer here

I've got the perfect answer for them but I'd have to charge consultancy fees :-)

MP resigns as security committee chair amid 'cash-for-access' claims

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Did he take his wallet with him?

Alternative title: Death of altruism (it never lived here anyway)?

I reckon the Cousins are used to dealing with people handling brown paper envelopes filled with dosh but anyway ...

Microsoft: You want on-prem wares, UK.gov? We'll make you pay

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Chances are ...

... that MS is big enough to make it work (provided UK civil servants don't put the kiss of death on it. And if they did would it be a treasonable act?)

Now with Grunt and Gulp: Cross-platform ASP.NET in new Visual Studio 2015 preview

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Can run cross platform (XP?)

Can run cross platform (XP?) I thought that was one of the aims of Windows XP?

And didn't Adobe try something similar about 2008 (write your app once export it freely?)

And how compatible is compatible?

(Some seem to think it is a binary inclusion/exclusion thing others that compatible is a %-age thang?)

Finally, a decent use for big data: Weeding out crooked City traders

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Don't hold your breath on that...

UK hierarchy looks after itself whatever plods or software imply?

'Utterly unusable' MS Word dumped by SciFi author Charles Stross

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Google drive too

If he saves it and syncs it to google drive and deletes will be safely (?) reachable in Google Drive Bin no?

I'm the wire starter: ARM, IBM tout plug 'n' play Internet of Stuff kit

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Re: But how do I connect it to a lightbulb?

Easy-peasy with this kit: http://www.lightwaverf.com/


Nope, I am not connected with the company/organisation nor have been apart from purchasing consumer via Maplins (in the UK)

'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Best solution is ...

... EU (okay, Germany) approaches ARM and asks for a a hardware, firmware, software arrangement that is a bit more secure than what is presently on the market.

EU tools up (Greece and Spain?) to produce quality stuff at bargain basement prices and further annoy the G by commissioning a European search engine.

If not, why not?

Dutch MEP slams 'cowboy practices' of GCHQ 'n' pals following Gemalto allegations

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Fade to gray

As the US and the UK fade into self imposed and self inflicted (they shooda known beta?) obscurity maybe the new orders if China, Rusland and Germanies will be more peaceful, peaceable and based on law?

'NSA, GCHQ-ransacked' SIM maker Gemalto takes a $500m stock hit

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Tough on Gemalto.

Maybe they can go to ARM to redeem the situation?

Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

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Shame about a landline tho?

It seems that a landline of some sort is needed somewhere in the arrangement.

Wouldn't it be nicer to dispense with wires altogether (and at the same time say: bye bye BT (and not buy buy BT?)?)?

Imagine the cost savings there, no holes in the ground, very few wires in the ground?

(Just in case it works I'll get a few IPs on tin foil hats)

Did NSA, GCHQ steal the secret key in YOUR phone SIM? It's LIKELY

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Don't be daft?

Politicians did not dream this up.

Neither did they initiate all motivations to the same.

They probably just chose the recommendations put to them by their and our obedient, loyal and trusting civil servantry?

What does America need right now? Data science! (says, er, the first Chief Data Scientist)

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Article title

Well done el Reg.

You are catching on at last?

Apple design don Jony Ive: Build-your-own phone is BOLLOCKS

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Awesome in his awesomeness!


How rare it is in these times to hear someone say

"I am responsible therefore I am the responsible one!"

(Or something similar)

Have YOU got Equation NSAware in your drives? Meh, not really our concern, says EU

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Now here this!

Public management of revaluation.

You are advised to play down the event.

Smile, shrug your shoulders, say something suitably appeasing.

Privately we will let you in to what you should now know.

Send to all friendly guvmints.

Signed NSA?

First HSBC, now the ENTIRE PUBLIC SECTOR dodges tax

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Death of altruism?

Of course, people working in the public sector see it as a vocation. They are not in it for "the money" but for service to the public. The is true even for the most senior civil servant of manadrin rank.

But just try to entice them to take a 20% wage cut, reduction in job related perks and ... well you know the point I am trying to make?

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Re: The General Public Sector VAT Conundrum


It strikes me ... about NHS funding...


Governments merely set the aims, aspirations and policies.

How those are made real is usually the work of civil servants.

If it is very complicated it is usually civil servants doing the obfuscation really (I don't think John Prescott wrote the social housing amendments while he was deputy PM but some develishly craft individuals did?)

Government = policy

Making policy manifest = many but if a budget is involved almost always it means the work of UK civil servantry

Qualcomm, ARM: We thought we had such HOT MODELS...

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Q: what if smartphones DIE

A: they will - soon after the killer asteroid hits Earth or after the aliens attack

Q: When will the smartphone gravy train end?

A: as soon as something better attracts public attention and people wish to purchase it (like water, food, spacecraft to avoid impaction meteor/asteroid-alien invasion.)

Alternatively ARM could just design stuff that falls outside of NSA grasping tentacles?

(that would seem to be a bit of a killer advertising campaign no?)

Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Yeh but?

What happens when it gets into the foodchain?

PENGUINS are just TASTELESS, say boffins

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Inverse evolution?

The ones that could taste food stopped eating it, sought a vegetarian diet and, well, died due to shortage of green crops in the snowfields.

Your hard drives were riddled with NSA spyware for years

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Is it first of April already?

(I'd guess Bzeh-chish-chik-ee-eh-veech for Brzeczyszczykiewicz)

We'll ask GCHQ to DELETE records of 'MILLIONS' of people – Privacy International

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Isn't there a story about a king commanding the tides to cease and the sea to remain where it was?

Truth is in the UK the overlords are the same today, tomorrow and yesterday - we are ruled by UKs (un)civil servantry

Politicians come and go but capita remains in charge?

They've finally solved it: Schrödinger's cat is both ALIVE AND DEAD

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Models of reality are just mere models that is all.

I mean take Marylin Munroe or Madonna for example?

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Maybe ...?

... there are important differences in reality and what is perceived to be reality?

If so, then it is a relativistic term for example is perceived reality to a human different to the perceived reality of the earthworm?

And what if the cat was not bothered and did not participate as an observer?

Edit: some creation theories are merely models of reality to explain observed phenomena so exist as realities of their own usually quite separate to that of the observed phenomena (for example: simplifying assumptions in mathematical modelling)? Discuss?

Capita lands spot on mega £5bn NHS commissioning deal

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In a free democratic state the owners if capita can reveal themselves to the public?

Maybe that is where and when altruism went into its final death shudders?

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Point of order?

It seems sort of important (maybe even critically important?) to tell the public who the shareholders are as well?

What time do you call this, BT? Late, state-funded broadband rollout plods on

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A shame really

A Tory lead guvmint sponsoring a (ahem - cough - splutter) a state monopolised creation?

You couldn't make it up as an act of fiction

'Boutique' ISPs: Snub the Big 4 AND get great service

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For example ...

... suppose a big, really, really big company in a sector not only dominated the sector it also owned either outright or in major/minor part some other organisations working, earning and service providing in the same sector well, ... that company might be inclined to use influence (as owner or part owner) to create outcomes that wholly support itself (that is, for example, employees of executive rank in the first instance) and its wider strategies (for example: shareholders).

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Restrict/split/hive off BT

BT has to be removed from providing front line services direct to customers and needs to be restructured so it (BT that is) only deals with hardware networking across the nation sort of stuff (or possibly by extension to selling services to front line service providers).

Maybe someone cocked up in the great (but useless?) attempt to privatise publicly funded services?

All that seems to have happened is those organisations with monopolies/oligopolies merely have the same monopolies/oligopolies as before but with different names and/or lots more earnings?

PEAK WINDOWS 7 may well be behind us

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Hmmm interesting!

... there was a Windows tablet in Sainsbury's and it was not too expensive, not too small and quite a bit quicker in screen moves, transitioning between apps and so forth (or is it exe's in WindowsLand?) than h'Android at similar prices, spec and so forth.

Add a dash of HoloLens (is that what its called?) and MS seems to be (shaking the dead donkey back into life?) and looking almost interesting?

Welcome to Spartan, Microsoft's persuasive argument for... Chrome

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Just imagine the ad?

PC shows on screen

I am Spartacus

Voice over of the same.

Laptop appears, does the same/similar.

As do notebook, tablet, phablet, phone, ... All repeating

I am Spartucus

A really old Zune device appears and says

Oooo, luck you! I wish I was Spartacus love?

And wryly smiles

Brightstar deal means Post Office mobile network could be a thing

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Why stop there?

Why should we depend on landlines anyway?

Brits need chutzpah to copy Israeli cyberspies' tech creche – ex-spooks

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Wow! (at some of the posts)

I don't think the skills are transferrable to the UK mainly because of tremendous differences between the nations.

Where one puts self as a means to serve some greater good the other is advancement for the sake of advancement, where one is based on group, national, familial and personal existence the other is based on one-up-manship?

Increased gov spy powers are NOT the way to stay safe against terrorism

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re: an act of God


Man created God in his image and saw it was good

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Re: Civil servants are supposed to be quiet, civil and servile

It seems reasonable for elected members to define policies and debate those?

It seems reasonable for appointed persons such as heads of service to debate operational policies and how to uphold policies?

It seems a sham for appointed employees with senior rank to hide behind ministers?

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Orwellian principles?

With the apparent growth of these Orwellian principles into attempted realities it is almost comforting to note the business efficiencies of UK civil servants are totally overwhelmed by the sectors inefficiencies.

My guess is that much like NHS, income tax, ... , guvmint IT procurement as delivered or otherwise by appointed persons, ... , the system is not going to work effectively and class false positives along with false negatives will be the true narrative hidden by the guff of misinformation via official statements and press releases?

I don't know what it (civil servant services that is) are like in other nations but in the UK it can be summed up nicely as: we want your money in advance and within the next 24 hours, your due service will take place in maybe a month or two or more (ie pay more/sooner, get less/later business model)

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all so "virtual"

So one of our politicians is asking for increased powers to scrutinise electronic stuff that cannot be checked or verified (audited?) meaningfully until a non-event is confirmed (?) as not taking place OR a real event took place that was monitored partly, incompletely and not effectively making it a non-effective tactic in real terms?

What are they on?

'One day, YOU won't be able to SENSE the INTERNET,' vows Schmidt

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ok? Go figure!

If Hammonds right (Top Gear) about 'urican then that is because he does not appreciate the sense of awesome strength in a suburban, metropolitan environment.

Strength constrained and curtailed for conventional (and dare I say it legal) duties responsibilities and sensibilities.

Let's face it anyone with limited brain cell count can go 50 in a 20, 30, 40, ... (lack of) speedzone?

Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Most once-were-national-monopolies or oligopolies and/or presently are monopolies or oligopolies are now operating under a pay more-sooner, get less-later business model?

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Basic principles?

A previous monopoly/oligopoly created then modified by central guvmint should:

1 - not be a principle provider of services direct to public, to other commercial organisations with which it, on the face of it, is in direct competition with either for commercial competitors or direct to customer.

2 - BT at de-regulation should have been presented with choice of being

(a) national provider of wires n technologies to all in the country

(b) provider of services to entities (commercial, profit or no-profit) providing direct to customer services

(c) provider of services direct to end user customers.

These should have been made at the time and should have been made mutually exclusive?

3 - for the situation to continue to exist in its present 'orrible state OFCOM needs to be decommissioned tout de suite (if that means straight away without further delay that is).

I know the above is fraught with misinterpretation but hey - these principles could keep a sizeable (seizable?) army of civil servants in the pink until several generations of retirements has past no?

In the US they have a way of splitting an organisation up if it dominates too many sectors in a market and BT is prime for that sort of splitting up (so were gas, electricity, water, national health, national transport, national coal, national wheeled vehicle manufacture, national flying machines, ... but those opportunities seem to have almost past by now?)

Microsoft will give away Windows 10 FREE - for ONE year

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Woteva the OS it always seems there are two main user views:

a - will it work out of the box coz I don't want to waste any time doing upload/install stuff


b - can I tweak it to do what I want how I want

Good luck ms, the apple, Google n the rest?

'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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so the Apple wants a stylus. So what?

'It's NOT FAIR!' yell RICH KIDS ... and that's a GOOD THING

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the illusion of altruism ...

... is merely a means to obtain even greater income by claiming to do something for some sellable yet easily bought notion of doing "some greater good"

What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps

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Point or order doodz!

Like Dave, Tony, George, Angela, ... woke up one morning and thought to himself/herself "today is a fine day to do even more eavesdropping, snooping spying on humankind."

Sure they do sign the orders but mostly these days the power resides with grey suits - usually unaccountable to the public, unknown to the public grey suits with elected leaders merely rubberstamping something that they really don't understand that well at all.

About 4King time: Panasonic finally reveals voice-control Firefox OS TVs

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Quite a few people I've spoken with are disappointed in these and similar highly specced televisions mainly because TV shows, DVDs and so on don't use the special feature.






Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor

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Maybe ...

... just maybe people like hyperventilating due to over excitement or something and the press n news stories is just one other way of how to do that?

(Get over excited about something systematically dramatised into something it isn't, wasn't and never likely to be apart from as s perception held by some?)


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