* Posts by josephharris

8 posts • joined 21 Nov 2016

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time


Re: I called the cops

That GPO facility was the Head Office and open 24/7. I think it is still there and functioning under whichever name is current.

Airbnb host thrown in the clink after guest finds hidden camera inside Wi-Fi router


Re: Some people would argue....

There is a considerable difference between renting space, and taking commission relating to the supply of a service. Such an agent is then the intermediary, and must have some responsibility to the service provided. A "nod and a wink" is hardly sufficient for a company with the privilege of limited liability. Of course no one reads Terms and Conditions, so whether they are reasonable becomes a legal issue.

There are quite a few laws i n the UK still, dealing with this. the laws of contract, for example. Unfortunately there seems serious lack of monitoring and enforcement.

The completely rational take you need on Europe approving Article 13: An ill-defined copyright regime to tame US tech


Re: Really?

Control by state and church and censorship are not copyright. Copyright began with the 1710 Act of Queen Anne. That wrested control of works from the printer/publishers, and vested rights in creators, mainly authors at that point. British changes to that law were continuous and eventually incorporated into the relevant Geneva Convention at the end of the 19th century. Today copyright is mainly organised by WIPO, which also covers patents.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late


Re: Remember Y2K?

Depends what you mean by EEC and EU. Thatcher certainly signed the Single European Act in 1986, which most people would regard as the beginning of the EU as we know it [free movement of people in particular]. There was no vote about that, as I recall. any protest would have been drowned out by Thatcher! [Yes, that is sarcastic!] And, it is worth noting, people tend to vote after thought and should not be blamed for the childish debate conducted by Cameron, Farage and all the other "names" - greatly assisted in ignorance by the "meejah" and press.

Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata


Re: Scum...

You mean Calder Hall ---> Windscale; that Windscale?

'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials


There is no reason for identity cards; going back more decades than I'll tell you about I have not produced a polling card or other identity [except recently when my daughter makes me!]. Any system that requires identification to be checked will slow the process and either need more polling stations and staff [and cost money] or lead to the kind of queues at polling stations that other countries experience.

I am not aware of any serious problems to be solved, and in earlier years was very active politically. That identity proofs may be required elsewhere is irrelevant.

And the best voting system is a third one - the Alternative Vote - which maintains single member constituencies, and ensures that elected members are more representative of constituency opinion, rather that Party dogma.It reduces the power of Party central offices as well. PR puts ever more power in the hands of Party leaders, and leaves one without any certainty about who is one's MP. First Past the Post does give stronger government, but UK government has not had a majority vote since,I think, Attlee's post war Labour one.

Stop us if you've heard this one: Ex-Googler sues web giant claiming terrible treatment. This time, sex harassment


costs of legal action

Even in the UK the costs of bringing an action are considerable; over recent decades even Legal Aid, which helped the poor and lower middle classes has been eroded almost to the point of uselessness. In the US such costs are generally higher.

Finding a lawyer to take on a case is not that easy. I suggest the case has enough in it to merit court time. Google does not like going to court, though; unless to erode copyright!

User needed 40-minute lesson in turning it off and turning it on again


As a non-technical user of a machine far above my comprehension level - or pay grade - and starting with the days of MS-DOS, I have embarrassed myself, by email (thank goodness), even recently over email problems which mostly resolve to something I have forgotten should be checked, or an action like closing and restarting the email client [or is it agent?] to clear whatever log-jam has tied up the electrons.

I was more amused by the car stories. I have driven for - well never mind. But my cars have usually reached the scrap heap stage, so I am way behind in the technologies [bring back SU downdraft].My current car was a challenge to fill. I could not open the access flap, let alone discover if the cap required a key or not.

I spent some time examining the dashboard and under it for something that might say "Press to access fuel fill" - or something. I have my car seat quite forward, so it was about five minutes before my eyes ranged further and eventually saw a little lever to pull. One day I spent a few minutes looking at the driver's manual...

Ladies and gentlemen, you have my thanks for your patience and support. We try, but unlike the old Avis, we don't try harder :-)


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