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  • Jan 17th, 2019 @ 12:56pm

    Re: Ploy by retailers to avoid returns.

    Yes, instead of just "GDPR bad" how about finding out what feature(s) of GDPR make these merchants believe they need to do this. There's nothing in the regs that I can think of that requires it.

  • Jan 4th, 2019 @ 1:53pm

    Re: WAIT A SEC! The books were never open! Where's the TOTALS?

    What is this obsession you have with account holders who mostly lurk? Who cares if it takes someone years between posts? Perhaps they signed up back in the day for something they really, really, really, really wanted to say, but then didn't feel they needed to add anything for years more? Perhaps they retired from being a wage slave and finally had some spare time to read more and then ended up commenting once more?

  • Dec 30th, 2018 @ 1:09pm

    Bad cops

    The question is, did anything subsequently happen to that jerk of a cop that drove at 94mph in a 50mph zone, causing a fatal accident?

  • Dec 18th, 2018 @ 2:23am

    Re: The shoes?

    Sorry, Oxford Uni does at least beat this one - the uni was founded by 1096 at the latest, the Oxford shoe was a 17th century invention.

  • Dec 17th, 2018 @ 5:08am

    Different legal standards

    There are occasions, when US commentators fail to recognise that there are differing legal standards across the world. Some we might agree with, some we might not. (To insist that the US has the right standard for everything could be considered arrogance of the highest order, but that's not really why I'm commenting)

    Child abuse trials (be they of prominent individuals or not) are a very difficult thing to comment on without appearing to defend the indefensible. However, the accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty, and so legitimately has the same rights as anyone accused of any other crime.

    The willingness of the US and UK media to shout and scream about the supposed guilt of anyone accused of abuse, or assault, or any other crime (violent ones in particular), has led to the social and personal destruction of many innocent people over the years. Is this destruction really justified as the cost of prosecuting the guilty?

    Barry George was wrongly accused of the murder of Jill Dando and suffered for it for years. People have taken their own lives after being found innocent of accusations of that or worse, simply because nobody will give them the time of day anymore.

    The phrase, "No smoke without fire!" encapsulates the way some people think about persons accused of a crime, regardless of the evidence. And the newspapers and other media outlets do little to help with this - they love to cover the crime & accusations in detail for days, but take almost no time at all to help clear someone's name if they're not found guilty at court.

    The victims (or their families) obviously need help to recover from violent crimes, but sometimes so do innocently-but-mistakenly accused. For this reason, I would actually favour a blanket ban on reporting any accusation of this nature. That would allow the court system to deliberate without re-judgement in the media.

    I've seen this problem in action in court where a number of members of a jury (of which I was a member) were quite insistent that the accused before them must be guilty of the crime of which they were accused simply because the accused was already in prison for another (entirely independent crime). The person was eventually found not guilty of the crime he was being tried for because the evidence simply did not support the accusation, but the jury deliberations took at least twice as long as they needed to because of the "He's a bad-un" attitude.

  • Dec 14th, 2018 @ 5:04am

    Re: Broken Inputs

    I've often said that the desire to be a career politician (of any non-voluntary flavour), be it Congress-critter, Senator, MP, MEP, or anything similar, should be seen as a seriously de-qualifying black mark against the individual.

    One needs to have a certain degree of sociopathy to be willing to stand up before your peers and ask them to vote for you ahead of others equally qualified for a post.
    (Of course, I bet Trump doesn't see the electorate as his peers, but as his subjects and minions!)

  • Dec 11th, 2018 @ 8:57am

    GDPR

    This problem of data sharing was one of the things GDPR was supposed to prevent. I'm not suggesting that GDPR is the solution, but it's certainly a step in the right direction when it comes to making one (as a systems designer/developer/maintainer) think about data protection in a new light.
    GDPR has it's own problems, but it's quite clear that whatever data protection law you have in the US, it's not good enough.

  • Dec 7th, 2018 @ 8:28am

    Re:

    No, he behaves like a man ready for a cushy job at a major telecom company when he finally gets kicked out of the FCC for some perceived criticism of Trump (real or otherwise).

  • Nov 11th, 2018 @ 3:01pm

    Re: at least out_of_the_blue has lost interest in td

    I wish the people who keep bringing them up would do the same.

  • Nov 3rd, 2018 @ 5:47am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Chief Morale Officer???

    Another solution is to emigrate to a country that has fair and sane (for relative values of sane & fair) employment law and a health system that is (mostly) free at the point of delivery.

  • Oct 16th, 2018 @ 4:53am

    Re: Beatings will continue until moral improves

    And "the public" makes a lovely amorphous target who can't sue, and can't be sued. Making them the perfect bogey man, because nobody is "the public" so everyone will always assume that "the public" is "others".

  • Oct 8th, 2018 @ 5:39am

    Re: Re:

    Funnily enough, there are people in China, Saudi Arabia, France, Italy, South Africa, Japan, and Peru(*) who all say exactly the same about their own country.

    (* non-exclusive list chosen at random, for full list, please see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_Human_Development_Index#Complete_list_of_countrie s).

  • Oct 7th, 2018 @ 1:40pm

    Re: US Supreme Court: Political Appointments For Life?

    Nice idea, but then Trump would have gotten to appoint the WHOLE of the Supreme Court on day one. Not just the ones he can get past the too-stupidly-partisan-for-words Senate.

  • Aug 7th, 2018 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    OMG, what a presumptuous anonymous fool you are. You have no idea what I get up to at the weekends; what arts I might be practising (two musical instruments for a start). Or for that matter, the incredible creative industries that work on these British Islands (yes, I'm British, I don't care if that means you can discard my opinions as 'irrelevant').

    I must admit that I am in no way qualified to critique the artistic contributions of the commercial output of one movie industry over another - I wouldn't dare, as I don't understand the language spoken and sung in Bollywood movies for a start. Do you?

    Okay, how many French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Russian, Czech, Italian, South African (and I don't mean District 9), Zimbabwean, Australian, Egyptian, Mandarin, Taiwanese, Japanese or Swahili language movies have you seen? Care to judge whether their contribution to global culture is greater than the output of Hollywood?

    But I would maintain that, with your blinkers on, you are equally unable to see that your criteria for "creative contribution" are inherently biased by your own culture. Look outside your borders and smell the (cafeinated, if you like) beverages from elsewhere.

  • Aug 7th, 2018 @ 6:20am

    Re:

    I'm a gigging musician (occasionally). My last gig netted me £20. It was still great fun.

    (Broad sweeping statement warning!) The money is not the motivator for most creators; for most creators it's a need to create that drives them.

  • Aug 7th, 2018 @ 6:17am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "I think Americans are unique in this way, that is, they, uniquely, loved their system of government throughout their entire history."?
    Didn't you guys have something of a Civil War about that?

    As for how hard D. Trump works, have you looked at the statistics (published by his own Whitehouse) about the amount his golfing trips have cost in terms of hours and dollars?

    And as for 'leading the world in creative content' ... that's only in English, and really only because the US population is much larger than the sum of any other predominantly English-speaking country.

    The Spanish, Portuguese, and, need I say, INDIAN, creative industries are also very, very active. Bollywood is cited as creating somewhere between 1,000 and 2,000 movies per year. Hollywood produces less than half that.

    That's before we even consider South America media production, or creative industries outside of cinema and music, with which the US seems obsessed, to the exclusion of the other arts.

    Yes, the US does create a lot (sometimes I wonder how much is actually worth creating, but that's another story entirely), but to assume it's world leading because the MAFFIA say so? US blinkers off, please.

  • May 30th, 2018 @ 4:32am

    Re: Masking one octet is a pathetic excuse for "anonymization"

    IP addresses have been demonstrably shown time and time again to not map to a natural person anyway, so why on earth are they even included in the GDPR definition of 'personal data'.
    Yes, it's a badly written law, written by people who don't have a technical bone in their or their staff members' bodies.
    (Mind you, of course, if we let 'technical people' write the technical legislation, we'd all be screaming about regulatory capture)

  • May 25th, 2018 @ 12:38pm

    Re: link tax

    By the time this comes in, the UK won't even be in the EU, so news sites in the UK should be fine.

    The wider question for EU lawmakers is "how long do you think it'll take for your citizens to be so pissed off with you shutting them off from the wider Internet with your uninformed technophobia?"

  • May 4th, 2018 @ 5:30am

    Re: Unauthorised access

    I'm just waiting for some smart lawyer for the accused to realise that some of the evidence leading to his arrest was obtained unlawfully... that kind of technicality has never, ever, ever worked to get someone out of all sorts of dodgy scrapes with the law.

  • May 4th, 2018 @ 5:26am

    Re: WELL, WELL. Another day, another 40 mo gap, 1 per year ZOMBIE!

    Infrequent commenting is not a crime (nor a civil suit waiting to happen), it's long been known as 'lurking' and is tremendously common on lots of forums. Get a life, AC.

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