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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Bruce66423 Defining media: ambiguous question! (75 comments)

My immediate response was very low - in terms of music / DVDs, but if you include 'media' as newspapers v paper, the proportion rises enormously - as a news junkie, I read stupid amounts online i.e. streamed...

yesterday
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

Bruce66423 No, they can't resist changing things (137 comments)

The reality is that governments - be it in defence or eslewhere - are always moving the goal posts, and the contractors are running to catch up. So in theory option 2 is the best, but it usually doesn't work out as well as it really ought to. The UK is currently playing the same game with a new system for welfare benefits, and it's equally disasterous. And remember - the private sector is often as bad, they usually get to bury their mistakes without publicity!

yesterday
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Biofeedback Games and The Placebo Effect

Bruce66423 All computers have an emotion detecting chip (57 comments)

The 'placebo' one is merely successful using the data collected by this feature. And we all know that it exists - every computer will go wrong just when you are most dependent on it working right...

about a week ago
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Why the FCC Is Likely To Ignore Net Neutrality Comments and Listen To ISPs

Bruce66423 Understanding 'consultation' (140 comments)

Consultation is NOT about demonstrating that there are a lot of people opposed to a decision; that's what the democratic process of the commision, congress etc is for. Consultation properly is to raise specific issues that the bureaucrats haven't thought of, to ensure that the final regulations will achieve what the bureaucrats want it to do, or to identify why the implementation will fail. So lots of identical objections will achieve nothing; a detailed examination of why the regulation will have unintended consequences in area 'X', will get attention - as long as the people tasked with reading them don't give up because there are so many.

about two weeks ago
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French Blogger Fined For Negative Restaurant Review

Bruce66423 So leave a blank review (424 comments)

No effort... and remarkably eloquent; perhaps with a link to the court case...

about two weeks ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

Bruce66423 To go back to the basics (89 comments)

The purpose of the criminal law is to protect the public from damage caused to people or their property as a result of the actions of another. The failure to deal correctly with these biohazards raises the prospect of serious damage to people. Therefore it is logical to invoke the criminal law to punish those who put people at risk of serious damage. If there are no consequences on the perpetrators of an offence, in the broadest terms, then there is every reason to expect people to do it again. The only question left is whether this is the BEST way to ensure future compliance / a safer society. This can be disputed - but that criminal sanctions should be seriously considered should be inevitable.

about two weeks ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

Bruce66423 Differing meanings of 'ignorance'. (89 comments)

I accept your point which is well made. I was referring to ignorance of the regulations about a topic when fully aware of the facts. Telling the IRS you didn't know about a tax rule is generally not a successful strategy!

about two weeks ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

Bruce66423 Having been a health and safty rep (89 comments)

I was confident that rules would exist. Two minutes playing on the OHSA website produced https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaw... which lays out comprehensive requirements for biohazard materials. I would have been amazed if they hadn't existed - which is why I 'guessed'. Governments are often predictable!

about two weeks ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

Bruce66423 Interesting argument (89 comments)

The problem, of course, is that if there is no meaningful accountability, then there's no incentive to get it right. UK unions are attempting to get a named company director liable for health and safety violations to encourage compliance, but the reality is that it's so difficult to do that the outcome is liable to be that nobody would accept the job. By contrast the National Health Service is trying to encourage 'no blame' reporting of errors, but there the ambulance chasing lawyers turn up and make it undesirable to admit errors for a different reason Thanks for making me think!

about two weeks ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

Bruce66423 Huh? Ignorance is no defence (89 comments)

If the law has been broken, then it is always chargeable as a offence, even if it's as a result of stupidity not criminal intent. The alternative is that ignorance becomes an absolute defence, which makes no sense.

about two weeks ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

Bruce66423 People get blase about risks (89 comments)

When you live with a situation that the world labels 'dangerous' and nothing happens, it's hard to keep believing its really dangerous. This is why deterrent sentences on criminals don't have much effect; people get used to the idea, and carry on living in the same way regardless of the risk. Sad but true!

about two weeks ago
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CDC Closes Anthrax, Flu Labs After Potentially Deadly Mix-Ups Come to Light

Bruce66423 Responsible party? (89 comments)

In British law we have the slightly perverse sight of government instutition being charged in their own right - without the need to identify an individual. The outcome is fines paid by one part of government to another, but it does focus the leadership to get it right (my own police force has at least one conviction for health and safety violations arising from the death of police office).

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Bruce66423 Re: No - the amendment prevents CONGRESS's action (223 comments)

http://www.washingtonpost.com/... records that eight states still have a religion test on the statute books. It's been disabled now, but clearly evidences that the states had no compunction about imposing religious test for the first 150 years of the Federal constitution.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Bruce66423 Look at the facts on the ground! (223 comments)

It's clear that any policy of the states was not prevented by the Federal constitution as originally enacted. Coincidentally the Washington Post has an article about the continuing requirement to believe in God in 7 state's laws http://www.washingtonpost.com/... Note that these are CURRENT laws - though effectively disabled by the 1960s decision of SCOTUS referred to in the article. But it is clear that there was no compunction about religious testsfor at least the first 170 years of the constitution!

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Bruce66423 Indeed (223 comments)

The point I am making is that that legal status persisted - in some cases for 50 years after the formation of the USA. In that context the first amendment clearly was not designed for the purpose to which it has become used - to exclude religion from state institutions such as schools etc.

about two weeks ago
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Today In Year-based Computer Errors: Draft Notices Sent To Men Born In the 1800s

Bruce66423 No faith in scientific progress? (205 comments)

Given the rate at which life expectancy is rising, a lot of people are going to be alive a lot longer than they expect.

about two weeks ago
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Meet the Muslim-American Leaders the FBI and NSA Have Been Spying On

Bruce66423 Quaran 9.3 (223 comments)

Clearly indicates that a Muslim is not bound by an oath to an 'idolater'. This provides plenty of space to justify lying in court, let alone in day to day discourse...

about two weeks ago
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When Beliefs and Facts Collide

Bruce66423 "Evidence" for evolution? (725 comments)

Almost all the "evidence" for evolution is post-facto interpretation of data to conform to the model. The usual evidence for evolution that is trotted out doesn't actually demonstrate EVOLUTION; it tends to demonstrate natural selection as a mechanism for explaining the prevalence of certain variations in species over others. There is no observation of speciation in, for example, viruses or bacteria where generations are extremely short. Evolution is a powerful story. It provides a justification for being an atheist - so is not adopted neutrally, but part of a wider ideological package.

about two weeks ago

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NSA knew about destruction of the Guardian's data

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about two weeks ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "As people may remember, in a piece of theatre worth of Monty Python staff from GCHQ destroyed discs and computers at the London HQ of the Guardian. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-... As anyone with an ounce of sense knew, all the data was safely elsewhere as well. Now it appear that the NSA leadership was enthusiastic about this — which indicates how out of touch they are"
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Aircraft disappear from European air traffic control radar

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "Over the course of a month some 13 aircraft at high altitude disappeared from the screens according to http://www.independent.co.uk/n... The article quotes 'unnamed experts' that 'interference between the aircrafts' transponders and ground control was apparently to blame'. Really?"
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NSA claims its systems are too complex to obey the law

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about a month and a half ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.washingtonpost.com/...
Just when you thought it couldn't get any more unlikely, the NSA throws a dozy. This of course implies that they have no backup system — or at least that the backup are not held for long. So that means that a successful virus, one that blanked without making obviously deleted, getting into their systems would destroy ALL their data. Interesting..."
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Google discriminates in favour of Asian employees - or what?

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.theguardian.com/tec...
The Guardian — a left wing newspaper — has a headline to this article that focuses on the absence of women and especially blacks. But given the 30% Asian headcount, it's dubious this is a function of discrimination against blacks, but that's how the left likes to portray it.

It's easy when you know how to spot the biases..."
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Long but brilliant explanation of why Snowden did right

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.theguardian.com/tec...
Gives a very full exposition of the mess that we are in and the need for real change. An interesting revelation — at least for me — Obama had indicated his intention to filibuster the law that protected telecoms from the consequences of their failure to resist NSA snooping. Then suddenly he voted in favour, after he was all but the Democratic candidate for President. The only question — how did they get to him..."
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School hacks confiscated phone and suspends girl for relationship

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.telegraph.co.uk/new...
A secular state (i.e. public) school is reported to have broken into the private files held on a girl's phone — which were password protected — and used the information as evidence to suspend her because of a totally legitimate romantic relationship with a boy at the school 'on religious grounds' — the school in question coming under control of Muslim ideologues."
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A hardware hack of phone lines causes ructions

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.theguardian.com/mon...
tells the story of a street of seven houses whose bills ALL showed up large overseas call charges. This is done by putting a handset on at the junction box. You have been warned! Surprisingly some people have been arrested for the offence in this case; clear evidence that the police don't have anything much to do these days given that crime is falling so fast..."
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London black cabs threaten chaos to stop Uber

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/tech...
reports that the drivers of London's black cabs — they're the ones whose drivers' 'knowledge' — the test of the streets of London they have to pass to be a driver — has been made obsolete by GPS, are threatening to cause traffic chaos in London to see off 'American monster' uber. How incumbents whinge when their monopoly is destroyed..."
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Chick-fil-a to end using chickens raised on antibiotics

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 5 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "Time reports: http://business.time.com/2014/... The company recognises that this will increase costs; the depressing thing is that this is being done voluntarily, given the clear evidence that prophylactic antibiotic use is one of the drivers of the terrifying rise in anti-biotic resistance."
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UK to get FBI to investigate US companies who breach privacy

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 6 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "The information commissioner in the UK is seeking to get the FBI involved in investigating US companies that broke UK law in getting hold of British residents' personal data. Whilst this is a logical development after the US attempts to extradite British residents who hacked US websites whilst in the UK, it seems to ignore the 800lb gorillas of the probably illegal behaviour of the NSA and others on the same grounds..."
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NSA can decode all mobile phone calls and data

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 7 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/by-cracking-cellphone-code-nsa-has-capacity-for-decoding-private-conversations/2013/12/13/e119b598-612f-11e3-bf45-61f69f54fc5f_story.html is reporting that the NSA has the codes necessary to enable it to access ALL that is sent and received by mobile phones. Surely a further case to stop using US technology..."
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'Terrorism' case collapses after contradictory evidence extracted from airline

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 8 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/crime/idiots-not-terrorists-two-cleared-of-endangering-aircraft-that-had-to-make-emergency-landing-at-stansted-8969328.html
The defence team had to get the airline's staff's stories from the airline, which torpedoed the prosecution case — based on the airline staff's stories to the police. The judge described the case as being one of 'idiots not terrorists'."
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IRS left taxpayer data vulnerable and lied about it

Bruce66423 Bruce66423 writes  |  about 8 months ago

Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "Auditors found the IRS had only partially implemented 42 percent of the plans it signed off as completed to address security weaknesses. It appears that Barak 'you can keep your existing medical insurance policy' Obama is not the only member of the US government who has a limited engagement with the truth."
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