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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

magpie Re:Kinda ok, kinda not (142 comments)

They will be sending the letter to the person who's name appears on the bill. If your that person and didn't do it, the point is for you to have words with the person doing it or have the name changed on the bill to thiers. Basically it's saying "Hey your name is being associated with dodgy activity, you might want to stop this, but over to you about what you do."

2 days ago
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UK Police Will Have Backdoor Access To Health Records

magpie Re:UK is not HIPAA compliant. US is. (108 comments)

Which NHS? The rules for NHS Scotland I believe are different, different legal system and all (there is no such thing as a UK wide NHS).

about 6 months ago
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UK Police Will Have Backdoor Access To Health Records

magpie So glad there is no UK wide NHS (108 comments)

Only applies to NHS England as there is no UK NHS, and never has been, for those confused (mostly in better together), the Scottish NHS is septate and always has been :-D. Thank god(dess) for our septate legal system. Out of interest does this mean all the UK police forces can have a nose about NHS England’s records?

about 6 months ago
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PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

magpie All the same (564 comments)

The problem is MS current ad campiagn that pushes windows everywhere. This does not help the hardware bods, they can get stuff free (android) rather than paying MS. This does not help MS with an OS that sucks on anything other than a touch machine. MS is ignoring it;s corp customers, It thinks it can get off with it, and it will for now (one release of the OS) but is now on trial with the corps who are now concered about ms's comitment to them. I work in a SME (the core market for MS) and we are likely to nuke our last MS server and machine when XP support ends. Apple in some places and linux everywhere else. They play well with each other.

about 7 months ago
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PC Makers Plan Rebellion Against Microsoft At CES

magpie Re:Yeah right. (564 comments)

Erm, sorry to bust your bubble but MS wants apps they control. MS doesn't want to be open anymore if they can help it.

about 7 months ago
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

magpie Re:So Near, Yet So far (222 comments)

I finally dropped Linux after 15+ years because I got sick and tired of constantly trying to keep things updated and doing my own system integration.

Erm...ever herd of apt,yum,etc?

What version of linux were you using...LVS or slackware, really you must be one of the few people on the planet that has a problem with linux due to packet management ever herd of a package manager.

Even base debian, hell gentoo, looks after the system intergration side if you use the package manager rather than tar balls.

about a year ago
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What percentage of the software you use regularly is open source?

magpie 81% I think if I'm strict (222 comments)

Work: fedora/centos, totally open source other than the inhouse apps/scripts...That is what drops my percentage the most.

Home: debian and me android phone (used to have a n900 until some git broke in and nicked it, best geek phone ever) which does a few rarely used close source apps.

Not counting inhouse apps I would be about 98% open source.

But I am almost zero on ms except for the one MS server I have to maintain that gets looked at when it falls over at work.

about a year ago
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UK ISP Filter Will Censor More Than Porn

magpie I see what they're doing (329 comments)

The ISPs don't want to implement this as it will cost them money to run so what they are doing is stymieing it by putting everything that could possibley be non-child friendly on the filtered list. Thus making the net largly usless to the majority of adults, thus getting everyone to opt out and then they can say to the gov, "look we implemented it, infact we went beyond what you asked". As almost everyone opted out they can put most of the kit they had tied up running this to more profitable use.

about a year ago
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UK Steps Up the Search For Alien Life

magpie Re:Should we transmit? (119 comments)

Do you really think any advanced civ out there hasn't picked up that we are about? We have been broadcasting our existence for a about a century (or more). Anyone looking knows we are here for about 100 light years about. Should we broadcast....we have been for decades. That genie is well and truly out the bottle. Tis too late to worry about it.

1 year,17 days
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How Old Is the Average Country?

magpie Re:If it makes you sleep well at night.... (375 comments)

Well my English friend, I know your English as no one from any of the other nations of the UK would think the way you are, England as well as Scotland ceased to exist as a state when the act of union was signed. A new state called the United Kingdom was formed, not an enlarged England. Just to make this clear England != United Kingdom. Anyway if your going to take the oldest nation that formed the UK Scotland was the elder nation.

1 year,19 days
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UK Apple Shop Forced To Change Its Name

magpie That explains it (174 comments)

That explains why me and my fellow tramps keep being kicked out of apple stores when we ask them for white lighting or frosty jack.

about a year and a half ago
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Handheld Black Hornet Nano Drones Issued To UK Soldiers

magpie Re:And they are cheap... (97 comments)

This just in: short production runs of 160 pieces have an expensive per-piece cost.

Paying off our establishment mates aren't free, buddy.

-- BMO

Fixed!

about a year and a half ago
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Does Microsoft Have the Best App Store For Open Source Developers?

magpie Re:Not Bill Gates' Microsoft (339 comments)

Where is shrill -1 when you need it.

about a year and a half ago
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Electrical Grid Hum Used To Time Locate Any Digital Recording

magpie Re:Still sceptical (168 comments)

Intelligent life on earth?!?! Where?

about a year and a half ago
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In UK, Apple Must Run Ad Apologizing to Samsung

magpie Come on (190 comments)

It would have been so much better if the judge had specified comic sans 24 pt.

about 2 years ago
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US Military Tested the Effects of a Nuclear Holocaust On Beer

magpie Re:Who gives a shit? (215 comments)

Really, if I see a mushroom cloud and a 6-pack, the last thing on my mind will be "oh, I hope that's not irradiated." I'm getting WASTED!

Funny, in that situation my first though would be to get as wasted as possible (the odds are your dead anyway before long so why in gods name would you not get wasted?)

about 2 years ago
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Linus Torvalds Says Linux 4.0 Could Be Out In Three Years

magpie Re:Firefox (174 comments)

Meanwhile debian will be on 6.0.6 (though they might still be on 6.0.5).

about 2 years ago
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UK Gov't Reneges On Open Source Promise For Cloudstore 2.0

magpie Saw this comming (48 comments)

The head of IT acquisition and the tech head of the civil service quit no long back. Thhe tories have got there mates in. (would provide links but...well hibs lost so am in no state to do so...see el-reg)

more than 2 years ago

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