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British NHS May Soon No Longer Offer Free Care

monktus Incorrect Title is Incorrect (634 comments)

There's not such thing as the British NHS in terms of one large health service - there are 4. Healthcare delivered free at point of use was instigated across the whole of the UK in 1946, but the NHS in Scotland and Northern Ireland has always been decentralised with responsibility being with the Scottish Office and Northern Irish government as they were at the time. The Welsh Secretary of State took responsibility for the NHS there in 1969. Nowadays, the Westminster (UK) department of health is only responsible for England. Healthcare (along with many other matters such as justice/policing) is looked after independently by the Scottish Parliament, Northern Ireland Assembly, with the Welsh Senead also governing this (though with fewer other powers than the other two legislatures, which both have their own legal jurisdictions). So whenever reports of privatisation appear, they're normally specific to England, because it's only there that the Tories can carry out their ideological assault on the welfare state so directly.

1 year,2 days

City Council Ordered To Stop CCTV In Taxi Cabs

monktus Re:Part of the reason... (101 comments)

If you don't break the law you are not likely to be ever pulled over.

You've obviously never driven in Northern Ireland.

more than 2 years ago

A 'Small Claims Court' For the Internet

monktus My name is (116 comments)


more than 2 years ago

UK Draft Energy Bill Avoids Banning Coal Or Gas Power

monktus Re:I kind of like the idea of UK being a test (153 comments)

Your arrogance and guinea piggery aside, Scotland is making good progress towards its goal of 100% renewable energy from the wind, hydro, tidal and wave resources it has available. Indirectly this is of global benefit, but it's primarily for the benefit of Scotland, not 'Murica. The Westminster Government on the other hand seems to be struggling to get anyone to build new nuclear stations in England (the Scottish Government will not give permission for nuclear and in any case, Westminster doesn't like paying for infrastructure outside of the South East of England).

more than 2 years ago

UK Government Staff Caught Snooping On Citizen Data

monktus England != UK (120 comments)

If true, this is a Bad Thing (though not terribly surprising). TFS is a bit wrong though. The Department of Health is not responsible for the NHS across the UK, and never has been. It has only ever been responsible for health in England and Wales, with the latter being devolved to the Welsh Assembly in 1999. Arrangements for social services are a little dfferent, but again this isn't necessarily relevant to all of the UK. Not that civil servants in devolved departments are perfect, but this is just another example of the UK stopping at the M25 (don't worry America, it's not just you, the British MSM and Westminster politicians do it all the time).

more than 2 years ago

UK Police Roll Out On-the-Spot Mobile Data Extraction System

monktus Re:Hack your phone (145 comments)

As mentioned in some of the earlier comments, there is no such thing as the UK police, any more than there is a national US police force (Scotland may be legislating for a national police force soon enough though, however its legal system is entirely different from England/Wales and Northern Ireland. The Met may be a big force and anything London based tends to hog the news, but that does not mean it applies to anywhere in the UK other than London.

more than 2 years ago

UK Digital Economy Act Delayed Till 2014

monktus Just in time! (33 comments)

There's a good chance that Scotland will vote to end the Union in 2014.

more than 2 years ago

Robot Helicopters To Single Out Pirate Ships

monktus Re:Robots Vs. Pirates (123 comments)

Pirate pours seawater over robot, alien shoots pirate with ray gun, ninja decapitates alien, cowboy shoots ninja, wizard hexes cowboy, Spock nerve pinches wizard, scissors cut paper, paper covers rock, rock crushes lizard, lizard poisons Spock, Spock smashes scissors, scissors decapitate lizard, lizard eats paper, paper disproves Spock, Spock vaporises rock, rock crushes scissors.

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Technical Advice For a (Fictional) Space Mission?

monktus Re:space mission requirements? (203 comments)

Maybe avian?

I for one welcome our sentient turkey cyborg overlords.

more than 2 years ago

Egypt's Net Ruled By Phone, Not Kill Switch

monktus Re:it's a figure of speech (102 comments)

That happened to me you insensitive clod! My connection went down for about a day last year and when I checked my ISP's status page when it came back up, it turned out someone at BT had accidentally disconnected them from BT Wholesale while testing a circuit.

more than 3 years ago

Black Eyed Peas Member Joins Intel As Director

monktus Re:Trying to be a consumer products company (188 comments)

The Monster reviews are hilarious:

"i purchased this cable the connection became extremely faster and i am enjoying my online matches more!"

more than 3 years ago

Despite FTC Settlement, Intel Can Ship Oak Trail Without PCIe

monktus Re:Am I the only one who is confused... (140 comments)

"...they make MSFT look like the Care Bears."

Can't....type.....horrible image of Care Bear outfit.

more than 3 years ago

With the Jack PC, the Computer's In the Wall!

monktus Re:Welcome... (119 comments)

And if it fries your switch, or you slice your hand open installing it, you could get legal advice from Bob Loblaw's Law Blog.

more than 3 years ago

The Binary Code In Canada's Gov-Gen Coat of Arms

monktus Re:Can get even worse (486 comments)

I once knew a Welsh girl who's name had more syllables than vowels.

about 4 years ago

Why Are Digital Hearing Aids So Expensive?

monktus Re:Size (727 comments)

Why would you want to put a netbook up your...oh you said ear.

more than 4 years ago



monktus monktus writes  |  more than 7 years ago

monktus (742861) writes "UK commercial station Channel 4 launches its 4 on Demand service service today. It doesn't seem to be available yet, however according to BBC News, episodes will be 99p each and selected films £1.99. There's little information about DRM but the files delete themselves after 48 hours and it looks like Windows Media Video unfortunately."


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