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2818 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Disturbing

I wonder if anyone thought about actually talking to a cross-section of the two cohorts, instead of wildly guessing. Qualitative data have an immense value in these types of research.

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Re: Amazing

Please - don't even say that in jest! <shudders>

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WannaCry reverse-engineer Marcus Hutchins hit with fresh charges

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Re: What is it... @Shugyosha

I didn't know about the significance of triple parentheses until now (in fact, I don't recall having seen it before), but I had downvoted GumpenKraut based on what seemed to be unwarranted anger. I've corrected that to an upvote, and thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn something.

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BCC is hard, OK? Quite a lot of orgs blurted your email addresses in GDPR mailouts

Intractable Potsherd

I haven't heard of that? Any details anywhere?

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Intractable Potsherd

Agreed. I've said for years that the defaults should be Reply and CC, with Reply All and BCC more difficult to access, and given exactly your reason for why. I used to get most people agreeing with me, but now people don't seem to understand what I'm getting at - is it a function of Facebook/Twitter etc where people expect everyone else to be suffer every random thought?

PS I notice that the obligate downvoter is busy again!

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Trump’s new ZTE tweet trumps old ZTE tweets that trumped his first ZTE tweet

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Re: Toddler

"At which point her Majesties cabinet would be transported to Guantanamo Bay.."

So no downsides at all!

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Meanwhile....

No, they haven't "had to" - they chose to.

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Re: Not worth it to do business in Europe

I suspect a lot of the downvotes result from such risk-averse businesses making such a big deal. I don't know what you sell, but, if there is a market, it can grow. You seem to be throwing all that away out of fear. In all likelihood, you are compliant, and it is highly unlikely that a) you would get prosecuted anyway, and b) you seem to have missed the "up to" in the clause "up to 4%". This would be for the most egregious cases. You no doubt comply with much more stringent laws with a greater chance of significant fines every day of the week with no concern - but because there is something new, you are running scared.

A serious question - if one of the countries in which you do significant business brought in similar laws, would you cut them adrift? What about your state (I think you have said that most of you customers are local in previous posts)? Would you shut up shop because you don't want to comply with basic respect for people's data?

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

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Re: Numbers

Anyone who classes Father's for Justice with terrorists does not deserve any attention. You are a copper, aren't you?

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Re: nevertheless

@AC: "... we set the rules ..." Who is this "we". I'm a British citizen, and no one asked me about giving the police so many powers to try out potentially invasive technology without proper oversight. If they did ask, I'd tell them that we left Peel's idea of policing by consent three decades ago, and it is time that we went back to it. I'd also tell them that we need to go back to the levels of police officers we had three decades ago, and that ACPO needs to be declared an illegal organisation. I'd also say that "... if you don't like it, you can fuck off to Russia".

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Re: ID Cards and enforced bio-metrics

@Adam 52: the quantity is less relevant than the quality. How much of that time was spent dealing with everyday crimes that ordinary people care about - theft, offences against property, etc? Not much, I suspect.

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New Monty Python movie to turn old jokes into new royalties

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Re: I'M BRIAN!

I was fortunate enough to get tickets for "Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)" at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009. It was as brilliant as expected, but made all the better by someone coming up to the standing balcony right at the top (cheap) at the interval, and asking me and Mrs IP if we would like their tickets, as they had to leave. We saw the second half right down in the centre of the stalls, close enough to see the stubble on Eric Idle's chin!

(I just looked it up to be sure of the year, and discovered that the whole thing was recorded - I need to get that DVD!)

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Take-off crash 'n' burn didn't kill the Concorde, it was just too bloody expensive to maintain

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Re: The most amazing engineering

@swampdog - "I guess you wouldn't have wanted to live near Vulcan bombers then?"

I think I've said here before that I grew up near Finningley, and the sound of Vulcans taking off and landing is part of the soundtrack of my childhood. A couple of jobs ago I lived on the flight-path for Coventry Airport - I was disappointed that the aircraft didn't make "proper" amounts of noise.

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Windrush immigration papers scandal is a big fat GDPR fail for UK.gov

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Re: Windrush & Co.:

"... introduction of a national ID card and compulsory residential registration, the way the Scots, possibly the Northern Irish and (latterly) the Irish have done by subterfuge."

So much subterfuge that it isn't noticeable! Mrs IP and I moved to Scotland about six years ago, and we've seen no sign of an ID card or compulsory residential registration. Mrs IP isn't even a UK citizen, and yet there has been no sign of a requirement to register anything. What are you referring to?

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Intractable Potsherd

Don't feed the troll...

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Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever

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Re: Next stop, the EU army @Lee D

Bravo! We need more people saying these things. Have a great day!

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Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Huh?

"Talk doesn't rhyme with Bork. At least not where I come from."

It does where I'm from (also South Yorkshire), and where I live now (Fife). I can't think of any dialect where it doesn't, so what does "talk" rhyme with where you are from?

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Intractable Potsherd

Re: PlusNet

Have to say the same. I've been with Plusnet in three different houses over the past six or seven years, and never had a significant problem that wasn't down to crappy copper - which isn't Plusnet's fault. The helldesk staff are always helpful and knowledgeable, and don't seem to want to get me off the line as soon as possible to meet their targets.

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Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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Re: Please no @Brewsters Angle Grinder

I agree completely about discoverability. There is some evidence that a lot of older people struggle with the "new" tech because a switch is no longer a switch - depending on length of press, number of presses, etc, it does something different. How did we get to a world where you need an instruction manual for a simple switch?

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Re: Please no @Manu T

"You obviously haven't tried Sailfish OS, have you?"

I have - I have a Sailfish phone. It is my spare - the gestures are unintuitive and unreliable. I couldn't give it to my wife to use, for instance - too much to learn too quickly. I appreciate that it is one of the best gesture-based OSs on the market, but it is rubbish as a concept.

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'Dear Mr F*ckingjoking': UK PM Theresa May's mass marketing missive misses mark

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Re: Not voting...

For many years, that was my sole way of voting, in both locations and general elections, since there was no way any candidate other than the favoured party donkey would get in. It is different in my current constituency - the current MP had a majority of just two votes in the last election!

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Intractable Potsherd

The party system is the root of most of the problems. Ban them, and make everyone stand as an independent on their own policies.

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Total WIPOut: IT chief finds his own job advertised

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Re: Makes you think "Intellectual Property" is shady business ...

@hplasm: "The Law is a tool used by Lawyers to make money."

Yes, in the same way as copper pipe is a tool of plumbers to make money. What is your point?

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Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

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Re: Not really dispelling the idea that generally the police are a little dim ..

In fact, despite having great respect for the judges who gave this judgment, especially Brenda Hale, I think they came to the wrong decision this time.* Hugely expanding the scope of the HRA is going to lead to more attempts to get rid of it, and perhaps all human rights protection. Indeed, the decision has the implications that human rights will be eroded as a direct result of it. Requiring the police to legally, rather than operationally, prioritise certain crimes will result in a greater number of offences against property being ignored, with only serious offences against the person being worthy of investigation. The tactics for investigating e.g. rape will become exceedingly heavy-handed (large numbers of men being pressured into giving DNA samples, for example - and we know how easy it is to get those removed from the database, don't we?) Looking outside the police, other investigatory bodies will now look for a human rights angle to justify action that is unpopular - I don't think it will be long before e.g. HMRC justify tax investigations using human rights).

This is a piss-poor judgment that will reflect badly on the Supreme Court as a whole, the individual judges, and human rights in general. We will live to regret the decision.

*I say this as a law lecturer with considerable experience of human rights teaching and research.

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Intractable Potsherd

Re: Not really dispelling the idea that generally the police are a little dim ..

@ Adam 52. No, they didn't. They simply reiterated the underlying feature of the HRA - that all *organs of the state* have a duty to uphold human rights. There is, and never has been, a duty on private individuals or bodies to have regard to human rights unless otherwise stated in specific legislation (e.g. equality Acts).

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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Re: I'd prefer that to my usual hypothesis that it's a bunch of thick racists - @Phil

"So looking at your categories you're basically assuming that the only possible reasons for voting leave were racism, stupidity, or greed?"

I am willing to accept that some leave voters had some thoughtful reasons based on democracy etc - you seem to be one of them. However, of the people I know who voted to leave (unfortunately, most of my family and friends), racism, stupidity (in the sense of not thinking about consequences, or actually knowing what they ultimately wanted), and greed are the primary reasons they state. All of them cite the fact that there are more non-Asian foreigners in their town centres (the fact that my family and some friends live in Rotherham makes this complaint somewhat bizarre!). Others just went with the number of "Pakis" as justification. One of my friends worked for Tata Steel, and somehow the fact that they are closing his location down was a reason for voting leave (no, I really don't understand). Those with trades seemed to focus on how much more they will be able to charge if there weren't so many EU workers available. So, there you have it - a reasonably large and varied sample which indicates elements of racism, stupidity, and greed.

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Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids' online habits

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Re: Privacy? What's that? @Pen-y-gors and other school IT commenters

Thanks for your input, folks. Mrs IP and myself are currently trying to decide where to send the IP-lings to school. Home schooling has been at the top of the list for a while, partly because of the whole surveillance thing, but your input has just made it an almost certainty.

The State has become malignant over the past 20 years, hasn't it?

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Got some broken tech? Super Cali's trinket fix-it law brought into focus

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Re: "Apple is the only poster child for destructive repair monopolies" @DougS

"I await the inevitable downvotes for daring to say something against Reg reader's strange obsession with going back in time to battery doors"

Well, in the 20 or so years, and six or seven phones I've had (I don't change them often, and many of them have been second-hand), I've never had a battery "door" come off. Most, if not all, required the entire back to come off, usually requiring incantations and dead chickens to do it smoothly. I admit that all my phones have lived (and four of them still live) in leather cases, and I rarely, if ever, drop a phone. So I've given you a down vote because I don't see why I should lose the convenience of swapping out batteries easily just because some people don't look after their phones.

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When clever code kills, who pays and who does the time? A Brit expert explains to El Reg

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@ Kain

"What if that USB stick was not made when the drivers were ? So you are content holding the vender liable know full well that you can not test for every condition?"

Yes - why not? You are looking at just one part of the problem - the important part is error-catching. Nothing should happen that would cause a fatal error.

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Amazing stupidity on part of the blockers

I don't agree with you. Advertising is not an immutable fact of life - it is (by and large) an invention of the industrial age. There are other solutions being suggested here - micropayment being one - but you think that advertising is the only revenue stream that will work, even though the evidence is showing that it doesn't (hence this article).

When everything was on paper, I generally paid for it if the price was worth it to me, and, by and large, I ignored the adverts. Yes, some magazines had more pages of ads than actual content, but it didn't matter - I could choose whether to look at them without penalty. I also lived through the pre-ad blocker Internet, where untargeted ads got more and more intrusive, and the beginning of "targeted" ads that were anything but, and still hugely intrusive. I began to block ads initially because they counter-productively demanded my attention, and now because, as I said in my earlier reply to you, because the risk to me of accepting them is greater than the risk to the ad-slingers whose security gets breached. That doesn't mean that I don't want to pay for content, but that I can't do so in a way that suits my assessment of risk.

I also think you are wrong in thinking that content creators don't care about the total number of views - it is that figure that says to a potential advertiser that there is X chance of someone responding to an ad. Lost views make a site less attractive - undermining your whole argument.

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Intractable Potsherd

Re: So-@FF22

There is plenty of evidence to show that a small number of big ad-slingers are a risk to a large number of individual users - the reports can be found on this here website. The risk to me is too great, with little or no risk for either the hosting website or the purveyor of adverts - until that changes, no ads on my devices. I have no reason to trust you (I am inferring from your comment that you have something to do with the advertising "industry").

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Astro-boffinry world rocked to its very core: Shock as Andromeda found to be not much bigger than Milky Way

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Films / TV-shows ever dramatize the collision of galaxies?

Hah! Until I checked the poster's name, I thought it was someone saying that no other politician was as successful at being ignorant about science as Trump.

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Rogue IT admin goes off the rails, shuts down Canadian train switches

Intractable Potsherd

Re: I have seen people work out their gardening leave.

@AC "HR go home early every day."

It would be better if they never came in.

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National Museum of Computing rattles the bucket: Help shift war-winning proto-puter

Intractable Potsherd

To answer your question about whether it is worth visiting BP, my opinion is that it isn't if you are on limited time. The changes under the new manglement have done nothing for the place - it is now no better than a theme park, unfortunately. Definitely go and see TNMOC if you can - you won't be disappointed with the exhibits, or the sheer depth and breadth of knowledge possessed by the guides.

Hope that helps!

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Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

Intractable Potsherd

From the article: "However, 13 per cent said they wouldn't trust any of the organisations on the list – which also included governments, insurers and medical research charities – with their data."

I'm in that 13 per cent - I don't trust any of them, not necessarily because I think they are all inherently untrustworthy, but because, as we are all aware, there is always the risk of a successful exploit. With paper records, snaffling and aggregating personal information an even a single person was practically impossible without huge time and resources, but now it is trivial and the information only one hack/lost thumb-drive/underpaid techie away from being spa fed who knows where.

I deliberately give different false information to keep some sense of control (perhaps pointless, but it makes me feel better).

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Yes, Assange, we'll still nick you for skipping bail, rules court

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@AC OP

"I am not convinced of his innocence or guilty either way,"

I am convinced of his guilt with regard to jumping bail - he did it, he admits it - therefore guilty, and it is irrelevant whether he is a journalist or anything else. It cannot be ignored. Regarding allegations of impropriety in Sweden, I am convinced of his innocence - he has not been proven guilty of anything (or charged with anything, for that matter). My opinion might change if there was ever a proper court hearing, but for now he is innocent.

Wikileaks comprises of more than Assange. Yes, they have done some fine work, even if they have been careless at times. However, suggesting that JA should get away with blatantly breaking a fundamental law just because Wikileaks is overall a force for good speaks of special pleading.

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Yorkshire cops have begun using on-the-spot fingerprint scanners

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Digital?

@AC - the perpetrators of the miners' strike atrocities° and the Hillsborough mess-up were *South* Yorkshire police, not *West* Yorkshire.

° Well, until Thatcher brought in coppers from everywhere else in the country, and possibly some soldiers too...

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Women beat men to jobs due to guys' bad social skills. Whoa – you mad, fellas? Maybe these eggheads have a point...

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Gender roles are the problem

"They quickly realised that the wife had much more earning potential (and enjoyed her old job a lot more than the husband enjoyed his) so they swapped: The husband stayed at home and the wife worked."

Mrs P and I are currently doing exactly this with our recent twins. I am better equipped temperementally to deal with high-dependency creatures with limited communication skills than Mrs P, and she is far more career-minded than I am. Contrary to some comments here, I have had no problems with respect once the initial "there's a man at the playgroup" reaction has passed. In fact, people are impressed (which is a bit sad, since it shouldn't really be worthy of any note).

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Brace yourselves for the 'terabyte (sic) of death', warns US army IT boss

Intractable Potsherd

Re: slang v gospel

It sounds to me that you are more closely related to A Man from Mars :-)

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1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Isn't it a small minority

I can name two separate university departments (different universities, different subjects) where the number of male academic promotions fell to zero, and the promotions of females with much less experience and fewer and less prestigious publications became laughable in its obviousness. I have no particular axe to grind since I didn't want any of the posts, but it is easy to see that there isn't a level playing field. The goal is simply to have more female* senior lecturers/readers/professors as quickly as possible, regardless of qualification. Unfortunately, the beneficiaries of positive discrimination will always be looked at with suspicion, as will any others with the same relevant characteristic.

There is pressure on the judiciary to do the same, simply so the numbers can look good - waiting a few more years until the increased number of female lawyers get the usual amount of time in before applying to become a judge just doesn't seem to be acceptable.

*Odd that the number of promotions for people with e.g. disabilities doesn't seem to have gone up in the same way ...

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CCTV commish: Bring all surveillance systems under code of practice

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Re: @AC

Even after all these years, there are still some people that still think it is important...

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Intractable Potsherd

Re: Hmm

Well, yes - he wants more power to regulate surveillance cameras because he doesn't have enough now. Like most government regulators that protect the populace from government and big business, his office is deliberately underfunded. To do otherwise might actually constrain the data fetishism.

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US Homeland Security breach compromised personal info of 200,000+ staff

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Digital revenge

"...the crim population is increasing exponentially by the week."

Citation needed.

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Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Counting chickens? @Dan 55

Not really a rant, though, is it - more of a "WTF?"

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Telly boffin Professor Heinz Wolff has died

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Young Scientist of the Year

If anyone was serious about getting young people into STEM subjects, this would be back on the TV. I used to watch it regularly when I was a youth, and we had several of the yearbooks around the house. In fact, it is YSotY that I associate Heinz Wolff with, not "The Great Egg Race", because you could see his enthusiasm and support for the contestants.

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Brit cyber-spies: Fancy meeting outside court to talk about evidence?

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Re: AC

Needlessly cynical with no evidence, I think. TPTB might have made a mistake and appointed someone who actually takes his responsibilities seriously. Let's wait and see what happens - anything from a change of tune to sealing himself in a body bag...

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Lauri Love's US extradition appeal judges reserve decision

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Re: Just send him over there and good riddance.

"So what's the alternative, that the UK never extradite anyone to the US because our prisons are worse than UK prisons?"

Yes - that should be the default position, especially for crimes that were not committed by a person on US soil. The US "justice" system is irretrievably broken, the penal system even worse. The UK should withdraw from the disgustingly one-sided extradition treaty immediately so that this situation does not arise again, and think very hard about renegotiation.

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NHS England told to get a grip on patient records after £6.6m blunder

Intractable Potsherd

Re: Not getting a break

Because nothing else would be better, and probably worse?

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

Intractable Potsherd

Re: "At-scale deployment to provide the evidence that AVs are safe for at-scale deployment"

@commswonk;I took JS19's comment to apply to the current rules about drivers of some types of heavy vehicles having to stop for a certain length of time after a certain length of driving (one hour after every four?). Thus, if the answer to his question is "no", then drivers would be able to knock one hour off a journey time for every five on duty, making the length of time away from home shorter.

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Intractable Potsherd

Re: So long as the following criteria are met.

400 words for snow, and 650 for rain... :-)

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