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+ - Camera wearing police being charged with an unlawful arrest in London riot

Submitted by Bruce66423
Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "
reports that an officer wearing a camera that recorded his actions has been charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice in part as a result of his wearing a camera at a riot. The case is a reminder that sometimes such cameras can help demonstrate police misbehaviour — though we await the outcome of the case to see whether the charge actually sticks."

Comment: Make the cost explicit in the bills (Score 1) 37

by Bruce66423 (#48277149) Attached to: Swedish Regulator Orders Last "Hold-Out" ISP To Retain Customer Data
The ISPs should charge an extra amount explicitly on their bills to account for the cost of storage and administering all data requests under it. The data should of course be stored off line - a write only tape store would appear to be the obvious solution. Locating the store in another country with strict regulations about privacy would force any requests for information to go to the courts of THAT country... Here's hoping!

Comment: So the UK can charge him? (Score 3, Insightful) 38

by Bruce66423 (#48157605) Attached to: How an FBI Informant Led the Hack of British Tabloid "The Sun"
Given that the US has sought the extradition of UK based offenders who hacked US sites, there seems no reason for him not to be surrendered to Her Majesty's hospitality, even if he was given 'immunity' by the US.

Or will the UK once again prove to be a lapdog of the US government.

+ - Out of control naval office bought hi tech silencers

Submitted by Bruce66423
Bruce66423 (1678196) writes "
You couldn't make this up; an office charged with backup took it upon itself to become an active unit — and spend vast amounts of money (well — $1.6m — that's a lot to you and me, though a rounding error for the Federal government) on silencers... This is a plot out of a John LeCarre!"

Comment: Uber seems to be fitting under UK existing law (Score 1) 282

by Bruce66423 (#48126315) Attached to: Four Dutch Uberpop Taxi Drivers Arrested, Fined
We have a separate class of 'Licensed Hire Vehicles' which are not as flexible as taxis - you have to book them rather than hail on the street. This does require explicit registration of the vehicles, but I've seen one with 'Uber' flashes, so it seems to work. This is a good solution for people who want to make a real living out of Uber, rather than just occasional.

is an alternative outcome - registration to avoid London's congestion charge (for driving in the streets of much of central London)

Comment: A mixed story (Score 1) 238

People like technology when it works - but notice when it fails. If it works, it becomes assumed as part of life - and no longer noticed; the more one thinks about the internet, the more incredible it is.

Part of the problem is that real science is HARD. Most people can't cope and avoid it at school. They dismiss us as geeks - not least to cover their own failure to master the subject. So there's a built up frustration that comes out when it does go wrong... not healthy - but perhaps inevitable given that most people are not up to mastering the science they depend on to live (and all of us won't master it ALL!!)

UNIX was not designed to stop you from doing stupid things, because that would also stop you from doing clever things. -- Doug Gwyn