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+ - Theresa May and her worrying enthusiasm for so-called 'not-spots'->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Theresa May considers not-spots to be a necessary evil – a concept to warm the cockles of any Tory home secretary’s heart. In a letter leaked to the Times, she complained that national roaming “could have a detrimental impact on law enforcement, security and intelligence agency access to communications data”. She wants the police to be unhampered in their access to “information that is crucial to keeping us safe”. By “us”, I assume she means the public, not just the government.

Couched though it is in sober, responsible language, this is a truly shameful thing for her to say. The extent to which the security services should be allowed to listen to, record and analyse everyone’s private communications is a fraught issue. Many would contend that our loss of privacy in the face of an organisation as powerful as the government is, in effect, an enormous and unacceptable curtailment of freedom. They look to Benjamin Franklin’s warning that, by sacrificing liberty for safety, we forfeit our right to be either safe or free. Others say that, in a functioning democracy and these violent times, it’s prudent to grant the security services more investigative licence. Reasonable points can be made on both sides.

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+ - President Obama Backs Regulation of Broadband as a Utility 1

Submitted by vivIsel
vivIsel writes: In a move that is sure to generate controversy, the President has announced his support for regulation of broadband connections, including cellular broadband, under Title 2 of the Telecommunications Act. Reclassification of broadband in this way would treat it as a utility, like landline telephones, subject providers to new regulations governing access, and would allow the FCC to easily impose net neutrality requirements.

Comment: What an odd question... (Score 4, Insightful) 277

by MrChom (#45234613) Attached to: Can Nintendo Survive Gaming's Brave New World?
...because, I mean, cash rich companies with great selling mobile devices, portfolios of valuable IP, and games that sell 4+ million copies in a few days go bust all the time... Just because the WiiU isn't the hottest selling console doesn't mean the 3ds isn't doing utterly stupendous numbers for them.

Comment: Oh this will end well... (Score 1) 220

by MrChom (#44829115) Attached to: UK Gov't Outlines Plans To Privatize Royal Mail
...I mean it's not like we've already seen privatisations of Gas, Water, Steel, Coal, Telecoms, and Rail go down the tubes is it. And it's not like in some of those we're subsidising the PRIVATISED industry while they give bonuses to bosses. And it is absolutely not the case that a regulator has ever had to step in against any of those industries to stop them doing amoral or ridiculous things...

Comment: I don't see why.... (Score 1) 863

by MrChom (#29170895) Attached to: "Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb
...this is such a problem. Britain has operated this system for over 20 years as "Pay and Display", and I've never seen anyone over here take a real issue with it (Except that time where I overstayed and got fined £25 by Derby County Council....but it was my own fault, so hey, I wasn't too put out). It's not good or bad, just a way of paying for parking.

Comment: Re:It's not that bad, just stick with it! (Score 1) 474

by MrChom (#28374097) Attached to: Getting Beyond the Helldesk

If that wasn't funny it would be very very sad.

I work in schools IT, and let me tell you there's little to no improvement, just more and more people getting way out of their depth and not bothering to train to cover the gap. Instead it's front line support who has to pick up the slack and beat the solution into people.

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