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Comment: Re:More biased than bulgaria (Score 1) 159

by biodata (#47556935) Attached to: London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites
The City of London Corporation is outside the control of parliament, and the representatives of 21 of its 25 wards are entirely voted for by corporations, not individual voters who live there. The Corporation has a representative called the Rememberancer who sits behind the Speaker of the House of Commons, presumably with the job of 'remembrancing' the commoners about who's really in charge.

Comment: Re:what a tremendous use of police resources (Score 2) 159

by biodata (#47556873) Attached to: London Police Placing Anti-Piracy Warning Ads On Illegal Sites
This is the City of London Police. The City of London is a square-mile independent state within a city. It is outside the control of parliament, owned by the banks, who have most of the voting rights within the organisation of the state, and the City of London Police is its private police force, not to be confused with the Metropolitan Police whose remit is to catch the criminals in the rest of London.

Comment: Re:Only if the PC is made by Apple (Score 1) 60

by biodata (#47414091) Attached to: All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)
I don't think people are bothering to check Safari compatibility any more, unless they happen to use a Mac themselves. I'm finding more and more sites where Safari has buttons completely missed from the rendering (or hidden behind something else or otherwise invisible). If Safair won't run on anything but a mac then a large proportion of the dev community is never going to bother checking it.

Comment: Censorship through comment (Score 3, Informative) 74

by biodata (#47385377) Attached to: Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links
The Preston case was particularly pernicious - a whole article disappears from search results just because one person adds a comment to the article then decides to 'retract' their comment because 'it is not relevant any more'. It would have introduced a very easy attack route for anyone to take down any article they didn't like by posting a comment then asking Google to retract it thus hiding the whole article.

Comment: Re:E-mail? (Score 1) 346

by biodata (#47378525) Attached to: Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails
This x 10^6 Anyone who has used the internet should have realised pretty early on that sending an email is equivalent to sending a postcard - it will probably arrive at the destination if you use the right address, but there are no guarantees, and you have no control over who sees the email on the way as it is not a private protocol. People should have to get a licence by demonstrating minimal competence before they are allowed to use potentially dangerous technology, just as they do with driving a car.

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