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Comment: Re:And if they "breached" the law... (Score 1) 342

by ddrichardson (#34875294) Attached to: US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law

I'm not American and I understand that although these are part of the same overarching conflict they didn't occur simultaneously. My point was that the GP suggested Europe as some warless utopia, it had a long running civil war in the Balkans in recent years. One noted for war crimes.

Comment: Re:self-contradictory (Score 2) 342

by ddrichardson (#34859336) Attached to: US Twitter Spying May Have Broken EU Privacy Law

In Europe, police would be able to get this information without any judicial oversight, without anybody being informed, and without anybody being able to object.

Bollocks.

Europe is not a nation state, European Law is a collection of treaties at best and despite claims in Luxemburg, not all member states recognise its supremacy. National judicial systems vary greatly too. There is no single "police" either (Europol is an intelligence agency), so there would be no need for oversight.

As for "beating up on America", thats going to get an MP here nowhere, given the current climate of massive tax increases and political corruption scandal people are too busy with their own politicians

Modded insightful indeed - your first paragraph seems sensible but given that you opened your mouth and let your belly rumble on the last but one paragraph calls your entire argument into question.

Comment: Re:Categories (Score 2) 280

by ddrichardson (#34686698) Attached to: London Police Credit CCTV Cameras With Six Solved Crimes Per Day

In the UK (as with most of Europe) pedestrians always have right of way on a public road over wheeled vehicles.

You may well be correct about Europe but that's not strictly true in the UK. While the Highway Code makes provision for pedestrians, it is not criminal law but can be the basis for civil law. Section 38 of the Road Traffic Act 1988:

A failure on the part of a person to observe a provision of the Highway Code shall not of itself render that person liable to criminal proceedings of any kind but any such failure may in any proceedings (whether civil or criminal, and including proceedings for an offence under the Traffic Acts, the Public Passenger Vehicles Act 1981 or sections 18 to 23 of the Transport Act 1985) be relied upon by any party to the proceedings as tending to establish or negative any liability which is in question in those proceedings.

IANAL but I think this confusion comes from rule 170 in the highway code:

Watch out for pedestrians crossing a road into which you are turning. If they have started to cross they have priority, so give way.

Comment: Re:What's so new about single line queue? (Score 2) 464

by ddrichardson (#34656546) Attached to: Scientifically, You Are Likely In the Slowest Line

Some places yes but I wouldn't say its "the norm" - certainly none of the supermarkets does it and that's where it pisses me off. Stand for 15 minutes in a queue only for someone to open a new till for someone who's hasn't waited at all.

I think as a nation, Britain has a real etiquette about queuing and I know I feel a real injustice when someone gets to skip it.

Comment: Disclosure (Score 1) 72

by ddrichardson (#33672698) Attached to: UK Goverment IT Chief Backs Open Source Suppliers

the government does follow this route, the real bonus would be better transparency. Procurement in general in the public sector is poor - those of us working in defence often seriously question the choices that are made, not to mention the massive overspends and delays.

That said, the average person in the UK is more interested in what celebrities are doing than how their government spends their taxes.

Comment: Re:What? (Score 1) 130

by ddrichardson (#33525568) Attached to: Anti-Product Placement For Negative Branding

See this is the problem with Wikipedia references.

I haven't seen the show, I'm in the UK, but I know the reason Italian-American interest groups are offended is because of a recent incident where "Snooki" was punched by a man who fits the stereotype they object to.

The interesting thing is MTV's hypocrisy over dealing with the issue, they blacked out the assault when shown on TV and offered a link to a support line after the show but showed a male being assaulted during another show about teen pregnancy.

Comment: Re:I remember putting it on a 486 (Score 1) 461

by ddrichardson (#33354490) Attached to: Windows 95 Turns 15

Must be all about the memory, I had it running on a DX33 with 8Mb. It was fine but I remeber having a terrible time with a driver for the Avance Logic graphics card that it had fitted. Things like the clock (when you double clicked the time) as the hand swept round the screen wasn't redrawn.

Strangest thing was that the card worked fine in Slackware.

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