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Comment: Re:I have it (Score 1) 247

by jd678 (#38030294) Attached to: Brits Rejecting Superfast Broadband

Whilst I'm not really expecting it to last, at the moment it remains very much a hands-off ownership. Having been with them since about 2002, not much has changed since BT bought them out. The moment it does, I'm out.

Don't discount Plusnet just because they're owned by BT, the two consumer divisions are run quite differently.

Comment: Re:Stop Sleepwalking! (Score 2, Informative) 278

by jd678 (#33568968) Attached to: Wal-Mart To Launch Unlimited Wireless Family Plan

Sorry... Germany has hypermarkets and France doesn't? Carrefour pioneered the hypermarket concept in Europe, decades before they appeared elsewhere in other European countries.

The obesity difference between the two is more to do with one countries preference for potatoes and beer, and the other's for salad and wine.

Comment: Re:Liar. (Score 1) 431

by jd678 (#29235903) Attached to: We're In the Midst of a Literacy Revolution

Most grammarians would hold that your first comma belongs inside the quote. I understand why you put it outside

American grammarians yes. British English has diverged and commas are outside the quotes. A recent development is the full stop (period) has moved back within the quote if it ends the sentence, having previously been outside - both forms are often encountered though.

Our school system is much less anal about grammer over here, so changes do occur much quicker.

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+ - Ukraine porn ban - Except for "medicinal purpo->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Viktor Yushchenko, the Ukranian President, has signed legislation banning pornography in the Ukraine.

According to the Kyev Times, the legislation states:

Pornography is vulgar, candid, cynical, obscene depiction of sexual acts, pursuing no other goal, the explicit demonstration of genitals, unethical elements of the sexual act, sexual perversions, realistic sketches that do not meet moral criteria and offend honour and dignity of the human by inciting low instincts.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Justice has added, however, that pornography may be used "for medicinal purposes"."
Link to Original Source

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+ - BT drops Phorm -- More Pressing Priorities? 1

Submitted by Tom DBA
Tom DBA (607149) writes "The Register reports in that "BT has abandoned plans to roll out Phorm's controversial web monitoring and profiling system across its broadband network, claiming it needs to concentrate resources on network upgrades...BT's announcement comes a day before MPs and peers of the All Party Parliamentary Communications Group are due to begin an investigation of internet privacy. Their intervention follows the EU's move to sue the UK government over its alleged failure to properly implement European privacy laws with respect to the trials, drawing further bad publicity to the venture."

Shouldn't the story read BT "have"?"

Comment: Re:One way to get more registered voters (Score 1) 1088

by jd678 (#26833475) Attached to: Iowa Seeks To Remove Electoral College


There's complaint within Europe about EU Commissioners being unelected by the people; they're appointed by each nation, one per nation.

Unlike the European Parliament, where MEPs are similar to Representatives; elected and apportioned by population.

The lack of election of the Commissioners has always been portrayed in the media as a bad thing.

"One Architecture, One OS" also translates as "One Egg, One Basket".