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Comment Not a place most English people want to live (Score 0) 410 410

I can assure you, as someone who lives elsewhere in the UK, only people in London want to live in London. There is no desire amongst the rest of the UK population to move there. Unless you have to go there for work it's somewhere you might visit once every few years at most, with a very specific purpose in mind, and you don't enjoy it when you do.

Comment Re:extremely common fraud protection (Score 1) 130 130

The difference here seems to be that in your example you are primarily interested in where the the transaction is taking place (or in the case of e-commerce, where it is initiated from). All fairly reasonable, but obviously does still create a "tracking" record, but only of where you use your cards. This is suggesting, and admittedly it's quite vague (but that should never be taken as a good thing), they are just as interested in knowing where you are, by unspecified means using your electronic devices.

Now from what's said it doesn't suggest an app has to be involved in the actual transaction, and if it's not an interactive process then they must be keeping a record of where you are to compare against transactions as and when they happen. Maybe the their app pings them your location regularly, regardless of making any transactions, or maybe they pay the phone companies to give location info for your phone.

They also don't limit themselves to location, they may also use unspecified "other data" from/about your devices.

Comment Re:Yes, this needs to stop, but... "Help yourself" (Score 1) 130 130

It doesn't actually say this is based on using their app, although that seems like the most likely way they might do it. It says "where we hold information about devices you use such as mobiles or tablets", doesn't say in connection with an app, or with accessing online banking, etc. all a bit vague really.

Submission + - Santander to track customer location via mobiles & tablets->

raburton writes: Santander (one of the biggest banks in Europe) slipped a little note on the corner of my latest statement saying they intend to start collecting "location or other data" from mobiles and tablets that their customers own, from 1st July 2015. There is no link to further information about the policy, or any suggestion you can opt out of it. The stated aim is of course to "prevent and detect fraud", but once they have the data (and they'll probably keep it for a long time) they, or anyone who can gain access to it, can do whatever they like with it. In this day and age I find it hard to take any assurances to the contrary very seriously. Is this kind of policy common practice with banks elsewhere?
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Comment Re:Assumptions (Score 4, Informative) 78 78

Very pleased we have a different system in the UK. Drug reps aren't even supposed to give us pens anymore. That said I've had plenty of free lunches from drug reps along with a presentation about their latest drug, but I'm not talking about fancy dinners just a light picnic type spread from the nearest supermarket. There isn't much point them doing it anyway, as a general rule we are only supposed to prescribe things that are approved by NICE (after proper cost/benefit analysis) and/or in our local formulary. If you are prescribing outside that they'll be coming to you for an explanation, not the drug companies. Drug companies are also not allowed to advertise prescription only drugs direct to the public, which I think is probably the most important difference.

Comment Re:What? Why discriminate? (Score 0) 700 700

Simple. 'Real religions' that have been around for hundreds or thousands of years could be true. Presumably they can't all be, but one or more of them could be. I know many people don't believe in any religion and think they are all made up, but that's opinion (yes it is, you really can't prove otherwise) and it's not the point. Choosing to follow a religion, despite knowing that it could be made up, is called faith. Choosing to follow a 'fake religion', one where the origin is recent enough to be well documented and ultimately known to be made up is called stupidity.

Comment Physical product, so you can't pirate it? (Score 1) 56 56

Timothy: An important question, because you’ve got a physical product: what does it cost?

Implication being that a physical product can't simply be pirated, so cost becomes a factor in whether people will want it. I guess if it was software he wouldn't have bothered asking because cost is unimportant in that scenario ;-)

Comment Do we need another open source browser? (Score 1, Interesting) 165 165

I'm not saying we need a closed source browser more than an open source one, so a better question would be do we need another broswer at all?
Sure competition is good, even when the product is free, but why do they want to make a new browser at all when there are so many out there already? And if they did why would they bother to open source it and who would be interested if they did? If you want closed source you may need to reinvent the wheel, but if you're going to open source it anyway why bother starting from scratch, you might as well just start with a free, decent open source base and build on that. Otherwise it's just a huge duplication of effort, a lot of time wasted at MS.

Comment Underwhelming picture (Score 5, Funny) 81 81

Once you find the link to the article (after links to every vaguely related topic) you'll find a very underwhelming picture of some bits of web in a field. I was expecting something like the scale and impressiveness of a crop circle in web form, not a few bits of tatty web on the tops of some long grass.

Comment Depends why you are going (Score 1) 182 182

Just because it's relevant to your day job doesn't mean it's of any benefit to your company for you to go. If you want to go for your own interest you can't expect them to pay. It wouldn;t be unreasonable for them to insist you take annual leave for the time away from work too. If it's to learn things that will make you more efficient at your job and benefit your employer I'm sure they'd be willing to pay (assuming costs are sensible). Or if they want you to present something that is good PR for the company I'd expect them to pay for you. However, if you want a certification, perhaps for something you can already do anyway, that makes you more valuable (when you start asking for a pay rise) and potentially more employable somewhere else (when you get head hunted after chatting to someone at a conference) all of which are negative for your employer, I wouldn't expect them to be keen on you going let alone at their expense.

Comment Re:T-MOBILE, T-MOBILE, and one more time T-MOBILE (Score 3, Interesting) 146 146

> Even Africa one gets better and easier SIM offerings than USA
Some parts of it yes, Kenya was just like here in the UK. In Ethiopia I had to go to a government office with my passport, fill in a form, and provide a passport photo for them to keep just for a pay as you go sim. Although you could buy them unofficially off the street too.

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