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UK Government to Shut Down GSM Networks 94

An anonymous reader writes "Mobile Gazette is reporting that the British government wants to shut down the UK's GSM networks next year and re-use the frequencies for gambling terminals and a new citizen surveillance program extending the use of the new compulsory ID cards. Although we should perhaps welcome the move away from old-style 2G mobile phone networks, there are perhaps a few worrying things about the new "Big Brother" citizen monitoring that the government is proposing to put in."
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UK Government to Shut Down GSM Networks

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  • Re: stopping at noon (Score:2, Informative)

    by SpaceJunkie ( 579366 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @11:05AM (#15041660) Homepage Journal

    The UK thing is that if you are unprepared enough not to have played your joke before 12 noon, then you are yourself the fool.

    Its all part of the tradition here in the UK, and why breakfast jokes are some of the most common, ie switching the salt and sugar and watching some poor b*stard spit their salty coffee. Mwahahahah!

    Look it up on WikiPedia - []

  • Re:Is it me? (Score:2, Informative)

    by johnw ( 3725 ) on Saturday April 01, 2006 @12:45PM (#15042054)
    This is also the convention used in China, India, and throughout most of the world.

    Nonsense. Middle-endian dates are pretty much unique to the USA (which despite what some of the inhabitants seem to think is not "most of the world").

    Apart from the USA, the rest of the world uses either DD-MM-YYYY or YYYY-MM-DD, both of which are much more sensible than the USA format.

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