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Comment Re:I am an American living in the U.K. (Score 1) 568

it being A Good Thing rather relies on that stuff being the right stuff, which is generally accepted as being unlikely.

Not really at all. Parties are elected on their Manifestos and any bills suggested that sit outside those manifestos would be open to a free vote. It's unlikely for example that a Labour government could pass a bill on tax reduction for bankers as their own members wouldn't vote for it.

Comment Re:I am an American living in the U.K. (Score 1) 568

34% of the population voted for parties that did not have a chance of winning an overall majority, so they're probably not too opposed to the idea of a coalition government.

...or an opposition party - there's nothing shameful WHATSOEVER about being an opposition MP. It's an essential part of how our government works and this attempt by the LibDems to wangle their way into power is forgetting that.


Canadian Privacy Czar Wants To Anonymize Court Records On the Web 340

An anonymous reader writes "The web is evil and must be stopped — because it makes public information too public. So says Canada's Privacy Commissioner. She wants to 'anonymize' court records by substituting initials for names. The Toronto Star quotes Jennifer Stodddart as saying 'The open court rule, which is extremely historically important, has now become distorted by the effect of massive search engines... Court decisions and other related documents, which contain all sorts of personal information, are now searchable worldwide, which was never intended when openness rules were devised.' All Stoddart's proposal would do is erect a minor barrier for the techno unsaavy. Researchers, reporters, geeks, and most teenagers would still be able to figure out who's who. Stoddart seems to believe only in an abstract notion of freedom and access — but only as long as not too many people use it and no one suffers. She cites the case of someone who is upset at reading the divorce case of her parents. Is Stoddart a danger or a menace? Or just clueless?"

A Mozilla Plugin to Help Overcome IE Rendering Flaw 270

least_weasel writes "An article on Ars Technica reveals Mozilla's intention to create and release a plugin for Internet Explorer that would allow the often-criticized IE to utilize some of the cooler rendering code developed for Firefox. The current WIP focuses on rendering using HTML5 standards, but the plans seem to be more ambitious than just fixing this one small piece of IE. The article covers some of the plans, hurdles, and potential benefits. It also spills the beans on the code name for the project: Screaming Monkey."

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