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Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 35

Its been awhile since I worked for an ISP, but when we received infringement notices, we would just send an email to the end user informing them that we had received notice and to please stop, then just replied whoever sent us the notice and told them we have dealt with it.. We never gave any user information back to them (Isn't that a data protection issue?).

As to snooping, the only thing we had was the standard log files to look at (there's not enough money in the ISP business to invest in any fancy network taps or anything) but the general rule was unless ordered to (by the police, courts, etc), what the users do online is their business.

Besides, I was once told by someone who worked in cybercrime for the police that they dont care about copyright infringes, they are too busy trying to track people who are grooming kids to worry about protecting some corporate profit margin. (yeah, anecdotal, I know)

Comment Why separate by race? (Score 1) 183

I don't understand why they split the groups into black and white.. Does "black" cover anyone who isn't white, or are we ignoring asians? And what does this have to do with cervical cancer anyway?

If there is an actual medical/statistical reason for separating groups like that, I'm genuinely curious, otherwise whats the point?

Comment Re: And? (Score 1) 56

You give them too much credit. When it was revealed that GCHQ was collecting this data, there was no apology in the UK. In fact, David Cameron praised the agencies, calling them "geniuses"..

I think the idea here is we should be grateful for their protection. After all, we wouldn't want anything bad to happen, would we..?

Comment Got me into PC Gaming and my career.. (Score 1) 351

I remember travelling half way across the country to meet a guy in a car park and swapped an Amiga 2000 for a 486DX2 chip, just so I could play Doom.

Also, during a short term night job, (digitizing gas mains into AutoCAD for a well known UK gas company), I created a custom boot disk for the office Novell Netware network, so we could "borrow" 4 of the office PCs and use them for multiplayer Doom. It was my first networking experience and from that, I got into network and system administration as a career..

Comment Re: why? (Score 1) 70

To be fair, the Vive launch was a massive screwup as well. I preordered one and was supposed to be one of the first "wave" of UK orders, until they screwed up my payment and then cancelled my order.. Two days later and one their reps tells me the only way to fix it is for me to let them have remote access to my PC so they can reorder it..

I refused, so never got the Vive and will wait until the dust settles to see which is worth getting, but I can confidently say it was the worst online buying experience I've had.

Comment Re: And how much will the EU (Score 1) 866

What have minorities got to do with it? If its anything like the UK, the biggest drain on state benefits by far are white british, some of whom go back 3 generations of never having worked. The minorities (or immigrants) tend to want to work and only claim benefits for a short period until they get a job.

This is the great irony of the EU referendum we are having soon, the biggest issue (immigration) actually benefits our economy, but the right wing press paint them as the great evil of our time..

Comment Re: He proves again... (Score 1) 830

I read a short story years ago by Stephen Baxter that did just that.. IIRC, it involved sending a tiny device (or maybe some kind of laser) to Alpha Centauri, the idea being that it required a sudden, massive increase in resources to simulate the extra space in detail that it crashed the universe..

Hmm, isn't someone working on something similar atm..?

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