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Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 3rd, 2012 at 03:30:06 PM EST
BBC News - Web and email monitoring plans will not be rammed through, says Clegg

The government will not "ram legislation through Parliament" to increase monitoring of emails and web usage, Nick Clegg has said.

The deputy prime minister said the proposals would be "published in draft" first to allow them to be debated.

Earlier, the Home Office said it planned to "legislate as soon as parliamentary time allows".

Ministers say change is needed to help fight crime and terrorism, but critics warn it is an attack on privacy.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 3rd, 2012 at 03:51:05 PM EST
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Shorter Clegg - we'll put some token resistance for PR purposes then wave it through.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 05:58:16 AM EST
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You know things are getting out of hand when even the conservative old IEEE electrical engineering guys are starting to worry...

http://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/telecom/internet/uk-government-pushes-again-to-become-big-brothe r

by asdf on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 11:28:07 AM EST
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"Light It Up Blue" campaign held to commemorate World Autism Awareness Day - Xinhua | English.news.cn
Romanian Parliament is illuminated with blue light during the "Light It Up Blue" campaign on Monday night to commemorate the World Autism Awareness Day on April 2, 2012.


Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 3rd, 2012 at 04:09:27 PM EST
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O2 Wi-Fi slips into McDonalds, steals The Cloud's lunch * The Register

O2 continues to expand its free Wi-Fi offering, this time donning a hairnet to push into 1,200 McDonalds hotspots which will become O2 branded just in time for the London Olympics.

Not that there will be any additional Wi-Fi coverage; the clown-branded eateries already offer free Wi-Fi connections complete with family-friendly filtering, but over the next few months those connections will switch from The Cloud onto O2's free Wi-Fi service as companies are now competing to see who can provide the most stuff for free.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 3rd, 2012 at 04:10:46 PM EST
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If this keeps up, soon an iPod will be sufficient for all communication needs--no more cell phone service required. I am ready.
by asdf on Tue Apr 3rd, 2012 at 09:24:10 PM EST
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I have to get an iPod and eat at MacDonald's? I'm not ready.
by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 02:56:20 AM EST
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No, you only have to sit in your car in their parking lot. Or in the outside chairs near Starbucks. Or in most grocery stores. It's amazing how much coverage there is for free WiFi.
by asdf on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 11:17:48 AM EST
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An iPod ? All communications will be coded onto top40 chart hits ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 03:33:22 AM EST
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<Whisper>Don't you know they already are?</Whisper>
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 05:59:19 AM EST
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The iPod Touch is essentially an iPhone without the phone part. Same size (a lot thinner, though), same apps, WiFi-only communication. And with free WiFi service in a lot of locations, you can Skype or FaceTime, listen to practically any global radio station, etc.
by asdf on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 11:19:56 AM EST
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Cable-cutting rogue engineer caused ultra fast broadband havoc * The Register

A former SingTel engineer took revenge on the Singaporean telco giant after being given the sack by sabotaging fibre optic cables on a staggering 600 separate occasions.

Thirty-five-year-old Terrance Tan Khoon Shan was handed a 15 month prison sentence after the disgruntled engineer was found guilty of cutting cables in various parts of the city-state island, according to Channel News Asia.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 3rd, 2012 at 04:11:26 PM EST
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BBC News - BBC offers Olympics streams on TV

The BBC is to make 24 live HD Olympic streams available to cable and satellite providers.

The deal means viewers will be able to watch every Olympic sport live for the duration of the summer games through their TV sets.

Previously, the BBC had only planned to broadcast the streams online.

It will be the first time viewers have been given the opportunity to follow one particular sport throughout the day.



Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Tue Apr 3rd, 2012 at 04:50:50 PM EST
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Will there be any proper telly ?

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 03:34:28 AM EST
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In Nomad's edition of Simple Answers on Simple Questions:

No.

by Nomad on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 04:16:51 AM EST
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I'm so definitely going on a 3 week pub crawl, probably Germany and Czech Rep. Anything to get out of Britain while the madness ensues

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 05:38:05 AM EST
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After all that public money spent, the least we can do is stay in and watch the excitement.
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 06:01:15 AM EST
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Hear hear.

We'll probably be visiting friends in Switzerland for at least one of the weeks, then maybe friends and family yet to see the kids over France.

And putting the flat for rent in the meanwhile, which should more than pay for the holidays.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi

by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 06:25:38 AM EST
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Now here is a really important story for once.

After 61 reigns unbroken by wars, social upheaval and at least one pregnancy, the Larimer County Fair and Rodeo Board has fired its teenage rodeo queen and her lady-in-waiting following disputes over money, management and mothers.

Queen Kaylin Schimpf and Lady-In-Waiting Kayla Myers, both 19, were terminated from the program last month after they refused to agree to changes fair managers wanted.

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20120404/NEWS01/204040377/Larimer-County-Fair-Rodeo-queen-gets-boo t?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

by asdf on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 01:27:00 PM EST
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Larimer County Fair & Rodeo queen gets the boot | The Coloradoan | coloradoan.com

He said he believes the girls and their mothers just "dug in their heels" and refused to consider program changes because they felt entitled to what had become a customary $10,000 scholarship. He said petulant behavior and threats of legal action meant fair managers had to act against the girls.

"I was embarrassed by their conduct," Johnson said. "They were argumentative. They were rude. They were basically planning a revolt against the leadership of the program."

So they wanted what they thought they had won? And then they argued when they were denied it? Good for them!

A vote for PES is a vote for EPP! A vote for EPP is a vote for PES! Support the coalition, vote EPP-PES!

by A swedish kind of death on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 02:43:38 PM EST
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Yeah it is kind of an interesting combination of choosing a pretty girl who is also a horse expert. Seems like there's a good chance of getting somebody who is also generally competent and/or stubborn. Not to mention physically strong.

Not exactly like a regular beauty contest.

by asdf on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 04:53:20 PM EST
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FWIW, her name Schimpf in verb from schimpfen means to bitch, to bluster, to rant, and the Schimpf itself means dishonor.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Wed Apr 4th, 2012 at 06:07:24 PM EST
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