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http://corporateeurope.org/international-trade/2014/04/still-not-loving-isds-10-reasons-oppose-investors-super-rights-eu-trade is a long read but important. The EU is trying to go for a trade treaty that will allow unaccountable companies to sue democratically run countries! This is basically a power grab for corporations, and stops countries making laws to protect the environment and people as they see fit. This has already happened elsewhere!

There's also a live Twitter chat about to happen: http://trade.ec.europa.eu/doclib/press/index.cfm?id=1122 - if you can and read this in time, please comment with the right hash tag!
At the end of March, the European Commission launched a public consultation over its plan to enshrine far-reaching rights for foreign investors in the EU-US trade deal currently being negotiated. In the face of fierce opposition to these investor super-rights, the Commission is trying to convince the public that these do not endanger democracy and public policy. See through the sweet-talk with Corporate Europe Observatory’s guide to investor-stat...
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EU rules UK doing something wrong; UK carries on doing it for 3 months; UK suddenly declares emergency & rushes law so can carry on doing it & worse. At the very least, you have to admire determination. Then msg your MP and tell them laws on Surveillance need careful consideration, not rushed through. https://www.openrightsgroup.org/campaigns/no-emergency-stop-the-data-retention-stitch-up
The Government announced legislation this morning forcing Internet Service Providers and phone networks to carry out blanket retention of your phone calls, your texts, and your Internet browsing history. The plans have the support of the frontbenches of the three largest parties.
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Do I know anyone in Edinburgh interested in learning to code? If you like the sound of http://jarofgreen.co.uk/2014/04/adults-wanting-to-learn-to-code/ drop me a line
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Discuss: You shouldn't be able to downvote someone else's content on a community moderated site without also having to explain why.

Downvote without explanation may deal with trolls but it does a terrible job of encouraging newcomers to community, it sends the msg "f off".  Downvote without explanation also encourages groupthink not discussion. Ppl are just told "that's wrong" with no path to discuss why.
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Open sourced the code behind +Open Tech Calendar and +HasACalendar at http://ican.openacalendar.org/ - code online now! (OTC & HAC will continue to run as normal)
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Why I will never order from Currys again – let me explain all the tweets at the weekend.

Check out this nice Fridge Freezer: http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/household-appliances/refrigeration/fridge-freezers/bosch-kgn34vw30g-fridge-freezer-white-21479306-pdt.html

Note that it says at the bottom of the page, and I'm quoting in full carefully: "Home Delivery direct from the Manufacturer  - All deliveries include free collection of your old appliance for recycling (your old appliance should be safely disconnected prior to arrival). Delivery can be arranged Monday to Saturday between 7am & 7pm." (I have a screenshot if they change it).

Not "Some deliveries include free collection of your old appliance", or even "All deliveries include free collection of your old appliance (where applicable)" or even "(See terms)". It explicitly says "All deliveries include free collection of your old appliance". "All Deliveries". "ALL".

So imagine my surprise when the people delivering my new fridge refused to take the old one away.

I phoned on Sunday morning and spoke to Jake, who told me that deliveries were subject to the manufacturers terms and conditions. He directed me to this page http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/delivery-1021-theme.html and this line in the middle of it: "Products delivered directly by the manufacturer are subject to their own terms and conditions". Note there is no link to said T&C's.

But wait, maybe this was one dude? Maybe I'm being Harsh? Um, no. Check out this Twitter exchange: https://twitter.com/knowhowtohelp/status/424940334489931776 "Sorry for upset, we also state any order placed for del. from manufacturer is in accordance with their T&C's"

So basically, Currys will tell you one thing very clearly then try to use someone else's obscure T&C's that they don't even link to get out of it. AVOID THEM LIKE THE PLAUGE.

In my case, I told Jake I wasn't going to accept that and politely asked him to turn this into a proper complaint. He told me a manager would call back in a hour, and none did, so I tweeted angrily. Later that afternoon I got a voicemail from a manager apologising. They arranged a pickup for today, which has now happened. But what if I hadn't complained? Would it have made a difference if I hadn't tweeted? What if I had tweeted but had had less followers?


The manager on the phone tried to make out this was a mistake and he would make sure it didn't happen again. If that was all it was, I'd honestly be fine. Mistakes happen sometimes, we all slip up. But when several Currys staff try to tell me they have a get out clause in obscure T&C's and try to fob me off, then I get angry. Avoid.
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I went to Curry's about 3 months after Comet shut down and was looking to buy a TV. The specific TV in Curry's that was £470 was £450 on Amazon (with free delivery). Aparently Curry's will only price match to a store locally, not to something on the Internet. The salesman said that because Curry's are the only big retailers of electronics now (after Comet's departure) they don't need to price match everything. I told him that I didn't need to come to Currys to buy my electricals anymore as they are cheaper on the Internet and promptly left.

Sod Currys, the sooner they go belly up the better.
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As a computer programmer, this is a make or break question for me. Glad to see the correct answer :-p #indyref
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I love the way the answer is phrased. I'll be starting more of my commentary with 'As a matter of common sense' from now on!
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I have the domain fakefilm.co.uk

See how I did fakefringe, where players where shown 3 real fringe shows and 1 fake one and asked to pick out the fake one? And could write their own fake one and see how many people they could fool? There was charts of "best fake" and "least convincing real show". Was great :-)

My plan was to do the same with film, and leave it open all year round. But I could not find a decent data set of films with short descriptions I could freely reuse without issue.

If you want to take this challenge on, that would be great. I would love to play this game.

I will sell the domain for cost price and some pints to cover my time. Contact me.
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I assume you attempted to extract the info from wikipedia?
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Hey Edinburgh people, come and here me talk at http://techmeetup.co.uk/ on Wed. I'll be talking Calendars, Open Source, Open Data, Web Frameworks, Project Managment for solo projects, Github, the rule of 3, Timezone coding, user stats and a mini quiz with mini prizes - and a picture of some kittens!
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I'll be looking out for the video too, I won't be able to attend.
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Here are details of the new write API I'm working on for +Open Tech Calendar +HasACalendar  .... please do read and comment before it's to late!  https://github.com/OpenACalendar/OpenACalendar-Web-Core/wiki/API2
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New side project:
You know I did http://but-isitart.net/ ? (5 min talk here: http://vimeo.com/76800118 )
Now I'm doing a system to make it easy for kids learning HTML, CSS and basic JS to make their own such site at code clubs like Prewired and Coderdojo.
The back end system handles storing the votes and lets the kids get on with the webpage. We hope it'll be a good teaching aid as there is lots of little details they could do - for instance with some basic CSS and JS they could replace the count of votes in the screenshot with a little visualization.
There will be a hack session for PHP/HTML/CSS/JS coders later ... star the repo now! https://github.com/JMB-Technology-Limited/CodeAPictureJudge
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Are the kid's going to have the question made any more clear to them than was done for the rest of us or will the whole project continue to be worthless due to poor wording?
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