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[News] BCS Does Something Right for a Change

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BCS = Brilliant, Brave and Beautiful Computer Society?

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| The British Computer Society (BCS) is not an organisation I refer to much in 
| these posts. That's because there's not really that much intersection between 
| its interests and mine. BCS represents the computing establishment, if you 
| like, while I'm just some crazy blogging about all this weird open stuff on 
| the margins.    
| [...]
| If we now have the pre-eminent establishment computing organisation raising 
| its voice in protest against the unprecedented, transformative nature of this 
| bill, isn't it perhaps time for the UK government to stop and think again? 
| Who knows? - maybe it could even ask the BCS for some sensible advice.    


BCS accuses UK.gov of grabbing 'draconian' data powers

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| The British Computing Society has joined the chorus of criticism of the way 
| the government has hidden major changes to data protection law in unrelated 
| legislation - the Coroners and Justice Bill.  


EU privacy chief supports Amendment 138

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| The European Data Protection Supervisor expresses support  for Amendments 138 
| and 166, which provide user safeguards against abusive practices by 
| rights-holders or network operators. And he chastises the Parliament for 
| giving in to pressure.     



How Healthy are the Views of the BCS?

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| This is very worrying: if Britain's leading computing institution thinks that
| Internet Explorer is the acme of safe, fast, standards-based browsing, it
| could probably do with some healthcare itself.


British Computer Society hangs up on Microsoft call

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| The British Computer Society, BCS, is not going to heed Microsoft's call for
| another over-arching framework to certify technical architects, Computer
| Business Review has learned.


Linux to overtake Windows?

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| Jim Zemlin, while acknowledging that there have been many 'year of the Linux
| desktop' predictions before, believes that fast booting-up times could be the
| catalyst.
| He cites a New York Times article by Matt Richtell which explained how some
| of the big PC makers are creating machines which provide access to basic
| applications like email and browsers 'in 30 seconds or less'.
| The 'interesting part', says Mr Zemlin, is that 'Linux is providing that
| access'.

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