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Martin WissePerson was signed in when posted
04:21 PM ET (US)
Well, the law has come through the European Parliament today, but at least we shall in future be free of spam, except for Asian spam and US spam, as these are exempted from the new law.

Three guesses where the most spam comes from? Clue: not the EU.

Anybody have any ideas what to do about this?
Duncan Lawie
05:08 AM ET (US)
But surely we in the UK have nothing to worry about from a new European law along these lines? We've already had the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act for a couple of years, even if this "legislation requiring net service providers to retain traffic data and information about users could break the European Human Rights Act." ( http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/...1761000/1761974.stm ). According to the same news item, 18 months after RIPA became law, it was still consider rushed, bungled and unworkable.

http://www.fipr.org/rip may also be useful but - sinisterly? - it crashes IE5.5 .
Edited 05-30-2002 05:10 AM
Dave Bell
07:50 PM ET (US)
I'm a farmer, so I'm biased.

We are paid for our produce in a market dominated by countries which pay less for labour and for key agricultural imputs such as fertiliser. All the subsidies we get come in one door and go straight out the other. The people who benefit are the companies which make fertiliser and agrochemicals and farm machinery, and the businesses who buy food from farmers at a derisory price, and then remanufacture and repackage it into an expensive, but convenient, artificially flavoured, textured, and nutrition-enhanced, pop-it-in-the-microwave, corporate profit centre.

It's being reported that we're importing potato-based snack foods from the USA -- I find that hard to believe because Britain has a potato surplus, but we're in a world where British supermarkets imported fresh vegetables from Zimbabwe, and are now buying from South America.

The way things are going, Oxfam are going to have to start a branch of their "Fair Trade" scheme for British farmers. Excuse me while I get a tine of brown boot polish and watch a few episodes of "It Ain't Half Hot, Mum" so I can get the accent right.

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