Tuesday, 12 May 2009

EU Software Scrote Code With Bent Vegetable Corrections

OK, so what have we got today? MPs' expenses? someone else can do that.

The EU? - always good for (bad) news: EU wants software makers liable for code. This is the sort of thing that shoots under the media radar but is typical of the colleagues:
Software companies could be held responsible for the security and efficacy of their products, if a new European Commission consumer protection proposal becomes law.
So if the code screws up, you can get your money back? A quick way to bankrupt every software company in Europe, I reckon. Pity we can't do that with the EU.
"If we want consumers to shop around and exploit the potential of digital communications, then we need to give them confidence that their rights are guaranteed," Kuneva said. "That means putting in place and enforcing clear consumer rights that meet the high standards already existing in the main street. (The) Internet has everything to offer consumers, but we need to build trust so that people can shop around with peace of mind."
The arrogance and ignorance in that paragraph leaves me speechless.

'We need' you to keep your interfering, incompetent hands out of our lives, Commissioner Kuneva, and not regulate everything in sight.

Open Europe newsletter reports that
The Rural Payments Agency (RPA), an executive agency of DEFRA, has had "financial corrections" imposed by the European Commission, requiring it to pay back more than £200 million since 2004-05, relating to breaches of the UK's Common Agricultural Policy requirements.
'Financial corrections' is also, I believe, the EU term for fines. The Rural Payments Agency contact page on YouGov can be found here. Its description is remarkably blunt and free of the usual cant:
The Rural Payments Agency is an Executive Agency of Defra and provides services such as rural payments, rural inspections and livestock tracing. It also enforces the European Union's regulations on the size and shape of vegetables and fruit sold in shops, by warning and advising businesses.
The last bit is very important.

That old scrote Lord Tebbit has actually said something sensible: don't vote for any of the major parties in the European elections (UKIP, wink, wink).

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