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  • Oct 7th, 2015 @ 11:51am

    Re: Re:

    grab a kindle. grab calibre. problem solved.
    Well, sure, one problem solved.... except the solution can (at least theoretically) get you sued for 46 quadrillion dollars, or some other pointless amount.

    But more to the point, it doesn't solve the root problem:
    We're talking about text for &^$&$^'s sake!!! The ability to put it on any device from a piece of paper to the Vulcan supercomputer, via a circa 1990 mobile phone or modern tablet or anything else, should be inherent. As soon as it's not, that's the problem.

    Never mind adding value or innovating, morons have actually managed to make e-books less accessible than paper ones.

  • Oct 1st, 2015 @ 2:16am


    One has to wonder about the state of legal schools in this country if an L3 can think this is a good idea.
    Yah... by then you'd have thought he'd be trained to only bring really dumb and illogical legal arguments that are actually laws.

  • Sep 27th, 2015 @ 11:49am

    Re: Re: platform figures

    Keep in mind that the Platform percentage is not pure profit.
    even though almost none of these services are anywhere close to profitable
    Lack of profit would suggest all of their percentage is eaten by running costs, making post-tax "payout" to the platform.... Zero.

    Think you spotted the attempted "hand-waving of distraction" there...

  • Sep 25th, 2015 @ 6:54am

    Re: Re:

    In reality, adding new laws won't fix their problems.
    Of course it won't... but they'll make everyone's life (probably including their own) miserable while they try.

  • Sep 24th, 2015 @ 3:40pm

    Well, that worked then

    Well done FACT, you've totally managed to stop me pirating "SPECTRE". What's that you say? Your brilliant campaign? Well...... kinda...

    Having been more utterly underwhelmed by Skyfall (when I finally bothered to borrow it off someone) than by pretty much any film ever, my expectation wasn't high in the first place, so you're safe from me downloading it.

    Given a trip for 2 to the cinema is usually the guts of £40 (um $60?), there's a whole list if other things to spend that kind of money on than being annoyed by rude people, (though, as an aside, people recording films are among the more pleasant cinema-goers being as they are usually quiet and still), but hey, it might have been a possibility.

    The casual threat of "drilling down who is in the auditorium", however, has had the presumably desired effect of making it certain I will be no-where near one. Not that I've ever recorded or want to record a film (and why would I when there's usually a gazillion copies from the master or promotional pre-releases floating around within days if not before release?), just that I hate the shitty way you do business and have no desire to give you my money.

    So well done, that's one less person that might possibly have virtually cost you virtual sales had they actually shown up in a cinema. On the other hand, good luck getting any money out of me at all for a film you've made me vehemently not care about, but it's nice to have won the "moral" battle.... right?

  • Sep 19th, 2015 @ 9:10am

    Just me?

    Is it just me, or is anyone else's response to the startling news that TSA locks are insecure;

    "Uh... Well, DUH!"

  • Sep 11th, 2015 @ 7:20am

    Well, it's basically talking a language, so....

    I'm going to patent:
    "A method of telling people to do stuff in English"

    If it works for C#, why not other languages?

  • Sep 5th, 2015 @ 3:53am

    Just had a thought on this...

    Maybe a lawyer out there can answer this one:
    Since pretty much everything is copyrighted as soon as it's created, is it not a DMCA breach to circumvent, for example, the encryption on an encrypted email?
    I guess it'd never manage to apply to government spying, but would it not apply to, for example, unscrupulous mobile carriers who have used such things to insert advertising?

  • Sep 4th, 2015 @ 8:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: People are switching to Mac too not just Linux

    and they're not always stored in logical locations so can easily be forgotten.
    Oh my, yes. For example, even after "years of practice" I still maintain that the M$ office layout since 2007 is way less usable than those before it. (Caveat: I haven't tried the latest abortion yet).

    All too often, even in Windows, the command line is actually the easiest and certainly quickest way to do a task, but many seem too enamoured of the mindless-pointy-clickyness of it all to bother to find out how. Hell, the number of people who work on computers who don't even bother with keyboard shortcuts for copy-pasta etc is scary enough!

  • Aug 3rd, 2015 @ 9:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Nah..... he's tried to ban those too... unless it's a double-bluff.

  • Aug 3rd, 2015 @ 6:38am

    Re: Re:

    Because he is a censorious totalitarian who wants to impose the morals he thinks people should have on them.

    The only other possibilities I can see are:
    1/ Shouting about a pointless, ineffectual "moral crusade" is a good way to distract from all the other truly awful and stupid policies of the government and is a good bait-and-switch for removing even more freedom from the "free" country that is the trying-to-catch-up-with-China UK

    2/ He really is stupid enough to think that a law passed in Westminster is going to have more effect than generating a laugh for the 95+% of porn sites that aren't based in the UK.

  • Jul 15th, 2015 @ 6:31am

    Re: Re: Re: So can I sue my Ford Dealer

    "magic TLA superwatch" or whatever and they didn't say we don't have it, but here's the "super FLA megawatch
    Maybe annoying, but can you imagine the level of coding needed to sort out human-entered search terms into "specific item" vs. "general search for watches like this"? It'd need to be AI!

    Either you get exactly what you asked for and nothing else (which means you're in trouble if you mis-spell it) or you get stuff like what you asked for.
    This is why Google allows you to modify your search to force the presence of terms (+thing +brandname or whatever) in the result, but even it's tenuous because of cross references. I've no idea of Amazon implements this 'coz I've never cared enough to find out...

  • Jul 6th, 2015 @ 9:07am

    Do these guys play deliberately dumb?

    Rogers said a framework to allow law enforcement agencies to gain access to communications is in place within the phone system in the United States and other areas, so "why can't we create a similar kind of framework within the internet and the digital age?"
    Is it artful or dumb to mistake infrastructure for data like this?
    He's talking about physical intercept of phonecalls - something that it seems the NSA still have on the internet more-or-less as they hoover up all passing traffic at some of the key nodes.

    This has nothing to do with encryption - in his phone scenario; sure you can intercept the call, but if the guy on the other end says, "The Pork-chop Express rides when the Ptarmigan flies South" you're still not going to be any the wiser.

  • Jul 5th, 2015 @ 3:14pm


    industry creates a site that allows the audience to easily find where they can legally watch a given program
    This would be that DRM-ridden piece of junk that you can't use on 1/2 of the devices you want, cripples the devices it does work on and still has massively limited content, right?

  • Jul 3rd, 2015 @ 4:05am

    Re: Re: Re:

    The idea that the winner of an election has any sort of mandate from the voters is ridiculous from the outset.
    Be fair; the winner usually has a mandate from the "voters" that contributed hundreds of thousands of pounds to his election campaign - the handful of them that are actually British citizens and eligible to vote that is.

  • Jul 2nd, 2015 @ 10:06am


    When the majority has no issue with an elected official to allow them to carry on with their antics, there's no reason to be concerned
    When the guy was elected by about 20% of the population and less than 35% of those who bothered to vote, it's hardly a sweeping mandate, is it? And if you disagree with the moron, what's your alternative your election choices are between a gaggle of largely corrupt monkeys?

  • Jun 26th, 2015 @ 3:33pm


    Freedom of Information
    "Always dispose of the awkward bit in the title; it does less harm there than in the text"
    - Sir Humphrey Appleby

  • Jun 20th, 2015 @ 10:33am

    Re: Re: Re: What so ridiculous here

    Dude, his freaking dad had no choice but to hand over rights for those videos/images while working for CBS and Paramount because the law was written by corporations like that to make sure a simple actor has no rights.
    There, FTFY....

  • Jun 17th, 2015 @ 7:28am

    Re: Re: Priorities

    the cost/benefit is done by gut feeling.By observation, it's done by hand-waving, random "moral" panic and at best cronyism, rather than anything more based in reality like "gut feeling"... or Ouija boards.

  • Jun 16th, 2015 @ 6:06am

    Re: Two possibilities


    3) It really is operationally sensitive because they'd been tracking his porn habits for months and that's how they found him since every copy of "Naughty Jihadists 5" and that month's edition of "Mature Martyrs" have secret CIA GPS chips embedded....

    4) The list of porn is all identifiable as coming from the private stash of the CIA used as part of honey trap operations and would show that OBL was really a prisoner before he was caught....

    5) Oh, I've run out of conspiracy theories... guess I'll just have to go with the prevailing "They lied" theory :-)

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