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  • Oct 23rd, 2014 @ 6:02am

    He said it himself

    "The people who work at GCHQ would sooner walk out the door than be involved in anything remotely resembling ‘mass surveillance,”

    Says departing GCHQ boss as he walks out the door.

  • Jul 7th, 2014 @ 4:08am

    (untitled comment)

    Perhaps the European Court of Justice should file a "forget our ruling" request with Google.

  • Jul 22nd, 2013 @ 10:35am


    Our focus is on child protection

    You must "think of the children" and any pedophile would heartily agree

  • Oct 24th, 2012 @ 12:07pm


    Not to mention air and water.

  • Oct 12th, 2012 @ 11:37pm

    Good news?

    Give the reputation of IV and the fact that they do not do product development perhaps this patent will keep the idea off the market.

  • May 31st, 2012 @ 5:56pm

    Great disappointment...

    Which must come as a great disppointment for the INA (Institute National Audiovisuel) which is the curator and gatekeeper of audio visual content and which tries to make a LOT of money by offering such content for sale.

  • May 18th, 2012 @ 5:53am

    Reminds me of ....

    Some decades ago I was called to a customer site, a bank, to diagnose a computer problem. On my arrival early in the morning I noted a certain panic in the air. On querying my hosts I was told that there had been an "issue" the previous night and that they were trying, unsuccessfully, to recover data from backup tapes. The process was failing and panic ensued.

    Though this was not the problem I had been called on to investigate, I asked some probing questions, made a short phone call, and provided the answer, much to the customer's relief.

    What I found was that for months if not years the customer had been performing backups of indexed sequential files, that is data files with associated index files, without once verifying that the backed-up data could be recovered. On the first occasion of a problem requiring such a recovery they discovered that they just did not work.

    The answer? Simply recreate the index files from the data. For efficiency reasons (this was a LONG time ago) the index files referenced the data files by physical disk adresses. When the backup tapes were restored the data was of course no longer at the original place on the disk and the index files were useless. A simple procedure to recreate the index files solved the problem.

    Clearly whoever had designed that system had never tested a recovery, nor read the documentation which clearly stated the issue and its simple solution.

    So here is a case of making backups, but then finding them flawed when needed.

  • Apr 24th, 2012 @ 10:29pm


    expecting legislators to accept these inflated "loss" numbers with complete credulity.

    Who wouldn't accept such numbers when they are are generously wrapped in crisp new dollar bills.

  • Mar 13th, 2012 @ 11:43am

    All because...

    The BBC web page you link to has the small print near the end :

    The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

    Presumably this prevents the BBC or any of its employees form being extradited. Richards crime is that he omitted that disclaimer.

  • Nov 30th, 2011 @ 6:27am

    Questions, questions....

    Can anyone explain why there are phrases on the list for which each individual word is also listed.

    The report also does not mention what happens when a censored word is found in a message. Is it removed, replaced, or is the messge simply not delivered (and in that case does the Telcom get to charge for it?).

    So many questions - so few answers.

  • Nov 24th, 2011 @ 1:04am

    No wax cylinders in France !!

    Sarkozy is falling behind at an alarming rate. Here in France I am unable to find a single wax cylinder recording and have had to resort to piracy to acquire them. Surely French culture died long ago because of this.

  • Oct 20th, 2011 @ 7:17am

    Re: Ok...Here is what i think after checking the facts

    Regardless of the merits of the case, making ISP's block the web site has no effect, proven by my gaining access to the site after calling up a Google search for "free proxy", the second on the list gave me access. Yes I live in France and yes the site is inaccessible via direct browsing.

    So, since I CAN still access the site, should I contact my ISP to let them know that they are breaking the law?

  • Feb 24th, 2011 @ 1:10am

    Measuring stick

    Way back when Lotus was sing Paper Back software (or was it Borland?) for copyright over the 123 spreadsheet, I came up with a measuring stick : determine the effort required by the plaintiff to change their work into the supposed infringing work. If that effort is minimal then the work is copied else it is not.

  • Feb 16th, 2011 @ 5:42am


    But not the gun stores, after all they ARE proteted by the constitution! And the NRA.

  • Dec 21st, 2010 @ 12:14pm

    Re: Pointless and Wasteful

    So, with this system in place, anyone can simply append a Wikileaks text to an email to ensure that no one in the US government will see it? Perhaps not so pointless after all ;-).

    Should we all add leaked text to our email sigs?

  • Aug 25th, 2010 @ 12:24am

    In other news

    In other news ...

    In the wake of the crash in the housing market, the furnitures makers are seeing a significant fall in revenues. In a new initiative to recoup their losses, the the FMAA, the Furniture Manufacturers Associaion of America has announced a new technology they call FRM or Furniture Rights Management.

    According to the association, instead of buying new furniture, consumers are simply moving their old furniture from house to house, even from room to room, causing massive losses, billions of dollars according to estimates, to the fruniture industry. The association goes on to underline the vital importance of furniture manufacturing to the economy and security of the nation.

    Using advanced GPS and internet technology, FRM allows the furniture manufacturer to lock a piece of furniture to a specific location. In the event that the furniture is moved more than a specified distance, drawers and cupboards are locked.

    Says the FMAA :

    'Further developments of this technology will allow us to lock other types of furniture such as beds and chairs'

    While the technology is expensive, the FMAA is lobbying for congress to mandate FRM in all new furniture and says that with such a measure the industry would recoup its development costs "within a decade".

  • Feb 18th, 2010 @ 10:22am

    What can be done?

    As a French resident, though not a French citizen and therefore unable to vote, I am very concerned over these

    Any suggestions as to how I can help detour this legislation, or on a technical level detour the restrictions would be welcome.

  • Apr 24th, 2009 @ 10:05pm

    Is this next ?

    And in further breaking news, a coalition of music publishers, movie and TV producers, and book publishers have begun a campaign to ban the reading of books, the listening to music, and the viewing of movies and television programs. They cite that by consuming their products the public is essentially copying the works into their brains from where they can be reproduced illegally at a later date.

    Initially targeting consumers with photographic memories, the campaign is already in talks with congressional staff to draft legislation which will "finally put the control of all creative works firmly where it belongs, with the publishers"

    The coalition, in conjunction with brain scientists, is also exploring the means of erasing from the brains of the original creators the memories of their creations on the grounds that allowing such memories would definitively prevent any attempt to use parts of an existing work in the creation of another. A campaign spokesperson explains that "Creation of original work is a pure and noble act and we cannot allow it to be polluted by the memories of what the creator has done or experienced previously"