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  • Apr 18th, 2015 @ 10:12am

    Re: 1201 time?

    Further, it would be clear that this change would make "ripper" tools entirely legal (ie, they would not be against 1201 because there would be "non-infringing uses"). Yet clearly, people would use these tools to rip stuff and put it on torrents or otherwise "infringe".
    One assumes you're in favour of repealing the 2nd amendment then?

    The same argument applied even more so to firearms, which people use to kill and indeed are designed primarily for the purpose, or knives... or... well computers in general or really, pretty much anything at a stretch.

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 4:50am

    Re: Re: Re: Silly article

    It's impossible to know who the next person will be that commits an evil act. So as opportunities come up to possibly stop some future act, I support eliminating the threat.
    OK, let's pretend for a moment that this argument makes sense....

    Where's the bar set?
    This guy apparently committed no criminal act (since there was in fact no actual bomb involved at any point in the "conspiracy") and it appears that he's pretty much all talk and seems too stupid to actually plan anything on his own.

    So, that means it's OK to arrest people who:
    1/ Are easily led and might be convinced by someone malicious to commit a violent crime if they happen to meet the wrong person.
    2/ Are unthinking and at least borderline sociopathic enough to maybe commit some random act of violence if the right set of circumstances of anger/means/trigger/target happen to come their way at the wrong time.

    So that leaves me two questions;
    Where are you going to put all the people that fall under that definition?
    How are you going to find enough people who don't to look after them?

  • Apr 13th, 2015 @ 4:16am

    Re: Re:

    To me, this is like setting a building on fire and handing some poor person the matches and running off.
    No, it's not....
    it's like making one of those fake fires with a fan, some silk and a light, handing some poor person a huge, plastic Swan Vesta match that wouldn't burn if you tried... and then having him arrested for killing hundreds of people by burning down a building that doesn't in fact exist.

  • Apr 10th, 2015 @ 9:57am

    Re: Re: Trooper Spears is on the left.

    I thought it was useful information... You were talking about a criminal - how else to tell you weren't talking about the guy in the police uniform?

  • Apr 2nd, 2015 @ 4:11pm

    Re: Q: "Is Wikileaks Now An Evil Cyberhacker?"

    No, Wikileaks has always been an Evil Cyberhacker.
    Of course it has! In the "Democracy Dictionary" (Author, Mr. H. Nilats), "Evil Cyberhacker" is defined as "Anyone who shows, or might show, evidence of corruption in the Regime... uh... Democratically Elected Leadership, or anyone who depicts same in an unflattering light while using a computer"

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 8:31am

    Oh, god, yes please!

    In a sane world, intellectual property rights that a company can't be bothered to find out if they even have shouldn't be rights that can then be sued over.
    THIS! This sooooo much!

    This is possibly the most broken thing about copyright. It should be the case that you could challenge a copyright and if the challengee can't respond with proof of copyright within a fixed period, they are legally assumed NOT to own the copyright.

    It wouldn't make copyright terms any less stupid, but it would make copyright as a whole a lot less the broken shambles it is now.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 12:45pm

    People do this?

    Netflix's choice to release seasons all at once is bad because it kills the "water cooler marketing buzz"
    Given a choice between getting the whole thing at once and it taking almost a whole year to get round to showing a 20-week season... Well, I think I'd like to watch stuff at my pace, not yours, thanks!

  • Mar 14th, 2015 @ 8:13am

    It's a competition

    If there's one thing the UK is good at in our post-empire decline it's coming up with and following really dumb rules. You thought the US was un-assailable in the top-spot of "democratic police state".. think again. We win! Bwa Ha ha haaaaaa

  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yeah... them too. To be fair, probably also Captain Obvious.

  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 9:06am

    Re: Re:

    those courts are thoroughly controlled by the government and heavily biased toward the government establishment
    But surely that's what "checks-and-balances" is supposed to address? (Boy! Was that hard to type for laughing...)

  • Mar 10th, 2015 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re:

    They claim that stealing a tiny sum of a large number of people doesn't result in any real victims.

    Of course we all know this is wrong so maybe there is a chance
    One can hope you're right, but the cynic says no.

    It's easier to prove fraud when you can count the money, however small... it's harder to count "quantity" of freedom, especially when the people you need to prove the "count" to seem to have an almost pathological blindness to its loss.

  • Feb 23rd, 2015 @ 3:27am


    many modern games dont want longevity. most of the cod releases for example could have just been community created free mods.
    This is, of course, the problem with the theory that modding is "good for games". Certainly it's good for gamers, so yes, it's probably good for "games". On the other hand it's kryptonite for most game companies.

    Let's face it, most of the major game companies prefer to recycle the same (usually) crap game as many times as they can possibly get away with, repeatedly polishing the same turd to squeeze out another £40 a time from it with "new" releases. Playing into the modding culture would not only kill that "money for old rope" business plan, but would require the games to have gameplay with an appeal lasting beyond a few 10's of hours, which is a pretty rare commodity in games. Can't see that happening somehow... be nice if a company gave a flying f*ck about it's customers, though, wouldn't it?

  • Feb 13th, 2015 @ 1:32pm

    Re: I most certainly can

    they died for what it stands for, the ideals it represents
    Maybe I missed, but I read David's post as facetious... If I'd died for either the US or UK I see today I know I'd be pretty pissed off... hence the "flag is all that's left" comment perhaps?

  • Feb 11th, 2015 @ 5:28pm

    If only that were true

    Dumb TVs, with less sophisticated internals, should also be cheaper to buy.
    You'd think that ought to be true, but sadly it's not. I had exactly the same thought when I recently needed to replace the TV - "Why the hell do I need anything but a big monitor?" Reality is that anything much above 30" is either non-existent or counted as "specialist panel displays" for advertising etc and priced way higher than much more complicated "Smart TVs"

    Unfortunately, most people don't seem to know of care about the implications of "Smart TVs", they just want a single simple box to do all their thinking for them. By the time enough people notice it's a bad idea, they'll be ubiquitous enough for it to be too late and the internet connection will probably be as mandatory as a bad computer game.

    And yes, I caved and bought a "Smart" TV to use as a screen, though the only things connected to it are (non network) HDMI cables and the wall.

  • Feb 11th, 2015 @ 5:02pm

    Re: Re: Oh yeah, I'm sold....

    There are small changes that need to be made to the car to sell it in both markets, and the harder and more expensive it is to do, the less likely it is to happen
    I'll admit I don't know the regulations so you could be right, but that seems counter-intuitive to me. The fact is you do see examples of various (domestic) US cars in the UK (and the rest of Europe), which I've always assumed are privately imported (the "high-end" US stuff has the occasional specialist dealer, but not as far as I know the "standard" cars).

    Examples I've seen of either class seem to have no modifications and while one might pay a premium to have, oh, maybe a mustang modified to import it, it seems a stretch to think that a private importer would pay for expensive alteration and testing to have one of the cheaper cars.

    While I can understand that safety testing might be mandatory for "import for sale" but might be waived for a private importer, I have to assume the cars themselves are UK-road legal since they are UK registered. Either that, or the changes are so small as to be economic for a private importer on a cheap car that they'd pose no problem for a manufacturer.

    Observation of roads on both sides of the pond suggests more that Americans and Europeans simply tend to look for different things in cars (obviously with some common ground), and I suspect that regulation has little, if anything, to do with design choices. After all, as far as I know the Ford F150 is one of the best selling vehicles in the US is it not? I think you could remove import duty as well as regulation on this and you still wouldn't sell that many in the UK

  • Feb 10th, 2015 @ 5:02am


    If we are trying to track a network that is planning to carry out attacks [snip] and they are communicating primarily in cyberspace, [snip] how do we make sure that we’re able to do that, carry out those functions, while still meeting our core principles of respecting the privacy of all our people?
    Well, if you're "tracking a network" you must have some idea who you're tracking, so how about you put that evidence before an independent body (Oh, say a court) to see if there's good reason to go further. You know.... like you're supposed to do instead of hoovering up everything and sifting through it whenever you fancy.

  • Feb 10th, 2015 @ 2:24am

    Oh yeah, I'm sold....

    Take cars, we could look at the differences in our car crash tests or the way we check if the seat covers are flame-resistant. Reconciling small differences like these, without compromising on safety, would be a huge step forward.
    Well that all sounds just fandabulous, except for 2 things:
    1/ Must be well over 90% of cars in both EU and US made by major motor companies, for whom getting a car tested to 2 sets of regulations is hardly a major impediment, so are we really suddenly expecting a massive influx of tiny car companies, who can barely sell to a domestic market to suddenly become giants of export and a major boost to the economy?
    2/ The "American" cars you see in the UK (and EU) are all mostly the expensive "cool" ones - Mustangs, Corvettes, etc. Here, of course, I'm not including US-based brands like Ford that have international manufacturing and appeal, I'm talking about cars built exclusively in the US. If they shipped every car I've ever driven in the US here and made them 1/2 the price of similar cars in the UK, I still wouldn't buy them because I've never driven one that I'd feel comfortable driving on British roads. I suspect this, more than any split regulations, is why those cars don't get sold over here.

  • Feb 3rd, 2015 @ 1:56am

    Re: Not even like books and music...

    The idea that I must wait weeks or months for this opportunity is strange and old-fashioned... and by the time the movie is released on disc (or streaming), it's already lost a lot of it's luster and interest. They're excluding a huge audience here.
    X-Men: Days of Future Past...
    UK cinema release date: 22 May 2014
    UK DVD (purchase) release date: 10 NOVEMBER 2014
    UK Rental release date: January 2015

    Me: Cancelled my Lovefilm/Amazon Prime subscription because
    a/ Their back catalogue sucks and any film you might actually want to watch isn't available
    b/ Any new films take forever, even after the DVD release, to be available and by then I've lost whatever tiny will I had to watch them in the first place
    c/ The streaming quality and availability sucks even worse than the back catalogue

    Your point, sir...

  • Jan 19th, 2015 @ 4:11pm

    Re: Re: There's convenience and forced convenience

    PDF is supported by the kindle
    Well, if by "supported" you mean it can display it, sure. But it can't re-flow it if you change viewing size for example, so it's support is limited.... again many are likely to go for the "user friendly" option. (And yes, I know Calibre will convert, but we're talking non-techies here)
    Second, that one, easy bit of software is called calibre.
    Fantastic piece of software, but hardly mainstream sadly. Plus, in the Kindle case, it's great for getting stuff on and off and format conversions etc, but the Calibre meta-data, like series info for example, isn't compatible.

    This is my point - there's no reason at all this stuff shouldn't be as easily converted as the books themselves but I've only ever seen 1 app external to kindle that can manage "Kindle Collections", and that was a bit of an abortion, presumably because of the stupid proprietary coding for it.
    Oh, and how many people know that AZW is basically MOBI with a bunch of DRM added? Not something Amazon go out of their way to advertise.... in a sane world that'd be the top selling point "Hey you can buy this cool device and then get your books anywhere."

  • Jan 17th, 2015 @ 4:29am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: He's right about one thing

    but good luck getting someone to watch your movie with no actors they've never heard of
    Seriously? You're suggesting people are that shallow that they only went to see "The amazing spiderman" because of the cameos by a handful of "stars"? Me, I'd never even heard of Andrew Garfield before that - not that that improved the film any... I also didn't recognise anybody in Guardians of the Galaxy.

    Who would you say are the "stars" in Ouija? (Which did better that Exodus it seems despite the latter's smattering of "stars")

    Sure if you're going to expand the definition of "stars" to "people who have been in other films so you might recognise them", you might have a hard time getting funding without - I imagine film makers as well as investors like a certain amount of actual proven acting talent most times. On the other hand a genuine "big name" tends to discourage me and many people I know since they're often extremely 1-dimensional actors (/actresses)

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