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  • May 30th, 2020 @ 7:04am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Because Kernel mode is akin to being GOD!, a lot of people (Myself included) are always cautious when systems, services, applications, or games do this without being upfront about it.

  • May 30th, 2020 @ 6:58am

    Re: Re: Who could have seen that coming...

    Steam doesn't have Kernel level access to your system, Steam is very user focused and privacy focused, Steam offers benefits to their DRM and VAC system which offsets the negatives.

    People like Steam as they are open, upfront, and don't expose you to serious risks like this does, Steam may have had a few exploits in the past, but they got patched, and got sorted, but none of them gave the attacker Kernel level access which is like being GOD!

  • May 30th, 2020 @ 6:34am

    Re: Re:

    Please correct me if I miss-understood your statement, are you to say that if media wasn't so focused on facts the figures would be lower, how would this be? would this be because they don't have all the facts this meaning the info they would be providing would be misleading and requiring a fact check mark and link?

    Or would the media/news be using "Alternative facts" which Kellyanne Conway seemed so keen on pushing, there is no such thing as an alternative fact, an alternative viewpoint yes, or an alternative interpretation yes, but a fact is a fact is a fact and that's fact. (Yes facts can change but then the old fact is nolonger a current fact, not an alternative fact)

  • May 30th, 2020 @ 6:25am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Can you substantiate your claim that Twitter is taking money from Mail-In Ballot groups?

    "What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence"

  • Mar 7th, 2020 @ 1:56am


    As I understand from google'ing and my knowledge, moderation is the process of eliminating or lessening extremes. It is used to ensure normality throughout the medium on which it is being conducted.

    So moderation would be the complete removal of something someone posted or revoking of services due to a breach of rules, an opposing viewset, or such.

    I honestly don't see how a temporary suspension of services due to fraud verification constitutes moderation, if you try to buy something, and your bank blocks the payment until you verify that it's you, is the bank moderating you or are they just protecting your finances and themselves from fraud? but that's just my understanding of it, I might be wrong but in my world that's how I would see it.

  • Mar 6th, 2020 @ 4:41am


    I would disagree that it is moderation, as the material in question and access was only prevented whilst under fraud checks, it's not like someone denied their access to the system due to their beliefs, contents, or some other arbitrary reason.

    It's the same as your bank account locking out your bank card due to suspected fraud until you have confirmed everything.

  • Mar 6th, 2020 @ 12:55am

    That word, I do not think it means what you think it means?

    To quote Inigo Montoya, You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

    Doesn't sound like moderation in the slightest to me, moderation would be someone or something reviewing a posting, video, audio clip and deciding that it is to be removed/blocked due to it's contents.

    This on the other hand sounds nothing more than an automatic anti fraud prevention system kicking in when suspicious activity was observed on the account in question, once the issue had been cleared up all services were restored.

    All Google was doing (If the claim is true) was nothing more than protecting the user from fraud/losing their account and ensuring that they got paid fairly as I assume they will be made to refund any costs or fee's if it is found to have been done so under fraudulent means

  • Jan 8th, 2020 @ 12:17am

    Re: Re: Name change in 3, 2,

    100 internet points awarded

  • May 7th, 2019 @ 5:45pm


    That's what annoys me, I use a forked version of Kodi called OMSC for my media consumption at home, I don't have traditional TV, I stream everything or buy and download it.

    I wish for everything to run through my OSMC box purely because it's running on a raspberry Pi and I have it integrate in to my home media system and smart home applications which also run on a Pi,

    Can I get Netflix to work without issue, can I buggery, a lot of these bodies and companies should be adopting Kodi and releasing their own addons rather than trying to kill it, they would see a bigger benefit with less of an investment.

  • May 3rd, 2019 @ 9:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: I'll give you a hint: Less choice is seldom cust

    Steam. They bribe publishers to coerce them to use the Steam Store exclusively. It is literally the same thing.

    Please provide examples, with verifiable proof of this.

    Every argument you've made against Epic's store can be equally applied to Steam's.

    Missing features - Steam No, Epic Yes.
    Scraping data - Steam No, Epic Yes.
    Pulling data from other launchers - Steam No, Epic Yes.
    Missing Reviews - Steam No, Epic Yes.
    Passes on additional costs rather than absorbing them, Steam No, Epic Yes.

    Please clarify which statements you are referring to.

    The only difference I can see right now is that Epic requires developers to only sell on Epic's store sometimes, while Steam doesn't literally require it, but it ends up being effectively required because the vast, vast majority of people buying PC games online just go to Steam's store first because of the network effect.

    That my friend is the power of the market, no one is forcing you to use Steam, publishers CHOOSE to use Steam because of it's user-base, yes there are things wrong with it but generally they are pro consumer, if a publisher chooses under their free will to sell only on Epic due to the revenue split, then that's fine, but bribing them is a whole other set of issues which is what Epic ended doing as it wasn't working as fast as they wanted when they tried to compete by revenue split.

    it's also worth noting that other sellers offer steam keys as Steam offers a free API for them to use to sell Steam keys on their own store front.

    Right now, I'm only mad because my system tray has too many icons in it, now.

    Probably the only accurate thing in your entire statement.

  • Mar 19th, 2019 @ 9:03pm

    Re: Re: Re: I’m not laughing with you, I’m laughing at you

    So if google pays you for some sort or service would that instantly incur your wrath, would you be accused of nefarious things?

    I fail to see how Wikipedia is abusing anything, all they are doing it standing up for principles, and this is after there was exclusions put in place just for them in?

    Do you have any evidence of Wikipedia's wrong doings in this? that they are abusing some monopoly?

    For them to be a monopoly you would have to have no choice in alternative, but as far as I can tell, with a simple search that took me 20 seconds I found:

    Columbia Encyclopedia
    Digital Universe
    Encyclopædia Britannica

    And my personal favourite, Uncyclopedia

    Now I've not checked the validity of any of these, but it wouldn't be hard to, there are plenty to choose from.

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 10:13am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Fair use

    They boy do I have some content to licence to YouTube now, I a sure I can come up with some drivel that I can licence to them, no one said it had to be good content that get's licenced hahaha

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 10:09am

    Re: For any new readers: "morganwick" has ODD 6 year gap...

    Can you work out my gaps please? I can't be bothered to trawl through my own posting history let alone others.

    Don't forget the one where I got editor's pick of the week: https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180129/07532839106/trumps-fcc-pats-itself-back-historicall y-stupid-year.shtml

    https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20180211/10573239203/funniest-most-insightful- comments-week-techdirt.shtml

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 9:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Lose 1 million, or risk losing 100 million...

    What wouldn't work?

    The likes of Google, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Etc, Etc will have the financial, technical and legal clout to impose some sort of upload filter, not saying this will good, rather I implied it would be very bad as the filters would edge on the side of caution and reject loads of uploads, posts, Etc, Etc because they want to be extra careful they aren't infringing.

    No doubt something will get through, and then the new laws would be put to the test to try and hold Google, Youtube, Facebook, Etall liable for the infringement, and that will be an interesting test

    Small sites, won't have the resources to do this, and as such would just shut their doors rather than be held liable, thus entrenching the current big players.

    The idea of where the servers are located doesn't fall in to this anywhere when it comes to the upload filters.

    I will admit there is quite a bit of this new copyright law I don't understand, but I have tried to take the time to understand Article 11 and 13, and I work in the Managed Compute IT industry so have a fairly good understanding of Tech and don't mix it up with Magic like a lot of these politicians seem to all the time.

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 7:10am

    Re: Re: When the site becomes liable for content I upload...

    90% of the time, the sections giving over licence to the item or post is simple there to allow them to store said post/item/upload or whatever it may be, most of the time there is nothing nefarious behind it, it's just them trying to protect themselves from things like these laws.

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 6:44am

    Re: Re: Lose 1 million, or risk losing 100 million...

    What could and most will happen is all the big players will put in upload filters that will edge on the side of caution, small companies or hobbiests won't survive.

    Worst case, certain uploads won't be permitted at all.

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 6:31am

    Re: When the site becomes liable for content I upload...

    If you publish your own works, at your own free will, then there is an implied licence in that you've uploaded it yourself, otherwise it would be a honeypot and I am sure there are laws against that.

    Not EU based but I am sure that's one of the things that Prenda got caught up in when they uploaded the original file to create a honeypot to start there extortion business.

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 6:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: The EU is losing all legitimacy and credibil

    The thing is the UK was never part of the schengen agreement, the UK is the only country within the EU to not be a part of it, the Northen Ireland aspect is oddity in that there is no border between Northen Ireland and IRE, but there is between Northen Ireland and the UK.

    In the world of trading you must secure your borders for trade agreements to function effectively, you can not allow products to simply enter a country un-tracked or un-customed, failure to do so undermines the entire system, it's a basic requirement and is written in to pretty much every trade agreement with every country that there will be a customs border and items going in/out will be subjected to it.

    Even WTO requires that a border be enforced and that is applied to all 120+ bodies of the WTO.

    The EU is only doing what is best for the remaining 27 member states, should the shoe be on the other foot, and another country leaving, would you like to see that one country get special treatment, if undermine all previous trade agreement?

    What is more worrying is that we currently have 1 trade agreement ready to go live which is worth £10 Billion and that's it, South Korea and Japan are asking for more concessions from the UK before they will even consider a deal, and other countrys are asking for the UK to lower their standards for a trade deal to be considered, such as some from the US are lobbying for the UK to lower standards to allow the sale of products that otherwise don't meet the EU food standards that we adopted, or some existing trade partners that we have agreements with via the EU that will be cut off post brexit are asking for human rights to be lowered: “Some countries have said that they didn’t like, for example, the human rights elements that were incorporated by the EU and they would like us to drop those in order to roll the agreements over,” , Why would they want human rights to be lowered?

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 5:35am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Whats good for the goose is good for the parliam

    Rough translation is: "What is right for you isn't right for me"

    My latin is a bit rusty but that's the jist of it

  • Feb 14th, 2019 @ 5:28am

    Fair use

    I have contacted all my local MEP's both for and against, asserting points as to why they should be rejecting Articles 11 & 13.

    Hopefully they get enough pressure to get them to vote according to what is best for the general public and to stand by them, rather than standing with the few companies that are pushing for these laws.

    I really hope that if these do go through, that companies go full nucular and just block all EU IP's and all news sites such as news.google.com just shut the doors to the EU, it would be interesting to see how long it takes before the EU changes course, all it would take is someone like Twitter, or Facebook to stop people comments or uploading, there would be hell by lunch time.

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