* Posts by Mike VandeVelde

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Ad-blocking is LEGAL: German court says Ja to browser filters

Mike VandeVelde
IT Angle

Re: FF22

I could get nostalgic for the days of gopher and use lynx to browse the web text only. I could be blind and use a screen reader, or near blind and mess with your precious font sizes, or colour blind and mess with your precious colours. I could be brain damaged and use IE and not see anything the way you planned, or you could be brain damaged and design for IE where my proper browser wouldn't see anything the way you planned. I could be a search engine spider and process the response from your server and never display it on any screen. Finally, I could go through through your server's response rendering it to my screen and when it gets to <img src="http://privacyhah.com/somestupidbullshit.png"> I could say no thank you sorry but I don't feel like fetching that extra file because reasons. Exactly what do you think you could do about *any* of that???

"That's not how this works. That's not how any of this works. Maybe you should educate yourself about how laws (especially, but not limited to copyright law) and contracts work."

rofl

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Mike VandeVelde
Meh

Re: It's my computer

It's my computer. It's your server. My computer makes a request to your server. Your server gives my computer a response. After this point you are entirely removed from the equation. My computer will do whatever it likes with the response you give it. If you want it some other way then you are going to have to come up with something different from www, good luck with that!

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Give Jay-Z's Tidal tune stream thing a chance, says indie label boss

Mike VandeVelde
Facepalm

seriously??

"it refuses to turn its music-matching filters to block unlicensed uploads"

http://www.michaelgeist.ca/2015/04/canadas-non-commercial-copyright-fail-why-did-youtube-mute-a-holocaust-memorial-video/

"and [immune] to take-down procedures"

http://boingboing.net/2014/02/23/how-youtubes-automated-copyr.html

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Finally, Mozilla looks at moving away from 'insecure' HTTP. Maybe

Mike VandeVelde
IT Angle

Re: If I'm not sending private details..

"how about if your ISP sold statistics on which health-related Wikipedia pages you had been reading to your health insurance provider?"

How in the hell does https stop anyone from knowing you were looking at wikipedia.org/wiki/Penis_Fungus?

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Sprint fined $16m for sticking it to The Man: Telco 'overcharged' Feds for phone wiretaps

Mike VandeVelde
Facepalm

meanwhile in China

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/05/obama_criticises_china_tech_rules_backdoor_terrorism/

The proposed laws "would essentially force all foreign companies, including US companies, to turn over to the Chinese government mechanisms where they can snoop and keep track of all the users of those services," Obama added.

"As you might imagine, tech companies are not going to be willing to do that," he said.

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ALIENS ARE COMING: Chief NASA boffin in shock warning

Mike VandeVelde
Alert

Re: Ask pre-columbian south-American natives

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSOHO3GwEPg

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To defend offshore finance bods looting developing countries of their tax cash

Mike VandeVelde
Devil

economists: similar to climatologists

Take all the derogatory commentardery about climate researchers you find around here, and just look how much more nicely the same comments fit when applied to economists instead :D

http://kickitover.org/notebook/

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Streaming tears of laughter as Jay-Z (Tidal) waves goodbye to $56m

Mike VandeVelde
Flame

"centralised database for ALL music. Everything. No exceptions."

It was called Napster.

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Put those smartphones away: Google adds anti-copying measures to Drive for Work

Mike VandeVelde
Coat

"feature to block particular files from being downloaded, printed and copied"

Hmmm upload a file to Google so that you can't download it, print it, or copy it - is that somehow better than simply deleting the file because cloud?

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Anti-gay Indiana starts backtracking on hated law after tech pressure

Mike VandeVelde
Devil

I'll believe that a corporation is a person when it can be drafted or imprisoned.

How about executed?

http://www.corpwatch.org/article.php?id=1810

http://multinationalmonitor.org/mm2002/02oct-nov/oct-nov02corp1.html

http://reclaimdemocracy.org/corporate-accountability-history-corporations-us/

https://www.adbusters.org/blogs/corpo.html

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Europe could be drowned in 'worthless pop culture' thanks to EU copyright plans

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Guardian: 'Oil reserves will soon be worth NOTHING!' (A bit like their stock tips, really)

Mike VandeVelde
Holmes

"Yawndeyawn... professional hot-air generator... grant wasting watermelon... twonk"

Climate scientists tell us that burning fossil fuels is leading to catastrophic climate change. Economists tell us about things like goodwill and support levels and market impact. A person is not "a twonk" if they listen to the experts and put 2 and 2 together. Thank you for your contribution :)

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Mike VandeVelde
Go

"ignorant... dumb... egregious buffoon... dunderheads eating their crayons..."

Nothing freaks out a capitalist more than the idea that anyone might do anything for any reason other than maximum glory to the almighty dollar. This is worth supporting for that entertainment value alone :)

http://thetyee.ca/News/2015/02/20/Fossil-Fuel-Divestment-True-Aim/

http://gofossilfree.org/commitments/

http://www.arabellaadvisors.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Measuring-the-Global-Divestment-Movement.pdf

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Cubans 'get' 'free community' 'Wi-Fi'

Mike VandeVelde
WTF?

"seeing a further thaw in relations with its neighbors, most notably the US"

"seeing a further thaw in relations with its neighbors, most notably the US"

Except for the USA (and Israel), is there any country that doesn't love Cuba??

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Snowden tells tech bigwigs: It's up to you to thwart mass surveillance

Mike VandeVelde
Thumb Up

Snowden Live: Canada and the Surveillance State

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvcCh4LGaaE

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‪Obama criticises China's mandatory backdoor tech import rules

Mike VandeVelde
WTF?

was everybody born yesterday?

Does nobody remember CALEA??? I can't believe it hasn't gotten a single mention!!!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communications_Assistance_for_Law_Enforcement_Act

"CALEA's purpose is to enhance the ability of law enforcement agencies to conduct electronic surveillance by requiring that telecommunications carriers and manufacturers of telecommunications equipment modify and design their equipment, facilities, and services to ensure that they have built-in surveillance capabilities, allowing federal agencies to wiretap any telephone traffic; it has since been extended to cover broadband internet and VoIP traffic... USA telecommunications providers must install new hardware or software, as well as modify old equipment, so that it doesn't interfere with the ability of a law enforcement agency (LEA) to perform real-time surveillance of any telephone or Internet traffic."

What the hell is the difference between CALEA and what China is proposing? You don't need to bring up any NSA boogeymen to spot the glaring hypocricy, that's totally besides the point. "At least China is being open about it"?!? It's been the law in the USA for more than 2 decades!!!

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International effort to wrangle t'internet from NSA fizzles out in chaos

Mike VandeVelde

Elon Musk plans to plonk urban Hyperloop subsonic tube on California

Mike VandeVelde
Trollface

Re: Is this intended to be a permanent fixture?

"Don't bother posting in reply if you can't make a factual and accurate reply to the two points I raise."

1. Hi there. In response to your second point, I'd just like to say: chicken. Chicken chicken chicken, chicken-chickens chickening chicken chickens.

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Reckon YOU can write better headlines than us? Great – apply within

Mike VandeVelde
Devil

yeah, if you could could just hire me, that would be great

Peter picked a peck of pickles, feck the puck of poppers peepers pint...

The rain in Spain explains the pain plainly part...

OK wait... I can do thish...

Colourless green ideas sleep furiously! RESULT!!!

At least I can English, so I got that going for me, which is nice *8)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NF95MMcn_B0

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Net neutrality: The world speaks its brains on secret 'open' 'net rules

Mike VandeVelde
IT Angle

Re: Top Secret

"a sweeping new policy that affects much of the world"

I've seen this sentiment numerous times, and I don't understand it so I have to ask - how will these rules affect anyone or anything outside the jurisdiction of the USA? I mean they do usually try to apply their laws across the globe, with varying degrees of success, but here in Canada we had an open internet last week, we still have one today, and as far as I can tell we will still have one next week and into the forseeable future. What is going to change in any other country?

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Net neutrality secrecy: No one knows what the FCC approved (BUT Google has a good idea)

Mike VandeVelde
Megaphone

"more openness will make it easier for lobbyists"

"What would actually happen is that the cable companies would throw lobbyist money at it like there was no tomorrow, and the whole process would drown in partisan politics and legal challenges."

Hello? McFly? That's the current situation, not some hypothetical future scenario.

"with the report suddenly dropping 15 pages to 317 pages following a last-minute letter from Google... in response to a last minute submission from a major California based company, an entire core part of the document was removed with respect to broadband subscriber access service... spend the next few weeks in ex parte meetings listening to stakeholder concerns"

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Mike VandeVelde
Unhappy

"If T.T.I.P. goes through..."

On this side of the pond that happened in 1994 with NAFTA chapter 11. Corporations have the god given right to collect all the profit they plan on collecting no matter what democracy tries to whimper about it. The idea has been spreading like cancer around the globe ever since.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Investor-state_dispute_settlement

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Net neutrality victory: FCC approves 'open internet' rules in 3-2 vote

Mike VandeVelde
Holmes

"the FCC's chairman has refused to publish the rules before the vote took place."

So do we get to actually see the actual rules now?

<gets popcorn>

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Ads watchdog: Er, what does woman in her undies have to do with ‘slim’ phone?

Mike VandeVelde

Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

Mike VandeVelde
Boffin

Re: *ahem*

"It sometimes happens, even in science, that one man can be right against the world. Professor Fessenden was that man. He fought bitterly and alone to prove his theories. It was he who insisted, against the stormy protests of every recognized authority, that what we now call radio was worked by continuous waves sent through the ether by the transmitting station as light waves are sent out by a flame. Marconi and others insisted that what was happening was a whiplash effect. The progress of radio was retarded a decade by this error. The whiplash theory passed gradually from the minds of men and was replaced by the continuous wave, with all too little credit to the man who had been right."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reginald_Fessenden

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'Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran's day'

Mike VandeVelde

"an open and freedom-enhancing global Internet"

Gambling

Porn

Copyright / Trademark

"Promoting Terrorism"

Who has the most government control of the internet and who does the most censorship? Grinds my gears the way some people talk...

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HIGH-RANNOSAURUS WRECKED: Druggie dinos tripped balls on psychedelics – boffins

Mike VandeVelde
Alien

Re: This reminds me...

Which in turn was ripped of from Terrence McKenna:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Wg5V23lqXk

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NSA raided hackers' troves of stolen data: report

Mike VandeVelde

take

http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/british/on-the-take

WMD in Iraq, they obviously didn't look hard enough, they're all over:

http://www.fpx.de/fp/WebLog/2003/iraq-du.html

Oh, and:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallujah_during_the_Iraq_War

According to professor Noam Chomsky, "Fallujah,..., was one of the worst atrocities of the 21st century."

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Wanted: Brit Facebook and Twitter trolls for counter-jihad psyops

Mike VandeVelde
Facepalm

diminishing returns

So they get someone like Matt Bryant to add the 13,147st comment to a major news article, that's supposed to be some kind of blow for freeedom? Once the noise to signal ratio rockets past 1,000% and the forum is basically overgrown with astroweeds, reclaimed by the astrojungle, who would they think remains to be influenced, is there anyone spending their days hyper obsessively reading every inane talking point comment? Will it be like an auto trading stock market crash, where everyone and their dog / blog squad has to keep up their pro/anti comment ratios and basically ddos all of the internets? How many major news outlets have a comments section where it's worth anything to read past the first 2 or 3 comments that show? How many more specialized forums like this one don't just laugh jokers like this off the stage? Up until there are just too many of them to bother with comments anymore...

I'd really like to see an organization like our esteemed paper of record The Register for example do some commenter analysis, and brand astrowarrior posts with the logo of the gang of thugs who spawned them based on IP addresses. I guess that wouldn't help sell ads though?

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Who'd be Target's infosec chief? Tesco CIO joins hack-battered firm

Mike VandeVelde

What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

Mike VandeVelde

FCC sexes up, er, sextuples 'broadband' speed to 25Mbps in US

Mike VandeVelde
Joke

Re: re: Bootnote

"engaged in unauthorized operations."

Allowing NSA spying.

ROLOLOLOFLMFAOLOLOL

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Hey, America. Canada's watchdog just slapped net neutrality rules on wireless internet

Mike VandeVelde
Devil

"a small data package upgrade for $5 a month, which seems a bit steep"

Yes, you do need to be a subscriber to access their internet video.

https://tvonline.bell.ca/

Let's say that it uses 300mb per hour, so 10 hrs is about 3 gb. For $5. Steep you say.

http://www.bell.ca/Mobility/Cell_phone_plans/Personal_plans

4 gb is $50/mo. Now do you see? Plus it says there you only get 5 hrs for $5. Welcome to Canada!

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Cubans defy government's home internet ban with secret home-made network

Mike VandeVelde

"when no nation on earth could have come to Cuba's aid"

I was going to upvote up until that line. Maybe some of these countries would want to help:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cuban_medical_internationalism

"Cuba provides more medical personnel to the developing world than all the G8 countries combined"

"The idea of a nation saving lives and improving the human condition is alien to traditional statecraft and is therefore discounted as a rationale for the Cuban approach."

"currently educating more doctors, about 70,000 in all, than all the medical schools in the United States"

"US President Barack Obama commented... a reminder to the United States that limiting its interactions with Latin American countries to military and drug interdiction might be limiting its influence."

I'm not saying that any of these nations would have declared war on the USA or anything, but there are things that could be done to make a move like invading Cuba quite expensive in any number of ways. Cuba has a lot more friends than say Afghanistan or Iraq had. Millions and millions and millions of people protested the invasion of Iraq, could you imagine military action against Cuba???

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Hola HoloLens: Reg man gets face time with Microsoft's holographic headset

Mike VandeVelde
IT Angle

steady?

How steady does it seem? If you are looking at some minecraft blocks on your table, and you glance from one end of the table to the other, how steady and solid do they seam? How instant is the motion tracking to video updating? This would be the difference for me between a cheap seeming gimmick and a truly revelational experience. If I'm running up the stairs past a poster projected on the wall, does it seem like it's actually physically attached to the wall or more like a jittery overlay? If they've got that nailed then well done, otherwise meh.

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NSA: We're in YOUR BOTNET

Mike VandeVelde
Joke

Re: amanfrimmars1 No one should be surprised.

he's conversing with amanfrommars gibberish bot vs rightwingnut bot lol

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Give ALL the EU access to Netflix, says Vince Cable

Mike VandeVelde
Holmes

Re: iPlayer

"It's a licensing problem, blah blah blah"

Isn't that just the sort of handicap that a common market would try to cure?

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FERTILISER DOOM warning! PESKY humans set to WIPE selves out AGAIN

Mike VandeVelde
Trollface

"ElReg is INTERNATIONAL."

And so they use English (most/almost all of the time), which is used all over the world, which billions of people can read without any trouble. Then there is American, the simplified spelling version of English for simpler people, used only in the USA, also the exclusive home of a mad system of weights and measurements.

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Spavined RadioShack to file for bankruptcy next month – report

Mike VandeVelde
Holmes

oh yeah radio shack theyre still around?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RadioShack#Canada

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American bacon cured with AR-15 assault rifle

Mike VandeVelde

Apple WINS iPod antitrust fight, jury nixes BILLION-dollar payout bid

Mike VandeVelde
Alert

copyright violation = theft

Would you look at that, an actual case involving intellectual property that can actually be called theft - copies were actually removed from someone. But apparently that's fine.

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El Reg Redesign - leave your comment here.

Mike VandeVelde
Meh

NEEDS MOAR WHITE

what about just making the no man's land left & right a pale pale grey? make my screen a little bit less of a search light? give me a little bit less of a tan whilst reading?

the image at the top of each article could be presented at about 20% of its current size. one of those rare situations where css actually considered the use case during design of the specifications, something float was actually designed for instead of all the contortions is actually used for in practice, i think the coder will probably jump at the chance. let there be some text down the side of it, let some of the article show below it.

im not too bent out of shape about it over all. the content is still there and its really not much if any more difficult to get to.

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Mike VandeVelde
Headmaster

Re: Still no https? really wide margins

What do people think that HTTPS is going to hide? These are static pages!! The "metadata" is still out there, what do you think you get out of obscuring the content when all someone has to do is follow the link you followed to see what you saw? It's useful for something like Facebook where what you are looking at is customized to you and possibly private, but here would it not simply be a waste of processing power??

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Nothing illegal to see here: Tribunal says TEMPORA spying is OK

Mike VandeVelde
Facepalm

Re: no suspicion that the user has committed any offence?

"Offence? Should be offense."

Only in Canada's pants.

http://canadatopia.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/canadas-pants.jpg

Simplified spelling and inexplicable units of measurement.

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Double hammer blow to ICANN and pals' internet power grab bid

Mike VandeVelde
Headmaster

"rob the few to help the many"

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BKV15vJCEAEGa8m.jpg

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

Mike VandeVelde
Paris Hilton

"the thousand of us who had the Christmas Season ruined"

To be expected to find something else to do besides lay on the couch and watch TV, at CHRISTMAS TIME OF ALL TIMES!!!! What, spend time with family?!?! The horror!! Was there a statistically significant upswing in domestic disturbances? lol

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Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

Mike VandeVelde
Pirate

Re: People will definitely pay for music.

I will pay. I will pay admission for a live concert. I will pay for authentic collectable physical media with inserts and artwork. I will pay for various other authentic collectable paraphernalia.

If a friend lends me a copy, and I pay for my own blank media and my own duplicating equipment, and make myself my own copy, I'm sorry but there are no fees coming out of me for that. Extrapolate out to all the other ways to make copies, my concern remains at the same level. Make war on me for that and I'm sorry but you will lose.

I will pay for access to a well curated collection with features.

Them's the breaks. Artists and all your various hangers on: figure out what to do with that. Or don't. Whatever. Quit your fucking whining already, I might find that yes I actually can somehow care less.

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You! AT&T! The only thing 'unlimited' about you is your CHEEK, growl feds

Mike VandeVelde

Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

Mike VandeVelde
Coat

just one question

If yourself and Mr. Andrew "limits operators’ ability to manage networks and recover costs" Orlowski ever physically cross paths, would it come to fisticuffs?

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Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

Mike VandeVelde
Trollface

from sea to sea to sea

"Canadians a bunch of bootlegging movie thieves"

They seem to think that we should be concerned about this or something? lol

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