* Posts by Vic

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First production car powered by Android Auto rolls out – and it's a Hyundai

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Re: Why?

Yes I do.

You don't.

An ECU is dramatically more tunable than a set of carbs. So although you might (or might not) be able to set it up to achieve the same power and emissions at one particular point in the engine's range, you cannot do that across the entire range. It isn't possible.

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Re: My Car Is Not a Phone

How can a conversation with a passenger be any more or less distracting than one on the phone?

Latency.

Modern phone calls always create a delay between each side of the conversation. This is distracting.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

I found this:

http://www.law.washington.edu/lta/swp/law/contractvlicense.html

Hmmm. I don't know who wrote that - it appears unattributed - but it is, at the very least, outdated, if not just wrong. Note that the most recent citation on it is from 2005.

Is the GPL then enforceable as nothing more than a bare license under copyright law? No U.S. court has yet considered these questions.

That's a rather tenuous statement; for example, can the default judgement against Westinghouse[1] be thought of as consideration? You'd have to ask someone who knows more than I. Note, however, that German courts have most assuredly tried this[2], and the GPL has come out on top every time.

Under this circumstance, it is possible that a court could employ the doctrine of "implied license" to allow the user to use the software without the restrictions and conditions contained in the copyright license, since the licensor made the software available without making the license restrictions obvious

Given that such software invaliably comes with files like "COPYING", "LICENCE", and "README", at least one of which will state the terms of the GPL, and given also that we all know software is copyrighted by default, so some sort of licence will be necessary, I think this statement is total bollocks. It's like claiming that because a DVD only had copyright notices on it, not an explicit instruction not to copy it, except in those unskippable bits once you'd started playing it, that an "implies licence" was in effect. No it wasn't.

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[1] It was Westinghouse that didn't fold, not Best Buy as I mistakenly said earlier. But both companies still lost in a big way.

[2] See, for example, the FortiNet and D-Link cases.

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

The GPL, just like any other software license, is a Contract. It's governed by Contract Law.

At the risk of pedantry, it actually isn't...

Contract Law varies somewhat between jurisdictions, but typically requires both a Contract (sometimes verbal will do) and a Consideration. This is why you see huge companies sold for £1 - it makes the Contract Law bit a lot simpler.

GPL code doesn't have a signed contract, and some might argue that, since the code has no monetary cost, there is also no Consideration; this would lead to all sorts of nasty legal battles if it were merely a contract. It is often said that a good lawyer will win for you in court, but a great lawyer keeps you out of court in the first place...

And so to the meat of my point: the GPL v2 Section 5 has this to say:

You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed it. However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or distribute the Program or its derivative works.

IOW, if you distribute the code, it is entirely up to you whether or not you are bound by its terms - but if you choose not to be so bound, then you are guilty of an offence under whichever copyright law applies in your jurisdiction, and there is no way around it. To date, most infringers have chosen to be bound by the GPL, and the ones that haven't - e.g. Best Buy - have lost quite magnificently.

I don't want to detract from the rest of your post, but I think that bit is quite important...

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

The automatic assignment of copyright in the GPL is another bit of stupidity for fanbois.

Whew! It's lucky that no such automatic assignment exists, then, isn't it?

We dodged a bullet there...

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

> You can't patent code.

Yes, you can.

It's very probable[1] that you can't patent software. But that's not stopping the USPTO from issuing pure-software patents, nor the US courts from upholding them :-(

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[1] There was some discussion on Groklaw a few years back showing the relevant bits of US legislation. But I can't be bothered to go look for it now.

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Re: Shut it you tedious old windbag

GPLv2 is not that clear about patents.

I disagree. I think it's very clear.

Section 7 quite clearly says :-

For example, if a patent license would not permit royalty-free redistribution of the Program by all those who receive copies directly or indirectly through you, then the only way you could satisfy both it and this License would be to refrain entirely from distribution of the Program.

Now although that doesn't actually prevent a malicious author publishing GPL code entirely of his own writing that also includes code under his own patents - a submarine patent attack - it wouldn't take much of a legal eagle to show that the author has unclean hands, and a case would assuredly fail.

The reason corporations - and some of their overly zealous spokespeople apparently - spread this FUD about GPL code being encumbered is because they don't want to comply with the source code publication for distributed binaries requirement.

Whilst I'm sure there are some organisations like that, the vast majority of the ones I've come across are simply parrotting memes they've read on the Internet; they're simply wrong, and they won't be told that they're wrong, for that would mean losing face...

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Shuttleworth delivers death blow in Umbongoland dispute

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It's a trademark dispute, not a software license dispute.

Sure - I was responding to the poster's specific point, not to the more general discussion. I probably should have been clearer...

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if it is all GPLd then there is no need to sign a licence is there

Well, for the GPL stuff, they may not ask Mint to sign a licence.

From GPL v2 Section 4:

You may not copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Program except as expressly provided under this License. Any attempt otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Program is void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this License

IOW, any attempt to distribute GPL code with additional clauses would terminate Ubuntu's rights to distribute at all...

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EU net neutrality could kneecap the Tories' opt-out pr0n filter plans

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Because all parents are as understanding of technology as all us that read these pages?

Because parents have an obligation to find stuff out when they don't know it, if it's needed to protect their children.

Parents aren't expected to be able to set broken bones - they consult a doctor. They're not expected to teach the kids French - they consult a teacher. They're not supposed to be able to fly through the air when going on holiday - they contract an airline and a pilot.

But apparently when it comes to IT, the responsibility goes away, and everyone else is supposed to make life easy for them to ignore the problem. In truth, they should be consulting one of the myriad IT professionals who could fix the problem for a very small fee. Government intervention is both unwanted and unnecessary.

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Why are all the visual special effects studios going bust?

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Re: Seems to me that a rarity...

Even Sylvester Stallone has said the the new Dredd movie was better then his Dredd movie.

Stallone never made a Dredd movie. It never happened. It just didn't, OK?

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Re: Nobody knows anything

SIGGRAPH - what's wrong with the VFX industry

Are they misinterpreting it as SIGKILL?

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Re: there's plenty of people willing to see ads

there must be plenty of people willing, not only to see, but also to click on ads.

I've clicked on quite a few ads.

I have a rather faulty touchpad on this laptop. Accidental clicks are not uncommon :-(

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Re: there's plenty of people willing to see ads

at best people don't care about any of their ads

For many products, that's not true. Soap powder manufacturers learnt long ago that sales were directly proportional to exposure. That just is the case - however much we'd like it not to be.

I suspect there are certain ads that are a massive turn-off, though - the old Intel "bong bing bong bing" in every fucking advert that mentioned their processors was exceptionally jarring, and I actually went out of my way not to buy Intel just ion the back of that. I doubt I was alone.

My suspicion, therefore, is that ads that manage to be "smooth with a capital smoo" will cause consumers to buy the product. Adverts that are simply "in your face" will cause the product to be remembered, but not necessarily with the right connotations...

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Make Adama proud: Connect your Things wisely, cadet

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Re: Admiral Adama

And thanks for the down votes all those people who think everyone should watch the same TV shows as them.

Actually, you probably should watch that one. The ending was a bit weak, but much of it was really quite good.

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Zigbee...

there are people selling Zigbee gear that think it would be a good idea to have Zigbee home security systems

Such home security systems already exist - I used to work for a company that developed them.

Mesh networking is not the problem you believe it to be - just because your items form into a meshed PAN, that doesn't mean that anyone else's can join in too. There is authentication and encryption within the protocol...

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UK surveillance commish asks CCTV operators to please be good

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Re: Quick point

I'm a cop in Scotland and I feel every street should have a camera

So you want to be able to spy on us - but you're not even going to tell us who you are?

Yeah, that's equitable.

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Creationist: The Flintstones was an accurate portrayal of Dino-human coexistence

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Re: Derr.....

It's either that or aa

I'm not sure you really wanted to tell us that...

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Let it go, let it go: How global DNS could survive in the frozen lands outside US control

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There's a lot of talk of PFI in the article

Is the author trying to hint at something unsaid?

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an affiliate of ICANN that has its own board and would be legally separable at a future date if ICANN was deemed to be doing a poor job.

Whaddaya mean "if"?

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There's a Moose loose aboot this hoose: Linux worm hijacks Twitter feeds for spam slinging

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There's no contradiction, if I've understood correctly.

The way in would appear to be weak (unchanged?) credentials and a router that is also open to the outside WAN.

Then, if the router is running μClibc, the exploit can take effect.

But I might have misunderstood...

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Pavegen: The Company that can't make energy out of crowds tries to make money out of them

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Re: Wasn't there something similar for car parks a few years back?

The problem with that is that the vehicle would seem to be going slightly uphill, or like driving through molasses. Thus they would use more fuel

You could combine that with a speed camera - rather than sending a paltry fine through the post, you just extract all the excess energy from a speeding car, slowing him to the speed limit and also extracting valuable power...

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Re: What a complete and utter pile of crap

Investors are desperately seeking for places they can sink their money into.

I have a beer fund. The rates of return will be no lower than this nonsense...

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

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Re: Nice round-up - thanks.

Zulu-Alpha-Zulu, surely?

He probably meant "zed zed plural z alpha"...

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Boffins silently track train commuters without tripping Android checks

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Most phone accelerometers are TRI-AXIAL, meaning they can measure acceleration in a space

What about rotation?

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World loses John Nash, the 'Beautiful Mind'

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Re: John Nash, Ladia Diana, when will it end.

2. Neither is any other driver.

Oh, I'm exactly as good as I think I am. Best to steer clear of me, really...

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HP: you know we said we were done with cost cutting...

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maybe they cut some more and become a smaller but more profitable organisation

Or maybe they cut some more and become a smaller but less profitable organisation...

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Feds: Bloke 'HACKED PLANE controls' - from his PASSENGER seat

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Re: "Ryanair ...no on-board entertainment other than that crappy paper magazine?"

the crew is paid less than the average PFY working at McD.

Source?

Because I was talking to a RyanAir captain a few weeks ago, and he was of a very different opinion about his remuneration.

FOs don't do too well, of course, but the crew doesn't consist entirely of FOs...

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If he can make a plane fly sideways expect someone from the USAF to pay him a visit

Nah. Making a plane fly sideways is really quite easy. Initiate an aileron roll, and put in top rudder.

I was doing it on a glider last week. That was quite scary. I've not done much glider flying...

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Stripped to the core and full of Xfce: Xubuntu Linux loses it

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Re: Lubuntu...

Want to do lots of different unit conversions & don't know the name of a decent one available in your repos

I usually use one called "units". The name is quite memorable...

Time to finding out how many pints in a hectolitre increased meaning less time drinking said pints.

[vic@perridge ~]$ units

2526 units, 72 prefixes, 56 nonlinear units

You have: 1 hectolitre

You want: pints

* 211.33764

/ 0.0047317647

So 1 hectolitre is just over 211 pints. Which is a bit much for one evening, but I'll get into training...

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Facebook is VIOLATING your SEXUAL privacy, warn Belgian data cops

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Re: Care to offer a link to that report?

Shukran.

Surely "Zuckran" ?

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Wrestling with Microsoft's Nano Server preview

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if I were Microsoft, I would make the MSI installer service an installable/deinstallable package.

If I were Microsoft, I would port dpkg or rpm to Windows, then put apt or yum on top. This would cost them a couple of hours of some junior engineer's time[1], and the rest of the plan then slots into place...

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[1] The code is readily available, and can be shipped with Windows just so long as MS satisfies the 3(b) promise. It costs zero cash. And porting it really won't be a big deal...

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Californians get first chance to be RUN OVER by a GOOGLE ROBOT

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Re: Brings to mind...

They will have to cruise round forever.

It's been done...

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Blocking pirate sites doesn't weaken pirates say Euroboffins

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One of the reasons piracy is so popular is the pirated product is superior to the real thing.

This image pretty much sums it up...

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I think all but the most hardened freetard will accept the piracy reduces sales

You might want to be careful about such assumptions...

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LOHAN's final test flight moniker: The people must decide

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Re: Lube and Harlot?

I find Harlot isn't so family unfriendly. It was certainly a word I grew up with as a kid.

Too much information?

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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Re: @King Jack I'm light heartedly pointing out how stupid this new law will be.

I have a very good sense of humour!

IME, those that have a good sense of humour can be seen to have such by their actions. Those that need to tell others that they have one generally don't...

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Chinese cyber-spies hid botnet controls in MS TechNet comments

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The Product Key used to install Windows is invalid. Please contact your system administrator or retailer immediately to obtain a valid Product Key.

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Self-STOPPING cars are A Good Thing, say motor safety bods

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Re: The mind boggles.

If you can't actually drive ... don't try.

You've not heard of the Dunning–Kruger effect, then?

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SHOCK! Robot cars do CRASH. Because other cars have human drivers

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Re: Luddites

they already can handle much of the every day driving chores we face today

A 6-year old can handle "much[sic] of the every day driving chores we face today". But he couldn't handle all of them - specifically, when the conditions no longer match the model, experience is required.

I for one would like to see rather more demonstration of success in adverse conditions before green-lighting the project...

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Chill, luvvies. The ‘unsustainable’ BBC Telly Tax stays – for now

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Re: Am I the only person...

You benefit from the younger generations having an education though.

I'd certainly like to...

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Mildly successful flying car crashes - in mildly successful test flight

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The deceleration alone from a chute would probably break the plane in half

You don't do the deceleration with a single parachute...

This is how an ejector seat works - it initially fires a drogue chute, which holds the line taught and provides a tiny amount of drag. There is a pressure-sensitive device called a barostat, which fires only once the pressure is above a certain level - if the pressure is lower than that, either the seat is too high (making a main deployment hazardous) or is moving too fast. Once the pressure has dropped and a small delay form primary firing has occurred, the barostat opens (amongst other things) the pincer that holds the drogue shackle - allowing the drogue to pull the main chute release.

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[ Who has spent some time trying to refurbish an ejector seat ]

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Keurig to drop coffee DRM after boss admits 'we were wrong'

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Re: I suppose.

have you looked into step-up transformers to run 230 V @ 50 Hz appliances on a 120 V @ 60 Hz grid?

A step-up transformer will not produce 230V @ 50Hz from any 60Hz grid...

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18-wheeler ROBOT JUGGERNAUT hits Nevada's highways. Cower, fleshies!

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Re: Won't work in England.

England still has milkmen making home delivery?

Yes.

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Re: Won't work in England.

Lorries only know two speeds: Stop and 56MPH.

This is not true.

There is also 56.1mph - which obliges the driver in question to overtake uphill...

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SpaceX Dragon crew capsule in 'CHUTE ABORT drama – don't panic, no one died

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Re: Not on Shuttle-

Didn't the Shuttle have a long pole that could be shoved out of the hatch that astronauts could 'monorail' away from a stricken vehicle during launch?

They used that on "Space Cowboys". I'm not certain it existed on a real Shuttle...

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Re: why, why, why... what is the point?

Most certificates aren't free, and the skills required to set it up are not necessarily within reach of the most basic providers or admins.

Seriously?

If an admin can't set up an SSL certificate, he shouldn't be an admin. It's incredibly simple...

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Cylon is golden: Backstabbing bank holiday board games

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Re: Cylon Correction

Baltar's not a Cylon, he just falls for one

Six, hactually...

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If you're looking for a pub game,

Try this - NSFW!

Disclosure: I used to work with the bloke who made it.

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Shields up! Shields up! ASTRONAUTS flying to MARS will arrive BRAIN DAMAGED, boffins claim

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And they said that if you hit the sound barrier you'd buy a farm in the sky too.

Strictly speaking, they were often right about that...

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