* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Wanted! 4m-plus PC purchases to halt industry decline

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Re: To all the computer OEMs

"- No more bloody glossy screens, it's impossible to work with and it's plain stupid"

This. Oh dear god, this. The glossy screens are only good for the store; they're shit in everyday use.

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Linux

WANTED!

Reasonable build quality;

Reasonable prices;

And an end to enforced OS choice.

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Amazon UK leaks Windows 8 retail box, TV ads

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Exactly

The Window 8 box is boxy and shit. Just like the UI!

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Samsung says 'yes' to iPhone 5-sized Galaxy S III

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Re: Oh, interesting

Excuse me, I am going to take myself to one side and punch myself for the apostrophe abuse.

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Oh, interesting

I was thinking about getting an SIII, but it's ludicrous size was putting me off.

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Kernel crimps make Windows 8 a hacker hassle

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Is this a tech site or the Daily Fail?

Hacker != Cracker || Attacker

Please use the correct term. I initially thought that Windows 8 was going to be a nightmare for innovators or their own developers (i.e. "kernel hackers"), then I realised you were using the wrong word.

FFS El Reg, sort it out.

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Microsoft: Pirates at high risk of malware infection

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Re: Keygen a threat?

"So, what you are saying is that you steal stuff and cover your tracks so that you are {hopefully} protected from any nasty side effects of your illegal activity."

I think they are saying that they infringe the copyright license, I don't think they are stealing anything. Not that that makes it any better. Of course, they could have a legit copy and are using the bootleg to by-pass all the DRM nonsense that gets in the way of a decent playing experience.

"If you can't afford to pay for something, find an open source equivalent."

Open Sources (and even Free Software) are not always zero-cost. I agree with the sentiment; don't consume or simply wait for the price to come down. That game? It'll be in the bargain bucket soon enough, and if it's a good game it'll still be a good game.

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Crazed Microsoft robot accuses BBC kids' channel of Win8 piracy

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False DMCA?

Aren't they issued under threat of perjury if they are false?

Time for some MS execs to be put in the dock State-side I think.

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Don't panic, but UK faces BLACKOUTS BY 2015

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And yet...

...we waste millions on pointless wind farms when we should be going nuclear.

We'll be like Germany. Claiming how green we are and pointing to our collections of wind farms, whilst importing dirty power from the likes of Poland.

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Windows 7 overruns NHS Scotland

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All of your points, whilst valid, also apply to Win7.

The only reason thee NHS even considered Open Source was to get some leverage over MS. This is the UK, the rich must be made richer.

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Mozilla floats fondleslab-ready Firefox for Win 8

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Re: Shock news!

"do you expect everyone who wants a product to perform a specific task to be able to help create the product/feature beforehand?"

For the avoidance of doubt - yes. Yes I do. And there's any number of ways people can help. They could code (bug fixing/adding features), document, assist in forums, test. Or, and here's a concept for you, they could pay for the software. Thus allowing the project to hire people to do some of the aforementioned tasks.

What people should not do it moan on random forums that some piece of free software doesn't do exactly what they want when they haven't lifted a finger to assist that piece of free software.

"simple feature requests"

What number was your request? Did you even bother to raise it?

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Re: Shock news!

And how much did you pay for this product?

So you want something for free, that does exactly what you want but don't think you should inform the devs (bar ranting randomly on unconnected forums) Yes....good luck with that.

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Re: Shock news!

If it is so important to you, I take it you have involved with Mozilla and are assisting them (either with code, documentation, funding or whatever) to make it a reality.

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Shock news!

Software tool does not do what user wants.

User does not use software tool.

More exciting revelations next week!

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Top admen beg Microsoft to switch off 'Do Not Track' in IE 10

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It won't help

The companies will just ignore it. Like they were probably going to do anyway.

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Hackers leak 120,000 student records in raid on world's top unis

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Re: Am I the only one not impressed?

The Anons were doing something positive when they were going after the Cult of Scientology.

Then there was...err...no; I think that's it.

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Microsoft releases JavaScript alternative

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Re: verbing wierds language

Can we move the debate on to "deplane" and "detrain" (or even "debus")? Those make me want to do a violence.

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Re: What a laugh if ...

Remember that MS's definition of "open" is not our definition of "open". The Office XML standards are "open" and yet infected with patents that prevent an open implementation (just one example).

Only a dribbling moron would use any MS tech without the understanding that they will be locked-in to that vendor.

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Japan enacts two-year jail terms for illegal downloading

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Re: The Spartacus defence

Simple answer.

Run an open guest network on your router, throttled so as to not kill all you bandwidth. Once enough people do that, downloads can still happen and there is now no way to prove who did what.

Another law for the rich and greedy which actually has no effect and will simply make the problem worse.

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Re: This is fantastic news

No, because you have not consumed their output. There are different models, but I would say that if you consume someone's labour they deserve recompense (either directly from you or via advertising, whatever).

The situation we have now is massive companies crying foul, having laws enacted, getting the recompense and then not passing it on. Clearly two wrong do not make a right, but if they want to be treated with any respect and have any validity; it's high time they led my example.

Me; I'll continue to throw money at the artists/projects directly(ish) where I can.

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Illegal in the UK too

Format shifting remain illegal in the UK as well (unless that changed recently?)

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This is fantastic news

Now the artists, technical crews, production staff and everyone else who works in the creative industries can be sure of getting paid for their work in Japan. It's not like the media companies will defraud the artists (umm, apart from the fact they do), not pay them their contracted fees (umm, apart from the fact they do), engage in false accounting (umm, apart from the fact they do), claim rights to work that is not theirs (umm, apart from the fact they do), infringe on freedom of expression (umm, apart from the fact they do), act against free trade (umm, apart from the fact they do) or would in any way whatsoever act in a manner which one would say is against the common good (umm, apart from the fact they do).

Copyright infringement is wrong. No question there at all. Zero. It's plain wrong. It is taking money out of the very pockets of the people you should be support (well, it would be if they were ever going to get it in the first place; but that's another story).

But that is still not excuse to try and legislate your business model back into relevance (or install root-kist onto your computer's computers, eh Mr. Sony?). The people know the majors defraud the public and other staff, so they think "Big media execs can do it, why can't I? Why should I pay £20 for the same move again?" Well, the public can't afford the bribes and the poor sod who gets it in the next is the artist (they can't afford the bribes either). And it is bribery. Not lobbying, not education about the industry, not anything else. It's bribery, pure and simple.

I for one would rather throw money at the folks behind "Iron Sky", "The Tunnel" etc than engage in the funding some execs nostril powder. As an example of the chicanery involved;

1) How much money did "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" make?

2) When did "Return of the Jedi" turn a profit?

Answers:

1) -US$167million (yes, it made a loss)

2) It hasn't done so yet (despite the "Star Wars" franchise grossing US$33billion).

And yet the MAFIAA wonders why some people think it's OK to infringe copyright and deny money to the talent. Sauce for the goose and all that. Oh, and think of that final figure. US$33billion. Despite all the infringement, fakes etc etc, they made US$33billion. Surely enough is enough, eh?

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Work for beer, Neil Gaiman's wife tells musicians

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Re: Scientologists

Yeah, I read that Wiki article too (after my post). He still funded the cult though and that's not good.

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A couple to thoughts

1) She had $1.3 million; she should have factored in the costs of tours before spunking the dosh on velour CD sleeves and what have you.

2) Some of the musicians might be willing to work for living/transports costs and a share of the tour's gross. A band that is playing together for a while has got to be better than a bunch of folks who only met two days ago.

3) Some might even be willing to do it for the billing (those who a wanting to get out of some other career, perhaps).

But this just reads of desperate naivety and hoping that by embracing the new funding model it will somehow just all magic out her ass. Kickstarters etc are a great idea, but it still requires the person getting the money to have some clue about WTF they are doing.

And Mr. Orlowski, please stop writing articles like this. I can't be a good sign of my mental health if we are in agreement. :)

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Re: Scientologists

Oh shit. Is he one of them? Dammit. I quite like his books. Time to burn them I guess.

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NHS eye hospital embiggens in-house open source system

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Re: About bloody time

Agreed. It's not like medicine is closed source. Anyone (not just doctors) can go pretty much look-up whatever the hell they want.

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Excellent

So now other eye hospitals can just grab this and use it. Heck, some parts are probably fairly generic and could get sucked into other systems. But oh no! What will all the IT suppliers do?

Umm...coin it in I think.

The hospitals probably don't want to run their own massive IT departments, so they will still need outside experts to install/update/code OpenEye. So they can just hire the skills as needed. The big advantage is that if on supplier turns out to be pish, they can just switch to another keeping the same code base.

Of course, if OpenEye turns out to be sub-standard that's still a problem. But that's the current problem with closed source stuff too.

The is exactly where F/OSS should be getting used in preference to proprietary.

Check out openMolar - started by one dentist because they got so hacked off.

I'm willing to bet that openMolar and OpenEye have some commonality (e.g. when is Ms. X booked in, did Mr. Y's results arrive; etc). Can you say "openNSHCore" (or similar)? I knew you could.

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Dutch unleash intelligent robot bins: No ID, no rubbish

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Multi-purpose

1) Increase the incidence of littering as people seek to avoid the charge

2) Really piss-off tourists who can't put their litter anywhere (see 1)

3) Drive demand for the hacking of RFID chips so someone else can get your bill

4) Increase revenue (you can be sure that local taxes didn't get reduced)

5) Increase surveillance of the proletariat (polluted by 3)

Or am I just too cynical?

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Online dole queue tech 'not grounded in reality', say councils

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Re: Why the hell

"2. Let's have distributed systems that talk together.

They don't talk very well, the overall results is higher costs."

Only because the code and formats aren't open. There are distributed systems all over the globe that are perfectly happy to blab to each other and can act, kind of, like a centralised resource if that's what you want. Obviously when dealing with personal information the system needs to be secure. oddly enough, there are open system to secure such comms.

Making such stuff F/OSS doesn't just solve the problem locally or nationally, it can help solve it globally. You can bet benefits in France, USA etc all come down to a few basic checks "Who are you? Are you eligible? How much for?". There can only be so many ways to answer those questions.

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Re: Staff

By "council staff" they probably mean workers provided by a PFI contractor. It's probably the exact same staff in the building, but they get paid half as much whilst costing twice as much. Kerr-ching! The UK politicos do like to see their friends keeping those (almost tax free) profits rolling.

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Re: Why the hell

I'm guessing it's historic with each council getting bespoke systems from suppliers, not realising that some other council was trying to solve the same problem. So the problem gets fixed at twice the cost, this is the way the suppliers like it and thus the way government wants it (gotta keep trousering all that tax revenue).

And once you have bespoke systems, you now need a bespoke solution to nail them all together.

Government funded contracts are paid for by the people. They should be owned by the people. This means they should be F/OSS (the only exception being for national security).

There is, of course, one major problem with F/OSS. Open code implies open data (or open formats at least). This will make much, much easier for interested people to audit their councils. Something the councils will not stand for. Open democracy in the UK? Pfft. Dream on.

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Opensource it

Why not? Each council has (slightly different) itches to scratch but the same general goals (fix roads, get payments/bill out, track payments/bills in). Seems ripe for a bit of extreme F/OSS action if you ask me. Nothing wrong with a supplier acting as manager and be hired to provide bodies, but F/OSS would allow each council (and each contractor) to build on the work of others; thus driving down costs.

Heck, the public could even help.

Roll on the downvotes....

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Samsung accused of sex discrimination in China plant

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Re: @ The BigYin - @ The BigYin - MMC

"Saving the world from injustice, one [Chinese] recruitment poster at a time . . ."

Ah, I see the point has sailed right past you. I wasn't only commenting about the poster, I was rebutting your misogynistic viewpoint.

And I do excuse me for daring to consider that in the 21st century slavery and indentured servitude should be a thing of the past.

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Re: @ The BigYin - MMC

"Your idea of hiring chaste men is, maybe, a bit blue eyed?"

I see the irony in my statement passed you by. But I still don't see how it is the fault of women if men can't keep their sex drive in check. I rather doubt this was even a problem and the poster is just the result of entrench gender-bias and discrimination.

"A solely female workforce is easier to control (in China), and, most likely, cheaper as well."

Equality of pay is an issue even in Europe; less pay for equal work shouldn't be tolerated. This is something the Chinese will need to address from the inside to a large extent, Europe shouldn't preach to others about something it can't get right itself.

"I'm not endorsing this attitude, but from a chinese sweatshop point of view this makes economic sense."

I see. So as long as we can get cheaper 'phones and t-shirts, we should tolerate it? I hear children are even cheaper, perhaps we should just go back to child labour?

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Re: typical for android

Hello shill! I'm wondering if you are an Apple or MS sub-contractor,

Seeing as Foxconn et al make devices and parts for Apple etc, the "rampant intolerance and stupidity" plagues those ecosystems too. It wasn't that long ago there were threats of mass suicides at Foxconn due to the working conditions. And there are still concerns of health damage caused by working there. The fault is use demanding the latest thing for the cheapest price. Someone must pay and we genuinely don't care who it is, so long as it isn't us. Once China, India etc become affluent enough, we'll simply return to Africa for our slave labour.

"Scope"...sorry, what? Oh, are you saying the disabled shouldn't be allowed to comment on the Internet?

I see, MS sub-contractor it is then. Win8 has a terrific looking UI for a touch device; wouldn't have it if you paid me to. Android (and the device makers) may have faults, but it is currently the least-bad choice.

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Re: MMC

And men aren't carriers of Chlamydia or yeast? Or do you mean that the plant turned into some kind of giant lesbian orgy? If your theory was correct, why not advertise like this "Men wanted! Must be able to keep pecker in pants!"

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HTC's 4G patent beef could get iPhone 5 BANNED in US

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Schadenfreude

As much as I want to see Apple getting a kick in the corporate conkers, this is just getting silly. The courts should just start rejecting USA patents out-of-hand and let people get on with their lives.

Oh, wait, what about the big corporates who rely on patents? (Let's face it, they don't protect the little guy as the little guy cannot afford the legal fees). Frankly, sod them. Sod them all.

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Virus lab blogger collared by blundering copyright cop bot

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Re: You are wrong: Correct me if I am wrong, please

@Franklin - I totally agree. Just like patents, it's not the DMCA or copyright per se that's the problem; it's the way it gets abused/extended/laws written all one-sided. The abuse devalues the whole system and simply leads people to disrespect it.

I hope you tag your images etc to make you life easier, and good on your for using Create-Commons!

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Re: Copyright and malware

there is the responsibility issue.

What responsibility issue? The bad guys already know how to do it.

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Re: You are wrong: Correct me if I am wrong, please

What I see is a bot war:

DMCABot: Takedown XYZ or face the wrath of lawyerz!

SiteBot: Asset right or license to enforce XYZ, please.

DMCABot: XYZ right under license from ABC Productions Inc. Our signed public key, our signed rights-license key, or signed site authority.

SiteBot: Accepted keys. We are asserting fair use under international copyright laws for review, critique or satirical purposes.

DMCABot: Please assert rights to fair use with signed keys, included all files included in such assertion, their duration, time of upload and incorporating author(s)

SiteBot: What...all of them?

DMCABot: Yes! All of them dammit!

SiteBot: Umm...this is a movie website; that's going to be a big list. A very big list.

DMCABot: No matter. You must comply. Comply!

SiteBot: Initiation 1TB metadata dump from TimeWarner, signed begins....

Repeat ad nauseum. The only people who will win here are the lawyers and vendors or "IP" protection. Not that "IP" really exists anyway; it's three rather separate systems and they should not be conflated like that.

I have no issue at all with rights holder asserting said rights. And I also accept that mistakes will happen. But the rights-holders must recompense for those mistakes and try to improve their detection. What is funny is that the more the rights-holders tighten their grip, the more it pushes people underground; never mind the exorbitant cost of such automated systems and the collateral damage they cause.

So to avoid the counter suits, penalties and jail time; I have a proposal. Simply stop taking the fucking piss.

See that DVD? I bought that DVD I did. I may wish to host it on my own media server for my own user (or transcode it or...). See that games CD? I bought it and would like to play the game without always needing the CD or an always-on connection. See that music CD? I bought that, I do not expect it to launch and attack on my PC. See that download? I bought it, why can't I copy it from one device to another? (Oh, and did you pay the artist the sales fee or the license fee? I bet you just paid the cheaper one, not the correct one.) See that recorded TV program? I pay for the sub to that channel, why can't I stream it to my PC? See that catch-up site? I pay the sub to the channel, why is it blocking content from me? See that Blu-ray? Well you can't because I don't own one for the simple reason your ass-hat restrictions make it hard for me to use. Not impossible, just more bother than it is worth.

All these are barriers to my use after I have given you my money. So what is a person to do? I see two options:

1) Do not consume. Only buy from people/place you respect your rights as a consumer and do not treat you like a criminal; and/or

2) Buy the legit copy/Subscribe to the legit service, but then use an infringing site because the standard of customer service is much better.

Yes, I have no doubt that if the restrictions were lifted that infringement would sky-rocket and many studios go to the wall. So what? The economy will simply re-normalise with a new market dynamic, fair prices being paid but probably less "big players" (boo-hoo, my heart bleeds). You can bet the scribes were pretty pissed when the printing press came along. Same thing now.

Having your sock-puppets pass laws so you can treat your paying customers like criminals and further entrench dying business models, create utter dross like "Total Recall" and hype it to death in a vain attempt to recoup the costs (because you know in a fair market it would die) is not the way to go at all. All it does is piss people off and look for ways around it because it prevents them making fair use of what they have bought.

In point of fact, you are causing your customers to criminalise themselves!

But, of course, it is much, much more serious than that. With the encroaching attempts to track people on-line and spy on what they are doing, you drive more onto the likes of the Darknet, TOR etc. You drive people to think of ways to completely obfuscate what they are up to. Tools that could be put to much more devious use by others with more malicious aims. Tools which only came about because you drove your customers into creating demand for them.

Rant ends.

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Correct me if I am wrong, please

But doesn't a DMCA take-down notice require the rights holder to attest under penalty of perjury that the request is legitimate? Seems to me that there is a case for the issuer to answer in the USA.

Been far too many cases of the bots mis-firing and all it does is make people disrespect the entire system.

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The world's first Windows Phone 8 hands on – what's it like?

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Re: I had a Lumia 800

I'm going to disagree. Win8 looks like it has a simply awesome UI for a phone/tablet. Better than what Android or iOS currently offer. Obviously Windows comes with baggage that may or may nor float your boat and it's going to be a bit applications light just now, but for ease of use on a touch device I think it's going to be hard to beat.

I'm not going to buy one (I don't want Windows, thank you) but we should not be afraid to acknowledge good design when we see it. We can now expect a response from the Android vendors and the UIs there will improve. Awesome.

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You'll be on a list 3 hrs after you start downloading from pirates - study

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Re: Not hard to get around...

@ABee - Nice in theory, does not work in practice unless further measures are also taken. Various log files and "Most recently used" lists could easily leave traces of secret volumes.

"We see that one of you most recent documents was 'E:\Plans\Evil\TakeOverTheWorld.docx'; where is that files now?"

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Re: Not hard to get around...

@JDX - "you could NOT steal the stuff."

It's not stealing, it's license infringement. But your point still stands - don't do the crime unless you can do the time or pay the fine.

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Re: Presumably....

Maybe. But if enough TOR nodes are compromised, doesn't that make things traceable again?

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Ummm....AIUI it's not the download they do you for, it's the upload. I would see the indirect monitoring as a way of profiling, gauging levels and marking IPs etc for a stricter check. So if one of their monitors can download even a portion of "Princess Sparkle and the Kingdom of the Fairies", then they have you bang-to-[copy]rights.

Of course, if you are uploading a Uwe Boll movie you should be tried for crimes against cinema. ;-)

I'm not a total innocent, I did torrent some stuff when I first got the Internet. All of which I have now purchased on DVD or deleted. I no longer do it because my attitude changed rather quickly to simply not consuming. I also have friends in the creative industries and rather than drunkenly argue about god, we argue about copyright. but anyway...with Demonoid falling I am actually awaiting the letter in the post; I'm not sure what the statute of limitations is, or if there even is one.

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No, it is not illegal. Well, not if you have the law-makers in your pocket. Although in all seriousness they could try and use the defence of "Committing a smaller crime to prevent a bigger one."

I for one await Canonical and Red Hat's enforcement officers kicking my door down for torrenting their wares mercilessly. I'll make them a nice cup of tea, we'll have a chat and maybe they'll give me a few free stickers. :)

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Bitcoin exchange shuts after heist

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Re: Bitcoin

"if you wanted to pay for stuff online that might be illegal or you don't wnat to be found out then the untraceability is going to be handy"

Well, apart from the small fact that the trades are completely traceable due to the signing that goes on.

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Re: Correct me if I am wrong, please

Exactly. And each user has an ID too. So you could ask someone why they used coin 1234 after it was known to be stolen. But maybe I misunderstand.

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Qubes OS bakes in virty system-level security

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I wonder....

...if the various VMs can be different OSs; or if it is more like Containers/Jails?

Time to RTFM I guess! :)

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