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Hang on...

...people wanted to give Andrew a kicking in the literal sense? Jeez.

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@MJI

LOL! I didn't know you'd posted that otherwise I'd've just added a "Me too".

I think a footer explaining why Andrew does not allow comments is at least required. Although he's so pro Big Meeja that's he's probably afraid of the kicking he would get.

Dear CIA robot and Canadian police: I mean "kicking" in the figurative sense, I am not about to pop down to El Reg Towers, drag Andrew into the street and lay the boot it.

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Andrew Orlowski

I'd like to be able to comment on his articles, but I can't. Why not?

He's the only El Regtard where one can't?

If there is some deep and meaningful reason for this, can a footer be added so we know why? It's probably been mentioned why, but I must have missed the memo.

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Upgrade eliminates Atlantis from Google Earth

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@Gordon Fecyk

I appear to be seeing blue. Lots of it.

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iPhones yanked from German shelves in Motorola patent war

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For the love of god

Get all the patents in a pile;

Add kerosene;

Set the pile ablaze;

Once the smoke clears, get on without all the bullshit.

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BT Vision throws Microsoft Mediaroom under a bus for Linux

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Well OK...

...so they are using Linux. That explains the kernel, what OS is it using (other than something from Oregan Networks)?

Some kind of BusyBox (very popular for PVRs etc?

Just saying "Linux" is not dreadfully important (a bit like saying "I run ntoskrnl"). Whatever the answer is a Linux-based system equal or beat a ntoskrnl based one. It all comes down to how well it has been designed and implemented.

For example, the V+ box is Linux based and simply dreadful to use. There again, Virgin have a long tradition of screwing up fairly decent hardware/software (SuperHub, anyone?)

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Death of IE6 still greatly exaggerated, says browser hit squad

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@Jess

Ah, but you still need IE6 (as yiou point out). Don't think you'll get that on Windows7.

IETab is good, but it is just a wrapper around an IE window really.

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Addendum

It would be even better if the Browsium code could let IE6 apps run inside proper browsers (such as FF, Opera, Safari etc).

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And this is why...

...one should avoid proprietary methods. The lock-in will bite you, and everyone else, in the ass.

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Mozilla releases Firefox 10, adds developer tools

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@Not That Andrew

Sorry, didn't get your sarcasm.

I tried to use the dev tools in IE the other week...oh dear god...the pain!

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@AC

Ah, I see. Because I am not a 1337 h4x0r with time on my hands to roll a fork of Firefox I am not permitted an opinion? Nice.

My point was that for those who need it, FireBug works great and is simple to add.

Their "Page Inspector" is just one more thing to occupy resources, maintain and (potentially) be exploited.

But, you know, that's just my opinion. That thing that I'm not allowed to have.

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So what?

Joe Schmoe does not need it and getting "FireBug" is but moments and one is very likely to install a slew of add-ons anyway.

Bloat is bloat - it's not needed by default.

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Why...

...do I need "Page Inspector" when I have "FireBug"? "Page Inspector" just adds bloat for those who do not need it, those who do can seek out the likes of "FireBug" easily enough.

Stop reinventing the wheel, Mozilla and release proper enterprise support ASAP.

ps "FireBug" is freaking awesome!

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Whitehall hopes to shave 'conservative' £100m off PC bill

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They were heading down that route...

...until MS told them not to. It's the same on the EU, they simply reneged on their "open standards" promises.

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Trojan smuggles out nicked blueprints as Windows Update data

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@Chemist

Maybe not the best joke in the known Universe, no; but I figured some frothing-at-the-mouth fanboi would be along and I was trying to get in first and head them off.

This does a much better job (based on this).

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FFS

Did the "joke alert" pass you guys by and did you bother to read the link?

v1.7.6sp2 is not affected. Yeesh.

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Joke

See, this is why one should use GNU/Linux!

>Get me those files!

You do not have permission.

>sudo Get me those files!

Your are not in sudoers. This incident has been reported.

>ln -s /usr/bin/sudo ./%s

>./%s -D9

>Get me those files!

Why certainly, all my base are belong to you.

See how much more secure than Windows that was?

More info here.

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Gov's 'open data' strategy: It'll cost too much and won't work

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Umm...

...are government departments really not up to the job, or are the lobby groups just winning?

The public supported open standards when asked, but MS, IBM et al manage to crush that ideal.

I get the sneaky suspicion the same is happening here.

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US shoots down key Rambus patent

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@Ken Hagan

"So the patent would be worthless."

And the problem with that, certainly with regards to business method and software patents, would be what, precisely?

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Good

Now can they please reach the same decision with those MS patents?

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New Blighty crime map will track crooks' punishment

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Am I the only one...

...who is a bit concerned about the fact that this is dependent on Google?

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Steerable bullet aims for mass army deployment

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Cost?

Let's say a bullet costs $1 (I have no idea what the cost actually is).

How much does this one cost and how accurate is Private Snuffy?

If Private Snuffy hits one time in ten, that's $10 to hit the intended target.

If this bullet costs any more than $10, it does not make economic sense.

Although it does bring into play the Chris Rock theory on gun control. Make the guns cheap, but the bullets so hideously expensive that no one can afford to shoot.

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Microsoft launches Office 15 Technical Preview Program

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Why Skype indeed?

MS has two VoIP products. Skype and Office Communicator/Communication Server.

They both use proprietary protocols that block other clients.

One is decentralised, one not.

One works, but can't do multi-person video.

One can do multi-person video, but is a buggy sack of crap the crashes all the time.

By combining the two, MS might just get one product that actually works!

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Thailand can't wait to wield Twitter censorship hammer

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Nor can the USA...

...judging by this El Reg Story

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Enterprise gets social: Twitter-style data streams, engagement 'apps'

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Mold?

Ah - dust, decay and fungi. Yup, sounds like MS Office to me!

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Most EU states sign away internet rights, ratify ACTA treaty

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Yes

If you sing the PRS want your money (or will try to get it) BBC Story

There have also been cases where agencies similar to the PRS (whatever the one in Germany is called) have pressed for fees, despite the music used being Creative Commons and within the bounds of the license.

These buggers would charge you each time to recollect part of a movie/song if they could.

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@Sketch

I'll pick two points, just for starters:

1) ACTA was negotiated behind closed doors, if it hadn't been for a few leaks there would have even less known. This is wrong in any democracy.

2) The further entrenchment of DRM is also (e.g. forcing ISP to remove DRM counter-measures) is, IMHO, wrong.

There are of course, many more. Point 1) is probably the most important by far. No law should ever be passed in a democracy without judicial oversight. Period. Point 2) just happens to really grate my carrot.

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@AC at 00:07

If they passed a law that said you had to beat yourself in the face with a meat tenderiser, you'd applaud it as a way to remove aesthetic discrimination whilst you pound yourself and your family to a pulp; wouldn't you?

This law is wrong.

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typo

"they should not have more of a direct link to their fans"

should read

"they should now have more of a direct link to their fans"

And I see there is at least one anti-freedom, anti-speech downvote already. Nice.

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@Yes Me

"However the criminalisation of any method of bypassing DRM technology is odious."

Bingo. I buy a BluRay (say), I have an HTPC. It makes sense to me to get the movie on to the HTPC so I can watch it from my TVs/PCs. Or maybe I want to transcode it down To do this I need to by-pass the DRM.

I am now a criminal.

For what, exactly?

I am not going to share it with 10 brazillion people or start my own disc fab or something.

I own a few pieces of equipment that have had their security measures by-passed. I do not illegal with these either, they just now perform functions the original designers never intended.

DRM is nothing more than an obstacle to fair use. By-passing should not be a crime (as DRM should not exist to being with). Making many copies of the by-passed material is already a crime. Why do we need ACTA, SOPA, PIPA et al?

The current laws are perfectly adequate (in fatc, the current laws go too far, but anyway...). They managed to take down Megaupload with current laws (and deprive goodness know how many people of their own material - but who care about the public?)

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Revolution

It's about the only option left!

Copyright infringement is bad, ok? But I doubt the problem is as big as is made out.

Infringement could be cut drastically by the majors simply providing the public with the service they want. No DRM, no region locking, fair price, multiple codecs (for those who can't transcode).

Yes, some companies will go to the wall.

Yes, some artists will see a massive fall in pay.

Yes, many people will lose their jobs.

So what?

Many new companies will appear.

Many artists will see an increase in pay (they should not have more of a direct link to their fans).

Many new jobs will be created.

Our culture will no longer be held hostage to corporate interests.

I still credit the EU with at least some level of honesty on how ACTA was bought and paid for by corporate interests. It gives me that extra urge to vote Pirate the next time I get the chance.

Thinking about it - as ACTA has had zero public and democratic scrutiny, could there be an appeal lodged?

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Polish lawmakers don Guy Fawkes masks to protest ACTA

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I for one am disgusted

How dare these elected officials stand-up for democracy and due process. It is repugnant and perverted in the extreme.

The unelected councils met, the money was paid, the deal was done. It is high time that these SERVANTS learn their place and do as they are told!

Free speech? Free speech? Europe's economy is in the toilet and this shower stand-up for free speech? Where is the profit in that? No profit, no taxes. Work it out, retards!

And as for taxes, if countries like Luxembourg and the UK were not doing so much to reduce taxes (thank you, Mr. Hartnett) the economy would be in an even worse state. High taxes means less profit which means fewer jobs. Work it out!

Dear god, it makes my skin crawl to think of their be-suited thieves standing up for people's right to make duplicates of what they have bought. If people don't buy the same thing four times, WHERE IS THE PROFIT?

ACTA is a just a righteous law that will enshrine and protect the profits of hard-working and innovative companies. Without those companies you will have NOTHING. Learn what side your bread is buttered on.

Copying is theft. Moving that file onto your HDD is THEFT! Nothing less. You should be in jail! Each copy of a file costs a starving artist their next meal, you heartless, hearless bastard. I hope you can sleep at night with the suffering you cause!

ACTA for profit!

ACTA for jobs!

ACTA for life!

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UK sight-loss charity sues BMI

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The problem is...

...all the marketing people want whizzo graphics, flashing lights etc to "deliver the message on our cores values" or some such crap. This has a few side-effects:

1) Pages get bigger and bigger;

2) It gets harder and harder to make them cross-platform;

3) Accessibility goes out the window.

I say good on the RNIB. I wonder if they will promote Trisquel to their members too?

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EU: Time running out for web companies on 'do not track' system

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It's still the wrong way round

It should be "Please Track" with the assumption of "Do Not Track" unless the consumer has given informed consent (and that means no pre-filled check boxes or other shite).

A DNT opt-out cookie (or whatever) can't work as the consumer has to opt-out in each browser on each OS.

And consumer privacy trumps anyone's profits. Or it should do.

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UK probes Snickers over 'celebrity' Twitter adverts

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Mee-ja tarts...

...do crap for money. This is news?

Seriously, if a celeb says anything for or against a product the only question you should ask is "How much did that opinion cost?"

Just as any bill an MP tables should raise the question "How much did that opinion cost?"

But what's the suitable punishment for these irrelevant egoists? How about 1 hour helping a diabetics/obesity charity for each calorie in a "Snickers"? Should keep them busy and out of our hair for about 318 hours.

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Paramount opens Cloud-based movie shop

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@Radio

Correct, they want to make you buy again and again.

Got some rare recording or something similar you'd like to leave to someone? Just how does one do that with digital media?

And, of course, they could at any time revoke your access and you'd lose everything.

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Yup

Pop into the movie store, but 5 for £20 (or whatever the deal is), rip to HDD, watch wherever I bloody well please, in whatever format I bloody well please, on whatever I bloody well please, and whenever I bloody well please.

Illegal? Given SOPA/PIPA/ACTA et al, it probably will be.

Immoral? Not at all. I am not distributing it to all and sundry or profiting. It's all on my systems, in my house and only accessible to my family (who could always just go Old Skool and use the disc anyway).

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£13

For some DRM locked crap that I won't be able to transcode, lend to friends or give away once I am finished? For that reduced level of use they need to drop the price by £10.

Any they wonder why people use unlocked copies. Sweet Raptor-riding Jay-zuz.

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New Euro IP law promises artists torpedoes to sink pirates

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@Sean Baggaley 1

Exactly. With a physical book (say) I can just hand it over. Simple.

With a digital copy, "lending" it would be copying. In some cases that is frowned upon and thus it is DRM locked to my device (or whatever). Upshot is I can't lend it any more, nor can I easily transfer it to somewhere else for my own use. (Not an issue with the likes of Project Gutenberg).

So in this regard the digital copy is less useful than the dead-tree edition. Trying to do what anyone would call "reasonable" with the digital copy winds up with one being in trouble.

Then you have to consider libraries etc.

Are you telling me you never made a mix-tape? That's piracy!

We are social creatures, we share. We always have done, we will always try to. The corporates are trying to legislate against something that is fundamental to our nature and to the cultures we construct. It's friggin' lunacy!

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FAIL

No

He's referring to the thing you normally bang on about, using someone else's ideas without payment. Ad companies have been caught ripping of the style/ideas first seen in home-grown YouTube vids for their advertising campaign.

Tell me, did you take special classes in totally missing the point?

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Or things like this?

http://www.regretsy.com/2012/01/24/hm-is-awesome/

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The BigYin
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Bingo

And 'whoosh'.

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The BigYin
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They will simply promote...

...DRM, walled gardens and other crap.

This will curtail fair use (want to lend a song to a friend? You can't, you evil pirate!)

Thus people will crack the various measures and many will turn to piracy to avoid the restrictions.

Audio tape did not kill music.

Video tape did not kill movies.

The Internet will not kill anything either. Expect old business models churning out prefrab crap.

Stop passing these stupid laws.

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Google finally admits it wants to OWN YOU

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DuckDuckGo...

...is awesome.

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Time...

...to start running my own mailserver then. Been meaning to do it for a while anyway.

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US govt security advice site trashed by hackers

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@Destory All Monster

" This has been ongoing since the invention of "home taping". "

Yes, and home taping killed the music industry in the day, leading to the street being awash with starving musicians and record exces.

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@Bernard M. Orwell

The MegaUpload people were rolling out MegaBox which would have given artists a 90% cut.

Then they got shutdown. Coincidence? https://plus.google.com/u/0/111314089359991626869/posts/HQJxDRiwAWq

I do not for one second think that MegaUpload were swell people I'd want to chug a beer with, but whatever their ills does not mean the MAFIAA are swell people either or even right. These are the very same morons who tried to get home taping outlawed FFS!

They are also the people who claim that Harry Potter lost $165million. Does that make it seem like they are playing fair?

They simply cannot innovate and rather than let a free market decide which companies succeed or fail, the MAFIAA and have laws enacted to maintain the status quo. Our freedoms are being reduced and monetised for the bottom line. That cannot be right in any sane world.

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@AC at 22:27

Do you read the drivel you write? I suggest you go read this: Jonathan Coulton. He makes very salient points about the inflated damage and so on.

There is a tension between the demands of culture and the wishes of the creator. We used to solve this by copyright. This gave the creator *a limited time* to make some money, after which culture got control and could do what it wanted. This is why Bach, Shakespeare et al are still so popular. Culture has keep them alive even in death.

Today we have mega-coproates making increasing land-grabs, restricting access and declaring any failure on their part to meet demand as theft. It isn't. They are simply going up against something much bigger than themselves and they must lose.

The balance is shifting too far. Corporate demand should not dictate law, only the will of the people. And if the people decide that some movie/artist/whatever is not worth millions....well that's just tough.

I regularly infringe on copyright and various laws on by-passing security measures. So does just about everyone reading this. For example: have you even ripped a CD to a HDD or MP3 player? That's am offence in the UK. When just about everyone has to break a law just to make use of the stuff they have bought then the law is wrong. The answer is not to make the law bigger, worse and global.

Take you corporate shilling and shove it. Maybe try to grow a pair and post under your usual moniker too.

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Judges probe minister's role in McKinnon extradition saga

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They've had over 20 years

Just ask Clifford Stoll, it's quite depressing really.

McKinnon did the equivalent of walking into a house with an unlocked door, saying "Hello? Any aliens here?" and then leaving.

What he did was wrong but the response is disproportionate. If he could do it, so could you, I or someone else with actual malicious intent.

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