* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Lawyers of Mordor menace Hobbit boozer

The BigYin
Silver badge

@Michael Dunn Re: I'm all for...

Copyright in the UK lasts for life+70. I totally agree that this is a ridiculous length of time, but I don't make the rules.

What's the answer? Not sure. Reducing the term is one (but Disney would never agree to it) or some kind of "cultural use" clause? The asset here was a book. So maybe after a certain time (lets say 10 years) society can do what it like with the asset (e.g. brand a pub) but can't reproduce the original asset for another 20 years? I realise that is open to exploitation, but the current situation is so ludicrous that it's a bad joke.

0
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

@Gupie Re: Fuck Saul Zentz

One can copyright genes found in nature, so why not folklaw?

I am not saying I agree with it at all!

0
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: In the 1960s

Whilst I agree completely with the sentiment, this is not how the world works. Companies want to privatise our culture so they can profit from it in perpetuity. I could start a MAFIAA rant...but there'd be little point (mostly preaching to the choir).

4
1
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: I'm all for...

Thanks - did not know about the memorial angle, that does slant things slightly.

I guess if they concocted their own likenesses of the characters then they could just jam two fingers up to the lawyers (which is always a nice thing to see).

1
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: Why a film studio

SZC bought the rights.

1
1
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: Fuck Saul Zentz

"The Hobbit" was published in 1937

The pub has been called "The Hobbit" since around 1982.

Now I agree that 85 years is excessive for copyright based on Tolkein's works, but that is the law as it stands AIUI (life+70 years).

1
1
The BigYin
Silver badge

I'm all for...

...giving Big Meeja a kick in the conkers (if you've read my previous comments, you'll know this) but the pub is clearly using Tolkein's inventions and (one assumes) without license. I really do not see what possible defence the landlady can have beyond "We've done it for 20 years, and now you complain?" This is not a fan-based, not-for-profit enterprise.

If I was to open "Bar Jedi" or something; would things be any different?

That all said, a suit in this case seems to be a bit OTT. One would have thought SZC would have politely asked them to license the inventions first.

Or am I missing something?

(For the avoidance of doubt, I do think copyright is too long, but thems the rules for now)

7
19

BBC boss confirms iTunes alternative in store

The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: DRM, and Virual PVR

This was going to be my first question.

I want to be able to play it on any device the knows the codec, stream it over my home network and even transcode it for my portable players. Just as I can with DVDs (despite being fair use to any reasonable person, this still remains illegal in the UK).

As for the PVR thing - are the recordings meant to be notionally time limited? i.e. they expect you to watch&delete in around 2 weeks. I may be wrong in that.

0
0

Why Windows 8 server is a game-changer

The BigYin
Silver badge
Mushroom

@Trevor_Pott Re: PowerShell

"Don’t assume malice here; Microsoft have a strong business case for openness."

Now I know you have been at the "Kool Aid".

MS has been anti-open since the get go. They are threatening to sue open OSs. The had the UK government remove the requirement for open standards. They oppose open standards in Europe. It took the EU commissioner to force MS to cooperate with the Samba team. MS railroaded the ISO body into ratifying patent-encumbered standards. MS is forcing OEMs to make hardware to Windows-only. MS changed the EULA to the Windows tax is even harder (if not impossible) to claw back.

What part of "a strong business case for openness" does all that (and more) apply to?

Please stop with the MS propaganda.

7
2

UK kids' art project is 'biggest copyright blag ever' – photographer

The BigYin
Silver badge

CC by attr?

I agree, I have no idea why they need full rights. AIUI Creative Commons by attribution would let them do everything they need.

11
0

Walmart offers $2 digital copies of your DVDs

The BigYin
Silver badge
FAIL

@AC Re: At last!

So just because they have put in a technological barrier to fair use, you are now happy to pay again? You are an idiot.

The only "feature" of note here is the upgrade option but if I cannot retain a local copy of the upgraded media and have to always stream it, then it is not much of an option.

Just like games, this is an attempt to kill the second-hand market, restrict fair use and get the moronic consumer to pay again-and-again-and-again for the same thing.

6
1

Microsoft warns of RDP attack within next 30 days

The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: Public IPs only?

That's what I was thinking. If the firewall blocks RDP traffic and one needs a VPN to get access - surely the risk is low? If the network is so compromised as to allow this attack, then the compnay in question has much, much bigger problems.

I guess laptops outside the office with RDP enabled could be a risk.

0
2

Pub landlady's footie sat-TV battle moves law's goal posts

The BigYin
Silver badge

Blurring stickers

Most logos appear on the same place. So simply place some (screen safe) blurring plastic/stickers at strategic points, and change screen to another channel at strategic points.

That all said, the artificial barriers to free-trade put in place by the media companies are ludicrous and should be stamped out. DVD region encoding all need to go (keep the language sets though, that's sensible).

34
1

iPlayer repeat fees threaten BBC earthquake

The BigYin
Silver badge

Thinking about this...

...I find myself in the depressing position of some agreement with Andrew. Two things worry me about the pay-as-you-go model, and they are strongly coupled:

1) Pursuing popular (and thus revenue) replaces quality. Just because something is popular does not make it any good (for example, Budweiser is popular). This would be the end of various public service and minor language. broadcasts

2) Continued dumbing-down. Horizon (which one other commentard mentions) is now so lacklustre is barely takes any effort to watch. Would pay-as-you-go lead to an improvement? Hardly. Just look at the likes of National Geographic, this once hard-hitting and thought provoking organisation is now reduced to showing clap-trap about ghosts and other fictions just to bring in the eyeballs.

So how does one get a fair pay model and yet keep the public service requirement. Preferably without having to watch bloody adverts! Hmm...maybe that's the reason I appear to have around 300 DVDs....

1
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: Roll on PVRs

PVRs that permit streaming (including HD) to any content consumer in the house.

Unfortunately I don't think such beasts exist unless you build it yourself.

Certainly the V+ and Tivo boxes do not permit streaming. Which is stupid as it means the content infringers provide a better service.

A note to broadcasters: I have a multitude of screens and content consumers. I pay you for the content - let me consume it.

A note to Virgin: Telling me your "Catch-up TV" service does not support my OS is cretinous in the extreme. All you do is link to iPlayer etc that work perfectly. And why (even on Windows) does your catch-up service not let me stream the other channels I have paid for?

0
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: Auntie is hardly giving it away

"I have absolutely no qualms about freeloading a previously aired tv program as there is no loss to the broadcaster in me doing so."

And what about the original content creator?

Rather than commit copyright infringement, why no get behind other models of delivery. Ones that respect you as a consumer and not treat you like a cash cow/criminal. vo.do is one example (they are probably others).

3
4

Council spunks '£100k on how to wash your hands' vid

The BigYin
Silver badge

@AC Re: What's sad is...

British website, British council, so why not?

If I had said "Yanks" would you have been so righteous?

0
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: As ridicilous as it may sound...

He got to age 50 and no one told him he was tying a granny knot?

0
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

What's sad is...

...that Brits do actually need these videos. Most never wash their hands after using the lav*, and when they do they often fail to wash thoroughly enough.

*Now go wash your hands

1
1

Mozilla to drop Windows 8 Firefox bomb on IE 10

The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: This is easy

"Because upsetting potential users is SUCH a great way to gain market share."

Hasn't stopped MS!

12
2
The BigYin
Silver badge

@AC Re: Dear Mozilla

No. But all it takes is an errant plugin and FF memory usage can go mental.

It's seen FF draw down a lot of memory - but I have a lot of plugins. Even so, the resource usage is not enough for me to be overly worried.

0
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: Dear Mozilla

If you can reproduce it, file a bug (or check on the existing one).

If it annoys you so much, fix it and offer a patch.

It you lack the skills, pay/sponsor someone to fix it for you.

Or wait for someone else to fix it.

If none of the above are acceptable, use something else.

8
1
The BigYin
Silver badge

This is easy

All Moz need to do is have a very simple app that displays a static message like the one below

"Go get a proper OS"

13
22

Apple resellers left to pick bones of dwindling iPad stocks

The BigYin
Silver badge
Thumb Down

One born every minute

"Apple has run out of iPads stocks worldwide, before the third-generation slab of fondling loveliness has even hit store shelves."

Should read

"Apple has under produced initial iPads to create an artificial shortage and thus get lots of free advertising in from various press outlets. It also makes people think that everyone want one so they must be good, which leads the clueless drones into demanding something that they don't need, don't understand and that ties them into buying Apple products and services for ever more."

24
13

Rub Facebook pals in your wealth with 'social' credit card

The BigYin
Silver badge

Who should I rob next?

Ah, I see Joe Schmoe has just got the "Mega-TV Badge". They must have some nice, nickable stuff.

Oh look, they're on FourSquare.

I'll wait until they leave home...

...empty house contents.

Profit!

0
0

Microsoft 'yanked optical drive from Xbox 720'

The BigYin
Silver badge

Sod them

There's more than enough decent fun games in the free/open world these days. I value being able to do what I like with MY hardware above playing Cyber-Twat-Mega-Kill 4.

2
0

Ten... e-cars and hybrids

The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: MPG?

It's up to about double a conventional engine (there is variation, obviously) in a car. e.g. 99MPGe for a Leaf. Wikipedia Article on MPGe

Still worse than the average low capacity scooter (120-140MPG is common).

And also worse than the train, bus, bicycle or simply walking.

0
0

Anonymous smacks Panda in revenge attack

The BigYin
Silver badge

Let me understand this

Anon/LulzSec hack into the FBI comms channels. This is "good".

Someone hacks into Anon/LulzSec comms channels. This is "bad".

Err....sauce for the goose and all that.

3
0

Brits trapped in confusing council website labyrinths - survey

The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: Councils should not have websites

And then they get pilloried for not having a website.

They all should have websites and all their data should be published in an open standard. That way some more focused sites can be built by other, thus reducing the burden on the council. e.g. "UK Recycling Centres". All the data pooled from all the councils and findable in one place. Perfect. Possible? No.

There is a problem with open data though, it would allow people to mine it and gain some transparency - this is not permitted in UK politics.

3
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: Quite agree...

Be careful what you take to the dump too. Some are staffed by jobsworths and if you arrive in a van they won't let you in. Even if you are only dropping off a few small items and your only transport is a van, you won't get in "Not worth me job, mate. Just following rules." Carry the items in by hand "Nah mate, not in the rules. Not worth my job". No, one has to book in advance and potentially pay a fee.

Other councils are bit more sane. Their staff will have a look in the back and if it is genuinely just a few items, off you go. No trouble and just how things should be. It may not be officially "in the rules", or maybe one of their rules is "Bloody well apply a bit of common sense"?

I agree on the "dump" thing, playing "guess the gubbermint-term" is a PITA. Why can't the site do a basic synonym check? "0 results for 'dump', did you mean 'refuse centre' or 'public lavatories'?"

1
0

Unlawful tweets could land Twitter in Blighty's dock

The BigYin
Silver badge

Not just in the UK

Given that the UK considers its libel laws to govern the planet (hence out roaring trade in libel tourism), then the UK could (and probably will) consider Twitter and any other service globally liable.

The only exception would be where the foreign service blocks the UK. If any person the UK viewed foo.bar.to, then that has been "published" in the UK and foo.bar.to is now liable. Despite not having staff, offices or operations in the UK

At least, that's how it seems to work in dead-tree media.

1
1

Asteroid could SMASH INTO EARTH in 2040

The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: So...

So around 12 years.

But then we have to consider the anti-asteroid lobby who will point holes in any data discrepancy and state that the asteroid's future orbit is just a model and that any action to rectify the problem will ruin the world economy.

And as any fule know, the world economy is more important than the world itself!

4
1
The BigYin
Silver badge

So...

...we have about <28 years to get a satellite up to it and pull it away from the keyhole?

Doable, very doable. No need to panic.

0
0

Feds unlock suspect's encrypted drive, avoid Constitution meltdown

The BigYin
Silver badge

@SJRulez

It's the same on any OS, easy enough to parse the logs and prove there is other data in the encrypted volume.

Unless one takes specific measures.

1
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

@moiety

If that's true, then that'll be the second public confirmation I've seen that TrueCrypt can be broken open.

1
1
The BigYin
Silver badge

Any word...

...on the crypto that she used?

2
0

France: All your books are belong to us

The BigYin
Silver badge

Proof...

..., if it was even required, that Big Media is just out to screw the artist over.

Artists face various issues, and in order these are:

1. Obscurity

2. Big Media gatekeeper exploitation

.

.

10. Copyright infringement

1
0

Raspberry Pi signs big-name sellers

The BigYin
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: Re: Never trust a publicity junkie

"Now things are in the hands of established companies the situation will hopefully improve but early indications are they are little better themselves."

Actually....that's when they went down the toilet. I have vision of various RaspPi people slapping their foreheads and saying "Told you so".

3
0
The BigYin
Silver badge
Mushroom

Re: Re: @Pete 2

"My TV runs linux, but it's still only a TV."

No...I think you'll find that it's a computer. Perhaps knobbled and DRM'd to hell, but a computer nonetheless.

"I have mini-ITX boards that sit on a bench and host Linux/Windows off a n/v RAM module - but they're not "computers" "

Err...yeah, they are. Windows is a general-purpose OS and (depending on the distro) so is GNU/Linux.

"The RPi is simply a component, in that it's uncased"

And the RaspPi peolpe have been hiding that fact under a rock have they? I disagrree on the "component". The CPU is a component. The USB controller is a component. The NIC is a component. Stick 'em all together (plus a few others) whatcha got? A computer!

"cannot work without additional, non-bundled, hardware"

Again - have they hid this fact from anyone. At all? If I unplug my keyboard, monitor etc from this desktop unit, does it cease to be a computer in your little world? How about the server which has or peripherals directly connected at all. Maybe I am hallucinating the fact it's perfectly functional (it came without media too).

"and is being sold to developers rather than to domestic users as an appliance in its own right."

Oh riiiiight. So just becaue geeks buy it, it's not a computer. FFS. A "computer" cover way more devices that an OEM beige box with bundled crap.

Stop digging that hole, it's in danger of collapse.

15
0
The BigYin
Silver badge
Facepalm

Re: @James Hughes 1

I have a big stick you can borrow if you like. :)

0
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

@James Hughes 1

"I'll check on the multiple order thing - if Farnell are doing that then they are breaking the contract."

I know of at least one person who did a bulk order through Farnell. Just 2 units, and that's for pre-orders.

Maybe that's OK, I don't know, I haven't seen the contract. But it is a further lack of consistency and is confusing to people with small brains (like me). If there is variation, you should make that clear and get your sellers to make it clear too.

Just how hard would it be for Farnell to say "Prices include shipping, only bulk pre-orders allowed" (or whatever the rules may be)

1
0
The BigYin
Silver badge
FAIL

Re: Re: @Jason

RaspPi != Beagle Board.

Unless you can show me a Beagle running Fedora/Debain, playing Quake and video.

I will agree it lacks peripherals (e.g. keyboard) as standard, but these are basic USB units that are easy to add.

2
0
The BigYin
Silver badge
Thumb Up

Re: Re: Re: @Bin Yin

Thanks for the clarification! It was really not obvious on their site (wish I could edit my post now)

On the site there are prices for 10+, but as the site is on i's ass just now it's kinda hard to test out.

Still, it's just another thing that adds to the confusion.

(Tiny brain, me)

0
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

@annodomini2

Ta much - I'd forgotten that. But still, RS really should make it clear.

0
0
The BigYin
Silver badge

Re: @Bin Yin

"2) Prices should be exactly as advertised for the last 9 months - $25 and $35. (although Model A now has 256MB ram)"

Sorry, wrong. Farnell is now £26.55 (US$42). Tax may be payable on top of that.

(Their site is currently off-line)

"3) Farnell's agreement says they are only allowed to sell 1 board per person of this batch. If you can buy more then Farnell have made a mistake, not the Foundation."

Their site allows 10+ orders.

"5) This is a launch. By what definition is it not a launch?"

Both sites only allow pre-orders. Their site makes that perfectly clear "Model going into production immediately". Not built, can't be sold, not a launch. End of.

2
0
The BigYin
Silver badge
Thumb Down

Re: F**king Farnell

Indeed. Tranche 2 will probably been even more expensive as they exploit supply/demand. I doubt RaspPi has much control over what they charge. So that's now US$42 for a model B (probably nearer US$50 as I don't think those sites include VAT).

1
1
The BigYin
Silver badge
FAIL

Epic PR disaster

1) RS don't tell you which model you are registering an interest for

2) Farnell list the model B under two different prices (and seems to be 20% more expensive than RS)

3) Farnell will let you buy up to 10 (so much for one customer, one board)

4) The units are available to be shipped

5) This was not a launch, just a licensing deal (which means higher prices for the consumer) and could have just gone out as a PR piece.

RaspPi - you screwed the pooch totally on this one. After such good work on hype and tease, you come out with this?

6
4

IT staffers on ragged edge of burnout and cynicism

The BigYin
Silver badge

Basic economics

New staff (i.e. grads) are cheaper than existing staff.

So let them burn-out and simply hire new meat for the grinder.

This works are all staff, in all disciplines, in all sectors.

This doe not apply to any level of executive management who have to shoulder real stress and carry real risks. This is why they deserve their salaries, bonuses etc.

Now stop reading this post and get back to work!

3
0

Sony Xperia converts flash motors into fancy remotes

The BigYin
Silver badge

Security?

Please correct me if I am wrong, but I didn't think VNC offered any kind of encryption and only used basic password security (and said password is transmitted in the clear). Doesn't that leave the phone open to attack?

0
0

Forums