3048 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008
Re: Buy your media secondhand
And this is the point of UltraViolet, On-line digital content etc. It kills the second-hand market.
Stallman was right.
Re: Re: Re: So next time I undo the bolt on my door
"a safe dial"? NAY! This is electronic and thus totally patentable. Hush, you!
In fact....I'll patent an arbitrarily sided polygon.
The sad thing is...some lawyered arsewipe will probably patent my "original" idea and make bazillions, despite the fact it is utterly without merit.
Re: So next time I undo the bolt on my door
This, in spades.
The concept of a bolt being thrown/retracted to lock/open something is very old news. Just because a graphical idiom is used to perform the action electornically should not be patentable in any sane work.
Copyright the graphics used? Yes, up to a point (one slidey button thing is going to look pretty similar to other slidey button things)
Trademark it? Hrmm...maybe but doubtful.
Patent? No - sod off.
I have an idea...I am going to patent a "tumbler" graphic that one rotates left/right to enter a code that unlocks the device. No one has ever done that before. There is no prior art. The patent is all mine. ALL MINE!!!!!!!!
Re: Re: Re: Re: Especially...
Command Line? Install Webmin for point-click MS monkeys.
The two step programme
1) Install Prey
Hope I'm allowed this link (I'm just a user of their freebie service, no other connection etc etc).
Forgetting a phone is a PITA, but unless you are a doctor on call (or similar) it's not a big issue, so just relax and enjoy a peaceful life for the next few houra.
And with a matte screen, please!
Prices are dropping?
Since when? I am still waiting for an affordable, decent spec netbook (never mind notebook).
...and maybe this person with papers was going to be working from home, or going to court the next day; there's a few reasons they could have had that information on their person.
But in a pub? Really?
Here's a quick policy:
"Use the secure VPN to access electronic documents.
In certain cases you may remove restricted electronic material on encrypted media (do not carry the key with you at the same time).
If hardcopies are removed, these must be signed out to you and you must directly go from one secure location to another (which may include your home or other official location).
Failure to follow this policy will be considered gross negligence leading to summary dismissal.
Any orders to not follow this policy are void."
If they had been mugged at the train station trying to get home, that would be unfortunate and they're not to blame. But seriously...the pub?
Either sack the person responsible or sack manager (if they didn't impress upon the employee the need to take basic precautions).
To the tune of "Oh My Darling Clementine"
Build a bonfire,
Build a bonfire,
Put the patents on the top,
Put lawyers in the middle,
Then burn the flippin' lot.
But, but, but, but
ACTA is worthless, there is nothing to fear. Mr. Orlowski said so, right in the august organ so it must be true!
@AC at 10:32
You forget one thing - the local company can't provide the same "support" and "fact finding missions" to the MPs and civil servants.
Decisions are not based on what is best for the public/country, but which offers the bureaucrats involved the most benefit (either monetary of fiefdom gain).
I note that Hungary is booting out proprietary formats/systems, good to see.
Note to self
Save file as .odt, it magically becomes editable.
Just like they were going to use open standards.
(I just downloaded some documents from the ICO to lodge a complaint. They are Word format and password locked, so I can't use them. Yeah....that makes sense)
Am I the only one...
...who is waiting for Apple to try an sue these guys?
@I ain't Spartacus
Ok, fine. I'll sign up for that.
Right after El Reg put a Kick-bot 9000 in Andrew's office.... :)
I guess that was aimed at me
As I said, I didn't mean to literally give Andrew a kicking. I mean in the figurative sense, i.e. attack his arguments.
And I like the way to propose to oppose violence against the person with, err, violence against the person. :-S
Meant to say - what about a boiler-plate footer?
"Due to the immature threats from a few knuckle-draggers, commenting on this author's articles is dsabled until further notice"?
...people wanted to give Andrew a kicking in the literal sense? Jeez.
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.
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.
@AC at 15:33
The RaspPi people didn't choose to manufacture in China, the UK government forced them to. They actually wanted to fab in the UK, but the import duties on the components meant that wasn't viable (taxes would have killed all profit) - so they had to go to China to get the fabbing done.
Is it any wonder that our economy is in the current mess then our own government is actively attacking local manufacturing?
I appear to be seeing blue. Lots of it.
For the love of god
Get all the patents in a pile;
Set the pile ablaze;
Once the smoke clears, get on without all the bullshit.
...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?)
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.
It would be even better if the Browsium code could let IE6 apps run inside proper browsers (such as FF, Opera, Safari etc).
And this is why...
...one should avoid proprietary methods. The lock-in will bite you, and everyone else, in the ass.
@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!
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.
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.
...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!
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.
Did the "joke alert" pass you guys by and did you bother to read the link?
v1.7.6sp2 is not affected. Yeesh.
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
>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.
...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.
"So the patent would be worthless."
And the problem with that, certainly with regards to business method and software patents, would be what, precisely?
Now can they please reach the same decision with those MS patents?
Am I the only one...
...who is a bit concerned about the fact that this is dependent on Google?
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.
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!
Ah - dust, decay and fungi. Yup, sounds like MS Office to me!
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.
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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