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Ford preps anti-hacking tech for in-car WiFi

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This is coming to the EU...

...and it's called "ISA" (Intelligent Speed Adaptation), it used to be called EVSC (External Vehicular Speed Control). The idea is that it will become impossible to break the speed limit. The car will only let you run up to the limit, no more. You will also be tracked (the car has to know where you are to figure out the limit).

Of course, this would lead to a fall in all that lovely revenue from speeding fines, so may only go ahead in some watered-down form. What is also proposed is for the police to be able to issue a signal and your vehicle would automatically shut-off. Nice.

It is also married to lane charging and other forms of state observation/taxation.

And you can thank your freedom-hating Labour voters for it!

Obey the machine, citizen!

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Mozilla gives passive-aggressive missive to pre-Firefox 3.6 hold-outs

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Always the problem with Ubuntu

If you stick with the default repros, you'll be on 3.5.8 until Canonical update them.

I've not bothered to look and see if Mozilla provide a repo for Firefox. I have added repos for other software where Canonical don't keep up-to-date (but then I have to personally accept the risk of things not quite working).

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Sarah Palin to testify in email hack trial

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Agreed

Why isn't she in the dock?

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Steve Jobs Flash rant put to the test

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One other problem with Flash...

...is the DRM. Just look at the iPlayer. There's a few "third party" apps (even ones the BBC supported and promoted!) that respected the rules about how the content could be streamed/stored and they cannot be used any more because of the RTMP bullshit in Flash.

This would be easy to get around, but illegal due to the DMCA bullshit (and similar bullshit laws in Europe).

This is, basically, caused by Flash IMHO (well, more correctly, Adobe and the BBCtards). And it's all bullshit.

It's the same crap that has foisted DVD regions on use, allowed Sony-BMG to think it was "OK" to install a root-kit and so on.

A second problem with Flash is that it is not truly cross-platform. Flash on Linux sucks ass. Really. I will agree that Linux is a (very) niche market, but if you are lording yourself about as a "standard" you'd better bloody well work across ALL platforms (and that also includes simialr performance across ALL browsers).

This neatly segways into the third problem with Flash. Obviously Adobe can't do all the above, they are a bottleneck. Flash is not open, no one else can help them. There are projects that try to ape Flash (e.g. Gnash) and they have one hell of a time. If Flash was open, the individual OS/browser teams could make sure it works correctly on their platform. No bottleneck.

This would also solve problems one and two at a stroke and the world would be a happy place.

Maybe.

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BBC might pay for Tory broadband promises

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Because...

...this is the UK and the MPs want to help their friends in big business shift all that 100Mbit/s kit they have lying around, as well as recover the costs of the fab. pplants. In return, the MPs can expect sponsorships, junkets, directorships and help getting that peerage.

In the UK an MP will do what is right for them and that's it; not what is right for the country or their constituents. They are corrupt to the core - just look at the recent expenses fiasco. Scum the lot of them.

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Home Sec says 17m ID cards in circulation by 2017

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Mandatory

Once you need an ID card for insurance, bank account, NHS, benefits, and police random stop (where not having an ID card is taken as 'suspicious') there will be a stampede of applications.

The ID cards are coming.

You will obey the machine.

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Patent attack hits Apple, RIM, AT&T, Moto...

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Urf

Whilst the outlawing of Word amused me greatly, all this patent faff in the USA is really beyond a joke. There should be some clause whereby if a firm is not actively using a patent (i.e. in the R&D/manufacture of mobile phones in this case) then the patent expires within a few years.

I realise there are problems with the above, but it would stop all these parasitic lawyers hoovering up patents and suing every Tom, Dick and Harriet.

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Government spends £11k on ID card 'branding'

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Why advertise?

There's no need to advertise the ID card as it will be compulsory.

Either have an ID card, or foget about having a job, bank account, health care, insurance, driving license or being free to walk down the street (no ID card will be 'suspicious').

Thus advertising the ID card would be like advertising breathing.

Pointless.

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Tablet maker threatens, then robs Apple

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WTF?

Linux? WTF?

Who mentioned Linux? Your prejudices are showing through.

But, if people don't want Linux they'd best get rid of all those Tivos then.

And most other PVRs...

And most set-top boxes...

And PS3s...

And..and...and...

But I wasn't necessarily talking about Linux (other kernels are available...).

I did not "care" if my washing machine had a pre-soak cycle when I was looking. Really, it was not part of my buying decision. I would "care" though if it could not clean my clothes. I did not know in advance that a pre-soak cycle might have been important (luckily the one I bought has one, but anyway...).

So you are right, general consumers will not "care" in advance about multi-tasking, USB, tethering, video out etc. Right up until the point where it does not do something they expect and then they will "care" mightily.

Oh, and thank you for the ad hominem. it;'s nice to see that the powers of reasoned debate on El Reg are still in the gutter. You do realise the irony in calling me a "socially inept nerd" whilst slinging said insult; don't you?

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Bloody septics

No sense of humour, any of them!

:oP

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P88 FTW!

It is more feature rich and less locked down that the Apple iFad at the hardware level (USB etc).

It can run a full, multi-tasking OS.

I know which one I would seriously consider, and it wouldn't be the iFad.

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Microsoft rejiggers EU browser ballot after complaints

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Whilst I agree...

...Apple are not in a monopoly position on desktop PCs. MS are.

There is a stronger case to call Apple a monopoly in the Smartphone/Portable Media Player arena; but there is still probably enough competition for them to duck it there too.

MS, however, ARE a monopoly and this is why they come in for so much stick.

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Yellow Dog Linux licks CUDA

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All that...

...and just to try and play a Flash video as smoothly as Windows XP on an old P4.

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Beeb deletes iPlayer app from iPhone

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Are you accusing me of...

...illegally accessing content? Are you accusing me of illegally distributing content?

Be very, very careful what you say, buster. And go look up the work "libel". Yes, it does apply to forums such as this.

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BBCtards. Again.

The BBC really are being monumentally stupid. And the content providers too. Their current antics simply mean that illegal content is easier to acquire and consume than legal. So guess what people will use?

The iPlayer was so good it has hard to believe it came from the BBC. Now it is just getting turned into a sack of vomit by all this Adobe crap.

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Man of God backs Beverley porncoder

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Good grief

Porn site - index pictures and video, search on same, deliver content to verified users.

Photo sites - index pictures a, search on same, deliver content to verified users.

Video - index video, search on same, deliver content to verified users.

Actually...

Content delivery web interface - index content based on meta data, search on index, deliver allowed content to verified users.

Technically they are all very, very similar. If not fecking identical! What next? "Same models of Cannon cameras used at school sports day also used for smut filth! Shock!"

Thinking about, losing the prudish attitude and using the solutions the porn industry have found to verification, delivery, distribution and piracy could well save millions (billions?) in other sectors.

Mad thought of the day: perhaps the porn industry would be better suited to delivery NHS SPINE than the incumbent consultants?

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Patchy Windows patching leaves users insecure

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Linux Repos FTW

This is one area where major Linux distros thrash Windows into oblivion. The "repository" system works very, very well. You can install from the existing repos, add new ones etc. So long as the install is done within the bonds of the prevailing package control system, updates for everything (kernel, apps, whatever) just appear.

You have one point of truth (the package manager, call it what you will) and within a corporate environment you can simply run your own repo that pushes out whatever whenever it is tested/needed.

When it comes to updates and remaining secure, I don't Windows users are aware of how far back in the dark ages they are living.

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BBC claims angry iPlayer plugin mob 'conflated' open source term

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Point of order

H.264 is not "open source" in any meaningful way. It is patent encumbered and you cannot implement it without paying fat fees. Hence why MOziall has (rightly) dug its heels in over the use of this format.

As for the BBC...fix this stupid mistake NOW. (Yes, I have complained)

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'Severe' OpenSSL vuln busts public key crypto

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Ha ha ha ha!

Please tell me this was meant as a joke. Please. It's great!

If you were serious; then....oh dear god. Back to school for you!

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Ubuntu Lucid Lynx changes its spots

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Yup

That's the MS business model alright.

Now, about Linux...

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LibDems score copyright coup

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I was thinking that too

I am also wondering how that applies to a particular version of a movie/song/whatever that is not released here.

Also, where something is released in one region with a long lead-time before it arrives here. Until it lands, is the sharing legal?

In fact, how does it work with DVDs etc? Region on is not available here; so it is OK to share Region 1 encoded DVD images in Europe? Are these different enough to form a loophiole?

I hope so. Not because I want to share files etc., but because I want to see the idiocy that is region locking die a horrible death. Different regions for various language sets is a good idea - but it should not prevent me from playing whatever I had bought. Which is does now.

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Microsoft expects to flog 300m 270m copies of Windows 7 in 2010

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Sales lies

It is (almost) impossible to buy a PC with Windows on it.

So when I buy an HP (or Acer or...) and reclaim the MS Tax for Win7, will that still get counted as a sale?

Assuming I can still reclaim the MS Tax that is.

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Microsoft claims 90m sales of Windows 7

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To MS?

I thought it had to be returned to the OEM? Who will probably want the kit back to verify that the license is not being used.

I'm interested in this as I am planning to by a netbook (or small laptop) and I do not want to run Windows, therefore I do not want to may the MS Tax.

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Microsoft wants to put infected PCs in rubber room

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He may have meant...

...a more open OS. You know, one where you could go and look at the code if you wanted.

The people who rely on obscurity are the likes of MS and their shills.

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Hmm...

...I have no issue with infected PCs being blocked by the ISP (after their own scanning, or someone alerting them) and the owner being made to cover all costs incurred (including clean-up - they can take it to a certified engineer if needs be). People need to wise-up to their on-line responsibilities.

But for MS to propose such measures is a bit beyond the pale. If their OS was not SO EASY to infect and subvert, we would not have these issues. *nixes (and I include OS X) are not immune, but they are a shit-load harder to subvert with the tricks that work on Windows. They are also a heterogeneous and compatible environment, so it would be extremely hard for one piece of malware to infect more than a subset of machines.

Often it is not the OS that is actually infected, but some application (e.g. MS Office) that is bent to the will of the hacker. If you are lucky, MS will update this on a random Tuesday. But what if it was a non-MS app? You've got little help unless you actively seek our the patch/new version.

The update mechanism on any modern Linux distro (I don't know about OS X, sorry) is vastly superior than the one on Windows; it takes care not only of the OS and ancillary systems, but also all applications that have been installed via the certified repositories (or whatever your particular brand on Linux happens to call them). No need to go looking, your system will check for updates once a day (or whatever you set it to).

One side effect is that you may get a batch of updates every day. This is a "Good Thing"(tm) as you get the fix as soon as it is ready and don't have to wait for that special Tuesday. Reboots are rare due to how *nix deals with files and it is all over in a few mouse clicks (or a few terminal commands if you prefer). And yes, you can modify how all this works for the corporate environment).

If the world moved to Linux (or OS X, BSD, Haiku...) tomorrow, viruses, rootkits, trojans etc would not vanish, but they would become much, much harder to forge given the reasons above. The only losers would be Symantec et al.

So, by all means, block infected machines, but ask yourself why such measures should be necessary. If the internet is the "information super highway", then Windows PCs are unfit for the road and fail their MOT (or TUV or...)

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Internet Explorer 8 still not mingling well with 2,000 highly-visited sites

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Can't win

And if the site, strictly coded to the standards, does not load in your browser; you'll be the first to blame the web devs rather than the true culprit (your browser).

MS is 100% to blame for all this crap we have to suffer today (web devs and end-suers). They gave us IE6, IE7 and now IE8. Maybe by IE10 they with have got with the FUCKING PROGRAM and produced a strict implementation of HTML6 (or whatever happens to be around at that time).

Somehow I doubt it though.

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Still MS's fault

The chose to ignore the standards in IE6 and IE7. So they have made this rod for their own back. People hacked their pages to display to the largest possible customer base (IE6 and IE7 back in the day). Mozilla et al have had to deal with this crap, now it's MSs turn.

They cannot blame devs for having to code down to their vomit-filled implementation of HTML.

And when the world moves to the HTML5 stanards....will IE follow?

I rather doubt it, we'll get a partial implementation at best which will (guess what?) force dvs to write for the sub-standard, sub-set that IE8 provides.

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iPhone ego clash costs Flash at Virgin America

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Point of order

Flash is utter rubbish for video as well. Roll on HTML5 (and Ogg Vorbis [On2 v3] or license/patent free On2 v8 support; you can shove your H264).

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Google now owns location advertising

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FAIL

A few things

1) This is obvious, no?

2) Surely their is prior art? e.g. A mobile phone (it's a computer) and it knows its location and it "advertises" a new provider when you leave your normal region.

3) Who sees ads these days anyway? NoScript, AdBlock and GreaseMonkey squish them all. hell, you don't even need to see ads on TV with the likes of MythTV.

Given 1 and 2, why the hell did the USPO allow a patent?

Oh, wait. It's the USPO!

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Intel: Think of the children - give them PCs, not e-readers

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Think of the children? Ok.

This is a book. Learn how to read them. Learn how to maintain a stream of thought for longer than 30 seconds. Learn how to use an index and bibliography.

This is a pencil and paper. Learn how to do basic arithmetic, algebra etc. No, really; it's important. You'll thank me when your bank screws up.

That is the outside world. Go make some actual friends and learn some actual social skills. Get some exercise, lower your risk of heart disease and an early death.

Kids DO NOT need laptops. They need to know how to drive a computer, sure. But there are many more way, way, WAY more important skills than pressing buttons.

Also, last time I checked, my pencil and paper has a better battery life than any laptop. They were cheaper too.

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Openistas squish security bugs twice as fast

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What?

No shills? Come on MS fanbois! Yer letting the side down! :o)

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BBC Trust won't probe iPlayer open source gripes

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FAIL

Becasue it's legal?

You only need a license fee in the UK to watch/listen to a live broadcast.

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Well..

...that the consultation done (link is in the story) with as much anti-proprietary comments as I could must.

The complaint is next.

I've done my bit, have you?

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No complaints?

We'll see about that I guess. I'll get mine off in the next day or so.

The "content providers" did not expect people to watch TV programs on their TV? Just how monumentally stupid are these "content providers"? A TV is just a display screen for video content, whatever the delivery mechanism (aerial, satellite, VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, cable or internet). They are all the same once the stream is flowing in the home. So OF COURSE folks watch on their TV! FFS!

As for deep linking, what the HELL does that have to do with this? I thought they filtered based on IP? So the number of "nawty" programs able to purloin content should be vanishingly small. Deep link or no, if you have your security set-up properly (and as we were lead to believe) then requests from unatned IPs will simply not get through or get redirected (a la AdultSwim).

We shall, of course, ignore the basic flaw in all of this; which is that trying to regionally restrict content in a network that is by design GLOBAL is like trying to empty a reservoir with a sieve. It's a lot of work, some folks will get rich providing a service to do it, but in the end it is utterly futile.

Hence all the barriers the governments are now trying to place on the net. A populace divided is a populace monetised and controlled. The net can probably withstand a nuclear strike, but it is powerless again the RIAA and their lawyers.

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BT blamed for Davina McCall spamcalls

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Indeed

BT continue to harass me and I am beginning to wonder what legal routes I have open to get them to just LEAVE ME ALONE!

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Microsoft and the Windows Phone 7 noise machine

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Windows Phone 7?

Who gives a flying toss? You wouldn't enter an elephant into the Grand National, so why the hell would you want Windows on your phone?

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British Library wants taxpayer to gobble the web

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Joke

yeh

lik teh internet is all of the gudness. It hlpz peepul and keeping it wud be gud.

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Hero corduroy overpowers US school gunman

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My maths teather...

...was a 3rd Dan in Karate (Shotokan I think). Quite frankly he scared the shit out of me (and most other pupils).

Probably explains why we were rather good at maths though!

Way to go Corduroy-ka!

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Microsoft aims thin clients at the classroom

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Thin clients?

Rockin' out like it's 1970, yeah?

They'd bloody well nt have tried to patent it....

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Ubuntu's Lucid Lynx to Facebook and Twitter you

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Sure

But the Dell Ubuntu landing page is *VERY* anti-Linux!

http://www.dell.co.uk/ubuntu

Aaaaaaand they have one model.

And it's pants.

HP sell Linux PCs too, although they make them nearly impossible to find (probbaly under pressure from MS).

Just buy what you want (after doing some rudimentary hardware compatibility checks)

Reject the MS EULA

Drop on the penguin of choice

Reclaim the Microsoft Tax (around €70, YMMV)

Or consider Frostbite Systems, System 76...

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Sort of agree...

...but I'll just uninstall all that bollocks. It'll be easy enough.

Am I the only one on the planet left without a Facebook, Twitter, MySpace etc account?

I'll confess to being on LinkedIn.

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BBC iPlayer rejects open source plugins, takes Flash-only path

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I shall update...

...and check at the weekend. I have an old xBox, so I doubt it has the jucie to handle Flash.

Thanks for the ray of hope!

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Troll much?

So because everyone else decided to cut their own legs off and stab themselves in the eyes before the big race, it is not a "Good Thing"(tm) that the BBC has done the same?

FFS.

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BBCtards

What a bunch of morons. I love using my old xBox to watch iPlayer (I live in the UK, I pay my license fee) and now I can't because some ass-hat is sucking the Adobe phallus.

We need DRM like we need a freaking hole-in the head. With the coming of HTML5, hopefully the world will wake-up to what utter crap Flash is and we can move on. but probably not.

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Google...

...they should release the On2 v6 codec (Ogg is based on On2 v3) under an irrevocable free license. Then we can all standardise on that and tell Adobe to ram Flash where the sun doesn't shine.

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No license

"In the UK this means you don't need a TV license."

Potentially wrong.

http://www.tvlicensing.co.uk/check-if-you-need-one/

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This has nothing to do with...

...watching overseas (that's done by checking your IP).

This has everything to do with breaching standards and applying DRM where it doesn't need to be.

Luckily we are outside the DMCA in the UK, so hopefully a patch will be forthcoming.

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Citizens rail against government data sharing

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Trust

As a techie, I can see the advantage of centralised records and data sharing. Putting all issues of privacy to side for one second, it should bring massive efficiencies, reduce time wasted etc.

However...

Our government (all 3 major parties) have shown themselves incapable of delivery any reasonably sized IT project, incapable of respecting the law, incapable of protecting privacy, incapable of coming clean and quickly fixing problems; basically, incapable of being trusted.

And that is also ignore the massive levels of corruption within the greater EU.

Because of this staggering ineptitude and corruption, any data sharing, retention or centralisation must be opposed because of the vast levels of abuse that will happen. So despite the potential advantages, we must forgo systems simply because we cannot trust our employees to use them correctly.

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MPs bash broadband tax

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I don't mind the 50p...

...as such. The money has to come from somewhere.

And it would be nice to think that this 50P will evaporate in a year or two once the roll-out is complete.

What I do mind is the fact that this 50p will grow in size and become permanent. Thus we will all end up paying £15 a month (or whatever) for a "internet fund license" which will actually go to pay for first class train tickets etc and not be used for what it was originally intended.

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ODF's doomed mission to break into Microsoft Office

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And if you send it in...

...OOXML will they have that? Or the old binary format? Maybe, maybe not.

This is exactly WHY standards are needed (and one standard for one thing - we did not need OOXML as ODF was there first). Now we have the VHS/Betamax wars AGAIN (just like BluRay/HD). The people who lose are the consumers through inflated prices and the devs who have to do everything twice.

And once again the arguably inferior standard will be the one that ends up getting adopted.

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