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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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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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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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OOXML...

...*IS* the competing standard!

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Title wrong?

Should it be "Microsoft Office continuing to have poor standards support", or something along those lines?

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Polygamist Microsoft picks Amazon as latest Linux wife

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Claiming is easy...

...I can do it to: MS violates all of my patents.

See? Nasty MS patent violators. *waggles finger* Where are my millions?

Of course there are three things to not about the above claim

1) I make no statement as to *what* patents;

2) I provide no proof; and

3) I don't actually hold any patents anyway.

Is it perhaps time for the FSF (or some other body) to challenge MS over these claims? File a suit of malicious falsehood or whatever? I'm pretty ignorant of USA law, so maybe that is not possible.

Either way, MS should either put up or shut up when it comes to these claims. If they have solid proof, then there should be no problem with making that proof public and allowing scrutiny. It's not as if this would show anything "secret" after all, they are claiming it has already been copied and is already in use.

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McKinnon gets a date for 'final' appeal

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Because...

...we are not afraid of Israel, we do not owe Israel billions, we are not dependent on Israel for trade, we are not dependent on Israel for protection.

It's quite a long list.

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Swedish mother-daughter saint skulls are ringers, say boffins

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Years ago...

...people saw pixies and fairies.

Then it was angels, demons, Jesus etc.

Now it's aliens.

It's all the friggin' same if you ask me. OK, I don't think Jesus was big on anal probes like the aliens apparently are, but you get my drift. It's all some general brain-fart (hallucination, waking dream, genuine insanity, etc). or just plain, money-making fraud.

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PHPers prefer Windows desktop to Linux

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Real programmers use...

...the best tool for the job.

No point in using a sledge hammer to drive nails, is there?

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Interesting

Linux desktop penetration in the normal world is usually considered to be sub 1% (although it might sneak over 1% depending on which survey you look at). 38.5% is a significant increase on that, as is the 19.1% for Macs over their usual 5-6%.

One wonders how many of the remaining Windows users (42.4%) are using it out of choice. Most developers will work in a corporate environment where their desktop OS is dictated to them and no variance permitted (because they MUST use Outlook, MUST use Office Communication Server etc). For the non-Windows OSs to reach these levels of penetration is a significant achievement.

Or maybe 38.5% of PHP monkeys just love the command line?

(Relax, I'm joking)

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MPs, Lords ask if Mandybill is human rights friendly

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Court

If the sharing breaches the copy-holders right and they have the evidence to back that up, then they take the offender to court or they convince the police to arrest and then it goes to court. Just like any other crime, pretty much.

Anything else is inexcusable and a serious attack on what we take as legal process in this country.

I don't illegally file share - quite frankly I can buy enough cheap DVDs legally and record enough legally over the air to struggle to keep up!

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OpenOffice 3.2 is on tap

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Did you have to dig for this?

If so, THAT is the problem folks are moaning about.

Thanks for the like though!

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Have you logged a feature request?

Or gotten involved?

Or looked at the code?

Or sponsored someone to do this?

It's all very well moaning that it doesn't do X, but if you don't ask for X (and get involved in delivering X). This is the big difference between FOSS and proprietary. FOSS is only ever as good as the community involvement, and it moves in the direction that the community wants. If you are not in that community...then you only have yourself to blame really.

Personally, I am looking forward to giving 3.2 a bash at home (I am stuck using MS at work).

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Chip and PIN security busted

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It was never about security

It was only ever about shifting liability back on the customer. That's all.

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EU commissioner warms up for body scanner probe

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How can scnaner be off the list?

I thought it was an EU law that required us to implement them?

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US judges leave definition of obscenity to Amish, Kansas

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It's the feckin' internet!

Just like TV, if it offends you simply stop watching! Jay-zuz.

I you are concerned enough that an actual, bona fide CRIME has been committed (not just your own morals attacked) then report it. That would cover child pr0n, incitement to violence etc.

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Google will build 1Gbps fiber networks to the home

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FFS

It's not that Google will or will not do DPI.

It's not that it is even Google per se.

It's because ONE ENTITY (Google in this case) is content aggregator, content provider (to an extent), device provider, DNS provider, hosting provider, connection provider etc. this gives them the POTENTIAL to engage in massive invasions of privacy on a scale never before known.

ANY entity given that kind of power needs very careful observation.

Even my government own doesn't have that kind of power over me!

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Cambridge Council denies iPad plan

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Ah, LibDem...

..at 28 seats with Labour having 11 seats.

I must say I am surprised.

And how does an iPad make one "green" anyway? Apple still have a poor rating according to Greenpeace.

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Activists unleash Operation Titstorm on Aussie.gov

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Why worry

If Haystack is good enough to by-pass the filtering in Iran, why don't the Aussies just use that?*

Or Tor?

Governments will have to learn that no matter what they do, they cannot compete with an legion of frustrated geeks with entirely too much time on their hands. :o)

*I agree it's the principle of the thing that's important.

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Microsoft tests show no Win 7 battery flaw

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Simple answer for MS

Backport.

Add the module (through Windows Updates) to XP and Vista, then people can see for themselves if this is "caused" by Win 7 or not.

How about a Reg-Off? Unscientific I know, but two new lappys; same model, same specs. One with XP (or Vista, if you must) and one with Win7. Then use a scripting to tool to run through the same operation repeatedly until the battery paps it.

As for batteries....any good with a soldering iron? Pop the battery open (it's often LiOn AAs or similar inside), note down the serial number of whatever is inside, order new ones, unsolder the old, solder in the new. So long as you have a reasonably steady have (and a multimeter to check connections...) you should have a new battery pack for better than half price. Heck, if you know your electrickery, you might find a way to "upgrade" the battery.

Reminds me...I have a laptop I need to do that to.

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Gov tempts young London onto ID database with booze, 'games'

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New boss...

Just like the old boss...

Labour and Tories are the same. They are both upper-class. Both out of touch. Both in the pockets of big business. Both corrupt.

You think having the Tories in will change anything?

You need to think again.

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Pupil database claimed to be breach-free

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FAIL

I know how this goes.

BM: We have not found any leaks

Me: How hard and often did you look?

BM: No need, we have mechanisms in place for stakeholders to report any leaks.

Me: So you don't look?

BM: As I said, we have stringent policies in place to gather this sort of intelligence.

Me: But you don't actually, y'know, LOOK; do you?

BM: I have already answered that question on more than one occasion.

Me: Fine then. How about running simulated attacks. Y'know, test your own defences.

BM: That would be in contravention of our stringent, industry leading policies and a complete waste of tax payer's money as we have no leaks.

Me: But how do you know?

BM: None have been reported.

Me: Oh ffs.....

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H.264 video codec stays royalty-free for HTML5 testers

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Wow, make way for the ego!

You're blaming OSS for you lack of a job? Strange...I and everyone I know uses OSS at some point in their job. OSS is, by and large, the "Lego"(tm) bricks...you still have to know how to put them together (and there lies the money, fella-me-lad; just ask Red Hat).

I suggest you look inwardly and conquer your own ego. Contsantly blaming an external entity you cannot control won't get you anywhere. It's a bit like blaming a hill for getting one out of breath, rather than accepting that one is simply unfit.

And working on OSS is still seen as "experience", you don't necessarily need experience in the language or tech - even testing or proof-reading the docs is good. It's better than doing nothing and shows more gumption that just sitting about getting fat. Guess what "skill" an employer likes most?...yup, getting off yer arse and doing something.

If you can do that, everything else is just reading.

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