* Posts by The BigYin

3055 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

'No discernible increase in piracy' from DRM-free e-books

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Not Orlowski?

I would have thought this would have been covered by the resident "IP" zealot Orlowski.

Or did he pass because it doesn't reinforce his prejudice?

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Adobe kills Creative Suite – all future features online only

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Re: Somebody PLEASE!!!!

GIMP is not 100% PS compatible as it does not render 100% of PS's layers/objects/filters with 100% accuracy, 100% of the time; which would be a mandatory requirement to act as a PS replacement in a professional shop.

Oh, and GIMP doesn't have CMYK support (bug 123598), so it's a non-starter as a PS replacement.

This is simply a case of PS being the de facto standard, and that means you have to support it and its features (which will be hard due to patents).

That all said, GIMP is fine if that's all you use and all you need. Nothing wrong with GIMP. It's just not PS.

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TV gesture patent bombshell: El Reg punts tech into public domain

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Re: Wave hands madly and-

"I'm sorry hplasm, this media is protected by DRM and I am unable to print. Please contact www.hotnsweaty.com for a license"

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Re: I really don't like the idea of gesture TV

You put gaffer tape over the lens. Beyond a power button, the TV itself has few/no controls.

Congrats, you just bout a £1,000 paperweight.

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I really don't like the idea of gesture TV

How does the TV know the gesture was mean for it and you're not simply swatting away a fly?

Facial recognition? Does it know you are focused on it?

OK, so how do I know it isn't doing anything else with that data? Where are the safeguards for my privacy?

Will TV start reporting when I look at the screen, what I look at etc so ads can be targeted at me even further?

Where are the safeguards against me being further gouged by Big Media?

"5 pairs of eyes are detected, this film is only licensed for 4 pairs of eyes at once. Please upgrade your license at www.bastards.com"

There are none. The TV is becoming even more the agent of Big Media rather than the owner's device.

Easily solved in on fell swoop though; mandate that the TV's OS, applications and drivers have to be GPL and user serviceable. Done.

"Oh, but innovation blah-de-blah-de-blah..." Bullshit. Innovation explodes when there is freedom. I give you "The Internet" as one example. Imagine the uses that could be used if hackers had freedom, here is but there:

1) TV that doesn't report back to mother (or doesn't without your express and informed consent).

2) TV that modifies the picture and then puts it into a person's field of view (for those with certain vision issues)

3) TV that will access any Internet service you see fit, not the OEM's walled garden.

The privacy and security of users trumps any industry desires. Always.

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Is the IT industry short on Cobolers? This could be your lucky day

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Re: Question

Another thought on distance. If the likes out AutoTrader and give me a radius of a postcode, why can't recruitment sites filter on same? Actually I know the answer to that, because I asked someone when they wanted me as a DBA in Southampton.

"Oh" they said "I didn't look at the regions, I just did a keyword search."

So even if the sites did offer it, the recruitards wouldn't use it!

Fucking morons. End of.

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Re: Question

Err...no. How about they switch on their brains.

Areas considered: Edinburgh.

Is London in Edinburgh? Is Edinburgh in London?

No.

And that's before we get to the skillset.

As for travel distance...a satnav map would seem to help here. Long/Lat of target post code. Long/lat of start postcode. Distance between? Fudge that by adding, what, 10%? Assume an average travel speed of...40mph? Bingo, bango, bongo; there's yer time. (Note: you will need to gather some better data on distance fudge-factor and average speed).

Is it accurate? No, but it's a damned sight better than annoying me for about jobs I don't want to do in places I don't want to live.

When Joe Miggins of Boggins Recruitment calls me up about some wholly unsavoury job, I simply assume that they (and their company) are a bunch of buzz-word bingo bottom feeders. I don't think I've been wrong yet.

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Question

When I say I want a permanent job doing Java-type stuff in Edinburgh; why do I constantly get calls for contract work doing C# in London?

Oh wait, I remember why; they are morons!

A waste of my time, their time and the client's money.

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Anonymity ZUCKS: Facebook's Instagram to switch on face tagging

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And anonymity is given another stabbing

Without anonymity, there is no privacy. Discuss.

I do not have, nor do I want, a Farcebook account due to things like this. But all it takes is a friend who does to tag me and BAM....my name is there and I can no longer escape the machine.

Maybe it's time to start a new trend and wear dazzle.

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Fraudster gets ten years after selling fake 'ionic charge' bomb detectors

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Re: Good.

This. In spades. And not just homoeopaths - all pedallers of quackery and pseudo-science. Unless, of course, they can prove it works under proper (verified, repeatable, fully-blinded) trials. Which they can't.

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What about everyone else?

Will the civil servants etc who purchased these face censure? (My guess is no)

Did any person from the UK aid their sale (e.g. ECGD, MP, civil servant)? Will they face censure? (My guess is no).

Now that he has been prosecuted, can we now move on to homoeopathy, chiropractors, mediums etc etc?

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FONDLESLAB market DEATH STRUGGLE: Latest rankings in

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Re: As I predicted

I like the look of the Surface hardware. That's a semi-decent concept.

The OS is a pile of vomit, as is the lock-in

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Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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Re: Values

I have little issue with kids and guns (no, I don't own any or shoot).

Kids killing kids with guns, that's an issue.

But so is kids killing kids with anything really.

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I've got some Borax downstairs. Maybe you should provide a link to that as well.

And cooking oil. That's dangerous too, when hot. Can you give me a link please?

Knives! My goodness, I forgot about the knives! Best give us a link so we can all be safe!

Water! ARG! You can drown in that! Link please! Help me! I'm scared to go in the kitchen!

You are beyond ridiculous, Badvok.

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You have to consider intent.

Kids hurt (and kill themselves) climbing tree. What do you want to do? Expel kids for doing what kids will do?

She needs a bollocking, sure, but not expulsion.

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Google 'will be pulled back in front of MPs' on its UK tax affairs

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Re: Another PR stunt by MPs

Yeah, because Eire's economy it's a doing sooooooooo well.

Face/palm

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Re: @The BigYin: Another PR stunt by MPs

MPs cannot accuse Google of immoral acts whilst they themselves do similar things.

Changing the law to get money from Google and protect themselves is also immoral.

They have one clear choice and they are not taking it. Too busy with this circus which achieves nothing.

I would be better of if the UK had proper tax enforcement. The purported £2billion from Vodafone would have been a good start. But no; one handshake and all gone. The culprit in all this faced no censure!

Actual banking regulation would be good too.

Our MPs are long on words but very, very short on action.

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Re: Another PR stunt by MPs

> UK MPs can't change global laws

Well they can via treaties etc, but not immediately. What they can do is alter UK laws.

> they can't do anything that makes global businesses look at the UK and go "we're not going to set up a base there".

Then they should shut-up about "morals", tax and stop wasting everyone's time.

> This is for Google to be moral and stop being so mean

Google is obeying the law AFAIK. Right or wrong, that's the deal. Don't like it, change the law.

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Re: Another PR stunt by MPs

"If the MPs and their pals avoid tax using these methods, cite some sources,"

I know for a fact it has been repeatedly reported in the "Private Eye", but I can't find any on-line sources right this second (and I don't want to mention names without being sure).

It's not illegal, they've not committed any crime. They're just being hypocritical - which is par for the course with an MP.

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The last tax settlement HMRC got was a cosy dinner and a handshake (thanks Hartnett).

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Another PR stunt by MPs

It makes them look good, but it achieves nothing. If they want to stop Google's antics there is a simple answer: change the law.

They won't do that because too many MPs (and their pals) also avoid tax by using the similar tricks.

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BT unleashes SIP licensing troll army

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B.T.

Bloody

Tossers

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Brits on benefits: 'Dole office site only works on PCs over 10 YEARS OLD'

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Re: Question

ParcelForce also blocks certain browsers and OSs for no real reason I can fathom.

Spoof your agent and it works fine.

Idiots.

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Non-story?

So....is this a legacy site then? Does it matter that it doesn't support modern stuff then?

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Crap computers in a crap box: Smart-meter blackouts risk to UK

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Re: Whilst I can see the value.....

"But surely this means that something that saves a utility company money (such as not needing to employ meter readers) saves me money too?"

Not really. Costs go to you, savings go to shareholders. The only thing that keeps prices in check even vaguely is competition.

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Re: Oh Noes!!!!111

Think about it, just for a second. All smart meters are the same. A hack is found.

You are a terrorist.

Wait until winter.

Switch off the gas and power to homes nationwide, screw the network drivers at the same time. You only really need to do the leccy, that'll take out gas central heating too (boilers do use leccy).

*UNLESS* there is a hard-reset switch that can re-flash the meter on-site (and this can be done by the consumer) then there is a very serious risk to life. And even if so, you (as the terrorist) and periodically re-bugger them.

The risk may be low, but the impact high. It bears thinking about.

It'll never happen? Bullshit. Look up the SCADA attacks.

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Re: Whilst I can see the value.....

"We aren't paying for them, the electricity companies are paying for them."

And where do they get money from? The pixies? Any cost a company bears is ultimately borne by the consumer.

I would have less of an issue with smart meters if they were dedicated to the customer first and the utility company second. I could see them being very useful to consumers in figuring out where they waste energy etc. But they are not aimed at the consumer, so they are an epic fail. Again.

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UK.Gov passes Instagram Act: All your pics belong to everyone now

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Re: Excuse me

Bit late now. Those images will be sat in a cache now, ripe for the plucking.

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Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science

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Re: Morocco

Try reading the site, huh?

Why £1

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Re: Not representative

The £1 is calculated from purchasing power, not exchange rates. I jumped to the same initial conclusions, but had a dig on the site.

Why £1

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Re: Worthwhile charity

Wait....40% went on staff costs? I thought there were rules and regs on how much went on "administrivia" and how much actually went on, y'know, the "charidee" bit?

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Re: Makes no sense

It makes perfect sense.

Why £1

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Another blow for Flash as Unity gaming engine kills support

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Time to die

Screw Flash and their locked-in, freedom hating crap. Forward the new, HTML5 DRM freedom hating!

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Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

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Always on?

So just because everyone else follows a paradigm that's wrong its OK for MS to do the same?

Sod that. You don't respect me or my privacy, I don't buy your shit.

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Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

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Re: You don't

"in the case of Google they sell rights to patent licenses AND trademarks. "

So that's patents and trademarks, not "IP".

"There wasn't any specific reference to the third bit of "IP", copyright"

There is no such thing as "IP". There are patents, trademarks and copyright. Different tools for different jobs. Lumping them together under the misnomer "IP" clouds very serious issues.

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Re: You don't

Oh, and please don't use the phrase "IP". It's meaningless and conflates three areas of law. You are referring to trademark licensing I believe?

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Re: You don't

Err...I'm in favour of a tax on the gross. Or any other idea that can simplify the tax system and cut down the chicanery used by the mega-rich.

I am taxed (pretty much) on my gross; why should a company be any different?

Either that, or the MPs have got to get HMRC to stick the boot in. And sort "too big to fail" why they are at it, which I'd a separate but closely coupled issue.

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Re: You don't

"Implement a UK business tax based purely on transactions in the UK"

You mean tax the gross income (at a lower rate) rather than profit (at a higher rate)?

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Re: Who to blame?

Ran out of time to add this:

RMS has ideas on using a variable rate to reduce "too big to fail". Not sure how viable that is, to my mind it would open loopholes that could be exploited.

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Re: Who to blame?

Who said anything about keeping the tax rate at 20%? As the gross is now being taxed, the rate would be much lower and the amount to the Exchequer the same. In you example that would be a tax rate of only 2% on the gross. Actually, the amount would be even lower again because avoidance is (hopefully) so much harder.

The current system is not viable. I get skinned 20% on (just about) everything I buy, I get taxed (just about) 40% on my gross income and mega-corps pay...nada, the super-rich pay...nada (with one or two notable exceptions).

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Who to blame?

Blame the MPs. No one else. They decide the tax law, they set-up how HMRC operate and they are the ones who let these corporates away with it. MPs are the only ones to blame.

Now, what's the solution? Simple. Change the tax system and tax gross income. Maybe have a variable rate based on size of said income, but either way; tax the gross taken in this country. It's simple to administer; stops off-shoring of profits and hiding of profits in tax havens.

This, clearly, still has problems but it has less problems than the current regime.

Never happen though. The advisers to the government are all employees (or ex-employees) of the companies that enable the...err...tax efficiencies.

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Black-eyed Pies reel from BeagleBoard's $45 Linux micro blow

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Re: Ahh

Wasn't part of the whole Pi idea to stimulate this kinda thing? Now I have the choice of two nano-PC-board-things to choose from. Cool!

Both are good as learning tools, one has more juice than the other, but one draws less power than the other. Which one is "best" really depends on the problem you are trying to solve.

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Review: Nokia Lumia 720

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Almost perfect

Shame about the OS.

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Privacy crusaders: ISPs in 'conspiracy of silence' over Snoop Charter

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Re: The view from afar

Labour don't. They are left-wing; "Give the state all your money, the state will provide."

The Tories don't either. They are right-wing; "You are a peasant and deserve no money. You should be honoured to slave for us."

The Lib Dems are still trying to decide what colour the Internet should be.

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Re: So, when do YOU start the posters and the street signs ?

It's not restricted to IT geeks. Any person who cares about their privacy can do it.

In fact, any person who does care should contact their MP and say how bad this bill is.

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Securing the Internet of Things - or how light bulbs can spy on you

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Open and under my control

So long as the security is an open standard, I can intercept and decrypt any message, every manufacturer publishes details on their messages and everything is ultimately under my control; I'm easy.

Put what ever other checks and balances you see for, but the one goal had to be that the owner/user MUST BE in control. Not the OEM, Google or Facebook.

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Who's a Siri boy, then? Apple hoards your voices for TWO years

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Is justification required?

With CISPA passing, surely the storing of the data becomes mandatory?

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Ex-LulzSec bloke to spend a YEAR in the cooler for Sony hack

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Re: Remind me

Sony Corp failed to act. No apology was given, no compensation paid, no execs fired, no execs prosecuted. Through their inaction, Sony Corp made themselves culpable. We've had "willful negligence" to that I add "willful inaction".

NEVER buy Sony.

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Re: $600,000?

No are his job prospects. I wonder what interest the court placed on the US$600,000? Chap is going to a slave to Sony for life now.

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Re: Remind me

Some people downvote if you speak out against whatever they happen to have a hard-on for. Be it Apple, Windows, Linux or Sony; people will just think "This was anti-My Thing" and downvote without caring about content.

Sony engaged in a mass hack of consumer PCs and faced zero censure. If their execs were given a similar punishment as Mr. Ex-Lulz here; you can be others would take note.

But the rich can buy the justice they want. Unlike you and me.

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