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3025 posts • joined 25 Mar 2008

Reg hack to starve on £1 a day for science

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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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Re: Remind me

Sony execs are rich enough to buy politicians. The law does not apply to them.

Don't buy Sony.

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Game designer spills beans on chubby-fancying chap with his stolen Mac

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FAIL

Re: Moron

Reads more like he was mugged.

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Re: Tineye?

No. But Facebook does.

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Re: He'll probably/hopefully get sued

Not that I agree with the vigilantism. But what does one do when the police refuse to act on evidence of a crime, and you have gone as far as to give them the GPS co-ordinates of the culprit? A face-to-face could end badly and contacting them? That just prompts them to wipe the HDD.

(Taking the blog at face value - the whole thing could be a hoax).

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Re: I like it !

Ah - ok. Looks like "Plumper" is the thief then.

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Re: MacBookPro Owners

If it's portable, put a tracker on it. There are many available (e.g. Prey). However, as this software becomes prevalent the first thing any thief will do is nuke-and-pave the storage. Tracking gone. This leaves hardware as the only viable option (unless UEFI can somehow be used to protect an area of their drive and the software runs there - dunno).

You also have to make it easy for the thief to use the stolen item. So consider having a "Guest" account or something that will auto-login after 30 secs or so. If the thief is thwarted by a strong password, they'll just wipe it.

And encrypt at least your home partition ("Documents and Settings"; whatever).

Finally, back-ups. If you lose a portable device, all you should lose is a copy (or the last few hours/days work); you should not lose everything. The number of people who use their laptops as a primary store is depressing.

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WD glams up SmartWare with Dropbox

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Umm

So if I have (say) 60GB in DropBox and my HDD dies....how long does it take me to download my back-ups? How do I store my configuration settings and related data? How do I ensure sensitive information is encrypted prior to upload*? How do I manage the keys for the encryption?

Or, in other words, the "cloud" is not a back-up you pillocks!

*If you are putting any data in Dropbox unencrypted and it is in any was sensitive, private or confidential; you are a class-A idiot.

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Inside Secure snatches BBC iPlayer downloads from Adobe

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Download? Wait, what? In the discussion about Netflix streaming, the group-think was that always-on mobiles negated the use for downloads.

So is El Beeb behind the times, or just acknowledging the fact that mobile coverage is shit/expensive?

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O2 tries something completely new: Honesty

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I go for the contract. £8 a month (inc. voice, texts and data) with a phone? Why yes, thank you.

Much better than the £40-ish the article states. I'd only pay that if I was getting rid of the landline, but the one gets skinned alive for international calls.

Really need to setup VOIP at home.

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Angry Birds fire back: Vulture cousins menace UK city's mobiles

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Only £5,000?

Given the billions Vodafone saved in the dodgy deal with Hartnett, seems to me they can easily afford to kill quite a few falcons.

Or, you know, as many temporary transmitters as it takes (with billions to spate).

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Re: share this article

Is it so hard to copy and paste a URL? Personally I block those "Share" buttons to cut down on the spying and tracking.

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Netflix plotting move to HTML5 video - but only if DRM works

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Re: We want to BUT....

@Charles 9 - Cobblers. Ubuntu (to pick just one of the many non-free distros) contains blobs OOTB.

The "non-free" codecs thing is down to how they are licensed. Not their freedom (or lack thereof). It can depend on the nature of the distro and where they are based. Mint, for example, installs them by default.

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Re: the one thing that we are doing right now, which is to go global.

Because the content owners are stuck in 1960.

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Re: We want to BUT....

I think the short answer is "makes it incompatible". To comply with the GPLv3, the decrypt keys would need to be provided with the source...unless there was some way to securely download them...but then that mechanism would need to be public, so.... Once the keys are known...all bets are off.

However, to be provided in a GNU/Linux distro the plugin/whatever does not have to be GPL compliant. It can just be a binary blob. Nothing to stop someone like Canonical writing said blob and supplying it; "Ubuntu, now with Netflix!" Of course, each distro would need to write their own blob(s) or Netflix would need to provide it (and it sounds like they want to get out of that).

Note: I am not a GPL or crypto expert - if someone else has more knowledge (and can cite sources), please do so.

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Re: DRM mince

I don't think that's the case. The "we only do streaming" is probably an easier sell to the backwards content owners.

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Flexible flywheel offers cheap energy storage

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Re: It does not work!

"This video does not exist" according to YouTube.

I'm guessing that this is what they wanted to show or possibly this.

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IT salaries: Why you are a clapped-out Ferrari

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Re: £718pw?

"It would seem everyone in the universe you're looking for speaks Norwegian."

Hold on there, I've got enough issue with English! :-)

Actually, picking up a second language and exiting the UK seems to be the only real option.

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Re: £718pw?

"West Country by any chance?"

Nup. Central England. It's a joke. I've looked for new jobs (not too fussed on location) and it's all the same. I'd be better off driving trains or something.

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£718pw?

That circa £37k. Really? In what bloody universe? If you tell me, I'll move there to get the pay raise (not the annual 2% cut I've been suffering).

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Inuit all along: Pirate Bay flees Sweden for Greenland

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Re: I don't even use TPB...

Buy a DVD player that ignores region?

I have no issue with the regions as language packs; but the lock pisses me off something shocking.

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Re: "may cost gigantic corporations a tiny fraction of their revenue."

JDX - well said that person.

I am not going to claim innocence, and I still use "illegal" sites...but for one use case...when the DRM or other restrictions stop me from easily using what I have paid for.

I gave them my money and they give me pain.

E.g. iPlayer on VirginMedia doesn't list films, so if I want to catch up on a film I missed I need to drag out a PC. WTF?

Their PVR has no web UI. Really? This is 2013! So when I record a programme but want to watch it on the PC I download it, watch, then delete the recording.

Some DVDs refuse to rip easily (Dark Knight is a bugger), so buy the DVD and then download to get it on the media server.

All this is content I have paid for one way or another yet am blocked from using it. I own hundreds of DVDs etc...but I'd still be called a pirate.

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'Close to one in three - sorry, one in eight - SMEs are software pirates'

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Memo to SMEs:-

Use more F/OSS and say "Sod off" to the BSA.

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Who wants a smart meter to track'n'tax your car? Hello, Israel

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Re: Not such a bad idea

"I definately agree that the more you use the roads, the more you should pay."

And amazingly we already have this. It's called "fuel duty". No need for a gross invasion of people's privacy, no need for a massive electronics network, no need to fit something-else-that-breaks to a vehicle. It's collected at point of use, and the more you use the more you pay. Simples.

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UK too

The Tories and Labour would cream their pants for a system like this. Never mind the further gouging of the motorist, they'd be able to award big, fat PFI contracts to their buddies and gain themselves some nice directorships.

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Disney shutters Star Wars game unit with 200 layoffs

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I guess this explains the GPL drop

http://www.desura.com/news/full-jedi-academy-and-jedi-outcast-source-code-released

Hopefully the devs can get some love from the F/OSS community.

Or another employer.

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Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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Re: MS take on version numbering?

Marketing.

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Re: MS take on version numbering?

OS version does not always match kernel version; who knew?

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Keep polishing...

...you'll make that turd shine one day.

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Boss of Irish-based R&D hub: Man, this place is the back of beyond

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It's called "cost externalisation"; from banks to movie studios, the big corporates do it all the time.

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