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Film and music on V Kontakte
One advantage of VK is that people can upload all of their music and films and no-one makes any copyright noise. Plenty of English language material as well.
Interestingly, this behaviour is specifically prohibited in the terms and conditions agreement, but nothing ever seems to be done about it.
You've been trolled
Did anyone actually read the PDF?
It's a joke.
Shuttle speeds in similar position?
Just for comparison – how fast was the shuttle going in similar atmosphere? How high up was DARPA's glider?
Sorry if I missed something.
The Sixties are over, Woz.
Is Woz suggesting that we need to be totally free of restrictions to be creative?
That Bach and Jonathan Swift (and thousands of others in less permissive ages) would have been more productive wearing hoodies?
Very poor reasoning.
He takes a jibe at Singapore, and judges it on its small artistic output without considering the intellectual/creative work that turned this tiny backwater into a major port and business centre.
Certainly, he has a point about the suffocating authoritarianism of that country, but that is not enough to support his suggestion that "All the creative elements seem to disappear."
Is he really trying to tell us that creativity only exists with a counterculture ethos?
"Thinking for yourself is creativity and that's goes right down to what we were talking about dress, the clothing that you wear - you wear what you want to wear."
No, Woz, you are thinking like a spoilt child.
Android logo: Fat, no-neck alien
The main problem with Android (for me, at least) is that its logo is a fat, angry alien with no neck! I mean, look at those antennae/eyebrows – the creature hates humans.
I'm sure it's not meant to symbolise Americans in general, but it certainly could be a figurehead for the Republicans – as is borne out by its user profiles.
Who on Earth commissioned the design of that revolting, snot-coloured fascist icon?
No, this is in Australia
Actually, as it's in Australia, it would likely be more like this:
Teller [In Indian call centre]: G'day, how may I help you?
Customer: [Holds up note that reads] I've got a gun. Give me all the money!
Teller: [Murmurs to self] ...
Information passed to Kremlin youth group
It seems that the FSB passed on the account information to the pro-Kremlim thugs Nashi, one of which posed as a reporter and quizzed donors by phone:
More honest than plagiarist Putin
Funny. Vladimir Putin apparently plagiarised big chunks of his dissertation and almost no-one made any noise at all.
He certainly wasn't stripped of his doctorate.
Glimmerblocker for Safari in place of NoScript
Thanks to "david 63" for the reference to the mobile version of Facebook that seems to work sans scripts.
For Safari, the NoScript equivalent might be Glimmerblocker, which also can put download links on YouTube pages and do address bar searches for Wikipedia, Amazon, or just about anything else.
The best I can get out of this is that...
The best I can get out of this is that Hillary Clinton is at least prepared to open her inconsistencies for discussion. I assume that she is ready to debate them.
That is a lot more than can be said for the unaccountable net-stranglers of China et al.
While Clinton is ready to be held to her word (whether we like it or not), those others will never likely to be.
That is the difference.
This is France – not Russia???
"Displaying contempt towards a public servant"...
I thought such laws were only possible here in Russia or other authoritarian regimes.
Shocking to find out that a normal democratic country such as France has such backward rules in its books.
Use of lasers to blind the enemy?
I thought that the use of lasers as blinding devices was forbidden according to the rules of engagement.
Yes, these lasers are designed to destroy boats, but couldn't the Iranians argue that they were just as likely to blind personnel?
What's the story?
While the death penalty for me is already barbaric, Japan's policy of keeping the date of execution secret but for a few hours reeks of vindictive, childish spitefulness.
Elaborate torture of a kind.
Please grow up, Japan!
Good move by Apple
Banning Flash will hopefully provoke Adobe to get their monstrosity working correctly and economically.
Or possibly, it will force websites to switch to better technology.
Excellent tactics, Apple!
Fluids in tiny pipes? What about blood?
While I understand that it should be very difficult to pump fluid through very narrow pipes, could someone possibly explain how we get it done for us through our capillaries, which go down to about ten microns or so in diameter and are full of blood, which I imagine is pretty viscous on those scales?
Coming to Russia this year
One of Russia's largest ISPs, Stream, is making it available to all subscribers this year:
"Now at any point of our network, which interacts with the Internet, is IPv4, and IPv6. To our client- operators we already allow above the IPv4- connection IPv6- transit into the global IPv6- Internet. Important clients, who have the distributed corporate networks, have begun to manifest interest in this. In this year we intend to give access into the IPv6- Internet to all subscribers of Stream, although for this it is necessary to solve an array of problems, first of all with the support Of iPv6 on the service equipment."
Translated from the end of an article that also goes into the negatives:
Australian law extends to Sweden
"Any Australian involved in making this content publicly available would be at serious risk of criminal prosecution."
Certain Australian laws apply to Australian citizens anywhere in the world. If the offence did take place in Sweden, and there was evidence, there could be a valid prosecution of an Australian. In this narrow context, Australian laws do extend all over the world.
Providing evidence is another matter.
(Does anyone remember that case where a Korean girl making relatively porn in the US was busted when she went home?)
Free SMS from Russian telecoms
Most Russian operators offer (limited) free SMSs to their subscribers on their websites. It's very handy and very good PR. Is there anything like that in the UK or US or Australia? Unlikely. Idiots.
Here's Beeline's site for example: http://www.beonline.ru/portal/comm/send_sms/simple_send_sms.sms
Civilised restraint and lack of violence
Impressive that the authorities recognised a freak-out for what it was, and didn't over-react. They were thankfully forbearing. They didn't taze and kill like in the incident with the distraught Polish (?) gentleman at an airport a while back.
Thanks for the lesson, Cathay.
Boss stuffed up
Aren't there pretty stringent restrictions on making a "citizen's arrest"? (Depending on jurisdiction.)
I doubt that tying up a white collar criminal and publicly humiliating him would fall under the conditions necessary. Especially if he wasn't informed that he was under citizen's arrest. Don't know the details of the case, but it sounds like the boss screwed things up.
What about flywheels?
How efficient are they at storing energy?
I'm sure I wouldn't want one in my car, but buried under a windmill wouldn't present much danger.
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