* Posts by brakhage

3 posts • joined 21 Nov 2008

Blunkett and ex-CPS chief turn on Home Office

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About time, too

Blunkett was the proponent of this whole system and single-handedly organised the Home Office into the Orwellian ministry it is now. Jack Straw, his predecessor, was a bit of a fascist but Blunkett went further - he made sure that ID cards hit the top of the pile, time and again. So why now is he rescinding his support?

If you'll remember, David Blunkett sits on the board of Entrust, the American company that won the tender for the infrastructure of the ID cards scheme, and the manufacture of the cards themselves. That is, he did - but on Entrust's website he's just not listed as being on the board. So maybe his vested interest in the tagging and tracking of us all has expired - or maybe the scheme to tag all the kiddies (apparently this circumvents child abuse and paedophiles) will pay off when, in 18 years time, the register is extended to adults too.

Much as surveillance is an underlying concept of New Labour, the failure of the authorities to keep our data safe has meant that support for privatising data handling, and putting the responsibility for our private, personal and financial data into the hands of negligent corporations, is dying out. No-one seems to want to support the government packet-sniffing on our internet activities, when this is the modus operandi of albeit more overtly criminal organisations. They are using intimidation to legitimise covert mass surveillance, which is futile - if I was planning a terrorist attack, I wouldn't communicate in open view. So the surveillance, again, (sorry to be a bore) only affects us that have 'nothing to hide, nothing to fear'.

Perhaps Blunkett and his Nu Labour successors will stick to realistic aims, instead of trying to ban the internet, tag our kids, and shut us up.

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Employees sue for unpaid Windows Vista overtime

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Vista Can Get F~CKED

I am an experienced Windows user, from v3.1, DOS, in my early childhood, to the Vista on a 2.4 ghz laptop I have today.

Vista has caused me to lose time, lose jobs, fail interviews, fuck up deadlines, and for what? For the reason that XP is STILL 180 quid to buy despite the fact that it's a 'defunct' OS.

I'll be controversial here - I LIKE XP. It worked.

Vista doesn't work at all. Windows Explorer (the browser and the shell) crashes at the merest search, copy, delete function request. It is the biggest mistake Microsoft have made in years.

Not to mention the fact that it is a perfect environment for rootkits, despite four years of R&D to prevent exactly that.

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MacBook buyers bite Apple over copy protection cock-up

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This affects punters, not pirates

What I dislike intensely about these anti-piracy measures is that they affect the people who constitute the market for pirate content, and do no further attempt to curtail piracy itself.

So, the pirates have won - we will always have recourse to creating duplicates of copryright material, but the means of sharing that material with a projector or widescreen telly are what is being stopped dead here. How pointless, and cruel.

For example, do I give a fuck if my Mac's digital display port has DRM built in? Much as it's a little costly and ugly, I can get a USB video DAC that gives me a VGA analogue signal just fine, and my little projector will happily shine Captain Jack Sparrow and his merry cockney lingo (translated with Korean subtitles) onto my bedroom wall.

People like me who work in video professionally cannot understand what the fuss is about, we share what we work on and don't get any royalties anyway - we lose no pay from piracy. I know about a hundred musicians and only about five of them pay for every track they listen to.

Why does Apple think that corporate responsibility schemes such as in-built hardware DRM are their duty? They are superseding a role as hardware supplier and are mandating the terms of use of their machines, which is obviously wrong. Much as I regret not getting a MacBook, that Apple logo spooks me like a swastika.

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