* Posts by Peter R. 1

370 posts • joined 15 Jun 2009

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And it begins: Ashley Madison bonk-seekers urged to lawyer up

Peter R. 1

What would happen with subscrtibers to AM that live in states or countries where adultery is illegal ?

Please go directly to jail, do not collect 200$ ?

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Pirate MEP: Microsoft's walled garden is no consumer pleasure park

Peter R. 1

Re: I'm calling bovine excrement on this thing

That sounds like acapital plan to me, with only one minor flaw...unfortunately, I'm allergic to cats, and since the KB I am using is from MS (SANS the obviously EULA'd software that comes with it), I sincerely doubt it will survive a 110 pound Rottweiler walkover.

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Peter R. 1

I'm calling bovine excrement on this thing

I have thought long and hard about this (at least, insofar this is possible given my limited possibilities), and have unequivocally determined the whole Microsoft argument is based on a fallacy, namely that EULA's exist for the benefit of the customer/consumer AND the issuer of the agreement.

It is also my contention that ANYONE who reads a MS EULA and agrees to it is either :

- A danger to themselves and their environment and should be locked in a padded cell

- Lying though their teeth

- Being forced against their will, possibly involving firearms or mediëval torture apparatuses.

Any half sane person, having a say in the matter, would tear up the EULA and refuse to have anything to do with the product attached to it.

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Amazon UK conditions 'exhausting', claims union

Peter R. 1

I've been wondering about this for a while.

We get a lot of US and UK television series over here. Where the UK actor generally portray people with families and day to day issues everyone seems to have to cope with, US persona are quite often brilliant, well educated, succesful, good looking and work 48 hour shifts without even showing the slightest wrinkle, easily finding solutions to even the most confounding problems.

I wonder if US companies are starting to believe this version of 'reality'.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+: 4K-positive fun for ... vloggers?!

Peter R. 1

One shudders to think...

How expensive this one is actually going to be. And, if other recent Samsung attempts are an indication, how utterly crapware ridden...

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Hacker-friendly Chrysler hauled into court for class-action showdown

Peter R. 1

Re: Time for a major rethink

I respectfully put it to you that it is -in general- not the programmers, technicians, testers or QC people who are negligent or unaware of potential issues, but the bean counters that refuse to approve the necessary budget and the upper management insisting on silly deadlines often inspired by imaginary 'market forces'.

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Clueless do-gooders make Africa's conflict mineral mines even more dangerous

Peter R. 1

How utterly surprising !

It never ceases to amaze me how, in all these wonderfull plans thought up by all manner of well meaning folk trying to better the world, the 'human factor' is always ignored.. if money can be made there will always be someone somewhere prepared to do anything to get their hands on some of it, bugger the consequences.

It works a bit like this : legislation is issued by the governments of the world to be able to ensure that resources gathered around the world by major players are 'clean'. The method for this is inevitably a lot of paperwork and government stamps. No one is actually going to send out an armed force to a foreign country to verify if everyone is playing by the rules;

Subsequently, it becomes more difficult -at least administratively- for more or less ethically sound legitimate players to import said resources. They will therefore try and source their needs from alternative origins. This leads, especially in regions already considered to be 'offenders', to a sharp drop in legitimate demand.

At this point, all manner of of more err...mercantile oriented smaller, less visible and often decidly dodgy smaller 'intermediates' smell blood in the water, and set up elaborate sytems to 'clean up' traceability of the objectionable origins. Unfortunately, the locals will have to sell even cheaper (because they can not export legitimately) and the difference will be pocketed by the people providing the 'whitening' service.

There have been many such examples in the past, and there will be many more in the future. Issuing a law and associated form is not going to work. Never has, never will.

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Re/code apologizes for Holocaust 'joke' tweet

Peter R. 1

My sense of humour is quite well, thanksverymuch.. Thank you for trying to explain, but I still think it wasn't much of a joke to begin with, more an effort at general oafishness, quite incompetently executed..

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Could anyone please explain to me how installing Finnish software on a German automobile (which, incidentally, could come out of a US, South African, Brazilian or indeed German factory) would produce a star somewhere on the vehicle (I assume the NAV system) and make it point, of all directions, to the LEFT ?

I have can only speculate on what the FacePlant comedian was trying to express, but I have no idea on how this could be accomplished with the given 'joke' information.

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

Peter R. 1

Kudos to Motorola

This one is a really big contender for my next Phone. I'm just going to wait a bit longer to see what Google comes up with for the next iteration for their Nexus phones, but this one looks like a winner.

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Ashley Madison hack: Site for people who can't be trusted can't be trusted

Peter R. 1

Re: Using words too lightly

I bet some of the users of the service are quite terrified, though.

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Marshall wants to turn your phone UP TO ELEVEN

Peter R. 1

So it's not really a phone ?

But more like a music player you can also make a phone call with ? 600+ USD sounds like a lot of money for an Android music player...especially one with 16GB of memory, which seems decidedly poor for a player meant to carry FLAC.

It was probably a good idea in the pub after the fourth pint.

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Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

Peter R. 1

Is this really strange ?

EVERY end-customer in the chemical, petrochemical and petroleum industry I've ever worked for in the last 30 years reserves the right to check anyone leaving the plant. Spot checks are carried out on a regular basis during the day, and every so-often someone is stupid enough to nock some nuts and bolts, tools, electrical equipment and other odds and ends. It is a fact of life.

This requirement is communicated to anyone entering the facility, and it is also advertised on signs when you enter. If you disagree with this policy you have the choice of remaining outside.

I have never heard of anyone sueing on this basis. Am I missing something ?

I must however admit that being searched several hours a day for 15 or 20 minutes sounds quite disturbing. Or were they just waiting for their turn to be searched ? Which sounds equally bizarre.

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Pray for AMD

Peter R. 1

Hard Rule

Firstly, in a market ruled by one or a few giant competitors, for a small competitor to be succesful, they need to have the better product by a significant margin.

Secondly, they have to make the consumer want to pay the price for such significant benefits.

Pagani does not make sub compacts. Any sub compact they could make would be so expensive that people in the market for a subcompact would not be able to afford them. Making them affordable would dilute their brand to the extent it would infect their top tier product. People buying that top tier product would not pay the price of that product if it was identical but had a Vauxhall badge on it.

I think diversification is the wrong path for them at this point. They need to re-establish their brand and build from there.

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Reddit CEO U-turn: Site no longer a bastion of free speech – and stop posting so much hate

Peter R. 1

Stands to reason...

There's no money to be made from freedom of speech.

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How a Cali court ruling could force a complete rethink of search results

Peter R. 1

Re: Irritating

This opens up a whole new can of worms. How is the 'alternative' product 'similar'. Does it look like it ? Does it look different but is it made of the same components ? Does it have similar functionality ?

I think you'd be back to square one.

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The sad song Samsung's sung: SEVENTH quarterly fail in a row

Peter R. 1

Is it any wonder ?

That time of the year is creeping in where my smartphone will be replaced, so I started looking around.

To my amazement I found that an S6 can be even more expensive than the Fruity stuff, and what does over 1K Euro get you ? Another droid Phone, virtually indistinguishable in form and certainly function from designs costing less than half the price, loaded with bloatware that will never be used (video editing on a Phone, really ?) and proudly displaying 'Samsung' on te hood.

Was Samsung really hoping this thing was going to lure punters away from the iPhone ?

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Uber app will soon maybe track you 24/7, cry privacy warriors

Peter R. 1

I just finished 'The Circle' by Dave Eggers and I've caught a real scare about these things...

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Belgium trolls France with bonkers new commemorative coin

Peter R. 1

Re: Being Belgian, plucky and all...

Your git comment aside, what they actually did was declare war on the English (with the help of the Dutch and the Spanish, of course) . They did it because the wanted revenge for getting the rear of their anatomy badly battered in the seven year war. They ended up with a giant financial hangover, which indirectly caused the French revolution, git wise. And, of course, we're not mentioning the French losses that ran into the thousends. A cause for celebration by the French even today, I'm sure.

Of course Franklin was already talking to the English behind the French's back, and so they got very little if aything out of the peace settlement.

But, as you correctly remarked, the word 'with'as in 'with the Americans' is sadly missing from my writings.

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Peter R. 1

Being Belgian, plucky and all...

I would like to add the comment that barely a few weeks after the French climbed on their high chevaux and protested about our coin, they starded off in ze general direction of the US in a replica sailboat to commemorate their involvement in fighting the plucky Americans wanting independence.

And, of course, getting their derrieres duly kicked as they always do.

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Frustration with Elite:Dangerous boils over into 'Refund Quest'

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Have you noticed...

...That websites, even when 'having problems' or 'being updated' always display the ads perfectly. And they're always loading first ?

...that whatever problems you have when buying a game, the credit card transfer always works flawlessly ? Sometimes even twice ?

...that when purchasing online, and experiencing problems, the guys that sold it to you are always 'just the distributor' and not responsible ?

...that when you want a refund there are always 'exceptional circumstances' due to 'extraordinary demands' being made on the system ? And that these circumstances never seem to occur when YOU need to pay ?

I could go on. Bottom line ? If they can rip you off they will.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from GOD'

Peter R. 1

Eh ?

I see...it's all god's fault. Or is it god's fault I am not gay ? I'm confused. Does this mean I'm in denial ?

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Apple flings iOS 8.1 at world+dog: Our AMAZEBALLS 9-step installation guide

Peter R. 1
Trollface

In other news...

The Register releases a 312 point guide to installing cyanogenmod on your Android device. Steps include at least 41 resets (depending on model) and running to the store to buy a new phone after bricking yours.

Pete

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'LulzSec leader Aush0k' found to be naughty boy not worthy of jail

Peter R. 1

Re: Australia's Federal Police

So would you propose to put them on the 'overgrown infant' or the 'incurable tyrant' ward ?

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Shh! Bose and Apple ink SECRET deal to settle 'noise-cancelling' suit

Peter R. 1
Trollface

How wonderful !

But er...who owns the patent on hugely overpriced hype built from inferior components ? It seems to me Bose has a headstart of a few decades at least in this market segment, but wit Apple you never know !

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EU competition chief goes after Amazon’s delux Lux tax deal

Peter R. 1

Now this is funny...

Or very sad, depending your appreciation of the absurd.

The new president of the EU is a certain mr. Junker. Can you guess what mr. Junker's job was for many years before he got this job ? Go on, take a wild guess.

He was prime minister of...exactly : Luxemburg.

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Intel's SECRET Xeons: tell us what you think Chipzilla's hiding

Peter R. 1
Joke

Re: I doubt...

Of course not. Even Apple has fans

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Peter R. 1

I think it's approvals

I suspect there are a great number of versions certified for the many, many different mil-spec, gov-spec, intel-spec and other spec organisations of the world.

The chip wil be basically the same, but the validation process will be different.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

Peter R. 1

Re: BBC Worldwide

Someone is not 'free' to accuse anyone else of whatever they like. In general, 'defamation of character' laws are quite well defined in our part of the world.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

Peter R. 1

I have this watch.

I tells me time and - lo and behold - the date (although it thinks every month has 31 dags and I need to help it along every so-often). It doesn't need recharging. All I have to do is wear it. It has a built in energy accumulation device (commonly known as a spring) so it keeps running for a day or two if I take it off.

Every 7 years I have to take it down to the watch shop, where it is sent along to the manufacturer to be relubed and cleaned up. It comes back after 3 days looking brand new, and I'm set for the next 7 years.

When I get a phone call my phone rings and vibrates, wherupon I decide to take the call or not.

Where exactly does this newfangled gizmo I have to hook up to a charger every day fit in ?

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

Peter R. 1

So that's it ?

Wasn't this announced by the Cookster as 'the most exciting product launch ever' or 'most exciting product line ever' or something to that effect ?

And the grand total is 2 phones and a watch ? And this is 'the most innovative company on the planet' ?

Cook should be genuinly ashamed.

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Google flushes out users of old browsers by serving up CLUNKY, AGED version of search

Peter R. 1

I spend most of my professional time in countries other than my own. Mobile Broadband roaming prices are still quite extortionate in Europe. Especially if you forget to switch roaming off again after checking your email.

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Peter R. 1

I use gmail because it gives me access to my emails wherever I am. I spend a lot of time on client locations and systems, and very few offer me the option to use my own laptop on their network. I am mostly forced to use the systems available. This isn't generally problematic, because they all have some sort of browser and an internet connection.

However, i have no control whatsoever over the browser or version installed on those systems, I just use whatever is available to me.

As long as I get off with some sort of warning that I'm using old hat I don't really care, but if Google insist I use the latest and greatest to access my email and do searches I will quickly be forced to use services from another supplier.

Maybe it's just an opportunity in disguise.

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GitHub.io killed the distro star: Why are people so bored with the top Linux makers?

Peter R. 1

You may not want to read this

But, as far as I'm concerned, what is preventing serious growth of Linux is choice.

There is simply way too much of it. The endless distros that do not really offer anything better, but were created simply because someone didn't like something in all the other ones, the endless variations on packages that do not exist because the offer fundamental differences, but because a group of developers fond something principally wrong with the terms of the license (libre office anyone ?), the 36 mediaplayers that ALL have the same issues reading catalogues on network drives.

Anyone that wants to try and give Linux a go is first confronted with a hundred distro's, then 10 or more graphic environments (and don't you dare ask any obvious newbie questions on a linux board or you'll be greeted with disdain and arrogance, telling you to read 10000 pages of information readily available on the internet, you lazy fool), and then the fun really starts, searching for programs you want for specific stuff (try : I'd like an app to manage my CD collection).

If you finally get through all that, why don't you try to get your garmin GPS and maps working. You'll pretty soon find 1000 threads telling you to dual boot windoze or install wHine. Which is exactly what you were trying to get shot of in the first place.

But by this time the general public will have long given up and reverted to Windows. And even if they DO get to the point where they've made a choice on a distro, they pretty soon find themselves locked in again, because if a program is not supported by theid distro or MMI, they have to download sources and start compiling.

SO is there nothing worthwhile there ? Sure there is. But for your average consumer, there are simply too many choices to make, and way too much excrement to wade through to find a few hidden gems.

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Foxconn to take on 100 THOUSAND workers prior to iPhone 6 launch

Peter R. 1

Oh, come off it.

Really ? They've built Intel chippery and AMD (or is it nVidia) into a thrash can package, locked it an threw away the key.

I'll give you the case design, but bar the presentation there is absolutely nothing groundbreaking about it.

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Apple settles ebook price-fixing damages lawsuit with US states

Peter R. 1

And once again...

...the fines for allegedly 'duping' the consumer wil disappear without a trace in the gouvernment's bottemless coffers while the duped consumer will be left holding their matrimonial apparatus'.

...And Justice for All.

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Quantum teleportation gets reliable at Delft

Peter R. 1

Question.

Is this teleportation per se ?

Being of the Star Trek generation, teleportation - to me - has always suggested 'disassembling' matter in one place and, after transporing it to another location by e.g. an energy beam, 'reassembling' it in it's proper form. This suggests some sort of 'freedom' in the location where the reassembling takes place, even if this requires two 'assembly-disassembly' units. One of the main problems doing this was postulated by a certain Mr. Heisenberg.

What this guys are doing may be teleportation in the literal sense, but it does have a drawback. Since the system relies on entangled pairs, you would first have to 'construct' an entangled pair, and then transport one to whatever location you wish to transport stuff to, whereupon you could proceed to 'teleport' to that location, and none other. Teleporting somewhere else would require you to either transport one 'unit' to a new location or construct another 'pair'. Since only the two entangled bits (I use the term loosely) can communicate with each other communication is very secure, however not very flexible.

I could see an application in instantaneous secure communications, but I don't think beaming an underwear change to the lads on moonbase Alpha is on the cards just yet.

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JJ Abrams and Star Wars: I've got a bad feeling about this

Peter R. 1

Guys, this isn't difficult.

When Lucas made his first SW movie, he wanted to tell a story. He wrapped it up in a galactic bow tie, but it was good guys, bad guys. White hats and black hats. The whole 'a long time ago in a galaxy far away' premise was just a vehicle to smuggle in space ships, tractor beams and megalasers. But the story was there. And there was nothing whatsoever in it that did not contribute to the story.

It all turned to excrement when he decided he wanted to make a movie not to tell a story, but to sell theatre seats. He wanted to reach as many demographics and target audiences as possible. Jar Jar for the kiddies, Jedi for the slightly older kiddies, Pod Racers to sell video games. Special effects to show of the capabilities of ILM. Anything even remotely able to generate merchandising. If the story needed to be modified to sell lunch boxes, so be it. The later 3 films are merchandising commercials. Nothing more. I don't believe for one second he wanted to tell a story. In my - often not very humble opinion - the only thing that interested him was to increase the share price of his companies.

And a lot of people fell into the trap because of the rep of the first three. And Lucas laughed all the way to the bank. And Disney saw the money making protential and bough the franchise. And now THEY want to make as much money as possible from it. Not to tell a story, or ponder good and evil, or even pay hommage to the story. All they want is fill seats and sell the lunch boxes, the shampoo, the towels and so on and so forth.

I think he should be ashamed. But then, I'm not a billionaire, and will never be one.

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Supposedly secure Dogecoin service Dogevault goes offline

Peter R. 1

Re: What did the Doge do?

This has got something to do with the pellet with the poison being in the vessel with the pestle, hasn't it ?

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Apple inaugurates free OS X beta program for world+dog

Peter R. 1

Anyone read the whole agreement ?

Does it say anywhere said software can only be installed on an Apple computer ?

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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Porno, Nigeria was already wiped of the map completely !

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=porno+village&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF-8&ei=MQdRU9_aB4nbPOrYgIAO&ved=0CAoQ_AU

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Report: Apple seeking to raise iPhone 6 price by a HUNDRED BUCKS

Peter R. 1

Re: Yep, it'll work.

Are you suggesting, sir, that everyone who owns one of the aformentioned brands is a wanker or that every wanker owns one of the aforementioned brands ?

Either way, would you not consider this perspective a bit narrow ?

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Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

Peter R. 1

When I visited the Pono website all I got was two paragraphs of blurb and a 'visit us on facebook' link. It was a piece of crap.

Seriously, for an outfit that claims it is dedicated to music reproduction without added bullcrap they sure seem to subscribe to a different philosophy where other forms information are concerned.

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Voracious alien flatworm hits French in the escargots

Peter R. 1

The Zerg are here !

Time to polish the power armour and grease the chaingun.

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Wikimedia wants forced disclosures of paid edits

Peter R. 1

Good idea.

But, unfortunately, a waste of effort.

The fact that these 'oganisations' publish wiki articles WITHOUT disclosing their motive or origin is because they fear this will, in some way, detract from the message they are trying to get across.

If every Tea Party statement would need to carry an statutory warning along the lines of 'this message was in large part paid for by the Koch brothers' they would very soon loose their perceived 'grass roots' image. (This is just an example, of course).

So it will not be long before the writers of such articles will simply claim they have written them 'in their own name' and claim their right of freedom of expression, strenuously denying any financial (or other) encouragement.

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Murdoch dumps Microsoft, prepares to Hangout with Google

Peter R. 1

Re: A fool and his money are easily parted...

Murdoch has made a career - and, may I add, a great fortune - out of pain and suffering. Right up his street, then.

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Stephen Fry rewrites computer history again: This time it's serious

Peter R. 1

Re: Somebody put it far better than I could...

A quote from someone even stupid people regard as a stupid person.

Fry may not be the most technologically savvy out there, but if he's half as amiable in real life as is his public persona, I will gladly suffer his sometimes ill informed tweets.

Which is more than I can say of Burchill.

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Peter R. 1

If memory serves...

It is also untrue that Sir Bill of Gates licensed his OS to IBM. The licensing racket started a lot later. He sold - again, if memory serves - IBM the right to put the OS on their PC (or ship with it) for a lump sum which was relatively low, but indeed - and this was the master stroke IMO - to sell it to anyone else if he so chose.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Scandinavian model ?

So, are we going to apply this logic across the board to what can be broadly labeled as 'indespensible' services ? Is a bus fair going to be cheaper if you make less money ? Drinking water ? Electrical power ? Or does this logic apply to every form of spending by the general public ? A Bentley perhaps ? A family holiday to Ibiza ?

Granted, the two last examples seem silly. But is it not true higher incomes already pay more taxes ? And not only in absolute numbers, but higher tax brackets. Are people who spend more not only paying more taxes, but also more sales tax - in absolute numbers - because they by more and more expensive consumer goods ? Are we returning to 'there's one for you, nineteen for me' ?

It reeks of communism. And I thought we had generally come to the conclusion it doesn't work.

Bear in mind Scandinavian politicians are no different from the ones in Blighty, or Belgium for that matter : they keep trying to find new ways of extorting money from citizens and use a never ending supply of bovine excrement to sell it as 'fairness'.

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Snowden speaks: NSA spies create 'databases of ruin' on innocent folks

Peter R. 1

Don't oversimplify. It tends to weaken the argument.

Indeed, there is little difference between plod err...plodding around asking questions when they suspect possible malfeasance and the NSA doing this by electronic means, except for the scale.

The analogy however breaks down in the face of what happens next.

Plod wil have to present their evidence - a lot of it possibly circumstantial - to a judge and ask for a mandate to officially open an inquiry and gather evidence on the suspect (s). In this case the judge also decides the scope of the mandate. Any broadening of said scope has to be equally sanctioned by the judge. This guarantees separation between the powers.

The NSA, however, broad as their mandate is, is not hampered by such trivialities. They qualify every fart as a threat to national security (much as Homeland does, apparently), have the resources and manpower to open an unlimited blanket investigation against which there is no legal protection, decide for themselves if the evidence supports their claim, and nick whoever they want. They can not hauled into a courtroom to explain themselves, and are not bothered by details such as habeas corpus.

This is wherein the problem lies : not the collection of the information, but the action which is taken upon it. And we all know absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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