* Posts by Paul Shirley

1568 posts • joined 19 Jun 2009

It's not easy being Green. But WHY insist we knit our own ties?

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Re: Comment isn't free

Free market advocates don't consider any of that as distortion. A perfect market simply makes choices that humans might decline. The rest of us impose regulation on free markets in response.

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Re: @Tim99

"I think many people could achieve a similar standard of living with just a part time job"

But the downside of extreme labour specialisation is the masses condemned to unskilled work because the process requires nothing better, with pay driven too low to make life comfortable on part time hours. Their cheap labour undeniably makes me richer but it's not quite so clear it works well for them, that's not something economists tend to worry about.

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'Giving geo-engineering to this US govt is like giving a CHILD a LOADED GUN'

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block moderate, timely, precautionary action - WTF did you expect?

Some idiots never learn, let a crisis build and governments will eventually make excessive and dangerous responses... and rape your wallet with taxes along the way.

Obstructionism is not free of consequences.

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Cortana to form CIRCLE OF LIFE in Windows 10

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wow, Android support...

...so I can start the day talking to the android phone next to my bed in the morning?

I fear ms will be disappointed when I don't rush out and replace my phones and tablet with win10 devices, even if it works much better than the utterly incompetent google now ;)

Or allow Cortana to infest my PCs. Given their history deeply embedding unwanted and insecure apps in the core os that might become a problem :(

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BBC bins pricey Windows Media, Audio Factory goes live

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Re: I thought I'd never see the day...

Microsoft VC1 was evaluated on what the rest of the world had already patented. Didn't end well for Microsoft's wallet!

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Russian revolution: YotaPhone 2 double-screen JANUS MOBE

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Re: no sd slot, no removable battery, 550 quid

£550 buys a lot of external battery packs for a basically £300 phone. That's a high price for convenience.

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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Re: Rolling releases

"Much of that software is seen as crucial by many of Microsoft's customers"

What worries me is how much software will be seen as crucial by *Microsoft*, so critical to Microsofts plans users aren't allowed to remove or control it. Or how much "as a service" really means enhanced "lockin" to Microsoft, their cloud and the MS products I have no need of.

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Ofcom can prise my telly spectrum from my COLD, DEAD... er, aerial

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Re: @Neil Barnes

That graph is deceptive. In large parts of the EU almost no one uses over the air broadcasts. The UK is pretty unusual in it's high use of aerials. Ofcom are rigging the numbers by using EU stats.

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Re: "Broadcast is efficient"

The massive problem with going to IP broadcasting is things like live sport that sometimes millions of viewers want to watch live and in real HD. Not timeshifted, not delayed by buffering and not breaking up at crucial moments because bandwidth goes MIA and not the piss poor resolution we normally see.

IP has miserably failed to deliver that quality of service to audiences that large so far and there's little sign of it improving in any short timescale.

I'll agree most of the DTT bandwidth is wasted on complete crap and many of those channels aren't any better than internet channels but if this sell off to profiteers goes ahead we'll lose them all, the good with the bad.

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Behold: The touchy-feely future of Office on Windows 10 fondleslabs

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Re: Windows 8 does not have the new APIs

It's another signal that 8.1 is going to join 8.0 in 'essential updates only' mode shortly after 10 ships. MS really want to forget Win8.x ever existed and this is just deliberate neglect.

They intend neglecting it to death, starved of updates, starved of killer apps.

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Valve set for OpenGL BIG REVEAL at upcoming conference

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Re: Are AMD and nVidia on board?

I have a bad feeling AMD & nVidia are too busy with DX12 right now. I'm sure Khronos announced a big change in approach for OGL as well last year that will also need their attention.

Also not seeing Qualcomm or ARM mentioned, it's pretty unthinkable launching a new graphics API without mobile support.

Oh well, new toys to play with whatever happens ;)

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GROUPTHINK HIVE MIND informs climate change believers

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what's most depressing

... Is the reality or not of agw hardly matters. The technology we could have started creating 25+ years ago to deal with the problem would have made us all better off *even if there's no problem*. Instead we ended with denial shortchanging us of investment and believers pushing through any desperate political fix they could as time ran down.

We know it's worth dumping carbon fuels, it's probably really worth bankrupting many of the suppliers along the way and taking out their corrupt states and terrorist support. None of it depends on agw. But we just have bickering aresholes delaying like it was an Olympic sport.

Sickening tribalism.

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Chipotle insider trading: Disproving the efficient markets hypothesis

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Re: Efficient Markets Hypothesis ...

"all the publicly available information"

If they claim that then they're based on a fiction to start with.

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Quantum of Suspicion: Despite another $29m, D-Wave doubts remain

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Re: "only faster for certain classes of algorithms"

... Of course D-Wave can't run Shor's algorithm. Search for quantum annealing or adiabatic computing... So cryptography's safe from it ;;

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Re: "only faster for certain classes of algorithms"

"If it's able to solve a particular problem in a time which is very very improbable"

D-Waves problem is every time they claim that, someone comes along with a faster algorithm on a classical computer. The speed improvements they claim were never 'improbable enough' to convince anyway.

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The problem with D-Wave is it doesn't seem to be faster for the algorithm it supports than non quantum solutions. So slow it's debatable it's taking advantage of quantum effects for the actual computation. Even worse no one knows yet if that's because it's just a bad quantum annealer or quantum annealing itself is a dead end.

One thing is certain, it should never be confused with a general purpose quantum computer.

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You must have at least 8 inches for Windows 10 to go all the way

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the screw turning on desktop apps

This is how they plan on forcing devs to write Modern apps instead of desktop versions, make sure large chunks of the market can't run desktop apps. They couldn't get anyone to choose modern over desktop willingly, not users, not devs, so its time to apply pressure.

Again Microsoft's dream of the same apps running on everything is revealed as the same apps running dumbed down on everything. Modern apps may well run on the desktop now (as they always should have done) but it ain't pretty and it ain't a good use of my valuable screen space.

I'll be hanging onto my rich and densely packed desktop ui and continuing to ignore the wasteful toy modern versions. Both as a dev and a user.

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Apple CEO: Fandroids are BINNING Android in favour of IPHONES

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Re: Strange that...

"Bit the same with battery life - Apple look for efficiencies and Samsung have to fit a larger battery! ;-)"

...and others fit 8 core BIG-little CPUs to improve power consumption without harming performance. Sometime more of the right sort of core really is the answer ;)

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: You're misreading SOPA

...and what extra powers SOPA did hand to copyright owners were almost designed for abuse by the traditional copyright pantomime villains, rather than helping artists. Rotten all the way through and no amount of 'big copyright' PR is going to change that.

'Stronger copyright' is a dangerous tool, more likely to be abused wholsesale than help.

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Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln

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Re: Not sure why that was downvoted

Should Microsoft tell people to use Firefox next time there's a critical IE bug?”

Yes, if they cared about their customers more than their customers wallets.

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Google stopped caring what we think a long time ago. Because they don't care, they feel no embarrassment over disclosure of things they can't be bothered fixing. They're roughly in the place Microsoft reached in the win 8 fiasco but haven't yet spent long enough pissing off customers for a revolt to start.

But make no mistake, they're firmly in a take it or leave it mindset and making no attempt to disguise it.

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SURPRISE! Microsoft pops open Windows 10 Preview build early

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Re: Read privacy statement

@ken Hagan... Or worried that those of us that do care won't be using the preview normally. Nothing that needs my passwords is going in the win10 vm, no browsing with account logins, I won't be running any dev tools until ms sends us non instrumented builds etc. Not going to be a lot of useful testing from my install with that!

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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is it because they're ARM?

It's hard not to assume this is the fallout from dropping RT and someone remembering too late that shipped Lumias run on ARM.

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Free Windows 10 could mean the END for Microsoft and the PC biz

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Re: COULD BE LETHAL

@dogged: a free *UPGRADE* for an OS they're likely to abandon after <3 years? They have absolutely no option but to give Win8 users a free upgrade, or face another crippling backlash. For nearly a year there have been questions asked about whether Win9 then Win10, would be charged for or treated as Win8 service packs and the feedback has been pretty clear.

Win7 *UPGRADES* being temporarily free - that's market reality smacking them in the wallet. The $25 upgrade to Win8 didn't work well enough, they have to go cheaper. Or no one is moving off 7 till a few years after it's discontinued. By the end of that free year the market supply of Win7 licences will have dried up and the choice will be Win10 or another OS.

MS are desperate and cannot bully users they way they got used to under monkey boy.

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Re: Stop and think a bit, please...

"It's just not legally possible to do that, the Windows you've got now is yours and can't be taken off you."

I suggest you read the upgrade EULA before clicking through, it's possible to give away your current rights even if MS cant unilaterally remove them.

You don't own your Windows install, you own a licence to it.

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Windows 10: The Microsoft rule-o-three holds, THIS time it's looking DECENT

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Re: Oops, wonder how THAT got in there?!?

The us gov don't believe there are any jurisdictions outside their reach when a us company is involved. The courts haven't told them they're wrong yet. Might want to hold off trusting them till that happens.

Then decide if you really want your local authorities able to raid your data on Microsoft servers so easily.

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Re: Read the whole thing...

"the supported lifetime of the PC" - one interpretation of device. I want to see the small print before upgrading to make sure I'm not giving up my ability to swap out mboard every couple of years. My PC is the collection of parts I'm currently using, not a specific device.

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Pull up the Windows 10 duvet and pretend Win8 and Vista were BAD DREAMS

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...and so far you can still use the same 'Don't have...' way to a local login in Win10. Don't be surprised if they hide it better (or remove it completely) by launch though. They're raising the friction though, couldn't test download a Store app without handing over a Microsoft account AND give the app permission to rape it, hopefully I'll never need an app enough to actually accept that crap.

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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risky move

Highlighting a group that have repeatedly stated the evidence says warming is real seems a little desperate. Especially risky highlighting a 'we cant say yes or no, it's too close to the error margins' statement. Still, got to get your denialist crumbs somewhere.

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You go fast, but we go 'further' and 'deeper' – Voda tells 'Speedy' EE

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Re: Bandwidth is overrated

@voland: observation check, this comment *thread* is discussing broadband speeds/quality.

And the disturbingly common 1.5 to 2gb mobile game downloads are a painful experience over 20mbit mobile when the servers fail to keep the connection long enough for each chunk (thanks Gameloft though they aren't the only incompetents). Which is the consistency over raw speed argument of course.

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Re: Bandwidth is overrated

@Pez92 I find my gigabit home network painfully slow at times when copying backups around. With game downloads now regularly topping 20gb I've had to learn patience with my 50mbit broadband. I remember how slow 100mb home networking felt (and 10 before that}.

There are a lot of people needing to transfer fuctons of data often enough to feel the pain, even when it's casual, not work related.

At work we courier Tb drives around while we wait for affordable >GB broadband! Waiting a guesstimated 4 months to populate workspaces from source control over broadband didn't really work for us ;)

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Mobile broadband!=broadband, despite the wishful thinking of politicians looking for a cheap fix.

Despite that it beats real broadband far too often thanks to piss poor legacy networks that barely cover the country.

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Should spectrum hog TV give up its seat for broadband? You tell us – EU

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Re: No point in wasting radio frequencies on TV - Just stream DVB over network

You mean like the BBC does with iPlayer right now? It's a pretty disappointing experience compared to broadcast and my PVR supplies the on demand part of the deal anyway.

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Re: No.

@Lusty have you even noticed how bad most IPTV is, over compressed, under resolution and rarely streaming smoothly at busy times? Were years away from consistently good quality streams, if suppliers ever decide they even need to bother for an audience taught to accept crap.

Broadcast has its quality problems but the replacement is simply crap and likely to stay that way.

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DAMN YOU! Microsoft blasts Google over zero-day blabgasm

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Re: Sorry, but Google were uttely wrong.

Voland's right hand:"There is a mandatory freeze and do-not touch period in most institutions around Xmas."

When you can prove that cybercriminals all take xmas off that might be an argument. But rather a lot of them live in countries that don't do xmas. If a company wants to slack over a holdiday they'd better throw more resources at the job to make up lost time.

Or perhaps we could stop pretending security is a normal business activity and actually accept it's high priority.

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Samsung’s SUPER-speedy SSD is a real power-sipper

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Re: I don't get it.

A drive can go to standby when idle on a running PC. Not likely to happen if it's the OS drive. Won't power down until the PC powers down in standby standby.

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Elite:Dangerous goes TITSUP

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Re: not standing up for the game but

"There is a very good reason why it is always online and part of that reason is security/anti-hacking."

A genuine solo game doesn't need that security or anti-hacking protection. That justification doesn't fly.

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Mobe not-spots 'landmark deal'? We ain't thick, Javid

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@Simon operators are more than happy to support it for foreign phones or networks, till recently they got to charge what they liked for the service and even now they charge far beyond cost. There's no way to hide profiteering in this compulsory national roaming, of course they don't want to play.

The argument against seems to be little more than the networks don't want to do it and government won't be able to compel them or have any clue about doing it right. It's a fair observation, gov IS incompetent and the networks are experts at maintaining profits by fair means or foul. Not hard to guess which will get what they want in that contest.

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GCHQ: We can't track crims any more thanks to Snowden

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BS fed to a BS paper

Have to ask: does anyone know what policy change they're trying to sneak in while we're all too full of stuffing to notice? Why else would they be feeding rabble rousing scum like the Telegraph this recycled 'news'?

And does anyone believe they were successfully tracking anything but amateurs?

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

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where Microsoft lead

What's most surprising is frontier not learning from Microsoft's disastrous xbone launch and it's 'online only, we know best, screw you' attitude. Microsoft at least had the commercial good sense to pretend to back down (before sneaking the same crap embedded in with games for the platform)

And the hoard of rabid supporters ms managed to drum up didn't work for them, does Frontier really think they can do better than professional astroturfers like ms?

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Judge spanks SCO in ancient ownership of Unix lawsuit

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Re: Good gawd/ess.

From the SCO lawyers POV the case was a catastrophe. Early on BS&F were so dazzled by the amount SCO told the world it was going to win and so confident the world would pay them to go away at worst, they took a share of the case. Later they escaped and that became a fixed cap on chargeable costs, however long the case took.

Last time I saw a figure they were already estimating a $30mil loss. That was several years ago and the case was almost at a standstill by then so it wasn't likely to get much worse. But it's a big loss and along with the shockingly unprofessional work they did, it's done their reputation no good.

The IBM/Novel etc. lawyers did well though ;)

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Ten excellent FREE PC apps to brighten your Windows

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Re: VLC

I dislike the ui enough to not use vlc as my default player but it's essential for the the times mpc decides it can't play a file. In my experience mpc is at least 10x more bug ridden than vlc and has extremely poor handling of file errors and sucks more cpu. I really need to man up and drop it.

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Happy 2nd birthday, Windows 8 and Surface: Anatomy of a disaster

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Re: The irony is

The move to simpler devices has nothing to do with Microsoft, although their complete failure to spread their OS monopoly into mobile/tablet removed one obstacle to adoption. Few ordinary people need the power of a PC for the 'work' they do on them or a huge bloated OS stack to do it. The moment tablets and phones became good enough they stopped needing an overpowered PC.

Microsoft created the whole Win8 fiasco because they realised too late they had no presence in the post-PC world and no monopoly leverage because of that. So the Windows monopoly was abused to bludgeon us into accepting the crap they threw together for mobile. Hasn't worked so well, the users they targeted had already jumped ship to IOS and Android and have no problem using multiple OSes - the right one for each device.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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Re: Windows 10 who cares?

"Also often the main cause of infection isn't necessarily Windows"

But sometimes it's the anticompetitive business strategies MS so love overriding the slightest bit of common sense - like embedding crapware like IE in the OS where it could do maximum damage and gain maximum exposure. Until MS genuinely value my security above their business skullduggery Windows will remain infested.

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Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author

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Elop would not be anyones *choice* of trojan horse

He's hardly the a high achieving MS loyalist MS would have chosen to send. He was what they were faced with dealing with after the fact.

Make no mistake, MS would have paid a lot to buy a successful Nokia WP business and it's easy to believe they'd hope for Elop to facilitate that. They clearly aren't so keen on the train wreck he actually created (with plenty of help from MS's WP mismanagement), suggesting any 'conspiracy' didn't work as expected and you have to wonder just what leverage Elop had to get re-employed at MS now.

Elop does appear to have outwitted Microsoft though, despite all the other failures.

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'Bill Gates swallowing bike on a beach' is ideal password say boffins

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Also a right pia to enter on touch services, the combination of inaccurate input, non availability of fast swipe input in any password box I've seen and being unable to see the result for error correction mean this makes no sense for the fastest growing password protected sector (mobile)

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Google hauls Java-on-Android spat into US Supreme Court

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apis can be protected, sometimes

Remember: the first decision DID NOT SAY APIs were not copyrightable in general, it specifically limited itself to that case. It's something that seemed to get overlooked in the initial celebration.

My personal opinion is the appeals court completely screed up here but the first hearing didn't do much better at establishing why in this specific instance copyright didn't apply.

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'Cops and public bodies BUNGLE snooping powers by spying on 3,000 law-abiding Brits'

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Re: But...

No, don't think of the children, that's all the excuse they need to legitimately invoke RIPA and spy on you for the rest of your life.

TBH though it's hard to imagine how RIPA could be abused, it's basically designed as abuse when used as intended :(

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One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

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Re: fragmentation - astroturf script needs change

You can specify which build specific Android devices will receive, based on all sorts of filters. With so many devices out there it's generally easier to dump support for all into one apk though and let the runtime sort it out.

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fragmentation - astroturf script needs change

A Windows 'universal app' is surely just what Android apps have always been, adapting at runtime to the platform they happen to be run on, with perhaps some help from the app store picking the right build? Apps that largely run everywhere there's an Android runtime available, just like the story of Win apps running everywhere the runtime is available.

Till now MS ground troops (and their Apple equivalents) have banged on endlessly about Android fragmentation... but MS just brought the same 'fragmentation' problem to 'new Windows'

So how long till the bs script changes? Because from now on the astroturfers will be on orders to paint fragmentation as a good thing!

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