* Posts by Tom 38

2519 posts • joined 21 Jul 2009

Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

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Re: Here's an idea....

what if they actually had policemen walking the beats they normally drive around in their cars?

How would they do their usual "you're walking funny in a hoody, so I'm going to drive alongside you at walking pace for the entire length of the street just to fuck with you" move if they aren't in a car though?

I shouldn't complain though, a) they're probably reading b) at least I'm not black, which seems to mean you get the drive by followed by a stop'n'search.

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iCloud fiasco: 100 FAMOUS WOMEN exposed NUDE online

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Re: Yes.

…if the girl was that drunk then consent was impossible so it "must" be rape

On one hand, too drunk to give consent is rape. On the other hand, too drunk to remember drunkenly giving consent is not rape. On the third hand, drunk enough to want to sleep with him, but sobers up quickly is definitely not rape. Tricky to distinguish between the three.

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Not even CRIMINALS want your tablets, Blighty - but if that's an iPhone you're waving...

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Re: Stating the obvious

I get that legally it is "theft", but that is mainly because of how laws are structured.

Each month the government takes money from me that belongs to me. The reason it is not theft is that they have passed laws to say that in this case they can deprive me of my possessions legally. You could argue this isn't the same, that I have given them permission...

if the government passed a law that said that unattended items in public are considered abandoned, then it is no longer someone else's possession, and so the person who takes it is simply recycling/cleaning up waste.

I'm not saying they should; I guess what most riles me is that there are times that your phone is actually stolen - someone grabs it out of your hand or physically threatens you - and in those situations, it would be handy to have mobile phone insurance so that it can easily be replaced.

However, purchasing mobile phone insurance means subsidising those in society who do not treat their phone as a stack of 25x£20 notes that they carry around in their pocket. No thanks.

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Re: Stating the obvious

German pickpockets will place your iphone back in your pocket, along with a flyer indicating 24 reasons why you should purchase an android next time..

Seriously though:

a) Phone theft is an opportunistic crime

b) iphone is vastly less popular in Germany

c) iphones are very popular amongst the kind of demographic in the UK that would do daft things like leave their mobile unattended in a bar

I don't think that last one is even theft, it is wealth redistribution by lack of intelligence.

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Govt waves stick at pirate-friendly Google search

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FAIL

I know some people say the IP genie is out of the bottle and that no amount of wishing will force it back in. But I don’t agree with them.

Agree

We don’t look at any other crimes and say 'It’s such a big problem that it’s not worth bothering with'.

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We wouldn’t stand idly by if paintings worth hundreds of millions of pounds were being stolen from the National Gallery.

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Copyright infringement is theft, pure and simple.

Fucking moron.

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Pimp my lounge and pierce my ceiling: Home theatre goes OTT

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9.1? I'm going the other way

When my 5.1 setup dies, I think I'm going to be replacing it with a nice 2.1 system.

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Ninja Pirate Zombie Vampires versus Chuck Norris and the Space Marines

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Re: R2-D2 etc ARE combat robots by design.

If number 5 is alive - does that make him human?

If your dog is alive, does that make him human?

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Virgin Media blocks 'wankers' from permissible passwords

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There are many corporate proxies/firewalls out there that will simply give empty responses for URIs with what they consider unacceptable words in them.

One system I worked on generated SAML SSO messages, which have base64 encoded encrypted XML in the URI (SAML is fun like that), and some clients inconsistently would tell us that the site was broken or they had to log in twice, things like that. We eventually tracked down that the failing URIs worked correctly on our side, and noticed that the URLs had things like "c0ck" in them..

One fun afternoon later we had derived a list of the most common swearwords, and now the URIs are generated in a loop until we get a URI without an unintended swear word - its the same XML message each time through the loop, but with a new session encryption key, so the URI changes.

We have clients globally, it seemed only US orgs go for this level of nannying.

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Six of the best gaming keyboard and mouse combos

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Re: Gaming gear is worth the extra coin

Classic IBM keyboards do not "demise". Ever. At worst, the keys go a little yellow.

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Re: I call shenanigans

I had a Logitech G7 that lasted me 3 years before the batteries started failing, followed by a G5 that lasted 4 years, but when I came to replace that I found they no longer make an equivalent mouse - they all have ridiculous grips, where is the classic "large logitech" shape of the mx518, G5/7?

Instead I went with the G400, which seems the current closest. It's cheap and nasty and breaks with any moderate amount of abuse. I've been through three of them in a year and a half (two warranty replacements). At least it is cheap, £25 or so.

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The best gaming keyboard I've ever used

The best gaming keyboard I've ever used is a 1985 IBM model M with a UK key layout. It has indestructible keys that consistently respond to the same amount of pressure, it has no windows key that you can accidentally click.

I'm thinking of giving it this upgrade to make it officially a gaming keyboard...

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Tim Cook: I'm NOT worried about CRAP iPad sales. It's just a 'speedbump'

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I thought the same as you, slightly annoyed new apps won't install, old apps might misbehave, but I did "fork out" for an upgrade; when I changed my phone contract from a iphone subsidy one to a cheapo contract (£42pcm -> £15pcm). Three offered me an ipad air for £30 upfront, £25 pcm, with 15GB/month data contract, so basically what I was paying beforehand.

Perhaps it would be cheaper over the long run to get a wifi ipad air directly from Apple, but that plays down the value of the mobile contract - 4G, GPS, plentiful data, free data roaming..

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Déjà vu: Virgin Media jacks up broadband prices

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Re: I'm not surprised they are increasing their prices

They constantly delivered them to me also, when I lived in places that they did not even serve.

Presumably, they must know what locations they serve, so why they felt the need to send me weekly invitations to sign up for the worst sort of broadband available to me at that location, a poorly managed rebranded WBC from BT Wholesale, I have no idea.

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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Re: Take a note from the US

Also resulted in the total collapse of the CDC's public network due to a sudden 10,000ish fold increase in incoming web traffic when it went viral, so it's perhaps not the best idea to emulate.

Call me crazy, but shouldn't the public website of a body that prepares for disasters be somewhat capable of sustaining a sudden peak in traffic, such as might occur after a disaster?

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Haha, amusing yes..

The purpose behind PR like this is to push the story "OMG we are wasting so much money on FOI requests, look at this nonsense we have to put up with", with the aim of limiting or reducing FOI.

What it doesn't show is whether we are getting value for money by allowing requests like this, because it also allows proper investigative journalism - the kind Private Eye does, not the "Fake Sheikh" red top investigative journalism.

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Look, no client! Not quite: the long road to a webbified Vim

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vim doesn't need to be re-written in a different language, it works perfectly as is.

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Stop

Just because you can code an editor using javascript and run it in your web browser, doesn't mean that you should.

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Heartbleed implicated in US hospital megahack

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Holmes

When were the credentials stolen though?

Did the credentials get taken via Heartbleed before or after the 7th of April, 2014? IE, was this an unfortunate case of being attacked with an unknown vulnerability, or did CHS expose insecure systems after the vulnerability was disclosed?

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AMD slaps 'Radeon' label on Tosh flash: >Beard stroke< Hmm, cunning ...

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Re: OCZ!!!!!!

Their new stuff is very nice - I bought some of their old stuff (Vertex 3 and Vertex 4) when it looked like they were going bust, factory refurbs with a 3 month warranty, scan were practically giving them away. I mainly use them as optional read caches, so it only degrades performance if they die.

Inevitably one bricked, inevitably right after 3 months. By this point Toshiba had bought OCZ, and they replaced it no questions asked with one of their modern Vertex 460, which has worked perfectly ever since.

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Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

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Re: No problem at all.

What if neither me nor none of my family own hotels in the US?

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e-Borders fiasco: Brits stung for £224m after US IT giant sues UK govt

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Re: Erm...

Did you even read what you quoted? Fixing it would cost £97m more than it cost them to settle, ie £327 million. The clue is in the words that say that...

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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FAIL

Booking.OhHangOnShitThatsAScam not as catchy

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Twitter displays our 'Favorites'. That is, like, PRIVATE, huff naive users

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The companies that are paying for them don't go bust?

Don't worry, marketing is 50% about making up bullshit to sell your sizzle, and 50% measuring the effect of that bullshit so that you can spend at least the same again next year on more bullshit, so ad campaigns are well tracked for value for money.

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Docker kicks KVM's butt in IBM tests

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Re: Not surprising

People are flocking to "containers" as though they are some magical new feature that has only recently become available, but they are no different than BSD jails, Solaris Zones - which themselves are not much more different than a chroot.

With Docker, although you get native performance, you still miss things like memory overcommit and IO management that you get with a VM and so you can get less performance from a single box.

Docker allows you to split up and isolate applications, but if you couldn't run all those applications on a single host without Docker, then you still cannot with Docker. With a VM you have more control over how IO resources are allocated so that all applications can be run with their desired performance profile.

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Your dog is more popular than your daughter

I think that depends on families, my mum's passwords are all about the dogs not me.

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XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources

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Re: So they are

A file format is exactly what mkv is, a container file format to be precise.

Matroska is a generic container for codecs, mkv is a specific Matroska profile that defines a container file format.

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Tim Cook on pale, male Apple: 'As CEO, I'm NOT satisfied'

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Re: Maybe I'm reading that last set of graphs wrong...

It is global gender at Apple. So globally, 70% of people who work for Apple are male. This figure is then classified further, eg in tech positions.

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The internet just BROKE under its own weight – we explain how

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Re: Please refrain from NAT66

The counter is specious - you do not need X because we have provided Y which is ideologically better but requires updating all your hardware and software and relying on a daemon on one box correctly informing everything else it needs to be updated.

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Stephen Hawking biopic: Big on romance, not so much with the science?

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Re: Mr Hawking – Over-rated - Big Bang Mythology

Don't fall for it, don't fall for it, don't fall for it, don't fall for it....

I remember the huge fuss, when some eminent Italian scientists said Einstein was wrong, a few years ago, I instinctively knew they were mistaken, turned out they had got their sums a bit wrong.

You cretin. They 100% did not say that "Einstein was wrong". What they said was "We've done this experiment, it was supposed to show us X, but instead we're noticing that it suggests Y. We've re-checked all our sums and measurements, and we can't figure it out - here is our data".

You've para-phrased that as "cocky scientists are always wrong and I can use my gut to say whether they are full of shit or not". Cretinous cretin.

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Digital dongle transforms European XBOXen into tellies

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I wonder whether Xbox Live subscription will be required to use this.</cynic>

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Clock ticking for Surface 3 as Microsoft preps for globo-launch

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Re: I'd love one, but

I disagree 12" is too small for the ultrabook market. My mum bought a 11" (I think) 2-in-1 tablet/laptop

So, not an ultrabook then?

I disagree 12" is too small for the ultrabook market. My mum bought a shiatsu dog recently and I was quite impressed how useful it was. I wouldn't choose to work on it 8 hours a day but that's not really the intention.

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London cops cuff 20-year-old man for unblocking blocked websites

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Re: Don't talk to the police

OTOH:

You do not have to say anything. However, it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something which you later rely on in court. Anything you do say may be given in evidence.

Wikipedia says that the "harm" may be thus:

Adverse inferences may be drawn in certain circumstances where before or on being charged, the accused:

fails to mention any fact which he later relies upon and which in the circumstances at the time the accused could reasonably be expected to mention;

fails to give evidence at trial or answer any question;

fails to account on arrest for objects, substances or marks on his person, clothing or footwear, in his possession, or in the place where he is arrested; or

fails to account on arrest for his presence at a place.

Keeping quiet is not always the best policy as they have you coming and going.

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Facebook goes down, people dial 911

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Re: Wait... what?

the police can/should do something about *Facebook*

Oh, I wish they could....

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Sneaker-maker Reebok cooks up performance-enhancing BACON

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Seriously, running is optional - just eat less and move ever so slightly more and the weight falls off.

Running is not a necessary part of losing weight, but once you've lost the weight it is then good for getting fit.

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4K video on terrestrial TV? Not if the WRC shares frequencies to mobiles

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Re: Gigabit fibre optic broadband

I think you have misunderstood what I was saying. For the cost of building a publicly subsidised high speed railway to Birmingham, we could easily pay for running lovely fibre to everyone in the UK. So:

But what about people stuck out in the countryside? Who's going to lay fibre to them?

Us, the taxpayer. We can make the operational costs by charging ISPs to access subscribers.

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Re: Gigabit fibre optic broadband

As someone who actually has gigabit fibre optic broadband, I 100% agree. Apparently we could all have this for less than building a choochoo to Birmingham...

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British Lords: Euro 'right to be forgotten' ruling 'unreasonable and unworkable'

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Re: I'm shocked

I'm shocked that you think they are doing something right, and not just parroting what their favourite Google lobbyist told them.

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Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5

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Its not just Sonos

They are all at it.

Spotify doesn't work on my original ipad - well, I can install the app, but it stops playing music after about 30 seconds. Every few months they release a newer version of their app, each new version makes it run even slower on my iphone 4.

I don't know what on earth they are doing that makes it think for 1 minute+ before even showing my playlists.

If I click a button, the whole thing whirs to a stop for multi second pauses before doing anything.

The app has a filter function for filtering a playlist, it doesn't do anything on my phone - apparently, it is too difficult to filter a list of 1000 items on such limited hardware.

If I go to search for a song, going to the search page, typing in ten characters or so, pressing search, and then queueing the track takes literally minutes.

I know from using it on super recent hardware that the app works perfectly on them - but this is a fucking music app. My first MP3 player was an Archos (FM Recorder), which had an 11 MHz CPU and miniscule memory, it is shocking that this insanely powerful computer cannot play some bloody tunes and put a picture on the screen without using every last resource on the damn thing.

And for this I pay £120 a year..

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Dusty pre-Facebook, pre-Twitter laws will do for social media crimes

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Re: What, not how

It's good that things like this still do come out of the House of Lords. When it was hereditary and appointed lords sitting (which I do not approve of), the ones that attended did so because they were interested in the topics and did (usually) give short shrift to political crap that comes up from the lower house, because although they were notionally arranged in to parties, they often did not toe the party line.

The new system gives us mainly politicians in the upper house, and mainly appointed Lords (which I definitely do not approve of). Because they are political, they owe their allegiance to the party, and you end up with them rubber stamping things if they think it will make their party more electable.

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Just TWO climate committee MPs contradict IPCC: The two with SCIENCE degrees

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Re: Selectivity

Hypothesis

Test

Conclusions

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Maths is not science?

Some consider mathematics to be the only pure science.

Some do not (mainly physicists).

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Microsoft bakes a bigger Pi to cook Windows slabs

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The problem is that they are incapable of actually losing the plot - they make so much money from other parts of their business that they can continue to spaff it up the wall on projects that lose money, or at least use it inefficiently.

If I was an MS shareholder, I'd want the company broken up in to smaller chunks, and I'd sell everything that wasn't part of the enterprise cash cow. Bing, Xbox, IE, winphone, surface all are poor performing business, and they are allowed to under-perform because enterprise props everything up.

If Bing is/can be so good, spin it out so that it can grow without constantly propping it up. Time for the kids to move out.

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Verizon to limit unlimited 4G plans

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Telco: Upgrade to 4G, its sooo fast you can watch a gazillion movies at once

Punter: OK, sounds cool

Telco: Stop watching a gazillion movies at once on 4G you utter drain on soceity

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Secure microkernel that uses maths to be 'bug free' goes open source

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Re: CPU

Why assume anything? If they had proved all their hardware was secure, would you have lead with "I assume they've proved their kernel is secure too"?

Even if they haven't, it is one tick box off on the way to proving every component is secure, which is note- and praiseworthy surely?

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Asteroid's DINO KILLING SPREE just bad luck – boffins

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Re: If only they'd let Jesus into their hearts

JC still existed before he was born though, it's an important aspect of the orthodox trinity.

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Bring back error correction, say Danish 'net boffins

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PAR2 sets for the wire? Cool beans.

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Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE

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The litmus test of any video technology is whether pornographers are all over it like a rash (err). They went for HD immediately, they even embraced 3D, but they don't seem too keen on Ultra HD or whatever it is being called.

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Arrr: Freetard-bothering Digital Economy Act tied up, thrown in the hold

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Re: [no payment was supplied]’

He's in the USA, and so he hasn't "paid for Sherlock". I'm pointing out he can watch them all, for a few cents per episode - and he says that's too much to pay. Do try and keep up.

Well done for ignoring the argument. He may be in the US; I'm not, and me downloading Sherlock to watch is just as criminal as him downloading it - it is an example to demonstrate the idiocy of the law.

If you take away freedoms we've enjoyed because technology has enhanced the utility of those freedoms, don't be surprised when we do not respect those laws.

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Re: [no payment was supplied]’

Sherlock is a wonderful example to choose. We've all paid for Sherlock. We paid for it to be produced, edited and broadcast. If I had set things up correctly, I could have recorded a pristine broadcast copy on to my hard disk to watch whenever I want.

I can feel fine about that, as I've paid for it. The people producing the content have got from me what they were expecting to get from me.

If I hadn't recorded it, you are saying the only reasonable thing for me to do is to pay Netflix for it. If I get a copy from a friend, or download it from iplayer and keep it for more than 21 days, then I'm now an tragic overcoat wearing freetard who is destroying the fabric of light entertainment?

Now, you can say I don't have a *license* to record and keep this content indefinitely, and you are probably right - I don't really care what the law actually says about this, if you broadcast TV to me, I feel morally permitted to record it to watch whenever I choose, or to acquire a copy through any other means to watch whenever I choose.

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Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

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Re: One Windows doesn't work!

Is it because it is grammatically awkward? "One Window", surely.

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