121 posts • joined 6 Oct 2009
"He received the level of punishment he did because he did not try to profit from his activities."
Of course he made a profit from it!
He is not stupid. He knew exactly what he was doing. He knew exactly the effect his deliberate deceit would cause. And he knew that if he placed a short order in his own name it would be spotted...
"And I'll repeat, a suspended sentence is still a jail sentence, with real consequences for people"
You can repeat it as much as you like, it's still not true.
How much jail time does he serve? Oh yes, that's right - NONE.
"And I'm amused how "scot-free" equates to $1000 and 20 months suspended prison sentence."
The only actual punishment he got was a paltry 1,000 fine.
Prison time served? Zero. Absolutely none.
A suspended sentence is utterly meaningless in respect of his conviction. It's simply saying "If you break this law in this way again we'll punish you", nothing more.
So yeah, receiving nothing more than a paltry 1,000 fine (out of a possible maximum of 1 million) and zero prison time (out of a possible maximum of 10 years) is getting off scot-free.
"If the above genuinely is negligible, presumably all those complaining about his actions won't mind accepting similar non existent punishment?"
If I ever broke that law, I'd happily accept the same level of non existent punishment as he got, absolutely! Heck, with a little bit of carefully concealed shorting on the stock, I'd (and he'd) make WAY more than that in profit easily.
Re: Ball Ox
"Whatever you think of his actions, he didn't get off lightly."
Lightly is EXACTLY how he got off!
A slap on the wrist and told "Now don't do it again" is what he got.
"Shame they got off scot-free.
I am, of course, referring to the "news outlets" who didn't bother to verify the email, and just blindly publish it."
And what about the ones who DID verify it first, by calling the number and being lied to by this scumbag and his accomplice? Do you want them punished too, while this scumbag is pretty much let off scot-free (a paltry 1,000 fine and that's it)?
Re: Are these the SPARC or the T processors
It'll be the SPARC M series (the M7), not the T series, given this is for high-end stuff. Not that this rules out announcing the T6 as well, but from the description they are absolutely talking about the M7 here.
Re: Can anyone explain? I'm genuinely curious.
Depends upon what your task is.
Fast-as-possible single threaded performance, or a small handful of simultaneous threads?
Yup, x86 will do you right there no questions.
High performance very highly threaded simultaneous applications?
How does a box capable of scaling from 1 thread to 2048 threads, and up to 32TB (yes TB) of RAM, all viewed by the software as a single system without having to recompile for different numbers of threads grab you?
Guess which one high-end large databases will run better on...
And that's with the current SPARC technology, who knows what SPARC 7 will offer.
It all depends upon your tasks.
Don't Be Evil
Remember the days when the googlistas and googlefans were falling over themselves to worship google because of that mantra?
Funny how they are so quiet these days now that google is showing it is perfectly happy to fully embrace evil (as it has always done) when it can make a few billion bucks.
Re: The internet of fridges
"""if the door is shut, the little light is out,"
But is it?"
Yes it is, by inference, as you will find a lever at the top of the fridge which can be operated manually instead of by the door to switch off the light."
Yes, but when the door is closed, how do you KNOW that lever has actually switched the light off?
All you know is that with the door open, move the lever and the light goes out. When the door is open.
When the door is CLOSED, however, you are in a different scenario, with no way to observe, and all bets are off.
Oh, and don't for one second suggest one could add a camera to observe the inside of the fridge, for then one has changed the conditions again and entered a third scenario...
@Lee D and Don Jefe
Don't get the need for voice recognition?
Cool, then don't use it.
Me? I'm writing this entire post, and submitting it (having read the article and comments), all via voice control / voice recognition. Did I NEED to? No. Then again, I don't NEED to read or reply either. That I did, is made easier using voice control / voice recognition. Easier, more convenient, and as you can wee with this uncorrected post, it seems to pretty much work.
"Surely you would then have grounds to argue that they would need to prove that there is a hidden volume, since it is also capable of NOT making such a thing?"
Nope, you would have to prove you did not create it, after all they would simply cite that they have "reasonable grounds" to believe you did. Ball is in your court. Can't prove you didn't create it? Oh dear sonny...
"What do UKIP say?"
Given UKIP do things like getting the Police to pop round for a quiet "chat" to ask you to remove posts from Twitter which they don't like (but which fall foul of no law), I rather suspect you will be out of luck if you think they would even consider repealing anything like RIPA.
Re: Presumably would also monitor speech
"Mention politics and the Stasi roll up at your door."
Sadly we are pretty much there already, if you dare to post something less than glowing about UKIP on Twitter then they call the police to visit you and ask you to take it down...
And given recent election results showing our "wonderful" fellow countrymen seem determined to vote for these racist, sexist, homophobic,bigoted nazis, it's only going to get worse.
Re: @Keith While people moan about "Net Neutrality"...
Stephen - there is a very simple answer.
If you do not agree to the terms of the offer being made by the content creators, then simply don't pay for it and watch it.
Nobody is "taking control" of your computer (gotta love the hyperbola in that straw man point!).
"The way an honest free market works is" And therein lies the problem. As the high rates of content theft demonstrate in this entitlement-driven society, we are not IN an "honest free market", sadly.
We collectively reap what we collectively sow.
Re: While people moan about "Net Neutrality"...
"...their freedom is torn from them piece by precious piece."
And which particular freedom does this remove?
The freedom to watch other people's work without paying them for it?
No, that's not a freedom. If you don't like the terms, don't watch. Simple as that. The content creators don't "owe" you the right to watch their content for free.
Re: Warming more slowly=getting colder.
I'm sure the scientific community at large will welcome the results of your detailed scientific study and analysis which disproves this latest hypothesis, itzman.
What's that? You don't have any research to back up your ideological position?
How can this be?
But how can this possibly be?
I mean, we keep getting told that Google embodies their philosophy of "Do No Evil"...
Re: OK, predict next year!
Ah, yet another person deliberately confusing weather with climate.
Take a pan of cold water.
Put it on the cooker.
Turn the heat up.
What will happen? Bubbles will start to form as it heats up, yes?
AH! PREDICT WHERE THE NEXT BUBBLE WILL BE!
WHAT? YOU CAN'T? THAT PROVES IT'S NOT GOING TO TURN INTO A PAN OF BUBBLING WATER THEN, the heating is a hoax!!!!!!!11!!!!eleventy!!!!
So let's see if I understand this...
A product which has not been announced may no longer be launched on the date which was never announced either?
And this is 'news'?
Re: Video Games
An excellent joke first told by British comedian Marcus Brigstocke.
A month ago, 1 Bitcoin was 'worth' US$1,000.
As I type? It's at US$280.
Which makes for an horrific rate of inflation of Zimbabwean proportions...
"This is the equivalent of countries asking if you plan to overthrow the government when you enter them."
Sole purpose of visit, dear boy; sole purpose of visit!
Do No Evil
Anyone remember the days when Google tried to claim that their company motto was Do No Evil?
And laughably, the idiots who actually believed them?
Something doesn't stack up here
They claim Amazon launched the same product 2 WEEKS after they did and tgus Amazon ripped them off.
Honey, if it only takes 2 weeks from seeing your product to spec, develop, test and release a copy, then your product ain't all that much, especially as it won't have taken you more than a couple of weeks yourself.
Sounds more like unfortunate coincidence than industrial espionage.
That's all well and good IF price is the ONLY factor.
Which, usually, it isn't.
Suppose Dave62 runs the best restaurant in the area with the best food ever, at the most reasonable prices.
That means nothing if people don't know about you.
You can halve your prices, won't get you any more customers if nobody knows about you.
So you advertise via a Groupin offer which naturally sells out.
Suddenly your restaurant is full for a month. Yeah, you make less than full price per table, but that is way more than you made on that same yet empty table the month before.
Wil most Grouponites return?
BUT for that month your place was busy, packed. And news like that travels it must have been packed for a reason. If everyone else is going, perhaps "I" ought to go.
Which I do.
And discover a bloody good restaurant which I frequent and introduce friends to.
Now you have more customers, regulars, than you did before.
Is that not worthwhile?
And as for paying lots to Groupin and people not paying £40 for a meal they got for £20 last time?
Piss easy one!
Your Groupon meal is not a normal menu option, it's a limited Groupon special. At a special price.
They notice when glancing at the menu that there are some bargains.
And the food was great, so maybe next time they are in the area...
Sure, not every Grouponite becomes a customer. Nobody is claiming they do.
However, when run properly by someone who knows what they are doing, a Groupon offe can be a very effective marketing tool.
When run properly. Therein lies the rub...
Re: capacitor-based overwrite
And good luck fitting 2 or more of THOSE into your slim smartphone...
Re: capacitor-based overwrite
What size of capacitor do you think would be required?
Let's take a typical mobile phone.
Battery supplies 3.5V.
Phone draws (very roughly) 0.125A
If you want to keep the phone alive for 2 seconds to allow an orderly shutdown (which, for some phones, is WAY too short a time - try it!) then the size of capacitor you need is
Capacitor = (0.125 * 2) / 3.5
(It's actually way more than that because after 2 seconds the capacitor would be empty, but let's go with this figure for now).
So, that's a 71mF capacitor (or a 71,000uF capacitor, given the a re usually specified in uF or pF).
You might get away with 2 x 47,000uF capacitors in parallel.
And you want to fit that inside your mobile phone?
Good luck cramming those 2 capacitors, each 3cm in diameter and 5cm in length, into your tiny phone, John!
Typical El Reg link bait title :-(
Article has nothing whatsoever to do with Apple, has no connection with Apple, yet El Reg resorts to tired cheap link-bait headline.
Whatever happened to quality journalism, interesting articles, and RELEVANT headlines?
Is this what El Reg has sunk to?
Is it too late to regain some of its former excellent spark?
Perhaps this will stem the tide of those nauseating hipster-wannabe crap quality photos which are supposedly suddenly of merit because they've been filtered.
The sooner they disappear, the better!
(As for those whinging, did you seriously expect Instagram to host all your shit for free forever? Seriously? Get real...)
" I will boycott this system of exploitation and my work will be only available through underground means. "
Bleats Ms Johnston.
Thank heavens for small mercies, at least we'll be spared any more of her moronic self-righteous pathetic bilgewater - seems there is much benefit in the current system after all!
Good, serves him right and the sentence seems to be a pretty good fit.
So here we have a thug who abused the internet to carry out various crimes including fraud and making bomb threats (funny how those leaping to his defence on here wilfully ignore THOSE delightful areas of his crime portfolio, I wonder why?), and rather than just throw him in jail (where he will learn how to become an even "better" criminal at taxpayer expense) his punishment is to remove access to the very thing he abused in order to commit his crimes.
Sounds like a very well thought out punishment, actually. Perfectly sensible one, fits the crime, and is most definitely proportionate.
And those rushing to whinge that his hoomin rights have been abused by cutting him off from the internet would do well to actually READ the article wherein they will find he IS allowed internet access, under supervision with prior approval. So no, it won't stop him accessing legitimate sites to further his education.
We could do with seening MORE of this sort of creative appropriate punishment handed out by the courts, quite frankly.
Something fishy here...
My clock icon on my iOS 6 iPhone looks absolutely nothing like the one claimed in the article.
Sounds like someone made up a pack of lies to get some exposure.
Another clickbait Reg article?
Re: Failing it's GCSE geography?
Did you deliberately misuse that apostrophe while talking about incorrect use of geography?
Didn't you get the memo, Andrew?
Of course you got a lot of flak.
This is The Register. The Hive Mind will not tolerate people saying anything good about patents. Nor copyright. Nor Apple, come to that.
You clearly need to be ReEducated, Andrew!
Oh, you mean this self-professed social media 'expert'?
Seriously, look at the site. I mean, it tells you everything you need to know about him and his expertise!
Re: God no
Umm, if their posts are so boring, then unfriendly them and you won't be bothered by them again!
It really is that simple.
"all it will do is spur 256 bit encryption and beyond, by default, everywhere, regardless of the content.
then what are you going to do?"
Already, thanks to the previous government's RIPA, all they need to do is demand you hand over all of your encryption keys then they can decrypt everything you send.
What's that? You have lost your keys or don't have them? Sorry, not good enough, off to jail with you.
Oh, and do not, under any circumstances, tell ANYONE that you have had to hand over your keys, or you will be off to jail - guess what the implication is if you issue new keys? Yup, hand them over then go off to jail for letting people know you'd handed over your previous keys which is obviously why you changed them.
They have had this power for 12 years now, you seriously think they will not continue to abuse it?!
Re: I'm not sure what a "spaff" is
spaff - to ejaculate.
People don't actually KNOW what they want.
"One wonders where the world would be, if we just could stop making random products and using gigantic efforts to sell those products, and instead just ask people what they wanted to have, and produce that." quoth Mr Berger.
The trouble with THAT approach is neatly summed up by the words (falsely) attributed to Henry Ford - "If I'd asked my customers what they wanted, they'd have said a faster horse."
The lunar landings were 39-42 years ago.
That's 2 generations ago.
Yes, that counts as long ago.
LDIR - get it right!
" LDIR instruction (LoaD Indirect Repeat"
Point of order, LDIR was Load INCREMENT Repeat, not INDIRECT!
The counterpart to LDDR, LoaD Decrement Repeat.
On account of LDIR being the equivalent of
*DE = *HL;
} while (BC != 0)
and LDDR being the equivalent of
*DE = *HL;
} while (BC != 0)
Something to remember...
Definitely a situation to remember as our politicians rush to privatise and dismantle our NHS...
So a black hat organisation which depends upon OS insecurities in order to thrive suddenly tells us MacOS X's new security features are weak and we should all avoid Macs.
Hmmm... it couldn't be that the reason they are scared of orgs going Mac is precisely because it is now a lot more secure and the black arses can't hack it.
It is in their interests to push people away from the more secure platforms!
Combined death toll of both atomic bombs dropped on Japan : 225,000
Dresden death toll (one city alone) : 135,000
Combined world war 2 death toll : 75,000,000
Not a leg to stand on
Given that the icloud.com domain was already in existence for many years, owned legally by another company who legally sold it to Apple, and during all that time these clowns said and did nothing, they do not have a leg to stand on over this.
Just another 2-bit outfit desperately trying to drum up some free publicity by clinging on to Apple's announcements.
...same way others do, via the unmanned automatic Russian supply craft, for example.
There, fixed that for you.
"Is it good or bad that the moderators let these remarks I disagree with through? " - AC
...buy a ChromeBox and run Google ChromOS, letting you run anything you want as long as it is officially sanctioned and provided by Google, runs only when you are online, connected to Google's servers, where Google see, store and control everything you do?
and the Fandroids claim that Apple is too controlling?!?!
Ta for the tip...
...I shall give those a try some time then.
I've nothing against the author, no problem with trying some of his newer work especially as you have said how much you feel he has improved.
It's just that bloody book that I don't like given all the worship and hype which surrounds it!
Mind you, he'll have to wait, I'm currently thoroughly enjoying my journey through Peter F Hamilton's excellent Evolutionary Void :-)
...suggestions there, it was hard to pick just one as so many would make excellent films (handled properly).
But whoever wins, please let it NOT be that overhyped bloody Neuromancer! I finally gave in and read it last year, after being frequently told it was the best SciFi story ever and aother such hype, only to find it was a mediocre story at best *shudder*
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