* Posts by heyrick

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Les Américains order a MEEELLION doughnuts ... from French baker

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Re: how the baker is going to deliver

I live rural enough that our house is wired up three phase and our water (that we do NOT drink) is pumped up from a well.

With that in mind, I can tell you that the rural French would react in horror if the bread is more than a few hours old - even at breakfast. Hell, it goes gummy in no time in stone farmhouses, so fresh bread is important. Most communities have a bread oven, not that there are many who know how to use it these days. Who a baker decides to pass off older bread on can make our break their business (protip - anybody with an iPhone won't know the difference; upsetting the granny brigade will be a slow and painful demise). Old bread is good only for "pain perdu" (or the peasants, in olden times).

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Re: how the baker is going to deliver

The key word is INDUSTRIAL baker. They'll probably freeze them.

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THIS MEANS WAR between USA and Japan! GIANT ROBOT WAR

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Hmm...

Unless the Japanese one is a humanoid shape that flies in an improbable manner and wields a katana the size of a tower block...

...they just aren't putting their hearts into it.

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French privacy cops snarl at websites over crap EU cookie warnings

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Re: BULLSHIT! [was:: CNIL? Yeah, follow your own rules, dumbasses!]

@ Pierre - it would be useful if you actually visited the link given.

1. Can you please define "continue to browse"? The message, which is not a bad translation from French but is given IN ENGLISH exactly as written, implies that by using the CNIL website, you are giving consent to third party services. It is better than some in that you can personalise the cookies, but does it work? I set DailyMotion to Deny then followed a link from CNIL to a DailyMotion video (tutoriel pour les achats en ligne) and ten session cookies were set by DailyMotion, plus an LSO (persistent Flash cookie) from static1.dmcdn.net containing video player settings and a session ID. So much for CNIL's Deny option.

2. You will notice that the message and personalisation options go away when you navigate around the site. This is because CNIL creates session cookies in the form of _pk_id.#.#### and _pk_ses.#.#### (where # is a number), these seem to grow as you visit the site, switch languages, etc. I have three pairs at the moment. There is also a cookie called "tartaucitron" (ho ho) which records the so-called preferences for DailyMotion and YouTube.

3. Yes, they are session based, but it seems that there is too much going on to be anything other than CNIL tracking your behaviour on the site.

4. This only happens if you have JavaScript enabled (ie, not using NoScript etc). That you saw the message means that you had the cookies set. It happens sometime as the page is loading when it calls http://piwik.cnil.fr/piwik.php, and it appears to pass if you have realplayer, wma, director, flash, Java, gears, your display resolution, plus how many milliseconds it took to fetch the page body; and the reply is a 1x1 image, plus cookies. All of this without obtaining your consent.

Maybe if you took as long looking at the site as writing your reply, you might have noticed this.

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CNIL? Yeah, follow your own rules, dumbasses!

"If you continue to browse this website, you are allowing all third-party services"

http://www.cnil.fr/english/

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So much for rainbows, Zuck: Facebook staff still overwhelmingly male and white

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Re: Why is...

"I've never hired or rejected anyone because of skin colour"

My mother in Maryland in the 70s. She did a test, came second, and then was refused the job because second place was reserved for a minority.

T'was a crap job and forty some years ago, but there's an example. I'm sure there will be others.

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Why is...

...it necessary to fulfil some sort of racial/gender quota? Isn't it more important to hire people based upon their ability to do the job?

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Samsung caught disabling Windows Update to run its own bloatware

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@ RegGuy1

Linux ain't happening here. I tried a recent Ubuntu on my box and though it correctly detected my computer's fancy dancey sound hardware, there was not a single sound. Not a peep. As I watch DVDs and such, not having sound is a deal breaker.

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Re: Translation

This is, of course, assuming Windows can find the correct driver...

I live in France. My older XP box is set to English (British). When I plugged in my phone, Windows took a while to find and install the MTP driver. It works, yes. But it speaks Italian - WTF?

I wonder how many "breakages" are the driver finder/loader installing not quite the right thing?

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Pirate MEP pranks Telegraph with holiday snap scaremongering

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Just out of interest

How does this sit with the Orphan Images thing?

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UK.gov loses crucial battle in home-taping war with musicians

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available on-line at an appropriate cost, dependant on quality

Those final three words are why you earned a downvote from me...

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"Fucking leaches."

Just out of interest - if you had sold your soul to a media company (who I'm sure would scam you more than the freetards ever could - what is your cut of the cost of an album? aren't your recording sessions and promotionals etc deducted from your cut?); tell me - do you think it is justified that a legitimate consumer of your product should need to pay for a CD of your music, and pay again for a copy of the same thing as an mp3?

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Re: What would they put a levy on?

And France - which is even worse as it is against the law to download stuff yet a levy is applied to blank media (CD-R, DVD-R, SD cards, you name it).

And they'll call us the freetards...

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Hang on a mo

If I buy a CD and decide to rip it to MP3 so I can listen to the songs I like on my phone - why does anybody think they should get paid? I am doing this purely for me and purely for my own convenience (as even portable CD players are bulky and eat through batteries).

I bought the CD. How I choose to listen to the content is my decision and ought to be counted as fair use.

That we even have a situation where some outfit thinks they're entitled to sell the same product in different forms to the same person - that is what is aberrant.

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THIS TIME we really are ALL DOOMED, famous doomsayer prof says

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Ehrlich ?

I misread that as Eldritch. As in abomination. If humanity is going to go out, it should do so in style (katana wielding samurai dragons optional, but recommended), not some pathetic fade-to-black.

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California über alles? Is MEP Reda flushing Euro copyright tradition down the pan?

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Re: Limit the Term.

The thing is - copyright that is a little bit unfair is no big deal, but copyright that is grossly unfair is.

If we arrive at a situation where our pictures are harvested and used by corporations and our videos are taken down automatically because there is some music playing in the background, how long until people start to just ignore the idea of copyright entirely?

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DON’T add me to your social network, I have NO IDEA who you are

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Re: People you may know, or know of, or something

"They ask everyone for their email password"

Whoa, wait, people are actually stupid enough to provide it?!?!

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Nobody is immune...

I had messages from LinkedIn inviting me to link in with random people who had non-western European names, people I'd never heard of before.

I contacted LinkedIn to ask them to stop this. Their reply was that I could manage whether or not I receive notifications...by registering and editing my profile. So I need to register with a site I have no interest in to stop them spamming me?

I had an easier solution. My mail server now bounces everything from LinkedIn to [email protected]

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Teaching kids to code is self-defence, not a vocational skill

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@ LDS: I think additionally one of the benefits of the BBC Micro (etc) as opposed to modern machines is that it is possible to take the lid off and truly understand how the machine works. The address lines track out to a big mass of logic gates which select memory or one of the peripherals or the ROM. You could prod the machine with a 'scope and literally see the binary wiggling as the machine operates. Couple that with the datasheets for the major chips (or the Advanced User Guide), you could fairly easily come to see life from the point of view of the processor. So when you write your code, you understood what was actually going to happen.

Can you say that about the RaspberryPi? A chip the size of your thumbnail that contains a mindblowing amount of stuff hidden inside and a big bit of memory on top. Apart from the basic I/O, it is not only closed in the sense of not visible, but it is closed in the sense of undocumented APIs and a datasheet that redefines "minimal". Sure, a person can write code and use frameworks and libraries to get stuff done - but I am not sure that a person who grows up with this will ever be able to understand the internal workings, maybe never entirely understanding such seemingly simple things as "int" or "long"? If I'm only storing a small value, should it be a short or a long? Should my structures be packed? And so on.

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Re: All very well....

@ Ledswinger:

Cookery - always a need for this. And I'm not being sexist, I wanted to do cookery at school but got laughed at as it was considered a "girly" thing. So I taught myself some of the basics. I'm not much of a cook but I aspire to more than "pierce lid and heat at 800W for 3 minutes". Plus, everybody should be taught the basics, if only for safety reasons. You could have beef like the Europeans (still with a heartbeat), but try pork or chicken like that and you run the risk of a rather unpleasant visit to the hospital. Plus, you'll die fairly young and in pain if your life's cuisine is nothing but ready meals and McWhatever. There's a plethora of vegetables, meats, and styles of cooking - try some.

physical education - at my school we just called this "games" as there's no education behind running around in the pouring rain in the middle of winter wearing shorts and a t-shirt. That said, we weren't lardasses, so at least the physical part had a purpose, back then and now. Maybe more so now as consoles were kind of crappy and the internet didn't exist so we had less excuse to sit around all the time.

religious education - depends on the mindset of the person teaching it. I believe RE should introduce the major religions, the differences and reasons, and throw in one or two of the lesser known (eg Shinto) as well for alternative viewpoint. The stress here being that people do have different ideas, no there is no "right" or "wrong" (though obviously the believers will tell you that their way is the right way) and most importantly of all - tolerance. Just because somebody calls their God by a different name, doesn't mean it isn't your God in drag... Unfortunately my 1st form senior (I was 12, whatever nth grade that is these days) RE teacher was a Born Again Christian. Those incoherent rants are what started me seriously examining the bible and made me the agnostic that I am today. ;)

"textiles" - is this what we'd call "sewing class"? It's a useful skill to have, the ability to make things. When the zombie apocalypse arrives (or the civil war following the outcome of a "No" vote on Europe and Great Britain splitting into a bunch of not-so-united parts), you might need to mend your own clothes, not go buy something from Tesco.

PSHE - I had to look this one up. It's sad that children appear to need to have a lesson instructing them how to interact socially with each other and look after themselves. This just seems like a bloody HUGE parenting FAIL.

"citizenship" - This probably depends upon the country. I know citizenship, pledging allegiance, etc is a Big Deal in America. I don't recall ever doing that sort of thing once in an English school.

Music - while there is, as you say, benefit in teaching the interested and capable, you run into the problem of how do you know without risking elitism. Sure, the kid who fiddled around with the household piano from an early age may well have aptitude; but not everybody grows up with musical instruments around the place. And then take me as an example. I enjoy music. I listen to a lot of songs I don't really understand the words to because I like how they sound. I now know that one of the reasons that I like a lot of Japanese contemporary music is because the bass and melody are running at different beats (such as 6 beats to a bar for the bass, and traditional 4:4 for the melody (try "Dear You - Feel" for an example, it ought to be on YouTube somewhere) - I believe this turns up a lot in jazz, though I'm not really familiar with much). I like understanding the technical aspects. Not just "this sounds nice", but why. Why does one chord sound like somebody died, but moving just one note suddenly makes it sound happy? I have bugger all talent and I'm still playing Fur Elise on my Yamaha keyboard and screwing it up. I will probably die before I get that right. Does this mean I should be denied any sort of education in "music" because I am not going to grow up and join an orchestra and make it my life's vocation? You don't have to be good to appreciate it, just...interested.

and all Languages - The problem with English speaking countries is all too often they seem to think that everybody can just speak English, and trot out the same "it's the most spoken language" mantra (I am happy to be corrected, but I believe English is third, behind Mandarin and Spanish; though English is perhaps the most widespread). But actually the reason for this is not just to make you more able to get on in other countries, it is also because by learning a language (properly) you will also be learning about the culture that surrounds the language, the way the speakers think. There is a long philosophical discussion regarding how people perceive the world when they may be limited or enhanced by their language. Get to know another language, even if non-proficiently, you'll get a taste of the sort of people who use it. And that can be a fascinating experience in itself. [I'm a native Brit, I speak French and live in France, and I'm teaching myself Japanese (very slowly, mostly by watching subtitled drama); each language and each country is remarkably different in as many ways as they are similar - like I said, fascinating].

but zero benefit trying to teach the uninterested and untalented (which I was for both of those). - perhaps what is required is not so much to drop the "boring" lessons, but instead to find teachers who can motivate their pupils to want to learn. I could have done with some of that myself - my memories of history lesson was the Romans, the Second World War, and a lot of blah in between punctuated by a procession of Kings and Queens of varying degrees of insanity. History was tedious and boring and delivered in a monotone. Yet, so much cool stuff happened in history - us, alone on this "pale blue dot", all of our technology, everything. If it has happened, it is a part of history. These days, the Beatles and Saturday Swap Shop as well as several billion wars and the discovery of x-rays. History could be an exciting subject, if we could just move on from the idea of "romans blah blah everybody died" spanning two thousand years in a six word sentence.

tl;dr: your loss... ;)

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"We’ll end up with a generation capable of little more than pressing buttons and watching as the pretty emojis float by." - Isn't this the ultimate result of decades of educational policy dumbing things down year by year? The elite might prefer to keep the masses stupid, but there's a point where it becomes a greater problem in other ways.

"A generation of sheeple ready to be fleeced by every hacker, everywhere." - why? Isn't intrusive surveillance by the state ("and selected partners") supposed to catch the bad guys and keep us safe?

The very first comment said it all - what is the point in "coding" without the logical processes to back it up? Quite a lot of the coding thing has nothing to do with a computer. You need to identify the problem. You need to identify the end result that you want. Then you need to work out how to get from here to there. Then you need to do it again while breaking it down into little pieces, step by step. Then, finally, you can start thinking in terms of a computer...

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But... I... like... the... PAIN! Our secret addiction to 'free' APIs

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There's much ink spilled in the tech press about the "permanence" of things on the web,

I learned this lesson twice, thrice, um...

The first was the biggest. When GeoCities disappeared and all of the stuff hosted there ceased to be. Some of it is on archive.org. A fair amount... just disappeared. Forever.

The second? Smaller. If you are browsing YouTube and you see a song you like that isn't an official or Vevo release, I'd recommend you download it, 'cos it may not be there the next time you look for it - either region locked or simply taken down.

Third? I used to use Google Reader. Thankfully Google's infrastructure is a convenience for me, rather than a necessity. Yes, it would hurt - Maps, Translate, and Docs all have uses and I use them a fair bit (even if just wandering around places I'll probably never ever visit in streetview); but if those went, I'd get over it. Maybe, even, Apple Maps or Bing's effort might get its game together...though I won't hold my breath.

As was pointed out above - any "shiny" that uses an external website for core parts of its functioning will go right back on the shelf. It simply doesn't make sense to put your reliance in the hands of a potentially capricious third party. Changing the API or removing the product? To them it's a business decision. A cost/benefit analysis. They care not how important it is to you. Never forget that.

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Online identity woes can only be solved through the medium of GIF

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Identity 3.0 ?

I am guessing that this means Identity 1 and Identity 2 failed. What makes anybody think Identity 3.0 will work? And will Identity 3.1 be compatible?

Seriously, I am wondering of the potential for abuse if there is one single identification process. All the eggs in one basket. Plus how does one PROVE that they are who they are, really?

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Gremlins in the first six months? It's the seller's problem – EU court

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Re: Nothing new

@ Dr_N:

Paid with a debit card. Returned item. Got credit voucher good for three months. This was the SuperU. If the law specifies bring reimbursed, which law? All I can find mentioning being getting money back is distance buying, not in-store buying.

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Re: Nothing new

"Forcing buyer to take a in-store credit is illegal."

Do you have a link to relevant European (not just British) directives?

All you are ever offered in France is a credit voucher and asking for money is met with a flat "non" plus them acting like you just insulted their mothers.

Really, cloning Napoléon would be easier that getting money out of a French supermarket/shop/chain...

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Spaniard sues eBay over right to sell the Sun

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It is easy. He who physically gets there can claim ownership. Fairly easy with the moon, somewhat less easy with the sun.

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WikiLeaks offers $100k for copies of the Trans-Pacific Partnership – big biz's secret govt pact

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Re: Why would anyone take the money?

"for spilling a secret agreement like this could be considered treason"

I can but hope that this would be the fate of every single politician that votes for the agreement and thus willingly permits the democratic rights of the county's citizens to be overruled by the corporations of a foreign country... and that's just the parts we know about.

A trade agreement of this scale and with this level of impact should not be secret. That it is, you really have to ask yourselves why.

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One USB plug to rule them all? That's sensible, but no...

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Re: As the old saying goes...

apart from better sanitation - Maybe planned on computer, but the nuts and bolts of poop disposal and recycling is still a rather analogue thing. I don't see that changing soon.

and medicine - Computers make things easier, but modern medicine was born somewhat before the digital age, and I would reckon the most part of it is still an analogue process.

and education - I am of an age where we had books and Dewey Decimal and had to look shit up. How educational is it to learn to copy-paste from the first match of a Google search?

and irrigation - I live rural. I can tell you for absolute fact that the maize irrigation is almost completely analogue and mechanical. The part that isn't is the now obligatory water flow counter. The farmer(s) experimented with computer controlled devices, but they were unreliable, and very expensive for a device that basically does what the mechanical stuff has done for years and years without flaw. Maybe in some parts of the world there are big computer controlled flooding and canals and such for irrigation. That isn't digital helping, that's the owner deciding the tech is cheaper than hiring people to do it manually.

and public health - isn't this covered by sanitation and medicine?

and roads - maybe in Japan where they have to figure out how to put a road on top of another road which is already on top of another road, and make the whole thing earthquake proof. Here? Dig the roadway. Roll it flat. Pound it flatter. Chuck down stuff to stabilise it. Throw down tar and lob gravel at it. Rinse and repeat until the result looks like a road. There will be computers doing stuff like saying the most effective mixtures and probably guidance to get the road going exactly on target. Of course, for computer assistance is turning up everywhere.

and a freshwater system - i kind of think that water supplies came first and the tech came along much more recently.

and baths - oh come on. My bath, and I'd guess a lot of reader's baths have a hole at the bottom and one or two taps (single or mixer). The only wire in sight? The required earth wire...

and public order... - really?

what has digital done for us? - what a bunch of weird examples.

How about: entertainment, evidence gathering, the ability to make friends on the other side of the planet, keep in contact with family members around the country, pictures or it didn't happen, music when and where you want it, you aren't buggered if it is 2am and you need cash for the taxi ride home thanks to bank machines, ditto previous with "in other countries" suffixed, your plane isn't going to crash and burn on a foggy landing (...usually!) thanks to radar and autopilot, ubiquitous mobile comms so the bastard in the seat next to you on the train can talk loudly for the entire journey, and, finally, clever control for nuclear reactors and wind turbines to make the power to permit you to do all of this stuff.

Are you enjoying reading this rubbish I've written? That is what digital is doing for you, right now. Providing you with amusing ways to waste time.

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Your CAR is the 'ultimate mobile device', reckons Apple COO

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“The car is the ultimate mobile device,”

I know what he is getting at with that statement, but really, he needs better scriptwriters so his soundbite doesn't sound quite so "like, duh!".

For whatever it is worth, I like my car tech to be embedded and completely disconnected from the outside world, to serve a specific purpose such as adjusting the mixture to the driving and the weather so the car can run better with less fuel. The moment one talks about interactivity and connectivity is the moment that I walk away. A device moving at 90kph with soft squishy me inside should only be receiving outside signals on the FM radio. Nothing else and for no other reason. Time and again embedded device security has been proven to be varying degrees of incomprehensible uselessness, so thanks but no thanks. The best firewall my car can have is no need for such a thing in the first place.

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Windows and OS X are malware, claims Richard Stallman

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Re: @ Six_Degrees

@ Mike VandeVelde:

"That's perfectly fine (and retarded), you have a right to your opinion."

What makes this unintentionally funny is that your head appears to be so far up where the sun cannot shine that you actually seem to equate "sharing code" with "GPL", as if no other option exists.

Dude, you've been brainwashed.

When I release my code, it is EUPL. You might want to look it up, to experience something that is "like the GPL, only without the politically bogus restrictions". Oh, and, my god, via the interoperability clause, EUPL code is even compatible with GPLv2. It's a shame we can't say the same in reverse; but then isn't the basic premise of every great religion to promise the earth while curtailing freedom?

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Re: So what did YOU do then ?

" There are many ways to combine GPL code and others. Code written in R (GPL) does not need to be GPL."

Are you intentionally missing the point? Documents written in word do not automatically belong to Microsoft. Documents written in LibreOffice are not GPL. So, of course a program written in R would not be expected to be GPL just because the language implementation is.

But this was not what was being discussed. How about we try talking about using code with GPL code and not getting in a mess. For instance - explain the linking thing (with references), because the wording of the GPL is unclear, the GPL FAQ says that it is something the courts will decide (wrong wrong wrong, this should be clearly stated up front), and Linus himself would appear to consider a kernel module a "derivative work" purely by the use of the API and kernel level knowledge instead of, you know, the code itself "being derived from" which is the usual interpretation of "derivative".

Another example is the GPL text states "However, it does not include the work's System Libraries, or general-purpose tools or generally available free programs which are used unmodified in performing those activities but which are not part of the work.", while the FAQ says "You may not distribute these libraries in compiled DLL form with the program. To prevent unscrupulous distributors from trying to use the System Library exception as a loophole, the GPL says that libraries can only qualify as System Libraries as long as they're not distributed with the program itself.". So the essential libraries which form, for example, the VisualBasic runtime (and are installed as proper system libraries if they aren't already present) apparently cannot be included within the same "installer" as a GPL program as this mere proximity would imply the necessity of them being GPL even though I can't find anything in the licence text that would seem to support this. Still, the next paragraph in the GPL FAQ makes this clear - "It is possible to write free programs that only run on Windows, but it is not a good idea. These programs would be “trapped” by Windows, and therefore contribute zero to the Free World." - in other words, here's some bull they made up because Windows is evil and idealism wins over accuracy and logic.

With all of this in mind, it is no surprise that people and companies are going to be increasingly steering clear of the GPL.

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Re: So what did YOU do then ?

"What are you useful for ?"

There are more programmers and systems than you can imagine, from tiny embedded devices right up to industrial systems. The difference is people involved with those don't evangelise with emotional cue words. Certainly, the software produced may not be as open as you might like[1], but one has to ask where the true benefit lies - the availability of code that you can hack at if you feel so inclined (and 99%+ of the population are unlikely to be that interested), or the software that makes your car more efficient and cheaper to run, the software inside an AED that might just save your life, the software that means you can travel on public transport just by waving a card and not fiddling around for money (or worse, find "exact change").

1 - For what it is worth, I consider GPL to be "source available" but I certainly do not consider it truly open in the sense of what we generally mean here. Yes, the bsd licences do not require modified source to be public which is bad from a purists point of view, but on the other hand the GPL mandates that all code is supposed to become GPL which makes it practically impossible for a company to build a "value added" product on top of a GPL base. The company will have difficulty with the proprietary parts, and no they shouldn't necessarily have to share these if the development is their source of income. Some companies will abuse this, yes. But then some companies abuse tax laws, human rights, etc. It happens. It is bad but it happens. Just be careful that GPLv4 doesn't make the cure worse than the disease, because the changes in GPLv3 would imply that it is heading in that direction.

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City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Re: Even worse

Amaranth? Chartreuse? Cerulean?

(red, yellow (or green as a web colour for some reason), greeny-blue)

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A good effort, if a bit odd: Windows 10 IoT Core on Raspberry Pi 2

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"The documentation says you need a physical Windows 10 machine in order to get access to a card reader"

Seriously? I suppose they have entirely missed the Win32DiskImager in their halfassed attempt to push Win10.

I'll stick with RISC OS, thanks...

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Manchester car park lock hack leads to horn-blare hoo-ha

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Someone else had complete control over all of our cars for well over half an hour.

Hysterical much? It isn't as if somebody else was driving around with their cars.

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Home routers co-opted into self-sustaining DDoS botnet

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it’s going to be damn near impossible for the home user to recover

Wow. Some things Orange (France) got right!

Switching on while pressing the reset button (or something like that) starts an emergency bootloader to download and flash the main firmware.

While WiFi is active out of the box, the non-hotspot side uses either a long security key or WPS but in either case even with the right password you need to press the WiFi button before a device will be accepted (though I wonder if you could trick the box by faking a MAC?).

It used to be that the default way to the admin console was "admin" and "admin"; this has now changed to be "admin" and some part of your WiFi security key (the default being specific to each box). I should point out that this is user side admin. There is no root access. The original Livebox had an open telnet server with the root password being something dumb like 1234 but that got stamped upon pretty quickly. As far as I'm aware there is no way in now even if you hook up a serial connection internally; it may even be that the root password changes with each box?

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Rand Paul: I'll filibuster the hell outta the Patriot Act, fellow Americans

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Non-Americans can sort themselves out. Sorry.

Answer? Ignore the US and their demands and move Internet activities to a sovereign state that is not under US juridiction (easy) nor "in bed with the Americans" (harder; though with the EU laws on data privacy one could follow this up a lot better than the secret secrets nonsense on the US end).

The benefit here is that America is founded upon capitalist principles. Whining about what laws apply where will have little effect. Hitting their bottom line via a move out of US-involved operations? That might get noticed.

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Running Google PageSpeed Service? Come August 3rd your site is knackered

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...and

Here comes another reason why anything Google should be considered a useful service, but never one that is either essential or necessary...

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Hey devs! Confused by EU privacy law? Pull out the FLASH CARDS

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You users are...

Women? Ex offenders? Everybody?

Surely the point here is that there are questions that just don't need to be asked...?

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Mozilla to whack HTTP sites with feature-ban stick

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Re: why, why, why... what is the point?

"Why should we *not* secure websites?"

Because:

1. It is a burden for people running smaller websites that don't have logins etc this don't actually need to be "secure". Whether or not this can be hijacked by nefarious people shouldn't be the web site's problem.

2. Numerous public APs force false certificates at you if you go to https sites - KFC I'm looking at you - which either intentionally breaks or intentionally compromises the basic security expectations.

3. Remind me - where is the mechanism to prove that site X is really site X? We are mostly stuck with taking somebody else's word for it...

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OMFG – Emojis are killing off traditional 'net slang

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I would write a flippant response using Emoji

but all I see is The post contains some characters we can’t support...

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Not pro-Bono: Russian MP wants Apple to face stiff action for cramming 'gay' U2 into iCrevices

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Wait, hang on a mo...

Remind me - what country did those tATu girls come from? What country did they attempt to represent in an international competition? What were their songs supposed to be about?

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Your new car will dob you in to the cops if you crash, decrees EU

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Loading the emergency services

We were involved in a minor crash a few years back. Following that we called the gendarmes. He asked if anybody was injured. No. So he said we don't want the gendarmes, we want a mechanic...

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Oh Em Pee! Giant Android tinkles on Apple in Google Maps graffiti

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Re: « Updated to add »

Their review system certainly is faulty if a road access off a roundabout takes people down an On Ramp and then directs them to do a U turn into fast speed oncoming traffic. It took around three months and the work of a map editor volunteer to fix the problem. God help anybody else being given that route in the interval...

There should be an emergency "disable this navigation as being dangerous" option for people willing to sign in as themselves (not anon).

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Got a Samsung Galaxy S5? Crooks can steal your fingerprint – claim

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Re: So who's bright idea was this?

I suppose the problem is that when you're running SVC mode (or some other priv mode), the world is your oyster, so to speak. If the fingerprint sensor is a hardware device that is connected to the processor, it is accessible. This is a hardware issue, not a software one.

I suppose a better solution (that might load some cost on to the SoC/design) would be to have a completely isolated bus on to which security-related hardware can be attached, which connects directly to the TrustZone part of the chip and has no interrelation whatsoever with anything the ARM can access or control, other than via TrustZone.

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Re: Fingerprints

I use the fingerprint sensor in my S5 Mini. It is quick to unlock, one of my "fingers" is a sideways thumb swipe so I can do it one-handed, plus the weakness with PINs/passwords/patterns is the fact that you may be seen and if you are seen enough or unlock carelessly in front of others, your secret may not be so secret. I can unlock my phone with others watching, my thumb is unique to me and this crowd isn't going to know how to fake a fingerprint...

...having said that, the standard rules apply here as a case of "business as usual". Malware and bad software carelessly installed can do bad things. Well. Duh. That predates mobile phone. Hell, it predates mobile computing.

If somehow I do get malicious software that tries to auth purchases - well, good luck with that. Apple doesn't know my bank details. Google doesn't either. And I won't go within a hundred miles of eBay/PayPal with a real bank account, it's virtual credit cards all the way. My phone authorising payments? Not a desired feature. It's a little computer, not a credit card. Start to cross over realms like that, you KNOW who the small print in the contract stipulates will be burned. Hint - it's us. So...no thanks. "Fingerprint" for unlocking only. Nothing more.

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UH OH, it's MOBILEGEDDON! Your site may lose, well, PENNIES

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I rejigged my blog to be "mobile friendly" years ago

The Android generation of mobile phones are pretty impressive things, but when you have a browser that wants to resize a screenful of content to a 4 inch (or so) display and try to retrieve it all through a 2G rural link...let's say the experience persuaded me to implement a reduced size lower bandwidth version.

Google is happy with it. That'll do. I'm not fussed about the supposed advertising potential, I block adverts myself so it would seem rather hypocritical to put them on my site.

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Labour policy review tells EU where to stuff its geo-blocking ban

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So pay will still be a viable option

Try sourcing English language content in other European countries. You'll quickly run into problems like the available version is dubbed in the local language and the English original is simply not licensed (in case it competes or something? I don't know). It would be nice to purchase what I would like to without arbitrary blocking getting in the way...

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France accused of tabling 'Patriot Act' style surveillance law

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However as a person living in France

The possible ways to abuse this are very worrying. All discussion regarding "because Charlie Hebdo" should bring an immediate halt to plans of new laws. Why? Simple. Without these important necessary essential new powers, they already knew.

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as a country actively involved in spying against US interests.

And to balance the scales, hasn't the US shown itself to be actively involved in spying against [$EuropeanCounty]'s interests? What's good for the goose and all that.

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