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EC trade secrets plans: Infringing kit may be DESTROYED by order

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At the moment it is illegal to steal a trade secret - but once a secret is stolen and becomes available it is free for anyone to use. So it was a simple matter of not getting caught. You pay somebody to steal/leak the idea and leave the results on some fileshare site or drop the folder outside your factory gates and you happen to find it - you can use it freely.

Now you have to show that you reverse engineered it, it became widely available or you discovered it independently. There is lots of case law for these cases where a patent idea was leaked before filing.

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This is precisely what the law is supposed to stop.

At the moment a Chinese company steals an idea it can manufacture and sell it in europe - your only redress is to try and sue the chinese owner. With this law you can seize and destroy the goods.

It also stops jurisdiction shopping where you can steal an idea from one country but base yourself in some new member state with less stringent rules.

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Drone expert: Amazon's hypetastic delivery scheme a pie in the sky

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Re: Can't see these

Obviously in densely populated areas an alternative delivery mechanism using giant trebuchets would be more efficient and environmentally friendly.

In sparsely populated areas - who cares?

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Re: Cynical - me?

So you didn't see the story about how Ryanair would deliver Amazon packages by having passengers to drop them out of their planes as they fly overhead?

Any passenger who didn't want to lean out of the window at 30,000ft would pay a 10quid breathing-oxygen surcharge

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US Supreme Court says 'no sale' to Amazon's New York sales tax appeal

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Re: Time for change

Good idea. So when you order from Amazon they should have a box so that you can enter the sales tax for where you live. You know that your municipality just introduced a 2% tax on Lego figures but not on Playmobile - after all you voted for it - so you should be responsible for calculating it.

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Re: How long will it last?

These aren't taxes that Amazon pays, these are sales taxes added to the bill to the customer.

Amazon mostly doesn't want to pay them because without them it makes their price 10% less than a local store.

But also because they are a nightmare to collect. You know how complex and stupid VAT regs are? Now imagine that where every village can set their own VAT rules!

And you have to set up a system to collect the correct amount from the affiliate and register with every town council to pay the fractions of a cent into their account.

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India's Martian MOM leaves the nest

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'first world' overhead

There is less "cost plus" to Boeing/Lockheed/Aerospatiale/Thales to subsidise their civil airline business or to cover up cost overruns on other military projects. But there are more direct "extra-contractual payments" to various government individuals.

Fortunately bribes are cheaper than boondongles.

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It's the third biggest economy in the world by purchasing power

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El Reg Contraption Confessional No.1: The Dragon 32 micro

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Re: One suggestion

Take a modern car, and strip half the insulation off all the wiring, then pour salt water on the rest to simulate classic 1970s British car electronics

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Chester Cathedral smites net in Wi-Fi SMUT OUTRAGE

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You can't google "huge nazi/asian weapons" from School computers

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Inside IBM's vomit-inducing, noise-free future chip lab

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Re: Survivalist avec Aluminum Chapeau?

And a large supply of triangular chocolate.

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UK.gov's web filtering mission creep: Now it plans to block 'extremist' websites

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Re: Creeping scope...

Well fortunately we won't have to see that sort of thing happening anymore

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Why a plain packaging U-turn from UK.gov could cost £3bn a year

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Re: So shiny

And we all know that plain simple smooth undecorated products with rounded edges don't sell well.

Surely if they wanted to discourage young people from buying cigs they would make the packets look more like a 1990s Motorola

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Will this be extended to alcohol?

Will we see future Tory PMs clutching bottles labelled just "bubbles" ?

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Microsoft, HURTING after NSA backdooring, vows to now harden its pipe

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Re: Whats the point?

Because it's a lot of paperwork.

It's much easier to just ring up and say "You want to help us don't you? You aren't some sort of un-American pinko terrorist are you?"

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'This BLACK HOLE just isn't BLACK AT ALL' snarl boffins

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The hole is still black

It's just the neighbourhood that is bright

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How STEVE JOBS saved Apple's bacon with an outstretched ARM

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Re: An interesting recap of history for those who did not live through it.

By being listed their holdings are publicaly available and there are strict and well enforced rules to prevent Samsung/Apple/Intel etc owning more than a certain percentage without announcing a formal takeover and triggering a shitload of regulatory / competition investigation.

If they were private then Dr Evil could secretly buy them and hold the word to ransom for $1Million. Which is why ARM is only viable if everybody knows who owns them

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Visual Studio 2013: 50 Shades of Grey not a worry for MONSTER dev TOOL

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Re: Visual Studio

vi and make - are the weapon of a Jedi, an elegant weapon of a more civilized age

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GCHQ was called in to crack password in Watkins child abuse case

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Re: Rainbow tables

Unless elcom have made some amazing breakthroughs in maths that the NSA/CIA/KGB/MMB are unaware of - they cannot 'break' the encryption they can only brute force it by guessing your password.

Bitlocker almost certainly has a backdoor, and given Microsoft's history of security it is probably "NSA123".

Currently Truecrypt is probably your safest bet for keeping things secret. Don't worry they will just convict you of something else instead or accidentally shoot you on the tube if they can't break it.

Truecrypt is open source and can be built entirely from source. The binary download most people use is signed so that it can be loaded as a device driver on MSFT. The source does contain a binary blob which contains the initiialisation vectors of some of the crypto routines but you are free to replace them with your own.

There is a project underway to validate Truecrypt's source. Even if there are no deliberate backdoors it is still possible that mistakes have been made in the implementation.

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Re: Fai play...

Because a government resource like GCHQ also has the resources to place the files there and request that the hosting company generate logs that show they were there for years.

I look forward to the discovery of lots of Alex Salmon's online files if the vote looks tight.

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BBC's 3D blunder BLASTED OUR BRAINS – Doctor Who fans

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Re: I sometimes wish to doG the BBC would open up a studio in Sydney.

As part of the deal over Scottish independence I think we get Australia back, so it could happen.

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Re: Like, ahem, cooking pr0n and talent shows.

>perhaps they could supply different viewer groups suitable programmes on different channels?

That wouldn't take advantage of new technology.

Why don't they use 3D to supply different shows to different eyes?

That way your right brain could get Melvin Bragg while your left brain gets Trinny and Sue Bake Swap Makeover challenge

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Microsoft bans XXXXBOX gamers for CURSING in online combat

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Writing fags on bombs used in the limited police action in Afghanistan is still naughty https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fag_bomb

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Romance is dead: Part-time model slings $1.5bn SUEBALL at Match.com

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Slightly obvious flaw in the plan

Doesn't there come a a point on the first date where the couple have to explain to each other why they don't look quite as much like Tom Cruise/Paris Hilton as their profile picture would suggest?

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Angela Merkel's phone was being listened in on by FIVE foreign powers

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Re: Take it as a compliment, Angela...

Alex Salmon has officially complained to the N Koreans that he wasn't being spied on.

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Tiny, invisible EXTRATERRESTRIAL INVADERS appear at South Pole

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Re: Won't somebody think of the chil... neutrinos

Worse being a photon. You travel across the universe for 13billion years, find the telescope, reflect off the mirror, get through the band pass filter, happen to be in the few seconds when the shutter is open - and then hit a dead patch between two pixels.

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Re: Maybe I'm dense but..

Umpteen gazillion particles came from outside the solar system - 28 happened to stop in this cubic km of ice, another 28 (or so) will have stopped in the ice above it and more in the ice next door.

When the nearby supernova went off in 1987 we detected a total of 24 neutrinos in all the detectors on Earth, the model is that something like 10^60 neutrinos were created in the star.

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NSW privacy exemption shares personal data with private sector

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Re: Canada was first

The police decide what behaviour means a future criminal - viewing gangsta videos on youtube, listening to that sinful rock and roll music or not accessing their local church web site enough.

They pass that information onto the private sector who share it with anyone that seems profitable.

Suppose the Manitoba drug network data was shared with your bank, with employment agencies, with travel insurance companies, with car insurance etc - what would be wrong with that?

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US govt cuts squeeze crucial computer science, shoot country in foot

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Re: computing the value of computing

Another way of looking at it.

When HPC was dependant on government you simply wrote a bigger check to Cray each year and 5years later got a new Cray twice as powerfull as the old one.

When the DoE/DoD stopped writing blank checks to Cray we got a massive increase in innovation in clusters/GPU/FPGA etc

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So we should thank Holywood and players of GTA for any new improvements.

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Intel on the alert: Thick, acrid smog in China, India is EATING servers

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Simplifed semiconductor fab

Apply mask to wafer

Open window to etch wafer

Wash

repeat

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Native Americans were actually European - BEFORE the Europeans arrived!

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Re: "....Native Americans were in part merely an earlier wave of European colonisation,"

That's why I always put "African ancestory" on forms.

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Re: Awaiting politics.

Same thing applies everywhere.

We have had a 1000years of Norman/Southern oppression which is still continuing - and we don't get Casinos.

Time to throw off the oppressors, kill anyone called Piers and take back our land.

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Re: Awaiting politics.

Obviously if native Americans and Europeans had common ancestors then Europeans get to run casinos as well.

Although apparently it's racist to claim that 1st nations came from Africa via Asia via an Alaskan land bridge. Their sincerely held beliefs are that they originated here on the land and so have absolute rights to it.

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Kerching! Nominet preps for cash AVALANCHE from shorter UK domain names

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Re: A novel proposal

Too young to remember "01 811 8055" then ?

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A novel proposal

People are already used to remembering telephone numbers for companies

There is no ambiguity in a number, no "all one word" or no it's not sex-change it's "s-exchange"

I propose a system where a simple set of say 4, 2 or 3 digit numbers could replace a website URL.

And one day when the internet is available on phones we will be able to enter the website companies directly with a simple numerical keypad in our pockets. Comments to 50.57.15.204 please

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>Nominet is a not for profit company.

So is Eton and both work equally selflessly for the greater good of the ordinary man in the internets

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Microsoft touts SCROOGLE merch: Hopes YOU'LL PAY to dump on rival

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Re: Hi pot, kettle calling...

A new improved security policy - microsoft have changed the backdoor password to Bitlocker from "NSA" to "NSA123"

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Cryptolocker infects cop PC: Massachusetts plod fork out Bitcoin ransom

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Re: A novel approach to crimefighting...

Two stories down is a US senator claiming that Bitcoin is only used by terrorists and money-launderers.

Isn't there a rule against the police funding terrorists?

- I mean the CIA or FBI ok, but surely local police shouldn't be funding them

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Gaming co ESEA hit by $1 MILLION fine for HIDDEN Bitcoin mining enslaver

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Next time

There will just be a line on page 96 of the EULA allowing them to use computer resources for "auxiliary purposes"

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US senator asks: Will Bitcoin replace Swiss bank accounts?

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Re: Yes, HSBC Bank.................

Remember that HSBC were fined, not the $ itself

You can simply prosecute exchanges int he same way - even if you can't fine "bitcoin"

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Antidote for poisonous Aussie Red-Back Spider venom DOESN'T WORK

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Re: Second most feared??

>How else to explain their ability to break into cars, and the jump out at the most comically appropriate moment....

Due to the average temperature being slightly higher than the surface of the sun, most people park with their windows partly open. The spider thinks - Hello, a nice cool cave with a ledge to hide behind.

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Re: Second most feared??

I thought Huntsmans killed more people than any other spider?

They like to get into cars and hide behind the sun visor.

So you are driving across Australia at a sedate 30mph (as all Aussie drivers do), flip down the visor - a spider the size of a cat lands in your face and you liable to be momentarily distracted

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What a plot of nonsense: Ten Master master plan FAILS

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Re: Mostly bad plans but also mostly not bad entertainment

But he fell foul of the Rickman law. In any movie always shoot the actor with the beard and the posh English accent - he is bound to be a supervillian

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London businesses to signal UNSWERVING LOYALTY to capital with .london domain

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Re: Not Good

Scotland, Ireland and Northumbria will then unite into a viking army and pillage London - sign me up.

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#ALERT! There'll be EMERGENCIES on TWITTER for UK, Ireland

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Re: Geographically focused?

they do that here for lost kids etc. but location is based on administrative regions.

So the UK equivalent is that a kid goes missing at a motorway services in Berwick, they put up notices on road signs in the Scilly isles but not in Edinburgh.

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Budget decay kills NASA plutonium drive project

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Re: Obama strikes again

>"More folks sit on their asses and take government tax money than work in this country"

If you include in that farmers and everyone that works in the defense industry - then yes.

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Re: Obama strikes again

To be fair the Muslim outreach was relatively cheap.

They simply released the report on how many Jewish slaves died in Von Braun's V2 factory

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GCHQ tracks diplomats' hotel bookings to plant bugs, say leaked docs

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Re: Based on all the leaks

Yes but they are evil empires that we spend billions of $$ pointing nukes at (except Israel) - we are the good guys.

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WHO ate all the PIs? Sales of Brit mini-puter pass 2 MEELLION

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Some context

Over it's 5-8 (?) year life the BBC micro sold 1.5M units, almost all to schools and pretty much only in the UK.

The Spectrum sold around 5M mostly in the UK, while the international Commodore 64 shipped 12-15M.

Not a bad start for a device that is less than a year old and pretty much sold only to geek hobbyists.

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