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'Copyrighted' Java APIs deserve same protection as HARRY POTTER, Oracle tells court

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Re: This is a tough one...

Or another way of looking at it.

Developer A said "let there be a language where statement A does B, statement C does D etc"

Developer A happened to then implement that in code, Separately developer B implemented the same thing in different code.

If developer A is allowed to claim that all implementations of their language are copyright then Dennis Richie is going to be very rich - and Oracle are going to have a real problem finding a C compiler to build their database product.

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Re: @HollyHopDrive

So Google admit to using the same 26 letters as Oracle?

Obviously guilty then.

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SHOCK! US House swats trolls, passes patent 'extortion' bill

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Re: It was promising...

Except the troll usually just assigns the IP to a throwaway company. If they lose the patent has no value anyway and the off the shelf company can just go bankrupt before paying any fees

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Microsoft: C'mon, you can trust us... look at our gov spook-busting plans

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Re: Keys

Prove they don't !

Unless you think that they wouldn't ask for the master keys because they consider it unsporting and prefer to use a complex set of hacks, zero day exploits and Ton Cruise dangling from your data centers roof on a wire instead

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Re: Security Theater Only

It's easy to keep a secret if the only person you need to share it with is you.

So Microsoft can make a perfectly secure system where you have the keys, you encrypt it, they store and you decrypt it. That's great if the only use of the cloud is as a great big disk drive in the sky.

As soon as you need somebody else to process it then you need to share keys and unless you trust them you are screwed - whatever the technology, especially if you know the NSA is looking over their shoulder

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> Euro-centric data centers are a damned good idea …

But a good thing for the JCB business.

Every data center won't just have an extra connection to the NSA (assuming they are US owned, or want to do business int he US) but they will also have an extra connection to all 28 countries. In those countries where the military, government and secret services don't trust each there will be multiple connections.

I'm picturing 50 or 60 different groups of shady dark-glasses wearing spooks all trying to install their own secret taps while not being noticed by the other lots. Would make a great Ealing comedy.

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Re: Security Theater Only

> at the very least it negates MITM attacks?

Unless the MITM has a copy of the key.

The only thing it stops is the Men in Black deciding they wanted to spy on what you did in the past, assuming they want to spy on everybody all the time it is irrelevant.

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Oh no, RBS has gone titsup again... but is it JUST BAD LUCK?

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Re: Ha Ha Ha bis

That is an excellent strategy system until somebody comes along and tells you to merge 3 different high street banks - who all have systems like that - into one modern dynamic environment.

And then tells all the staff that they will be outsourced when the job is finished....

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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Re: NSS Flip and try again

The regular USB-B plug is also supposed to have the USB logo on the top side.

Except Microsoft who put it on the bottom so they can have their logo on the top.

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Bold Bezos aims skywards with liquid hydrogen and SPACE ROCKET engine

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Re: Burning hydrogen versus kerosene

Yes because Carbon footprint is the major concern of space launches

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UK.gov to warn tweeting twits, celebs 'n' pals on court case comments

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Re: Super-injunction

But a superinjunction is before anything is reported.

So I shag a sheep - I hear that el Reg is going to run this story so I get an injunction against anyone mentioning it.

The court has to tell the press about the injunction and tell them not to mention the injunction. Fine if that is just calling Murdoch and the Guardian - but how does the court tell 20Million Twitter and facebook members not to publish anything about me and the sheep without mentioning me or floppsy?

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Super-injunction

So since all tweeters will have to abide by the same rules as THE PRESS - does that mean that all press briefings and injunction notices will have to go out to everyone on twitter and facebook?

Does it create a slight logical problem to send a message to everyone on social media including the details of an injunction telling them that they mustn't publicize this information?

Note to foreigners: super injunctions are court orders where you are not only banned from publishing some news item/gossip but you are banned from reporting that there is a ban in place. How you get to know that you mustn't report anything because there is a secret ban on reporting it is tricky.

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Unite: HP 'addicted to culture of job cuts' as axe raised again

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re: infinite cuts

Actually since senior management discovered how to set the y axis range of Excel charts to negative they have discovered that they can make almost infinite profits by just reducing the workforce below zero.

By cutting another 2Billion employees even Blackberry would be profitable

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RBS MELTDOWN LATEST: 'We'll be the bank we should be ... next YEAR maybe'

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Or perhaps

They are deliberately trying to sink RBS so they can charge it huge receivership fees and buy its assets on the cheap

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The only way is Office: UK Parliament to migrate to Microsoft cloud

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Re: What could go wrong

But to do capitals on an iPad don't you need opposable thumbs?

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Re: Have we learned nothing....

Friends ONLY spy on friends.

Whats the point of knowing the launch codes for the Russian missiles? Unless there is a WWIII there is little value in knowing ANY enemy military info.

Now whats the value in knowing the other Eu ministers position on agricultural subsidy cuts or on whether Scotland would be allowed into the Eu without the Euro?

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Re: Hmmmm

No - as a wholly owned subsidiary UK Govt Inc can use the US government's site licence

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Re: What could go wrong

But this way we will all have access to it as well.

650 MPs , 1000s of researchers/assistants/etc most of which are unqualified wives/children/distant relatives of MPs. So 98.6% of passwords are going to be "password123" - it should finally lead to open government

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OCZ successfully sells self to Toshiba

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They were also famous for:

Release a high quality server version, gradually introduce lower quality consumer parts while keeping the same name, then rebrand a new super server version at a higher price with faster parts ... repeat....

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So the plan is

To link Toshiba's product to OCZ's reputation and brand image?

So a bit like Boeing renaming the Dreamliner "Titanic" then ?

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

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Re: Funny thing...

It's not just state, it's county and city (which here means anything village sized) as well.

In our suburb municipality we don't pay the local city sales tax but we do pay the part of if it that covers transit on some goods. An out of state retailer would have to know that for every address and every item.

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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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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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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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